Friday, August 28, 2015

Tea Time ~ 8/28/15



Grab a cup of tea, coffee, hot chocolate or your favorite drink
while I share a few things that made me smile this week :)

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~I'm being featured on High Five for Friday!!!  How fun is that?!?!?!  :)

~My last day of work was yesterday!  I'm a SAHM again :)

~My coworkers took me out for lunch to celebrate my last day!  What a great bunch :)

~VBS was last weekend!  The kids (and adults) had a great time :)

~I finally got a pedicure!  I was overdue :)


How's your week been?

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Hodgepodge ~ 8/26/15



Joyce's Hodgepodgey Questions:

1.  It's hard to believe, but next week's Hodgepodge will find us in the month of September. What's one thing you want, need, or hope to do still before summer officially ends?
Go swimming one last time.

 2.  When were you last at 'your wit's end?'

Today :(  Friday is supposed to be my last day at work but I just couldn't stand it today, so I came home early.

 3. Describe a time you were figuratively thrown into 'the deep end'?

Somehow, one year I got roped into doing coordinating VBS.  Definitely felt like the deep end!

 4.  Does the end always, ever, or never justify the means? Explain.

 No, I don't believe it does.  I think it is how we accomplish things that matter.

5. What makes your hair stand on end?

Snakes!!!

6. I read an article on the website Eat This! Health, that listed 11 foods we can eat to help end bad moods. Basically it's a feed your brain so you're less anxious, grouchy, and lethargic. The foods are-mussels, swiss chard, blue potatoes, grass fed beef, dark chocolate, greek yogurt, asparagus, honey, cherry tomatoes, eggs, and coconut. Which of those do you think would most help end your own bad mood? Which do you fear, if forced to eat, would put you into a bad mood?

Dark Chocolate would definitely be my favorite.  Mussels=yuck!

 7. What project around your home, office, or life in general feels like there is 'no end in sight'?

Laundry and dishes... 

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I'm "almost" officially a Stay-at-Home-Mom again.  I CANNOT wait!!! :))

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Teaser Tuesday ~ 8/25/15


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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. 
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My teaser for this week is from:

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~Taylor dropped to the floor and scrambled for Dale's gun, her fingers probing under his body.  Blood pounded in her temples.~

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Happy Teaser Tuesday!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Make it Monday ~ African Flowers Part 2 ~ 8/24/15


 
(I'm using the pattern for African Flowers that I found over at  Made in K-Town . ) 
 
 
This week Round 3 and Round 4 are completed in the same color.
 

I enjoyed that half are one color and the other half another.


All lined up in a row :)

 
All 35 circles are complete up to Round 4!  Make sure you come back next week for Round 5!
 
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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Stacking the Shelves ~ 8/22/15

 

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
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This week I added the following to my shelf:

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Allie Kirkland has never been one to take wild risks. But when she’s offered a costuming assistant’s job on a docudrama in the hills near Moses Lake, she jumps at the chance. She’s always dreamed of following in her director-father’s footsteps, and the reenactment of the legendary frontier settlement of Wildwood is a first step. The family expectations will have to wait.

But in 1861, the real Wildwood held dangerous realities. Town founder Harland Delevan held helpless residents, including young Irish schoolteacher Bonnie Rose, in an iron grip. Mysterious disappearances led to myths and legends still retold in the folk songs of Chinquapin Peaks.
 
Eventually, the entire site was found abandoned.
When strange connections surface between Allie and the teacher who disappeared over a century ago, everyone in Wildwood, including Allie’s handsome neighbor on the film set, Blake Fulton, seems to be hiding secrets, and Allie doesn’t know who she can trust. If she can’t find the answers in time, history may repeat itself . . . with the most unthinkable results.

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Happy Reading!


Friday, August 21, 2015

Tea Time ~ 8/21/15



Grab a cup of tea, coffee, hot chocolate or your favorite drink
while I share a few things that made me smile this week :)

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~On Monday, I gave my two week notice at work!  I'm going to be a stay-at-home-mom again :)!!!!

~I sat down with my calendar to figure out a new schedule for my daily routine!  I'm going to be a stay-at-home-mom again :) (Can you tell I'm excited?)

~The girls started back to school on Wednesday!  Pictures are still on my camera :)

~We had the "Guardian Angel" Reveal Picnic at our house on Saturday!  It was so much fun to have everyone over :)

~Sunday evening before Church I got the best neck and shoulder massage from a friend!  She really has a talent :)


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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Hodgepodge ~ 8/19/15



Joyce's Hodgepodgey Questions:

1. Way back when (the Hodgepodge bicentennial to be precise) several of you submitted questions as part of a giveaway I was hosting. I went back to that list for inspiration today and found a question  submitted by Marla, who blogs over at Marla's Musings. Thanks Marla!

She asks-
At what age did you feel like a 'grown-up'? What keeps you young now?   
Sometimes I still don't feel like a grown-up!  My kids keep my young and riding the rides at amusement parks :)

 2. When did you last buy a vehicle? Was this by design or because you had no other option? Was the car/truck purchased for your own personal use or was it bought for someone else to drive? On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being delightful and 1 being 'pass the Excedrin') how would you rate the experience?
Exactly one year ago because we needed a dependable car.  I would rate the experience a 10 because it was so easy!

 3. Corn bread, corn chips, corn pudding, corn on the cob, cornflakes, corn chowder-your favorite of the corn-y foods listed? What needs to be served alongside your selection?
Corn on the cob with a burger from the grill!

 4. What's something in your life that regularly requires you to 'put your thinking cap on'?
Writing out the bills :(

 5. Share a favorite movie set in a school or classroom, or whose theme relates to school days in some way.
School of Rock!  lol

 6. Reading, writing, and 'rithmatic' are commonly referred to as the three R's. What are the three R's in your life right now?
Reading, redding, and resolving.

 7. What's something you've learned or tried recently you can say was as 'easy as ABC'?
The African Flowers crochet pattern.

 8. Insert your own random thought here.

My kids start back to school today.  Hope they do well this year!

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Teaser Tuesday ~ 8/18/15


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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. 
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My teaser for this week is from:

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~Black roses last week, now spidery words scrawled on a scrap of paper with "Meade Funeral Home" printed across the top.  Someone was stalking her, and they wanted her to know it.~

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Happy Teaser Tuesday!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Tea Time ~ 8/14/15



Grab a cup of tea, coffee, hot chocolate or your favorite drink
while I share a few things that made me smile this week :)

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~We went to Delgrosso's Amusement Park on Saturday!  Always a good time :)
 
~Can you say "Minions"???!!!  What a cute movie :)
 
~We have tons of zucchini from the garden!  Chocolate Zucchini Cake, yummmm :)
 
~Even though I haven't been feeling the best, I've been plugging along!  Thank God for meds :)
 

~I made it through the week!  TGIF :)


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Thursday, August 13, 2015

In the Kitchen ~ Chocolate Zucchini Cake ~ 8/13/15


This recipe is adapted from www.allrecipes.com

 


Chocolate Zucchini Cake

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 1/2 cups flour
2 cups chocolate chips
2 cups zucchini, shredded

Preheat oven to 350F and grease a 13X9 cake pan.

Cream butter, oil and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add eggs, vanilla and milk.  Beat until smooth.

Mix in cocoa, baking soda, and cinnamon.  Add flour and mix beat well.

Stir in zucchini.

Pour into pan and sprinkle top with chocolate chips.

Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Enjoy!


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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Teaser Tuesday ~ 8/11/15


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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. 
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My teaser for this week is from:

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~If you roll a seven, sweet one, I'll take it as a sign.  We'll get hitched tonight and you'll be stuck with me for life." He placed all his chips on the pass line.~

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Happy Teaser Tuesday!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Make it Monday ~ African Flowers Part 1 ~ 8/10/15


 
Surprise!  I started another project!  I'm using the pattern for African Flowers that I found over at  Made in K-Town .  First, I worked up a sample.  I love how it turned out so I'm going to make an afghan of 35 blocks (5X7).
 

I'm using the following colors from Red Heart with Love.  (Which I do love!)





For the first time ever, I'm making my granny squares one round at a time.  Up first was the yellow center.  35 of these babies worked up in no time.

 
On round 2, I'm alternating the Boysenberry and the Peacock.
 
 
I'm having so much fun making these little guys!  Be sure to come back next week for African Flowers Part 2!
 
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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Songs on Sunday ~ Flawless ~ 8/9/15

 
This song amazes me.  How do the writers of songs know exactly what a person is going to need to hear.  It has to be a God thing!
 
I could highlight the words of this whole song as being my favorite but instead I'll focus on one word.
 
FLAWLESS.
 
How many of us think that there are too many things wrong with us to ever be flawless and yet, as Christians, that is exactly how God sees us.  Plain and simple.  So hard to understand and accept sometimes.
 
I hope you enjoy this song as much as I do!
 


Flawless

By MercyMe
Theres got to be more
Than going back and forth
From doing right to doing wrong
Cause we were taught thats who we are
Come on get in line right behind me
You along with everybody
Thinking theres worth in what you do
Then like a hero who takes the stage when
Were on the edge of our seats saying its too late
Well let me introduce you to amazing grace
No matter the bumps
No matter the bruises
No matter the scars
Still the truth is
The cross has made
The cross has made you flawless

No matter the hurt
Or how deep the wound is
No matter the pain
Still the truth is
The cross has made
The cross has made you flawless
Could it possibly be
That we simply cant believe
That this unconditional
Kind of love would be enough
To take a filthy wretch like this
And wrap him up in righteousness
But thats exactly what He did
No matter the bumps
No matter the bruises
No matter the scars
Still the truth is
The cross has made
The cross has made you flawless
No matter the hurt
Or how deep the wound is
No matter the pain
Still the truth is
The cross has made
The cross has made you flawless
Take a breath smile and say
Right here right now Im ok
Because the cross was enough
And like a hero who takes the stage when
Were on the edge of our seats saying its too late
Well let me introduce you to grace grace
Gods grace
No matter the bumps
No matter the bruises
No matter the scars
Still the truth is
The cross has made
The cross has made you flawless
No matter the hurt
Or how deep the wound is
No matter the pain
Still the truth is
The cross has made
The cross has made you flawless
No matter what they say
Or what you think you are
The day you called His name
He made you flawless
He made you flawless
No matter the bumps
No matter the bruises
No matter the scars
Still the truth is
The cross has made
The cross has made you flawless

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Saturday, August 8, 2015

Stacking the Shelves ~ 8/8/15

 

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
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This week I added the following to my shelf:


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Ty Porter has always been irresistible to Celia Park. All through high school--irresistible. When their paths cross again after college--still irresistible. This time, though, Ty seems to feel exactly the same way about Celia. Their whirlwind romance deposits them at a street-corner Las Vegas wedding chapel.

The next morning they wake to a marriage certificate and a dose of cold reality. Celia's ready to be Ty's wife, but Ty's not ready to be her husband. He's a professional bull rider; he lives on the road, and he's long planned to settle down with the hometown girl he's known since childhood.

Five and a half years pass. Celia's buried her dreams so that she can afford to raise her daughter. Ty's achieved all of his goals. Or thought he had, until he looks again into the eyes of the woman he couldn't forget and into the face of the child he never knew he had.

How much will Ty sacrifice to win back Celia's trust and prove to her that their spontaneous marriage can still become the love of a lifetime?

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Psychology professor and criminal profiler Taylor Martin prides herself on being able to solve any crime, except the one she wants most desperately to solve--the disappearance of her father twenty years ago. When she finally has a lead on his whereabouts, Taylor returns home to Logan Point, Mississippi, to investigate. But as she is stalking the truth about the past, someone is stalking her.

Nick Sinclair pens mystery novels for a living, but the biggest mystery to him is how he can ever get over the death of his wife--a tragedy he believes he could have prevented. With his estranged brother the only family he has left, Nick sets out to find him. But when he crosses paths with Taylor, all he seems to find is trouble.
  

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Shiloh Jacobs is planning her wedding without family, without money, and without a clue—and trying to make a go of small-town Southern life. Until she stumbles on an unsolved case about a missing woman that makes her run in the opposite direction—right into the would-be killer’s web of plans. In the midst of sorting through her tragic past and strained relationships, Shiloh finds herself on the run from a madman—and hoping she can make it to her wedding alive.  

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Happy Reading!


Book Review ~ A Penny for Your Thoughts by Mindy Starns Clark ~ 8/8/15

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Blurb:

 Attorney Callie Webber investigates nonprofit organizations for the J.O.S.H.U.A. Foundation and awards the best of them grants up to a million dollars. In each book of the series, Callie comes across a mystery she must solve using her skills as a former private investigator. A young widow, Callie finds strength in her faith in God and joy in her relationship with her employer, Tom.

In book number one of The Million Dollar Mystery series, Callie’s assignment is to go to Philadelphia and present Wendell Smythe, an old family friend of her boss, Tom, with a check for $250,000. Mr. Smythe heads a relief organization and needs immediate funds. When Callie goes to his office, check in hand, she discovers him dead on the floor. At Tom’s request, Callie moves into Smythe’s home and begins a murder investigation.

But it’s a dangerous place to be, for the family has secrets they would rather not have uncovered. Callie’s only hope is that God will help her use her investigative skills to discover the murderer and escape the web of deceit that surrounds her.      

 
My Thoughts:

After reading "Dying to Read", I was ready to sink my teeth into another mystery.  I've had a few of the Million Dollar Mystery series on my shelf for a while just waiting for me to get into a "mystery mood".  I've read other books by this author and knew I was in for a treat.

This book was written in the First Person POV which is something I haven't read for quite a while.  I really enjoyed this change-up!

The main character, Callie, was very well written as was the emotions that she felt throughout the book.  She was a widow solving a murder.  The first death she had been around since that of her husband.  It was very moving.

I enjoyed the mystery very much and can honestly say I did not see the ending coming.  That being said, I didn't care for the outcome.  I wish I could go into my reasoning but I don't want to give it away and ruin it for those who might be going to read it!

Even though I didn't like the outcome of the mystery, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book an look forward to the next book of this series on my shelf.  Especially, finding more out about "Tom" even though I have a few theories :)

 
Happy Reading!


Friday, August 7, 2015

Tea Time ~ 8/7/15



Grab a cup of tea, coffee, hot chocolate or your favorite drink
while I share a few things that made me smile this week :)

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This has been what I call a "depression week" so my 5 smiles might be a bit blah...

~I went to the dr. and bawled my eyes out!  Upped my meds :)  YAY!  not....

~This Peanut Butter Texas Sheet Cake!  Yummm :)


~Kaylee got new glasses!  She really likes them :)

~I accidently spilled half a bag of powdered sugar on the floor because I picked up the wrong end!  Kaylee and I cracked up :)

~I made it through the week!  TGIF :)


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