Mummy Molasses Bars

Fall has finally arrived in Texas with temperatures dipping into…the seventies. The neighborhood is decorated with skeletons and tombstones, and the candy bowl – the one ready for trick-or-treaters – already needs to be restocked. I was in the mood for something more substantial than a mini chocolate bar. As I rooted in the pantry [Read On]

Burden of Proof by DiAnn Mills – Book Review

Yes, I’m back with Lone Star Book Blog Tours to share my review of DiAnn Mills’ newest release, Burden of Proof. It’s the first book in her FBI Rapid Response series, and did not disappoint. If you read my last DiAnn Mills review – High Treason, from her FBI Task Force series – you’ll know [Read On]

Asian Turkey Burgers with Sriracha Mayo & Broccoli Slaw

Looking for something different? These slider-sized burgers are absolutely delicious and healthy to boot. What I love about these is that typically have most of the ingredients on hand so it’s a snap to throw them together. Asian Turkey Burgers with Quick Slaw: 1 pkg prepared broccoli slaw (approx 4 cups)* 1 red bell pepper, [Read On]

Essays, Empowerment, and the International Day of the Girl

No matter the time or place, the middle school years can be a treacherous period for girls. Pettiness abounds, alliances change – all as our girls struggle to find their place, in school, in the world, and all as puberty’s flood of hormones washes in. Middle school is no place for the weak. Photo by [Read On]

LSBBT: The Encouragement Letters by Shanna Spence

I’m always on the lookout for positive, inspiring reads for children/young middle grade readers, and  The Encouragement Letters by author Shanna Spence is one such book.  Read on to learn more about this historical fiction set during the Industrial Revolution in England, and enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a copy of [Read On]

Aunt Jeanne’s Pumpkin Cake

It’s fall, and certainly that means all-you-can pumpkin. I love pumpkin so much that when fall comes around, I question why I don’t ever bake anything pumpkin the rest of the year!  And while this whole pumpkin spice business is getting a bit out of hand (and by the taste of it, “pumpkin spice” refers [Read On]

Book Review: Old Buildings in North Texas by Jen Waldo

I’m back with another book on a Lone Star Book Blog Tour, and this one is delightfully different. Old Buildings In North Texas by Jen Waldo is a blend of drama and humor, and introduces a truly unique character who will captivate you as she might frustrate you.  It’s a story that flows with Waldo’s [Read On]

Lone Star Book Blog Tour: Mistletoe Miracles by Jodi Thomas (Excerpt and Giveaway)

I just came home from my favorite craft store which is already laden with Christmas decorations (and yes, I did come home with a decorative holiday pillow) which means that we are rapidly approaching the holiday season. While some people dread those first signs of Christmas, I get into my happy place because it means [Read On]

Balsamic and Onion Slow-Cooker Pot Roast

  I’ve tried a lot of recipes for pot roast, and too many of them start with “open a packet of xxx” – which, while it may make a really nice roast for some, is far too salty for this family.  I stumbled across this recipe for pot roast that has a gorgeous gravy and [Read On]

You Do You (and Go Buy This Book)

  Have I mentioned this?  I am in a book. A BOOK. And not only am I in a book, but my daughter Maddie is in the SAME book. (Ok, I’m trying to tamp down my rampant jealousy that she was officially published at 12 when it took me until none-of-your-damn-business years to get published [Read On]