Saturday, June 23, 2018

Book Nook 6/23/18

One of my favorite kitchen tools is the food processor. I have two sizes and they are both so useful. I've had them both for more than 10 years and they still work perfectly! I was just using the smaller of the two today to chop up a small amount of frozen mixed veggies to mix in with my dogs' dinner tonight. It reminded me that I want to use the bigger processor tomorrow to mix up some cookie dough! There are also some great cookbooks featuring the use of food processors, like the one I have featured in the left sidebar this week!


Cozy Mystery
Murder Is Collegiate: A Susan Wiles School House Mystery

A dead body, stolen jewelry, a barn full of secrets... not the vacation retired teacher Susan Wiles and her husband Mike expected when they decided to visit their old friends Emily and Henry. Are the ominous events related to the true crime book Emily is writing? To the ten year anniversary of the unsolved disappeared of a local college student? Or to a builder's dream of a local college student? Or to a builder's dream of creating a community of miniature homes at any cost? In a team effort, Susan, Mike, and their friends band together to restore harmony to the idyllic community of Sugarbury Falls, Vermont


Steamed: A Maid In LA Mystery

Quincy came to LA looking for fame and fortune but became a mother and a cleaning service owner instead. While filling in for a sick employee, she accidentally cleans up a crime scene and now that she’s a suspect in a murder case, she only has one option—find the real murderer or end up in jail for a crime she didn't commit…a crime she only cleaned.
There's a killer out there, and Quincy’s going to find them...or die trying.



Quick Quiz Questions: World Cup Quiz

Since its inception in 1930, the World Cup has become a footballing institution. It is the pinnacle of the international calendar, where a moment of brilliance can immortalise a player in history…and moment of madness will condemn one to the annals of World Cup infamy. For many, it is a once in a lifetime opportunity to represent their country on football’s grandest stage, while for a select few, it is the platform to realise a dream and be crowned ‘World Champions’. For supporters, it is a month-long celebration of ‘the beautiful game’, which unites more than it divides; as fans of all cultures, from all corners of the globe, gather to be part of the footballing spectacular.
It was this sheer magic and the invaluable input of my friend (and quizmaster extraordinaire) that brought about the idea for this quiz book; which contains questions and answers on every tournament from 1930 up to 2018. Compiled of General Knowledge, True/ False, Multiple Choice and Pot Luck rounds, there is something for everyone and as an E-book, it is easily stored to your phone or tablet, so you can test your knowledge anywhere – whether you are in Russia to witness history in person or just down the local with your mates.


Hung on the shower that fronts the golden West,
The rainbow bursts like magic on mine eyes!
In hues of ancient promise there imprest;
Frail in its date, eternal in its guise.

Charles Tennyson Turner

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Book Nook 6/12/18

My mother is addicted to coffee! Now, that she has the percolator, she wants to have the coffee that she used to drink when I was a kid. It was the only coffee that my dad would drink - Hills Bros. I searched every store in this area and no one has it! I finally did a search online ... they don't sell it in California, anymore! So, I told her I'd buy her one can online to see if it is as good as she remembers. If it is, I'll buy a case. In the mean time, she is stuck with Maxwell House.
Me ... I prefer tea.


Cozy Mystery

Barnabas Tew and The Case Of The Missing Scarab

Barnabas Tew is a private detective struggling to survive in his trade in Victorian London. Fearing that he is not as clever as he had hoped to be, he is plagued by a lack of confidence brought on in no small part by his failure to prevent the untimely deaths of several of his clients. 

Matters only get worse when Anubis, the Egyptian God of the Dead, is referred to Barnabas by a former client (who perished in a terribly unfortunate incident which was almost certainly not Barnabas’ fault). Anubis sends for Barnabas (in a most uncivilized manner) and tells him that the scarab beetle in charge of rolling the sun across the sky every day has been kidnapped, and perhaps dismembered entirely. 

The Land of the Dead is in chaos, which will soon spill over into the Land of the Living if Barnabas – together with his trusty assistant, Wilfred – cannot set matters to right. Pulled from his predictable (if unremarkable) life in Marylebone, Barnabas must match his wits against the capricious and dangerous Egyptian gods in order to unravel the mystery of the missing beetle and thereby save the world.



Picnic: A Picnic Cookbook with Delicious Picnic Ideas

In this book we focus on meals for Picnics. Picnic is a complete set of simple but very unique Picnic recipes. You will find that even though the recipes are simple, the tastes are quite amazing.

So will you join us in an adventure of simple cooking?

Here is a Preview of the Picnic Recipes You Will Learn:

  • Cranberry Muffins
  • Blueberry Muffins
  • Honey Spelt Bread
  • Beef Broiled Sandwich
  • Tandoori Apple Asiago Sandwich
  • Crab Salad Sandwich
  • Windy City Chicago Hot Dogs
  • American Picnic Hot Dogs
  • The Simplest Hot Dogs
  • Louisiana Creole Fries
  • Easy Aztec Style Fries
  • Indian Style Curry Cumin Fries
  • Mexican Style Coleslaw
  • Coleslaw Crossroads
  • San Antonio Coleslaw
  • Buttermilk Paprika Fried Chicken
  • 6-Ingredient Fried Chicken
  • Indian Style Fried Chicken
  • Mesa Macaroni Salad
  • Maque Choux (Native American Style Corn Salad)
  • Ceviche Guatemala Style
  • Grilled Mozzarella Burger
  • Chili Romano Burgers
  • Grilled Cottage Sandwich
  • Much, much more!

Again remember these recipes are unique so be ready to try some new things. Also remember that the style of cooking used in this cookbook is effortless. So even though the recipes will be unique and great tasting, creating them will take minimal effort!



853 Hard To Believe Facts: Better Explained, Counterintuitive and Fun Trivia from the Creator of 

This book is full of fun and verified facts, presented in an accessible manner that I hope will provide you with hours of entertainment. My objective has been to provide you with a lifetime supply of icebreakers and points of discussion. Amaze your friends and family by telling them that pistachios can combust spontaneously or that the holes in pen caps are there to save people from choking to death!


Tarot: A Beginners Guide to Learning the Meaning and Secrets of Tarot Cards

Inside this powerful guide, Janet Ritchie explains how the ancient art of cartomancy (card reading) has evolved over the centuries. Along the way, this practice was influenced by European, Hebrew, and Egyptian mysticism. Today, people across the world enjoy reading the future with these vibrant and fascinating tools.


Come, read to me some poem,
Some simple and heartfelt lay,
That shall soothe this restless feeling,
And banish the thoughts of day. 

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Book Nook 6/10/18

It's been hectic around here the past few weeks and I have, yet again, neglected the blog ... I also had to update the legalese, due to the GDPR changes in Europe ... so, just in case you didn't realize ... this site houses affiliate links and some of those affiliates may put cookies on your computer when you visit them through my links ... buy something, it's how I can make some money to live. :)


Cozy Mystery:

To Catch a Bad Guy (Janet Maple Series Book 1)

Janet Maple's stellar career ended with a lay off and her boyfriend of almost five years told her that he wants to be just friends. When she lands a job at one of New York’s premier boutique investment firms, Janet begins to hope that her luck is finally turning for the better. Not only is she happy with her new paycheck, but things also seem to be looking up on the personal front, as the company’s handsome attorney expresses keen interest in Janet. However, her euphoria is short-lived, as Janet soon discovers alarming facts about her new employer’s business tactics. When her boss dismisses her suspicions as groundless, Janet finds herself confiding to a cute IT engineer, Dean Snider. The closer she gets to Dean, the more Janet is tempted to break her rule of not dating co-workers, but what she doesn’t realize is that everything she knows about Dean, including his occupation and even his name, is a lie.

Dennis Walker is a top-notch white collar crime investigator who will stop at nothing to put culprits away. When an opportunity for an undercover assignment at one of New York’s premier boutique investment firms comes up, Dennis jumps at the chance, adopting a persona of geeky IT engineer, Dean Snider. While he may be an ace at his job, years of experience fail him when Dennis meets Janet Maple and finds himself torn between his professional obligations and his personal desires. Will he have to choose between his feelings and duty, or will he find a way to satisfy both?


A Mother's Day Murder (Mt. Abrams Mysteries Book 1)

Mt. Abrams was the kind of small, quiet town where, as any of its residents would tell you, nothing ever happened. That was why Ellie Rocca loved living there, even if her ex-husband did not.

But even small towns had secrets, as Ellie discovered when Lacey Mitchell suddenly disappeared. Ellie caught Lacey’s husband in a lie, and one small discovery led to another until it became apparent that nothing about the Mitchell’s was quite what it seemed. 

Mother’s Day was just around the corner. With a sexy detective on the case, and Ellie and her friends getting closer to the truth, can Lacey Mitchell be found in time to enjoy the day with her sons? Or was something more deadly going on?


The Ghost of Marlow House (Haunting Danielle Book 1)

When Danielle Boatman inherits Marlow House, she dreams of turning it into a seaside bed and breakfast. Since she’s never visited the property, Danielle’s not sure what awaits her in Oregon. She certainly doesn’t expect to find one of the house’s previous owners still in residence. After all, the man has been dead for almost ninety years—shouldn’t he have moved on by now?

Charming Walt Marlow convinces Danielle the only way he can move on is if she solves the mystery of his death. Danielle soon discovers her real problems may come from the living—those who have their sights on Marlow House’s other secrets.


Left For Dead in Alaska: A Jolene Park-Attorney At Law, Cozy Mystery

Three years ago, a mysterious tragedy occurred in a remote Alaskan mining camp. No one knows about it except for the three people that were there. When the past catches up with them, the case lands on the desk of defense attorney Jolene Park. 

The betrayal seems to have multiplied in the years since Alaska, with every party involved trying to save their own skin. The Park and Walter office investigate each and every strange puzzle piece all across Southern California; from an unnervingly immaculate psychiatric hospital to the home of a recently widowed and unhinged woman. 

The emotions are running high as people resort to blackmail, unsavory leverages of power, and violence. 

Can Jolene and her partner John sift through all the red herrings to get to the truth, or will they prove to be pawns in the game themselves?



How to Be Yoga Smart: A Beginner's Guide - Everything You Need to Know About Yoga

**AWESOME BONUS: Your book includes a Visual Guide complete with 9 color photos of yoga poses done by a certified Yoga Instructor PLUS 9 video links for instant download!**

This complete beginner’s guide will help guide you through your beginning practice, giving you easy to follow information on everything you need to start your yoga practice

How to Be Yoga Smart Includes...

  • How practicing the physical aspects of Yoga also sharpens your mind helping you more easily solve the challenges life throws at you
  • Why anyone can practice Yoga - no matter their religious or spiritual background
  • How the practice of Yoga helps you stay present so you can stay in the moment with other people in your life
  • A complete historical perspective of Yoga that helps you understand its origins and background
  • How practicing Yoga can reduce your stress, improve your cardiovascular health and reduce pain so you can live a long, healthy life.
  • How Yoga schools differ in physical practice and philosophy so you can make an informed choice on what type of Yoga is best for you.
  • How to find a Yoga school near you that is right for you.
  • The best resources to use to start your Yoga practice at home.
  • And a lot more…
You Can be Yoga Smart


"The ground on which we stand is sacred ground. It is the
dust and blood of our ancestors."
-- Plenty Coups, CROW