Saturday, December 20, 2014

Currently reading - "Mail Order Christmas Brides" by Jillian Hart and Janet Tronstad

I enjoy reading Christmas stories all year round, but especially in November and December.  I'm currently reading "Mail Order Christmas Brides", there are 2 stories in this book and I have finished the first story called "Her Christmas Family" by Jillian Hart.  The second story in this book is called "Christmas Stars for Dry Creek" by Janet Tronstad.

Do you read Christmas stories during this time of year?  

Mail Order Christmas Brides
Paperback - November 2011

More about the book: 
Her Christmas Family by Jillian Hart
"Please be my ma for Christmas." Felicity Sawyer can't resist little Gertie's heartfelt letter. Tate Winters seeks a bride for Gertie's sake, not his own. But as his reserve thaws before Felicity's sunny optimism, this new family learns that togetherness is the best way to celebrate the season.

Christmas Stars for Dry Creek by Janet Tronstad 
Eleanor McBride's outgrown her dreams of romance—but not her wishes for motherhood. Wedding Sergeant Adam Martin will give her a daughter to cherish. Yet it's not just shy, sweet Hannah who's captured her affections. And Eleanor's arrival in Dry Creek could be the start of a journey to true love.…

My thoughts:

I have read the first story in this book - "Her Christmas Family"

I enjoy the Love Inspired Historical line, the simple life that people led in the time frame of these books is really relaxing to me. 

When Felicity meets little Gertie, she really wants to be a part of her life.  But, she knows that she needs to form a relationship with Tate as well, so that they can become a family.

As Tate and Felicity get to know each other, will they find true love?

I like the way that the author describes the Community. and the lovely setting of setting up a wonderful Christmas tree for the whole family to enjoy.

Dont miss this wonderful book with two stories of "Christmas Brides"!

More about the Authors:

Jillian Hart 

Jillian grew up on her family's homestead on Washington state, near Carnation, Washington, where she raised cattle to pay for her college tuition, rode horses through the pristine foothills of the Cascade Mountain range and scribbled stories in her spare time.
After earning an English degree from Whitman College (what better way to go through college than to constantly read books?), she traveled, worked in advertising, taught Sunday school and volunteered before becoming a writer.
When she's not hard at work on her next story, Jillian can be found chatting with a friend, stopping for a café mocha with a book in hand, and spending quiet evenings at home with her family.

Visit Jillian Hart's Website 


Janet grew up in the wide open spaces of rural Montana and now lives in the urban spaces of Pasadena, California. She's used both of these locations in her books. Her Dry Creek, Montana series numbers over twenty novels now and her Pasadena books, The Sisterhood of the Dropped Stitches, number four.

Visit Janet Tronstad's Website


Be sure and enter my Cookbook Giveaway for a copy of "Love at First Bite"!
The Giveaway ends on Sunday 12/21/2014  10 pm CST
Visit here for more information!  

Have a wonderful Holiday Season!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Cookie Creations and Cookbook Review and Giveaway

Do you love making Cookies?   I have put together a list of my Favorite Cookies from some of my friends blogs!  All of the Cookies sound so good, it would be hard to choose a favorite! 

I'm also sharing a Cookbook Review and a Giveaway from The Better Baker!  To enter the Giveaway, please scroll down. 

My friend Kim from The Cookie Puzzle  makes such pretty cookies!  Today, she is sharing her favorite Sugar Cookie recipe with us!    Kim says this recipe is designed to give a thick and soft cookie.

D at The Shady Porch is sharing her Caramel Apple Pie Cookies.  The golden apple pie filling and lattice tops are like personal apple pies, and they are so easy to make!

Marsha from The Better Baker is sharing her Caramel Shortbread Squares.  She describes them as rich little squares with a shortbread crust, caramel center and 
topped with chocolate!  

Melissa from "Melissa's Southern Style Kitchen" is sharing her recipe for Chocolate Kissed Coconut Macaroons.  Her recipe includes flour, which makes them a bit more cookie-like with a soft and chewy center and a crispy exterior.  They look delicious!

Andi from The Wednesday Baker is sharing her recipe for Pecan Gingerbread Cookies.  Just seeing and smelling these 
Gingerbread Men cookies reminds us all of Christmas! 

Brandie from The Country Cook is sharing these cute Reindeer Cookies! They make the perfect cookie to share this time of year, and kids love to help make these! 

My friend, Marsha from "The Better Baker" sent me a copy of her cookbook called "Love at First Bite" earlier this year, and I love it!  There are so many easy, quick recipes in her cookbook, that it was hard for me to pick which one to try first!  Her cookbook has recipes for appetizers, beverages, salads, soups, side dishes, breads and rolls, main dishes, cookies and candy and more! 

 Over 100 of her recipes have 6 ingredients or fewer! 

I have tried the Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese bars and they were delicious!  I have several more recipes "bookmarked" including her recipe for Sweet Cornbread Muffins.  And, thats just to get me started!  The more I look in her cookbook, the more recipes I find that I want to try!
I like the fact that her cookbook has a spiral bound edge, it opens "flat" and that makes it easier to read while following one of her recipes!

For more information about her cookbook, visit her cookbook page on her blog

Marsha's Cookbook "Love at First Bite" is priced at $15.00 ( plus shipping and handling ), but you can save $3.00  by using the Code word Cookie  
***Special Code Word valid thru Midnight CST 12/31/2014

  To order your copy of "Love at First Bite" - send a email to

I'm so grateful that Marsha has offered to give away a copy to my readers!

To enter for your chance to win a copy of "Love at First Bite" see below
Winner will have 48 hours to respond to email notice that they have won or a different winner will be chosen

Sharing at these parties!

Sunday Link up @ Kansas Women Bloggers
Treasure Box Tuesday @ Yesterfood and Memories by the Mile
Book Musing Mondays @ Mary-andering Creatively
Inspire me Monday @ Create with Joy
Party in your PJ's @ The Cookie Puzzle and bumblebreeblog

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Favorite Cookbooks for Holiday Gifts

Its that time of year for Gift Giving!   If you have someone on your list that loves to cook or bake ( or both ) 
 I have some wonderful Cookbook ideas for you!

Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove Cookbook

There are over 130 recipes in this cookbook from Charlotte, Teri, Olivia 
and the other ladies from Cedar Cove!
Visit for more information about this wonderful cookbook!


Around the Table by Martina McBride

If you are a Country Music fan, then I'm sure that you will love this new cookbook from Martina McBride!  She is one of my favorite singers.
This cookbook features her favorite recipes with menu planning advice, entertaining tips and decor inspiration.
For more information about this cookbook visit Martina McBrides
official online store 


Gooseberry Patch - Christmas in the Country

I love Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks!  They are lovely to give as gifts, or to collect for yourself!  =)

For more information about this Cookbook and other Gooseberry Patch cookbooks, visit their website

What are some of your Favorite Cookbooks? 

For more Cookbook ideas, visit my Cookbook Board 

Sharing at:
 Book Musings Monday - Week 2 @ Mary-andering Creatively
Freedom Fridays @ My Turn for Us, Love Bakes Good Cakes and With a Blast
Friendship Friday Blog Party @ Create with Joy
Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop @ Ducks 'n a Row

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Book Giveaway and Book Musings Monday

Join us today for the kick off of this fun new Hop!  Book Musing Mondays

To Celebrate this new Hop, several bloggers have joined together for a Fun Giveaway!  See below for details.  I'm giving away a copy of "Mr. Miracle" by Debbie Macomber.  I'm currently reading "Mr. Miracle" and love it! ( * The winner will receive a new copy from the Publisher ) 

The winner of the Giveaway will receive all the books that are being given away!  How fun!  

Welcome to

Book Musing Mondays final (1)
Book Musing Hosts

Our hop, Book Musing Mondays, is born out of a desire to promote family-friendly books and literacy activities.

 To kick off this great new hop we are also having a giveaway! 

Your hosts have partnered with other book review bloggers to bring you this great give away!

 Mary at Mary-andering Creatively is giving away two books:

A Donkeys Tale Win

 Ashley at Circling the Story is giving away this wonderful cookbook

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 Book bloggers participating and the books they are giving away are:


Melissa from My Recent Favorite Books
 Her giveaway book is a wonderful family-friendly romance


Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber celebrates the most wonderful time of the year in this heartwarming Christmas novel of romance, hope, and the comforts of home—coming soon as a Hallmark Channel original movie!
Harry Mills is a guardian angel on a mission: help twenty-four-year-old Addie Folsom get her life back on track—and, if the right moment strikes, help her find love. Posing as a teacher at a local college in Tacoma, Washington, Harry is up to the task, but not even he can predict the surprises that lay in store.
   Also joining us is Carole from the Power of Words.

She will be giving away the book:


 We will have one winner who will receive a convoy of mail with each of these books.
Each blogger will either send the books to the winner or have the publishers send them to him or her! 

Just imagine, if you are the winner, you will have five separate gift packages of these books arriving almost daily in your mail box. It will be a Christmas bonanza of fun books for you and your family to enjoy. To participate in the giveaway complete the entry form below.

You have until December 14 to complete the entries. Good Luck!

This Linky Party is closed - but you can join Mary and Ashley on the second week of Book Musings Monday -
 visit Marys website @

Now it is time to link up to the first Book Musings Monday hop!

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  • Include a link back or the blog hop button linked to this hop on your posts.
  • Link up the urls to your posts not to your blog.
  • Please remember this is a family-friendly linkup. We reserve the right to delete any posts that are not family friendly. We love all kinds of literature and genres including family-friendly inspirational romances. We do not welcome anything with excessive sexual content or cursing.
  • Be sure to visit at least two other bloggers' posts and share comment love! Remember it is also nice to follow them on their social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.

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