Make it Monday | Making Fun with Pumpkins, part 2

Last week, we talked about the variety of activities a pumpkin allows us to do. This week, we'll turn our focus to the kitchen. Whether with pumpkin spice or pumpkin puree, pumpkin flavor creates a host of delectable goodies. Depending on the type of kitchen activity you prefer, perhaps you'll find inspiration to satisfy your … Continue reading Make it Monday | Making Fun with Pumpkins, part 2

Make it Monday | Making Fun with Pumpkins, part 1

Whether you like Halloween or not, pumpkins are a mainstay of Fall decorations, food choices, and all-around-fun. Pumpkins come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes. From adorable baby pumpkins, to flat, white pumpkins, to humongous, award-winning pumpkins. Some are better for decoration and others for baking. Depending on your preferred way of expressing … Continue reading Make it Monday | Making Fun with Pumpkins, part 1

Make it Monday | Making Leafy Memories

One of my favorite aspects of fall is the changing colors. I know I'm not alone, especially considering there are whole maps forecasting when peak fall foliage will occur. Mid-October is usually when leaves turn across central Wisconsin. Lake Michigan causes a micro-climate close to its shores, which creates one of the coolest fall color … Continue reading Make it Monday | Making Leafy Memories

Make it Monday | Making Beef Stroganoff

My husband loves beef stroganoff. I usually avoid it. Not because I don't like it; I'm just allergic to one of the primary ingredients: mushrooms. So I embarked on a journey to find a delicious stroganoff that my husband would love and that I could eat. Stroganoff is a perfect October meal. Whenever the weather … Continue reading Make it Monday | Making Beef Stroganoff

Make it Monday | Making Room to Recharge

In a time when we are all encouraged to practice self-care, whether as mothers, fathers, single, married, older, or younger, we are simultaneously pressured to find that nebulous 'thing' that helps each of us capture what will restore our weary souls. Then, if we do discover it, we must find a way to incorporate it … Continue reading Make it Monday | Making Room to Recharge

Reading Wednesday | The Spice King

As soon as I saw the cover for the first book in Elizabeth Camden's new series, I couldn't wait to read it. A historical novel about spices, botany, and political intrigue, it mixes romance with with world of commercial food, business rivalry, and treason. Happily, The Spice King lived up to my hopeful expectations. The … Continue reading Reading Wednesday | The Spice King

Reading Wednesday | City of Secrets

What is justice and can it only be accomplished through the rule of law? City of Secrets, the second book of Victoria Thompson's newest historical fiction series, A Counterfeit Lady, explores this concept when a widow discovers she's unexpectedly penniless. Elizabeth Miles, an ex-grifter, is attempting to live a reformed life in anticipation of becoming … Continue reading Reading Wednesday | City of Secrets

Reading Wednesday | Italian Iced

Italian Iced is the gripping conclusion to Kylie Logan's Ethnic Eats cozy mystery series. Laurel Inwood must face her past when her ex-boss is found dead in her restaurant's freezer and make a decision on her future when her boyfriend asks her to marry him. Laurel is not the only one who harbors ill-will toward … Continue reading Reading Wednesday | Italian Iced

Reading Wednesday | The Tinderbox

Curiosity killed the cat, the saying goes. Sylvia Miller's curiosity might just destroy her family. When she peeks in her dad's tinderbox, she unlocks a secret he has harbored for twenty years. The Tinderbox, by Beverly Lewis, returns readers to Lancaster county and the tightknit Amish community of Hickory Hollow. Sylivia is the only daughter … Continue reading Reading Wednesday | The Tinderbox

Reading Wednesday | Jelly Bean Blessings

Candy Apple Blessings is a favorite book in our house, so when I saw that illustrator Maddie Frost had come out with a new book, I jumped at the chance to review it. Just like Candy Apple Blessings explores the wonders of fall, Jelly Bean Blessings highlights the joys of springtime. Jelly Bean Blessings employs … Continue reading Reading Wednesday | Jelly Bean Blessings