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Reading Wednesday | When Silence Sings

I'll be honest, historical novel, When Silence Sings, by Sarah Loudin Thomas, wasn't what I expected. Perhaps I should have read the back copy more clearly. However, once I was into the story, it sucked me right in. Coleman Harpe has excellent hearing. He also wants to be a preacher. The problem is, his family … Continue reading Reading Wednesday | When Silence Sings

Make it Monday | Making Cranberries

With Halloween in the rear-view, our attention is turning toward the upcoming holiday season. In the United States, Thanksgiving is the next major holiday, though Christmas preparations like to make an early appearance. However, whether your focus is on Thanksgiving or Christmas first, there's a little berry that often shows up on tables over the … Continue reading Make it Monday | Making Cranberries

Reading Wednesday | Deadly Deceit

Some book reviews are a challenge to write. Like this one. Because the book was so good it's hard to do it justice in a few hundred words. That's why I'm adding a new author to my favorite author list: Natalie Walters. Deadly Deceit is the second book in her Harbored Secrets series and only … Continue reading Reading Wednesday | Deadly Deceit

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

Reading Wednesday | The Lady and the Lionheart

I won't deny that I love free books. Better than free books, however, are ones given as gifts, especially when the book is one of the gifter's favorites. That was the case with The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof. This was the first book by Joanne that I have read, though I have … Continue reading Reading Wednesday | The Lady and the Lionheart

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

Reading Wednesday | Aiming for Love

Aiming for Love by Mary Connealy is an historical romance set in the mountains of Colorado. When Josephine Nordegren's curiosity gets the better of her, she must decide whether or not to invite strangers into her family's sanctuary. Cattle owner David Warden plans to make a new life in the mountains above his childhood home. … Continue reading Reading Wednesday | Aiming for Love

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

Reading Wednesday | Hope’s Highest Mountain

I love historical fiction and a story set in late 1800s Montana is for sure going to be among my favorites. Hope's Highest Mountain, by Misty M. Beller, follows the journey of Ingrid Chastain and Micah Bradley as they attempt to deliver vials of the smallpox vaccine to a mountain town battling the epidemic. However, injury, illness, … Continue reading Reading Wednesday | Hope’s Highest Mountain

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