Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Tonight's Meteor Shower by Cindy Flores Martinez

 

Heads up! There's a meteor shower happening tonight. If you haven't already heard, the Perseid Meteor Shower has been dazzling the nighttime sky. The peak is going to last until the early hours of the 13th.

While you're looking up, you might spot the fading NEOWISE comet below the Big Dipper. I first saw it a couple of weeks ago. It was spectacular! August has been such an exciting time for stargazers.

What about you? Have you seen the comet or meteor shower? Do you enjoy gazing at the night sky?


  

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

The Beauty Of Love At Any Age by Josie Riviera

Love is wonderful and comes in so many forms.




Defined by Miriam-Webster as:

·      strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties. Such as parental love for a child.

·      attraction based on affection and tenderness felt by lovers. As in romantic love between partners.

·      warm attachment, enthusiasm, or devotion. This could be a favorite sports team or musical artist.

·      to hold dear. Perhaps a favorite gift that holds great memories.

·      to like or desire actively; take pleasure in. An activity that brings you joy, maybe sewing or running.

 

Saying “I love….” can mean so very many things!

Today I’m focusing on romantic love and marriage.

Through the years, there has been a societal shift.

Years ago, couples married young. Now, marriage is frequently left until later and divorce is, sadly, more common. We have more second marriages than was the norm of days gone by.

Sometimes, love can be found later in life.

We hear stories where sweethearts reunite, finding they are both unattached and marry so they can enjoy their later years together.

In my newest contemporary romance release, A Chocolate-Box Summer Breeze, the main characters, Emily and Joe, fall in love in their 70’s. It is a sweet story, and one you will enjoy.

Do you agree that romantic love is for all ages, not just the young, but the young at heart too?

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Josie Riviera is a USA TODAY bestselling author of contemporary, inspirational, and historical sweet romances that read like Hallmark movies. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband. They share their home with an adorable shih tzu, who constantly needs grooming, and live in an old house forever needing renovations.

 


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Saturday, August 8, 2020

Are you a pet person? by Christine Bush


Are you a pet person?  In my family, we’ve always had pets.  This has included dogs (and puppies) , cats (and kittens), birds, fish, hamsters, chickens, hermit crabs,  and many years ago, my husband had a goat.


In the past many years, our pets have come to us through the “rescue route”, either through organizations dedicated to homing distressed and deserted animals, or  through a troubled friend or relative who could no longer care for their furry (or feathered) friend.

Pets get blended right into the family.  It seems we also have become our extended family’s “pet care and resort” when they vacation or have needed to travel.

So it’s no wonder that in many of my books, my characters pets are front and center in the story.  I feel that characters with beloved pets are very appealing and have a heart for romance!

With so much love for animals, it’s become so clear to me that this pandemic, and general interruption of life “as we are used to it” has had a great effect on the folks who care for and protect animals in our society.



Shelters have had to operate without the volunteers who offer their time and abilities to keep animals healthy and happy while waiting for adoption.

In some ways, amazingly good things have happen.  I’ve heard many happy stories of families who have decided to adopt a pet during this time when they would be home for bonding and training. Lots of animals have found a forever home. That’s a good thing.

But some have lost their home too.  People in severe economic stress have had to turn over animals, losing their living space, losing their means to buy food and supplies.

Zoos have continued to feed and care for their inhabitants, operating without their ticket revenues and volunteers.

Vet care has struggled to continue to offer services to sick pets, losing employees, and “social distancing” their pets and owners for health and safety.

There’s lots of ways to help animals (and their owners) in this crisis.


Maybe you have been thinking of adopting a pet?  Maybe you know someone who lost their job and would appreciate a big bag of pet food or cat litter?  Maybe you can make a donation to a local shelter?  Maybe you can renew your zoo membership, even though you might not get there this year?

My book “Hannah’s Heart” is a sweet romance novella set in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania. Hannah is a physical therapist who also volunteers at a struggling local animal shelter.  Besides the all- important event of falling in love (happily ever after is always a given!), the animal shelter gets some big time help.  It’s a win-win!

And I want to make it a Win-win-win.  Go click and buy this book (available in book and print) this month.  All of my royalties on this book this month (August 2020) will be donated to a local animal shelter to help them get through this tough time. I’ve chosen the “The Last Chance Ranch”, where homeless horses, dogs and cats reside in peace, health, and safety until a new home is found.

https://www.amazon.com/Hannahs-Heart-Christine-Bush-ebook/dp/B07RFDY79R/

 

Are you a pet person?  I’d love to hear!

Christine Bush is a USA Today Bestselling author of romance, romantic mystery, and suspense.  She can be found living in the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania with her husband and 2 lazy cats, and spending time with her 14 grandchildren.   When she’s not writing, she’s teaching Psychology at a local college, and working with clients in her private practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She loves to hear from readers and writers!


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A good for you bone broth soup by Kristin Wallace

Eating healthy isn't always easy. (I don't succeed much of the time.) However, I did find a soup recipe that is really delicious and super healthy. It uses something called bone broth, and it's very easy to make. If you're trying to cleanse your system, lose some weight, or you're following the Keto diet, it's also good for that.

Easy Bone Broth Soup

Ingredients:

Chicken bone broth (you can make your own but I buy the boxed kind you can get in the soup aisle. I usually get Swanson brand)

Cauliflower rice (you can make your own using fresh cauliflower and a food processor or buy a frozen package)

Cup of diced carrots 

Can of peas (drained)

Can of Cannellini beans (drained)

1/2 cup of parsley

Teaspoon of thyme

Olive oil

Directions:

In a large pot, sautee the carrots and cauliflower rice with a little bit of olive oil. You can also add diced onion if you like it. Cook on medium-high heat for about 8 minutes or until the carrots get softer. 

Pour in the whole box of chicken bone broth

Add the peas, Cannellini beans, parsley & thyme. Stir and bring to a boil. 

Lower to a simmer. Cover the soup and let it simmer for 20 minutes.

You are DONE!

If you want more protein, you can add cooked chicken, either chunks or shredded. I use the prepared rotisserie chicken you can get from the deli section of the store. 

See...wasn't that easy? And it's so good! 

Kristin Wallace is the USA Today Best Selling Author of inspirational romance and women’s fiction filled with Love, Laughter and a Leap of Faith. She is the author of the three best selling series, Shellwater Key Tales, Palm Cove Tales, and Covington Falls Chronicles. 



Friday, August 7, 2020

Mountain Climbing Anyone? ~ Jean C. Gordon

Anyone here climbed a mountain? Some years ago, my husband and I attempted to climb Mt. Marcy, the highest peak in New York--5,344 feet. It's in the Adirondack Mountains. However, we started too late in the morning and by late afternoon had gotten only about half way to the peak. Then, we got spooked by some paw prints we were afraid were bear prints and turned around. By the time we got back to the base, we were sure the prints were probably from a dog. 😌

Josh Lewis, the hero in my new No Brides Club book No Time for Adventure, is a much more experienced mountain climber. He's climbed mountains, scaled cliffs, and is a certified skydiving instructor. If it's an extreme sport, he's done it and probably offers it through his No Limits Adventure Tours. My heroine Victoria Hambersby isn't nearly as adventuresome. Or is she?

Released Today ~ August 7



The No Brides Club: A group of women friends makes a pact not to let love interfere with their careers. Could meeting the right man at the wrong time cause them to break their vows? A New Release the 1st Friday of each month through 2020 (All books can be read as standalones.)

Mental health nurse practitioner Victoria Hambersby is on the verge of completing her career dream to create a VA program that will help vets with physical and mental challenges stretch their abilities. Needless to say, Vic is completely blindsided when she is informed that she must combine her program with that of Joshua Lewis, the owner of “No Limits” extreme adventure company. 

Since two of his sisters are also members of the No Brides Club, Josh is aware of the no romance before career goals motto. So while he finds Vic attractive, the focus needs to stay on finding a way to blend their proposal ideas. Which won’t be easy, as they both have baggage from the past coloring their viewpoints.

To get a better idea of what Josh’s company has to offer, Vic agrees to a weekend adventure, which despite herself, stirs her inner thrill-seeker. Surprisingly they may have more in common than they believe, but can they overcome their defensive barriers to let go of the past and reach for the future?  






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Monday, August 3, 2020

Eggplant Tomato Parmesan Bake #Recipe by @Donna_Fasano


I went to a local farmer’s market yesterday and bought eggplants, tomatoes, a red onion, and some peaches. Yum! Today, I made a veggie bake that turned out really delicious. Here’s the simple recipe:

Eggplant Tomato Parmesan Bake    

4 baby eggplant, peeled and sliced lengthwise
2/3 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
1 egg, beaten
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
2 medium tomatoes, sliced
1/2 of a medium red onion, sliced thin and separated into rings
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste

1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Fry the eggplant in two batches so the pan isn’t too crowded. To fry: Place 1 Tablespoon of the oil in a skillet and set over medium heat. Beat the egg in a shallow bowl. Place the breadcrumbs on a plate. Dip the eggplant slices into the beaten egg and then coat with breadcrumbs. Fry the eggplant until golden brown, about 5 minutes per side. Remove the first batch to a plate and then add the other tablespoon of oil to the pan and fry the second batch.

2. Layer the vegetables. Spray an oven proof dish with baking spray. (I used a 10-inch quiche dish. Use your favorite dish.) Arrange half the eggplant in a single layer in the bottom of the dish. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of the Parmesan cheese on the eggplant. Spread a layer of onion rings over the eggplant and cheese. Cover the onions with the sliced tomatoes. Season the tomatoes with salt and pepper to your taste. Add the remaining eggplant to the dish for the final layer.

3. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the vegetables are baked to your liking. (I baked mine for 30 minutes as I don’t like my veggies to become too mushy.) Remove foil and sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of Parmesan over the top. Bake for 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.

Harvest time has begun! I love fresh vegetables. This simple casserole is easy and it lends itself to any kind of herbs or seasonings you might like to add. If you like spicy food, add a pinch of red pepper over the top. Or try a pinch of Italian Seasoning or oregano. If you like more cheese, add more cheese. If you like a different kind of cheese, add a different kind of cheese.

I hope you enjoy! What are YOUR favorite summertime veggies?

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Saturday, August 1, 2020

Lyn Cote's Mom's Nameless Summer Recipe


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I am a foodie and I married a foodie and we raised two foodies. When my son was engaged to be married, I asked him what my future dil's favorite foods were so I would make what she liked. His reply; "She doesn't really have any favorites."

I'm afraid that there was a very pregnant pause. The thought that someone didn't have a favorite food dumbfounded me.

My favorite food is of course watermelon. Always has been, always will be. If you want a chunk of watermelon all summer long, my refrigerator is the place to go. We eat at least 1 a week. My brother and I used to go through 2 a week as kids!

For every celebration, our family has favorite foods. Also for every season we have favorite foods.

But my family was outclassed by my husband's clan.

I remember when I married my dh that I was a bit astounded that his family celebrated each birthday with not one, but two birthday cakes and with one or two kinds of ice cream. And then I figured out why!

The Cote family motto is "I'll have a little bit of each." I've threatened to cross stitch that and hang it on the wall of --where else?--our kitchen!

Well, I love my daughter-in-law and my son was wrong--she is a foodie. 

So here's one of my favorite summer desserts which was an original recipe by my mom. Therefore it doesn't have a fancy title or any title really. Maybe you'll post a suggested title for me.

Ingredients:
2 small packages of orange JELLO
2 cups vanilla ice cream, softened
1/2 pint of fresh washed blueberries
1/2 cantaloupe, cubed or balled


Prepare JELLO according to package directions. Then while still warm, stir in ice cream, then berries, then melon. Chill and serve. If served as salad, plain. If served as dessert, top with whipped cream.
This is beautiful to the eye, takes advantage of some of the in season summer fruits and it's delicious.
So what should we call it? I need a name for it.


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