Book Covers: Judge by? Yay or Nay? πŸ€“

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

When you go to your favorite bookstore…how do you decide what goes home with you? What attracts you to a particular book? Is it the color? Artwork? Subject matter?

Or do you rely solely on the recommendations of friends/blogs/social media?

Since I don’t read “Bookclub Recommendations” πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ or books everyone is talking about, I do go by beautiful spines/covers, followed by intriguing titles.

Today I wanna show you some of the pretty ones on my bookshelf.

1. the beach street knitting society and yarn club

You can see why I picked that one up 😊 and it didn’t disappoint. It’s a wonderful story about motherhood, starting over, and friendship.

2. Music Of The Spheres is a historical novel set in the London of 1795. The war, espionage, murder, family bonds – this debut novel has it all. It’s a fascinating story, that has been described as ‘unputdownable’ πŸ™‚

3. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

I admit, I have not read this book yet. Reading about injustice – that is (for me) not the easiest task. And since this book is about the Salem witches and the trials…well, you can see the dilemma. πŸ˜• But I will get to it eventually, as I find the subject very intriguing, and fascinating.

4. The Painted Bridge

This is not an easy read – it’s a historical novel about a victorian lady, Anna, brought to an asylum by her new husband…he sounds like a peach, doesn’t he? 🀨

Anna tries to prove her sanity, but no one is willing to listen. It’s a story about betrayal, but also takes a look at the startling history of the psychiatric field, the treatment of women.

5. An Enigmatic Disappearance

The “Inspector Alvarez Mysteries” are smartly plotted, set in front of the beautiful scenery of Mallorca, and very enjoyable ‘who-dunnits’ πŸ€“

6. The Thirteenth Tale

This book is from my ‘to-be-read’ pile. The cover is one of the most beautiful ones on my shelf 😍 That cover, and the reviews that claim ‘Lovers of books about book lovers will be enthralled’ (Booklist) and ‘A first rate mystery that lovingly invokes both Jane Eyre and Rebecca’ (Entertainment Weekly) had me convinced that this tale has to come home with me. 😌

7. Winter Street

It’s a beautiful cover, but the story failed to hold my attention. I have to say though, that I started it halfway into the recent Virus-crisis, when I had a lot of trouble concentrating on anything. So I will give it another try, because it does sound like it would be a charming read. πŸ™‚

8. New Chronicles of Rebecca

The sequel to “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm” was published in 1907. 😍

While the cover is most beautiful, what I find truly wonderful is the inscription πŸ₯°

Now I wonder if the ‘artwork’ in the back of the book was drawn by Gladys’ and Joe’s offspring 😊

9. The House at the Edge of Night

A tale about four generations of a family on a beautiful island off the coast of Italy, The House at the Edge of Night’ will draw you in, and you will love the visit. Spanning nearly a century this enchanting story follows the life of the Esposito family, will take you to the island, to the bougainvillea draped cafe that’s the center of the island life – The House at the Edge of Night’.

10. “Pucki” Series

These wonderful, treasured books have been in my family since they were published in the mid-to-late 1930s. They follow a girl, ‘Pucki’, through her life, from toddler, through the school years, university, marriage, motherhood, to her ‘golden years’, where she becomes a Grandmother. 😊 They are beautifully written young adult novels, that I read many, many times. πŸ₯°

I hope you enjoyed this peek at my bookshelf. πŸ€“

Don’t forget to let me know what makes you wanna buy a book! 😏

I’m looking forward to hearing from you! πŸ’•


What’s For Dinner? The Best ‘White Chicken Chili’~ Honestly πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ³

Hello my lovely friends 😍

If you’re scratching your head, wondering what to make for dinner – look no further!   

No worries, I’m not gonna tell you how my great-grandma broke her toe in 1929, and all she could eat was chicken, and…πŸ˜‰

So, without further ado – here’s what you need for the best ‘White Chicken Chili’ I ever ate!


1 lb. Chicken meat (Rotisserie Chicken or boneless, skinless chicken breast)
Tbsp. Butter or Coconut Oil
1 yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
24 oz. chicken broth
1 15 oz. can Great Northern Beans
4 oz. can diced green chilies
1 15 oz. can whole kernel corn
Salt, optional
1/21 tsp. black Pepper
1/4 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
Red Pepper Flakes (according to taste)
1-1/2 tsp. dried Marjoram
12 Tbsp. Cilantro Paste (it’s quite strong, so you might want to start with 1 Tsp. and add more later)
1/4 cup Onion-and-Chives cream cheese


Melt the butter or Coconut Oil in a large pot. Add the chicken. Stir to coat.
(If you use raw chicken, cook for about 10 minutes before you continue! I rather cook my chicken too long, than not long enough 😁)

Add the diced Onion and minced Garlic. Stir to combine. Add the spices, Beans, Chilies, Corn, broth and cilantro. Stir. Bring to a brief boil on medium heat. Reduce to low heat and simmer for 30 – 40 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.

Add the cream cheese, stir well, and let simmer for a few more minutes.

Serve and enjoy!

The inspiration for this new menu staple came from The Chunky Chef .
There you can find the original recipe (I did change it up some, because it had a few spices I’m not crazy about πŸ₯΄),  the crockpot instructions, suggested toppings, and many more delicious recipes.*

Here’s a picture (taken from the website, ’cause here dinner’s not ready yet πŸ˜„)

Let me know if/how much you liked it! πŸ€“

I hope to see you you again here soon! Be well! Stay healthy & safe! πŸ’•





The Year In The Rearview Mirror πŸ€

Hello my lovely friends 😍

So, we’re getting ready to wave goodbye to 2020. πŸ‘‹πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ₯‚

And I’m pretty sure that most, if not all of us, love to see it behind us. πŸ™ƒ

There were a lot of ups and downs. But since I don’t have pictures of the ‘downs’, πŸ˜‰ and I don’t wanna bring anyone ‘down’ (see what I did there πŸ˜‹), I’m gonna share with you some pretty pictures of the past year. πŸ’–

I hope you enjoy the show 😊

The Missouri River on a cold January morning…

In February I picked up my pencils again…

March brought the first signs of Spring …

In April we took a lot of long walks, and sometimes I even brought my camera πŸ˜„

Same in May 😎

In June I got out all my vintage cookbooks, and gave them the spotlight they deserve!

And went on more walks…

In July I started training my future Yoga partner 😍 and…well, you know πŸ˜…

In August we witnessed some baby birds getting ready to leave the nest and explore this strange, new world – right from our porch 😊

In September we painted the house…and I got my purple door 😌

In October I voted for the first time since becoming a citizen in 2019 πŸ€“πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

In November I made this unique Advent wreath πŸ•―

December brought some beautiful days with sunshine and balmy temperatures – sprinkled among the icy, freezer-like temps. But we don’t wanna talk about those 😁

This was my year in pretty pictures. Thank you for stopping by and looking! πŸ₯° I hope you enjoyed them all (or at least most of them!) ☺️

All that’s left now is me wishing you a wonderful, healthy, pleasant 2021!

Be well! πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸ₯‚

Your Advent ~ Calendar – Day 24 πŸŽ…πŸΌπŸŽ„πŸ•―

Hello my lovely friends 😍 Happy Christmas Eve!

The last door! And what a beautiful one it is! Let’s see what’s hiding behind it…

It’s the Christmas Star 🌟

The ‘National Geographic’ sent a photographer to Alaska to capture this historic, amazing event. 🌟

To the right you can catch a glimpse of the beautiful Northern Lights!

Well, this is it! Christmas is here πŸ˜ŠπŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸΌ Thank you so much for joining me for this daily countdown to Christmas Day πŸ’– I hope you enjoyed the journey. I know I did!

Have a very merry, safe, peaceful Christmas! πŸ₯°

Your Advent ~ Calendar – Day 23

Hello my lovely friends 😍

Behind today’s door I have a delicious surprise waiting for you!

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies πŸ˜‹ I think Santa will be very happy tonight!

You can find the recipe for these yummy treats here .

A few tips:

– If you use a Standmixer, use the dough hook for the last step (mixing the wet and dry ingredients). Just trust me on this πŸ˜‰

– The dough gets very sticky after a few minutes out of the fridge. So you have to work fast or hire a few helpers. I didn’t do neither, so I had to scrape dough from my hands with a knife πŸ˜…

– I bakes the cookies for about 13 minutes. The texture is more on the crunchy side…but not quite. I hope that makes sense πŸ™ƒ

– I rolled them in granulated sugar, since I didn’t have powdered sugar…and didn’t want to join the crowds at the grocery store today 😏 But the author mentions that her Mom rolls them in granulated sugar. And what’s good enough for Mom, is good enough for me. 😊

Thank you for stopping by and I hope that you’ll be back for the opening of the last door! πŸŽ„

Your Advent + Calendar – Day 22 πŸŽ…πŸΌ

Hello my lovely friends 😍

So…shall we open yesterday’s door? 😬 Of course we should…

It’s a….supercute Hat-Pattern πŸ˜ƒ I don’t know about you, but once I’m 2, 3 months into hat-weather, I get bored by my winter gear, and I- at the very least – need a new hat!😏

This is a easy-to-follow pattern for intermediate crocheters, or adventurous newbies.

At the moment I’m taking a break from crocheting…darn carpal tunnel. 🀨 But as soon as that’s cleared up, this hat will be mine! 😊

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you’ll be back for the opening of the remaining doors. πŸŽ…πŸΌ

Your Advent ~ Calendar – Day 21 πŸŽ…πŸΌ

Hello my lovely friends 😍

So apparently I’ve been trailing behind the actual calendar days πŸ™ˆ How long has that been going on? πŸ˜… I guess we’ll be opening 2 doors tomorrow πŸ˜‹

But first things first…today’s – eh, yesterday’s – door

Wanna talk Christmas Carols? 🎢

Do you have a favorite? Which one makes you reach for the skip/off button on your listening device?

I go first 😁

Favorite is a tough choice πŸ€”

I’ll go with (for every day listening) –

‘I need a little Christmas’ by Johnny Mathis


‘Ugly Christmas Sweater’ by the-one-and-only Garth Brooks 🀠

Those two make me dance around the house every time!

For Christmas Eve –

Silent Night – I don’t have a favorite artist there πŸ•―

Now – which one makes me scramble to the skip/off button?

That’s easy…‘Santa Baby’ – I truly can’t stand listening to that one! I think this song is everything that Christmas is not/should not be about! πŸ˜•

So, that’s my list 🎢🎢🎢 I’d love to hear your carol choices! πŸ₯°

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you’ll be back for the opening of the remaining doors (remember…2 tomorrow πŸ˜‰)

Your Advent ~ Calendar – Day 20 πŸŽ…πŸΌ

Hello my lovely friends 😍

Someone couldn’t wait and already peeked behind the door! πŸ˜‹ Okay, who was it? Doesn’t matter, let’s open it all the way, see what’s there!

It’s a lovely PSA – especially helpful if you have little ones that are quite worried about the jolly guy in the red suit πŸŽ…πŸΌ

I personally was glad to hear it! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•πŸ•―

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you’ll be back for the opening of the remaining doors. πŸ₯°

Your Advent ~ Calendar – Day 19 πŸŽ…πŸΌ

Hello my lovely friends 😍

We’re inching closer to the big day! So let me open this one for ya real quick…

Are you still looking for a last minute gift for a lovely girl on your list?

Well, get hooking! πŸ™ƒ This Headband is ready to go under the tree in just a couple of hours – tops!

You can find the pattern here 😊 It even includes a size chart from kid to adult. πŸŽ‰(Page will open in new window)

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you’ll be back for the opening of the remaining doors! πŸŽ…πŸΌ

Your Advent ~ Calendar – Day 18 πŸŽ…πŸΌ

Hello my lovely friends πŸ₯°

I can’t wait to show you what’s behind Door #18 😍 You’re in for a treat!

Let’s do this…

Good morning, Lansing 🀩

When I was little and the sky was painted pink, my Mom always told us that the angels are baking Christmas cookies! πŸ’– Isn’t that a lovely thought?

Thank you for stopping by and I hope that you’ll be back for the opening of the remaining doors! πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸΌπŸ•―

Have a lovely weekend! Stay well! πŸ€—

Your Advent ~ Calendar – Day 17 πŸŽ…πŸΌ

Hello my lovely friends 😍

Well, what do you know…I’m actually on time to open this lovely door for you πŸ˜…

And here it is – the Masterplan for making Beanies! I love this pattern. It’s super easy and can be used for any size, with any yarn and any stitch. 🀩

Don’t believe me? Well, see for yourself! Just click right here (page will open in a new window).

Here’s a sneak peek…

Happy crocheting! πŸ€“

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you will be back for the opening of the remaining doors! πŸŽ…πŸΌ

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