Live 🌈 Laugh 😹 Love πŸ’œ

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• How wonderful of you to peek in πŸ‘€

I can’t really think of a proper opening sentence for this post – the title really says it all πŸ€“

So…without further ado…here’s Live – Laugh – Love πŸ’œ

✨Live ✨

As the years go by, I realize that ‘living’ is not in the Party-Weekends (even though they were pretty awesome 😜) – it is more in the little, everyday things.

Like Danny Kaye said – “Life is a great, big canvas; throw all the paint at it you can” 😍

 I have this wonderful book…


It sits on the coffee table, and just looking at it reminds me that life is good. 😊

The author spend 50 years collecting ‘Happy Moments’, and I’m so glad she decided to write them all down….things like a buzzing bumblebee, the library, the smell of northern air, BLTs, falling leaves, children singing, a pink daisy, and so on. Isn’t it wonderful? πŸ˜ƒ

✨Laugh✨

I just leave this here…πŸ˜‚


There is a chance that I laughed a lot harder at this than I should have 😝

✨Love✨

Love and friendship can get you through pretty much everything, don’t you think? πŸ€—

The amazing Tami at Tanglewood Knots wrote this beautiful poem πŸ’œ It makes my heart smile

A Friendship Fairy 
A Friendship Fairy touched my cheek

Her wings the brightest blue

Like dew drops kissed by sunshine

The loveliest of hues.

She beckoned me to follow her

To a special place she knew

Where like flowers in a garden

The kindest people grew.

We danced across the ocean waves

Both laughing as we flew

And when we landed, to my delight

She’d brought me straight to you!

πŸŒΈπŸŒΌπŸŒΊπŸŒΌπŸŒΈπŸŒΌπŸŒΊπŸŒΌπŸŒΈπŸŒΌπŸ„πŸŒΌπŸŒΈπŸŒΌπŸŒΊπŸŒΌπŸŒΈπŸŒΌπŸŒΊπŸŒΌπŸŒΈπŸŒ»πŸŒΊπŸŒΈπŸŒΌπŸŒΊπŸŒΌπŸŒΈπŸŒΌπŸŒΊπŸŒΌπŸŒΈπŸŒΌπŸŒΊ

I leave you with this now…won’t babble on πŸ˜‰…let you enjoy it a bit more 

Smiles, love and hugs to you all πŸ’•

Advertisements

Recipe (related) Friday ~ My New Cookbook πŸ˜€

Hello and ‘Happy Friday’ my lovely friends 😍 Thanks for visiting! 

Look what I found at our library’s book sale (minus spoon and whisk 😝)


Always on the lookout for new recipes I didn’t hesitate for a second and put it in my (big πŸ˜‰) pile. 

And what a gem it is! πŸ€“  Not only has it recipes from every part of the country, there are also the author’s travel stories, and regional photos from days gone by. πŸ™‚

I plan to cook and share – starting next week! πŸ˜€

Here’s the index for part one 


Anything in particular you definitely wanna see here soon? Let me know! πŸ€— I’m looking forward to your comments/suggestions! 

Now I’m gonna go sit on the patio, listen to the lovely birds, and read some more. 😎

Until next time πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

Literary CoffeeΒ 

I love everything COFFEE πŸ’• and this is so clever, I had to share it with you all πŸ€—

‘Jane Austen’ is gorgeous, and ‘Hemingway’ made me chuckle πŸ˜‚


Which one is your favorite? 😊

Sadly the artist was not mentioned…I’d love to give her/him credit! So if you know anything about that, please let me know! 😘

Books ~ My Year in ‘Review’

I love books! They’ve been a part of my life ever since I can remember. Even though I’ve been warned …. πŸ˜‚


πŸ’₯~from a newspaper article, 1914 

Over the years I enjoyed numerous genres – the common denominator being …crime. It was always some kind of murder mystery ~ Agatha’s Miss Marple (of course!), Sue Grafton, David Rosenfelt, Susan Wittig Albert to name just a few I can remember. Then came Nora Roberts! Everything Nora Roberts…not always a murder mystery, but mysterious nonetheless.
If I had to pick a favorite, I would say Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum! Right?!  πŸ€“    I have to ask…Ranger or Morelli? 😍

For quite some time now I’m reading (and enjoying immensely) ‘Cozy Mysteries’.
I think my love for those began with Jessica Fletcher. Yep, ‘Murder, she wrote’ is an all-time favorite of mine.  πŸ€“   I love the small-town setting, the everyday life of ordinary people, the clever way she solved every murder in her vicinity. The way her life was going, I would have been afraid to be close to her – I just know that I’d either be the victim, or the suspect    πŸ˜ But it’s fun being on the outside looking in.

Back to 2016 and my ‘cozies’.
~1. I started the year finishing the (seemingly) last installment of Madelyn Alt’s ‘Bewitching Mystery’ series – ‘Home for a Spell’. I really enjoyed this series, and I’m quite sad that it looks like there won’t be another book. Nobody seems to know what happened to Ms. Alt. There are rumors that a new book will be released soon…We’ll see, I keep an eye on it.

~2. Once I finished this one, I browsed through the ‘customers also bought’ section, and discovered Bailey Cates’ “A Magical Bakery Mystery” series. Oh, fun!
Cookies, Scones, Witches, Spells, and Recipes (for the cookies, not the spells!     )
Having a small business myself I love the ‘small bakery’ setting! The good news is that there are seemingly endless suggestions for me! If you like to take a closer look, check it out here πŸ“š

Don’t you love it when you discover a book, and then find out that it is a part of a series and you get to read them all right away?! When you don’t have to wait a year for the next one?
Well, that happened with the ‘Magical Bakery’ series, and also with…

~3. ‘A Witchcraft Mystery’ by Juliet Blackwell

image

By now I’m not just looking for the small business setting, but also for the ‘witchy’ part.
I find the magical, paranormal, mysterious very fascinating, and Juliet Blackwell really hit a home-run with this series!
The series starts with ‘Secondhand Spirits’. Here we meet Lily Ivory, vintage clothing shop owner, and witch. After years of traveling, trying to ‘fit in’ somewhere, she finally feels at home in San Francisco. Then murder and mayhem start happening – and she has to team up with other ‘undercover’ witches to solve murders and some very ‘unusual’ occurrences. If you wanna dive right in, or read a sample here you go

~4. About half-way through the year I stumbled upon ‘It Takes a Witch’ – you can see why that caught my eye   😊  It’s the first one in the ‘Wishcraft’ series. The first one!!! Eureka!
Some more witches – this time with a little twist! Darcy lives in a town called ‘Enchanted Village’ surrounded by other ‘Wishcrafters’ – meaning they get to grant wishes- and other magical humans. Together they follow their magical paths, and solve a few crimes on the side.

image

~5. This series is a regular one – no witches, demons, or other otherwordly spirits.
The authour is Diane Vallere, and these two are from her ‘Material Witness Mystery Series’.
It was a fun read. Small town (and small business  πŸ€—  ) with likeable characters, the mystery is not too obvious, and it’s beautifully written. Overall a great new series, and I’ll be definitely looking for the next (third) book.
image

~6. I ended the year with a brandnew favorite – the ‘Pyper Rayne’ series. The first book is called “Spirits, Stilettos, and a Silver Bustier” by Deanna Chase.
This series is a spin-off of the ‘Jade Calhoun’ series, and is an amazing ride.
Pyper is a coffee-shop-owner and a medium. Murder, Mystery, Ghosts, a Witch, and a little bit of love  – doesn’t get better than this, right?!  If you wanna meet Pyper and her friends or just read a sample…here it is

Most of these books I found on Amazon* – and I must say, I love the ‘download a sample’ feature. They give you enough pages (for free!) to let you judge the book (so you don’t have to do it by the cover  πŸ˜‰ )

I just started a new (to me) series….also by Diane Vallere- I’ll tell you about that next time! πŸ€—

Until then

~Tina xoxo
*I am not affiliated with Amazon or the authors. I just love books, want to share the joy I found in these stories. πŸ’•