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Do you enjoy arts and crafts? Memories of family and friends? Handmade creations like original jewelry or soft crochet scarfs? Then you'll love it here, where we explore all of this plus much more. So grab a cup of your favorite brew, relax, and join me in my journey.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

It's Time To Move And Expand

Hello all.
I know it's been quite a while since my last post, but sometimes life just gets in the way.
I just wanted to let everyone know that I will be moving my blog, and website, to Wordpress.
So, while you may not see me here for a bit, I will be back.

Be blessed,
Debbi

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

YBC Book Review - The Marauders by Tom Cooper



I like to read, and I like music, and I love most genres (except horror...and rap).  So while most of my reading is faith based, I do enjoy trying new things,   That's why I picked "The Marauders" by Tom Cooper.  Boy, was that a mistake. :0(

Here's what I read about the book and why I ordered it...

"When the BP oil spill devastates the Gulf coast, those who made a living by shrimping find themselves in dire straits. For the oddballs and lowlifes who inhabit the sleepy, working class bayou town of Jeannette,  these desperate circumstances serve as the catalyst that pushes them to enact whatever risky schemes they can dream up to reverse their fortunes. At the center of it all is Gus Lindquist, a pill-addicted, one armed treasure hunter obsessed with finding the lost treasure of pirate Jean Lafitte. His quest brings him into contact with a wide array of memorable characters, ranging from a couple of small time criminal potheads prone to hysterical banter, to the smooth-talking Oil company middleman out to bamboozle his own mother, to some drug smuggling psychopath twins, to a young man estranged from his father since his mother died in Hurricane Katrina. As the story progresses, these characters find themselves on a collision course with each other, and as the tension and action ramp up, it becomes clear that not all of them will survive these events."

And what I got was....more cuss words and un-funny situations then you would find on an active navel vessel!  Seriously...it was that bad.  I was only able to get through the first four chapters, and still looking for anything even remotely funny.  Nothing.  And with EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER using toilet vocabulary in EVERY SINGLE SENTENCE....well, all I could do was close the book and move on to another one.  I tried several times to read this book, and I even skimmed through the middle and the end, but it was still the same...f*** this and f*** that...ugh.

While I am a faithful child of God, I am certainly not a prude, this book was just distasteful.  As a writer myself, I totally understand creating and filling out characters and settings and maybe needing a word or two for gritty effect, but the excessive use of this language was simply laziness on the part of Tom Cooper.  The story line may have gotten better, but the repeated use of simple cuss phrases took away any interest in the story.  I have spent time in Louisiana, and have meet kind and funny people, who had a better grasp on the use of the English language.  The people of Louisiana should be insulted to be portrayed this way!

And to close up this review, let me just say that while I usually keep or give away the books I receive for my reviews, this one I burned.  I don't have any enemies that I dislike enough to share this book with them. lol

Have you ever read, or tried to read, a book that just was not worth your time?
Be blessed,
Debbi

 "I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."

Monday, June 1, 2015

Our Sunday Brunch - BBQ Hawaiian Bagels

Yesterday I made a quick and easy light meal for brunch.  I love quick, easy, and light.
You want to see it???


Take some bangles and toast them under the broiler.  I used plain bagels, but I'm sure any flavor would just add to the taste.
While the bagels were toasting, tear up some large leaf lettuce for your salad.  I prefer red leaf lettuce, but I only had green.  Really any lettuce will do.  Just an FYI, the large leaf lettuce is more nutritious that iceberg lettuce.  Wash, rinse, and spin dry.














Next up, some BBQ sauce.  I just use what ever flavor I have handy.  Then a pineapple ring, some smoked ham, and shaved cheese.  Then pop this back under the broiler.  While that's melting, I finished the salad with some tomatoes, carrots, and corn.  I like tortilla strips and hubby is partial to croutons.















Broil just enough to warm through and melt the cheese...and there you have it.
All the different flavors, from the bite of BBQ to the sweet pineapple to the smoked ham just all work together to tingle your tastebuds.

So, what is your favorite easy Sunday brunch meal?

Be blessed,
Debbi

Saturday, May 30, 2015

YBC Book Review - The Choosing by Rachelle Dekker

It's time for another Tyndale Blog Network book review and this time I chose a fiction,
All I can say is
BRAVO!


I loved this book....suspense, faith, love, mystery, all rolled up into one great story.

Carrington is a young woman that has just become of age to marry, only no man chooses her.  So according to the law, she is sent away to work as a servant supporting the rest of society.  But it's a society that has sprung up after a great catastrophe has destroyed the life as we know it.  Now a select few men control every aspect of the peoples lives, according to how they interpret scripture.

In her new and unhappy life, Carrington meets up with a girl she knew from school, and this girl introduces Carrington to Aaron, the man who teaches people that they are worth loving, and the their Father loves them, despite what society tells them.  And she finds love.

Now throw in some murder, mystery, and loving emotions, and this becomes a book you won't want to put down, I didn't.  The best part?  There is a sequel coming out in Spring 2016.  Oh how I hate to wait. lol

Here's a little info about the author, Rachelle Dekker.  She is the daughter of best-selling author Ted Dekker.  And while her writing style is similar to her father's, she is an amazing talent all on her own, and I am sure that she will receive many awards during her career.

You can learn more about her at
Rachelle Dekker.

I give this book 10 stars!

Be blessed,
Debbi

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