July 1, 2020

4th of july cocktail hack

For many of us, we are heading into a long weekend with cook outs and hopefully, time spent with family–from a safely masked distance. As we prepare for food, fireworks, and (possibly) friends–here’s a quick cocktail hack to help save time and keep you focused on the quality time amongst your loved ones. (Or, a quick cocktail to sip as you indulge in some weekend reads.) Ingredients – Individual bottle of your favorite white wine –I tried Riesling and Moscato and found that I enjoyed the Moscato a bit more – Simple syrup –1/2 c sugar –1/2 c water – Club soda – Ice – Sugar for the rim of the glass – Strawberries – Blueberries – Mint for garnish Directions Combine…

say my name, by j. kenner

Say My Name is the first in a trilogy that’s a spin-off of the Stark series by J. Kenner. While Damien and Nikki Stark from the Stark series do appear in this book, its focus is on Jackson Steele and Sylvia Brooks. Jackson is a world-renowned architect and Sylvia is Damien’s assistant. Sylvia’s star is on the rise with Damien’s real estate subsidiary and she’s doing far less assistant work and managing the build...

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crock-pot pulled pork bbq

Chef Michelle is on the scene once again! I am a huge crock-pot fan! Throw a bunch of stuff in, walk out the door, and when you get home dinner is done. Who doesn’t love that?! I wanted to share this super simple recipe that is a family favorite. I’m not sure what magazine I ripped this out of years ago but I hope you like it as much as we do. ENJOY! Hands-on Time: 10...

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rt booklovers convention

So, I have been slightly MIA the last couple of weeks. Not because I haven’t been reading. And not because I don’t have some recipes in my back pocket. It’s because I’ve been spending the last few weeks furiously preparing for the RT Booklovers Convention in Dallas, TX. And it’s here! This is my first convention/conference of this nature and it’s not related to my day job. Already, I’m having a great time! My brother...

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wicked (the play)

There is good in Baltimore. There is culture and positivity. While that clearly has not been the focus the past week, it’s important people know that it does exist here. And while I’m not a Baltimore native, I hate for only the negativity to be highlighted when speaking about the city. So… I was pretty sure I was the last person on the eastern seaboard who hadn’t seen the play Wicked. Therefore, a couple of...

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pray for baltimore and nepal

For the last 20 years, I’ve called Baltimore home. While I no longer reside within the city limits, I am not far away, and it is therefore with a very heavy heart that I type this. No city deserves what Baltimore is currently enduring. I can only hope and pray that the violence, fires, looting, and riots cease immediately, order is restored, and the city can begin to heal. It’s going to take a...

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pillsbury pull-aparts

In a three-way (minds out of gutter) text between myself and two of my oldest and dearest friends, Lisa asked for Easter recipes. Meg and I dove right in to provide some. Lisa used none of them and Meg and I proceeded to add to our collection. I see why this is a go-to for her when she has house-guests. Meg, thanks for sending it! And Lisa, thanks for asking–next time, try this one! Enjoy!...

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