What did you have for dinner last night?

I actually got off work early enough today to be able to cook dinner for myself and my husband. I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE to cook. I love looking for recipes, going shopping for the ingredients, and then making a HUGE mess in my kitchen while I cook. My husband loves my cooking, but he most likely would be happier without the huge mess afterwards… I seriously somehow manage to dirty at least 95% of the pots, pans, and dishes. I honestly don’t know how it happens. But anyways enough about that.

On to the food! I made Ranch chicken, mac and cheese, and  rolls with the special herb butter that I made. It was wonderful. 

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Excuse the paper plate, we tried to dirty less dishes tonight. Makes clean up a lot easier. 

What are you having for dinner? Or what did you have?

Comment below if you’d like to see a recipe for the chicken or the herb butter I made tonight.

Mary

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Free ebooks 9/18/2013

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Today’s free books are all about cooking. I LOVE to cook, I wish I could cook more often then I do now. But with having a full time job with sometimes odd hours its hard to have the time to cook. But enough complaining! And on to the free ebooks!

 

 

I LOVE my crockpot, I use mine so often I don’t even bother putting it away anymore. I found a recipe somewhere online for crockpot Cheese cake. I can’t wait to try it! 

 

Do you like zucchini? I love zucchini bread, and deep fried zucchini (super healthy right?). But I haven’t cooked a lot with zucchini yet. 

 

Do you can your foods? I’ve been wanting to learn how to can, I canned homemade apple butter about a year ago. But that’s all I’ve learned to do so far. 

 

I LOVE LOVE LOVE seafood. I can’t wait to check out the recipes in this book! 🙂

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Free Books 9/17/2013

These are some of  the top rated free books from Amazon. This books are only free for a limited time. I have no control over how long they are free for, so please check the price before purchasing. 🙂

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Beverly Hills Book Award winner, ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award bronze winner, International Book Awards finalist, ForeWord Firsts debut literary competition finalist.

Noah Hartman, eighty years old, lies sick in a hospital bed recounting his life of love and loss to Josh, a wise and compassionate orderly who stopped in to bring him dinner. As Noah’s loved ones arrive one by one to see him, they listen in on his story, and we’re transported back in time to Noah’s younger years.

Though outwardly seeming to have it all, Noah, now thirty-five, is actually an empty, lost, and broken man running on automatic pilot. He has no true identity due to having allowed his powerful, wealthy parents to manipulate, control, and brainwash him from a young age. With the threat of disinheritance and withholding love and approval if he doesn’t comply with the plan they have for his life, Noah is lured in by the reward of great wealth and the illusion of running the family business empire some day. In truth, however, Noah is like a regular, everyday guy living a life that was not meant for him.

Enter Robin, twenty-five years old, who — in direct contrast to Noah — is a vivacious, free spirit. Full of life and always living in the moment, Robin’s love saves Noah by inspiring him to stand up to his parents and live his own life at all costs, reclaiming his true self.

While snorkeling in the Caribbean, the captain of the boat warns them not to disturb anything in the sea. Ignoring the exhortation, Noah dives down and snags a sand dollar from the ocean floor, whereupon it explodes in his hand. With the fragile sand dollar taking on new significance, Robin inexplicably leaves Noah shortly after returning from their vacation. Like a passing breeze, she disappears out of his life without a trace, seemingly forever.

Years pass, and Noah still can’t get her out of his mind and out of his heart. After all, she’d always be the one who got away, the one he loved the most. That’s when he finds out about her hidden secret, an underlying condition responsible for her disappearance. Noah has no choice but to move on with his life without her, meeting Sarah at the premiere of SAND DOLLAR, the movie he wrote about his time with Robin.

Years later, it’s Noah and Sarah’s wedding day, and Robin discovers a clue that Noah had surreptitiously inserted into the movie, inspiring her to race to the wedding to try to stop it. With the wedding in shambles, the scene jumps back to present day, with both Robin and Sarah placed in Noah’s hospital room. But which one did he choose?

Things are definitely not as they appear as Noah discovers a far greater truth about the past, present, and future. As Noah finishes telling his story, we are brought up to present day, where the pieces of a shattered love are put back together in the remarkable final chapter of his life.

Layla Kendall is the oldest of three sisters. She’s a burned out social worker one step away from a major depression and she needs a fresh start. When she and her sisters Kit and Jane inherit their grandmother’s bakery, she doesn’t know if she can trust her good fortune or not. Life has taught her that happiness is just an illusion. But the chance to be with her sisters and get away from the heart ache and pain she’s faced day in and day out is a chance she’s going to take. The fact that they don’t know anything about running a bakery won’t stop them. With Layla’s new life, come new connections and friendships including Michael Bender, a single dad and someone who wouldn’t mind getting to know Layla better. She doesn’t trust men and she doesn’t want to change her mind but Michael’s little girl Stella grabs her by the heart and won’t let go. When Layla and her sisters realize that there are people who want to see them fail, it will take a lot of heart and courage to keep going. Layla will have to let go of the past in order to grab onto the future if she’ll ever find the love she needs.

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For Selene Warren being a witch is no big deal. She dabbles in harmless magic with her friends and never thinks much about it. However, when a stranger who seems to know her shows up at her studio and her grandmother is brutally attacked, her simple life becomes complicated.
A world of elves, half-elves, fae—and one peculiar Sekhmet named Femi open up to her. She will discover that fairy tales are real, politics are ugly in any world, and there is a lot more to her life than she ever dreamed possible.
This new reality threatens swallow Selene whole, but with a forgotten past beating down her door, she will have to dive in to save her future.

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Tea

Has anyone ever ordered tea from this company? Adagio A fan page that I follow, (sadly I don’t remember what the fan page was 😦 ) posted a picture of Harry Potter themed tea, so I had to check it out. I am not a big fan of tea, but I really want to give good tea a chance. I’ve tried several different types that I’ve bought from the grocery store. And they are just awful.  A family reunion I went to at Amish country when I lived up north had the best tea. I drank 3 cups while I was there, it was the best. I believe it was some type of apple tea, and I have bought every type of apple tea that I can find.

And maybe another reason I want to try this tea is their awesome themed teas. I am a big nerd, and I love the fact that they have Harry Potter, Hunger games and Trueblood themed teas.

I also just searched some of their other signature teas, any Doctor Who fans out there? Tardis tea

My husband thinks I am a little crazy for ordering tea since I am not a huge fan, and he is most likely correct. But I am going to order it anyways. hehe Now I just have to pick between Harry Potter tea, or Trueblood tea.

Mary

I’m back!

I’m back!
I’m so glad to be back! For the last month or so I’ve been working hard getting posts ready and working on new jewelry, as well as custom orders. I’ve also got some really great feedback about what types of things you’d like to see.

I’m really excited about the new posts I’ve been working on, I’ve got recipes, book reviews, I talk about TV shows, and of course my jewelry. And this is just what I’ve got ready to go right now; I’m already planning some more tutorials. At some point I’d love to post video updates/tutorials also, as soon as I figure out how, and how to edit them.

I’m having fun learning new techniques right now with my jewelry, I don’t have a lot of finished projects to show, but I’ve got several works in progress to share with you in the coming weeks.

And as always I’m working on custom orders, I truthfully think this is my favorite part. Taking someone’s idea and bringing it to life. I never get tired of how excited people get when they see the end result. I just finished this custom order bracelet for a friend of mine. I love them!

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I’m working on a custom order for a lady’s mother. This a copy of one of my favorite bracelets. It lies beautifully on your wrist while being worn.

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Thank to everyone who has stuck with me the past little bit! I’m back and ready to update at least twice a week. I’d love to hear more ideas from you so please message me or leave me a comment below. I look forward to hearing from you!

Mary

Smartphone

For those of you who have Smartphone’s, what apps do you find yourself addicted too?

For me, it’s a few different things…

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First off my kindle app, I get emails daily about the free EBooks’ that are available, and it never fails there’s at least 1 (okay maybe all of them) that I just have to download. It’s really kind of insane. The last time I checked I had something like 400 books on my kindle. But, somehow I never can find something I want to read, which causes me to have to buy a new book. I have a goal to read 20 books this year, which gives me the perfect excuse to keep downloading more books. Anyone else like this? I truly have a problem. Hehe But, I guess it could be worse.

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Next up Candy Crush… I’d just like to say you’re a big meanie to who ever sent me a request on this game. This game pretty much took over my Angry Birds game addiction. I could sit and play for HOURS which is what happens because I have like 40+ friends who also play and send me lives. It’s like their feeding my drug addition… Hmm… Maybe I should change that to candy addition? It’s kind of funny because at work I can talk to random strangers about candy crush since a good portion of the people I come into contact with play the game. It’s funny how frustrated some people (myself) get when they can’t beat a level.

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Pinterest… Ugh … Like, it wasn’t bad enough that every time I got on my laptop I was glued to Pinterest half of the (all) night. If you don’t already know,I love to make arts and crafts, so this website is pure evil. And now I have the app on my phone and anytime I have a few minutes I’m searching for what I want to make next. Well, for the few minutes that I’m not playing candy crush I’m on this app… Even opening Pinterest long enough for me to take this picture was hard. I pinned like 6 things!

Those are the main 3 apps that seem to keep me busy every free second I have, which usually is not a lot, but gosh those off days sometimes I’ve got to fight with myself to get things done and stay away from my phone.

I’d really love to hear what apps are your favorites! 🙂
Mary

P.S. My husband and I went to the book store today and I got 3 more books. Haha I seriously am a nerd. ❤

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