The Girl Before by JP Delaney

 I received this book from Goodreads through winning a contest.

Emma

Reeling from a recent break-in, Emma wants a new place to live and discovers One Folgate Street, an architectural masterpiece: sleekly designed, with soaring ceilings. But there are rules for tenants. The house’s enigmatic architect likes to retain full control of the surroundings, mandating, among other things, no clutter of any kind. The space is ingeniously crafted to transform its occupants–and it does.

Jane

After personal tragedy, Jane needs a fresh start. She instantly falls in love with One Folgate Street–and is strangely drawn to its aloof but seductive creator. Moving in, Jane soon learns about the mysterious death of the houses previous tenant. While trying to untangle the truth from lies, Jane unwittingly follows the same patterns, makes the same choices, and experiences the same terror, as the girl before…

My thoughts: I gave this book 5 out of five stars! 

The book blew my mind! It was excellent from the beginning to end! If you haven’t read it you need to… go get it now!

With that being said, I was a little skeptical on reading this book. I wasn’t for sure how I would like the chapters being parallel to each other. One chapter about Emma, the next about Jane. Can you see where I might have an issue?! The flow in writing style and alternating just added to the suspense and need to know more. I really felt as if I was each woman in the book. That’s how well it is written. The ending was not what I was expecting at all!

Again… go get it now!

Dead in the Pumpkin Patch by Connie Feddersen 

With her due date only two weeks away, Amanda is ready to do nothing more strenuous than decorate for Vamoose’s annual Festival of the Pumpkin. Nettie Jarvis has promised the mom-to-be all the pumpkins she can haul away. But when Amanda heads for Nettie’s homestead, she finds the old woman sprawled in the pumpkin patch. 

Though her Chief of Police husband warns her not to get involved, Amanda vows to unmask the ghoul who murdered the town’s biggest gossip. And when Nettie’s ghost is seen haunting the Patch, people begin to get edgy. The more things go bump in the night, the more Amanda knows she has a tricky one on her hands, and she’d better find the killer before the killer finds her…

My thoughts:  I enjoyed the books! This whole series was wonderful to me. The characters have grown so much…from the first meeting of Amanda Hazard and office Thorn in the first book , the fights and bickering between the two through the series, till now  Amanda and Thorn are getting ready to have a baby! Exciting ending in that front. Amanda being the Pumpkin Queen…from her outfit to her hair…why does she visit Velma? Her hair always ends in mess. Oh right for the gossip on the victim or suspect! Who will Amanda upset in this one or will she solve the crime and who done it before they do her in? Read it to find out!

MENU PLAN JANUARY 2-8

MONDAY: Enchiladas / Refried Beans

TUESDAY: BBQ Meatballs / Boiled Potatoes / Corn / Bread and Butter

WEDNESDAY: Patty Melt / Fried Potatoes 

THURSDAY: Biscuits and Gravy 

FRIDAY: Leftovers 

SATURDAY: Autumn Soup / Saltine Crackers 

SUNDAY:  BREAKFAST:  Egg and Biscuit Sandwich / Hash Browns / Bacon     SUPPER: Mexican Casserole 

NEW YEAR

2017…A new year has started…I’m having a hard time getting myself going!

I have been thinking of all the things and ideas I would like to do this year…hopefully these ideas will help improve my life as well as my family!

I have worked on meal planning today! I got all of January figured out…happy dance and a pat on my back! Tomorrow after work, I will be working on grocery lists for these meals. I hope I can keep this up the whole year!

The husband and I have talked about painting some different colors in the house. We are also talking about redoing the laundry room. I’m really excited about all this, especially the laundry room, it has needed updates since we moved in five years ago! I also have so many ideas for other decorating and redoing other areas in the house. I have decided that I need to make goals for each month. If I don’t get all of them done in said month, I will move them to the next month at the top of the list. I will try to keep everything updated on here so you can see how I progress. 

Other areas I hope to make progress in are reading more books than last year. I realize I was busy with real life but holy moly I really slacked in this area! My MAIN area to progress in is to spend more time with my family! Sometimes I feel like I don’t get enough time with the kids or husband. Which is totally unfair to them! 

So here’s to a NEW YEAR with HOPE and DREAMS! Good luck to every one of you and I hope you have a successful year!

Easy Vegetable Soup

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1 lb. ground beef

1 onion

1 (28oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained

1 (16oz.) frozen vegetables

1 (16oz.) kidney beans, undrained

1 (14 1/2 oz.) beef broth

1 envelope taco seasoning

1 garlic clove

 

Cook ground beef and onions; drain. Add remaining ingredients. Heat to a boil. Reduce heat, simmer uncovered, for 10 minutes.

Busy Day Beef Tips

This is AMAZING! It is the most delicious beef tips I have had in a long time. The crockpot does all the work!

2 lbs. stew meat

1 (10-3/4 oz. ) cream of celery soup, undiluted 

1/2 soup can water

1 (10-3/4 oz. ) cream of chicken soup, undiluted 

1 package onion soup mix

Spray crockpot with cooking spray. 

Put beef in bottom of crockpot; top with onion soup mix. Combine the soups with the water in a bowl. Pour on top of beef. Cook on LOW for 6 hours or until meat is tender. 

Serve over hot cooked rice. 

ENJOY!!

BEEFY RICE SKILLET

1 lb. ground beef

3/4 c. Onion

1/2 tsp. Salt

1/2 tsp. Garlic powder

1 (14 oz.) beef broth

1 (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained

2 c  frozen mixed vegetables

1-1/2 c  instant brown rice, uncooked

Place beef, onion, salt and garlic powder in skillet; cook.  Drain. Add all remaining ingredients to skillet. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to medium  low. Cook 10 minutes or until rice is tender.

Twisted Threads by Lea Wait

IMG_1264On Book: Returning to the quaint coastal town of Haven Harbor, Maine-a place she once called home–Angie Curtis finds her memories aren’t all quite pleasant ones…

After leaving a decade ago, Angie has been called back to Haven Harbor by her grandmother, Charlotte, who raised her following her mother’s disappearance when she was a child. Her mother has been found, and now the question of her whereabouts has sadly become the mystery of her murder.

The bright spot on Angie’s homecoming is reuniting with Charlotte, who has started her own needlepointing business with a group called Mainely Needlepointers. But when a shady business associate of the switchers dies suddenly under suspicious circumstances, Charlotte and Angie become suspects.  As Angie starts to weave together clues, she discovers that this new murder may have tires to her own mother’s cold case…

My thoughts: Mom found…Gram making arrangements for her funeral…This book had me under its spell before page 4! What happened to Angie’s mom, how could she just up and leave her little girl? These are questions I asked myself through the book. I thought the book was written very well as far as plot, but there are errors in it. Some of the characters names were wrong in places, that does irritate me but I try my hardest to move on. To me Angie does not seem bitter to anyone in her past other than her mother. She also seemed to me to stay just far enough unattached from any of her old friends to be  hurt by them. The secret she has held in since she was younger comes out (I’m not telling what it is…want to know, read the book)! The death of the associate could have been caused by many people cause he seemed to have offended every single one of the Mainely Needlepointers. Will the needlepointers get their money? Will Angie stay? Is Gram the killer? Go on and read the book to find out!

Meal Menus for April 3-April 9 2016

I usually plan meals out for my family. It saves myself time at the store plus I don’t have to always ask myself “what’s for dinner”! Sometimes I have a specific order I do them in and other times I look at the list and see what sounds good after a long day at work.

Here is this weeks:

Spaghetti/Garlic Bread/ Green Beans/ Salad

Chili Cheese Dogs/ Macaroni and Cheese

Easy Vegetable Soup

Chicken Rice-a-Roni/Cajun Cornbread

Leftovers

Beef Quesadillas/Salad

Meatloaf/ Mashed Potatoes with Brown Gravy/ Peas

Happy eating!!