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Easy Vegetable Soup


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.

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


Beef Quesadillas/Salad

Meatloaf/ Mashed Potatoes with Brown Gravy/ Peas

Happy eating!!




1 LB. ground beef                                    3/4 c. water

1/2 onion                                                  3 c. rotini pasta

1 clove garlic                                           2 c. mozzarella cheese

1 tsp. Italian seasoning                        36 pepperoni slices

1 (14 oz.) pizza sauce


***Preheat oven to 350***

Cook the pasta according to package directions.  Cook the beef with onion, garlic and Italian seasoning. Drain. Add pizza sauce and water. Stir. Add pasta, 1-1/2 cups of mozzarella cheese and 20 pepperoni slices cut in half. Stir well.  Spray a 9X13 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Pour in pasta mixture.  Sprinkle with remaining cheese.  Top with pepperoni slices. Cover with foil. Bake for 20 minutes.  Remove foil and bake for 5-10 minutes longer.  Serve with salad and garlic toast.

I made it with pork sausage. My husband and I really enjoyed the flavor this meal has to offer.

Oatmeal Scotchies

1 1/4 c. all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1 c. butter, softened

3/4 c. sugar

3/4 c. brown sugar, packed

2 large eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

3 c. quick-cooking oats

1 2/3 c. (11 oz.) Butterscotch Morsels

***Preheat oven to 375***

imageCombine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a bowl.

imageBeat butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla in large mixer bowl.

imageStir in oats and morsels.

imageDrop onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 7 to 8 minutes. Cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.



New Books-January 2015

Don’t forget on January 6, 2015…Release Day!
-A Seamless Murder (Magical Dressmaker’s Series #6) by Melissa Bourbon
-All the President’s Menus (White House Chef Series #8) by Julie Hyzy
-Diners, Drive-Ins, and Death (Comfort Food Mystery #3) by Christie Wenger
-Feta Attraction (Greek to Me Mystery #1) by Susannah Hardy
-For Whom the Bluebell Tolls (Bridal Bouquet Shop Mystery Series #2) by Beverly Allan
-Ghost in the Guacamole (Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery Series #5 by Sue Ann Jaffarian
-In Hot Water (Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade #3) by J. J. Cook
-Lie of the Needle (Deadly Notions Mystery Series #3) by Cate Price
-No Ghouls Allowed (Ghost Hunter Mystery #8) by Victoria Laurie
-Scoop To Nuts (Nut House Mystery #2) by Elizabeth Lee
-Snow Way Out (Snow Globe Shop #1) by Christine Husom
-Twisted Threads (Mainely Needlepoint Mystery #1) Lea Wait


The second half of this year has just flown by! I got married in August, started a new job, and found out we are expecting a baby in March 2015!

I hope everyone has had a wonderful year and that you all have a WONDERFUL HOLIDAY SEASON! I hope to be able to post more in the new year!

I have read lots of books since the last post! Here is the list and my star ratings for them!

Bowled Over (A Vintage Kitchen Mystery, #2) by Victoria Hamilton – 3 Stars

The Heist (Fox and O’Hare #1) by Janet Evanovich – 4 Stars

Killer Crullers ( Donut Shop Mystery #6) by Jessica Beck – 4 Stars

Fit to Die (A Supper Club Mystery #2) by J.B. Stanley – 3 Stars

The Chase (Fox and O’Hare #2) by Janet Evanovich – 5 Stars

Murder, Simply Stitched (Amish Quilt Shop Mystery) by Isabella Alan – 4 Stars

50% Off Murder ( Good Buy Girls #1) by Josie Belle – 3 Stars

Death of a Robber Baron By Charles O’Brien – 4 Stars

Takedown Twenty (Stephanie Plum #20) by Janet Evanovich – 5 Stars

Chopping Spree (A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery #11) by Diane Mott Davidson – 4 Stars

Murder at the PTA (Beth Kennedy #1) by Laura Alden – 3 Stars

Murder under Cover (A Bibliophile Mystery #4) by Kate Carlisle – 4 Stars

The Chocolate Cupid Killings (A Chocoholic Mystery #9) by JoAnna Carl – 4 Stars

Katapult (Kat Colorado #2) by Karen Kijewski – 4 Stars

Better Read Than Dead (Psychic Eye Mystery #2) by Victoria Laurie

Chili con Carnage by Kylie Logan – 4 Stars

Pall in the Family (A Family Fortune Mystery #1) by Dawn Eastman

Motif for Murder (A Scrapbooking Mystery #4) by Laura Childs – 5 Stars

A Pedigree to Die For (Melanie Travis #1) by Laurien Berenson – 5 Stars

Mulch by Ann Ripley – 3 Stars

Kansas Troubles (Benni Harper #3) by Earlene Fowler – 5 Stars

Biggie and the Poisoned Politician by Nancy Bell – 5 Stars

Dead to the World (Sookie Stackhouse #4) by Charlaine Harris – 5 Stars

Dead In The Mud (Amanda Hazard Mystery #5) by Connie Feddersen – 5 Stars

Frill Kill (A Scrapbooking Mystery #5) by Laura Childs – 4 Stars

Zero Day (John Puller #1) by David Baldacci – 4 Stars


Katwalk by Karen Kijewski

Kat’s friend Charity Collins dispenses hard-hitting advice in her syndicated column. “Consult Charity,” but when her estranged husband, Sam, depletes their common funds by $200,00,Charity turns to Kat Colorado for help.

Nobody believes that Sam dropped the big bucks at the gambling tables, so Kat takes off for Vegas in search of the truth…and Charity’s half of the money.  Following Sam through a trail of glitz and grime leads right into a rats’ nest of sleazy real estate deals. heavy-hitting mobsters, and contract killings. But Kat’s not about to back off, even though prowling the low life has put her right at the top of the syndicate hit list.

This one ended up being a little more gory than a regular cozy, but I really enjoyed it!  I was hooked form the start.  Dead girl in the bathroom the first night in Vegas, how is she connected to the case? Joe and his wife are more than helpful through out the whole book.  Of course, Joe works for a paper and has to get the story! Throw in a cute cop named Hank and what was the mystery again!  This is Vega with corruption all over it.  From the rezoning laws, that just last vote wasn’t going to change, to the threats and action taken against someone every time you turn around.