Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Reading is FUNdamental

As a favor to friends of the family, romantic antique-junkie Evie jumps at the chance to appraise a Scottish castle full of artifacts and heirlooms. What could be more thrilling than roaming the halls of Kettlesheer and uncovering the McAndrews’ family treasures—and dusty secrets? But crossing paths with moody heir Robert McAndrew has Evie assessing what she wants the most . . . and at an upcoming candlelight gala, a traditional dance will set her heart reeling.
I finished Swept off her Feet by Hester Browne. I loved it ! Her books are very clean. It was a sweet story set in Scotland with a bit of romance. I totally recommend Hester Browne's books.

Annajane Hudgens truly believes she is over her ex-husband, Mason Bayless.  They’ve been divorced for four years, she’s engaged to a new, terrific guy, and she’s ready to leave the small town where she and Mason had so much history.  She is so over Mason that she has absolutely no problem attending his wedding to the beautiful, intelligent, delightful Celia.  But when fate intervenes and the wedding is called to a halt as the bride is literally walking down the aisle, Annajane begins to realize that maybe she’s been given a second chance.  Maybe everything happens for a reason.  And maybe, just maybe, she wants Mason back.  But there are secrets afoot in this small southern town.  On the peaceful surface of Hideaway Lake, Annajane discovers that the past is never really gone.  Even if there are people determined to keep Annajane from getting what she wants, happiness might be hers for the taking, and the life she once had with Mason in this sleepy lake town might be in her future.

Next I read Spring Fever by Mary Kay Andrews. I had been waiting for this book for so long that I read many in between. As it turns out, I finally noticed that this one was one of very few from this author listed as a Romance (at my library at least) yet they are all about the same in that sense. All this time and I hadn't been able to find it because it was in a different section! Even when I had a librarian try to help me many months ago when it was listed as being on the shelf but we couldn't find it. Duh.

This one started off slow but as of last night, I couldn't put it down. The last time I looked at the clock it was around 4am. Needless to day I took a long nap this afternoon to make up for it and I'm off to the library in a few minutes to fine another book.

This book was mostly clean. Slightly more graphic when describing the foreplay of one scene and a little bit of language.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Tree Trimming

We have a very big tree in the back yard and when the wind would blow it would take down branches of all sizes. It was starting to get a little scary. Mostly I would just play pick up sticks... lots of sticks. I decided that it's time to get a trim.

So I called some tree experts and got some quotes out of the ones that chose to return my call and/or show up. This is the guy in the tree. It only looks like he's on the roof. Here is where you can see how much they took off.

And here is the after. You can still see the enormity of the tree. Remember how much they took off? A little silly looking at first and I always thought that topping trees was weird. Now I understand. Some need topped and some may be thinned. It depends on the type of tree. This was a topper. It should fill right back in. The tree to the right is the neighbor's tree which is also scary. They got a quote too and will hopefully be doing something soon. Oh, and there's a Weeping Willow directly behind this tree so it's not as full as it looks but they did leave a few branches for fill.

I used Provo Tree Company. The owner, Lee R. Senior really seemed to like my retro glider lawn chair. I just missed getting a picture of him in it. The 3 workers were great. They kindly left me the wood to burn or sell and they cleaned up very well. I recommend them.

Provo Tree Company
(801) 368-4811
Lee R Senior (Owner)

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Red, White and Blue Mini Dessert

I got these fabulous little dessert glasses the other day when I was at Ikea with my friend Michelle. I mostly remembered that I was even looking for them because I was with her. She likes to bake and cook and we wandered slowly through that section of the store so it gave me lots of time to think. I need another set of 4.

I love the idea of these mini desserts and so when I got home I immediately looked up something to make. Then I realized I didn't want to try someone else's recipe. I simply found a few I already had and combined them. The mistake I made was that I quickly cut each recipe in half. I goofed somewhere because the cheesecake part never did set up and it was a little too sweet. I'm pretty sure too that it was becauseI used the 1/3 Less Fat Philly. It needs all the fat. I'll definitely be making this again because it was delicious and I have a lot of berries now.

I combined my (meaning in my possession not my creation) Easy Cheesecake recipe that uses Cream Cheese, Powdered Sugar, Vanilla and Whipped Topping AND my Graham Cracker Crust recipe that uses Graham Crackers, Butter and Sugar.

Happy 4th of July to me (and Michelle since I gave her one).