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The winds of change are blowing my way (yet again!)

Some of you may have noticed that over the course of the last few months the frequency of post and the content of this blog has been changing.  There’s a reason for those changes.  My whole world has been undergoing something of a metamorphosis.  Not a Kafka-esque one, cause eww who’d want to turn into a nasty cockroach, but a series of huge changes none the less.  As some of you may remember I recently lost my dad, moved to middle America, bought a house (that needed a lot of TLC and some serious renovations), found a few job, and made some fantastic friends!  That’s a lot of stuff, right?  but that doesn’t even scratch the surface of what’s been going on in the last few months…  I’ve also ended a marriage, lost a bunch of weight, mostly finished renovating the house, found a job in my field, found even more great people, met a great guy, expanded my previously shrinking family, and decided to move (again)!  With all of that going on behind the scenes, I have to apologize for slipping with the frequency of my posts.  I am trying to keep up with as many of the topics as I can, but as my move to the southwest gets closer (and more of my stuff got packed – the craft supplies went 1st, then the books, and finally the kitchen equipment) it became increasingly hard to keep up.  I hope to be back up and running very soon, but just in case, please don’t forget about my out there in the blogosphere, I’ll be back with even more projects, adventures, reads, and recipes!

Now I wonder if you can make it from Ohio to Arizona by way of New York, Walt Disney World or Mount Rushmore…  We shall see!!!


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Thirsty Thursday – Sparkling Strawberry Wine

Sorry this is late, but we went to a Pure Romance party hosted by one of our good friends last night and I was a bit distracted…  The theme of the party was pretty in pink, and we were asked to bring something fun and fresh along, so I decided to mix up some adult beverages.  I needed something that was universally appealing, like a punch, but I also wanted something that was a bit more sophisticated, like a sangria; however, I waited until the last minute, so I went with a Sparkling Strawberry Wine recipe I found on Pinterest.

I grabbed the ingredients:  a bottle of sweet white wine (Moscato works), a half a bottle of Sierra Mist (about 3 cans of any lemon-lime soda works), and a bag of frozen strawberries.

Strawberry Wine Spritzer Ingredients

The pin didn’t have any real instructions, so I winged it.  I dumped most of the bag of strawberries into a pitcher.

Frozen Strawberries

Then I added the soda (or pop, like everyone around here calls it…).

Add the soda

Finally I poured in the bottle of white wine.

Add the wine   Smelled light and fruity

Don’t forget to stir it, so the strawberries don’t become a giant ice cube.  I poured a glass to test it before serving, and it tasted remarkably like Arbor Mist.

Taste Test  Sparkling Strawberry Wine

I may try a different flavor next time, because the blackberry Arbor Mist was always our favorite…



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Quest to Read Them All – Hotshot

I’m on an ongoing Quest to Read Them All, well every book I own and that’s not a small number of books.  This week I read a book from one of my favorite authors, Julie Garwood.


I have read everything of her’s that I can get my hands on.  I started reading her books in college.  My friends, Cat & Molly, and I were avid readers and somehow managed to squeeze romance novels into the mix with our Mount Holyoke College course work.  It was a relatively new romance fan  – I had read one when I was in high school, but my mom flipped out and called it trash and that was the end of my experience with romance novels until college.  After that, I was hooked!  I love a good romantic suspense novel, and that’s what Julie Garwood delivers!

Hotshot is a sweet romance (or 3) woven into a harrowing sexual harassment nightmare.  I felt that this book wasn’t quite as good as some of Ms. Garwood’s other books, but it was still an engaging story.  I like the connection between Finn and Peyton, but would have liked more development of their characters.  Peyton, an aspiring chef turned resort owner, and Finn, an Olympic champion turned FBI agent/lawyer, were fated to be together from the very beginning of the book.  I felt that there was too much going on and it took away from the mainline of the story.  I did really enjoy the book and cannot wait to see what Julie Garwood has in store for us next!

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