Juniper Royal (Cocktail)

We were gifted a couple tiny bottles of presecco over the holidays, so I decided a bubbly drink was in order. From page 188 of our Ultimat Bar Book, I bring you the Juniper Royale. 2 oz Gin1 oz Orange Juice1 oz Cranberry Juice (I used Cran-Rasp)Dash of grenadine6 oz bottle of chilled bubbly Shake... Continue Reading →

Leave the World Behind

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam I was a little on the fence about this book, so I read the reviews to see what other people thought.  It appears there is a wide range of opinions on it.  The Premise: A family of 4 rent a vacation home in a rural area to get... Continue Reading →

Mastering the Art of French Eating

Mastering the Art of French Eating by Ann Mah Ann Mah is not just a journalist,  but also a foodie and a Francophile.  So when her husband took an assignment in Paris, France she thought she had won the lottery.  However, soon, he was reassigned again and she was left alone to make a home... Continue Reading →

The Late Bloomers Club

The Late Bloomers' Club by Louise Miller A nice, light book to start the new year. Nothing deep, no big plot twist, just a nice story with a bit of family drama and romance. The premise: Nora and Kit are sisters. Nora, the oldest, is the responsible one. She runs the family diner and takes... Continue Reading →

My 2020 Reading Stats

My 2020 reading goals  were – read more self development books, more series and enjoy some re-reads.  How did I do?  Not too shabby.  My favorite reads: The Testaments by Margaret Atwood, 28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand, Girls Made of Glass and Snow by Melissa Bashardoust, The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune... Continue Reading →

The Brutal Telling

The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny Number 5 in the Inspector Gamache Novel and my favorite so far.  Penny has a knack for really odd murders and this one is no exception.  Although, in truth, I guess it’s not the murder that was so odd it in this one, but what happened after. The premise:... Continue Reading →

Cozy Minimalist Home

Cozy Minimalist Home by Myquillyn Smith More Style, Less Stuff, that’s the subtitle of this book.  I found this to be an inspiring book about creating a home that you love and that is uniquely yours.  I’m not 100% in love with all of her decorating choices, but that’s the point...It’s her house, not mine.... Continue Reading →

A Discovery of Witches

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness This is book #1 of The All Souls Trilogy. I read this series a few years ago, and was recently reminded of it when hearing someone suggest the series as their “go-to” Fall read.  I remembered that I liked the books, but as I picked them up again,... Continue Reading →

Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay by William Kent Krueger That moment when you realize the book that you started is actually the book 7 of a 17 book series...!  Oops!  I recently read my first book by this author.  I loved his writing and immediately went to my library to see what else they had by him.  I... Continue Reading →

The Dutch House

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett I heard a lot of good stuff about this book.  Then, when I looked at it on Amazon, I saw that it also had many very poor reviews. Intriguing… The premise: The story is told by Danny.  We learn about him and his sister Maueve and how their mother... Continue Reading →

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