December 4, 2014

Flirting with Love Book Tour



NEW RELEASE........

Book #10 The Bradens, Love in Bloom Series #18



Elisabeth Nash has spent years dreaming of returning to the small town of Trusty, Colorado, where she spent summers with her favorite aunt. When she inherits her aunt’s farmette, she closes her Los Angeles pet bakery and pampering business, sure that life in Trusty will be as peaceful and as welcoming as she remembers. But being an outsider in the close-knit town proves to be very different from the happy summers she remembers from her childhood—and falling for Trusty’s hot, wealthy, and sinfully irresistible veterinarian, Ross Braden, sends the rumor mill into a frenzy.



Ross Braden learned long ago that gossip spreads faster than weeds in his small hometown, and Ross loves nothing more than his privacy. For that reason, he doesn’t date women who live in Trusty. But that was before blond, beautiful, and refreshingly honest Elisabeth Nash flew into his vet clinic seeking help for her panicked piglet and turned his comfortable life—and his heart—inside out.



Despite rumors about Elisabeth’s motives toward her aunt’s property, passion brews between Elisabeth and Ross. Every steamy kiss and every sensual touch brings the pair closer together, and when Ross helps Elisabeth try to fit into the town he adores, it makes their bond even stronger. But even Elisabeth’s efforts toward reaching the community, and the love she and Ross so desperately believe in, might not be enough for the protective small town to offer them a future.




THE BRADEN COUSINS are one of the newest additions to the LOVE IN BLOOM series.


 My Review,


Foster once against heats up the pages in her book, Flirting with Love. As with all her books in any series ( better check them all out, seriously don't miss a single one) they are good stand alone books, but that much more enjoyable if you pick up a couple, or all of them.  They're worth it you won't be let down!

Elisabeth Nash totally surprised me! I'll say that right now, reading the quick preview of the book I mentally had a picture going about a city girl being tossed into small town life and completely out of her element but I was completely wrong. I fell in love with this character straight from the get go. She's down to earth, spirited and sweet, and with a hot Braden  thrown into the mix-  oh snap!

Elisabeth starts out living in LA,  truly missing her summer vacation hot spot with her Aunt in Trusty Colorado, so when she inherits her Aunts place there's no question or hesitation what so ever to pack up and head right for the small town. While she has always enjoyed her summers in the town, living there makes to be a different challenge, up until she meets the hot local veterinarian Ross Braden.

Gossip is something Ross can spend a lifetime without and he's learned it the hard way. He values his privacy and wants nothing to do with women in the small town because of it, until that is a blonde beauty catches his eye. He wastes no time making his motives clear with Elisabeth and he knows if he doesn't step up someone else will in no time at all. Things spark up and click into place right away with the hot duo, and there's no going back once that first step is taken, but will their amazing chemistry be enough to withstand the streaming rumors?

Will they be able to keep the heat going as the town looks down on Elisabeth? Can the townsfolk see who she really is just as Ross has? Or will the town tear them apart before they even have a chance? You'll have to find out and pick up a copy of Flirting with Love to find out!



**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**



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About Melissa Foster

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult romance, LGBT romance, contemporary women's fiction, romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Some say her romance novels are lovingly erotic, she deems them simply loving and real. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women's Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Cafe. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.



Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children, she's written for Calgary's Child
Magazine and Women Business Owners Magazine, and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa's interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.




Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on The Women's Nest
or her personal website.




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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.


ALSO AVAILABLE 
Books 1 - 3 Snow Sisters, Love in Bloom Series #1 - 3

Books 1 - 6 The Bradens, Love in Bloom Series #4 - 9


Books 1 - 5 The Remingtons, Love in Bloom Series #10 - 14 





MORE BRADEN COUSINS COMING SOON......





NOW FOR THE AUTHOR'S GIVEAWAY !!

Five lucky winners will each receive the Game of Love ebook

the 1st book from the Remingtons series !!
Ending on Friday 19th December at 11.59pm EST
Open Worldwide

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November 24, 2014

Deep Fried Turkey

This recipe and the pictures come from my Father. He has Deep Fried Turkey over the last few years and it always looks so good when he posts about it on Facebook. Since I have no fryer myself I asked him to contribute this year.  Maybe one year I'll have the guts to do it myself but for now I leave the perfect deep frying up to him. Hope you all enjoy! 
Don't forget to check oil temp and the temp within the bird- Turkey is done when it reaches 175 – 180 Degrees F


Directions for Deep Fried Turkey 



  • To start, take the wrapper off of the turkey, and remove and discard the neck and giblets.
  • Deep-fry your turkey outside on a flat surface, far away from homes, garages, wooden decks, etc.
  • To determine how much oil is needed for frying, place the thawed turkey in the fryer.
  •      Add water until the top of the turkey is barely covered.
  •      Remove the turkey, allowing the water to drain from the turkey back into the fryer.
  •      Measure and mark the water line, and use that line as a guide when adding oil to the propane fryer.
  • Pat the turkey dry with paper towels.
  • Add oil to the fryer (based on the water line).
  • Preheat oil in the fryer to 350° F.


  • While the oil is heating, prepare your turkey with any seasonings, marinades, or injected flavor that you desire.
  •     I use Tony Chachere’s Cajun seasoning as a rub on the outside of the turkey, and their Cajun Butter injectable, injected into the turkey, Then I put a whole Vidalia Onion inside, along with 5 or 6 Garlic cloves
  • When the oil is hot, turn the burner off and slowly lower the turkey into the hot oil. (to prevent flare up) Slowly lowering the basket helps prevent the oil from bubbling over. Turn the burner back on.
  • Cook the turkey about 3 to 4 minutes per pound. The internal Temperature should be between 175 – 180 Degrees F.




  • When the turkey is done, Turn the burner off, then slowly lift it from the pot and place it in a pan or on paper towels to drain
  • Carve and Enjoy


TIPS & SAFETY 
** Always follow your fryers directions **
Be sure to thaw your turkey completely before deep frying 
Be sure to remove excess fat from the bird
Do not stuff the bird for deep frying
Always be careful submerging and taking the turkey out of the oil, this is HOT oil! 
Make sure your fryer is solid level surface 
Don't over fill the fryer with oil! 
Always use well insulated pot holders , consider long sleeve shirt as well to protect against splatters.
Don't use around flammable materials
Don't leave fryer unattended, a small amount of oil coming into contact with the fryers burner can cause a fire! 

 Major Thanks to my Father for putting this together! Check out my Dad's Gumbo recipe, it's a must during the winter season! :) Enjoy! 


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November 11, 2014

Sausage and Pasta- The One Pot Wonder

Ever have a day where things just go wrong left and right, then towards the end you happen to say "Well nothing can possibly go wrong after the day I've had." ?  Little hint, don't say things like that. It's a jinx, you will forever not want to repeat those words again.

 It's been one of those weeks, and while things will always pick up ( through time)  it's not always easy to deal with. Rough days, too much to do little time on your hands, you need a go to recipe that will get dinner on the table with very little effort . This recipe is a one pot wonder, it's the stove top version of a slow cooker pretty much. Throw things in the pot, cook , sever. No cuts, no buts no coconuts. Quick what movie is that from? You get a point if you reply with the answer, not sure what the point will be used for but a point non the less :)

One Pot Wonders. I haven't done many of these, always leery because it usually always has pasta in it, and I really don't ever want to throw a bunch of pasta in a pan get the kids ready to eat and find out the pasta didn't cook correctly, know what I mean? No worries though, not only did the pasta cook, the kids ate this up quicker than ever. Kid approved, Mom approved!


Recipe time- You could switch out the meat, instead of sausage I'd love to toss shrimp in the last minute, or maybe if I had left over meats, ham maybe or even keep this completely meatless and add some bell peppers in here for some more bulk. It came out great! One pot also means, far less dishes to wash after dinner.

Forgot to put the tomatoes in before the picture, my bad!


Ingredients

1 lb spaghetti
1 lb  package smoked sausage, sliced or kielbasa
1 large onion chopped
3 cups halved grape tomatoes
2 cups fresh basil leaves, loosely packed
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 cup grated Parmesan
Pepper to taste

4 1/2 cups water

Directions


In a large stockpot or dutch oven over medium high heat, combine everything together and bring to a boil. Once it's boiling , reduce to a simmer leaving uncovered until the pasta is cooked and liquid has reduced. There will be a little liquid left but it turns into a nice sauce coating. No reason to drain, once done simple season with pepper and sprinkle with parmesan. It takes about 10-12 minutes.

Enjoy!

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November 5, 2014

Seaside Hearts Book Tour



NEW RELEASE SEASIDE SUMMERS BOOK 2.....

The newest addition to the LOVE IN BLOOM series, featuring a group of fun, sexy, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They’re funny, flawed, and will have you begging to enter their circle of friends. You met them in READ, WRITE, LOVE, (The Remingtons, Book 5), follow these friends on their search for forever love in the Seaside Summers series.



SEASIDE HEARTS

Jenna Ward is vivacious, spontaneous, and confident—except when she’s around the man who stole her heart years earlier, strikingly handsome, quiet, and reliable Pete Lacroux. After years of trying to get his attention and overwhelmed from dealing with her mother’s new cougar lifestyle, Jenna’s giving up on Peter—and is ready to explore other men.



As the eldest of five siblings, with an alcoholic father to care for, boat craftsman Pete Lacroux always does the right thing and has no time for a real relationship. He’s looking forward to seeing his friend Jenna, a welcome distraction who’s so damn sexy and so painfully shy that she equally entertains and confuses him.



When Jenna picks up a hard-bodied construction worker, jealousy ignites Pete’s true feelings, and he’s powerless to ignore the desires for Jenna he never realized he had. But Pete’s not the quiet guy he appears to be, and his life is anything but conducive to a relationship. Can Jenna handle the real Pete Lacroux—the sexiest, most passionate alpha male she’s ever seen—or will she crack under pressure? And can Pete reclaim the life he once had without tearing apart his family?



SEASIDE SUMMERS are the newest addition to the LOVE IN BLOOM series

My review


First off before my review, if you have followed me since joining up with Beck Valley Books and Melissa Foster you know I adore her books . Previously mentioned in a few other reviews by myself,  I have mentioned you should follow her on Facebook, well just to make it clear- Follow her on Facebook. Ladies, you'll enjoy it trust me,  you get little sneak peaks into books she's getting to start or in the process of writing, or maybe perhaps just a quick flash of some characters that may show up on a cover of her books. It can brighten your day, let's just say that!  *wink*  Moving on...

Seaside Hearts, an addition to the Love in Bloom series brings  Jenna and Pete.
 Jenna is my kind of gal, confident, spontaneous she can handle pretty much anything thrown at her, unless it happens to be the man she's crushed over for years. It also doesn't help that whenever he's around she seems to lose all her spunk and courage. After years of failed attempts to get his attention she calls it quits and makes up her mind to set her eyes on other targets. Little did she know it fired up a light under Pete .

Pete Lacroux is pretty much the perfect guy any girl wants, he's got it all and women drop jaws as he heads through towns, but he wants non of it. The eldest of five, a trouble weighing him down he always does the right thing. There's no time for a relationship, so he doesn't put much effort into it. What he does have time for though is his long time friend, Jenna who is a welcome distraction- that is up until he finds out she's dating some other guy.

Pete can't stand the idea nor the sight of her with another man and just thinking about it has brought feelings flame to the surface that he never knew were hidden away all this time. There is no way he will walk away from her but will Jenna be able to handle the not so shy and quiet Pete? Is he too late for a chance with her? You'll have to read to find out!

I usually write a little more than this for a review but each time it was started it gave away too much which got me thinking about how Foster just whips these books out one by one. How can she do it!? I can't wait for more, yet I'm puzzled how she comes up with such great reads all so different from the last. Must know how her brains works- her inspiration- must interview Foster. Must. * Christmas wish hint !

Seriously though, back on track, Seaside Hearts was a wonderful read. Lighthearted, funny, hot as all her books are but this one had me smiling throughout the whole thing. I loved the main characters, enjoyed how Jenna was this confidence woman yet not so much around the one man she wanted so badly. It made it easy to connect with the book and made it to my favorite list.

  I would recommend any of Fosters' books. Each are stand alone but I highly recommend picking up a whole series, check the links below to find check them out.


**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**



Buy the book from...... 

Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of a number of International
bestselling novels. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women's Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Cafe. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.




Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children, she's written for Calgary's Child
Magazine and Women Business Owners Magazine, and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa's interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.



Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on The Women's Nest
or her personal website.


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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.




ALSO AVAILABLE 
Books 1 - 3 Snow Sisters, Love in Bloom Series #1 - 3

Books 1 - 6 The Bradens, Love in Bloom Series #4 - 9


Books 1 - 5 The Remingtons, Love in Bloom Series #10 - 14 





Books 7 - 12 The Bradens, Love in Bloom Series #15 - 20





Books 1 - 4 Seaside Summers, Love in Bloom Series #21 - 24





NOW FOR THE AUTHOR'S GIVEAWAY !!
Five lucky winners will each win the first two ebooks in the Love in Bloom Series, 
Sisters in Love & Sisters in Bloom

Ending on Sunday 23rd November at 11.59pm EST
Open Worldwide

Enter Below & Good Luck !!




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November 4, 2014

Chocolate Trail Mix Bites

We hiked a lot during the summer this year and I had come up a with a ton of new trail mix bars and energy mixes to keep our energy up on the trails. Now that schools back, I get to hike or bike by myself when I get the time. These quick trail mix bites are easy to make and mix up with any fixings you have on hand. Besides healthy nuts and dried fruit you've got the sweet taste of chocolate that will give you the good energy boost you need to keep active. Hike, bike ride, holiday errands and a busy day these little tasty bites are incredible easy to carry around.




Ingredients-
Either Chocolate chips ( dark or milk chocolate)  or Melting Chocolate
  * Depending on how many you want to make - 3 tablespoons of chips will make about 8-10 of these bites, so go from there. 
Choice of dried fruit and mixed nuts, coconut if you wanted even

Directions

Melt the chocolate carefully in microwave for about 15 seconds in a microwave safe bowl, stir, then heat again 10 seconds at a time. You don't want the chocolate to burn or scold, you want it melted. Soon as it's melted grab some wax paper and drop about a quarter size amount down for each bite. Use up the rest of the chocolate.



 Place your dried fruit and mixed nuts to each bite then let cool completely.



 You can speed up cooling time by placing in fridge but the chocolate sets fast. Store in air tight container.


Mix up the flavors, try different nuts, and dried fruit. These would make a great holiday gift as well, as gift for teachers, relatives, your party or dinner host and even neighbors!  Enjoy! 




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November 2, 2014

Kids Craft- Leaf Wreath

Always plenty of leaves to go around this time of year, so why not use them in a fun creative way? This is an easy craft, doesn't take much and you probably have all the supplies handy. Younger kids have a great time with this but my older kids still ended up making their own wreath so anyone can enjoy!




What you need:

Leaves
Paper Plates
Scissors
Glue 
String
Pencil/Pen
Hole puncher

Step one- Have the kids collect some colorful leaves on a walk or around the yard. The smaller the leaves the more you will need, so keep that in mind. Encourage them to find different colors and shapes as you go. Try not to grab the already dry and cracked leaves these will not glue well, no wet leaves either or you will have to let them dry. 


Step two-  Cut out the middle of a paper plate to make the wreath and make a hole for the string.  Have the kids write their name on the back of the plates.


Step three-  Time to glue! Have the kids glue the leaves around the wreath until all the white is gone. Layering the leaves makes it look great but the kids can single layer them all, it doesn't matter. Once the wreath is done, cut the desired length of  piece of string and hang up! 


Happy Crafting! 
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November 1, 2014

Creamy Pasta



This is a quick easy dinner to throw together, kids always love it and you can dress it up or dress it down. Many ways to change the flavor is add different things to it, chicken, bacon, sausage, possibly left over ham if you have it on hand. It's a throw together leftover dish and I always love these for that purpose





1 package (16 ounces) bow tie pasta
1 small red onion, chopped
4 tablespoons butter
4 large garlic cloves, minced
1 cup chicken broth
couple basil leaves minced
1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream * you can use milk if you don't have cream
1-1/2 cup of choice vegetables ( corn, peas, asparagus, broccoli, carrots)
1 cup of meat, chicken , ham, turkey , sausage, or bacon . Left over meat will be perfect to use with this dish.

Directions

Cook the pasta according to the package directions. While the pasta is cooking saute the onion in butter until tender. Add the garlic, cook about a minute longer. Stir in the broth, seasonings and bring to boil. Cook until the liquid has reduced by about half, then stir in the cream. Keep cooking
 until it thickens just a tad and heats right through. The pasta will be done by now, so drain that and toss in with the sauce.

My kids enjoyed this for lunch.

Enjoy!

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October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Hope you all have a Safe and Happy Halloween!


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October 24, 2014

Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Battle for the Book!

Are your kids a fan of Disney Juinor's Jake and he Never Land Pirates? 

Well there is a awesome  primetime special "Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Battle for the Book!" premiering this Sunday October 26 at 6:00 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel and Disney Junior.

The beloved Disney heritage characters Wendy, John and Michael Darling make their series debut, with Maia Mitchell (Disney Channel's "Teen Beach Movie" and ABC Family's "The Fosters") voicing the role of Wendy as well as performing new original song "Once Upon A Time." And of course, Peter and Tink also show up!

Jake and his crew take flight over beautiful London to help Wendy get her storybook back from Captain Hook.
Don't miss out on the fun! "Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Battle for the Book!" premiering this Sunday October 26 at 6:00 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel and Disney Junior!

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Share the Health Expo

Mark your calenders!

The Vitamin Shoppe® will host its popular “Share the Health” Expo on Saturday, October 25, from 11am-2am ( local time) in more than 650 stores across the country.

 Each store will offer its own specialized festivities, including free product samples and consultations with local wellness partners.
 Here's the great part in getting to the events on time! - The first 50 shoppers at each location will be treated to a complimentary gift bag with great product samples from top health and wellness brands.  So be sure to head out early and get there before the gift bags are all gone!  

 Each store will offer its own specialized festivities, such as free product samples and consultations with wellness partners in their communities. Got spesky questions about those vitamins you're looking at? Health Enthusiasts, who strive to be the most knowledgeable associates in the industry, will also be on-hand to help answer any product-related questions you've got. Don't be shy, step up and ask, it's the perfect time to get the answers you need about some products.

Don't know where your local Vitamin Shoppe is? Check out this link and enter your zip code
http://www.vitaminshoppe.com/content/en/stores/index.jsp?intsource=header
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