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Free Today! Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic By Meghan Ciana Doidge

Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic by Meghan Ciana DoidgeGrab a free copy today if you don’t have this already – And why Don’t you have  it already?! These books are GREAT fun!

Links for the freebie below my review, copy of which is here:

Meghan, Meghan, Meghan! I am expecting cupcake stocks to sail through the roof, and a run on cupcake ingredients at local markets just from reading this book. Whee!!!

OK, listen to this . . . Bliss in a Cup – peanut butter-iced fudge cake (did I say fudge cake? OMG wait a sec, I have to go get a towel . . . whew, there)  Now, where was I? Oh, yes. Sex in a Cup – chocolate butter icing with a wallop of cinnamon and cocoa in the batter. Or, this particular favorite of mine, Buzz in a Cup – mocha fudge cake with mocha butter icing . . . oh, yes, I could go on, but I might swoon from pure overload. . .

Jade is a sweetheart. A nice young half witch, half human (maybe. . . ) with a nasty tempered foster sister, a wild earth witch grandmother, and a cupcake bakery. A very popular cupcake bakery with a reputation for ‘magical’ tasting cupcakes. She has a quiet life, happy with her baking, her trinket making and her quiet, apparently fulfilling life.

Then, of course, things change. And not in a nice way. Poor Jade. Life will never be the same. Apparently she isn’t who she thought she was. But then, who is she?

Cupcakes, hot werewolves, cupcakes, mystery, oh, did I mention cupcakes? Yummy, luscious, delicious, chocolate, fudge. . . Oh. My. Goddess. The hardest thing about reading the book? First, I am dying for cupcakes now. And second? Hurry! Hurry! Write the next one, Meghan! Please!

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Gardening Time!

IMGP1890It was beautiful and warm out yesterday, my back is feeling MUCH better, and I have had insane cabin fever, so I went out to the lumber pile and started dragging things around. Last summer I only gardened in pots, but  IMGP1891I got all sorts of excited and came up with two boxes for veggies, herbs and flowers! I will, of course, have to put netting around as I have a whole colony of bunnies that live under the garden shed . . .

IMGP1894I am lining the bottom of the boxes with cardboard (being a reviewer for several different companies, I get lots of boxes from Amazon!) and then with the ground cloth you see in the photos. It will keep the weeds down (and I have plenty of those!) and the cardboard will eventually rot.

I have already opened up one of the compost piles IMGP1895and pulled the newest off the top and moved that to the new pile I started. The enclosure is just concrete wire – if you have new construction around you can probably bum cut pieces off the contractors to make your own. I am moving the cages over closer to the garden shed so that I have more room around the garden boxes. When I can afford it I am hoping to put a perimeter around both boxes and put in a layer of stone. I think it would look nice, and it would give me a surface to stand on when the ground is wet when I want to gather or I need to do something in the garden. Exciting!

The boxes are scrap lumber, mostly offcuts from the fence install and scrap posts. The box on the right is made of offcuts and topped with pieces of old fence board. I am going to use pieces of offcut fence board to brace everything together on both boxes so it they are more sturdy. You can see the pieces leaning against the ‘walls’ in the top photo. I may paint the box on the right, according to if the paint in the garage froze and is ruined or not…. Best of all?

Free!

IMGP1888Under the tree where you see all those beautiful rocks? There used to be a loose circle around the tree made of the stones, filled with bark – but of course bark composts down and weeds spring up, and it wound up being a huge mess…. so, I moved the rocks out in the fall and pulled out the weeds. Now I plan on putting in a Bee Mixture (my neighbor, Ruth, raises bees!) of wildflowers. Well, once I get the strength back to move those darn heavy rocks again! Ruth is coming over in a bit. I have the following heirloom seeds that we are going to plant in starter trays:

Heirloom Seeds 2015
Tomato Principle Borghese (special for oven roasting, sun drying)
Tomato Cherokee Purple
Chile Padilla Bajio  (Chile negro) (for drying and smoky flavor)
Pepper Chile Anaheim NuMex Joe E. Parker (mildly hot Anaheim for roasting)
Tomatillo Pineapple (fruit salsa and jam)
Cucumber Homemade Pickles
Pepper Poblano/Ancho (mildly hot)
Melon Papaya Dew
Sweet Pepper Yolo Wonder Sweet
Pepper Chile Jalapeño Jalafuego – (stuffing for rellanos etc)
Tomato Black Krim – (hint of smoke)
Watermelon Moon & Stars
Tomato Cherry Rainbow Blend (7 varieties in pack)
Tomato Pineapple (fresh eater)
Tomato Speckled Roman (Paste Tomato)
Tomato Green Zebra

Will direct seed lettuce, herbs, etc. once the boxes are finished! Can you tell I love peppers and tomatoes?

DIY Potting Bench built with cedar fence boards for $45, FlowerPatchFarmhouse.comIf you haven’t found Pamela’s site, Flower Patch Farmhouse, and you are at all interested in gardening or painting you should check out her site. These 5 DIY Garden Projects are fun and easy. I want to make the potting  bench! Of course, if I accomplish that or not, well . . . 😉 Of course, if I were really motivated, I would build THIS!!

DIY Studio Garden Cottage to build, link to plans to build yourself a fabulous place to create, FlowerPatchFarmhouse.com

Review: Stark’s Reality by Sarah Storme

Let’s get this out there first – this may be marketed as a “romance” but what I enjoyed about the book is the mystery and suspense angle. The cover makes it look like just another “boink me” romance, and there is some of that in there. And yes, that part is well written. I really like Heather. She is tough. She has to be, with an alcoholic Vietnam Vet father, a bar to run, a nasty bunch of Texas hillbillies around, and an environmental engineering degree to finish at UT Austin. That is, if she can afford it with a father who is too drunk to work, a bar to keep up and running, and more money troubles than she can handle.

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The cover is TERRIBLE but the mystery and suspense is kickin’.
So, overlook the cover and pick up your free copy!

Stark is the new police chief in town – in a department with a nasty history of corruption, he is an import from Dallas, a burned out cop with a fat file of commendations, a busted marriage, two little girls he hasn’t seen in nine years, a bad temper and a crippled ex-partner.

The romance itself is well done and realistic. Stark is no prize – broken in heart and burned out as a cop,he is hoping that this posting to a tiny coastal town will give him a chance to breath, to heal a bit, then decide what he is going to do with the rest of his life. What he gets is far from what he expects.

What starts off as a case of food poisoning, traced back to Heather’s bar, soon turns darker and darker, as hillbilly heaven turns into a world of murder, kidnapping, arson, and drug running. What happens next kept me interested and happy I was able to look past the cover and immerse myself into the story. It is a lot more than just a simple romance story – and lucky for me I took a chance on it.

 

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