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Before Ever After

Before Ever After

Before Ever After Before Ever After:  “A smartly written romance, mystery and historical adventure all wrapped up in a page-turner that will have you guessing until the very end.” –  Adena Halpern, author of  The...

Lily turf silver deacon ground covers

Lily turf silver deacon ground covers

Lily turf silver deacon ground covers Lily turf silver deacon ground covers:  First of all,  these ground covers can be grown in almost any amount of light and can tolerate full sun to deep...

Tuna fishcakes with tomato salad

Tuna fishcakes with tomato salad

Tuna fishcakes with tomato salad Ingredients: 425 g tuna in water, drained 500 g sweet potato peeled and cut into small pieces 1 lemon rind finely grated, juiced 1 onion small. finely chopped 3...

Listful Thinking

Listful Thinking

Listful Thinking Listful Thinking:  What do Madonna,  Martha Stewart,  John Lennon,  Ellen DeGeneres,  Ben Franklin,  Ronald Reagan,  Leonardo da Vinci,  Thomas Edison and Johnny Cash have in common? Each is (or was) a list...

Canary creeper vines are easy to grow

Canary creeper vines are easy to grow

Canary creeper vines are easy to grow Canary creeper vines are easy to grow:  An easy way to add both height and texture to your garden is by growing flowering vines like canary creeper....

Breakfast casserole

Breakfast casserole

Breakfast casserole Ingredients: 1/2 Kg mild ground pork sausage 1/2 Kg hot ground pork sausage 1 (30-ounce) package frozen hash browns 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese...

Leadership Lessons

Leadership Lessons

Leadership Lessons Leadership Lessons: Warren Buffett, Walt Disney, Thomas Edison, Katharine Graham, Steve Jobs, and Ray Kroc. First of all,  great leaders have a great deal to teach those of us who aspire to...

Poppy seed muffins

Poppy seed muffins

Poppy seed muffins Ingredients: 3 eggs 2 1/2 cups white sugar 1 1/8 cups vegetable oil 1 1/2 cups milk 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract 3 cups all-purpose flour...

The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules

The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules

The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules:  Perfect for fans of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. First of all,  meet 79-year-old Martha and...

Kerria japonica

Kerria japonica

Kerria japonica Kerria japonica is a Japanese yellow rose that has been around for a long time. First of all,  this plant can change your landscape dramatically.  This is a deciduous shrub that can...

Lemon cheesecake pudding

Lemon cheesecake pudding

Lemon cheesecake pudding Ingredients: 2 cups crushed tennis biscuits, plus more for garnish 1/2 cup butter 2 tablespoons sugar 1 package cream cheese, softened 2 boxes instant lemon pudding mix 3 cups milk 1/2...

Crazy for the Storm

Crazy for the Storm

Crazy for the Storm “Breathtaking” : The Washington Post: First of all,  join Norman Ollestad as he looks back on an adrenaline-filled childhood. And the mountaintop plane crash that led to an icy fight...

Azaleas are shade loving plants

Azaleas are shade loving plants

Azaleas are shade loving plants Azaleas are shade loving plants:  Shade tolerant azaleas, which are among the most popular flowering plants for shade, are commonly thought to be flexible to low-light conditions. Bear in...

Flapjacks without eggs

Flapjacks without eggs

Flapjacks without eggs Ingredients: 375 ml cake flour 20 ml baking powder 15 ml sugar 335 ml milk 5 ml white vinegar 60 ml melted butter Sunflower oil for frying Honey and cinnamon, strawberries...

Tuna souffle with Parmesan cheese

Tuna souffle with Parmesan cheese

Tuna souffle with Parmesan cheese Ingredients: 100 g Parmesan cheese, grated 2 tins tuna in brine, drained 5 large eggs, separated 1 classic white sauce 300 ml milk 30 ml Parmesan cheese, finely grated...

The Goddesses of Kitchen Avenue

The Goddesses of Kitchen Avenue

The Goddesses of Kitchen Avenue The Goddesses of Kitchen Avenue;  From a beloved RITA Award winning Author: After her marriage falls apart, 46 year old Trudy turns to The Goddesses of Kitchen Avenue. A...

Mince and macaroni bake with parmesan cheese

Mince and macaroni bake with parmesan cheese

Mince and macaroni bake with parmesan cheese Ingredients: 15 ml oil 2 garlic cloves 400 g beef mince 1 onion chopped finely 250 g mushrooms sliced 410 g tinned chopped tomatoes 100 g tomato...

Lupine flowers will add height to your garde

Lupine flowers will add height to your garden

Lupine flowers will add height to your garden Lupine flowers will add height to your garden:  Growing lupine flowers is easy. Lupinus, commonly known as lupin or lupine,  is a genus of the flowering...

Choosing the Highlander

Choosing the Highlander

Choosing the Highlander Choosing the Highlander: As a mechanical engineer in 1981 Chicago, Connie designs plumbing systems. She has also designed her life to perfection, right down to the man she hopes to marry....

Grow dill in containers

Grow dill in containers

Grow dill in containers Grow dill in containers:  Dill grows best in soil with a pH level between 6 to 7.5. If you are planting in a long container that runs along your window...

Fish cakes with lemon rice

Fish cakes with lemon rice

Fish cakes with lemon rice Ingredients: 600 g potatoes peeled and cut into quarter 300 g boneless salmon 2.5 ml Turmeric Black pepper 500 ml fresh white breadcrumbs 10 ml Thai seasoning 65 ml...

The Hazards of Good Breeding

The Hazards of Good Breeding

The Hazards of Good Breeding The Hazards of Good Breeding: First of all,  this richly appointed and generously portrayed debut novel tells the story of a WASPy,  old-Boston family. A family coming face to...

Mammillaria cacti grow hardy in pots

Mammillaria cacti grow hardy in pots

Mammillaria cacti grow hardy in pots Mammillaria cacti grow hardy in pots: First of all, Mammillaria cacti can be bought at your local nursery and simply planted in any container of your choice. They...

Cocktail sausages with mint and honey

Cocktail sausages with mint and honey

Cocktail sausages with mint and honey Ingredients: 15 ml whole grain mustard 10 ml mint 10 ml chicken spice 60 ml honey 15 ml olive oil 400 g cocktail sausages Method: Cocktail sausages with...

On the Island

On the Island

On the Island On the Island : A runaway New York Times bestseller with over 27,000 five-star ratings on Goodreads! Anna agrees to spend the summer tutoring T.J. in the Maldives. Then a plane crash leaves...

Purple fountain grass

Purple fountain grass

Purple fountain grass Purple fountain grass:  Purple fountain grass is one of the most popular of all ornamental grasses. The purple or burgundy colored foliage and the soft, fuzzy-like blooms, which are followed by...

Dumplings for pudding

Dumplings for pudding

Dumplings for pudding Ingredients: For the sauce: 500 ml water 180 ml sugar 2 ml ginger 2 ml cinnamon 5 ml cloves For the batter: 65 ml margarine 125 ml apricot jam 10 ml...

Reluctant Genius

Reluctant Genius

Reluctant Genius Reluctant Genius: First of all,   the popular image of Alexander Graham Bell is that of an elderly American patriarch. Memorable only for his paunch, his Santa Claus beard, and the invention...

Mimosa trees will enhance your landscape

Mimosa trees will enhance your landscape

Mimosa trees will enhance your landscape Mimosa trees will enhance your landscape: First of all,  mimosa is a deciduous, small to medium-sized tree. It can grow 20 to 40 feet tall.  This is an...