Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake


Oh cinnamon and sugar,
how I love thee.




Hello, lovely friends!
Today I have an oh-so-wonderful treat for you.
Are you needing a little something for your sweet tooth?
Or are you having company over
and you need a quick and tasty dessert?
Maybe you just want a cinnamon roll with your cup of coffee,
but don't want to make a whole batch. . .
well, this delicious cinnamon roll coffee cake 
is just what you're looking for.




This cake is easy peasy to whip up,
and it's filled with ooey gooey goodness
that will make your taste buds thank you after you've eaten a piece.




Ingredients:

CAKE
½ cup butter, melted
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
3 cups flour
2 tsp vanilla
4 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
1½ cups milk

TOPPING
1 cup butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp flour
1 Tbsp cinnamon

GLAZE
2 cups powdered sugar
5 Tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

For the cake,
mix all the cake ingredients together in a large bowl
until well combined.
Pour into a greased 9 x 13 pan.

For the topping, 
mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl 
until well combined.

Spread evenly on the batter and swirl with a knife. 
Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes
{the recipe says to bake it this long, 
but I had to bake mine for about 45-50 minutes}.

For the glaze, 
mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl 
until it is a consistency like pancake syrup.
While the cake is warm 
drizzle the glaze onto the top and it will set into a harder glaze.
Serve warm or at room temperature.




Serve this cake in the morning for brunch
or save it for dessert after supper.
And brew yourself a nice cup of tea or coffee.
Mmmm. . .
Mmmm. . .
Good!




Thanks for visiting, my friends!
I hope you have a delightful day!

Well, would you look at that,
someone finished off the cake and coffee. . . 
{{smiles}}


Sunday, May 27, 2018

True Heroism


The brave die never, 
though they sleep in dust, 
their courage nerves a thousand living men.
- Minot J. Savage -




A man's country is not a certain area of land, 
of mountains, rivers, and woods, 
but it is a principle 
and patriotism is loyal to that principle.
- George William Curtis -


Have a blessed Memorial Day, dear friends.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Blind Betrayal - Book Review

Deputy U.S. Marshal Casey Sloane 
has worked at the St. Louis Marshals office for two years 
and is given a routine assignment to help transport a reporter to D.C. 
to testify before a grand jury. 
Valerie, the reporter, was writing a story about an up-and-coming environmentalist 
who suddenly disappeared and, she later discovered, 
whose backers purportedly have ties to a terrorist.
When the seemingly ordinary assignment suddenly takes a shocking turn, 
Casey is forced to put aside her own feelings 
about the unexpected reappearance of a man from her past as she 
and two other Marshals take Valerie on the run. 
And as it becomes dangerously clear 
Valerie's testimony has even bigger implications than they knew, 
they'll do whatever it takes to make it out alive.




My Thoughts
Blind Betrayal is book three
in the Defenders of Justice series.
You can find my reviews for the first two books
by clicking on the titles below:



While Blind Betrayal had some exciting moments,
I have to admit that just like the first book
I found this one to be predictable and at times slightly unbelievable.
I found the plots to be repetitive, for example:
twice the characters are captured,
twice they are bound in a vehicle with their captors,
and twice they try to figure out how to escape the confines of the car.
There are 312 pages in the story 
and I feel as though the author's imagination could run wild 
with different plots, scenarios, and ideas.

For the most part I enjoyed the characters.
Casey, the Deputy U. S. Marshal was a likable gal
with a tough exterior, but a tender heart.
She has a few demons that haunt her every day
and throughout the book her "weaknesses" are exposed,
but in a good way. . .they make her stronger and better.

E. J., the man that Casey hates but loves shows up just before things go awry.
She can either turn her back on him and let things crumble around them,
or she can open up for them to work as a team 
in order to get them out of the mess they are in.

And then there is Valerie. . .the reporter Casey and E. J. are trying to protect.
She was probably my least favorite character.
She wasn't completely honest 
and at times her immaturity and cowardliness
rubbed me the wrong way.

Yes, there is suspense and maybe a nail-biting moment or two,
but not enough for me to give this book 5 stars. . .or even 4 stars.
I'm going to have to give it 3 stars.
I have always enjoyed Nancy Mehl's work,
but Blind Betrayal just didn't hit me in the right spot.

While Blind Betrayal is the third book in this series
I think it could be read as a stand alone book.
There are a few characters mentioned in the story
that were in the first and second books, but they don't play a big part.

** I was given a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for an honest review.
All thoughts and opinions are my own. No other compensation was received. **

About the Author
Nancy Mehl is the author of 22 books, 
including the Road to Kingdom and Finding Sanctuary series. 
She received the ACFW Mystery Book of the Year Award in 2009. 
She has a background in social work and is a member of ACFW and RWA. 
Nancy writes from her home in Missouri, 
where she lives with her husband, Norman, and their Puggle, Watson. 
Visit www.nancymehl.com to learn more.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Just An Old, But New Pillow


Vintage means
pre-loved.




A little while ago I went through my pile of vintage linens
and came across this lovely lady.
She was originally made to hold clothespins,
but as you will see in the next photo she was showing some wear.
The sides were quite ragged and would only continue to unravel if used.




The lady herself is in excellent condition
and whoever embroidered her did a beautiful job.




I was going to sew her up into a tote bag,
but at the last minute I decided to create a pillow.
She looks delightful on my bed. . . 




And in my craft room
among my beloved quilts.




At the moment I have her resting on my vintage rocking chair
which is in the living room right by the fire place.
I have a feeling she will be traveling around the house.




You will notice I added 6 fabric yo-yo's
for the finishing touch to the pillow.
Of course I had to embellish her
{{smiles}}




Thanks for visiting, sweet friends.
I would love to know what you've been up to 
and what you're creating at the moment.

Have a blessed and beautiful day!
{{{hugs}}}


Thursday, May 17, 2018

12th Tea Cup and Mug Exchange Reveal


Have tea
and let it be.




It's time, my friends!
It's time for the 12th Tea Cup and Mug Exchange reveal.
Oh, what fun we shall have today.
Feel free to brew yourself a nice cup of tea
or a delicious mug of coffee. . .
and maybe grab a cookie or two
because there are oodles of tea cup and mug pictures to scroll through.
Plus, at the end of this post you will find blogs linked up
sharing their treasures from the exchange.

Sit back.

Relax.


Enjoy.

One last thing,
during the exchange I had a giveaway
and today is the day I announce the winner
of the $25.00 Amazon gift card.
She is. . . 
Jacqueline Cooper
Congratulations, dear one!

Now let the fun begin!

* * * * *

To Kelly - From Maureen



To Janice - From Pam



To Bonnie - From Dixie



To Deborah - From Debbie



To Barbara - From Linda



To Wanda - From DeeAnn



To Tamela - From Erika



To Susan - From Beverly



To Nina - From Angie



To June - From Valerie



To Mary - From Kitty



To Teresa - From Margie



To Belle - From Bonnie



To Sofia - From Tamela



To Sarah - From Sarah



To Lily - From Joy



To Maggie - From Amie



To Tammy - From Lisa



To Sarah - From Rosalyn



To DeeAnn - From Elizabeth



To Lisa - From Kelly


To Kathy - From Bee



To Silvia - From Dawn



To Tricia - From Angela



To Dixie - From Lynn



To Sarah - From Elizabeth



To Bee - From Gretchen



To Beverly - From Linda



To Debra - From Dixie



To Karen - From Denise



To Emily - From Olivia



To Jeanette - From Abigail



To Lynn - From Marilyn



To Sam - From Debby



To Peg - From Cindy



To Adeline - From Silvia



To Susan - From Beverly



To Lynn - From Kaye



To Betty - From Tammy



To Judith - From Elizabeth



To Anne - From Susannah



To Elizabeth - From Maureen



To Karen - From Gillian



To Dorothy - From Nina



To Cheryl - From June



To Kathryn - From Nancy



To Joy - From Belle



To Emily - From Krishna



To Becky - From Diana



To Margaret - From Judy



To Diana - From Arilea



To Grace - From Paulina



To Mal - From Ashley



To Cheryl - From Cheryl



To Janae - From Paulina



To Peg - From Andrea



To Debbie - From Lynn



To Alyssa - From Angela



To Adria - From Judy



To Rosalyn - From Elizabeth



To Florrie - From Rebekka



To Adaline - From Jan



To Olivia - From Florrie



To Grace - From Susannah



To Marge - From Ella



To Sam - From Debbie



To Ida - From Bee



To Danielle - From Adeline



To Allison - From Anne



To Anne - From Karen



To Irene - From Grace



To Margaret - From Barbara



To Marina - From Rosalind



To Marina - From Sandra



To Kathy - From Ida



To LeAnna - From Brianna



To Maggie - From Olivia



To Sarah - From Rosalyn



To June - From Lea



To Jessica - From Gretchen



To Valerie - From Carolyn



To Joanne - From Tanya



To Jan - From MONTSE



To Karen - From Darlene



To Barbara - From Tonia



To Emily - From Danielle



To Lily - From Danielle



To Danielle - From Janae



To Ella - From Chevon



To Sylvia - From Alyssa



To Janice - From Adria



I can't thank each one of you enoughfor joining the exchange.
Many of you have become faithful participants
and your joy in joining the exchange brings a smile to my face.
I consider it an honor to host this event for all of you
and I'm incredibly thankful that you enjoy it so.
Thank you, friends, 
for it is YOU who makes this exchange possible.

And on that note. . .
at this time I will not be hosting another exchange.
Each one continues to grow and with close to 250 participants 
it's getting to be a "bit much."
And I must confess that with each exchange comes certain "issues" 
that are out of my control, but tend to make participants unhappy
which in turn bothers me deeply.
So for now I am saying "adieu" to the exchange. . .
maybe for a little while or maybe forever.
We shall see. . .

Have a beautiful and blessed day,
lovely friends!

Each cup of tea
represents an imaginary voyage.
- Catherine Douzel -
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