Saturday, May 27, 2023


 Greetings! I hear for you in the USA it may be a long weekend, here in Canada ours was last weekend and I was so tired i never got around to making a Jello Pie I had been wanting to try. 

When my parents were alive and my dad still working he had a lady in the office who made us this pie once and I absolutely loved it, having had no idea at the time how she made this magical fluffy red pie, and now many decades later, I learned that it was a Jello Pie! 

Specifically this recipe I found on the Kraft Canada Website which you can also find by clicking this sentence. 


Hoping that this photo is viewable to you all, it is from the Kraft Website and I was in absolute disbelief that while I was looking at recipes this yummy childhood memory  has been rediscovered!


What I think I love most about this pie is that it combines my favorite parts of having pie, the fruit and the creamy topping, into the pie! 


While I am not sure how you will be spending your holiday weekend I hope it is with people you love, or doing something you love. 

I will let you know how my pie turns out! Let me know if you make this or if you have a similar pie recipe you would share!


Friday, May 26, 2023

Hello all.

Something has gone wrong, again, between my computer and my blog host site. I can't upload any photos. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. 

Sigh.

PLEASE stick with me. I want to work through very carefully. There are 10 years of post on this blog. So far, the only "fix" options I have found is to set up a new blog. I can't stand the thought of losing everything. 

Please send good thoughts, vibes, and prayers that I can figure this out. 

Love and hugs to you all,

Lisa


 

Thursday, May 25, 2023


Sending love to you all today and hopefully some cozy laughs!

 So... I did a thing, cost under $3 and has hopefully brought a smile or two to people passing by...

This is my second Bug, but I never put eyelashes on car before, wondering how long they will last! "Tea Kettle" is this ones name and she was lacking personality.


This was my first love, I called her "Teapot"! I miss this car so much and tried to keep her alive for as long as I could. I really loved everything about her, especially how I could transport special surprises for my nieces like this one on the eve of her birthday so many years ago. Now I am imagining what she would have looked like with eyelashes!



The new Eyelashes on Tea Kettle, hopefully will bring some much needed lightness and humor to my morning commute, oh and I can't wait to see my teenagers responce at seeing them before he gets in the car to drop off at his school....

I shall keep you posted!



Just had to get this off my chest. 
I have brought this up before, and am sure I will again.

Do you feel there should be such a thing as an "edgy" cozy? I don't.

I do not think cursing should be in Cozy Mysteries. I have come to except a h*ll or d*mn here and there, but multiple, multiple times on one book? Multiple times only half way through the book? It's too much. And then there are other words that are worse. B*tch, b*stard! What? In a cozy? No! 

Also, sexual suggestions have become a bit too descriptive. We all know some of our characters have sexual relationships. But some of the descriptions have been very risquΓ©. And using the word erotic!

I love our cozy authors. I have a high respect for their talents. Maybe it's the publishers that want them a little more than cozy. But I miss the day when I could pick up a cozy and know it would be like a "Hallmark" type of read. I could pass books on to anyone pre-teen to 100, and know that they were appropriate.

I have friends and fellow readers who feel the same. Anyone out there feel that way too?

Thanks for hearing my rant. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2023


 This week I am thinking about ways to beat the summer heat. I am not a summer person and while I love a sunny day I don't love a hot day. I have had to check several times this last week if it was hot out or if I was just having a hot flash, sadly sometimes it was both. Why? Why must we suffer in the sun? We where I live A/C is really not that common in homes and we usually get two unbearable weeks in the summer usually in August but, sometimes it is early and often. I have never heard the term "Heat Dome" more than I have in the last few years. Not even sure it is a real thing but something we just have to get used to.

So when the weather gets hot I usually switch to a cozy themed mystery that is fall or winter based. I would love to read a paint and sip mystery, but have not yet found one so if you know of one let me know.

I took up painting in the last 5 years and I am really enjoying it, I get better each time and it makes me feel really proud and like I am getting that much needed creative outlet. 

To escape the summer heat, I am sharing a few favourite series you might be able to find at your library, and one series I have been meaning to start! 

One past summer I was obsessed with the fiber craft type mysteries, knitting, (which I can do, kinda), crochet, (which I can't yet do), needle point, cross stitch and needle felting are all crafts I have tried.
Absolutely loved the following series:


Maggie Sefton's Knitting Series! Such a fun read and very fun knitting patterns, there are 16 books I believe in the series so a summer of good reading and projects await you!
I would be remiss if I did not mention the amazing Betty Hechtman Crochet Mystery series, her books made me laugh, cry and had some great recipes in them as well. 

I loved so much Amanda Lee's Embroidery series and her beautiful Irish Wolfhound apprentice! 
there are 10 books in this series and I loved Better off Thread, but so many wonderful titles in this series. 

 


A series I had been meaning to read is the Amish Quilt Shop Mystery series by Isabella Alan (aka Amanda Flower!)

I would love to hear your crafting cozy suggestions to keep my mind busy when my hands are not crafting on these hot summer nights!

Looking forward to sharing more with you again soon!

Monday, May 22, 2023


We can do it! We can do it! We can do it!

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Saturday, May 20, 2023


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Friday, May 19, 2023


FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2018


Book 1 in the Southern Cake Baker Mysteries
CAKE & PUNISHMENT


In the first of a delectable new Southern-set baking cozy series, Sophia Cummings, pastry chef extraordinaire, must craft the perfect cake for an old friend’s wedding while sifting through the suspects in a murder. 

Bucolic Rumford, Kentucky has glowing fields of bluegrass, a fine selection of bourbons, and now a professional pastry chef. Broken-hearted Sophia Cummings has come home from New York City. She’s not there a minute before she’s charmed into making her high school friend Charlotte’s wedding cake. The kitchen at the Rumford Country Club seems perfect until Chef Emile’s body is discovered, sprawled near the stove, a cast iron skillet on the floor close by. With one look at the shiny, new frying pan, Sophia knows it’s not Emile’s. She offers her knowledge to Sheriff Carter and her talents to Evelyn, the manager, who needs an interim chef. The mood in the country club is grim: Emile’s peppery personality had burned members and staff alike. Sophia wonders which one of them burned him? 

Perfect for fans of Joanne Fluke and JoAnna Carl, Cake and Punishment―with authentic Southern recipes!―will satisfy your sweet tooth.

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On To The Recipe!

KENTUCKY DERBY PIE

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Photos  found via Google Images, and its contributors, with many thanks. 
Your finished dish will vary in appearance.

(from Maymee Bell’s mama’s, Linda Lowry, own recipe book)

My Mama’s Derby Pie is smack your mama good! It’s a southern pie with walnuts and chocolate chips. You can use pecans in substitute for the walnuts, but I really like my walnuts!


Ingredients:
½ cup melted butter
1 cup sugar
½ cup flour
2 beaten eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
¾ cup walnuts or pecans (your choice not both!)
¾ cup chocolate chips (or more if you really want it gooey!)

Directions
   Mix in the order that’s written under the ingredients. This is very important. Pour the mixture into an unbaked 9 inch pie shell. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. 

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I am not a pie eater. I haven't found one I like.
But this pie? Oh yeah, I'm ready to give this one a try!

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