February 23, 2018

This Week's Recipes

Here are this week's new additions at Country at Heart Recipes.
Join the Vogts Sisters this Saturday at the Bluegrass Showcase in Neosho, MO.
Learn more HERE.

February 19, 2018

Book Preview ~ Across the Blue

Across the Blue, by Carrie Turansky

Isabella Grayson, the eldest daughter of a wealthy, English newspaper magnate, longs to become a journalist, but her parents don't approve. They want her to marry well and help them gain a higher standing in society. After she writes an anonymous letter to the editor that impresses her father, her parents reluctantly agree she can write a series of articles about aviation and the race to fly across the English Channel, but only if she promises to accept a marriage proposal within the year. 
When James Drake, an aspiring aviator, crashes his flying machine at the Grayson's new estate, Bella is intrigued. James is determined to be the first to fly across the Channel and win the prize Mr. Grayson's newspaper is offering. He hopes it will help him secure a government contract to build airplanes and redeem a terrible family secret. James wants to win Bella's heart, but his background and lack of social standing make it unlikely her parents would approve. If he fails to achieve his dream, how will he win the love and respect he is seeking? Will Bella's faith and support help him find the strength and courage he needs when unexpected events turn their world upside down? Buy the book HERE.
CARRIE TURANSKY is an award-winning author of eighteen novels and novellas. She has been the winner of the ACFW Carol Award, the Crystal Globe Award, and the International Digital Award, and a finalist for the Inspirational Readers Choice Award and the Maggie Award of Excellence. A prolific writer of contemporary and historical romance, women's fiction, short stories, articles, and devotionals, Carrie lives in central New Jersey with her husband, Scott. They have five adult children and five grandchildren. Learn more about Carrie HERE.

February 16, 2018

This Week's Recipes

Here are this week's new additions at Country at Heart Recipes.
This weekend, the Vogts Sisters will attend the International Folk Alliance Conference in Kansas City, MO. Learn more about their showcases HERE.

French Toast

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake with Bittersweet Chocolate Frosting

A Few of My Favorite Things in the Kitchen

February 14, 2018

A Few of My Favorite Things

Some of my blogger friends have been posting a Few of their Favorite Things,
 and I thought it would be fun to share a few things with you!
I have also shared a Few of My Favorite Things...in the Kitchen HERE.

Oil of Olay - I have been a long-time fan of moisturizing soaps, such as Oil of Olay, Dove, or Caress. 
I like how they leave your skin feeling soft and silky.

Joico Color Endure Violet Sulfate-Free Shampoo - Now that my hair has gone gray, it tends to get a little yellow or brassy, so I'm always on the look-out for a good shampoo that not only treats the brassiness but also leaves my hair soft and silky. I previously used Jhirmack's Silver Plus Shampoo, but then found this one by Joico that is sulfate-free.

BOOMsilk by Cindy Joseph - I have been using this face moisturizer for a couple of years and really love the natural ingredients in it. 
I have never used much makeup, and I like using the BOOMsticks for moisturizing color for my lips, cheeks, and eyes.

No-Crack Lavender Hand Cream at Duluth Trading Co. - This hand cream is the best at keeping my hands soft without leaving them greasy. In the winter months when my fingers become dry and cracked, I treat my hands to this cream. It's wonderful, as is the lavender scent. I've tried to find it at other vendors, but Duluth Trading Co has been the only place I've been able to find it.

Bath and Body Works Bubble Bath - Although it is getting harder to find, I prefer this bubble bath over many others. 
Such lovely scents and makes wonderful bubbles.

Christopher and Banks Satin Trimmed Knit Tops - I love shopping at Christopher and Banks and I have a full selection of satin-trimmed knit tops in my closet, ranging from sleeveless to elbow-length to long sleeved. I like the conservative neckline, the comfortable fit, and the many colors offered each season.

Leather Purses - It used to be very easy to find a nice leather purse, but today has become very difficult to do. I love a leather purse and (stubbornly) insist on using one. My current purse is a black shoulder bag similar to this one by Fossil. Apparently, the style I own is no longer available...

Ariat Canyon Boots - I'm not the kind of gal who owns a lot of shoes. In fact, I own very few, but one of my favorite pairs is this boot by Ariat. I have been buying this same boot for years. I love that I can wear it in all seasons, and it looks great with jeans.

Yankee Candles - Love these candles, and usually buy as a votive or in a jar.
I use candles in my bathroom, kitchen, and living room. They make a house so warm and cozy.

Dove Dark Chocolate - I'm a huge fan of dark chocolate, and while I like many kinds, my go-to favorite has always been Dove. It's so smooth and delicious. I like the kind with almonds, but also peanut butter and raspberry, when it's available. The inside message is an added treat as well!

Flannel Shirts, Pajamas, and Sheets - In the cold winter, there is nothing better than the feel of soft flannel against your skin. In the winter, you will see me wearing lots of flannel.

Cross Pens - When I journal or write letters, I like to use a fine writing pen. 
My favorite tends to be Cross Pens, and I prefer a medium to fine ballpoint.

So there you have a dozen of my favorite things.
Have a wonderful Valentine's Day and enjoy the moments . . . .

February 12, 2018

Book Preview ~ The Masterpiece

The Masterpiece, by Francine Rivers

A successful LA artist, Roman Velasco appears to have everything he could possibly want—money, women, fame. Only Grace Moore, his reluctant, newly hired personal assistant, knows how little he truly has. The demons of Roman’s past seem to echo through the halls of his empty mansion and out across his breathtaking Topanga Canyon view. But Grace doesn’t know how her boss secretly wrestles with those demons: by tagging buildings as the Bird, a notorious but unidentified graffiti artist—an alter ego that could destroy his career and land him in prison.

Like Roman, Grace is wrestling with ghosts and secrets of her own. After a disastrous marriage threw her life completely off course, she vowed never to let love steal her dreams again. But as she gets to know the enigmatic man behind the reputation, it’s as if the jagged pieces of both of their pasts slowly begin to fit together . . . until something so unexpected happens that it changes the course of their relationship—and both their lives—forever. Buy the book HERE.

New York Times bestselling author Francine Rivers continues to win both industry acclaim and reader loyalty around the globe. Her numerous bestsellers include Redeeming Love, A Voice in the Wind, and Bridge to Haven, and her work has been translated into more than thirty different languages. She is a member of Romance Writers of America's coveted Hall of Fame as well as a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). Visit Francine online at www.francinerivers.com

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