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A Time for Renewal by Kathleen Gallagher

From Christina: I love spring. I especially love getting outside to dig around a bit and plant my favorite herbs.  We have a small flower garden, too, but nothing like the beautiful landscape Kathleen’s husband created. I was thrilled when she offered to share it with readers. I’m sure you’ll find it lovely, too. 

A TIME FOR RENEWAL

by Kathleen Gallagher

 

I know most of us are looking forward to sunshine, flowers, the smell of fresh cut grass and long walks in the park.  Spring is finally here, and it’s the time for new beginnings.

One of the things I look forward to is spending time outdoors in our backyard. My husband transformed the space into an enchanted garden.  There are winding paths, a Japanese tree, rose bushes, vibrant flowers, sea grass, and beautifully sculptured miniature trees, along with a few blue spruce trees. It reminds me of a place where the forest meets a magical garden.

Garden 1

There is an area to barbeque, various seating areas filled with wicker furniture, to relax and read a book. Tucked in a secluded area sits a hammock if we want to take a nap. A larger table and a smaller round table allow our family to enjoy time together on the weekend. Vines of Ivy lace our fence, adding greenery to the background. The birds love their houses, and they dip in and out of the tiny wooden cottages throughout the day. In the corner there’s an enclosed area where we keep the hot tub. It’s a perfect place to light a candle and unwind, while sipping a beverage.

Garden 2

Each year we add something new to our cozy hideaway. I never know what design my husband will come up with. He surprises me every time.

It’s getting closer to the big design project. I can’t wait to spend a cozy afternoon, basking in the sun with the light scent of spring flowers lingering in the air.

About Kathleen: Kathleen lives in New Jersey with her husband and their two dogs. She’s a registered nurse who works in an emergency room. Writing has been her passion since she was a young girl. Contemporary and paranormal romance are her favorites.  She has three adult children and three lovable grandsons. Her favorite romantic getaway is Cape May, New Jersey. You might find Kathleen on the beach down The Jersey Shore, wearing a straw hat, sipping on an iced tea, dreaming up her next romance novel. 

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Winter Comfort by Crymsyn Hart

From Christina: Winter, winter, everywhere! I don’t care much for winter, but I can certainly enjoy a warm, cozy dish of comfort food, and this recipe from author Crymsyn Hart will be going on our dinner table very soon. Who doesn’t like macaroni and cheese?

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Winter Comfort

Italian Mac N’ Cheese

By Crymsyn Hart

My husband is a sucker for macaroni and cheese and would eat it every meal if he could. And since he’s Italian he loves it with the Italian sausage.

Italian Mac N’ Cheese

1 pound of rotini (my husband likes ziti, but any pasta will do)

1 cup of chicken stock

1 cup of heavy cream

1 can of petite diced tomatoes

1 pound of Italian sausage (I use the links cut up, but ground Italian sausage works too)

1 ½ cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1 ½ cups of shredded parmesan cheese

1 cup of mozzarella cheese

½ cup of bread crumbs

Salt

Pepper

Oregano

1.  Preheat oven to 350 Degrees

2.  Boil 4 quarts of water and cook pasta according to the package directions.

3.  Set pasta aside and drain

4.  Cook and brown Italian sausage.

5.  Pour 1 cup of chicken broth into pot

6.  Pour 1 cup of cream into chicken broth until it bubbles

7.  Add ¾ cup of cheddar and ¾ of a cup of parmesan, and ½ cup of mozzarella into the cream/broth mixture. Stir until cheese is melted.

8.  Add the pasta, tomatoes, and Italian sausage together and ½ cup of mozzarella cheese

9.  Pour in melted cheese and mix together.

10. Add in salt, pepper, and oregano to taste

11. Pour mixture into 9 x 13 casserole dish

12. Top with reaming cheese and breadcrumbs

13. Bake for 30 minutes

About Crymsyn Hart: Along with cooking up delicious meals, author Crymsyn Hart creates worlds filled with luscious vampires, gorgeous gods, quirky witches, and brooding shifters.

She is a National Bestselling author of over seventy paranormal romance and horror novels. Her experiences as a psychic have given her a lot of material to use in her books. She currently resides in Charlotte, NC with her hubby and her three dogs. If she’s not writing, she’s curled up with the dogs watching a good horror movie or off with friends.

To find out more about Crymsyn, check out her website  – Crymsyn Hart. You can also find her and her books at Amazon – Crymsyn Hart or at her blog, Vampires, Witches, and Me! Oh, My!

Autumn Colors by Judy Baker

Autumn Colors

by Judy Baker

Photo from Judy Baker

Photo from Judy Baker

I love autumn colors. The only thing that makes me sad about autumn, is the fact that winter is banging on the door too hard and fast in the state of Utah. I guess you can tell, I’m not too fond of winter. Once I heard someone say that no one likes the color orange! I do. Orange is a happy color and when I look at all the fall leaves, who doesn’t like orange. There’s so many shades of orange colors that I can’t imagine not liking some.

As a writer, I recall memories from my past, especially time spent on my grandparents’ farm in Yellow Creek, Tennessee. My favorite thing to do in the fall was to take a long walks through the woods and listen to the orange, dry leaves crush beneath my feet. So, you can guess, my character sometimes take long walks through the woods on an autumn day, and of course, someone’s stalking her!

Photo from Judy Baker

Photo from Judy Baker

Every fall, my hubby and I take a motorcycle ride through the canyons to see all the beautiful colors, ranging from one end of the spectrum to the other. Don’t let autumn pass you by without check out mother nature’s colors.

This fall, I’ve been busy writing, but we always take time to visit Yellowstone National Park, except this (government shutdown put a halt on that trip!). Why do I love to go to Yellowstone in the fall? For the colors, of course, and I’ve always been lucky enough to see wolves. I have a soft spot in my heart for wolves, they seem to roam more during the cool days of fall. I guess that why I write them into my books.

About Judy:

Judy lives in the beautiful western state of Utah. Though she’s a southerner at heart, she loves the surrounding mountains and the desert valleys. When not writing the stories that fill her head, she enjoys RVing with her family, stargazing through one of her many telescopes, digging in her wildflower garden, and golfing or just swinging on the patio while plotting her next story. She’s also an avid fan of coffee and the ocean. You can find out more about Judy on her website, Coffee Time with Judy Baker, or at her blog, Judy’s Escape.