book reviews

Book Review: Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

Greetings My Lovelies!

It’s Monday so that’s means that it’s time once again for me to do a book review.  Yea! So here’s how this works. I rate books on a scale of coffee cups….because I love coffee.  Also there will be no spoilers in these reviews.


0 cups= I hated it/couldn’t finish

1 cup= did like but finished bc I’m stubborn

2 cups= meh

3 cups= Not the best but interesting enough to finish

4 cups= I really like it.  



4 Cups


General Overview:

Head up to the mountains of North Carolina and visit a place where simple magic is all around.  A place where strange things happen nearly every day but nothing as strange as the Waverleys.  In their back yard they have an apple tree that they protect, not because the apples are delicious but because the apples will show you the greatest event in your life, and not everyone can handle that.  Claire Waverley has built a successful business out of her family’s oddities.  Her food can “influence” your dinner guests thus making her a prize commodity.  Everything in her world is going smoothly until her sister, Sydney, returns with a daughter in tow.  Sometimes, you have to shake the branches to get what you need.


My Thoughts:

The only reason why I didn’t give this book a 5 cup rating is because I wanted it to be longer.  I know, I’m being petty but that’s how much I enjoyed reading this book.  I stumbled across this book in my local library and knew from the first few pages that I was going to have to buy it for my own.  The magic in this book is so subtle that you can miss it and that’s why I love it.  It has a Practical Magic feel to it but is something all its own.


Reread factor:

I have read this book several time already and as I sit here typing it’s review I find myself with the urge to reread it again.  It’s an easy read with lovable characters with strong messages about being true to yourself and family.  You need this book in your life.


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Greetings My Peeps!



I know I’m getting a little ahead of myself.  There’s still a few weeks left until the “official” start to spring, but the weather is supposed to be so nice this week.  We’ll actually get up to about 80!  Hot dang!  I’m finding my eyes keep going to my planter boxes, which are barren, with ever growing excitement because soon my hands will be playing in their dirt.  I cannot wait to start my garden but I must be patient.  I do not want to be too hasty and loose my lovely veggies.

I through open my windows as soon as I get home, enjoying the fresh air that my house desperately needs after a long winter.  I love spring.  It’s my second favorite season.  Autumn is my all time favorite.


Just a few more weeks!  Just a few more weeks!  I cannot wait for SPRING!



Greetings My Peeps!

Hurry Up and Grow!

Last year I finally got my garden.  Granted it was small, but I didn’t want to do too much too fast.  I have another one this year and I have added to it.  I still have tomatoes and peppers, but I’ve added carrots, parsnips, and green onions.  Every day I go out and look at my garden, silently urging it to grow faster so I can enjoy it better.  This year, I also started my very first herb garden.  It’s nothing special, but it’s a start.  I have peppermint, rosemary, and lemon thyme.  The nursery didn’t have any basil (sigh) but it’s alright. Here it is:

11162190_10152761807056246_8467910081865921825_nSo pretty.  Things are getting interesting in my vegetable garden too.  I have my first tomato!  Granted it’s green and impossibly small, but it’s there!  My peppers have also started flowering as well.  Yeah!  I can’t wait!  I can’t wait to eat them.  I can’t wait to can them!  The little buggers just need to hurry up and grow!  Ha-ha.

My neighbor’s blackberry bush is almost at the end of its flowering and we can already see the little berries.  We share the bush because she could never eat them all, but I share my veggies with her.  It’s a fair trade.

Well my lovelies, while I would love to stay and chat, I have chores to do and bread to bake.  ‘Til next time!


Greetings My Peeps!

Pick a Peck of Pickled Peppers

As you may remember, I started a garden this year.  It’s nothing special, just a couple of things.  Right now my peppers are really doing nicely.  I really wasn’t planning on doing any canning this year, mostly because my garden is small so that means we eat it as fast as it grows.  We’ll I finally had to give in and can my peppers because if I didn’t they would go bad.  I searched around the internet till I found a recipe that I liked.  I made some changes because we like all things spicy in my house.  So I added red pepper lakes and whole bits of pepper.  My husband just shook his head over my silliness but couldn’t resist putting in his two cents.  He says he doesn’t see the point in canning but he always finds a way to be in the kitchen when I do.  I don’t normally mind but he always gets my way but I love him dearly.

I'm so proud of myself.
I’m so proud of myself.

What about you guys?  Have any of you canned anything before?  If so I would love to see your recipes.  If not, what is something that you always wanted to try?  Love to hear from ya’ll.  Take care!

Greetings My Peeps!

Touching Base

Greetings!  Just figured I stop by and fill you guys in on what’s going on.  As you know, I just finished writing The Lost Guardian and am working through one last revision session before it’s off to the editor’s for a more professional going over.  The first few chapters have been torture.  I swear I spend most of my time cringing at my writing than actually reading it.


But hey this is my first book and wrote the first half while I was still in school.  My college papers influence my writing, meaning the first half of my book is voiceless and wordy.  It’s fixed now.  So hopefully things will pick up here soon.  I still want to try and find out if a local bookstore near me would be willing to carry my book (I hope so!)


In other news, I just celebrated my 4th anniversary with my hubby!  Yeah!




Tell you the truth it feels like yesterday and forever at the same time.  Some days I love him to bits and others I try to not kill him in his sleep.  Ha-ha.  But no, seriously…I love my husband so much.  He has been in my corner since day one of this book and I don’t think I could have finished this book without his support.  Love you Dmitry!

My tomatoes have exploded.  I’m picking them faster than I can eat them.  I have thought about making spaghetti sauce but then my grandmother gets a hold of them and their gone.  Maybe next year.  My peppers are doing alright too, but Dmitry keeps picking them off the plant and eats them right away.  I think I may have to do a bigger garden next year just so I can actually can something.  Ha-ha.

Well that’s all that’s going on with me right now.  I’ll check in with you guys in a couple of weeks.  Till then enjoy your summer!

Greetings My Peeps!

I’m still alive

Yes, yes…I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted something.  I apologize.  Things have been busy with the garden and helping my mom clean her old home so it can be rented.  Plus I’ve taken a small break from writing because I’m having problems coming to terms with nearing the completion of my first novel…..



I’ve been dreaming of this moment since I was in middle school, when I first started writing.  I never thought that I would finish something and be able to publish it.  It’s enough to make your head spin.  But other than that things are going good for me right now.  I’m back to writing and I should have it ready for the market by March of next year.  SO EXCITED!!!!!!



Well I’ve spent enough time chatting it up with you guys.  Hope you all are doing well and see you next time!

Greetings My Peeps!

Happy Friday Everyone.

Greetings and happy Friday!


I just wanted to stop by and let y’all know whats been going on.  I just finished chapter 10 and sent another chapter packet off to my editor.  I can’t believe that I made it to this point.  I never have.  This makes me excited and freaked out all at the same time.  I know that the likelihood of my book becoming popular is slim to none, but I hope that a few people like it.  If they don’t it’s ok because I love writing and I’ll continue to write because there is no way that I can stop writing.

This year is also the first year of my garden.  I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am.  I’ve wanted to do a garden for years.  I picked up my plants yesterday, but I won’t be planting for a little while longer.  According to my neighbor, who has been farming his whole life, I shouldn’t really plant till the first week in May.  I don’t think I can wait till then but I’ll try.

I’ve also started to work on a rough outline for my next book.  The Lost Guardian is the first book in a trilogy.  I’ve already worked out the cover and the title for the next book. I know they say that you shouldn’t worry about those things till the end but if I don’t then I can’t focus on the story.  The title and cover are just as important as the story itself so I try to make them right off the bat.

I’ve also taken up embroidery again…I know, I know…but I always like to have something going on.  Plus I’m extremely old fashioned.  Any who, that’s  all for me and I hope you guys have a wonderful weekend.

Till Next Time



Greetings My Peeps!

What’s Going On

Greetings everyone!  Man I have been struggling with the latest chapter of The Lost Guardian.  This is an extremely important chapter.  Not only is it the middle of the book, it’s also the point when things start to gear up.  I can’t seem to get it right.  I think I’ve rewritten it three times so far.  I hope to get it worked out soon because I need to keep on schedule if I want to complete this book by October.  I know that seems like a long way from now but as you know writing takes a long time.  I may just have to walk away from it for a few days so I can clear my head and then go back to it.  I still need to complete my cover for this book.  I have everything roughed out I just need to finalize it.

So in other news, I’m now in my last class before I earn my degree!  I couldn’t be happier!  I still have to take care of my graduation fees and set up an appointment with the school board in my area to discuss what steps I need to take to get my license and certification to start teaching.  I really hope to be in the classroom by years end so keep your fingers crossed.

I also need to start working on the quilt for my great-grandmother.  It was supposed to be done by Christmas but things got in the way so now I’m trying to finish it by her birthday which is in April.  I’ve become a bit old fashioned so I’m mixing embroidery into the quilt which does make the process longer.  Some of the material comes from an old blanket that once belonged to my great-great-grandmother.  When I get done I’ll make sure that I post a picture up so you guys can see it.

I’ve also started planing my garden for the spring. I know winter is still raging on, but since I don’t have a yard to dig up I have to use pots and planter boxes.  I’ve been dying to do a garden for years but it hasn’t worked out yet.  I tried when I lived in southern California, but the sun was too harsh and all my sprouts died.  (I cried)

So this is just a bit of what’s going on with me right now.  I haven’t really put anything up in a while so I just wanted to touch base.  Take care and see you soon.