Random Tuesday: Evening Gardening and Mac n Cheese Fries

Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Happy Tuesday, My Lovelies!  Is it hot where you are?  It sure is hot here in Central Alabama.  I'm staying inside except in the early AM and evening, where it is cool up here on the mountain (we had to turn on our space heater last night).

I've been getting up extra early to sweep our patio and garden.  I really need to stay out of the sun right now anyway.

Our potted roses are growing and blooming like mad!

I can sit in the shade late in the afternoon.

This MacKenzie-Childs fish chair planter is my Mother's Day present.  

This giant planter contains roses, plumbago, petunias, and a sweet potato vine.

Shelley saw a video on Facebook for Mac n Cheese Fries, and she begged me to make them for her, so I did.

This is how you make it.  It's a fun treat for leftover Mac n Cheese.  I started with the Southern Living recipe for baked Mac n Cheese that can be found here.  Or you can use your favorite mac n cheese recipe.

Mac n Cheese Fries

Leftover Mac n Cheese
1 cup four
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups panko bread crumbs (I used The Fresh Market's Italian flavored panko bread crumbs)
Crisco oi for frying

Slice the mac n cheese into strips.  Roll in flour, then dip in eggs.  Next, roll in panko bread crumbs and place in hot oil and fry until golden brown.

You need a good fry sauce for dipping.  I suggest Freddy's Fry Sauce or Sir Kensington's Sriracha Mayonnaise.  

Surprisingly, the mac n cheese gets really gooey on the inside.  I didn't think it would melt that well!

I've been reading design books and magazines like mad looking for fun projects to tackle later in the summer and autumn.  In the meantime, I'm filling the house with grocery store flowers for no reason other than I want to do it.  I guess that our backyard, patio, and deck looks nice, and the inside looks sad without flowers!

What projects are you currently working on?  Let me know how you're spending your summer by leaving a comment!

Until next time...

Ricki Jill

Literary Friday: Crescent City Creatures Book Two *plus* a Goodreads Giveaway for a Signed Copy of Book One!

Friday, June 17, 2016
Happy Literary Friday, My Lovelies!  Do you need some good lake and or beach reading?  Well you've come to the right place!!!

My daughter Samantha Stone is hosting a Goodreads giveaway for a signed copy of Punished, Book One in the Crescent City Creatures series.

According to Goodreads:

Raphael Saar is an exiled werewolf, a convict on the direct path to a death sentence—for a crime he didn’t commit. He doesn’t care, so long as he can end the human trafficking ring kidnapping women across New Orleans.

Recovering from a horrific tragedy, one particularly bad day for Mary Newman has stretched into months. A nanny for a wealthy family in New Orleans, she can’t understand why she’s being constantly humiliated by her boss until the night she learns that he’s not human—and neither is she.

Only Raphael can save her from the monster feeding from her misery, but will Mary be able to stop his execution?

Punished teams up werewolves, banshees, a wompus cat and a haint in order to rid New Orleans of a group of immortals determined to hurt the city’s women and kill Raphael’s pack.

You can win a copy by following THIS LINK to GOODREADS.  Good luck in the giveaway!

Recently I read Book Two in the Crescent City Creatures Series, Hunted.

I love the cover art of Stone's books!

According to Goodreads:

Heath Frasier knew he made no friends the day he broke werewolf law—but he’s not prepared for the creature lying in wait for him.

Sophia Anderson has an enemy in a particularly powerful faery, one who will stop at nothing to ensure her death.

Only Heath and Sophia can keep each other safe, but their pairing could bring a fate worse than death. If they escape those hunting them, will they risk staying together, or go their separate ways?

Hunted continues the story of a delinquent werewolf pack in New Orleans, where the Fey control more than meets the eye, a witch can change a life, and one female werewolf’s powers are put to the ultimate test.

My Review:

As a reminder for full disclosure, Samantha Stone is my daughter.  I hear about these characters almost on a daily basis, so I feel like I know them.  Sophia is one of the strongest heroines in the genre:  I.  Love.  Her!  She's courageous, and she's willing to try anything to save her relationship with Heath while ensuring their safety.  I enjoyed Heath's character, too, and it's fun reading when an alpha male is secure enough with his masculinity to support his mate even when she places herself in harm's way.

As with Book One, the reader still gets glimpses of other characters whose books are in the works. The series also has a definite sense of place: New Orleans.  Add relentless villains, sweet romance, witty dialogue, and engaging characters and you get the perfect recipe for an exciting paranormal, urban fantasy series.  Stay tuned for my review of Book Three, Enspelled, in a few weeks.

What's on your summer reading list?  Please share in comments.

Since I will not have access to a computer much this weekend, there will be no link party.

Until next time...

Happy reading!
Ricki Jill

Birthday Prezzies

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Good evening, My Lovelies!  I'm still trying to ease back into blogging, so I thought I'd write a quick little post about a few of my favorites.  I celebrated a birthday last month, and I wanted to share with you presents from my family, all from Shabby Chic.

Happy Birthday to *me*

I love how the receipt was attached to pretty postcards with a beribboned paperclip, of course!

One of my surprises was inside this pretty stamped bag.

Rachel Ashwell has a collection of pretty paints.  The chart is above.  (Sorry it's upside down!)

What could be inside?

Floral napkins!

The key fob matches my duffle bag.

Paisley journal

Ceramic vase

I decided to fill the squat little vase with these adorable daisies.  I had my heart set on pink peonies, but when I saw the fluffy petals on these daisies, I had to bring them home!

I had a big birthday.  I think I got sympathy points due to my surgery.  ;P

It has been a long time since I've fluffed the house, so it was nice to actually iron a table runner and place something pretty on top.

Have you been fluffing your nest this summer?  Any projects?  Please share in the comments section below!

Until next time...

Ricki Jill

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