Monday Munchies Stew on This #amblogging #food&love #awriterslife


Chuck roast.  Mine is 21/2 pounds. I only used half of the three of us.
4 medium potatoes peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
2 cups baby carrots cut in half
1 large onion
Envelope of brown gravy mix
1 can beef broth half a can water
Garlic and onion powder
Beef better than bullion
Charbroil steakhouse seasoning
Worcester sauce
1/4 cup flour
2-3 tablespoon oil
Don’t skip the frying it adds color and makes the meat juicy and tender we don’t want Grey meat Add a yucky face
Cut and wash your potatoes. I like small bite-sized pieces.
Cut the carrots in half and layer on top. Try to keep them close in size to the potatoes.
cut up an onion. I leave this big so my daughter can easily pick hers out and give it to me. Now liberally salt and pepper this.
now add the beef broth, water gravy mix and Better than Bullion(one of my secret ingredients). The steak seasoning is another. Now they are not so secret.
season meat with all seasonings sprinkle about a quarter cup of flour and mix well. Heat a frying pan with the oil and brown.
You don’t want to skip this step. Browning the meat makes it have a more appealing color and seals in the juices for a tastier, juiciest meat. We don’t want a grey meat.

Taste your broth in the veggies you want it slightly salty but not a lot. Add the meat and mix well.  set and forget… I’m cooking mine on low for about 6 hours you can cook on high for 3-4 hours.

Seve with crackers or hot cornbread (as I am). You can add a salad or cooked greens as a side to round it out.

Another nice cool weather dish without a lot of fuss.  I love my crockpot year round, so much that I have three plus a small dip size. Maybe sometime this year I will show you a full crock pot meal. (marks calendar.)

Thursday we got our first taste of winter. It was 60 during the day then dropped during the night. It began sleeting and freezing rain with snow around one and most of the morning Friday. Friday night we got a touch more snow. Now heavy accumulation. but it’s in the 20’s and the roads are bad. Perfect weather for A bowl of soup. My Mom made this often when I was growing up and my dad still does.

This recipe is simple and can be made on the stove top in less than an hour.

It’s also very Versatile

Hamburger Vegetable soup.

1lb ground beef (I use 97-3 but any kind works just if you have fat after browning drain well.) Browned.

3 bags of frozen veggies of your choice( I used carrots, peas, and corn )

1 box of beef broth or stock

1 can of tomato soup or diced tomatoes or tomato sauce

Garlic powder, onion powder, pepper,

Better than Boullion vegetable and beef or choose one)

Put all ingredients in a stockpot bring to a boil simmer 10-15 minutes and serve.


What is your favorite soup or stew recipe?  Do you like crackers, cornbread or dinner rolls?

New release~Choices and Changes~ An All Cocks story @TMSmith

Is the rain or like me, allergies keeping you indoors? Are you looking for a hot new book to read?  Well, here ya go!  A hot new release by TM Smith



Love – Loss – Friendship – Family
The All Cocks stories
There comes a time in every man’s life where he has to make a choice between what is right and what is easy. 

Born and raised in Fort Worth Texas by open-minded parents, Dean Anderson realized early in life he was attracted to both sexes. Equal opportunity, he picked his lovers based on personality and common interests. He met Maggie in college, fell in love, got married and started a family. And they were happy…until they weren’t. 

Adam Chase’s mother is South African, his father American military working at the US Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa. His parents’ positions in the South African and American governments awarded Adam dual citizenship, and he attended University in America, at Berkley. In America, Adam is lives openly as a gay man, something that could get him killed in his mother’s home country. He met his husband, Patrick Carter, at college and they too were happy…until Patrick died. 

Two lives converge, and it would seem fate is giving them each a second chance at happiness, together. Dean stays in New York and moves into the apartment his son, Dusty, shares with his boyfriend David. He and Adam are quickly welcomed into All Cocks’ vastly growing family. And then one phone call changes everything. 

The men of All Cocks learn that death is just another part of life, a road everyone travels eventually. Choices are made, decisions that change their lives irrevocably. They rally together, drawing strength from each other as their close-knit family experiences the best and worst life has to offer. But that’s what families do, right? 

Buy links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE | Amazon AU

Series reading order 
Gay for Pay book 1 
Fame and Fortune book 2 
How to Deal book 3 
Dare to Hope book 4
Live for Love book 5
Hide and Seek book 6
Choices and Changes book 7
What others are saying about Choices and Changes…
The chemistry between them was immediate and often entertaining. Dialogue and interaction was strong and suitable for the given situations. The plot was dynamic and had several secondary things happening in the background. There is a tragic twist, so be prepared if you are a more sensitive reader and/or crier. Some new characters were added on top of the entire All Cocks cast. There were a few conflicts that were managed maturely and in a timely manner. Predictability was low. The conclusion was solid and satisfying. Adam and Dean are given their HEA and many others also find additional happiness. 
Tina from Happily Ever Chapter
This series continues and we get to see everyone from the past as don’t forget they are a Family. I love this family!
Jen Reilley

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A military brat born and raised at Ft. Benning Georgia;
TM Smith is an avid reader, reviewer and writer. A Texas transplant, she now
calls DFW her home. Most days she can be found curled up with a good book, or
ticking away on her next novel.
Smith is a single mom of three disturbingly outspoken and
decidedly different kids, one of which is Autistic. Besides her writing, she is
passionate about Autism advocacy and LGBT rights. Because, seriously people,
Love is Love!
Author links: Amazon || Smashwords || Website || Facebook || Twitter 
Catch up on the series…


Gay for Pay
An All Cocks story, book 1 
Fame and Fortune
An All Cocks story, book 2
How to Deal 
An All Cocks story, book 3
Dare to Hope
An All Cocks story, book 4 
Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon AU | Amazon DE 
Smashwords | B&N | iTunesLive for Love
An All Cocks story, book 5
Pre-order now! 
Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon AU | Amazon DE
Smashwords | B&N | iTunes

Hide and Seek
An All Cocks story, book 6
Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Smashwords | B&N


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Cat’s Meow~Cover Reveal~Malevolent Mind @Misty Harvey #horror

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Image courtesy of Pixaby

Wanna see something Scaaaarrrrry? Check out this new release by my dear friend Misty Harvey. As you know, I am mostly a romance reader but sometimes I like a good scare, and after reading this excerpt I am ready to order! Now let’s go meet Misty and see this absolutely chilling cover! *Holds your hand as we go take look at it*  *shudders*

Thank you Cat for taking the time to share in Malevolent Mind’s cover reveal. This book has been a lot of fun for me to write and I hope in turn that readers will enjoy it as much as I have.

Hello, Readers!

Thank you for taking your time today to stop by to read about my novel and partake in the cover reveal. This novel has truly been a labor of nightmares. I mean that in the best possible way. Raven’s revenge certainly came straight from those sleep-filled nights. There are pieces that are intricately woven into the story line that I’d conjured up to terrify myself awake. Thank you again for that subconscious. Still, there was something so intriguing about the characters in this novel that I had to write their story.

After a nice talk with my editor I came to realize that there are bits of me woven into each one of them. From Heath and his childhood antics of writing stories to scare others, to Raven and her wild dreams to visit haunted places around the world. Even Kade holds parts of me as well.

As a young child my nephew and I used to write these grand tails to tell our younger siblings. We’d try to make them as scary as possible. Being the young, inventive things we were back then we weren’t going to leave anything up to chance. We would take them into the basement, in one of the backrooms and read the scary tales to them. Just as we’d get to the climatic part of the bit we were reading we’d haul our behinds through the basement, flipping off lights as quickly as possible to leave them alone down there in the dark.

While we were busy laughing so hard we couldn’t breathe our parents were right there, ready to ground us. Still, it didn’t matter how many times we did that to them they kept returning to listen to more of the story. We knew we were onto something when it even managed to scare us.

These things continued to stick with me as I grew up. I wove these stories trying to scare me and others around me. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I don’t.

Still, I will continue to create these tales where I not only get to frighten others and myself, but it’ll give me a chance to delve into the psychological aspects that come with such things. I can’t wait to release more novels in the future for readers to enjoy.

I hope you will all take time to enjoy the excerpt that I’ve chosen from Malevolent Mind and will keep your eyes open for its release on March 16th.


Malevolent Mind~Horror

A story so dark, twisted and unfinished has a way of driving the sanest to the brink of insanity.

Between the constant state of bullying from Heath and his friends, and the unrest of not knowing what happened to her twin, Raven seeks revenge. Years later, she becomes the nanny for Heath’s young son, Kade. She helps him start a horror story with the plan to bring the horrible creature Kade created into the real world to torment Heath and his friends. It was perfect, until everything began unraveling. When Kade’s creation no longer wishes to do Raven’s bidding, it becomes a fight for life or death. The only way to survive is to figure out how to finish off the creature before she finds her freedom. Will Kade find a way to stop the creation of his malevolent mind? Or will Raven’s revenge consume them all?















A Little more Malevolent Mind

 Kade sat there in the middle of the room. He pulled his legs up against his chest, wrapping his arms around them. There was nothing to see now that his head cowered there in the darkness of his own lap. If tonight was the night that he’d die, he wasn’t so sure he’d want to see either of the girls coming for him.

His ears perked up. Behind him came the sound of rustling clothes. He lifted his head, unable to keep it down. It was just his imagination. That was all.

The feel of icy breath slid over the back of his neck. Each tiny hair stood at attention as the stench of decay washed over him. Was it the girl from the river or was it Zilla? Kade flipped onto his knees, the beam of the flashlight straight forward.

There, inches from his face, was Zilla. She stared at him. Her mouth was open at an angle as her tongue flicked out against the air. It was too late to run anywhere.

Death stared him right in the face. Part of him felt relief that it was only her. Of course, that was if the other one wasn’t waiting for him as well. He didn’t dare move the flashlight beam to find out. Zilla had appeared out of nowhere so who knew what would happen once the light wasn’t on her?

Kade watched as her blue-tinged hand reached up for him. She held her hand for him to take. Something told him that doing so would be the end of him. Panic gripped his insides and he knew he had moments to make the first move. If he didn’t react soon, she’d overpower him.

He swung out with the flashlight, catching her on the side of the head. Her body rolled across the floor with a sickening thud. Kade was sure that the magnum flashlight had cracked her skull. It had nearly broken his foot when he’d dropped it one time. He jumped across his bed, darting into the hallway. His gaze moved around the hall as he tried to make out anything.

The sound of her rapidly skittering toward him had him running down the hallway. He stopped at Raven’s door, trying her handle, but the door wouldn’t budge. Instead, the old wood rattled in the frame.

In a flash of lightning, he watched Zilla skitter into the hall on her hands and feet, her body parallel to the floor as she let out a sickening hiss. Half her head remained dented in from where he’d clocked her with the flashlight. It was a terrifying image to behold. The fact that she continued to chase him regardless turned his stomach.

Kade looked back only briefly before he ran. She was close on his heels. In the distance, he could just make out his father’s door. His bare feet padded against the wood flooring.

Goosebumps raced up his spine as her icy fingers wrapped around his ankle. The weight of his body hit the floor with a loud thud. His head bounced against the hard surface blurring his vision. Tears filled his eyes making it even harder to see. At least now, he wouldn’t have to worry about seeing his death coming.

The cold sensation crept up his leg, over his knee and toward his waist. He could feel the weight of her above him as she crawled up his body. Time slowed so that each second felt like eons. The stench of her undead body burned at his nostrils. Kade gagged on the smell that was so strong he could almost taste it.

He didn’t want to die. Life was too short for him. There was still so much that he wanted to do. Besides, he wasn’t sure who would take care of his father if he wasn’t there any longer. That thought rolled inside of him. He wasn’t going to go out like this, a cowering lump of fear on the floor. If she wanted to kill him, she’d have to fight a lot harder for it.

Kade grabbed her arms, rolling them over as he kicked out with both his legs. Her body smashed into the wall across from them, freeing him to run. He scrambled onto his feet, darting for his father’s room.

The bright light blinded him as he ran for it. That was it. He’d found his end and now he was headed into the light. Just as he’d read in another book. It was his time to cross over.




Misty Harvey loves writing spine-tingling horror novels sure to thrill readers. The psychology behind such tales has always been a fascination for her since she was younger. Even to the point that she once contemplated taking up psychology as a profession. Still, her love resides in the art of storytelling. An art she wishes to continue to share with readers for the rest of her days.

After climbing out of her writing cave and searching the house for the sound of the latest creak or pop, Misty can be found doing one of many things. Often times she spends the remained of her day with her amazingly supportive husband and youngest daughter. While she has two older children that are out there spreading their wings around the world, including giving her a few grandchildren.

Her favorite things to do when not writing are crafts, wrestling with her dog, avoiding her cat’s bite or generally making her husband and daughter crazy. Often times she can be found creating vivid tales with her daughter about whatever mundane thing happened in their day and turning it into a crazy story. She is also an avid gamer, crochet goddess (we shall pretend there), domestic queen, and animal tamer (it’s a work in progress).

Stalker Links:


Facebook: Author Misty Harvey

Twitter: AuthorMDHarvey

Goodreads: Author Misty Harvey


Doesn’t it look and sound awesome? Do you like horror? Stick around; I will be announcing the release, have a special post and maybe even prizes in March!

Don’t want to miss out? Preorder it now at Amazon


Cat’s Meow–Birthdays galore! #birthday #mondayblog

This weekend two of my three grandies had Birthdays.

Drake turned 11. We all chipped in to get him a TV for his room to play his games on ad Hubby is making him a TV table for it. I cleaned house all day Saturday and made Drake his favorite meal of Fried Chicken, mashed potatoes, biscuits gravy and Chocolate cake. I also Met my son’s new girlfriend. She is very sweet. I think I am going to like her.

My youngest Granddaughter turned Three Jan 22. Here she is with her mom.


I got to go visit for a while. We took her birthday gifts, a plastic stove, some plastic food and dishes, and a cute plastic waffle maker. She seemed to enjoy it all. We also got her Smurfs two but didn’t get a chance to watch with her.

Watching Papa put the stove together…..cuting the play fruit.

My Step grandson Jacob also turns 16 this month. My Nephew’s wife has a birthday, Thier youngest daughter will be 4( I think)

I have a Nephew with a birthday today. Happy Birthday Landon! My Brother’s  soon to be daughter had her first birthday ( she is 10, but this had been her first celebration so she called it her first) and my oldest stepdaughter has a birthday this month as well. My close friend Jackie had hers on the 10th and My dear friend, beta, critique and editor friend Ellie Mack had one on the 2nd( right befor me)I hope I haven’t missed anyone.To all of you celebrating Birthdays this month or with family members celebrating, I wish you the happiest Birthday ever!



If you can dream it~~~~~You Can Do It!

Summer Blog Hop #summertips # recipes #prizes




Hello everyone, Welcome to  Divine Magazines Summer  2016 Blog hop 

The theme is Summer memories, tips, recipes or activities.

I have to admit I am not a summer girl. Nope, give me fall or winter anytime. I would rather curl up under warm blankets than sweat my tush off. I mean, you can only take off so many articles of clothing and still sweat! I also have allergies and asthma so I can’t get out after it gets too hot. Living in the south like I do it gets hot in June and stays that way until late September.

This year June was a bit cooler and I visited my dad in Hannibal Mo. For his birthday.  They have a big Tom Sawyer festival there on the fourth that lasts a weekend. There are races for charity, events for kids like frog jumps, tricycle races, fence painting, and mud volleyball. Dad lives right in the downtown area so we can go visit an event then go in to cool off and then got to the next and not have to stand out in the heat. This year it rained a lot so some of the events were canceled but we still had fun at the craft fair and visiting antique shops.

A tip I found for us women is that wearing a jersey maxi tank dress or a sarong dress is much cooler than jeans and tee shirts. They also look pretty as well.


While visiting my brother this year they had some outdoor activities for the children that were fun. One was a water balloon toss. First of all, you need to fill the balloons he filled 20 for each of 4 children. Take two large colanders and tie ribbons on them for helmets. Divide into two teams. One pitches one catches the object is to catch and not bust the balloons in the colander. The team to save the most balloons wins. It is much harder than it sounds. oh and there is a line for the pitcher to stand behind and a circle for the catcher.

Here are some links with many more water balloon games

put on your swim suits and have fun!

While the kids are playing in the pool or smashing water balloons its time to fire up the grill. Cooking outdoors keeps from heating up the house and who doesn’t like BBQ. Here in the south, nothing beats a good smoked Boston Butt or rack of ribs and you can do this while sitting in under the air. I marinate my meat overnight using a McCormick Meat marinade or some Wicker’s BBQ sauce. Early in the morning I put them in my smoker and let them cook at least 8-10 hours for the Butt and 6 for the ribs if they are baby back. I take them out wrap in foil until ready to eat.

Add potato salad, slaw, baked beans (you can bake them on the grill), slice some fresh cucumbers and tomatoes and you are ready to roll.

My favorite potato salad

2-5 pounds potatoes (depending on the crowd–figure at least one large potato for each person) for this i like the Yukon gold or the red ones

1/4 cup Mayo ( more to taste)

1 tsp Dijon mustard)

2-3 dill pickles chopped finely

1/4 cup red onion or Vidalia onion chopped finely

salt and pepper to taste

Cube potatoes into bite-size pieces (you can peel if you like I don’t) put in a pan and cover with salted water. (tip add salt till the water has a slightly salty taste..your potatoes will come out perfectly salted) bring to a boil and boil about ten minutes or until just done( a fork will go in ) don’t  over cook or they will fall apart and tun into a mashed potato salad. immediately emerge in ice water to stop the cooking.  drain and add the other ingredients adjusting to your taste.

What are some of your favorite summer tips or recipes? Did you take a vacation ?


The Grand Prizes for this blog hop is

18K Gold Filled Crystal Pearls Heart Party Dress Jewelry Set

Divine Promotions – 10 Days Promo Tour ($90)

Divine Promotions – 3 Day Release Blitz ($35)

$75 credit from Dreamspinner Press

$30 credit from Dreamspinner Press

To enter the fabulous Grand Prize Giveaway  go to the blog hop page and leave a comment (Share your best summer memory, their favorite summer tips or activities.) You must visit their page and leave a comment there to enter.

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The event will run from July 25 – August 8 so go check out all the other bloggers for more tips, recipes, and activities. There are also chances for prizes individual and a grand prize.


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