Serenity Sunday~Spring is early.

This winter has been really weird. Here in the bootheel of Missouri, we have had lots of rain and the weather yo-yo during the week we may have 70’s for a couple of days then down in the  40’s a couple.  Our daffodils have bloomed.

And my Neighbors tulip tree is beautiful yet messy!

I have petals all over my patio. They smell good, though.

How is the weather where you live? Do you have spring blooming?

 

Cat’s Meow Reviews That Purrr~~~Spring’s Delight by Kathleen Ball~~#romanceinbloom

Hi Y’all! Welcome back to Cat’s Meow Reviews That Purr~~Romance in Bloom. This month I am doing a Spring theme. All the books will be centered around Spring or have Spring in the title (or both). I have enjoyed all the books so far. I hope you have found one or more you plan to read.

This week I have a contemporary western romance, Springs Delight by Kathleen Ball. I LOOOOOVE cowboys and boy was his one good!

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Title: Spring’s Delight

Series: Cowboy Seasons  #4

Author: Kathleen Ball

Publisher: September 30th, 2015 by Forever Home (Previously Published in (2014)

Pages:  152

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The last thing cowboy Colt O’Malley needs is another busybody intent on curing him of his grief. Deeply bitter, Colt finds it almost impossible honoring his brother’s last act of kindness. Spring Reed grew up in the foster care system, and when she finally ages out, she relies on her protector and friend, Billy Jack to help them make a life together. To her horror, Billy becomes an abusive bully. Her rescuer arrives in the form of a coffee drinking, hard studying, college student, Caleb O’Malley. With a promise of a new job, he buys her a bus ticket from Texas to his family ranch in Montana with the plan to meet her there in a week. Unfortunately, no one met her. When Old Ed tries to drop Spring off at the O’Malley Ranch, Colt tells him to take her back. One glance at the pain in her eyes and he couldn’t send her away. She reminds her of the abused horses he rescues, and he had to try to honor Caleb’s wish. Can two people with scarred souls learn to love again or will bitterness and doubt drive them apart?

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My Review

Five meows~~ Two purrs (low heat)

I loved this book. Yes, it is a series, and this is book 4. And Yes I went backward. Sorry, I guess my dyslexia kicked in.  I will say that it stands alone just fine. I followed the story without any issues. There are characters mentioned from the other three books, and I will soon read about them.

Spring’s delight begins on a sad note. Colt has just lost his brother Caleb in a terrible snowmobile accident.  Two weeks after the funeral, a young girl shows up saying Caleb offered her a job and gave her the ticket to get there.  Colt is shocked since he has no Idea what job and is barely scraping by as it is. But since Caleb sent her he and the weather is too bad to send her back right away he lets her stay. She cooks and cleans for room and board until Colt gets a chance to show her the books.

Spring has a sad past. Caleb had friended her when no-one else had.  She has no one to turn to and no place to go if Colt sends her away.

Spring’s Delight is a bittersweet story. Tough it has a sad note with Caleb’s death it is about dealing with grief and moving on. It is about starting fresh and finding love. I liked Spring. She is a feisty character and has lived through a lot at such a young age. I love how she handles Colt, a big, strong cowboy. I like Colt; he has a soft heart, and that contrasts with his big rough exterior. I also liked the supporting characters Biggs and Shady, the farm hands.

The storyline is interesting, though sad at times * you will need a box of tissues*. There is a bit of a twist, some drama as well as a slow building romance. It is not insta love. The sex is very mild and only one scene near the end. I found it the story fascinating, page-turning, and enjoyable.

If you like contemporary Westerns, Hot cowboys, feisty redhead, sadness, slow building love( no insta love here) and just a little sex this is the book for you…though  you may want to start with book one.

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Meet Kathleen:

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Writing is my bliss. I write, I read, I review, and I support. I don’t believe in hiding behind the anonymity of an ID to insult and hurt others. I love to meet new authors and readers feel free to friend me!!!

You can stalk—oops follow–her at:

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More books by Kathleen: https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/5806041.Kathleen_Ball

***Order of my Books***
Lasso Spring Series
Callie’s Heart
Lone Star Joy
Stetson’s Storm

Dawson Ranch Series
Texas Haven– can be found in the Cowboy Mine boxed Set
Ryelee’s Cowboy

Cowboy Seasons Series
Summer’s Desire
Autumn’s Hope
Winter’s Embrace
Spring’s Delight

 

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Cinders’ Bride
Keegan’s Bride
The Greatest Gift

Cowboy Mine Boxed Set
Silver Belles and Stetsons Anthology

In case you are interested in the other books in this series and wish to read in order, here are the links ( and hot covers)*fans face*

summers desire

Summer’Desire 

Autumn's hope

Autumn’s Hope 

winter

Winter’s Embrace:

I hope you enjoyed  this weeks post about Spring’s Delight by Kathleen Ball.  If you like contemporary western or romance in general, I hope this helps you find your next book crush.

And remember…If you can dream it~~You can do it!

#foodie friday~~Happy Good Friday~~Easter feast~~Bunnies, chicks and lots of cheese

HAPPY GOOD FRIDAY!

Happy Good Friday. Spring is in the air. I can’t believe Easter is here so soon. I have had a bit of spring fever though I do envy those that are getting snow. We are planning our garden. I have started in my Rose Garden, and hubby bought four new apple trees.  He came home with three flats of strawberries as well.  I put several in a planter that I like to have them in, and he is making a large patch next to the planned garden.

I have a bunch of bulbs to plant very soon, and we have lots of raspberries blackberries, blueberries, and even grapes my hubby bought. I will enjoy the rewards, but I am leaving the planting to him. LOL. I have some seeds I plan to try to start for my veggies and flowers but will buy some tomatoes and peppers after getting this all planted..hopefully, in the next few days if it quits raining.

For Easter, I am hoping the kids come over. I haven’t seen Daenerys in months except on the internet. My daughter, of course, keeps posting awesome pictures!

Instead of ham this year, I think I am going to make an applewood and cracked pepper wrapped Pork Loin, Corn fritters or cauliflower poppers, broccoli casserole scalloped potatoes, bunny shaped cheesy bread,  Deviled Easter eggs. Strawberry cupcakes and berry fluff for dessert.

 

I don’t have any pictures since I haven’t cooked this yet.

For the Pork Loin, you need pork loin( I am cooking 4 lbs) I am feeding at least 9 or 10 people

pork loin( I am cooking 4 lbs)

One package bacon ( I like a thick slice)

Cracked pepper

Salt

Applewood seasoning.

Toothpicks or twine

Rince loin, season with salt and applewood seasoning. Wrap with bacon slices securing the ends with toothpicks (be sure to remove before serving.) Season the bacon with the pepper go light if you have several kids eating, it does get hot if you use very much.  Roast in a pre-heated oven at 4 25 degrees for 25 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted into thickest portion registers 155degrees. Change temperature to broil.  Broil, turning until bacon is crisp all around.  Take out of the oven, wrap in foil and let rest for about 10 minutes or until the thermometer is at  160 degrees.

 

Scalloped or as we call them cheesy baked potato slices.

Approximately 4-5 pounds of potatoes I generally gauge a large potato per person then toss in one extra.I rather have more than enough than not enough.

Four tablespoons butter,

4 tbsp cornstarch

1 and a half cups milk

1 8 ounces block of Colby jack cheese and one-half block mozzarella cheese. Shredded

Onion powder, garlic powder,  salt, and pepper

Prepare a large casserole dish with either butter or spray( I use the cooking spray) Preheat of to 375.

Wash potatoes peel if you wish ( I do unless they are a thin skin red.) Slice thinly. I have a mandolin  I use. I also sometimes use the food processor. 4- 5 cups is a good amount.

When I don’t have kids eating, I thinly slice red onion as well. This week I will leave out the onion.

Melt butter in a heavy saucepan with cornstarch ( flour can be substituted)  a TSP of Garlic and a TSP of onion powder.  Slowly add milk whisking. Cook until slightly thickened add all the mozzarella and ¾ of the Colby jack. Stir until smooth.

Pour a small amount into the casserole dish add a layer of potatoes half the remaining sauce, another layer of potatoes add the rest of sauce cook  45 minutes or until potatoes are tender, and the sauce is bubbly. Right before serving add remaining cheese and put back in oven long enough to bake.

For more recipes with better measurements check out food .com, Food Network and Allrecipes are some of my favorites.

 

Broccoli casserole

Two bags froze broccoli

3 TBS butter plus another three more.

3 TBS of cornstarch ( or flour)

I 8 oz block of cheddar shredded (or Colby) for a bit of a zing use pepper jack. ( I may make to 8x eight dishes one with the cheddar one with pepper jack. ( if so divide the other ingredients in half one for each recipe ( make the sauce up to  adding cheese then divide)

Salt, pepper, onion powder( I use this in place of onions when I have kids over that don’t like the onions)

One can even milk plus ¼ cup milk

2 sleeves buttery round crackers

This one I have to say I cheat and use bagged broccoli. My bags are small, so I am using two.  I toss in the microwave for about 2 minutes just long enough to defrost and lightly steam.

Prepare dishes with cooking spray Preheat oven to 350.

Melt  3 TBS of butter in a heavy saucepan add salt pepper and onion salt, add the cornstarch and cook until thickened but not brown add in the milk and even milk whisking as you add. Whisk and cook until thickened. Remove from heat add cheese stir until smooth add broccoli and pour into dish. Melt the other three TBS of butter. Add crushed crackers. Spread on top of the casserole and bake for about 20 minutes or until lightly browned.

 

Corn fritters

This was a treat when mom made them.

One can cream style corn

One can of whole kernel or 1 bag of frozen.

2 eggs

Salt

Pepper

Enough flour to thicken ( about ¼ cup) I have switched to corn starch it makes them lighter)

Mix all ingredients. They should be like a thick pancake batter drop by spoonfuls in a hot deep fryer fry until they float (  or golden brown)  remove to a platter with platter towels to drain.

 

Deviled Easter egg chicks. I am combining two things I saw on Pinterest.One where the egg is colored the other, they look like chicks.

One dozen ( or 2 depending on the size of gathering)  hard boiled eggs. I now back mine in a muffin tin..fill cups half full of water bake at 350 for 25 minutes then let sit in ice bath for 10 minutes. Perfect eggs every time.

Cut eggs vertically in a zigzag pattern instead of in half about ¾. Scoop out center, mix it with mayo salt pepper and about 1/8th tsp dijon mustard. Dip the whites in dishes of food grade(edible) egg die)  I am doing mostly yellow, so they look like chicks.  Let dry ( cut a small slice off the bottom so they will stand. Fill the bottom wth yolk mixture keeping it up a bit. Place top on but make sure you can see some yellow. It will look like a chick peeking out of a broken shell.

Here you can see  one on  Pinterest

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/268667933998728821/

The deviled chick All Recipes (my go-to place for good recipes that are usually easy) http://allrecipes.com/recipe/237339/easter-chick-deviled-eggs/

 

Here is the Pinterest board for The Cheesy Bunny Bread the recipe is at Betty Crocker.com.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/26599454028115319/

 

The cupcakes will from a box ( I may make carrot cake too or instead)

What are you having for Easter? Do you have a favorite go-to dish or trying something new?

If you can Dream it~~You can do it!

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