What a year this last year has been. Has it been a roller coaster for you? Smooth sailing? Milestone events?
I want to remember the top times of my 12 months in 2017. My writerly pals and I are sharing our most memorable moments in the Looking Back at 2017 Blog Hop.
Please have a read of our most personal reveals. Then visit the other #Gr8Blogs
linked at the end of this post for more look-backs. We hope you’re inspired to gather round with your family for a look-back, too.
We had a year filled with many wonderful memories.In May,
on Mother's Day in fact, we gained a daughter!
Our son and his wife put on the most beautiful and fun event for their special day.
Being the big baseball fans that they are, they were married at Satchel Paige Baseball Stadium in our town. They planned everything down to the "T" with a concession stand set up for guests who attended, to saying their vows on the pitching mound.
It will be a wedding that will be remembered for all that attended.
April 16th, we had the opportunity to see Mariah Carey and Lionel Richie tour together for the first time ever on the "All The Hits Tour." They were great. Lionel Richie sung, "Three Times a Lady," along with "Say You, Say me," "We Are The World," and many more rememorable songs.
In June, we were lucky to see Joe Walsh from the Eagles warm up the band for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. It was their 40th birthday tour. He sung all the famous songs such as, “Free Fallin," “You Don’t Know How It Feels” and so many more. When we heard the news of Tom Petty passing away in October 2017, our hearts were broken. We will be forever thankful that we were able to see him one last time.
In August, our family had the time of their lives visiting North Carolina.
Our daughter-in-law found a perfect beach house for us to stay just a half a block away form the ocean.
We visited the ocean everyday, walked to near by restaurants and shops, and toured many sites.
The one site that was absolutely fascinating was seeing the USS North Carolina Battleship. On a self guided tour, we explored the Observation Deck, nine levels of living space, mess decks, gun turrets, powder storage, sick bay, and so much more. My husband and I had the opportunity to meet up with our author friend, Cat Michaels! She and her husband were kind enough to make the drive to a lovely restaurant in Burgaw, N.C. called The Other Place. We had a wonderful time meeting and catching up with each other in person.
my husband and I celebrated our 39th wedding anniversary and 45 years being together, along with family members and lifetime friends. An added celebration was for my birthday which I had in November. My husband surprised me with these two events and threw a giant party. We had a blast!
I released my seventh children's story called "Sherman the Shopping Cart: A Search and Find." Here are the "behind the scenes"
for this book. You will see why it took me over a year to illustrate. It was a lot of work but so much fun. My books can be found on Amazon
, Barnes and Noble
, and Rainy Day Books
. If you would like a signed copy of this book, or any of my titles, contact me at email@example.com (USA only.)
Thanks for stopping by! How was YOUR 2017? Please share in the comment section.
For more "Look-Back" moments, visit my authors friends on #Gr8blogs links below. Julie GorgesCarmela DutraSandra Bennett
If you’d like to join us on this hop, add the family-friendly link to your blog in the comment section. We’ll visit and give you some blog love! As always, happy reading,Rosie
What traditions do you and your family have for the holidays? Do you add Christmas lights to your home each year? Is there that one special ornament that you set out during the holidays? That yummy recipe from grandma that you recreate yearly?
This is a season is when memories are made and family is celebrated in unique, joyous ways. Please join me and my Blog Hop colleagues as we share our Holiday Traditions That Ring in Our Season Blog Hop. Traditions build the wonders of memories for years to come.
When I reflected back, almost all our fun times and memories were centered on family and food. I wondered about this and researched it a bit more. I found this interesting article from Eartheasy that explains how eating together as a family brings us all closer to one another.I also found, doing projects together builds memories that lasts a lifetime. Our mother was always so resourceful using everyday objects to make the most beautiful ornaments for our tree and home. To this day, I try to do the same and it’s so much fun. Pinterest is a great source for ideas.
Now for those wonderful meals…
When I was growing up, our parents made the holidays so special with delicious dinners.
Homemade noodles were always at our dinner table. I remember our mom and dad working the dough, cutting them into strips, and draping them everywhere they could, to dry them out before adding them into a huge pot of favored broth.
2 beaten eggs
2 T butter
1/4 t salt
2 cups flour
Mix eggs, salt, butter. Add flour. Roll out on flour surface. Form dough into a jelly roll. Cut in strips. Dust them with lots of flour. Dry them out for 2 hours before cooking. Add a few at a time to prevent sticking, to boiling turkey or chicken broth. Reduce to a gentle boil and stir for a minute or two. Cook until most of liquid is absorbed about 15 minutes or until done.
Tip: For the turkey or chicken broth, cook turkey or chicken necks in 2- 3 quarts water or enough to cover them.
Season as desired.
Our niece has taken over this tradition which our family looks forward to every year.
Another tradition our family loved to put out what we called a “Gumdrop Tree.” It's a little plastic tree we filled with Gumdrop candy. We still continue this fun tradition today.
Christmas Eve is filled with a family dinner of laughter and fun. A staple that must be made is a dish we call, “Velveeta Chicken.” I spoke of this meal in my book launch a few weeks ago and will share it again here.
1 chicken, cooked, cooled, and bones removed
1/3 Lg. box of Velveeta Cheese
1 can of Cream of Chicken Soup
½ cup milk
1 box of chicken flavored Stove Top Stuffing. PREPARED (Name brands also work well.)
Put pieces of chicken in the bottom of a 9x13 inch pan. Melt 1/3 of the box of Velveeta Cheese, 1 can of Cream of Chicken Soup, and the ½ cup milk in a sauce pan. Stir so it won’t stick. Pour this mixture over the chicken. Spread the PREPARED stuffing over the top. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Important step: Make the stuffing ahead of time. If you see recipes out there that say to “just add stuffing,” it won't work.
Not that we ever need dessert but, these are a giant hit at our home around the holidays.
Coconut Mounds Bars
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup melted butter
1 (14 ounce) sweetened condensed milk
2 cups flaked coconut
1 – (12 ounce) semi sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter or margarine. Mix and pat into the bottom of one 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 15 minutes.
Toss the flaked coconut and the chocolate chips together and add. Drizzle the condensed milk. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 15 minutes or until slightly brown and all is melted.
Cool a bit before cutting into small squares. These are very rich.
Christmas DayNo large breakfast for Christmas morning. I make cinnamon and orange glazed rolls. Our morning is spent opening presents which can take many hours as each one opens a present as we all watch. It’s so much fun seeing the gifts our family picks for each other with loving thoughtful items.
The rest of the day is spent time with the family enjoying snacks, and our favorite, bagel, cream cheese, and ham sandwiches.Thanks for stopping by! What are your most-treasured holiday traditions? Please share in the comment section.
For more traditions to ring in your holiday season, find inspiration in the #Gr8blogs below. If you want to tag onto this hop, add your family-friendly link to this blog in the comment section. We’ll visit and give you some blog love!Happy Holidays! Rosie Please visit our author friends to read more on their holiday traditions. Also, don't forget to add your family friendly link to this blog below if you would like to share your fun traditions. K. Lamb James Milson Cat MichaelsSandra Bennett Rebecca Lyndsey
This past week, I had a book launch on my Facebook page for "Sherman the Shopping Cart: A Search and Find."
Here are some tidbits on how I arrived on the illustrations and the back story on how this tale evolved.
Let's get started!
Two of the older gentlemen in my book are my brothers.
The first one I will tell you about is our brother John. He passed away when our grandson was a baby so having him in this book is a special tribute to him. Here he’s holding Gingerbread cookies. I have a reason for including this illustration. When John was in the service years ago, our mom sent him a goody basket overseas at Christmas. Instead of eating it himself, he passed out all the cookies and candy to the children where his post was stationed. He always felt so sorry for those children going through the war. That story never left me.
My oldest brother Jim, in the Baking Aisle. He is a GREAT cook and loves going to the store more than anyone I know. He would spend all day there if he could.
Uh oh! There's a mishap on aisle 11!
Our youngest son is cleaning up something on aisle 11. Any guesses what that might be?
(Number 11 was almost always his baseball number when growing up.)
This is our friend Debbie on page 7. We always played Barbies when we were young so I tried to dress her up like one as much as I could.
And of course I had to sneak Beasley in there on pg. 8, because everyone loves Beasley!
In the Meat Department, I added a friend of ours that is known by all, for being a wonderful Chef.
On pg. 11, the sign with the BBQ grill is our friend that grills all our food at our reunion with friends every summer. He has entered his recipes in contests in our city at the American Royal BBQ Cook Off. He’s an awesome cook!
On pages 16 and 17, our son’s co-workers. Awesome people!!
My friend Paula is on pg. 20. Her grandchildren and son are spread throughout the book.
Our one and only male cat Frank, is on page 29.
All the other people you will see are made up. I started out with those I know but when I couldn't get them to look like them, I turned them into random people.
The items you see in all the departments: some are made up, some are photos I took, and some came from the program I use to draw with. Photoshop and Photo Explosion. I also have a program called “InPixio,” which helped me clone many of the items so I wouldn’t have to draw each one. Then, I would go back and clean up the edges and tweak. It felt like it took forever, but the cloning tool helped it go so much faster. How this book became a story.
When our sons were young, they had a day off from school and we went shopping. When leaving the parking lot a shopping cart started rolling after us. I don't know if it was some kind of magnetic force, coincidence, or what, but that cart followed us almost to the end of the parking lot. It even turned when I turned the car. We laughed so hard! Our oldest, came home and wrote a story about it. I have looked and looked for that story and never did find it. I know it’s here somewhere. (I’ve saved just about everything they ever touched. Ha!) The memory of it came back to me and I knew it had to become a book.I hope you have enjoyed hearing more about my new book. If you are interested in purchasing a copy here are the links:AmazonBarnes and NobleRainy Day BooksIf you would like a signed copy, write me at firstname.lastname@example.org(We accept Paypal.) Thanks for stopping by.As always, happy reading!Rosie
I'm excited to announce my new book is ready to order! Please visit Amazon or Barnes and Noble.If you would like a signed copy of this book, or any of my books, write me a note at email@example.com (USA only) We accept PayPal. I have reduced prices on ALL my books from now until November 10, 2017.
A book launch will be on my Facebook page starting Monday, November 6th. If you haven't been over to see it, jump over to my fan page at Books by Rose. Click a like to join in and to see more daily happenings.Here's "Sherman the Shopping Cart: A Search and Find."
Image: Artturi_Mantysaari Pixabay
See you then!
As always, happy reading,
Celebrate “Take a Child Outside Week.”
Here are some fun activities you and your child can do together.
Experience the great outdoors by using your senses.
Feel different leaves and plants.
Are they smooth? Rough? Brittle?
This is also a great time to talk to your kids about plants in your area that are not safe or risky to touch such as, poison ivy.
Smell the great outdoors.
Does the morning hours smell different than the evening hours?
Smell different flowers and plants. Record your findings.
Listen to the great outdoors!
In the morning, do you hear different sounds than in the evening? How are they the same? How are they different?
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Enjoy the shapes of nature.
Fall is a brilliant time to explore the leaves of their shapes and colors.
Collect different leaves and trace them on a piece of paper to color later.
Do the old fun trick of rubbing a crayon on a piece of paper with the leaf underneath.
Cut them out to make a fun display or necklace.
Create a list of things you expect to find outdoors.
Grab a bag and collect your items on a hunt for the things on your list.
Did you find some new items that you didn’t think or know about?
Check out those critter tracks!
Look for animal tracks in your backyard, the woods, or a nearby park.
Can you guess which animal left them?
Look for different insects and record in your journal.
Snap a photo of them if you can, so you can do more research on them later.
For those that love to draw, make a sketch of them.
Include a magnify glass in your search for all of the above suggestions.
Don’t forget to explore ponds and lakes for different types of fish and frogs.
What activities would you suggest for “Take a Child outside Week?”
If you are celebrating this week, write us and let us know all the fun activities you discovered.
We are looking forward to hearing from you!
For "Read A Book Day" lets celebrate the stories we all enjoy!Join me on Goodreads to see all the books I love. Feel free to leave a note with some of your favorite books in the comment section below.I'm looking forward to seeing the books you like to read! Happy Read A Book Day 2017!Rosie
Many students are heading back to school.
After raising two sons and working in our school district for fifteen years, I learned a few tricks along the way to keep things stress free for the school year.
Here are five simple tips to relieve the anxiety for those first days and throughout the school year.
Plan in everything you do.
Have their supplies packed and ready to go. After the school year kicks into gear, keep track of needed supplies. A great way to do this, stock up on pencils, pens, Kleenex, or any items your child might run out of and need throughout the year.
Plan what clothes they will wear. The fall can bring warm and chilly temperatures so having a mix of clothes for both types of weather handy will make your morning go smoother.
Check your child’s packback daily. If forms need signing, take care of them when you first see them or put them in a place to fill out later. This is a good time to see if homework is due for the next day or any upcoming projects that will need attention.
Have easy accessible breakfasts. For those that are not “breakfast eaters,” suggest a food they will eat. If they eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for breakfast, it's better than having nothing.
Plan their lunches. Will they buy from the menu their school cafeteria or take their lunch each day? Make sure if they buy their lunches, have adequate money in their funds. For taking lunches, make a plan of what they may want to take. A trip to the store may be a fun way to involve them in the planning.
Build these habits when your little ones are young. It will instill a great since of responsibility when they are older.
What tips and tricks do you do at your home to get ready for school? Jot me a note in the comment section.
I wish you a happy, successful, and stress free school year!
In honor of Book Lovers Day on August 9th, my writing pals and I are having fun this week by sharing all the ways we adore reading with the #BookLuvHop.
Visit the awesome bloggers listed at the end of this post who share their passion for reading. And hey, share your family-friendly blog link, along with a like or comment, and we'll spread the love your way!Reading is good for you! It helps keep your brain sharp in so many ways. Studies have shown this time and time again. This ABC news article confirms, “What Reading Does for the Brain.”
There are many books to read out there. We read books to improve ourselves and build us stronger in our thinking and self-worth.
I enjoy reading books that encourage me to learn of new ways to look at things I hadn’t thought about before.
We read to learn about other countries that we may want to visit or lands we want to experience, even if they’re mystical lands of the unknown.
It’s always fun to learn of new cultures and how others live.
A great fantasy will take you on an unexpected journey.
Reading inspires us to try something new. Learning how to make a craft, recipe, or improve our homes. My favorite recipes are when authors share the meaningful memories behind the meals they prepare.
Audio Books are another way we can enjoy reading. Many times we can multitask. We can draw, paint, clean, or work on projects as we listen to a great story.
We read to relax and to unwind from a busy day. One is never bored if they have a great book to read.
For me, having many books around to choose from is the best, depending on my mood.
Feel free to take a look around! Don't forget to check out the next page for my interviews with my featured guests!
Thanks for stopping by.
Last year, many of you may recall I shared this video of a pop up card I made. This took a long time to put together so I could only make one.
I have saved this card in hopes to run a contest for it this summer. I can’t believe July is here!
Starting Monday at 9 am, July 3rd, this giveaway will run for 5 days, to July 7th.
Winners will be announced, Saturday morning, on July 08, 2017.
If you would like to enter, leave a comment below in this blog post, a comment on my Facebook page, and a like. You don't have to do all three. The more you do in the list above, the more chances you have to win.
Blog comment + Facebook comment + Like = 3 Entries.
Good luck everyone!
Have a safe and Happy 4th of July!