Random Thoughts Friday

Does the practice of not wearing white after Labor Day still hold?

Will the Volunteer football team beat North Carolina tonight?

Will the long weekend be long enough?


What are you Reading Thursday?

This column might turn into one about what my teen is reading if he keeps surprising me. Not that I’m complaining one iota. I’m glad to see he is reading. This weeks pick is Eldest by Christopher Paolini, book #2 in The Inheritance Cycle. You may remember How to Tame Your Dragon? Well that was made from book #1 Eragon.

He tells me he plans to read the whole series. And that he will need to borrow my kindle to get the books on if his school library doesn’t have them. Can it be that he has finally learned to love reading?? Or is he just into technology and trying to get my kindle any way he can??



Rumor Has It Wednesday

The Volunteer football team will play their opening game this Friday night in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA against North Carolina State.  Go Vols!!

Brenda Novak has just released her first Whiskey Creek Series book When Lightning Strikes. She has also opened up the Whiskey Creek store on her website where readers can purchase souvenir items about the series. Check it out!

Recipe Tuesday

I went to get my allergy shot today and the TV in the waiting area had a Paula Deen cooking show on. She was making a Cherry Cream Cheese Pie. It looked yummy. So I looked up the recipe and wanted to share it. I plan to make it as soon as I get all the ingredients.



In either a stand mixer fixed with a paddle attachment or using a hand held electric mixer, cream the cream cheese until light and fluffy, about 3 to 5 minutes. Slowly add the milk mixing on low speed until well combined. Stir in the lemon juice and vanilla and pour into the crust. Place the pie into the refrigerator for at least 2 hours up to overnight, until well chilled and set.

Top the pie with the pie filling just before serving.

Sunday Sundaes

We had another baptizing today at church. Actually we had one during the morning and one during the evening services. It makes for a nice service when we have those. Of course, baptizings take me back to when I was little and we would gather on the creek bank in a pasturefield. The cattle were either fenced off from where the cars parked or they were left to roam. I recall a time when a few wandered into the gathering as we sang hymns. And cows beign cows, they had no qualms about relieving themselves in our presence.

I remember finding to my dismay that I had lost one of my favorite earrings after a baptizing. My mom asked me later why I didn’t just drive down and look for it. I guess I could have, but my thoughts were it had probably been run over by one of the cars and squished deep into the field. It wouldn’t have been easy to find since it was gold edged and brown. I still have the other one in my jewelry box. Can’t bear to part with it. I think I must be hoping to magically find another pair like it.

Play Date Saturday

Today was special. I was invited to another author’s home for dinner with several of the Smoky Mountain Romance Writers. It was so nice to kick back by the pool, have dinner, and lively conversation. The weather was nice too so that made it even more enjoyable. I hope we will get to do more of this type of socializing among the group.

One thing I noticed today when I was thinking about writing my blog is that before I started doing this column I never really felt like I did much. However, now that I am writing about my Saturdays I find that I’m pretty busy either socializing with writers or spending it with family. And that is nice to know.