Cucumber and Tomato Salad

Cucumber and Tomato Salad
  • 3 cucumbers, sliced
  • 3 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 small green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 large green onion, chopped, including tops
  • ¾ C red wine vinegar
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  1. Mix all ingredients together in large bowl.
  2. Cover and refrigerate at least two hours before serving.


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It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.
-  Lewis Grizzard

Mother & Son Spaghetti Sauce



Mother & Son Spaghetti Sauce
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • ¼ onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ c green pepper, diced
  • 1 packet GOYA® Sazon
  • GOYA® Adobo with Pepper, to taste
  • 3 cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil
  • dash of cayenne pepper
  1. Brown ground beef with onion, garlic, pepper, Sazon, and Adobo, stirring frequently.
  2. Drain and add to stockpot with tomatoes, oregano, basil, and cayenne pepper.
  3. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  4. Turn heat to low; cover and let simmer 30 minutes.
  5. Serve over warm spaghetti.
  6. Top with shredded cheddar and grated Parmesan, if desired.


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“Hot July brings cooling showers,
Apricots and gillyflowers.”
-  Sara Coleridge, Pretty Lessons in Verse  

Book Review: The Innocent by Ann H. Gabhart

Book Review:  

The Innocent by Ann H. Gabhart


She longs for peace–for her land and her heart–but can it truly be found at Harmony Hill?

When mysterious deaths disturb the peace in the village of Harmony Hill, newcomer Carlyn Kearney falls under intense scrutiny. Can sheriff Mitchell Brodie help her expose the true culprit?

Publisher: Revell
Publication Year: 7/7/2015
ISBN: 9780800723415


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ann gabhartAnn H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several Shaker novels–The Outsider, The Believer,The SeekerThe Blessed, and The Gifted–as well as several other historical novels, including Scent of LilacsOrchard of Hope, Angel SisterSmall Town Girl, and Words Spoken True. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Find out more at


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My Review

The Civil War has ended, but Carlyn’s husband has not come home.  She has no idea if Ambrose is dead or missing, and she is overcome with debt.  When she loses their home, Carlyn has nowhere else to turn but the nearby Shaker community, Harmony Hill.  Although the Shakers are known for their peaceful ways, Carlyn’s arrival seems to coincide with mysterious happenings and violent death.  When the local sheriff investigates the happenings at Harmony Hill, his interest in Carlyn begins to turn personal.

While the Amish fiction genre is still going strong, there is comparatively little being written about the Shakers.  I find them to be as interesting as the Amish, if not more so.  The post-Civil War era is a fascinating era for historical fiction, and  the rural Kentucky setting is one the author obviously knows well.  The characters are believable and avoid the usual fictional stereotypes and cliches.  Although this novel is a part of the Harmony Hill series, it works fine as a stand-alone novel.  The mystery in the storyline is quite gripping, which, in my experience, is unusual in a Shaker novel.  The story usually focuses on the peace and simple life found among the Shakers.    I could not put this book down.

I do hope Ms. Gabhart continues to write about the Shakers.  i can’t wait to read more in this series.

5 stars

Available July 2015 at your favorite bookseller.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Cheesy Squash

Cheesy Squash
  • Butter-flavored cooking spray
  • 2-3 yellow squash
  • ½ white onion
  • ½ stick unsalted butter
  • ½ C shredded Parmesn cheese
  • ½ C shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • Lawry's Seasoned Salt, to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray glass baking dish with cooking spray.
  3. Cut squash into thin slices.
  4. Slice onion into thin rings and separate.
  5. Layer squash, onion, cheese, Seasoned Salt, and butter; repeat.
  6. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.


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One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter.

— Henry David Thoreau

Baked Chicken Thighs

Baked Chicken Thighs
Cook time: 
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  • 4-6 chicken thighs, bone-in and skin-on
  • garlic salt, to taste
  • onion powder, to taste
  • ground cayenne pepper powder, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Hungarian sweet paprika, to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 380 degrees.
  2. Spray inside of glass baking dish with vegetable oil cooking spray.
  3. Sprinkle all seasonings on chicken.
  4. Place chicken in baking dish, skin side up.
  5. Bake at 380 degrees for 30 minutes.
  6. Turn oven to BROIL and leave chicken in for additional 15 minutes.


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“To read a poem in January is as lovely as to go for a walk in June.” -  Jean-Paul Sartre