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If her husband turns up alive—she'll kill him!

Explaining to the seriously sexy cop why she hasn't noticed her husband has been missing for three days is both embarrassing and sobering. But the day Fiona Rowland lifts her head above the churning chaos of kids, carpools, and a million things to do, annoyance turns to fury... then to worry. Where is Stanley?

Having one of those wake-up-and-smell-the-coffee moments changes the way a woman looks at things: marriage, money, family, and friends. And when her best pal from high school arrives (packing her own secrets) to lend support, it turns out even the past isn't quite what it seems. Scrambling to make sense of the drama unfolding, Fiona discovers there's an upside to having your whole world turned upside down. It's easier to grab the good stuff.

A delightful mixture of women’s fiction, chick-lit, romantic comedy, and mystery, Finding Fiona has something for every reader. The discussion questions included at the back of the book make this the perfect novel for book clubs and reader groups.

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Contemplating Thoughts

Here is what some of the greatest minds have said about thoughts:

“As a man thinks in his heart, so he is.” ~Proverbs 23:7
“Change your thoughts and you change your world.” ~Norman Vincent Peale
“Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words, they become actions. Watch your actions, they become habits.” ~Lao-Tzu
“Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.” ~Benjamin Disraeli
“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.” ~Marcus Aurelius

This morning, I’m thinking about thoughts. Do we set ourselves up for success or failure, happiness or unhappiness, with the thoughts we allow to run rampant in our heads?

Do our thoughts create our world? Or do our thoughts merely color our perspective of the world and those around us? And… is there a difference? Is there a way to disengage from our thoughts—from what we think is real—and see Truth?

Can we change our lives merely by changing our thoughts? If, say, a person with a negative attitude focuses on banishing pessimistic thoughts for, say, thirty days, will that person become a more positive and happy individual? Or is there an inescapable “Eeyore” gene that some people inherit?

How is a positive, upbeat person able to remain so, even with all the dark and scary things going on in the world? Is such a person deluding herself? Is hope a product of an optimistic mind? Should everyone strive for such a mind?


Interesting questions. And, no, I don’t have any answers. Yet. If you have some answers or opinions, please leave them in the comment section. I promise to contemplate your comments!

Lemon-Lovers Cake #Recipe - What's for dessert?

My husband and son celebrate their birthdays during mid-October. Both of them love lemon cake, so I made this luscious cake and it was a great hit!

Lemon-Lovers Cake

For the Cake

Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
3 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk*
2 tablespoon lemon rind, finely minced**
3 tablespoon lemon juice

1.     Pre-heat oven 350°. Prepare 2 eight-inch round banking pans by spraying with cooking spray. Line bottoms with circles of waxed paper (optional).
2.     In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar. Stir to combine well.
3.     Add remaining ingredients and stir until all ingredients are incorporated.
4.     Divide the batter between the 2 pans and bake 30-35 minutes, or until wooden toothpick comes out clean.
5.     Let cool in pans for 10 minutes, then turn out cakes onto wire rack to cool completely.

For the Filling:

1 10-ounce jar lemon curd***

1.     Spread entire jar of curd on top of one cake.
2.     Top with second cake.


For the Icing:

1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon rind, finely minced**
2 – 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1.     In a medium-sized bowl, add lemon juice and rind to the melted butter. Stir to combine.
2.     Add 2 cups powdered sugar and stir to combine. Add more sugar until desired consistency is reached.

Notes:

I like a thinner icing so I can smear it over the top and let the icing drip down the sides of the cake (see picture). If you like a thicker icing, simply add a little more powdered sugar.

* If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, you can create sour milk by adding 1 tablespoon of lemon juice (or vinegar) to a 1 a measuring cup and top off with milk to reach the 1 cup needed. Let sit for several minutes to curdle.

**I use a microplane/zester to remove the yellow part only of the lemon.

***Most grocery stores sell lemon curd in the jelly/jam section. Look on the top shelf, near the specialty jellies. Or you can make you own lemon curd. Either option works well in this recipe.

What's YOUR favorite cake to bake for that special person's birthday?

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Confetti Spaghetti - #Recipes for Kids

Trying to get kids to eat more vegetables can be as difficult as bending steel with your bare hands. But everyone loves spaghetti, right? So I came up with Confetti Spaghetti. This hearty meal is laden with colorful veggies and topped with gooey cheese. Try it! Let me know if your kids like it.

Confetti Spaghetti

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 small zucchini, diced
1 yellow pepper, diced
2 carrots, diced
8 ounces fresh mushrooms, diced
1 15-ounce can petite diced tomatoes, with juice
1 24-ounce jar pasta sauce
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced fine
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste
1 lb thin spaghetti
2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded

1.     Place a large pan over medium heat, and add the oil. Sauté the onion, zucchini, yellow pepper, carrots, and mushrooms until slightly soft, about 8-10 minutes, stirring often.
2.     Add the diced tomatoes and the pasta sauce. Stir in the parsley, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Simmer for 8-10 minutes.
3.     While the sauce is simmering, cook the spaghetti using package directions. Also, pre-heat the oven to 350º.
4.     Drain spaghetti and add the pasta to the sauce. Stir to coat. Pour into a 13” x 9” pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Sprinkle cheese evenly over the top. Bake just until the cheese melts, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes before serving. Makes 8-12 portions.