Out in West Texas

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Holy smokes, it has been almost two years since I took a trip to West Texas. If you are fond of breath-taking sunrises and sunsets, wide open spaces and limited internet access, add West Texas to your vacation list asap. While writing my Top 5 Friday: Western Novels post, I realized I hadn’t shared many of the pictures I took on my long weekend out in Alpine and Marfa. Who knows why I didn’t get back and immediately overload y’all with them. Nonetheless, I’m here now with a couple handfuls…

July Favorites

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HAPPY AUGUST! One of my most favorite months out of the year, I wonder why ;) But before we get deep into August, here are my July favorites! This post may contain affiliate links, please see my Disclosures page for more information. Thank you for your support! July Favorites Favorite Book I had to do some serious catch up on my Summer Reading list. Halfway through June and into July, I didn’t feel like reading whatsoever. I blame that on the book I was reading at the time, but now I’m…

Book Review: A Gentleman in Moscow

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A Gentleman in Moscow has been downloaded through my Audible app for quite some time. Well before I posted my Summer Reading List. After finishing Since We Fell so quick, I wasn’t quite sure which to start on next. But having A Gentleman in Moscow handy, I started reading/listening to it June 21st and it took me exactly a month to get through. A Gentleman in Moscow By: Amor Towles   amortowles.com 480 pages, published September 6, 2016. Available on Amazon and at other stores, click here. Initially, I was intrigued by…

Time to Celebrate: National Ice Cream Month

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Hip-hip-hooray, it is National Ice Cream Month! As many of you may know, I not only love ice cream, but I love to make ice cream. Years ago for Christmas or my birthday, I can’t quite remember, I was gifted an ice cream maker. It was one that looked like a wooden bucket that required ice and rock salt to thorough chill the ice cream mixture inside the canister. Needless to say, I wore that sucker out in a year. Being in college, proves the perfect atmosphere for ice cream…

Baking Cookies Like a Pro

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Baking cookies has never been one of my hobbies per say, that is until lately. Over the last several weeks I have really been busy baking in the kitchen. Although not unusual considering how many desserts he can go through, I have been stepping outside the ole comfort zone and trying my hand at some new recipes. Once I have done a bit more testing, I’ll reveal my thoughts on my new cookbooks I have been breaking in. So far, LOVING them! But during this time, I have come to…

Grandpa’s Girl

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Someone once said, “A grandfather is someone with silver in his hair and gold in his heart.” Eighty-four years young, and my grandpa embodies that statement to a T. If you ever wonder how I got my affinity for old country music, paperback westerns and sawdust covered dance floors, look no further than Gramps. The love he shows to all around him is admirable. So much to look up to. A dancing machine. He can stay up way longer than me, or you I’d bet. No better way to spend an…

Snickerdoodle Cookies

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Snickerdoodle cookies, yum. I may not have grown up on snickerdoodles, but I sure have found myself making these often over the few months. On top of how great these cookies are, the best thing about this recipe is that you most likely have all of the ingredients in your pantry and fridge. Well maybe not the cream of tartar, but do yourself a favor and the next time you are at the grocery store, buy yourself some so you will be ready! Snickerdoodle Cookies I’m not sure exactly what sparked…

June Favorites

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Before I get to my June favorites, I want to wish you a Happy 4th of July!!! Holidays that fall during the middle of the week make work so interesting. I had off this past Friday, but worked Monday and then we have today off. So it has made for a weird week. Actually it has felt like a long vacation. Especially since most of my time has been spent at the lake over the last few days. No better place to be this time of year! June was one…

Book Review: Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane

Book Review: Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane - sheerheart.org

Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane happened to be the book that jumped out at me and demanded to be read first out of the eight books I included on my summer reading list. In last week’s Summer Bucket List post, I mentioned needing to do reviews on each of the eight, but saying I need to and actually doing it are two different things, as you all know. Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane 432 pages. Available on Amazon and at other book stores. (click here) To begin, Half…

Photo Share: Family Vacation to the Beach 2017

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Almost two weeks later, I’m back at work, no sand in sight, hair no longer blowing in the wind off the coast. But I’m here nonetheless. Our family vacation to Port Aransas was a relative success, if you don’t count the wind keeping us at the pool most of the time. Unfortunately or fortunately depending on how you look at it, I didn’t tote my camera around a whole lot. I unplugged for the most part and enjoyed the sights and happenings. But I seriously wish I would have taken…