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Fun place settings for the holidays!

I love doing fun little things at the place settings when the whole family gets together. Do you?

Here’s a fun project that I posted before…but some are worth highlighting again. Whether your hosting a book club meeting  — or just looking for a fun place-setting for your Thanksgiving dining table, this is an easy project that will get lots of smiles.

Gobbler It was from the grocery store chain FOOD LION. Gobbler Cookies

What you’ll need::

  •  Nutter Butter Cookies (this will be the body on your turkey)
  • Fudge Stripe Cookies (this makes his pretty tail!)
  • Small Pretzel Knots or Choc Covered Flipz (his feet!)
  • Candy Corn (for the beak)
  • Gummy Worms (for the gobbler!)
  • Almond Slivers (for his spiky hair)
  • Small Choc Chips (for the eyes)
  • and white icing to hold it all together

Look at the picture and then get creative!!

Do you have a fun and creative project to share?  Please share it here 🙂

Thanks!

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Happy New Year

Wishing you a safe and happy new year celebration and a 2015 filled with magical moments that will give you the best memories yet to come!

Hugs and happiness~  Nancy

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Kindle Love Stories Weekly Deal! Sweet Tea and Secrets on SALE $1.99 this week!

Big ol’ shout out to Kindle Love Stories for making SWEET TEA AND SECRETS one of their Weekly Deals. Through 12/20 you can get book one of the Adams Grove Novels for just $1.99 in Kindle format. Get one for yourself and then gift a copy to a friend. All you need is their email address and you can even schedule the day that it will be delivered. So easy!

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…and just for good measure we’ve put Book Two – OUT OF FOCUS (USA Today Bestseller) on sale for $1.99, too!
Sweet contemporary stories with suspense and love…perfect for all ages and generations.
Hugs and happy holiday reading!

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PICK YOUR PASSION – What’s it all about?

Welcome to a creative solution to an interesting dilemma…and be the first to experience it.
Pick Your Passion

What the heck is a PICK YOUR PASSION™ story? Well, as you know, Kelsey Browning and I co-author The Granny Series. Those capers are such a hoot to write and we love bringing those books to you, but we also write some great romances…separately. Readers have told us y’all would like to hear more about Sheriff Teague Castro’s relationship with Jenny Cady. And we do love to give our readers what they want.

The only problem is, I write sweet romances and Kelsey’s bring the heat, so when we decided to share Teague’s romance novellas with you we had to decide which way to write them.

Wanting to satisfy both sets of readers, we came up with the PICK YOUR PASSION™ concept. As you read the story, you’ll come to crossroads where you can pick SWEET or HEAT, choosing which passion level you’d like read.

Those crossroads look like this:

PICK YOUR PASSION™
Sweet SweetHeart Heat SexyHeart

You’ll pick your path by clicking on the SWEET or HEAT hyperlink, but just in case your e-reader isn’t quite compatible, we’ve built in some safety nets, too.

CHECK IT OUT!
PYP AOMM Book3d AvatarALWAYS ON MY MIND releases 12/3 ~ be the first to read the story and give us your feedback on the format. Hugs and happy reading~
Nancy

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♥ Thanks, Kindle Love Stories! ♥

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Pecan Pie and Deadly Lies is the Weekly Deal for Kindle Love Stories subscribers…and it’s free to subscribe…and super fun too. It’s a great place for romance readers to hang out, share, and hear all the inside scoop on your fav romance authors and titles.  

Out of Focus is on special too…for just $2.99. Stop on over today and grab your copy of Pecan Pie and Deadly Lies for just $1.99.  That’s two stories for less than a 5 dollar bill!

Oh….and here’s the trailer if you want a little feel for what the two stories are about…and I sure can’t share this trailer with a special shout out to Pete Evick. He was my music go-to guy on Pecan Pie and Deadly Lies…and I’m so thankful to my rock star friend for providing the original music for the trailer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_GkoQhxJ3E

 

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Hugs and happy reading~

Nancy

 

 

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♥ Thanks, Kindle Love Stories! ♥

Screen Shot 2014-09-01 at 12.01.59 PM

Pecan Pie and Deadly Lies is the Weekly Deal for Kindle Love Stories subscribers…and it’s free to subscribe…and super fun too. It’s a great place for romance readers to hang out, share, and hear all the inside scoop on your fav romance authors and titles.  

Out of Focus is on special too…for just $2.99. Stop on over today and grab your copy of Pecan Pie and Deadly Lies for just $1.99.  That’s two stories for less than a 5 dollar bill!

Oh….and here’s the trailer if you want a little feel for what the two stories are about…and I sure can’t share this trailer with a special shout out to Pete Evick. He was my music go-to guy on Pecan Pie and Deadly Lies…and I’m so thankful to my rock star friend for providing the original music for the trailer. 

 

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https://apub-blog.amazon.com/post/Tx2UJMF2MHPTAIG/Weekly-Deal-Pecan-Pie-and-Deadly-Lies-by-Nancy-Naigle

Hugs and happy reading~

Nancy

 

 

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Christmas Tree – Traditional vs Themes

Over the years Christmas trees change with the times. When I was growing up we had a shiny silver aartifical tree. You poked long wire limbs into a shiny Carolina chrome wooden pole and waalaa…you were ready to plug in the spinny four-color light that would shine and shimmer like no tomorrow. Later my little brother would use that groaning lamp as a grow-light…but that’s a whole other story!  My favorite ornaments were bright turquoise glass that were shaped like a long teardrop. All of the balls were glass and we sure broke our share of them each year. The ones with the fake snow on them were always favorites, although I’m really not sure why because they always looked pretty dingy. Decorating the tree was a family affair, but I’m pretty sure my mom got stuck taking it down every year. ornament

Once our extended family became large, we made hand-made ornaments to exchange each year. It was lots of fun and Mom, my brother and I would start working on them late in the summer so we could have them all done by the big Christmas party. For years before I left home we were able to decorate our entire tree with homemade ornaments. Each had a story.

I still have a set of those ornaments and I love to sit in the floor and go through them. I can still almost remember who made each of them, and I’m always filled with the best feeling as I relive those memories.

I’ve had a live tree for as many years as I’ve been on my own…yeah we won’t do that math 😉 … but this year I threw in the towel and bought a small table-top fake tree. The reasons were two-fold. My husband being sick and unable to join me in the big search combined with the fact that this will be our 10 month old yellow Lab, Cheyenne, first Christmas … was enough to make me give it a try. I ordered the tree online and it was delivered just two days later, right to my porch. Easy as pie. It has realistic limbs and it really is quite lovely. Thank goodness, Shining Sol candle company made a pine and spice scented candle so I am not missing out on that aroma. If I squint I can almost fool myself into believing it’s real.

I have one box of tiny 1″ glass ornaments in an array of colors just to spice things up …. but every ornament on my tree aside from those are western themed. My tree is filled with boots, saddles, stars, lasso’s, stirrups, lucky horseshoes and more cowboy Santa’s than you can count without taking off your shoes and borrowing your neighbors digits.

Here are some of my favorites!

CmasSanta2 Cmasbootfringe Cmassaddle CmasSmoreSanta Cmas turqspur Cmasboot3CmasbandannastarCmashorseshoeCmasboot CmasSantahorse

If you’re still in the planning stages here’s a fun website with lots of cool ideas.  http://www.altogetherchristmas.com/decorating.html 

Do you decorate in a theme? A favorite something, color, or maybe even all homemade?  Tell me all about it…better yet…post a picture!!

Hugs and Merry Christmas~

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Happy Valentine’s Day

If the thought of Valentine’s Day makes you roll your eyes … let’s roll back the years to when it was exciting and fun for everyone.

Remember the days when we decorated bags or boxes so that we could exchange Valentine’s with our class mates? Those were the days. My favorites were always the ones with the sucker stabbed through the middle of the card. You know the ones — red clear heart shaped sugar with the white heart drawn on them. I remember sitting at the kitchen table for hours the weekend before Valentine’s Day carefully sorting the cards by cool vs really cool, then deciding who would get each one.

My most romantic Valentine’s Day ever was more than twenty years ago. My husband and I were just dating. I came home from work and he’d left a beautifully wrapped box with a red negligee with little diamond bling on it and a strategically placed note card that said “my lips go here” — a dozen red roses were carefully arranged in a beautiful vase next to a dozen rawhides tied with a pretty red ribbon for my little dog, Snoozy. You know the guy is serious when he’s wooing you AND your dog!

Nowadays we spend our Valentine’s celebration at the local Ruritan club where Mike is a member and helps serve the Valentine’s Day steak dinner. Since he’s racing around serving up dinners, Mom and I go together and then he joins us at the end. It’s fun for me to see my handsome husband making sure everyone is having a special evening, and I’m proud of the things he does for our community. It’s a really nice evening, and I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate it.

Things change over the years, we’ve been married for 19 years this September. We might not be doing things that are romantic like we did in the beginning, but that’s okay. It might not be quite as sexy, or romantic, but it’s filled with love and I feel so lucky to keep adding great and thoughtful moments to my memory bank.

Hugs and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Soooooo—-how about sharing your favorite Valentine’s Day?

Or if that’s too private, what’s your pleasure — conversation hearts, chocolate, or red hots?

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It’s National Scrabble Week 8/11-8/15 – GAME ON!

I grew up in a family that liked to play games. We were always competitive and I still to this day love to play games. Mom and I get together or Yahtzee and Scrabble nights whenever I can make the time and there is no mercy.

So, let’s have some letter-ific fun on National Scrabble Week.
With the tiles shown below — make your best word. And since this should be fun I’m giving you more than 7 tiles. Post your word and add up the points. Let’s see who wins.

Can’t wait to see how creative y’all get!!
Hugs and happy spelling~
Nancy

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National Penuche Fudge Day

I’ll admit it. I’d never heard of Penuche Fudge or Penuche Frosting until I met my husband’s family. It’s a mexican candy and in his family they use it as a cake frosting over spice cake. Once you’ve had a slice, you’ll know why it’s a favorite.

It used to be a real labor of love to make because your arm practically goes numb and feels like it’ll drop off by the time it’s complete, but I’ve gotten smart and use the bread beaters on my fancy mixer and now I don’t mind whipping up this family favorite for my husband or my step-daughter (It’s both their favs!)

So on National Penuche Day, I thought I’d share our family recipe for this treat so you can try it out on your family. If you care to share a favorite recipe of yours — that would be fun, too!
Hugs and happy sweet treats~

PENUCHE FUDGE/ICING RECIPE
In saucepan melt ……………….. 1 cup butter
Stir in………………………… 2 cups light brown sugar packed
Continue cooking over low heat for 2 minutes stirring constantly – in one direction.
Stir in………………………… 1/2 cup milk
Bring to a full rolling boil, stirring contantly. Keep that full rolling boil for about a minute as it turns to a syrup, then set the pan in cold water. When you can hold your hand on the bottom of the pan the syrup is cool enough.

**You can continue in your cooking pot if you’re making the penuche by hand start to finish — but if you’re going to leverage your fancy mixer with the bread beaters — transfer the syrup to the mixing bowl now.
Now, stir in …………………… 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 cups of SIFTED confectioners sugar.
Add the confectioners sugar and beat, continuing until thick enough to spread. That’s going to be very thick. Like stand your spoon up in it thick.
If too thin – keep adding confectioners sugar.
If too thick – add a litle hot water – that’s easy to fix.
ENJOY!!

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