“Southern Sass and Killer Cavings” A Book Review

“Southern Sass and Killer Cravings”  – There’s a new cozy series in town and you’re going to LOVE it!

Southern Sass and Killer Cravings (Marygene Brown Mysteries) by [Young, Kate]

Amazon gives an overview of this delightful new book:

Life has always been sweet on Georgia’s Peach Cove Island, but a case of murder has Marygene Brown down in the pits . . .
 
For generations, the women of the Brown family on Peach Cove Island have been known for their Southern sass and sweet homemade desserts at their beloved Peach Diner. Since their mother’s passing two years ago, Marygene has been stuck in Atlanta while her sister Jena Lynn has been running the family business. Now Marygene has left her husband and returned to her hometown, where she can almost feel Mama’s presence.
 
But all is not peachy back home. Marygene has barely tied on an apron when a diner regular drops dead at the counter. When it turns out the old man’s been poisoned, Jena Lynn is led away in handcuffs and the family eatery is closed. Now, to save her sister and the diner, Marygene must find the real killer. With some startling assistance from her Mama’s spirit, Marygene will be serving up a special order of just desserts . . .
 
Includes Seven Recipes from Marygene’s Kitchen!

And my thoughts?  Well, I just loved this book.  Sometimes it takes me awhile to “bond” with a character.  Not so with Young’s Marygene (perhaps it’s because we are both ‘Marys’?  🙂  ).  I instantly liked Marygene, felt I knew her, rooted for her, and wanted to read more.  I can’t wait until book number two is out.  I must admit, I felt a little bit lost as I read the last page, as if I was saying good-bye to a good friend.  But lucky for us, it’s not good-bye.  Book number two will be out before we know it!

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Would you like a glimpse into Marygene’s recipe file?  Kate Young, “Southern Sass and Killer Cravings”  beautiful author above, is sharing her ‘Melt in Your Mouth’ Buttermilk Biscuits in a recipe below.

Buttermilk Biscuits

This recipe yields a full sheet of biscuits. To make my life a little easier, I usually freeze the leftovers immediately. I wrap them in plastic wrap and then place in a freezer bag. In the mornings or for a late night snack, my kids take an individually wrapped biscuit, replace the plastic wrap with a napkin, and microwave for thirty seconds. They can have homemade biscuits whenever they feel like one and I only have to bake them once a week. It’s a win-win.

5 cups Self-Rising Flour

1/2 pound cup cold butter (cut into pats)

2 1/2 to 3 cups full fat buttermilk

A couple of pinches of salt

½ stick melted butter

Blend butter, flour, and salt in mixer or by hand until it resembles cornmeal. Then pour in the buttermilk and mix until just incorporated. Dump dough out onto a floured surface (sprinkle a little four on top of dough if sticky) and roll out to ½ to ¾ of an inch thick. (You can just pat the soft dough out by hand and use the first crease on your index finger to measure.) Cut biscuits out with a round cutter and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper or baking mat. Biscuits will rise better if they are slightly touching.

Bake at 425 for 15 to 20 minutes on top rack. Brush the tops with melted butter while hot and serve.

You’re not going to want to miss getting a copy of your own.  If you’re interested, click on one of the links below from your favorite book seller:

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Unique Wedding Veils

Unique Wedding Veils … Will you listen to your inner voice and dress with your heart?  Or will you allow convention to dictate your choices?  The bride below chose to step outside the wedding box and take a step on the ‘wild side’.

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Ok…the photo above is not quite a step on the wedding ‘wild side’, but the Swiss Dots on the veil and the bow are rather unconventional.  I rather like it, as long as the dots do not fight for dominance with the bride’s dress.  Your wedding dress should always be the star.

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How about the headdress above?  I can’t quite make myself call it a ‘veil’.  I’ll be honest here, I would never chose it, nor would I encourage my daughters to do to.  Perhaps the view from the front is spectacular?  Maybe it frames her face fabulously?

Okay…don’t focus on the flower sticking out rather indelicately from this bride’s mouth.  Silly, right?  While the pattern on the veil is pretty, and doesn’t seem to clash with her dress, the placement on her head…no, I think not…

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One has to have the utmost confidence to wear the red git-up below…It most definitely makes a statement… Not sure one I’d want to make, however…

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Hummm…the cap below is just that, more of a cap than a veil.  It serves the purpose of wedding headgear, but no one would call it traditional.

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The mantilla below is a wedding staple.  In my humble opinion, one must have just the right face shape to pull it off.  The bride below does.  My only concern, but I have the same one for all the brides on this post, there is no veil over the face.  To me, a veil covering the bride’s face as she walks down the aisle makes a ‘bride a bride’.

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The bride below, while just sporting a fingertip veil, has the option of covering her face if she so wished.  I hope she did…

This vintage blusher veil is too cute and goes perfectly with a tea-length dress.

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Murder Once Removed – A Book Review

 

Do you ever start a new mystery series and feel an instant connection to the main character?  It doesn’t happen often for me, and It’s a rare treat when it does.  Such is the case with Murder Once Removed.   Lucy Lancaster, the heroine in Murder Once Removed, is a charmer.  I think she and I would be great friends.

S.C. Perkins debuts her new  ancestry detective cozy mystery series Tuesday March 19, 2019. I had the honor of an advanced reading, and I will be counting the months until Perkins releases her second installment.

Please enjoy this description from Amazon:

“Except for a good taco, genealogist Lucy Lancaster loves nothing more than tracking down her clients’ long-dead ancestors, and her job has never been so exciting as when she discovers a daguerreotype photograph and a journal proving Austin, Texas, billionaire Gus Halloran’s great-great-grandfather was murdered back in 1849. What’s more, Lucy is able to tell Gus who was responsible for his ancestor’s death.

Partly, at least. Using clues from the journal, Lucy narrows the suspects down to two nineteenth-century Texans, one of whom is the ancestor of present-day U.S. senator Daniel Applewhite. But when Gus publicly outs the senator as the descendant of a murderer―with the accidental help of Lucy herself―and her former co-worker is murdered protecting the daguerreotype, Lucy will find that shaking the branches of some family trees proves them to be more twisted and dangerous than she ever thought possible.”

This mystery is so well-written, one thinks it surely must have been written by a more seasoned author instead of Perkins’ debut.  Murder Once Removed is tightly penned with a great plot, fun characters, (at times comically so),  and will keep you guessing. You still have time to pre-order, and I encourage you to do so!

Would you like to order your own copy of this great read?  Just click on one of the links below to be taken directly to your favorite bookseller’s website.

Murder Once Removed from amazon

Murder Once Removed from Barnes and Noble

Below, the beautiful Stephanie Perkins (S.C. Perkins).  I hate to admit it, but she’s as lovely and warm as she is beautiful.

 

Blue Jewelry For Your Wedding?

I wrote a post about Blue Wedding Shoes, (if you’d like to read it, just click on the link), but how about blue jewelry for your wedding?  We all know the old saying, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.”  It seems to be one of the traditions that most brides are still adhering to.  Lots of brides are choosing blue wedding shoes, both my daughters did.  I love this idea!  But how about blue jewelry?  Love, love the ring below.

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White gold, diamond, platinum and sapphire bands

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Want to go with a gemstone that is a little more traditional?  The above photo with all the sapphires makes my heart swoon!  I love rings that I can stack.

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If you choose to go necklace free, then these earrings are for you.  I’m not a fan of BOTH necklaces AND earrings, unless are very understated.  You want your guests, to focus on you, not your jewelry.  Remember, your jewelry should compliment you and your style, not dominate it.

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More rings above.  I do think I prefer the sapphires mixed with diamonds…

 

Stack 'em up! Love the classic combination of diamond and sapphire bands with an Art Deco engagement ring. Click to see more eternity bands.

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If I had it to do over again, I’d choose a wedding band with colored stones.  I love the combination above.  Remember, as with all things in your wedding, there is not right or wrong, unless you hurt feelings.  Your wedding day is all about your choices and your taste.  So have fun with it!  Take a step on the wild side if you want.  No matter what you’re choosing, from food to venue, if you like it, and your fiance does, go for it!  Hopefully, this is a once in a life time event.  Don’t have second thoughts!