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May 4, 2016

RILEY CARSON AND THE CHEROKEE CAVES.....FOR THE LOVE OF DOGS!



Megan Wargula is an INSPIRATION!
She offers...HOPE!
Megan has taken her love and compassion for dogs
to make their lives better and safer through her writing.

Let's meet this lovely friend of the Divine Miss M......

Megan Wargula is a self-proclaimed “dog nerd” – the kind of person who knows the dogs in her neighborhood better than their humans! A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Megan has always loved animals! When not at her day job as a graphic designer, Megan spends the rest of her time writing and enjoying life with her husband and dogs, Finlay and Riley.

Her new book, 
RILEY CARSON AND THE CHEROKEE CAVES, 
is her first novel and is self-published!


Our lovely daughter,
Miss M
took a Saturday afternoon, along with the darling neighbor twins,
Aubrey and Olivia
to the book signing for Megan's new novel.
Miss M knew that Miss Aubrey
 (the cute little red-head in the back seat)
was an avid reader and shared a love of animals
with Megan. She had recommended Megan
obtain some feedback from Aubrey while writing her story,
as the middle school age group was her target audience.
The two did indeed correspond with each other
during the rough drafts of her novel. 


These two were SO EXCITED to meet Megan
and
discuss the details of her book.
Megan was JUST as excited to meet them too! 
Now I ask you...how cute are these little
Georgia peaches?
Even though they are twins,
they are so very talented in their own interests and hobbies...


Just what is the storyline?
Remember when you were about this age
 and The Wonderful World of Disney
would be shown on Sunday evening...
all those heart-warming tales of animals
and young children...
you cried, you laughed and you felt compassion......
well Riley Carson does the same.....

Riley Carson and The Cherokee Caves is a middle-grade adventure novel set in historic Roswell, Georgia. Author, Megan Wargula is passionate about dogs and was determined to figure out how to make a difference for them.  Megan decided to write stories that would both educate and entertain people of all ages…and Riley Carson was born!

Megan is a fan of history and the paranormal which is part of the reason she loves the town of Roswell, Georgia so much. Many of the places in the book are real, so plan your visit!
Roswell is a charming little community outside of Atlanta..
chocked full of quaint boutiques and bistros! 


Megan gave honorable mentions to all
those sweet children who gave her such
marvelous feedback,,,,Aubrey included!


They each received a signed copy
of Megan's novel, along with Luke and Luke's school library,
thanks to Miss M!

After such an exciting event,
Miss M treated them to Chick Fil A' milkshakes..
Ooh-la-la!


A must-read for dog lovers, this is an adventure novel with a purpose.

A portion of the profits will be donated to animal welfare groups.
Megan's novel can be purchased on the website below
and also on Amazon! 

http://www.rileycarsonseries.com/



May 3, 2016

APPLE PIE POCKETS




Have you ever walked by a bakery and suddenly the warm,
comforting aroma of butter, sugar and flour baking together
whisks you back to your childhood?


Before the nightly routine begins,
it's so important to let kids be kids
after a day of school work...
Playing outside with friends,
playing with Miss Piper Rose
and reading stories are some of Luke's favorite activities. 
I passed this lovely recipe down to 
The Divine Miss M
so she also can bake up a delicious
heirloom recipe in her own kitchen! 
These are perfect little hand pies
for after school snacks
or
to pack in a lunch box! 



You will need:
One package of refrigerated pie crusts
3 apples, peeled, cored
and
sliced thinly



PREHEAT OVEN TO 400 DEGREES F.

Mix together:
1/3 cup sugar
2 T. flour
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. nutmeg


Toss apples slices in cinnamon/flour/sugar mixture.

Pour 1/4 cup milk in small bowl and set aside.


Divide pie crusts evenly into four triangles.
Place 4-6 coated apple sliced into each side of the triangle.
Place small pats of butter over apples.
Fold over and press sides with a fork.
Brush with milk and place on baking sheet.

Score the top of each pie.
Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.

Bake for 15-18 minutes until golden.


There you have it....
a perfect
Apple Pie Pocket!


Perhaps a glass of ice cold milk....
or
a scoop of ice cream!







May 1, 2016

DALLAS WEEKEND FUN..HOCKEY AND BARBECUE!

Take Two...
sorry I posted these pictures in error yesterday....
let's begin again....


Don't you just love Saturday mornings going to the nursery?
This time of year, EVERYONE
is buying plants and getting their lawns and gardens ready for summer.


Beautiful....
I could spend hours looking around...
perhaps one of each?


We are potting new urns for our
entryway this week
and 
chose to add some yellow cannas!!!


Stop!
Marigolds...I LOVE marigolds....


summer blooms....
I just cannot wait for more patio days!


Now....THIS is what I was SOOOOO excited about!
I have been in love with the Pioneer Woman 's cake stand
ever since it was debuted last year!
It sold out quickly and has been out of stock until last week.
Then.....
lo and behold,
there was ONE in stock at Walmart
and
it was all mine......!!!!!


I prepared a German Chocolate cake
with
Salted Carmel Frosting!


Just luscious.....


What can I say....
this made me SO happy!
I find it an ELEGANT addition to Estelle's kitchen!
However, I did hear the darling mention quitely,
"I thought we needed ANOTHER cake stand..."
He is TOO good to me!


Sunday, we had BIG PLANS...
a lunch date and a playoff game to see
THE DALLAS STARS!
My boys are AVID Stars fan
and
I was invited to go along today!
We were meeting for lunch before the game!


The Pecan Lodge is VERY POPULAR
here in Dallas!
Their former location was small and located
at The Dallas Farmers Market.
They became SO well known,
they relocated to a larger building
in Deep Ellum.
There will ALWAYS be a long line
so show up when they open.
Once it's gone...it's gone!


This was OUR first time to eat here so we were pretty excited!
Greg and Jenn have talked about how good their brisket is for years!


The line moves pretty quickly and indeed...
it was a GREAT Texas BBQ!
It has also been freatured on
Diner's Drive-In's and Dives...
DELICIOUS!!!


This is some good eatin' y'all!!
a gorgeous day to dine on the patio!


Then it was onto American Airlines Center
and
Victory Plaza
for the big game....
Hey!
"They're havin' a pahty....."


Double dating with this cute couple!


The Stars put on one EXCITING GAME!
Even though we lost 4-3 to the
Saint Louis Blues....we had just a GRAND TIME!

April 29, 2016

ASPARAGUS TART....PERFECT FOR MOTHER'S DAY!


Oh my darlings....you are simply going to
LUV THIS!!!
I promise you, this is a 
MUST TRY RECIPE!

ASPARAGUS TART
1 puff pasty sheet
1 large egg, beaten
1 bunch of fresh asparagus
1/4 to 1/2 cup fresh Parmesan cheese,shredded
3/4 cup Gruyere cheese, shredded
3/4 T. red pepper flakes
Fresh lemon zest

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Roll out puff pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface
to form a rectangle.
Score each edge with a knife about 1 inch from the edge.
Be careful not to cut through the pastry.
Fold the edge to form a little seal around the entire sheet.



Combine the shredded cheeses and pepper flakes together.
Sprinkle one half of the cheese/pepper mixture over the pastry sheet.
Layer the fresh washed asparagus over the cheeses.
Alternate the asparagus tips toward each edge of the tart.


Sprinkle the other half of the cheese/pepper mixture over the asparagus.
Bake on a cookie sheet at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
Zest 1/2 of a fresh lemon over hot tart.
This tart slices nicely using a pizza cutter.


This recipe would be marvelous for a brunch or
ladies luncheon.


Wishing each of you a very
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!
My hope is that when you visit Estelle's
you find warm southern hospitality and scrumptious recipes!

It's Foodie Friday!!!

April 27, 2016

FLOWERS AND GARDEN


Hey everyone!
I have absolutely loved
seeing everyone share their garden photos recently.
Some of your flowers are a little ahead of ours.
but I thought I would share what is going on thus far.
Garden elements bring such whimsy to our gardens,
but I think the star of the show will always be the blooms!


This beautiful garden arch was a 
Mother's Day gift from my children a few years ago!
I absolutely love it!


There is probably no better reading corner
than the garden, don't you agree?
By the way, I am devouring
Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt's new book!


This was a gift from The Divine Miss M...
Love it!!!!


Oh our chiminea....
an anniversary gift from the darling
years ago....
I have always felt it was THE prettiest one I 
have ever seen!


Every day that the cardinal visits,
is a gift.....


The old weathered bird house....


I think purple seems to be the color I choose the most


Do you have a wind spinner?
They are just delightful to watch.....


This memorial stone was a gift from Miss Judy
when we lost our beloved Golden Retriever, Tucker.
And indeed he is....
forever in our hearts....


I am not sure what this shrub is,
but I adore it.
It provides great pollination for the busy bees....


The spirea have just begun to bloom


My fragrant Viola's are a new addition this year
and so far, it is proving to be successful.


I plan to put an asparagus fern in this spot


Love, love, love this!!!!
It just says,
"Howdy Y'all!"


Peace out.....


Maepole on patrol....

Thank you for stopping by today!
Big hugs!