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My second home is the library. It was such a delight to work in the library and get to handle the new books firsthand.

Recently I checked out Sweet and Simple Patchwork Gifts, which I recommend if you sew or quilt.


It’s a visual treat and has great ideas with good step by step instructions. The ideas are colorful and many are small items that won’t take long to make.

This is the finished pillow.


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This is my all time favorite book, because it holds a dear memory for me.♥

I remember being sick when I was about 8 years old. My mom and dad were going shopping for our toiletries at Longs Drug store. This was something they did every 2 weeks and I always went with them. This time, because of the flu I had to stay home.

My mom asked me,” Quieres que te compre algo?” I answered, “Si, mommy, quiero un libro, por favor.” She looked at me with annoyance, saying that she had no idea what book I wanted. You see, my parents could not speak English,  much less read in English, so, I simply told her to buy one with a pretty cover.

I was so anxious for them to get home so I could see the book my mom had chosen for me.

Well, I was the happiest, most delighted, and felt extremely  privileged to own my very first store bought book chosen by my mother. My love of books survives to this very day. And I still like books with pretty covers.♥♥♥

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Two of my favorite blogs are Pioneer Woman and Susan Branch.  In fact I am a Mexican wanna be Pioneer Woman, so I guess I would go by the name of La Ranchera. In any case, I really would have some really big shoes to fill. I recently bought books that both ladies have written.  Pioneer Woman Cooks A Year of Holidays is a very helpful book full of easy recipes and easy instructions that also have  step by step pictures of the whole process, which is great for those of us that are “show me how to do it” kind of person. Also, Ree Drummond is not afraid to use a bottle of this, or a can of that, to make something a little easier.  One recipe I want to make on Christmas morning is baked French toast. Just saying that, makes my mouth water.

Another recipe of hers that I love to make, is the steak bites for breakfast, which are very tasty. This recipe is not in her new book, but if you look it up on her site, you can find it.  It’s also very simple to make and it adds variety to your breakfast table.



A Fine Romance by Susan Branch was somewhat of a disappointment at first glance. On her blog her pictures are always so crisp and bright that they  make you feel like you’re actually visiting with her. So as I looked through her book, I wasn’t getting the same feeling.  Maybe I was expecting a different look and she wanted her own special look, quaint is all I can think of.  Since I haven’t had time to read it I can’t say to much except, Susan Branch is such a talented lady that she certainly doesn’t have to worry about my opinion.  But I can’t wait for some quiet time to read it.


With all the rush and stress of roaming through the malls, and baking, wrapping, and decorating, it’s time to treat ourselves to a few minutes of solitude and goodies.


“No matter how busy you are, you must take time to make the other person feel important.”   Mary Kay Ash

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