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Cracked Daisy ~ New Excerpt


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Here is a New excerpt of Cracked Daisy. If you would like to read more click on the hyperlink and it will take you to the Kindle Scout Page and Click Show Full Excerpt under Chapter One. Please vote! 🙂

“Watching mom pull out of the parking lot in her car, I pushed the library door open slowly and the smell of the paper hit me. Possibly more of a mildew smell than paper one now that I think about it. Our town library was old and seemed majestic. As a child, I loved coming here with my dad on the weekends. I would roam the isles and get lost in reading.

I laid my books on the counter and looked at Ms. Ruby bending over a pile of stacked books on a cart. She was an older lady that wore fashionable dress clothes much younger than her age. On her fingers were large oversized costume jewelry and her fingernails were always extra-long in length and brightly colored. Rumor had it, she has been married ten times and is on the prowl again, that is if ancient people prowl. Her brightly stained lipstick was a little uneven but at her age, I give her credit for looking as good as she did.

“Daisy Violet Day! I missed you at the book club meeting this week. Were you sick, dear?” Ms. Ruby asked with genuine concern. Ms. Ruby is the only person I knew that called me by my full name. She said it reminded her of her friends when she was a young girl, a friend named Violet and a friend named Daisy.

“No ma’am, Joseph was headed home and I didn’t want to miss him.”

“Where is that tall drink of water brother of yours? Will he be home all summer? I think we could find him a job up here this summer at the library.”

“Thank you, Ms. Ruby. I will be sure to share that information with him.” I said contemplating those implications of him working side by side with a flirty Ms. Ruby.

I heard the library door open and swoosh shut and was hoping it was Mica. I was right. When he rounded the corner, he was carrying what looked like two motorcycle helmets. Surely, no… I mean, he wouldn’t have brought a motorcycle to drive me home… Right?

Ms. Ruby smiled at him and spoke before I could, “Well, aren’t you a handsome son of a gun. You have trouble written all over you. How can I help you?”

Mica smiled while winking at me privately and placed the helmets up on the counter. He began speaking in a playfully serious tone, “Darling, I am here to help this redhead with some school work. Where is the quietest corner in this place? It is imperative that we not be bothered. The future of Algebra and Mankind is at stake.”

Ms. Ruby’s eyes darted from me to Mica and she asked, “And what is your name?”

“Mica Malone.”

“Malone? You are one of the Malone’s?” She asked as she moved around the corner of the counter. “I heard you fellas were back. You don’t wear your crown around I guess.”

Mica’s eyes widened and I’m sure I saw him choke at the word crown.

“Excuse me?” Mica stuttered out.

Ms. Ruby looked peculiarly at Mica and said, “I must have you mixed up with someone else. Well, Darling, Ms. Daisy Violet can show you to where she would like to study.”

Mica picked his helmets off the counter and lifted one in the air partially to point towards the book isles and for me to lead. Whatever Ms. Ruby had meant by those words, they visibly rattled him.”

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Chicken Enchiladas


I haven’t tried this recipe yet but it is on my list of things to cook plus if the family likes it I can make ahead and freeze.  Also, you can’t really go wrong with Ree Drmmond’s recipes.

Szechuan & Kale Salmon Patties


These round little patties aren’t your most healthy of dinner choices but they could be worse. I have a hungry boys and a husband and they gave these a thumbs up! 

We have all had salmon patties at some point in our childhood.  Well,  I just kicked them up a notch!  Szechuan & Kale Salmon Patties!

Again, for full recipe disclosure,  I’m not a measurer ~ I’m an eyeball’r of ingredients so here is what I mixed up. 

Two cans of Salmon, 4 eggs,  a little salt, a sleeve of hand crushed saltine crackers (not whole30 approved!), a teaspoon of szechuan (that I did measure!), and a few leaves of kale (spinach would have worked, too) .  Tip: I would not use frozen kale or spinach because I’m sure the water would make the oil pop. 

I mixed well and formed into patties. Some people at this point roll them in flower,  I do not.  Fry in a little oil on medium heat for a few minutes on each side and they are ready to eat! 

This also gave me a reason to show off my new pretty Pioneer Woman’s cooking dish! 

Happy Cooking! 

Healthy Breakfast Peppers


A little over a month ago I set out on the journey to eat healthier. What I found out quickly is when you take the time to prep your food for the week it isn’t that hard to accomplish. Breakfast and lunch are my downfalls. Here is my attempt to prep breakfast for the week.  I have other recipes but this one was a keeper. 

Here is a picture of breakfast peppers I threw together. I chopped up mushrooms,  tomatoes, a handful of frozen spinach and two eggs.  I’m not a measure’r, I’m more of an eyeballe’r! So,  I don’t have exact amounts. 

I microwaved (trial and error, baking in the oven took too long and didn’t cook the center) between 7 and 10 minutes.

Turkey Bacon would be great on it, well not as great as real bacon! 

Happy Healthy Eating!