Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico has been on my mind ever since hurricane Maria hit the island last year. Rob and I went for his birthday of 2014 and we loved every minute of it!

Recommendations for travel.

Walk if you can. If you are constantly in a car, you'll miss wonderful moments. Like this bike tied to a palm tree we saw on our walk.


















Top Ten list for Puerto Rico
Saint Cristóbal
El Morro (bring a kite to fly on the green)
Walk around downtown San Juan
Fajardo (Where we had the fish pictured above)
Horse back riding in Fajardo among the sugar cane
El Yunque National forest (the only rain forest in our National system)
Beach in San Juan Condado
Shopping in downtown San Juan
Eat fried plantains in downtown San Juan
Stop off the side of the road to see a waterfall






Saturday, February 10, 2018

Top 20 LDS Romance Authors

Just in time for Valentine's Day! Find your romance match! Whether you like historical romance or modern day romance, there's something here for everyone! Clink on the author's name for their website and the title for the Amazon link. (Note: Some fell into more than one category, so I placed them where I thought best!)

Historicals


1.  Collection of authors
Regency House party

2. Author: Jennifer Lunt Moore
Title: Miss Leslie's Secret

3. Author: Julie Daines
Title: Havencross 

4. Author: Donna Hatch
Title: Unmasking the Duke

5. Author: Marsha Ward
Title: Mended by Moonlight

6. Author: Shaela Kay
Title: A Heart Made of Indigo

7. Author: Jen Geigle Johnson
Title: The Nobleman’s Daughter

LDS Romance


8. Author: Laura Walker
Title: When the Clouds Lift

 9. Author: Renee Savage Clark
 Title: Love, Jane

10. Author: Teya Peck
Title: See Me For Me

11. Author: Nichole M. White
Title: Unspoken Words

Sweet Adult Romance


12.Author: Rebecca Blevins
Title: Keeping Christmas

13. Author: Annette Luthy Lyons
Title: A Taste of Home: A romantic Christmas Novella

Series Romance


14. Author: Heather Brown Moore
Title: A Night in Grosvenor Square

15. Author: Jennifer Stewart Griffith 
Title: Legally Wedded: A marriage of convenience

16. Author: Rachelle Jolley Christensen
Title: Billionaire's Stray Heart

17.Author: Amberlee Day
Title: The Science, the Sea and the Billionaire

Sports and love


18. Author: Traci Hunter Abramson
Title: Chance for home

19. Author: Carole Malone
Title: Fightcard Romance Ladies’ Night

YA Romance

20. Author: Christene Houston
Title: A Heart So Broken


Bonus Author: Laura Cherrington Johnston

Title: Between Now and Never

Clean Romantic Suspense


Bonus Author: Shuanna S. Gonzales
Title: Dark Days of Promise



















Friday, February 9, 2018

Homemade Pizza Crust Recipe


Looking for something to make for dinner? It's national Pizza day, so I thought I'd share my homemade crust recipe with you!



4 c. flour (Sometimes I substitute one cup of white flour for wheat flour.)
1 tsp. salt
1 Tbs. oil
2 Tbs. sugar (one for the water and yeast)
1 1/2 c. of warm water
1 packet (2 1/4 tsp.) yeast


Measure three cups of flour into a bowl, add, salt, oil and one tablespoon of sugar. Add one tablespoon of sugar to warm water and yeast mixture. When yeast has bubbled and fermented, add to flour mixture. Knead in remaining cup of flour. Let rest for ten minutes to an hour. Spread on greased pizza pans, add sauce and cheese.  I bake mine at 475 for ten minutes! Enjoy!

PS This is a picture of my daughter's first attempt at pizza. She did pretty well, I think! Let her know how well she did in the comments or comment with your own pizza crust recipe!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Top Ten Fun facts about Switzerland

Switzerland is mostly known for mountains, cheese and chocolate. But there is so much more!


The country abbreviation is CH for Canton Helvetic
The currency is the Swiss Franc or abbreviated CHF
They have four national languages German, French, Italian and Romansh
There are 26 cantons or states that make up the confederation of Switzerland
Swiss flag is a square not rectangular
It's a neutral country although they send out paid soldiers called mercenaries
They have a direct democracy
8 million people live in Switzerland
Neither Napoleon nor Hitler invaded Switzerland in their European takeover
They are not part of the EU


Top Ten Thing to Do in (French-speaking) Switzerland

Gruyères
Ever since I was a little girl I wanted to go to Switzerland. I was lucky enough to live there for a few months during my twenties. Recently, my husband and I returned and compiled our top ten list of things to do in mostly French speaking Switzerland. One of course thinks of mountains, chocolate and cheese when they think of Switzerland. And beautiful Heidi-like pastoral mountain sides. but there is so much more! Here's a link to my top ten fun facts about the neutral country in the heart of Europe. Without further ado, here's my top ten list.
Callier chocolate factory
Dents du Midi
Cheese






Einstein's house in Bern

Bern:

(German speaking)
1. Einstein's house
Fresh chocolate Bern
2. Shopping in historic Bern for fresh chocolate






Fribourg:

3. Trudge up 365 steps of the Tour of St. Nicholas to the tower
Tower of St. Nicolas Fribourg
4. Cross La Sarine's medieval bridge in Bas Ville



La Sarine










Vevey:


6. Les Trois Sifflets for fondue
Museums





7. Also walk around the lake to the Fork at the Musee d'alimentation and the Charlie Chaplin statue. I believe he's buried there.



Montreux


Châteux de Chillon
8. Chateux de Chillon










9. Chocolate train, cheese factory in medieval  Gruyères.
*Seasonal jazz festival, Christmas village Fete de Vingerons, also Christmas chalets with live nativity.
Gruyères













Geneva:



Jette d'eau
10. Jette d’eau Genva
Bonus: Cathedrals 
Shopping


Givaway Time!

Baker's Dozen is featured on the BookSweeps giveaway !  Win free books and download freebooks. I was a little skeptical, so I went to ...