Thursday, August 30, 2018

His Scot's Montana Bride is Heart Warming and A Belly Warming Recipe As Well

While reading Jessica Gilmore's The Scot's Montana Bride I kept going back in my memories to recipes handed down by my Grandmother who is part Scottish. I dug around in her recipe files, found one and adjusted it to fit my eating methods. I am going to include it at the bottom so be sure to read all the way to the end.

First off what grabbed me was this beautiful cover on this book. I have to say that Tule Publishing Group has some of the best covers out there.
This book did remind me of listening to my Grandmother tell me of her Grandparents and Author Jessica Gilmore brings out the character of Jamie McKendrick so alive and well. The Valentine Family had me looking inward towards my own large family and thinking about how we relate towards each other. Kat's Aunt Louisa and her baking and her late Uncle Steve who helped her plan her trip. 
I hope you will take a moment to read just how much I enjoyed this book and if you peek at the bottom you will see the recipe I adapted for   Breakfast Muffins. Perfect for the Ranch ;) and any time of the day.


The Scot's Montana Bride (The Scots Take Montana #1)The Scot's Montana Bride by Jessica Gilmore
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh I picked up this book and could not stop until the end. Maybe my Scottish roots were calling to the Scotsman inside. I am not sure... but I can tell you one thing there is just something about a hunk in a kilt ya know.
In this book we get to know the Valentine family up close and personal right well. Kat comes home from walking about all over Europe and abroad because of her sick Grandpa. Where is HOME you ask? Its a little bit outside of Marietta, Montana in Mountain View. She is taking care of the family the and ranch (dude ranch) and up comes her ...surprise HUSBAND. Oh yes she forgot to mention to her family that she up and got married while she was walking and working her way across the continent. And oh what a fine Husband Jamie McKendrick is. Not only in looks but in character. This book is well written and for me it shows so much about family and heart. This book lays the foundation for upcoming books about this family, which I will happily grab and read the moment they hit my kindle. There where so many little things in this book that had me reaching into my childhood for memories from my grandma for her Scottish recipes to sayings. I recommend this read. It's not to long and prefect for relaxing this holiday weekend in the States.

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                             Grain Free Morning Glory Muffins... Good for All Day Long.


  • ½ cup organic coconut flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda or if corn sensitive sub cream of tartar
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • ¼ cup plain coconut milk yogurt (or ¼ cup coconut milk, plus ½ tsp apple cider vinegar)
  • 3 tablespoons organic honey
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (see note on how to make corn free)
  • ½ cup diced fresh pineapple
  • 1/3 cup grated carrot
  • ¼ cup grated apple
  • 1 chopped apple (if you do not use the shredded coconut add this)
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut (or can leave out)
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon (more if you like it spicy)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place 8 parchment muffin liners  into a 12-cup muffin tin; set aside.
2. In a small bowl, mix together the coconut flour, baking soda/cream of tartar if you are going corn free, and salt. Add in the spices.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, yogurt, honey, coconut oil, and vanilla until well combined.
4. Sift the dry ingredients into the wet, and whisk well to thoroughly combine, until no lumps remain and batter begins to thicken.
5. Gently fold in the diced pineapple, grated carrot, and apple, and 1 tablespoon of the shredded coconut (Or you do not have to add the coconut at all). Evenly distribute the batter among the 8 lined muffin cups. Then sprinkle tops with the remaining shredded coconut.
6. Bake for approximately 20–25 minutes, until tops and edges begin to turn a light golden brown and a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for 5–10 minutes. Then serve and enjoy!
**Corn Free Homemade Vanilla Abstract**
I have corn allergies so I make my own vanilla abstract which is easy and actually tastes so much better.
Get a large glass container like from a craft story with a screw on lid. Make sure to wash and dry it before you start. You will need to purchase only 2 other items. Fresh Vanilla beans and Potato Vodka. I use Choplin Potato Vodka. It is certified gluten and corn free.
Pour the vodka into the bottle til about 1 inch from the top.
Take 2 vanilla beans and cut them down the middle long ways. Start to open up the bean pod so that you are getting the little seeds lose but not out because this is what makes this wonderful Vanilla flavor.
Place the beans and any lose vanilla seeds into the jar and put the top on tight. Shake it well. Place it into a dark cabinet for 6 weeks. 4 weeks in go get it out and get it a hard shake. Put it back. At 6 weeks open it up and get it a smell. Does it still have that vodka smell? If yes, close it up and put it back for another 2 weeks. My first Batch took 8 weeks to make the best Vanilla Abstract i have ever used. I have been using it for 1 year now. If you keep it in a cool dark place it has a long shelf life.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Cowboy with a Heart of Gold if Only He Saw Himself that Way...

Come Visit Three of my favorite places to stroll in Montana in one read... Cherry Lake, Sweetheart and of course Marietta. While you are there stop by the 79th Copper Mountain Rodeo and oggle the Cowboys for a spell but better yet check out that gal CJ oh yes that is another book  Sara Mayberry's The Cowboy Meets His Match.

You can find The Bull  Rider's Return at so many places that I wanted you to be able to find them all. Click on the title and it will take you to Tule Publishing where you will find ALL the Places. 

The Bull Rider's Return (The 79th Copper Mountain Rodeo Book 2)The Bull Rider's Return by Joan Kilby
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Now THIS is the Reason I love a good Rodeo Cowboy. I was so excited to see this book hit my kindle at midnight last night. I stayed up reading it and boy was I happy I did. Tired today but Oh what I wonderful tired it is. Let me share a wee bit about this book with you so you will understand why I like this book so much.
Cody is a full time rodeo bull and bronc rider and yep champion at that most of the time. With that he catches the ladies eyes and more. One night in Reno he wins big and walks into a diner and happens to meet Kelly, She is waitress who serves him. She also meets her cute son who is there because he didn't have a sitter that night. Ricky is the heart of this story in my opinion as he is what catches Cody's eye and heart. He notices something about Cody and he decides to act in a way that many would think is very un-Cody like. This is the catalyst or the pea that gets under his mattress and never lets him settle again. BUT the same can be said for single mom Kelly as well. But in order for you to know what I am talking about and enjoy this book you will need to read it for yourself.
This book is not all sunshine and roses. There where so many times that I wanted to reach thru my book and shake his family with the way there were treating him. But i come from a large family myself and I understand the makeup and how things shake up and out. Sadly what the author has written is usually true to form or it was in my family's case as well. I loved the fact that so many of my favorite fictional towns were visited in this one book,... Sweetheart, Cherry Lake and of course my home town of Marietta. And in case you are wondering yes we get to catch up with a few characters as well. OH MY Do We.
I am looking forward to reading more from this family because I have a feeling we will understand more about why they act like they do when we read more of their history. ( Remember their are other books about this family and their orchard as well.)
So hope you enjoy it like i did.

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

The Rodeo is in Town... Marietta that is. 79th Copper Mountain Rodeo Reads by Tule

love a good rodeo and nothing is better than reading about the Copper Mountain Rodeo. Well, maybe  it is reading LOTS of books about Cowboys, rodeo and the 79th Copper Mountain Rodeo in Marietta, Montana. We started off the month with Sarah Mayberry's The Cowboy Meets His Match
Then we move on into The Bull Rider's Return by Joan Kilby on August 27th.
We are just getting started with our Cowboys and having a Good Ole Time here in Marietta. 
Labor Day weekend has you all rested and relaxed and that is a good thing because look what is going to hit your eReaders  on September 4th. OH MY STARS and Lassos!
Sinclair Jayne (Thank you!) is giving us Boone and Piper's story and Look at this Cowboy in Cowboy Come Home.
Oh Yes that sure is a pretty cowboy there! So folks that is just a samplin' of the 79th Copper Mountain Rodeo Books that are going to be hitting your favorite sellers between now and September 30. To See all the listings as well as other upcoming publications just visit
If you love Marietta, Montana like I do I would love to invite you to join the Main St Marietta Group on Facebook. We talk all things Montana Born in there and even have Marietta Book parties.
Ya know I can't let a leave without sharing what I think about  Sarah Mayberry's


The Cowboy Meets His Match (The 79th Copper Mountain Rodeo Book 1)The Cowboy Meets His Match by Sarah Mayberry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a perfect book to open the 79th Copper Mountain Rodeo with!

This is one of those books that I have to say tire at my heart strings as much as it also made me want to beat the ever love stuff out of some bronco riders. I love Marietta and this book was like coming home again. Jesse is a rodeo cowboy and we have read about him here and there in other books. I am so happy to finally get to see the inside struggles and gentleman cowboy he can be. Cassidy Jane or CJ oh my word this gal sets the rodeo circuit in FIRE....in both good and bad ways. Author Sarah Mayberry knowledge of both the rodeo as well as ranch life is so real and I have to say I can't wait to read more Carmody family stories soon.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Best Book of the Year..Hands Down Anywhere Everywhere. Nobody Said It'd Be Easy

Last week I was so blessed to be able to read an advanced copy of a book by the author Patty Blount titled Nobody Said It'd Be Easy. It was the first time I have read any books by this author and let me say she simply blew me away. I saw the cover  and it grabbed my attention.


And then teasers from the book. OH MY...they wet my appetite for more.

But the book itself.. From Cover to Cover is it is the #1 Best Book that I have read this year, from any author, any publisher, any genre'. This is this the book to beat. And i look forward to more books from Author Patty Blount!




Nobody Said It'd Be EasyNobody Said It'd Be Easy by Patty Blount
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh My Giddy Aunt this book had me from the cover alone! Then I cracked it open and started reading and I was spellbound by Super Gabe, his 4 precious girls and Lia the Lovely Lady. This is the first book I have read by author Patty Blount and I am hoping she will write more books along this line in the future. Life is not all sunshine and roses and yes bad things do happen to good people. Death sadly comes a knocking when people least expect it. It is what the people who are left behind do with themselves that really show their character and their true spirit. A widowed father of 4 Gabe quits his higher paying job, becomes a super of a set of apartments away from where he used to live with his wife after she passes unexpectedly. He does this so he can be home to raise those young children while working from home. WoW. Look at the cover and that is so much the book.
Then we have Lia or Amelia a divorced self employed woman who moves into the complex and she turns his work upside down and inside out. BUT truth be told he does the same thing to her. Life is not smooth sailing once she moves in and feels the sparks from day one. OH no not at all. Just because the cute main can walk around with hair clips and painted nails carrying a baby on his hip it doesn't mean a single thing now does it. No it doesn't. One has to fight pre-teens, children with illnesses , self destruction and so much more. I invite you to meet the Iver family and see for yourself why Nobody Said I'd Be Easy.

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Their Famous Dominant by Nicole Edwards ...We finally get the True Master Ramsey

Seems like I have been waiting for this book since I met Trent Ramsey way back in Devotion. Every time his name has come up in one of our Author's books it has only wet my appetite for what was to come when Trent's book would finally hit release day. When that day or rather night, arrived this reader could not have been  happier. i stayed up all night reading. Yes I awoke to my kindle flat on my face....kindle face as we call it in my house was the morning face I had.  Actually still have the soreness as that wonderful reminder of reading the first half of this book. Just a little bit of pain to go with the pleasure ya know. And oh what a pleasure this book is. It was so worth the wait to for Master Ramsey to finally wake up to Troy and Clarissa. What makes this book so extra special in my eyes is that fact that one of the secondary characters Zeke, who has his own book Their Ruthless Sadist is featured in this book too. Not only that but the cover model for this book we have come to know as a friend in Nicole's Nation. So it made the book come alive so much more...felt real in a whole other sense.

Their Famous Dominant (Office Intrigue #4)Their Famous Dominant by Nicole Edwards
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I always just knew in my heart of readers heart that Master Ramsey would be the one for Classia but oh my stars, our Author always finds a way to get to heart of each of her characters and make them so real, so honest...so true. I did not see that she was going to where she was with Troy and I am so happy it went there.
Life can lead you in unexpected places you just need to open yourself up and follow. Even if it unconventional...who cares. If you are happy that is all that matters. Look at Master Trent, Troy and Rissa...it took time and lots of communication and love and yes well you really need to read this book to find out how they get from Actor and Assistant to .... well you know. Can not wait for The Ruthless Sadist, Zeke's story is next. Hang on we are going for a whip of a story I can already tell.

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Friday, July 20, 2018

I Invite you to Explore the Land Down Under and the OutBack Brides with Me

I decided to take a vacation this summer to the land down under. I picked up the 4 set of books by these Tule Publishers' authors settled in a comfy spot on my bed and  disappeared for a while each day. My husband and daughter left me alone long enough to enjoy the wonders of a land far away and learn about places I wished I could explore in person. The books are written by 4 different authors but  their characters co-mingle between each other,  appearing in each other's books. I hope that this series doesn't stop with these 4 women and these books as there are so many more stories that need to be told and of course I need more vacation time to escape from Texas to Australia.

Maggie's Run (Outback Brides Book 1)Maggie's Run by Kelly Hunter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First off let me say WOW the book cover is stunning! I was drawn to this book and in fact this 4 book series because i wanted to read about a place I would love to visit but knew i would never be able to go to. This book took me there and more. I was amazed at how vivid the descriptions were in the book and i felt like I was actually on the Wirra Station with Maggie and Max. I could see the change in Maggie and the relationship with her and Max. As I read this book it touched my heart as it was so close to how my life was with my mom (her great Aunt Carmel was cold like my mom). This book has it all friendships, romance and yes even a bit of mystery.
I loved the story and look forward to more in this series.

View all my reviews Belle's Secret (Outback Brides Book 2)Belle's Secret by Victoria Purman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas. Sometimes it ends up on the other side of the world in the Outback of Australia. Izzy or Isabella is the marriage celebrant (wedding minister) at the wedding venue, Wirra Station that was created by Maggie and Max. If you have read Maggie's Way you will have met her in that book. If not no worry you will quickly get to know her in this book and all her ins and outs. Izzy went to Vegas to a convention on wedding things and met a guy named Harry Harrison. One thing led to another and soon they were in front of Elvis and then in a bedroom. She wakes up panics and leaves soon for home. Thinks she can do what they saying says "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas." BUT we know weddings are not like that right. Harry searches for Belle (which is the name she gives ) for a year and only once he gives up does the universe decide it will help him out. This is another well written book that takes us on a trip to Australia with words beyond belief. I love this series and can't wait to jump into the next book to explore more of this beautiful country with these lovely authors.

View all my reviews Elsa's Stand (Outback Brides Book 3)Elsa's Stand by Cathryn Hein
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the third book in the Outback Brides series. If you have read the first two books you will know that Elsa is the hairdresser that Maggie and Izzy are friends with. If you have not read the other books, no biggie, as each book is easily read as a stand alone book. BUT might I highly suggest reading all the books. You will really enjoy this series of friends and enjoy the series so much more too. Now on to Elsa and her story. Elsa is the stronger of all the "Brides". She knows what she wants and she doesn't let anyone stand in her way. When the book opens we meet Jack Hargreaves and really get to know about the true Outback. Jack is an opal miner and he is back in town for his mother's funeral. She lived in town and was a sapphire miner herself. Oh yes one could say the need to hunt for stones runs deep with this family. He was left a voicemail on the day she passed away saying she finally found the sapphires and hide them again on the family farm. The one he inherited upon hr death. So does he stay and become a gentleman farmer or sell and go back to being an opal miner?
But see Jake is not the only person left behind, he has a brother Jesse and their father as well. Jesse and their father live in Melbourne and lets just say they are different as night and day to Jake and his mom. And because of the fact that his father is known as a gangland person many of the people in the town look down on Jake. He thinks he is not worthy of Elsa and this is the theme we see in the book. So far this is my favorite of the three i have read. It has shown me so of how strong Elsa is both in character and mental strength. Jake had me in tears so many times reading his story and the backstory. I loved how well written this book is. I can see the outback in all the dirt and dust. The caves and all the places that the miners hunker down at night. Then we move into town and we get to meet the townsfolk some are nice,some not so much. But all true to a small town all up in each others business. What a I really loved this book and I especially loved the ending.

View all my reviews Holly's Heart (Outback Brides Book 4)Holly's Heart by Fiona McArthur
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the fourth and the most beautiful book in the Outback Brides series. When i mean beautiful it starts from the cover of the book and moves inside. The storyline is so moving. I had wondered about the old town busy body. She was the ex-mayor's wife and in this book we get the answers. Ha ha its Ben's grandma. And no i am not going to tell you, you have to read the book to find out why she is the way she is but Dr Ben Brierly has moved back to town to be the local GP and also be close to his grandma and help out on the Brierly Park (their farm).

Across the street is Holly Peterson and her twin nephews. Holly grew up in Wirralong and recently came back after the death of her sister to raise her sister's boys there and run her coffee shop. Holly is a doctor as well as Ben but is not practicing medicine. Those reasons you will have to read the book to find our why and see if things change on that front as well. Holly is a new friend of Elsa, Maggie and Izzy the other 3 brides in the Outback Brides series. This book has so many wonderful and touching moments in it and yes it does answer some of the questions I think many of us readers have wondered about Miranda Brierly.
I hope that we will see many more Outback Brides in the future and that this series doesn't stop at four.

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I came all the way to Australia to see how to really run a wedding venue the right way. Or maybe i really want to know how to look for opals and sapphires or camp out in the wide open spaces. Honestly, I went all the way to the bush country for some of the best written books I have read in a few long time.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

My Reading Challenge Christmas In July Montana Born Books Join Me

It's July and the perfect time of the year when it is hotter than a witch's ... to pull out all of my favorite Christmas books from my favorite town and Challenge myself to get my read on. So for the Month of July I have challenged myself and those in the Main St Marietta Facebook group (and you if you would like to join in) to Read Montana Born Christmas in July.
Stop by tomorrow to see how you can win one of these reads

Here is the Book List are reading from this month.