Wow, this month has flown by.
First I want to thank all of you for your beautiful comments and the thoughts andprayers for Robynn. She has taken Graft versus Host disease in her stomach and colon, so she has endured high fevers, stomach cramps, and other unpleasant symptoms. But our girl is a fighter, and I have no doubt she'll pull through this too.
I have read one of the best books I've come across in a while. In Bed with the Devil by Lorraine Heath. All I can say about this book is WOW! I have been a fan of Ms. Heath since her days of writing westerns and when she made the switch to Regencies, I kept right on reading, and I'm glad I did because she has written the best love story to hit the shelves in a while. Book description from Amazon-
They call him the Devil Earl—a scoundrel and accused murderer who grew up on the violent London streets. A proper young lady risks more than her reputation when consorting with the roguishly handsome Lucian Langdon, but Lady Catherine Mabry believes she has no choice. To protect those she loves, she would do anything—even strike a bargain with the devil himself.
Lucian desires respectability and a wife above all else, but the woman of his choosing lacks the social graces to be accepted by the aristocracy. Catherine can help Lucian gain everything he wants. But what she asks for in exchange will put their very lives in jeopardy. When danger closes in, Catherine discovers a man of immense passion and he discovers a woman of immeasurable courage. As secrets from his dark past are revealed, Lucian begins to question everything he knows to be true, including the yearnings of his own heart.
I tell ya'll, it's bound to be one that I read over and over again.
The daughter and I have been 'bitten' by the vampire bug. After she finished the Twilight series (for the second time), we discovered True Blood on HBO. True Blood is based on the Charlaine Harris books about Sookie Stackhouse. Now, a brief warning-if you don't like foul language or somewhat explicit sex scenes-don't watch it. I have to say that so far my favorite character is Jason Stackhouse and his bumbling antics at being the town Lothario. Although, the vampire is really nice to look at!
We've had frost here for several nights now, nothing like the snow that is being forecasted out west, but cool enough to let us know that the season is changing and it's time to dig out sweaters and jackets. We installed a stove in the house, trying to deflect the costs of heating with gas, and I have to say I enjoy sitting here and listening to the crackle and hiss of burning wood. There's something really soothing about that sound. It's also crockpot season, for me. We eat a lot of soups during the winter months and I thought I would share the easiest one that I know with you.
Cheesy Potato Soup
5 lb. bag of potatoes
one small onion
one small block of Velveeta cheese
salt to taste
pepper to taste
Peel potatoes, dice potatoes and onions. Place potatoes, onions, salt and pepper in stock pot, cover with water and boil for about 25 minutes (I'm totally guessing on how long to boil because I always tend to get sidetracked at this point). Once the potatoes are done, slice 3/4 of the block of Velveeta into thinnish slices (easier to melt)and place in the pot. Keep the potatoes boiling and stir until the cheese is melted. We put bacon bits and croutons in ours and let me tell you-it's delicious and filling. (Plus there's enough left over for lunches the next day!)