Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up – 10th – 16th April 2023 – Letters from America update, Out and About, Big Band Era, Natalie Cole, ‘U’ Foods, Podcast, The Skin, Book Reviews and Funnies

Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed this week on Smorgasbord.

I hope the week has gone well for you and thanks for dropping in today and for all the visits and comments during the week. I love putting the blog together and your support is definitely the icing on the cake.

All the cupboards are cleared in the kitchen except for what we need on a daily basis and some extra cups for coffee and tea for the crew coming in soon to put the new units in.

Our office is in the diner part of the kitchen so I will decamp to the dining room where I plan to sort through all the hundreds of photos we took in America during our two years living in Houston and travelling all around the country. I have decided to publish my letters that I sent home every week and the articles I wrote about specific places we visited in a book later in the year.

There are a number of reasons for this, one being that the blog posts seemed to have been enjoyed, but also I wanted to celebrate the people we met and the wonderful and diverse regions of this incredible country. It was a different time when things seemed to be a lot simpler and there is no doubt that there are issues today, as in every country that focus the attention of the media negatively. But beneath all that negativity, are the people and the amazing geographical features that remain unchanged.

I know when I go through the box of photos that it will stir up many happy memories of our time there, which I hope will be conveyed through the letters written 28 years ago.

I was delighted to wake up this morning to a wonderful feature and review for Variety is the Spice of Life on the blog Carla Loves to Read. You will find great reviews for adult and children’s books and special features for those who love to read.


About Carla

I have been a reader all my life, but recently began reading and reviewing books on Goodreads. Shortly after that, I was introduced to Netgalley and have been reviewing new books on a regular basis. I wanted somewhere to review books where people could come and look at them as well as see them somewhat categorized.

As a retired elementary school principal/teacher/teacher-librarian, children’s literature is very important to me. I love seeing our young people read, as well as parents reading to them. I have been reading a lot of Children’s books from toddlers to Young Adult as well as picture books. There are also a couple of Christian series geared to young readers (age 7 – 11) which I have reveiwed.

You can click on the links above to take you to the pages that contain reviews for specific genres of books. You can follow Carla on Twitter

Head over to read the feature and check out Carla’s posts: Bloggers Who Are Also Authors – Sally Cronin Variety is the Spice of Life

As always my thanks to my friends who contribute to the blog…

William Price King joined me this week for the Big Band Era with Glenn Miller, Woody Herman and the Brazilian Samba. On Friday William shared the first part of the series featuring Natalie Cole.  You can also find William Blog– IMPROVISATIONWilliam Price King on Tumblr

Debby Gies​ will be here on Monday with another of her posts in the Spiritual Awareness series and this time an exploration of automatic writing. and Debby also found  some great funnies during the week. On her own blog this week you can find her Sunday review for Frank Prem’s latest collection  From Volyn to Kherson: Interpretations of the War in Ukraine which she gives five stars. Also an entertaining Q&A with Cheryl Oreglia about her very entertaining memoir Grow Damn It!, and a link to Debby’s guest post at Marcia Meara’s blog. Follow the link to Debby’s blog to browse her archives D.G. Kaye

Carol Taylor was be here on Wednesday with her A-Z of food and the letter ‘U’. On her own blog you can find out about Capyvaras and an upcoming trip for a family reunion, on Monday Musings a celebration of Big Ben and also a reminder about the fateful start to the disastrous end to the Titanic, with some music from the film. In Thursday thoughts a look back to the 1700s and the amazing music of Mozart and also some of the 4 most expensive drinks. Catch up on all of Carol’s posts this week on Carol Taylor’s Weekly Round up 9th-15th April

..Thank you very much for your visits, comments and shares to social media, as always it is appreciated ♥

On with the show…

The Big Band Era with William Price King and Sally Cronin – 1930s – Glenn Miller, Woody Herman, The Brazilian Samba

William Price King Meets Music Legends – #Jazz – Natalie Cole – The Early Years

Carol Taylor’s – Culinary A – Z Rewind – ‘U’ for Upside Down Cake, Udon Noodles, Ugli Fruit and Unleavened Bread

Podcast #Poetry – Birthdays by Sally Cronin

Free Services Hand photo and picture

Something to think about – The R’s of Life – Respect by Sally Cronin

Smorgasbord Health Column 2023 – The Body our Greatest Asset – The Skin – Nutrients, Fluids, Skin Brushing by Sally Cronin

– #Memoir #Media #Television Misadventures in the Screen Trade by Alison Ripley Cubitt

Previous Reviews from 2022 – #Historical #1920s Jazz Baby by Beem Weeks

New Book on the Shelves – #Romance – All About Charming Alice (Blake’s Folly Romance Book 2) by J. Arlene Culiner

New Book on the Shelves – In the Tree’s Shadow: A collection of stories that exist in your dreams… and nightmares by D.L. Finn

#Mystery #Humour Catfishing in America by Anne R. Allen

Meet the Authors 2023 – #Supernatural Yvette M. Calleiro, #Historical #UrbanFantasy Mae Clair #Dragons #Fantasy Paul Cude

Rebecca M Douglass

Short Story – Carriage by Rebecca Douglass

Hosts Sally Cronin and Debby Gies – Sprinkles and Fire Engines

Hosts Sally Cronin and Debby Gies – Relationship advice and SOS


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will join me again next week… Sally ♥

33 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up – 10th – 16th April 2023 – Letters from America update, Out and About, Big Band Era, Natalie Cole, ‘U’ Foods, Podcast, The Skin, Book Reviews and Funnies

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  2. Another very busy week.
    Hope your move goes okay, my son, daughter in law and grandchildren are about to move…. next week.
    I’m currently making the most of Alexander time, and of course having fun playing and reading with him.
    Cotton-Tail (aka Isabelle) is still too small but hopefully I will get to still have time when they move.
    (Checking out my Vitamin B now – thanks for reminding me)

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  3. Sal, wonderful you will be making a book from your Letters from America stories. Thanks so much for sharing my posts, and thanks for another wonderful week here at your Smorgasbord of fun and information. ❤ xx

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  4. I love the memories old photos bring back 🙂 It’s like visiting happiness. Thank you for another great week and including me in it. Hugs xo

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