Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up- 30th January – 5th February 2023 – Birthdays, Big Band, Food A-Z, Podcast, PR for Authors, Reviews, Bloggers and Funnies

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

I hope your week has gone well. January went very quickly and cannot believe we are in February already.

The three of us with my mother in 2000 on their first visit to our home in Madrid.

It is a busy month in our family, as we three sisters all have our birthdays. My brother slipped into March and was a bit of a surprise as my mother was 40. She was always a good sailor but on our trip home from two years Sri Lanka, which was extended because of the Suez Canal crisis, she felt unwell. She went to the doctor on arriving home to the village where we had our home and he diagosed dispepsia!  A month later she rang him and said dispepsia just kicked me.

I was four at the time and since my mother wanted a home birth I was packed off to Northampton with my aunt who travelled down to pick me up and take me back on a coach. I was a little brat and despite her best efforts and that of my cousin Roger then a teenager of 15, she had to return with me after only two days, as I was determined not to be left out of this massive event. My brother was born that night but I slept through it all, exhausted by my machinations!  I was allowed in to meet him first thing the next morning and I don’t think that was the first time my mother said to me ‘You little monkey!’ lol.

My brother and I  making a getaway…

Anyway here I am almost 70 and still getting up to mischief…

I was delighted to be the guest at Lisette Brodey’s Writer’s Chateau this week chatting about books, publishing, my amazing contributors and living in Ireland.. If you have not visited the interview then it would be great if you popped over. Lisette Brodey’s Writer’s Chateau Interview Sally Cronin

Part five of this series has gone out this week but I have made a pdf of the complete series and if anyone would like a copy email me on

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 Fred Astaire and Leo Reisman, Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields and an example of The Black Bottom dance. Also the final post on the life and music of Sir George Shearing with a new series on the incredible Quincy Jones You can also find William Blog– IMPROVISATIONWilliam Price King on Tumblr

Debby Gies​ On Monday I shared one of her early guest posts here on an entertaining travel adventure and Debby has left some funnies for us during the week. Despite being on holiday she is still visiting posts and commenting, not just here but around the writing community. Follow the link to Debby’s blog to browse her archives D.G. Kaye

Carol Taylor was here on Wednesday with her A-Z of food and the letter ‘P’In Carol’s Monday Musings she explores Trans Fats, Battery Storage, Killer Fungi and a Natural Antibiotic…The Chilli Pepper and on Thursday Groundhog Day, Chinese Steamed Cakes, Knish, Cootie Catcher plus the 1st public Conviences…Catch up on all Carol’s posts: CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…29th January-4th February 2023-

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 1930 – Fred Astaire and Leo Reisman, Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields, The Blackbottom

William Price King Meets Music Legends – #Jazz – Sir George Shearing – The 1980s and Beyond

Smorgasbord Public Relations for Authors Recycled – Part Five – Who else might your Public Image impress?

#Poetry #Flash Fiction – Lullaby and The Charm Bracelet by Sally Cronin

Carol Taylor’s – Culinary A – Z Rewind – P’ for Pancakes, Paella, Pomelo, Pate, Pease Pudding and A Poke Bowl.

The Body our Greatest Asset – The Brain – Keeping the pathways clear of debris and staying mentally stimulated

A Funny Thing Happened, #Relationships D.G. Kaye

Growing Bookworms – The importance of colour when illustrating children’s books #childrensfiction #readingcommunity by Robbie Cheadle

#AuthorPromotions #GuestPosts – Christine Robinson – Hosted by The Story Reading Ape

New on the Shelves – #BoxSet – Foxy Mysteries Complete Collection 1 – 5: A Romanic Suspense Crime Adventure Series by Fiona Tarr

Book Review – #Parents #Grief – Ok, Little Bird by Deena Goldstein

Book Review Round Up January 2023 – #Montana Linda Bradley, #Romance Jill Weatherholt, #Family Judith Barrow, #Romance Staci Troilo, #poetry #loss Harmony Kent

Previous Reviews from 2022 – #Shortstory – #Supernatural – Breathless by Yvette Calleiro

Smorgasbord Blogger Spotlight February 1st 2023 – #Reviews Judith Barrow, Jacquie Biggar, Toni Pike, #Burnsnight Noelle Granger, #Monsters C.S. Boyack, #Mexico D.G. Kaye, #Genres Traci Kenworth,#Interview Lisette Brodey

January 2023 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Speeding Ticket and Three Wishes

February 2023 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Tattoos and Seven Cats

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

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up – 14th – 20th November 2022 – New Book, Tony Bennett, Hits of the 40s, Spiritual Awareness, Christmas Book Fair, Podcast, Health, Bloggers and Funnies

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

I hope you are all well and I am sure a busy time for those you preparing for Thanksgiving with family and friends.Wishing you a very Happy Holiday.

We celebrated are 42nd anniversary this week with lunch out at a local hotel and enjoyed a very nice meal. You will also find a special edition of the funnies in the Laughter section.

My latest WIP reached the point of no return and was published on Friday… today the ebook and paperback came together so I decided to do my promotion this morning. I hope you will pop in to the post to find out more about it.

Follow the link: Variety is the Spice of Life: A Blend of Poetry and Prose

There is a special series of Posts from your Archives for the Christmas and New Year season and if you would like to share one of your posts with us, then here are all the details along with one of my Christmas themed stories to give you an idea of how it will look. I have already scheduled 10 fantastic posts from authors who are participating and look forward to hearing from you. Don’t forget to look at your January posts too as this goes through to 2023.

Posts from Your Archives – 2022 – Christmas and New Year Special

Contributor News this week.

William Price King joined me for The Breakfast Show for the next in the series on hits from the 1940s and the next post in the series about the wonderful performer Tony Bennett and his music in the 1960s.  You can also find William Blog– IMPROVISATIONWilliam Price King on Tumblr

Debby Gies​ was here on Monday morning with the next post in her Spiritual Awareness series on Angels… Over on her own blog you can enjoy Debby’s Sunday Book Review for Do What You Love by Marjorie Mallon also a wonderful selection of useful writer’s links, a poem from the heart and her latest podcast, Grief the Real Talk Follow the link to Debby’s posts D.G. Kaye

Carol Taylor will be here on Wednesday with her  A-Z of food with the letter ‘L’…on her own blog you will find a fabulous recipe for Christmas Pudding, a poignant Remembrance Day post, a recipe for Thai Panang Chicken Curry, some great healthy eating options and you can join Carol on her visit to her local market with amazing fresh produce. Head over to check the posts out Carol Taylor’s Weekly Round Up

Thank you too for all your visits, comments and shares during the week. As always very much appreciated…♥

 On with the show….

The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1950s – Nat King Cole, Big Joe Turner, Mel Blanc, Vera Lynn

William Price King meets the Music Legends – Tony Bennett – The 1960s Posted on November 18, 2022

Spiritual Awareness – Decoding Sequenced Angel Messages in Numbers by D.G. Kaye

Thanksgiving and Strawberry Jam by Sally Cronin

Winterise your Body – Influenza by Sally Cronin

Smorgasbord Blogger Weekly – November 19th 2022 – Staci Troilo, Darlene Foster, Dorothy Grover-Read, Judith Barrow with Phil Rowlands, Cheryl Oreglia, Robbie Cheadle with Daniel Kemp

Smorgasbord Christmas Book Fair 2022 – #Poetry – Annette Rochelle Aben, Harmony Kent, Bette A. Stevens.

#Mystery Noelle A. Granger – #Caravans #Dogs Jacqueline Lambert, #History Paulette Mahurin

#Anthology – Distant Flickers: Stories of Identity & Loss

Previous Reviews 2021 – #Psychological #Mystery- House of Sorrow: Legends of Madeira by Joan Hall

Previous Reviews 2021- #Children’s #Fairies – The Tree Fairies by D.L. Finn

Previous Reviews 2021- #Contemporary – Matilda Windsor Is Coming Home by Anne Goodwin

42nd Anniversary Edition – Marriage – Hosts David and Sally Cronin

Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Grandpas and Hell Freezing Over


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

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Round Up – December 26th – January 2nd 2022 – New Schedule, Starship, NY Party, Shortstories, Reviews, Bloggers and Funnies

Welcome to the round up of posts bridging the gap between 2021 and 2022…

Happy New Year and wishing us all a healthy, wealthy and love filled year whatever life and opportunistic pathogens throw at us.

We had a quiet Christmas and New Year with plenty of movies, good food and the occasional glass of cheer. As with most countries there has been an avalanche of cases here topping 23,000 yesterday, which for a country with only 5 million people.. is high. Thankfully the trend of deaths associated with Omicron is lower than previous variants and there is evidence from other countries such as South Africa that it comes in fast and furious and then burns itself out… Fingers crossed it is its last attempt to infect the world and we see a more positive outcome in 2022.

We have not made resolutions for many years but we have made plans. To redecorate the house and put in the market by the summer. Find a new home further down the south east coast of Ireland, possibly between Wexford and Waterford. And once moved it would be good to be able to travel a little before coming back to settle down with a new fur baby.

Flexibility and adaptability have to be built in to those plans, but that is something we are prepared for.  And there is also time allocated for me to finish some of my writing projects and read more books in 2022.

As always I have had help this week between Christmas and New Year by much appreciated friends and collaborators – William Price King, Debby Gies and Malcolm Allen.

In 2022 William and I will continue with The Breakfast Show on Tuesdays… and I am also sharing updated posts from William’s two series – Jazz Icons and Music Greats on Fridays over the year.

D.G. Kaye’s Travel Column Rewind begins tomorrow morning with updates on travel restrictions for all the countries featured, which are open for tourism.

Carol Taylor and I will reshare the posts Cook from Scratch to prevent Deficiency from this Wednesday.

The Health Column returns on Thursday with the series The Gentle Detox to get you into 2022 in good shape.

The new Smorgasbord Bookshelf kicks off with two new releases during the week and the new series of Meet the Authors begins on the 10th.

There will be afternoon videos, some funnies, short stories and a blogger daily.

I hope you will enjoy the new schedule and join us when you have the time. As always I am so appreciative of your support

On with the show

Chart Hits 1985 Part One – Sade, Whitney Houston, Huey Lewis & The News, Jefferson Starship

appy New Year 2022 – Music to get the party started – hosts William Price King and Sally Cronin – Nancy Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald, ABBA, Swing

Short Story – Technology – The Weekly Shop

Short Story – Technology – DNA

The new Smorgasbord Bookshelf of personally recommended authors and their books

#NorthernIreland #Thriller #Romance – Stones Corner Turmoil by Jane Buckley

#Children’s – Amazing Matilda: A Monarch’s Tale by Bette A. Stevens

#Contemporary Anne Goodwin, #Romance Jan Sikes, #Romance Staci Troilo, #Shortstories Mae Clair, #Thriller Jane Buckley

#Funnies The Story Reading Ape, #Bookreviews Terry Tyler, #Christmas Carol Taylor, #Donation Jennie Fitzkee, #Videos D. G. Kaye, #Farewell to a friend.

January 2nd 2022 – #Pinenuts Carol Taylor, #Reviews Gwen Plano, Colleen Chesebro, Jan Sikes, #Spotlight C.S. Boyack

Head over to find out more about the health benefits of laughter and some funnies to get you started: Laughter the best Medicine 2022

December 28th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Balance and Remote Controls…

December 30th 2021 – Malcolm Allen Rewind – E-Reader and Pole Dancing


Thanks for joining me during this week of fesitivites and wishing you a very healthy, happy and wealthy 2022….