Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Blogger Weekly July 15th 2022 – #Writing Mae Clair, #Kindness John Howell, #Funnies The Story Reading Ape, #Nostalgia Darlene Foster, #Tafftrail Judith Barrow

A small selection of posts I have enjoyed this week and I hope you will head over to enjoy in full.. thanks Sally

Mae Clair writing for Story Empire, takes us through her writing implements from pen and paper to top of the range computer programmes.. I can certainly relate and it is a wonderful measure of how far we have come in the last 50 years.

bio box for author, Mae Clair

Head over to enjoy the nostalgic look at how we used to write our books and stories on Story Empire with Mae Clair: Writing Then and Now

John Howell shares another one of his good news stories and this week an airline that goes the extra mile with one of their captains offering an act of random kindness to a little girl.

Captain Josh – courtesy of Laura Larmon

Head over to discover just what this kind hearted airline captain did: Tgif Friday Good News and a Tooth Fairy

As always Chris, The Story Reading Ape shares great funnies on a Monday and he has some very astute family members including Maxine on the joys of July, heat and picnics.

Head over to absorb and enjoy Maxine’s words of wisdom: The Story Reading Ape’s Monday Funnies

Darlene Foster shares some amazing pre 1950 photographs of her family and friends. So wonderful that today’s technology allows us to scan and preserve the memories for future generations.

Image Darlene Foster

Head over to enjoy this trip back to the mid 20th century and Darlene’s wonderful photographic memories: Memories in Photos

Judith Barrow and her granddaughter and lovely dog Benji.. takes us on a guided tour of Taff Trail in Radyr. A wonderful walk in nature but also some fascinating historical elements to enjoy. Plus a very special heart stone…

Image Judith Barrow

Head over to enjoy the walk and the photographs of this special place:  Walking the Taff Trail with Judith Barrow


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to enjoy these posts in full.. thanks Sally.l


Smorgasbord Blogger Weekly 25th June 2022 – #Poetrycontest Colleen Chesebro, #DriveThrues John Howell, #Runes Jan Sikes, #Reviews Diana Peach, #Funnies The Story Reading Ape, #TenThings Marcia Meara and Alex Craigie

A small selection of posts I have enjoyed this week and I hope you will head over to enjoy in full.

This week on Colleen Chesebro​ Wordcraft poetry there is a syllabic poetry contest with a theme of ‘dreams’ in the Tanka Prose format. Head over for the details and you have today and tomorrow the 26th  to submit your entry

The Word Craft Poetry Syllabic Poetry Contest: #TankaProse

As always John Howell is the ‘go to’ guy on how not to behave when encountering life’s experiences. In this week’s post… Top Ten Things Not to Do in a Fast Food Drive Through. Sage advice if you want to enjoy the process….

Top Ten Things Not to Do in a Fast Food Drive Through by Life Expert John Howell

I think most of us look for signs that offer postive affirmation of what our present and future circumstances are likely to bring us. Jan Sikes shares her readings of both the runes and cards this week to motivate us.

Image Jan Sikes

#MondayMotivation – #Meditation #RuneReading #DragonOracleCard

Now for some book reviews from Diana Peach… the next best thing to receiving a review from Diana, is reading those she has written for other authors. Hence our overcrowded TBRs… In this post reviews for Teri Polen, Jan Sikes, Harmony Kent, DL. Finn, Marcia Meara and two anthologies Quantum Wanderlust and Poetry Treasures Volumen 2 (Relationships).

Myths of the Mirror June Book Reviews Part One

And more positivity with the humour from Chris Graham The Story  Reading Ape who shares funnies every Monday. Flo is a feisty woman of a certain age who has created her own rules to manage the daily challenges that come with maturity….

The Story reading Ape Monday Funnies

Alex Craigie (Trish) is the guest of Marcia Meara this week in her entertaining series Ten Things You May Not Know About Me.. and Alex shares some wonderful and amazing snippets. Plus Marcia’s review for Means to Deceive the excellent latest release by Alex.

Head over to enjoy finding out more about Alex: Ten Things You May Not Know About Alex Craigie with Marcia Meara

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to enjoy the posts in full.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Weekly – 10th April 2022 – #OnlineProtection Jacqui Murray, #Review Traci Kenworth, #Publishing Nicholas Rossis, #Flash John Howell, #Funnies The Story Reading Ape

Welcome to a small selection of posts I have enjoyed recently and I hope you will head over to enjoy in full. Thanks Sally.

The first post is an important reminder from Jacqui Murray about securing your WIP from hackers and also accidentally losing all your work.

Secure your WIP from hackers–easy and free

tech tips for writers

Tech Tips for Writers is an occasional post on overcoming Tech Dread. I’ll cover issues that friends, both real-time and virtual, have shared. Feel free to post a comment about a question you have. I’ll cover it in a future tip.

As a writer, it’s critical to protect your work. If anyone stole them, it would ruin our day, our year, longer.

Here’s an important step to take to protect your mss that’s easy and free: 

Head over to find out the important steps to take to protect your work: Jacqui Murray – Secure your WIP

The next post is from Traci Kenworth with a review for The Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco plus some recommended blog links…

Book Blurb: “[A] Stephen Kinglike horror story…A chilling, bloody ghost story that resonates.”― Kirkus

From the highly acclaimed author of the Bone Witch trilogy comes a chilling story of a Japanese ghost looking for vengeance and the boy who has no choice but to trust her, lauded as a “a fantastically creepy story sure to keep readers up at night” (RT Book Reviews)

I am where dead children go. 

Head over to read Traci’s review and discover her recommended links for the week: Book Review: The Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco by Traci Kenworth

Nicholas Rossis shares a guest post that explores the options for publishing your book today including the growing audio book market.

This is a guest post by Junaid Ali, a full-time blogger at The Character Counter. He has successfully grown organic revenue by 74% in 5 months through better analysis of the website and SEO Activities. To grow your website, you can contact him at

Head over to find out more about the growing market for audio books: Should you publish your book as a paperback, audiobook or both

Now for a delightful take on a photo prompt by John Howell that I think many of us can relate to with regard to the weekly shop..

Tuesday Anything possible – Kreative Kue #354 by Keith Channing

In Keith’s words.

“Using this photo (below) as inspiration, write a short story, flash fiction, scene, poem; anything, really; even just a caption for the photograph. Either put it (or a link to it) in a comment or email it to me at before 6pm on Sunday (if you aren’t sure what the time is where I live, this link will tell you). If you post it on your own blog or site, a link to this page would be appreciated, but please do also mention it in a comment here.

Go on. You know you want to. Let your creativity and imagination soar. I shall display the entries next time.”

The photo. 

Head over to read John’s piece of flash fiction: Everything Possible Kreative Kue 354

And last but definitely not least…Christopher Graham the Story Reading Ape continues to deliver the funnies every Monday as he celebrates 9 years of blogging, bringing writers together with opportunities and information as well as humour.

Head over to enjoy all the funnies: The Story Reading Ape – Monday Funnies


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to enjoy these posts in full.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Weekly – January 30th 2022 – #Funnies Marcia Meara, #Release M.J. Mallon, #Writing Shelley Wilson and Gail Williams, #Spotlight Bosssy Babe and Pete Springer, #Funnies The Story Reading Ape

A small selection of posts I have enjoyed this week that I hope you will head over to enjoy… thanks Sally.

Since you cannot have too much humour, I am topping and tailing this post with funnies. The first from Marcia Meara who has unleashed the cats and dogs with attitude upon us.

Head over to enjoy the rest of the critters: Thorsday Smile Funny Critters

Marjorie Mallon shares the news of her latest release Golden Healer Book 2 The Curse of Time.. get the blurb and other details on her post.

So excited to say that the most recent release in the Curse of Time Series is available to buy. Book 2… Golden Healer. It is possible to read as a standalone but if you haven’t read Book 1 Bloodstone (to follow the story from its beginning…) do read Book 1 if you can. Buying links and information below for both books.  

Head over to get all the information about Golden Healer:  Paranormal YA Fantasty Golden Healer by M.J. Mallon

The next post is from Shelley Wilson with her series of guest posts #Top10WritingTips and this week her guest is author Gail Williams.. useful for all writers

Tuesday Book Blog Top 10 Writing Tips by Author Gail Williams

Gail Williams

Throughout my writing career, I’ve devoured countless blog posts, podcasts, and interviews by authors talking about the advice they received when starting out. Learning from mentors helps us to improve and evolve in our chosen field, and I still recall the advice given to me at the start of my writing journey.

In 2019, to honour my mentors and help the next generation of writers’ young and old, I started a feature whereby established authors shared their words of wisdom and top ten writing tips.

It was a huge success and I’m delighted to bring the feature back for a second season!
Tuesday Book Blog

Head over to take advantage of Gail’s useful tips for writers: Top Ten Writing Tips with Shelley Wilson and Gail Williams

The next post is an author spotlight by Bosssy Babe for Pete Springer talking about life, work and blogging.

January Blogger Spotlight 

Welcome to my new series in which I spotlight one of my followers. I’ve always had a deep fascination with people: how they became who they are, the struggles they won, and the hard lessons they learned over time. All of these scars and stories make up a person’s life. While I think it’s important to reflect on your own journey, it is also equally important to hear other voices and see diverse perspectives. In this series, the spotlighted blogger will be able to tell their story through curated questions I’ve asked of them.

When I came up with the idea for this series, I could think of only one person to start us off. In late 2020, I decided to give this blog thing another shot (of many) and Pete was one of the first real readers that followed, commented, and kept coming back to see what I’d publish next. He even shared one of my posts on his blog and that post remains the highest ranking on my site to this day.

Head over to enjoy this spotlight for Pete Springer: Bosssy Babe spotlights Pete Springer

And last but by no means least.. Chris, The Story Reading Ape, ends this weekly post with some of his well known and much enjoyed Monday Funnies..

Head over to enjoy all the funnies: Monday Funnies – The Story Reading Ape


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope that you will head over to enjoy in full…. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Weekly – 29th December 2021 – #Funnies The Story Reading Ape, #Bookreviews Terry Tyler, #Christmas Carol Taylor, #Donation Jennie Fitzkee, #Videos D. G. Kaye, #Farewell to a friend.

A small selection of blog posts from Christmas week that I have enjoyed and I hope you will head over to enjoy in full.  Thanks Sally

If you are feeling a little bit in the doldrums during the week between Christmas festivities and New Year’s Eve.. here is some cheer from The Story Reading Ape with some fabulous crackers….

Monday Funnies by Chris, The Story Reading Ape

Head over to enjoy the laughter: Monday Funnies The Story Reading Ape

Terry Tyler shares her reviews from 2021 including her top five selection (honoured to be included). And the some more….means you get 21 recommendations for great books to read in 2022.

My Top Five Books of 2021 (and some more…) by Terry Tyler

I’ve reviewed 51 books on this blog this year, and tried to do my usual top twenty or top ten … but I couldn’t. Too many instances of ‘which do I include, this one or that one?’ I found, however, that I was able to choose my top five. I don’t very often give my ‘5 GOLD stars’ rating; there were only two last year. It’s for the books that make me think ‘5 stars doesn’t really do it justice’. These are my chosen five of the seven I awarded this year.

Mistress Constancy by Gemma Lawrence

Part one of the story of Jane Rochford, wife of George Boleyn

Head over to discover the other 20 plus recommendations for your reading pleasure this year: Top five books of 2021 and some more by Terry Tyler

Another firm favourite all year around, but especially at Christmas when Carol Taylor shares wonderful festive recipes and snippets.. here is a smidgeon of what you can find in her weekly round up for Christmas week.

My Culinary A-Z is nearing the end of the alphabet…which means the last one of that
series will now be after Christmas…Christmas Music featuring more
versions of “Silent Night” plus Christmas recipes and trivia…

Welcome to my weekly roundup…This week last week has warmed up a little…the nights are still a tad cold but it’s nice to be able to sleep without a fan…

What is in store for you then this week if you are catching up… some more versions of “Silent Night”…Christmas Recipes, Winter Warmers.

Head over to enjoy all the fun, food and music: CarolCooks2 weekly roundup… 19th- 25th December 2021…

This is an amazing story that demostrates how important it is to celebrate reading and books. Jennie Fitzkee​ was a guest on The Kelly Clarkson Show​ and in honour of Jennie’s commitment to reading and teaching Dollar General donated $50,000 in Jennie’s name to Read Aloud, an organisation Jennie has been a long time supporter of. Read more about this incredible moment.

Photo courtesy of The Kelly Clarkson Show, NBCUniversal Syndication Studios

Giving – Dollar General, Kelly Clarkson, Dolly Parton, and Me 

It is the season of giving. I can’t tell you how much it meant for me to give to Read Aloud West Virginia. This would not have happened if I hadn’t been a guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. Her mother was a teacher, and grew up in West Virginia. We have a terrific connection. Kelly is a genuine giver.

This newsletter from Read Aloud West Virginia tells the story of me, back home. More importantly, it tells the story of Dollar General. The co-founder was functionally illiterate. It was his grandson who wanted to give to literacy in light of his grandfather, and founded the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

This is just like Dolly Parton! Her father could not read. She has been instrumental in giving books to children and her Imagination Library.

Appalachian roots are strong, from West Virginia to Tennessee. Giving is, too. I’m glad I brought some of that along with me when I moved to New England. Giving is everything.

Head over to read more of this incredible story: Dollar General gives $50,000 in honor of longtime supporter Jennie Fitzkee

And finally today.. Debby Gies shares two wonderful Christmas advertisements that will have you reaching for your tissues.. lovely.

Greatest Holiday Commercial Ads to Touch Your Heart

This Christmas will be difficult for so many this year, and mine is no exception. I’m not going to write any fancy or bougie words here about how cozy and mushy this time of year is for me and for so many others, between loss, hurt and this damned Corona virus, but I do want to share these beautiful commercial ads I came across. These ads reach far beyond whatever they are selling; they all encompass the human spirit of love, kindness and empathy. If you need a reason to smile (even though a tissue needed will be a guarantee), please enjoy. Hallmark has some strong competition!

Wishing you all a happy holiday season and goodness and good health for the new year forward.

Head over to enjoy the two videos.. they will warm your heart: Greatest Holiday Commercial Ads to Touch Your Heart

Sadly to end this post today a small tribute to a friend who I met online back in 2015 and then was so delighted to meet in person in 2017. Many of you already know, on the 27th December, Mary Smith’s husband gave us the news we had been expecting, but which was still hard to hear. Mary died peacefully on Christmas morning. Details of her memorial which will be streamed will be posted when arranged. She will be much missed by all who knew her in person and online and our thoughts are with her husband and son.

The last post and where you will find details of the memorial when arranged: Cancer Diary – The Last Post – Mary Smith’s Place

 Thank you for dropping in today.. stay safe… love and hugs Sally.


Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Thursday 18th November 2021 – #Daydreaming Robbie Cheadle, #Roundup Carol Taylor, #Funnies The Story Reading Ape, #RoastVeg The New Vintage Kitchen

A small selection of posts I have enjoyed in the last few days and I hope you will head over to read in full.

When do you daydream.. and if a writer is that where your stories or poems begin? In Robbie Cheadle series on creating young bookworms she shares the benefit to children of daydreaming. Hosted by Kaye Lynne Booth.

When I was a little girl, I loved to day dream. I was one of those kids the teacher is always calling back from dream world. The recall to reality was always a little negative in my recollection. “Stop daydreaming, and concentrate on your maths/history/geography – fill in the blank.”

As I’ve grown older, I’ve realised the benefits of day dreaming and mental downtime.

Head over to find out more about the benefits of day dreaming and add your thoughts: The importance of day dreaming

If you missed any posts last week on Carol Taylor’s blog… here is a recap..Carol shares some great recipes for Sweet potatoes and Christmas puddings, plus her weekly look at the Environment, and music..

My Environmental A-Z, Sweet Potato, Christmas Pudding and Irish Cream Recipes, the best pasta in the world, …Music by Bette Midler and more …Oh Yes, so much more!

I cannot believe we are nearly 2 weeks into November and coming up to 3 yrs of covid who would have thunk 2 years ago?

Welcome to my weekly roundup…Fig Newtons are still on hold I have been unable to get out to buy the cinnamon…but tomorrow we have to collect our Vaccine Passport which means I may be able to get some cinnamon and then Fig Newtons it will be…

The first post of the week was Part 2 of Christmas Treats and Trivia…I still can’t believe it is that time of the year again it just doesn’t feel like it but Christmas Puddings need to be made and this year I have made a few extra as gifts…

Head over to catch up on Carol’s posts last week: Christimas Pudding Recipes, environment, sweet potatoes and music

Now for a tribute to the wonderful season of mellow fruitfulness and falling leaves.. along with some of the benefits of aging.. like don’t lie down in the park lol..courtesy of The Story Reading Ape.

Head over to enjoy all the funnies with Earl and Opal: Monday Funnies The Story Reading Ape.

We eat a great many vegetables and I love roasting them and making a pasta sauce.. this recipe from Dorothy of New Vintage Kitchen looks perfect for a sharing platter or adapted to add to both rice and pasta

Pick a rainbow of autumn vegetables, top a bed of wilted greens, and enhance with a simple Maple, Miso, and Mustard Sauce. 

It is the perfect time of year to think about a big platter of roasted vegetables, especially the delicious roots of the season. I feel truly blessed to live in a beautiful and bountiful area in a state that supports local, sustainable agriculture. Within 15 minutes of my house, I have many farm stands waiting for me, and most of them are organic; so much to choose from: beets, carrots, and potatoes of many colors, squashes that span the rainbow, winter radishes in pink, black, and purple, onions, turnips, rutabagas, Brussels sprouts, celeriac, celery, and fat heads of garlic. Every platter of delicious can be different. 

Head over for the recipe for this delicious vegetable collaboration: Seven Roasted Autumn Vegetables and One Exquisite Sauce


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to read the posts in full.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – 5th November 2021 – #Guests – Robbie Cheadle with Frank Prem, Marcia Meara with Antoinette Truglio Martin, C.S. Boyack with Staci Troilo, #Funnies The Story Reading Ape

First Robbie Cheadle hosts Frank Prem who shares the background to his children’s poetry books with wonderful images of The Beechworth Bakery Bears.. a third in the series out soon. Robbie also shares her review for the book.

Robbie’s Inspiration – Guest post by Frank Prem and a review 

Today, I am delighted to welcome poet and author, Frank Prem, to Robbie’s Inspiration with a post about his The Beechworth Bakery Bears series of books.

What is it about Bakery Bears?

I can’t really begin to examine my literary aspirations for The Beechworth Bakery Bears books without recounting the context for my becoming aware of them.

Head over to discover the beginnings of the Beechworth Bakery Bears and the new addition to the series: Robbie Cheadle hosts Frank Prem

In the next post Antoinette T Martin joins Marcia Meara to share the background to her series Becoming America’s Stories including her latest release The Dreams of Singers and Sluggers.. 

#GuestDayTuesday – Antoinette Truglio Martin 

Today, I’d like you good folks to help me welcome Antoinette Truglio Martin to the Write Stuff. This is her first visit with us, but I hope it won’t be her last. And, without further ado, I’ll let Antoinette tell you more about who she is and what she’s written.

Thank you, Marcia. The heart of the Becoming America’s Stories series came from my grandmother and her sisters telling and retelling their stories at the dinner table or in the kitchen. Stories grew from each teller, and time shifted perspective and facts. My grandmother, the eldest, was born in Sicily and immigrated with her mother across the ocean in steerage. She was perhaps two years old when she arrived and met her father for the first time in 1905. The family lived in the Lower East Side tenements on Manhattan Island. Four American daughters were soon born to the family. My grandma spent her crowded childhood in three-room flats on Mott Street and Mulberry Street.

Head over to discover more about the fascinating background to Antoinette’s latest book: Marcia Meara hosts Antoinette Truglio Martin

The next post today is from Craig Boyack who hosts Staci Smith Troilo as she shares an excerpt from her latest release No Such Luck.. looks like a terrific read.

No Such Luck #NewBook #Romance 

Please welcome Staci Troilo today. She’s a dear blogging friend, a tremendous author, and a partner in Story Empire. I’ve learned a lot from her, and suggest everyone get to know her. She has a new book to tell us all about, and I hope you’ll check it out.

Thanks for inviting me here today, Craig. Hi, everybody. I appreciate you taking a few minutes to chat with me about my new release, No Such Luck. It’s a fast and fun clean romance perfect for the holidays.

Piper Seidel loses her good luck charm, and that sets off a chain of unlucky events for her. The following is a brief excerpt from the novella, when she has the misfortune of running into her unrequited high school crush unexpectedly.

Head over to enjoy the excerpt from Staci’s new book: No Such Luck New Book launch

And last but definitely not least.. we might have got to Friday but if you need a little boost to get you to the weekend… here are some funnies from Chris, The Story Reading Ape..

Head over to recharge your Mojo: Monday Funnies… Recommended


Thanks for dropping in and I do hope you will head over to enjoy the posts in full.. have a lovely weekend.. Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Wednesday 25th August 2021- #Interview Marcia Meara and Sharon Marchisello, #Heartbreak Donna Parker, #Funnies The Story Reading Ape..

A small selection of posts I have enjoyed in the last few days and I hope you will head over to enjoy in full.. thanks Sally.

The first post is from Marcia Meara and is part of her very entertaining series – Ten Things You May Not Know About Me and this week her guest is author Sharon Marchisello..

Happy Wodin’s Day, folks! It’s time again for another Ten Things post, and I know you’ll enjoy today’s guest, Sharon Marchisello. Please help me welcome Sharon to her first visit on The Write Stuff. Sharon, it’s your turn now: take it away!

Ten Things You May Not Know About Me
by Sharon Marchisello

  1. I was born a Yankee, but I grew up in Texas–and no one ever let me forget that I was a Yankee!
  2. When I was a little girl, I dreamed of becoming the first woman president. I’m not into politics, but I’ve been president of my Toastmasters club and my Sisters in Crime chapter.

Head over to discover the rest of the ten things about Sharon Marchisello and be entertained: Marcia Meara and Sharon Marchisello

Donna Parker shares her poignant and entertaining take on break up in the 90s vs. present day… with strategies even when beset with physical challenges such as fibromyalgia and finding your happy place…

Seems Breakin’ Up Was Easier in the ’90s

It looks like you’re gettin’ over me,

faster than I’m gettin’ over you.

But hey, what you gonna do? 

Head over to enjoy the spectacle of gifs and pithy words from Donna: Seems breakin’ up was easier in the 90x….

And last but definitely not least.. The Story Reading Ape shares more pearls of wisdom and mirth with Pearls before Swine…

Head over to enjoy the Monday Funnies: Monday Funnies with The Story Reading Ape


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to enjoy the posts in full.. thanks Sally.


Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday 20th July 2021 – #Funnies The Story Reading Ape, #Canoes #Invitation Rebecca Budd, #Salad Dorothy New Vintage Kitchen

A small selection of posts I have enjoyed in the last few days and I hope you will head over to enjoy.

The first post is from The Story Reading Ape and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face as he shares his latest Monday Funnies.. Maxine, no doubt the doyenne of Crabby Road, is dispensing her words of wisdom, wit and sarcasm.. she says things we can only dream of getting away with..

Head over to enjoy all Maxine’s words of wisdom this week: Monday Funnies with The Story Reading Ape and Maxine

A wonderful post from Clanmother Rebecca Budd with two features.. and invitation to join in a read along for The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky and the background to the Black Eagle Canoe on display at The Simon Fraser University.

Simon Fraser University – Black Eagle Canoe & #Karamazovreadalong

I am on location at Simon Fraser University, situated on Burnaby Mountain. I have come to visit the Black Eagle canoe, caved by the great Canadian artist, Bill Reid, assisted by Guujaaw, Tucker (Robert Brown), and a dedicated team of carvers.

Black Eagle Canoe

In September, Simon Fraser University is opening their doors orchestrated within a planned safe, equitable and supportive return to campus. But now, the campus is quiet waiting for students to return. I am alone with this remarkable Great Canoe of the Northwest Coast, which represents a history that can be traced back over 10,000 years.

Head over to discover more about the wonderful project behind the installation of this traditional canoe and also the Karamazovreadalong: Simon Fraser University – Black Eagle Canoe & #Karamazovreadalong

And today’s recipe is from Dorothy of the New Vintage Kitchen with a wonderful summery dish for those of us who love peanuts…

Stuffed Napa Cabbage Leaves with Peanut Sauce

We love the ease of feeding ourselves a rainbow of nutrition in high summer in Vermont!

You never know what you will find at the farm stands and farmers markets in July in Vermont, but it’s a sure bet there will be lots from which to choose and enjoy.

This week, I found everything I was looking for, and then some. Beautiful purple Napa cabbage caught my eye, crunchy and flavorful looking. The leaves were so delightful, I knew I would stuff them with other delicious vegetables. New carrots, snow peas, and peppers would provide even more color and nutrition. You could also add cucumbers, green beans, radishes, kohlrabi, or many other treasures here, just pick something to blanch quickly so there’s still a lot of texture. This is a perfect place to chop up those neglected broccoli stems, and the new broccoli is so tender and flavorful right now.

Use an organic, natural peanut butter with no additives. The ingredients in my house peanut butter are peanuts and salt, no sugars or preservatives. If you don’t like crunchy, you can use smooth.

Head over to discover how to create this stunning summer platter: New Vintage Kitchen – Stuffed Napa Cabbage Leaves with Peanut Sauce


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope that you will head over to enjoy these posts in full.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday June 29th 2021 – #Luck Suzanne Craig-Whytock, Book Reviews Vashti Quiroz-Vega, #Funnies The Story Reading Ape

A small selection of posts I have enjoyed in the last few days and I hope you will head over to enjoy in full.. thanks Sally.

The first post is from author Suzanne Craig-Whytock on My Dang Blog… and discusses the effectiveness of lucky charms, especially underwear that may have lost its mojo…

The Streak Is Over

You may or may not remember that I’ve written in the past about my lucky underwear. They’re a paisley pattern in a very soft fabric—there’s nothing otherwise notable about them, but for some reason, when I wear them, good things tend to happen. I’ve begun saving them for special occasions or times when I feel like I want to ‘encourage’ good fortune, and if you think this is weird then obviously you haven’t been following me for long because it’s par for the course around here. At any rate, last Wednesday we were supposed to get our air conditioner fixed. It had broken the week before, during the first heatwave of the year, obviously, and when the guy came, he was like “OK, the spinny thing isn’t spinning and the cool-y thing isn’t cooling so you need a new one of these box-y things.” Of course, he used more technical terminology, but I couldn’t hear him very well over the noise of all the fans I had going to try and keep cool. Being very hot makes me sad and grumpy, so I grunted at him and agreed that he needed to replace the outside cold box.

On Wednesday morning, after a week of excruciating heat, I put on my lucky underwear specifically to entreat the air conditioning gods to ensure that the repair people arrived on time with the right unit. 

Feasting Upon The Bones: A Collection of Twisted Tales

Head over to discover how this reliance on lucky underwear worked out:
The Streak is Over

The next post is from author Vashti Quiroz-Vega with three reviews for some terrific looking books… from Annika Perry (Children’s Reading Room), Yvette M. Calleiro and Ken Stark

Hi, everyone! Welcome!

Today I’d like to share reviews of an eclectic group of books I’ve read lately. I’ve enjoyed reading since I was a child, and I have my favorite “go to” genres, but through the years, I’ve diversified my reading. I figure life as a whole has romance, horror, suspense, thrilling events . . . and reading different genres gives me insight into all aspects of life. With this knowledge, I can ground my fiction in reality and also add an extra layer to my stories.

Head over to enjoy the reviews and find your next book to read: Book Reviews Vasti Quiroz-Vega

And last but not least… some funnies from Chris, The Story Reading Ape… always a boost to the day…


Head over to enjoy the rest of the funnies...:The Story Reading Ape – Monday Funnies


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to enjoy the posts in full.. thanks Sally.