How Is Your Summer Going ???

 

 

Hi there…hope you are all enjoying a great summer so far.

It’s not over yet is it?  But there is a bit of a chill in the air at night now, here in BC. I love fall so that’s OK by me! :)

It’s been very hectic here. I’ve been working an “outside” job part-time and we are still looking at options for where to move. Lots of other good things in the works too. My three new books have been on hold though, so that is one downside of having more than enough “on my plate”. 

I look forward to catching up and visiting all of you, very soon.

For now, have a great week! Lots of hugs, G

So long for now and….

 

have a beautiful summer

I’ve got some wonderful online and offline projects on the go that are keeping me very busy these days.

So, I’ve decided to take a blog break for the next few weeks.

We are also in the process of getting ready to move by late fall, so that’s going to take up time too. 

Seems that a lot of other bloggers are quiet right now, judging by the decrease in posts I’m seeing in my WP Reader. 

I hope that you all have an amazing and memorable summer, in every way. :)

Have You Ever Made Rye Bread from Scratch?

rye bread

I’m making scratch rye bread this afternoon, after finding this yummy-sounding (and easy) recipe over at:

The Hungry Mouse

(click to see full recipe with how-to photos).

I’ve printed out the recipe and have all the ingredients on hand, so I’m ready to go!

I love making scratch breads. Such fun and a good arm workout too. ;)

Speaking of printing the recipe, if you copy it  from The Hungry Mouse, you’ll just get the text when you paste, which suited me fine. I didn’t want to have to delete all the photos before printing. ;) The photo above is actually from Flickr. 

For any of you who have tried rye bread making before, you’ll probably already know that a lot of these recipes are complicated and take a lot of time. This one doesn’t. 

I’ll let you know how mine turns out.

It’s a perfect day for baking here in BC, rather chilly and rainy. 

How is your weather?

We are having a cool start to summer here but that’s just fine by me.

Happy Baking. :)

Bread photo courtesy of : Flickr

And the Winners of the Veggies…Summer Giveaway Are… :-)

**Diane at Garden Sunshine has won 2 Lucky Penny Pouches**

**Wendy at Green Light Lady has won the Cotton Crochet Shawl**

**Katherine at Pillows A La Mode has won the 3 Kindle Books**

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Diane and Wendy, please send me your mailing address:

 (veggiecook at myway  .com)

and I’ll get your prizes sent out.

Katherine, I just need your email address to send your Amazon gift downloads.

Hope you all enjoy your prizes and Happy Weekend to All! ;)

Last Chance to Enter the Veggies…Summer Fun Giveaway!

veggies summer fun giveaway

There’s still time to enter! ;)

Only 4 days left in the contest.  

If you missed it the first time, you can read all the details about this contest here.

The 3 winners will be posted here on Sunday June 15th.

Good luck to everyone and keep those book recommendations coming. I’m really enjoying reading about your fav summer reads. :)

New Updated Download Available for: Laughing AT the Grim Reaper!

Geraldine:

If you have my latest eBook:

Laughing AT the Grim Reaper!

you might want to read this post re-blogged from My Poetic Path.

Hope you are all having a great summer so far!

Originally posted on My Poetic Path:

Laughing_AT_the_Grim_Cover_for_Kindle

  If you have a copy of my latest ebook:

Laughing AT the Grim Reaper! Gems of Wisdom for Aging Well,

there is now a new updated download available.

I changed the cover color (what do you think?) and did a few minor tweaks with the content too.

If you phone in to Amazon customer service (see the Help page at Amazon and choose: manage my content) they will provide a free updated download of the book.  It’s very quick and easy.

Hope you are all having a lovely summer so far.

It’s been so nice here in BC, warm with just a gentle breeze every day. Hard to stay inside much. ;)

Happy Reading and Week!

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Veggies…Summer Fun Giveaway! :-)

veggies summer fun giveaway

Well, summer is almost here. and I realized the other day, I haven’t had a giveaway/contest at any of my blogs for a quite a while.

For any of my regular readers who also stop by at my review blog: My Real Life Reviews  you’ll probably remember that I was hosting contests there in particular and on a fairly regular basis, in the past couple of years.

So, I’ve decided to do something about this lack of free goodies, ;) (I love contests too!!!) so here are the details of:

Veggies…Summer Fun Giveaway!

First of all, the prizes:

lucky penny pouches

Your choice of 2 of the Lucky Penny Pouches shown here.

You can read more about these fun little amulet pouches/charms here.

I make these for orders and gifts too.

Great for bringing more good karma, luck and mojo your way ;)

cropped gold shawl

A sunshine-yellow cotton crochet shawl

(yes, I made it myself) ;)

This is much prettier than the photo btw!!!

It’s actually a warm, golden-yellow color.

Perfect to wear with sundresses on summer evenings! :)

cover

Haiku Reflections ii front cover

GGK COVER WITH MY PHOTO-FRONT COVER ONLY

And just in time for summer reading (and cooking)- Kindle copies of  these three books.

And in case you didn’t think summer was a great time for using a slow cooker, think again! ;)

Set and forget it and get out to enjoy the sunshine. No heating up the kitchen either.

You can read more about these Ebooks at:

My Amazon Author’s page.

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There will be 3 lucky winners that will be posted here during the day on:  Sunday, June 15th.

Easy peasy to enter too. No FB or Twitter, etc…to visit, like etc.

All that’s required is to leave a comment below answering this question:

What is one of your all-time favorite “summer” books and give a brief description why it is.

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Oh and just a few minor details:

-Contest closes at 12:01 (midnight, Pacific time) on June 15th

-Be sure to include a contact email address, if your blog profile/comment isn’t linked to one that I can use to contact you, if you win.

-Winners will have 2 weeks to claim their prizes. 

If not claimed in the two weeks after they are contacted, I will post a replacement winner(s). 

-One entry per person please and NO anonymous comments.

-Open to residents of Canada (except the province of Quebec) and the US. 

-If you are a follower here at Veggies… do mention in your comment, you’ll get a bonus entry.

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I’m always on the look-out for new books to read (aren’t you?) so I thought this was a great idea for a contest. And this time of year, I especially love those that have a summery theme. ;)

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In the meantime, I’m going to be taking a  short blog break.

The to-do pile here is once again out of control, for online and offline projects. Can you relate?

So I’m going to try to make a serious ‘dent’ in all that and also get out more to enjoy the sunny days we are having right now, here in BC. And before it gets TOO hot to actually enjoy being outside. 

Good luck with the contest and enjoy the sunshine, wherever you are too.

I’ll see ya soon! :)

If You Love Black Olives…

….like I do, you will ♥ this easy tapenade recipe. :)

black olives

Black Olive Tapenade

1 1/2 C. black olives (I use Kalamata)

1/4-1/2 C. chopped fresh basil (to taste)

1-2 T. fresh rosemary  (to taste)

1-2 cloves garlic   (to taste)

2 T. fresh lemon juice

Blend in a food processor to a chunky consistency. Allow to cool in the fridge at least an hour to blend flavors. Keeps well in a sealed container or jar, in the fridge for about a week. 

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Although I’ve been making an ongoing effort in the past few years to REALLY cut back on sodium in all kinds of foods, olives are still something I splurge on occasionally, in this regard.

I do wish they used less salt when curing them though. I have yet to taste any olives that weren’t extremely salty. And as I’ve cut down on salt, everything tastes saltier too. 

But when it comes to this tapenade, a little goes a long way.

I like to spread it on crackers, wraps or in a sandwich. Yummmm! :)

Happy Snacking! 

Mr. Cheddar LOVES a Massage! ;-)

pet massage

Mr. Cheddar here…

And yes, I really DO love a good massage! :)

Purrrrrrrr…

It helps me to relax and unwind, especially after a hard day of being on “bug patrol” .  And with the arrival of warmer weather, those creepy critters are starting to make an appearance. And that is where I definitely come in to keep them in check.

I’m not called FEARLESS BUG WARRIOR for nothin’ ;)

Mmm…mmm good! Nothing like a good spring fly in the tummy

But I digress.

If you want to learn more about pet massage (yes, for the D-O-Gs too!) stop by and read this article at Alive Magazine.

It’s not hard. If Meowmie can learn how to do this, anyone can, snort…..

Oh Meowmie, take it easy, I was just joshin’ ;)

Happy Weekend from Me ( oh yeah, and Meowmie too)! 

New Cookbook Progress and Reviewers Needed

potato soup

I’ve been working on my third cookbook for several months now and have been making slow but steady progress on this project.

This will be the second book/Ebook in the Groovy Green Kitchen series.

This one is all about yummy soups along with a selection of easy, interchangeable side dishes to go with them.

I ♥ soups so much and all year long, so this is definitely an easy topic/book project for me to take on with a lot of interest and enthusiasm!

I have had some unforeseen delays in getting this book completed (most beyond my control) but now I’m thinking that wasn’t such a bad thing after all. ;) Summer is NOT the time to release a new soup cookbook, the fall is definitely better.

And by autumn: The Groovy Green Kitchen (Volume 2): Simply, Super, Supper Soups will definitely be a “done deal” ;)

In the meantime, I am also still promoting all my other books, including my newest one:

Laughing AT the Grim Reaper! Gems of Wisdom for Aging Well

 that I just published in April.

I need more Amazon reviews for all my books and here’s where you come in. ;)

If any of you are interested in reading/reviewing one of my books: 

Amazon Author’s Page for Geraldine Helen Hartman (click to see list)

send me an email (subject line: book reviewer) at:

veggiecook @ myway . com (spaces removed)

and I will be happy to send along a review/gift Kindle copy for this purpose.

I have 6 Ebooks now available so this is definitely not just for the cooks who are reading this! ;)

And thanks to everyone who has already written reviews for my books/Ebooks! Most appreciated.

Happy Reading, Cooking and Mid-Week! 

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