Never Give Up, by John Mason

Happy to review this book. Slim, yet serious and thought-provoking, this gentle confidence-boosting book goes far beyond platitudes. I was blown away from the first page. The author is like a surgeon, with his delicate, subtle probings into the human spirit. Now, some people say I am picky, and that may be true, but this […]

Christmas Quilt #1, Rail Fence

This quilt has been in the making for a long time. I got the scraps, already cut into strips, at a rummage sale — oh, probably about eight years ago. Within a year or two of that, I had the top made — only to set it aside due to the busy teenage years of my […]

“The Christmas Cat” by Melody Carlson, a book review by Susan Karsten

Let me get it right out there, I signed on to review this with mixed feelings. Cats are not on my list of “book topics I enjoy” — in fact, normally I would run the other direction from a cat-themed anything! This book, however, transcends cats. Yes, there are some cats in the story. They […]

The Mixed Media Art of Cherie Burbach

    You’ve seen my recent posts about Cherie’s poetry, her book My Soul is From a Different Place, and an interview of this Wisconsin poet. Since her art is also a feast for the soul and the eye, I wanted to feature a few examples of The art of Cherie Burbach, for those who […]

Susan Karsten’s latest book review: “The Manual to Manhood” by Jonathan Catherman

Hi, friends! I got an advance copy of The Manual to Manhood for the express purpose of reading it, then blogging about it.  Not a problem–in fact this book was a pleasure to read.         With ten categories of knowledge/tips, Catherman covers the entire scope of  hard-hitting practical wisdom for men.  The book […]

Book Review by Susan Karsten ~ Everyday Confetti

YUM! From the enticing cover through every page of this low-stress, high interest book, you will be inspired, both to dazzle you family with love-motivated edibles, but to bless all those around you with your gift for making things special. So enjoyable to read that I put it on my nightstand to savor each night, […]

pumpkin coconut caramel sauce ~ RECIPE

pumpkin coconut caramel sauce YIELD: about 3 cups (700 ml) dairy, egg, soy, oil and gluten free, vegan INGREDIENTS: 1 can (13.5 ounces, or 400 ml) full-fat coconut milk 1 cup (225 g) packed brown sugar 1 cup (245 g) pumpkin puree 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice pinch […]

Chocolate Sauce for Ice Cream – Home Made Gift #4 in a series

Recipe: This was a recipe originally from a TV chef called “The Mystery Chef”, and it is soooo ggggoooooddd. Coffee-Hot Fudge Sauce 3/4 C mini semi-sweet choc. chips 1/4 C butter 2/3 C sugar 4 t instant coffee crystals 1 5-oz. can of evaporated milk Place chocolate and butter in small pan over low heat, […]

Home Made Caramel Sauce – A Great Gift #3 in a series

Another super-easy, yet gourmet-delicious ice cream sauce recipe. Great for a small gift. 1 C packed brown sugar 1/4 C evap. milk 2T Butter 2T corn syrup In a saucepan, combine all ingredients. Mix well. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until heated through. Do not Boil! That’s it!! Everything you probably already have in […]

Butterscotch Sauce – Home Made Gift #2 in a series

The Recipe is super-simple. Makes a nice hostess gift, or Christmas gift for a favorite friend or relative. 8 T (1 stick) Butter 1 C brown sugar 1/2 C cream or evap. milk 1/4 t salt Cook the ingredients together in a double boiler or small pan over low heat until smooth and well-blended. How […]