An Amish Christmas Love (a four-author collection)

I received this from a publisher who hoped for a review…here it is: The first story/novella in this collection is worth the entire purchase price (if you want to buy it ;). Beth Wiseman is the author of the first story in the book. The title is “Winter Kisses”. Now before you judge a story […]

All Summer Long, by Melody Carlson

Hi, Susan here, with another book review ~~ this time Melody Carlson’s latest fiction: All Summer Long. Gentle, romantic, interesting — need I say more? Carlson’s trademark (IMO) is her smooth plotting. Not a lot of suspense, but a lot of good content and relaxing escape. In All Summer Long, you’ll be going along with a […]

The Red Door Inn, by Liz Johnson

RDI – the letters which appear on some monogrammed, embroidered linens in an antique shop near the inn. The inn which featuers mightily in the setting of this novel. The inn which almost feels like character until itself. The inn is ultimately named Rose’s Red Door Inn — after a tumultuous time of preparation. The […]

Party Decorations ~ home made

From our recent graduation party ~~ thought you might enjoy some inspiration from some simple decor we came up with. Here are the table decorations: Candle is in a holder, but any pedestal dish should work.  Tissue paper (Purchased for the occasion), gold tinselly stuff (around $2/bag, 1 bag for 8 tables, color- coordinated candy […]

Sloppy Joe Recipe, by Susan Karsten

I just had a graduation party. One of the foods I served was Sloppy Joes (this sandwich is called other things in other regions). People thought they were so good, so I am giving out the recipe here.  (Just use any brand of quick oats.) Here is the cover of the cookbook it’s from.  If […]

Thrifty Tip with Ice for Parties! by Susan Karsten

You may be able to save about $10-20 this way. As I led up to my daughter’s graduation party, I started bagging ice cubes for about a week. I had enough for two pop coolers (if you have the pop chilled, just dump some ice on top to keep it cool), and for a couple […]

Susan Karsten’s latest Book Review: “While Love Stirs”, by Lorna Seilstad

A charming read. Set in the Twin Cities, with select scenes in surrounding communities, there’s plenty here to enjoy. What I really liked, besides the Minnesota setting which was fun, was learning about that time in history through the character, Charlotte. She was hired by a gas company to promote gas stoves, which I am […]