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HER CHRISTMAS COWBOY by Adele Downs #ChristmasRomance #WesternRomance #ContemporaryWesternRomance #ShortRead #ChristmasBook #Holiday #NewRelease #SweetRead

Available now on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited!

HER CHRISTMAS COWBOY

ASIN : B08ND7TTXN

A promise can heal a broken heart, especially at Christmas.

Her Christmas Cowboy, Book Two in the Breezy Meadows Ranch series. Revised and Expanded 2nd Edition.

“Her Christmas Cowboy was the perfect story to kick off my holiday reading!” 5 Stars! ~Amazon Reviewer
“I absolutely adore Trey. And frankly, I’m a little miffed that he’s only a character and not A REAL GUY!” 5 Stars! ~Amazon Reviewer
“This is definitely a heart-sighing, satisfying read.” 5 Stars! ~Amazon Reviewer
“Adele (Downs) creates characters that come alive on the page and find a love that is worth rooting for. This story is sweet and powerful.” 5 Stars! ~Amazon Reviewer

Standalone sequel to KISSING HER COWBOY

ASIN : B08H5XPVK9

New Release! HER CHRISTMAS COWBOY by Adele Downs #ChristmasRomance #WesternRomance #ContemporaryWesternRomance #ShortRead #ChristmasBook #Holiday #NewRelease #SweetRead

HER CHRISTMAS COWBOY, available now!

ASIN : B08ND7TTXN

A promise can heal a broken heart, especially at Christmas.

Her Christmas Cowboy, Book Two in the Breezy Meadows Ranch series. Revised and Expanded 2nd Edition.

“Her Christmas Cowboy was the perfect story to kick off my holiday reading!” 5 Stars! ~Amazon Reviewer
“I absolutely adore Trey. And frankly, I’m a little miffed that he’s only a character and not A REAL GUY!” 5 Stars! ~Amazon Reviewer
“This is definitely a heart-sighing, satisfying read.” 5 Stars! ~Amazon Reviewer
“Adele (Downs) creates characters that come alive on the page and find a love that is worth rooting for. This story is sweet and powerful.” 5 Stars! ~Amazon Reviewer

Standalone sequel to KISSING HER COWBOY

ASIN : B08H5XPVK9

Mornings By The Bay: Personal Shell Collection #amwriting #WritingCommunity #writerslife #beachlife

Good morning from the beach! A friend of mine found this large, round basket at the Home Goods store, which turned out to be the perfect container for the oversized shells in my collection. They’d been displayed individually throughout my house, but I think showcasing them together creates more impact. There’s a story behind each item in the basket, collected over the course of my life. To name a few:

-The starfish my daughter found as a child, attached to a bulkhead at Gordon’s Pond beach.
-Driftwood my late husband found while we walked along the shoreline in Rehoboth.
-The horn shell I bought from a fisherman on a beach in Jamaica.
-The conch shell I found while exploring The Bahamas.
-Brain coral given to me by my parents decades after their 1960’s Caribbean cruise.

Each item inside the basket is a cherished memory, and I look forward to adding to the collection for years to come. Perhaps you’ll be inspired to display your own collection of personal treasures to beautify your home and brighten your spirit.

Speaking of collections, I finished writing a short story for an anthology scheduled for publication in February 2020. If the story is accepted by the publisher, I’ll be sure to tell you about this exciting project.

Have a great week!
Best–Adele

Photo copyright Adele Downs 2019

Wishing you Thanksgiving Peace

Wishing my American readers a Happy Thanksgiving filled with the love of family and friends.

Photo copyright Adele Downs 2018.

Proud Mom of a US Coast Guard Recruit @USCG

I don’t often publish personal posts, since I try to keep my blog primarily about my books, but it’s an emotional time at my house, and I want to share this moment. My husband and I said farewell to our son James at Fort Dix, NJ, and watched him swear the oath of service as a US Coast Guard recruit before heading to boot camp. Every parent and spouse in the room became teary-eyed as we watched our loved one lift a hand to take the vow. It’s an experience and an honor I’ll never forget.

I’m excited for my son, and proud, and wish him all the best as he embarks on an adventurous life of service to our country and its citizens. I hope you’ll join me in wishing him well.

Semper Paratus.

The road to Fort Dix as dawn breaks.

The visitor center for vehicle registration, I.D. photo, and entrance pass.

The base entrance.

A Thanksgiving Filled with Peace #Thanksgiving #Thanksgivingweek

Sending warmest wishes to my friends, family, and readers for a Thanksgiving filled with peace and the promise of happy memories.

Photo copyright Adele Downs.

Mornings By The Bay: Fishing and Crabbing #fishing

Where has the summer gone? Beach season has flown by. In addition to enjoying life on the Delaware coast, I’ve been busy helping my husband remodel the beach house guest bathroom. I’ll post before and after pictures when the room is done. I’ve also been working on a new novel, and have other publishing projects in the works that I can hardly wait to tell you about after the contracts arrive.

Blue claw crabs have been plentiful at the beach this year, and we’ve had good catches since May. Steamed and cleaned right out of the bay is the best way to enjoy them at dinnertime. Fresh corn on the cob from a local farm and a cold beer makes the perfect meal.

If you’d like to try your hand at crabbing–either from a dock using string and bits of chicken, or with handheld traps filled with bait, or by investing in crab pots that stay in the water overnight, you’ll need a fishing and crabbing license, and will have to follow the rules set by your state about keepers, but a seasonal license is well worth the enjoyment your family will have.

Here’s a picture of our overnight crab traps. Each household in our Delaware bay community is allowed a maximum of two. We use a combination of chicken and bunker fish for bait and the crabs love it.

This guy was definitely a keeper! On this particular day, we caught over 50 crabs, and though nearly half of them were too small to keep and had to be returned to the water, our catch yielded enough food for two meals.

Add side dishes for a great summertime feast.

When I’m feeling especially energetic, I make crab cakes or homemade crab bisque, which can be frozen and enjoyed during the winter months when we’re dreaming about warm weather.

It’s been a great summer in Delaware. I’ll be sorry to see the season end.

Why do you love to read? Celebrate World Book Day! #LovetoRead #WorldBookDay

It’s World Book Day! Celebrate by supporting literacy, reading a book, and reading to your kids.

Do you have a favorite book? One that fueled your love of reading? Please share that story with us in the comments section. Book lovers appreciate recommendations!

My favorite book as a child was LITTLE WITCH by Anna Elizabeth Bennett. I could hardly wait to receive my copy the day I carried cash to school to place my order with a #2 pencil on a Scholastic Books form. Since then, I’ve kept the paperback on my keeper shelf to read again and again. From elementary school to college, to marriage and family, LITTLE WITCH has traveled with me. I read the story to my children and will read it to my grandchildren. If you haven’t read this wonderful tale, I highly recommend you do.

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My love for paranormal stories likely started with LITTLE WITCH. I’ve written a few books with paranormal elements, namely HER IMMORTAL VIKING and LIP SERVICE, but KISSES FROM LILLITH is my first supernatural short story with shades of romance, horror, and suspense. Early reviewers are singing the book’s praises, and I hope you’ll download a copy. Only .99 for an hour’s worth of entertainment.

KISSES FROM LILLITH by Adele Downs

A sizzling short story with bite.

Pre-order for only .99! Releasing April 27.

When Hunter receives an invitation for a group tour in an ancient cave to celebrate his cousin’s birthday, he and his girlfriend Rosa unwittingly attend a party…with unusual refreshments.

“Wow! For a short story, this was a long, thrilling ride.” ~Will Work For Books

Order from Amazon!

Happy Reading!

A Thanksgiving Wish From Adele Downs

This Thanksgiving, I’m grateful for my family, my friends, social media followers, and my wonderful readers. Thank you for your support and your enthusiasm for my books.

I wish you all a safe and memorable holiday filled with love.

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Photo of Adele Downs’ homemade apple pie copyright 2016

Mornings By The Bay: Offseason

This is what the beach looks like offseason. I love it this way.

With temperatures in the 70’s and early fall sunshine to warm us, my husband and I take our chairs, a book, and our lunch to the beach and relax by the water. We wear shorts, long-sleeved tee shirts, and hoodies and tuck our feet in the sand. Suntan lotion is optional, there’s no sweating in the hot sun, and no umbrella to carry.

When I took this picture October 7 there were only a handful of people relaxing on the beach. The seagulls outnumbering us rested on the sand, too. I think we were all happy the crush crowds of summer had moved on.

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Photo copyright Adele Downs 2016

Mornings By The Bay: More Thrift Shop Chic

I’ve been furnishing my beach house on a budget, making selective purchases at thrift shops and yard sales to help make my home beautiful, without the guilt or worry about overspending.

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I found this adorable accent table at a resale shop for $13. The antique lamp was given to me by a friend, and the shells are items I’ve collected all my life from U.S. beach resorts and tropical destinations. I created this attractive but functional space by adding a bowl and a piece of vintage brain coral.

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Seashells make great conversation pieces.

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I rescued this signed, one-of-a kind artisan pottery bowl from a non-profit thrift shop for only $2.

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Yard sale find for $5. This vase, probably from Home Goods, looks pretty with the wicker furniture and bright blue walls.

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Pottery starfish accent piece found at a thrift shop for $2.  I love this.

Do you shop at thrift stores and yard sales? What are some of your best finds? Do share!

Mornings By The Bay: Thrift Shop Chic

Furnishing a pre-owned beach house, in addition to the cost of remodeling and repairs, is an expensive proposition. I’m particular about the appearance of my home, but I also want to find ways to keep to costs down. By scouring thrift shops and yard sales for quality pieces of furniture, I’ve been able to do both.

So far, I’m happy with what I found for my vacation spot: A comfy Broyhill chair with ottomon and throw pillows, brand new, with plastic still covering ($65); gently used table lamp ($10); bedside table ($25); accent table ($10). Total cost $110 and tax free. I also bought brand new pot holders, an oven mitt, and pretty kitchen dish towels, still with original department store tags, for only $1 each.

If you’ve been reluctant to shop at thrift stores, I encourage you to give it a try. It’s fun, and you never know what treasures you’ll find.

Best~Adele

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Mornings By The Bay: Living To 100

The woman who sold her beach house to Steve and me is 100 years old. Although her age is remarkable, even more impressive is that she lived alone until the day we made settlement, took daily walks around our bay community, and grew all her own vegetables in her backyard garden. She painted the kitchen and powder room at age 99, did all her own laundry and cooking, mowed her own lawn, and raked her own leaves. At 100, she finally decided to retire to an assisted living community, and my husband and I were lucky enough to cross her path when that decision was made.

We asked to what she attributed her long life and astonishing good health, and her answer was not surprising. She exercised every day, ate only organic foods, and cooked and consumed the vegetables she grew herself. “You can’t trust what’s in the food these days,” she said simply, and we believed her. Little did she know she’d sold her house to other organics foodies. It must be kismet.

Spring is greening the grass and the daffodils have bloomed around our modest beach home. The vegetable garden behind our little house is almost ready for planting. We can hardly wait to see what grows there. Like the home’s previous owner, we intend to grow organic vegetables, take long walks around the bay, and enjoy our days in the sun. If we’re lucky, maybe we’ll live to be 100 too.

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Photo copyright Adele Downs 2016

National Margarita Day-Unique Tequila Recipes!

February 22 marks a truly momentous occasion–National Margarita Day!

Since the Margarita is my favorite adult beverage, I decided to share a few unique recipes. Tonight I’ll tip a few of the traditional lime version. :cheers!:

Candy Apple Margarita

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Photos and recipes courtesy of Sauza® Tequila. Used with permission.

Ingredients: Serves 9

1 can Limeade

6 parts Sauza® Blue 100% Agave Silver Tequila

3 parts Cinnamon liqueur

8 parts Candy Apple Soda

To Make:

Combine all ingredients in a pitcher filled with ice. Salud!

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Tequila Lime Shrimp

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You’ll Need:

1 lb. large shrimp in shell (21 to 25 per pound), peeled and deveined

¼ cup Sauza® Gold Tequila

1 tbsp. lime juice

2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. kosher salt

2 tbsp. butter

¼ cup green onions

¾ cup cream or sour cream

To Make:

Toss shrimp with salt, green onions, lime juice, kosher salt and ¾ teaspoon coarsely ground pepper.

Heat butter in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium-high heat until foam subsides, then sauté shrimp, turning, until pink and just cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes. Reduce heat and add Sauza® Blanco Tequila, then increase heat to medium high. Tilt skillet over gas burner to ignite Tequila (or ignite with a long match; use caution, as flames may shoot up high). Cook, shaking skillet gently once or twice, until flames subside. Remove from heat and stir in cream. Serve sprinkled with chili powder.

With shrimp, lime and a splash of tequila, our tequila lime shrimp recipe can be ready in minutes!

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Here’s a fun recipe for Margarita cupcakes. This yummy snack will fill your kitchen with the smell of sweetness and capture the spirit of the day.

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Margarita Cupcakes

Ingredients:

2 sticks butter, softened

2 cups granulated sugar

4 large eggs, plus 1 large egg white as room temperature

2 tbsp. vegetable oil

2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

2 ½ tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

¾ cup plus 2 tbsp. whole milk

2 tbsp. fresh lime juice

½ tsp. vanilla

Zest of 3 limes

Ingredients for the frosting:

1 stick butter, softened

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar

2 tbsp. Sauza® Blue Reposado 100% Agave Tequila*

1 tsp. salt

2 tbsp. fresh lime juice

Zest of 2 limes

To Make:

Pre-heat your oven to 350° degrees. Line 2 cupcake pans with baking liners. Using an electric mixer, beat 2 sticks butter and the granulated sugar until creamy. Gradually beat in the eggs, egg white and oil.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a glass measuring cup, stir together the milk, 2 tbsp. lime juice and ½ teaspoon vanilla extract. Mix in one-third of the wet mixture to the butter mixture, then one-third of the dry mixture. Repeat until it is all combined, but do not over mix. Mix in the lime zest.

Fill each cupcake liner about three-quarters full with batter. (I like to use an ice cream scoop to fill the cups). Bake 25 minutes or until the cupcakes spring back when gently poked. Let cool completely before icing.

While the cupcakes cool, make the icing. With an electric mixer, beat the remaining 1 stick butter until creamy. Beat in 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, 2 tbsp. Sauza® Blue Reposado, 2 tbsp. lime juice, ½ teaspoon vanilla, and lime peel and 1 teaspoon salt until smooth and creamy. Beat in the remaining 1 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar one-third at a time until just soft enough to spread.

Spread the frosting on the cooled cupcakes. Be creative: top each cupcake with a piece of lime zest or sprinkle with sanding sugar, or put a wedge or round of lime or a lime wedge candy on top. If you want you can add a drop of green food coloring to the frosting, too.

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Photos and recipes courtesy of Sauza® Tequila.

Visit www.sauzatequila.com for more entertainment ideas.

Happy National Margarita Day!

The Most Delicious Banana Bread You’ll Ever Bake

Amanda’s Homemade Banana Bread (Recipe borrowed from her neighbor, Adele Downs)

Amanda Greer is a master chef and the heroine of my award-winning novella NATURALLY YOURS. In the story, she serves banana bread to the hero (yes, there’s a private joke there), and my favorite recipe for banana bread is included in the back of the book. For those of you who haven’t read NATURALLY YOURS (And I hope you will), I thought you might enjoy trying this delicious recipe for your holiday guests. I guarantee everyone will love it.

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Homemade Banana Bread:

This is the most delicious, moist banana bread I’ve ever tasted and I hope you love it too. The secret to its wonderful texture is the plain yogurt. The bread is easy to make, rich and satisfying. Organic ingredients without chemicals and preservatives are always best to use. Be sure to follow the mixing method exactly for best results. After the loaf has cooled, sprinkle with powdered sugar for a decorative touch.

Ingredients:

1 ¼ cups organic sugar                   1 ½ cups flour

½ cup organic butter, softened       4 tablespoons plain whole yogurt

2 eggs                                             2 ripe organic bananas, mashed

1 teaspoon baking soda                  1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium-sized bowl, cream sugar and softened butter using a hand mixer. Add baking soda to the center of the contents. Place the yogurt on top of the baking soda and hand-stir. Add the two eggs, slightly beaten. Next, add the mashed bananas, flour, and vanilla. Mix all ingredients together well.

Place batter in a standard size non-stick loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for one hour. Relax and visit Adele Downs at http://adeledowns.com while the bread bakes. Let cool and enjoy for breakfast or dessert.

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Old Ornament, New Ornament that Shines

Feeling especially sentimental about the holidays this year…

and a little boy is the most important reason why:

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Our grand toddler broke an ornament on our Christmas tree during a recent visit, but since it was plastic and not glass, I wasn’t concerned for his safety. We placed only (theoretical) unbreakables on the bottom half of the tree, with him in mind. Paper, cardboard, plastic.

Turned out the broken item was the first Christmas ornament I gave my husband when we were dating–almost 30 years ago. Grand toddler has good taste–I understand why he liked that particular ornament. It was a molded vehicle with big, cool looking wheels. Clearly, he wanted to play with it. But the ornament was old, and more fragile than I’d thought, and collapsed in his tiny hands.

My husband and I looked down at the ornament we’d hung for three decades, carefully wrapped each year in its box to save for the next. “Should I try to glue it back together?” I asked. Without missing a beat, we looked at one another and shook our heads. The ornament symbolized the beginning of our relationship, but our first grandchild marks the beginning of a new and wonderful chapter in our lives. We are sentimental about our past, but excited about our future, and the future of our growing family. The ornament we rehung with special pride this year, and will display for years to come, says, “Grandson’s First Christmas.”

Happy Thanksgiving from an Organics Foodie

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My husband and I are foodies who love to eat, and we follow an organic diet. Several years ago, we stopped buying processed, packaged foods in favor of fresh, and began cooking all of our own meals using ingredients without hormones, steroids, liquid sugar, high fructose corn syrup, processed salt, trans fats, or chemical preservatives. Take a look at the long list of unpronounceable ingredients on a can of soup or a frozen meal and you’ll see what I mean.

Since we made the switch to organic we’ve never eaten more delicious meals or felt better. We’ve both lost weight (my husband lost more, of course), though we don’t skimp on portions or taste. Yes, we still enjoy the occasional pizza, takeout Chinese food, or basket of hot and tangy Buffalo wings, and my chocolate cravings will never, ever disappear, but 90% of the food we consume is 100% healthy. Eliminating processed foods from our kitchen has been the best thing we’ve ever done for ourselves.

Our free range Thanksgiving Day turkey was raised at one of our favorite local farms, and the stuffing, vegetable side dishes, and desserts will be wholly organic. My husband likes to cook the holiday meals (I know, I’m lucky!), and he bakes the best pies I’ve ever eaten with his signature scratch crust. Even I don’t know his secret recipe. At the end of our traditional holiday meal our family enjoys his pumpkin pie with dollops of real whipped cream. (Pictured is one of my husband’s pumpkin pies, fresh from our oven.)

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Organic eating has changed our lives for the better. This Thanksgiving Day, and every day, I’m grateful to those who grow, raise, supply, and distribute these delicious whole foods to us. I’m thankful for the family I love, and the time we’ll spend together around our holiday table chatting and eating a guilt-free meal.

I’m also thankful for you, my readers and blog subscribers, for your year-round support. I wish you a warm, healthy, happy Thanksgiving.

Best~ Adele

Fall Gourds and Pumpkins, Original Photos

My camera and I visited a rural Pennsylvania orchard over the weekend; the best place in the world to enjoy autumn and its colors. Though taking photographs is strictly a hobby, since I spend most of my time writing, I appreciate your enthusiasm for my pictures, especially from the professionals among us.

I had no idea nature provided so many varieties of pumpkins and gourds. Here are some of the most interesting I’ve found, starting with the traditional and ending with the exotic.

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Photos copyright Adele Downs

Visit my website at http://adeledowns.com

Easy, Yummy Strawberry Chocolate Tequila Cocktail Recipe for Your Valentine

Perfect for Valentine’s Day or Girls Night In. Looks elegant and is easy to make. (Especially if we practice and sip, practice and sip, practice and sip beforehand!)

STRAWBERRY CHOCOLATE TEQUILA COCKTAIL

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An adult beverage for those over age 21.

You’ll Need:

Serves 4

1 part Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila*
1 part strawberry puree or daiquiri mix
3 parts chocolate milk
Chocolate covered strawberry for garnish

*If Sauza® Blue Silver isn’t available, try Sauza® Silver

To Make:

Combine chilled chocolate milk, Sauza® Blue Silver and strawberry puree in a tall glass. Stir vigorously to combine. Pour into a glass and garnish with a chocolate covered strawberry.

Photo and recipe courtesy of Sauza Tequila. Posted with permission.

Easy Keepsake Christmas Crafts

The greatest event in my personal life in 2014 was the birth of my first grandchild. He’s the light of my life and the center of his parents’ world, and that’s how it should be. In the spirit of loving the child and celebrating his first Christmas, my daughter created paintings on canvas for her home and mine, using imprints of her infant’s hands and feet. The nose on the reindeer was made with his thumb! We will treasure these keepsakes for many years.

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I loved the pictures they created so much that I took photographs and added text on Photoshop. The results are digital Christmas cards for my readers, friends, and followers from my family to yours. I hope you like these digital cards, because I made them with you in mind. “)

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Perhaps you’d like to create holiday keepsakes like these with your children. Though you can use paper, my daughter bought pre-cut canvas and non-toxic paint from the craft shop. The canvas will last for decades, preserving our memories of baby’s first Christmas.

I greatly appreciate you reading my books and following my blog. Enjoy the holiday season!

Happy Thanksgiving From My House to Yours

To all my American readers, family, and friends ~ HAPPY THANKSGIVING.

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Farmers Have Fun (Yes, Really!)

Farmers work hard. So it’s nice to know when our food is also grown and raised with a sense of humor. Our favorite farmer at Lindenhof Farms wore this smile with his turkey hat at the outdoor market last weekend. I have to say, the hat added another reason to enjoy our visit.

We stocked up on Lindenhof’s fresh made chicken pot pies. The farm grows and raises the vegetables and chicken for the filling and a local woman makes the pie pastry. OMG. The best, ever. And no GMOs, preservatives, hormones or additives. Yummy and healthy!

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More from the farmer’s market.

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Gorgeous Fall Crops

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  I wish the lighting at the market had been better for taking photographs.

 I only had my smartphone available for pictures, and couldn’t reduce the shadows or too bright areas, but you get the idea.

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 If you haven’t gotten into the habit of buying locally grown and raised fresh foods, I highly recommend you do!

A Visit to Wellington Square Bookshop, Exton

I found Wellington Square Bookshop in Exton, PA by accident. Turns out, it’s the #1 rated bookshop of its kind in the Philadelphia region, which makes finding it a happy accident. The independent bookstore is beautifully decorated, yet provides that cozy feeling readers like me look for.

My adventure began when my husband and I went to our favorite farmer’s market in the Exton Towne Center to buy our usual meats, pasta, sweets, fruits and vegetables. Author and food blogger Marisa McClellan made an appearance to demonstrate homemade pear and chocolate jam and promote her new book Preserving by the Pint. Marisa was clearly knowledgeable and her recipe tasted delicious. (We gladly enjoyed the samples.) Wellington Square Bookshop hosted the event, so hubby and I visited the store afterward. We were greeted by a friendly staff member who also helped me with my book purchases. If you live in southeastern Pennsylvania, or plan to visit the area, stop by the Towne Center in Exton for its quaint shops and restaurants.

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Welcome!

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Yay! A coffee bar with snacks and places to sit.

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 Books line the largest room in the shop, complete with ladders!We

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 Cozy Victorian style reading area. This looks like a great meeting place for writers or book clubs!

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I took my cappuccino to go, but I’ll be back!

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For more information about independent bookstore Wellington Square Bookshop, visit their website: http://www.WellingtonSquareBooks.com

AUTUMN COLORS and TEXTURES, Photos

More photos from my visit to Highland Orchards in Chester County, Pennsylvania. A beautiful place. Enjoy!

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DELICIOUS FALL APPLES, Photos

We had a wonderful visit to Highland Orchards in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

I took a break after a busy release week for my new book NATURALLY YOURS and relaxed with my husband at Highland Orchards, a crown jewel of Chester County, Pennsylvania. People travel from around the state to pick their own apples and other fruits or to buy them direct from the Highland market. The staff bakes pies, cakes, breads, and their signature apple cider donuts every day. (I especially like to eat the apple cider donuts while they’re still warm.) They offer a wide variety of homemade jams, preserves, butters, relishes and more. Take a hay ride, visit the children’s zoo, or walk the corn maze. Well worth the stop. I gotta’ say; I love living in my home state.

These photos were taken with my little Fuji FinePix digital camera. Am I making you hungry?

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  Is your mouth watering?

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