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Initial post: Dec 22, 2013 2:30:59 AM PST
Susan says:
Welcome to Free Books and Chat - Sunday December 22, 2013

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Posted on Dec 22, 2013 2:31:57 AM PST
Susan says:
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(¸.*´ ¸.*´*' ~* ⊱✿⊰ FB&C Start Schedule:

Lover of Books - Monday, December 23 Start Time: 10:30pm PDT
Snowlady Sandy - Tuesday, December 24 Start time around midnight PDST
Kajola - Wednesday, December 25, Start time 11:00pm-1:00am ET
Snowlady Sandy - Thursday, December 26 Start time around midnight PDST
Lover of Books - Friday, December 27 Start Time: 10:30pm PDT
Susan - Saturday, December 28, Start time 12pm-7am ET
Snowlady Sandy - Tuesday, December 31 Start time around midnight PDST
Robb - Wednesday, January 1, Start Time: 10:00pm PDT
Lover of Books - Friday, January 3, Start Time: 10:30pm PDT
Susan - Saturday, January 4, Start time 12pm-7am ET


Open Dates:

Sunday, December 29 ............................. PICK ME PLEASE!!!
Monday, December 30
Thursday, January 2
Sunday, January 5

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Choose an available day, copy/paste schedule into a post and add your info.

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Posted on Dec 22, 2013 2:32:23 AM PST
Susan says:
. . . . . . . . . . . .╰♡╮ Thought of the Day ╰♡╮ . . . . . . . . . . . .

Love life.
Engage in it.
Give it all you've got.
Love it with a passion because life truly does give back, many times over, what you put into it.

― Maya Angelou

Posted on Dec 22, 2013 2:33:36 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 22, 2013 2:42:45 AM PST
Susan says:
I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.

I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.

I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life.

I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as making a "life."

I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.

I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.

I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.

I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.

I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.

I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

― Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou, born Marguerite Ann Johnson April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri, is an American poet, memoirist, actress and an important figure in the American Civil Rights Movement. In 2001 she was named one of the 30 most powerful women in America by Ladies Home Journal. Maya Angelou is known for her series of six autobiographies, starting with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, (1969 which was nominated for a National Book Award and called her magnum opus. Her volume of poetry, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Die (1971) was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

Posted on Dec 22, 2013 2:36:02 AM PST
Susan says:
The Cornbread Bible: A Recipe Storybook

In The Cornbread Bible: A Recipe Storybook, Dr. Jennifer Shambrook not only shares recipes for some great, low-cost, Southern cooking, but also shares the stories behind the recipes. The people who created the recipes and the people for whom the recipes were created populate this recipe storybook.

Dr. Shambrook is a comfortable storyteller and you will find yourself relating these stories as your family or guests eat the down home recipes you prepare from this book. With The Cornbread Bible, you will find it very easy to be a good cook. You will also find these recipes to be very easy on your food budget. Shambrook cooks with an eye to saving time, effort, and expense.

The book offers both recipes and the principles behind the recipes. This enables you to follow step-by-step as you learn the principles, then use these recipes for inspiration to create your own delicious cornbread dishes.

There are also basic general tips such as how to care for cast iron cookware or tell when your oil is hot enough to fry a hushpuppy or corndog.

Included in the book are a variety of breads, including many gluten free options. But you will learn about a lot more than bread! You will learn to make side dishes (greens with cornmeal dumplings), main dishes (pot roast pie), and an easy, delicious recipe for gluten-free corndogs. There are recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

You will enjoy reading the stories behind the recipes as you learn to fry hushpuppies, make the Chihuahua Muffins, or cook hardy cornbread-topped entrees.

One of the best chapters in the book is the section on creating cornbread dressing or stuffing. Here, the author shares her version of an easy-to-follow recipe for dressing that has been passed down in her family for generations. But, she doesn't stop there, she offers the principles of how to custom tailor your dressing to suit the tastes of your family and friends.

You will find The Cornbread Bible: A Recipe Storybook informative, entertaining and chock full of useful tips that will help you be a better cook while lowering your food budget at the same time.

Posted on Dec 22, 2013 3:06:43 AM PST
Scary Sandy says:
From my wish list.....
Near to the Heart of God: Meditations on 366 Best-Loved Hymns
The lyrics of our favorite hymns are rich in images that can help us in our daily walk with God--they are miniature Bible studies that lead us effortlessly toward worship, testimony, exhortation, prayer, and praise. They're bursts of devotional richness with rhyme and rhythm. They clear our minds, soothe our nerves, verbalize our worship, summarize our faith, and sing our great Redeemer's praise. Bestselling author Robert J. Morgan has gathered 366 hymns, including favorites such as "Amazing Grace" and "Rock of Ages," as well as classic, lesser-known gems such as "In the Garden" and "Teach Me to Pray."

Each devotional begins with Scripture, includes a story about the hymn or its writer and the lyrics to the hymn, and ends with a prayer. An index of hymn titles and first lines is included. What better way to end your devotional reading than with a song in your heart?

Posted on Dec 22, 2013 3:07:33 AM PST
Scary Sandy says:
Great Start Susan.. You woke up early....

Posted on Dec 22, 2013 3:50:06 AM PST
Dustyjob says:
Loved the start, Susan -- thank you.

Posted on Dec 22, 2013 4:47:28 AM PST
Suze boos  says:
Hey Susan,

Thanks for starting today and yesterday!!

I enjoy Maya Angelou. I get Oprah emails and she uses lots of Maya's wisdom. There's one of hers I love, but I can't think of it right now.....that's scarey because I already had my coffee! Maybe I'll look it to walk in 60 degrees and rain.

Posted on Dec 22, 2013 4:52:15 AM PST
Susan says:
Good morning all...
Thanks, I did go back to bed after starting and got a little more sleep :)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2013 5:01:55 AM PST
Susan, thank you for starting. Hope you have a restful day.

This for the knitters in the group.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2013 6:27:41 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 22, 2013 6:29:27 AM PST
Overtime says:
Happy Holidays,

Tasty Bread Recipes: Another down-to-earth easy to follow recipe book
Classic Italian Cuisine Cookbook - 80+ Delicious Italian Recipes - (4 Volume Collection) Appetizers, Pasta, Chicken, and Meat Recipes
Power Foods Cookbook: Power Food Recipes for a Healthy Brain and Body
Pasta Pro: Easy Family Favorite Pasta Recipes
Breville presents Hot and Hot Southern Fan Fare: Recipes for a game-day tailgate
Simple Christmas Recipes
Waffle Recipe Cookbook. Learn How To Make Everything From Belgian Waffles To Waffle Mix. Waffle Recipes The Easy Way.

Posted on Dec 22, 2013 7:07:27 AM PST
Susan says:

Posted on Dec 22, 2013 7:37:56 AM PST
Sally in SA says:
Susan, thank you for starting yesterday and today.

I have been away and missed all the fun. What a wonderful bunch of people on this forum.

Wishing all a very merry Christmas. I hope you all have a wonderful day, be it hectic or quiet.

I have at last done most of my Christmas shopping, just two more presents to buy.

My son who lives in Cape Town is arriving tomorrow. We haven't seen him since Christmas 2011 so it will be a treat to see him again.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2013 7:56:52 AM PST
robb says:
I should have known the subject matter. Are you going to save it for Red when she gets back?

Posted on Dec 22, 2013 8:20:09 AM PST
Susan says:
Good Morning Elizabeth, Overtime, Sally and Robb....

and yes, I need to bring that picture back for Red, it is soooo true :)

Posted on Dec 22, 2013 8:29:56 AM PST
Susan says:
The Shadow in the Garden (The Spirithaven Adventures)

Luna couldn't stand it anymore, so she escaped Grandfather's house and sought refuge in the backyard. And that's where she discovered the mysterious hedge-fence gate...

Step with Luna into Spirithaven, a place between places where vibrant emotions become colorful traveling companions, memories are carefully sculpted--and fears grow into daring realities. There, a dreadful gnome strives to fashion Luna's unhappiest moods into a prison, but several extraordinary (or at least extraordinarily peculiar) new friends reveal that such places can often be reshaped with perspective. Sometimes the gloomy, lonely place is truly...

...the shadow in the garden.

Posted on Dec 22, 2013 9:28:15 AM PST
Overtime says:
Start running the water.

Go get the ham and turkey . Do we need anything else in the big city? No? We can sing carols on the drive home. Precipitating heavily and starting to feel like Christmas.

After we put everything in the refrigerator, let's go get lunch and celebrate our last meal together before the guests start coming. New restaurant in the old town is just heaven and so was the company. Silver bells are ringing.
Home again to the decoration shop for ribbon and candles - just to be a little more festive. Bake cookies. Now to the grocery store for the last minute items. Finish up the decorations and unwrap the candles. Best tree ever? Maybe. Best cookies ever? Definitely!

The next three days will be a whirlwind of activity, all lots of fun but the best will be Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We'll go to worship and be thankful for our lives, friends and all that we have - not the material things but the peace and quiet and things that are really important.

At some point, we'll figuratively check the water level in the moat and pull up the drawbridge for a couple of days. Just to enjoy everyone inside and those that might telephone.

In the spirit of the holidays, I hope all of you have the best holiday season ever and a happy and joyous New Year.

Posted on Dec 22, 2013 9:46:06 AM PST
Linda B says:
Robb - You and Lyn seemed to really enjoy your Alaska trip. I enjoyed your pictures and notes.
My sister is considering a trip to Alaska that includes kayaking. Was your trip a package or did you put it all together yourself? Would you share the name of the cruise company? My email is on my profile if you would rather not post it here. Thank you.

Posted on Dec 22, 2013 10:03:36 AM PST
Thank you for starting today.

Thanks for the cornball jokes yesterday.

Last night, I went to a fabulous party at friends' newly renovated house. Fabulous food, spectacular reno, scintillating company. Late night for me (got into bed at 11:30) so today will be a day of rest.

Wishing all a fulfilling and safe day. ♥

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2013 10:24:10 AM PST
Thank you for getting us started again Susan. I just love this piece by Maya Angelou. I used it in my very first opening on FB&C over a year and a half ago. I never tire of seeing it. Thanks for bring it back today. ;)

Maya Angelou has a cookbook she published as well. It's a very good one with interesting accounts that accompany her recipes.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2013 10:28:36 AM PST
This is wonderful! Thank you so much Overtime. ;)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2013 10:31:13 AM PST
Sally, we missed you while you were away. It's good to have you back just before Christmas. What great news that your son will be arriving tomorrow. I hope you have a good visit with him and a magical Christmas.


In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2013 10:38:13 AM PST
Hey JoJo.... I'm so happy to hear that you had such a good time at your friends Christmas party last night. I hope you have a good day of rest. ♥

Posted on Dec 22, 2013 10:52:17 AM PST
The Shoot - Thriller/Women Sleuths

The latest thriller from best-selling British author Timothy Frost crackles with action, suspense and intrigue in exotic locations.

Kate Robinson, twenty-two and cheerfully single, lands a dream assignment: production assistant for a film shoot on the Caribbean hideaway of St. Saviour's. With her eye for detail and flair for organizing everyone, Kate's in her element. But the beautiful star of the shoot, Jasmine, takes an instant dislike to her ... dark forces are at work on the island ... and a storm is brewing in the Atlantic. When members of her crew start to die, and she is implicated, Kate discovers that filming a TV commercial in the Tropics can actually be murder.

* 4.5 Stars / 11 Reviews
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