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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Weekend in Memphis

A couple of weeks ago I traveled to Memphis to speak at a conference. Luckily we had Saturday night free, so we put on our party dresses and headed down to Beale Street. It did not disappoint. Fabulous barbecue and wonderful atmosphere. I will definitely be back!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Rainy Sunday

This past Sunday was that perfect rainy day.......lazy. Here's how I spent the day.

Looking for some fun new recipes to try.......

There was definitely wine and English Breakfast Tea involved.....

Working on future blog did those chips get in the photo????

Monday, July 16, 2012

Beach Reads

A Fatal Waltz by Tasha Alexander, Number 3 in the Lady Emily Mysteries Series

It's that time of year again......I'm getting ready to make my yearly sojourn to South Carolina for a vacation with my family. This summer marks 23 years and over that time the trip has become more than a vacation; it has evolved into a ritual. Keep in mind I'm Catholic, so I find this comforting.

My absolute favorite part of this ritual is selecting my beach reads! This holy rite began around 1997 when I graduated from reading Seventeen Magazine and moved on to trashy novels:). My tastes have changed somewhat since then and to make my very exclusive yearly list is not an easy task. Some of my favorites over the years have been recommendations from friends, so I polled my posse of great readers for their favorite picks. I hope you enjoy!

It's 5 o'clock somewhere!

Kelly xoxo

Some books from my library. Notice Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by
Robert C. O'Brien
holds a prominent position. 

From Karen A. Chase, author of Bonjour 40. 

  • A Moveable Feast by Earnest Hemmingway
  • The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

From Keenan

  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  • Port Mortuary by Patricia Cornwell
  • The Soul Thief by Charles Baxter

From Katie

  • Anything that I can download on my Kindle:)
  • Travel guides for future vacations

From Jim

  • Irish Gold by Andrew Greeley
  • Salem's Lot by Stephen King
  • Song of Troy by Colleen McCullough
  • Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin

From Me

  • The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
  • Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Nothing beats a good mystery at the beach. Here are some of my favorite series.

  • Lady Emily Mysteries by Tasha Alexander
  • Gaslight Mysteries by Victoria Thompson
  • Mistress of the Art of Death Series by the late Ariana Franklin
  • Charles Lenox Mysteries by Charles Finch