Category Archives: Saturday Morning

2022 Book and Cook Exchange : Sugar Cookie Martini

This Saturday starts our Book and Cookie Exchange at our local Library. But i also do a Christmas Cookie Exchange with friends and family at Home. For my sister’s Birthday. I am making these for the adults attending…. Lisa

  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • ▢1/4 cup Irish cream I used Original Bailey’s
  • ▢2 oz vanilla vodka
  • ▢2 oz white chocolate liqueur or amaretto
  • ▢Ice
  • For the Rim (Optional)
  • ▢whipped vanilla frosting
  • ▢holiday sprinkles or other colors for
  • Using a small offset spatula, spread a thin layer of whipped vanilla frosting onto the rim of two martini glasses. Pour ¼ cup of sprinkles onto a small plate or bowl, then dip the rims on the sprinkles to coat.
  • In a cocktail shaker, combine milk, irish cream, vodka and amaretto. Add ice and shake until well combined and cold. Pour into glasses and enjoy!

Make sure you check out my Melville Book and Cookie Exchange here

Lagniappe : Little Something Extra

Happy Saturday as I promised a look at Historic New Orleans Garden district that lots of the characters call home !

Jackson square , New Orleans for art or tarot reading

s a historic park in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1960, for its central role in the city’s history, and as the site where in 1803 Louisiana was made United States territory pursuant to the Louisiana Purchase.[2][3] In 2012 the American Planning Association designated Jackson Square as one of the Great Public Spaces in the United States

My favorite Haunted Bar and Dark Hunter spot;

The Ghosts of Haunted Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop

941 Bourbon St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70116

There are few buildings in the French Quarter which are associated with ghosts more than this haunted bar.

On Bourbon Street sits a quiet and unassuming building. Not only is it one of the oldest buildings in the French Quarter, it is also one of the most haunted. Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop has a long haunted history. For years, there have been reports of ghosts, even what is possibly the ghost of Jean Lafitte, haunting this building which is now a bar.

Halloween drink:

Hemlock Cocktail recipe

2 pieces orange peel

2 vanilla beans, split in half 

2 sugar cubes 

4 dashes bitters 

4 ounces bourbon 

2 orange slices, for garnish 

In two rocks glasses, muddle the orange peel, vanilla beans and sugar cubes with the bitters. Add in the bourbon and some ice. Garnish with an orange slice.

Saturday: Laniape

Happy Saturday! It’s a beautiful day here in Louisiana. The squirrels are out playing and Blue is having fun chasing them


Today on my schedule is working the Library and coming home for some pie .

Chocolate Pecan pie

3 eggs lightly beaten

1 C light corn syrup

4 square of semt sweet chocolate

1/3 c sugar

3 Tbsp butter

1 tbsp vanilla

1 1/2 c pecans

1 pre made pie shell

Melt chocolate and add in the rest of ingredients. Mix well and pour into partial baked pie crust. Bake at 350 for 1 hour. Or until set. Cool before serving.

Thanks for stopping bye for a little something extra this Saturday! Lisa

Saturday : Football Tailgate Recipe

Today with my Football romance books -I am sharing my Tailgate recipe for Sloppy Joel’s. So if you are planning to go to the Big Game or Cooking at Home -then curling up with a good book . Here a family favorite…

Tailgate Recipe

5 lbs hamburger browned

  • 1 cup onion finely chopped
  • 4 stalks of celery finely chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 2, 14.5 oz cans of tomato sauce
  • 2, 10 oz cans of tomato soup
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup barbecue sauce
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1 ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • For a juicier, looser sloppy joe sandwich, use four pounds of meat. For a less juicy sandwich, use six pounds of meat.
  • Put all the ingredients into the crock pot, stir to combine fully. Cook on low for 4 hours..Serve on buns

September is all about Football and Football fun every Saturday !!

A Royal Shade of Blue

She’s a survivor. He has a royal secret. Will the truth help them find their fairy tale?

When art history student Clementine receives a social media message complimenting her latest project, her response leads to the mysterious CP Chadwick, a British man studying history at Cambridge. An online friendship quickly blooms. When she confides her medical past to CP, he doesn’t treat her as fragile like her parents do, and their friendship turns to something more in Clementine’s heart.

Clementine has no idea that CP is actually Prince Christian of Wales, who has never had a “normal” life. Christian is at a crossroad. His destiny is to be a working royal, but he is desperate to fill that role in his own way. Wary of others, he’s kept himself closed off from the world—until he lets Clementine in.

A royal romance is never a fairy tale, but Clementine and Christian are determined to write their own version. Can they overcome their own fears—as well as the constraints of royal life—to reach their own happily ever after?

A Royal Shade of Blue is the first standalone book in the feel-good Modern Royals romantic comedy series. If you like smart heroines, swoon-worthy princes, and laugh-out-loud humor, then you’ll love Aven Ellis’s heartwarming novel.

book pick:

I adore modern royal stories. And I truly loved this one.. So much. Not as much drama add you would think with a prince falling for an American commoner, but there’s enough angst to fill a room for sure. Must read

Lisa Book Club : Armed Forces Day

This Saturday we are celebrating with a few friends at the Melville Library. Armed Forces day . By sharing a few of our favorite military romances to read. Heres my favorites.

Susan Stoker

kindle unlimited

For Logan Anderson, moving on from a traumatic past means moving back to his hometown of Castle Rock, Colorado, to start a personal-security business with his brothers. But it’s not long before Logan runs into Grace Mason, his best friend from high school…and the woman who never answered his letters during his Army years.

Grace was pleasantly surprised to see Logan return to Castle Rock, despite their falling-out ten years ago. Everyone always assumed they would end up together, including Grace, who had eyes only for him. But as Logan eventually escaped their town, Grace got pulled further into her family’s controlling grasp―and farther away from the man she loved.

Now, united by scars both visible and not, the two must fight to free Grace from the suffocating hold of her family. But the Masons won’t let go easily―and they’ll do whatever it takes to keep the couple apart.

Military Romance Books


Sadie Reed is ready to leave Chance Creek, the sooner the better. So when handsome airman Connor O’Riley shows up at Two Willows, with orders from her father to help Sadie build a legacy project, Sadie gives Connor one month to get it done. Connor O’Riley is in hot water with the Air Force. To get back in the good graces of his superior, he agrees to work with Sadie on a legacy project. Sadie thought she was done with love. Connor thought the only thing he would find in Chance Creek was work. (Air Force)


After a near-fatal head injury, Navy SEAL lieutenant Tom Paoletti catches a terrifying glimpse of an international terrorist in his New England hometown. When he calls for help, the navy dismisses the danger as injury-induced imaginings. In a desperate effort to prevent disaster, Tom creates his own makeshift counterterrorist team, assembling his most loyal officers, two elderly war veterans, a couple of misfit teenagers, and Dr. Kelly Ashton—the sweet girl next door who has grown into a remarkable woman. The town’s infamous bad boy, Tom has always longed for Kelly. Now he has one final chance for happiness, one last chance to win her heart, and one desperate chance to save the day. (Navy)


When her Black Hawk helicopter is shot down in Afghanistan, Army medevac pilot Sarah Benson does what she must to survive. Hiding by day and hiking through the mountains by night, Sarah manages to save a mother and daughter before being taken captive. Still she fights, knowing she must get back to the base and to the man she loves. (Army & Navy)

Others to check out:

  • The Darkest Hour (KGI, #1) Maya Banks (Goodreads Author) …
  • Protecting Caroline (SEAL of Protection, #1) …
  • No Place to Run (KGI, #2) …
  • The Unsung Hero (Troubleshooters, #1) …
  • Whispers in the Dark (KGI, #4) …
  • Hidden Away (KGI, #3) …
  • Shades of Gray (KGI, #6) …
  • Echoes at Dawn (KGI, #5)

Saturday At the Library

Welcome to my Saturday at the Library. While I work at the Library this Saturday – lots is going on, Book Club meetings, Kids Clubs and Community events- as planting a tree. So let’s get busy ”

May Book Challenge: Slow Burn Romance

A slow burn is when the romantic attraction between characters builds slowly over the course of a novel or series. Slow burns can appear in all kinds of fiction, but romance is renowned for its mastery of this kind of prolonged building of emotion

  • The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. See on Amazon. I loved The Hating Game SO MUCH. …
  • The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata. See on Amazon. Mariana Zapata has earned her reputation as “The Queen of Slow Burn”. …
  • Arrogant Devil by R.S. Grey. See on Amazon.
  • Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn.
  • My Fake Rake by Eva Leigh.
  • The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary.
  • Crazy for You by Jennifer Crusie CW:
  • A Question of Us by Mary Jayne Baker – Kindle Unlimited.
  • Always Only You by Chloe Liese – Kindle Unlimited.

Book Club Recipe: : Oatmeal Raisin

  • 1 1/2 cups raisins (Note 1)
  • 1 1/2 cups flour (all purpose / plain)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 250g / 8 oz (2 sticks) unsalted butter , at room temperature (Note 2)
  • 1 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 cup white sugar (granulated. Superfine/caster also ok)
  • 2 large eggs , at room temperature (Note 3)
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F (160°C fan). Adjust oven racks to middle and low position, ensuring you have 4″/10cm between each rack. Line 2 trays with parchment/baking paper.
  • Optional: Soak raisins in boiled water for 10 minutes. Drain then pat dry. (This makes them plumper).
  • Sift dry ingredients: Sift flour, salt, baking powder and cinnamon into a bowl.
  • Cream butter and sugar: Using a stand mixer or electric mixer, beat butter until creamy. Then beat in sugar until fluffy – about 2 – 3 minutes.
  • Add eggs: Beat in eggs one at a time until incorporated.
  • Mix in flour: Use a wooden spoon to stir the flour mixture in.
  • Stir in oats and raisins: Stir in oats and raisins – this requires a bit of effort as the dough gets firm!
  • Roll and flatten balls: Form 4cm / 1.6″ balls (~18) and place onto baking trays 4″/10cm apart. I use an ice cream scoop. Then press down to slighty flatten into a thick disc shape.
  • Bake for 11 minutes. Then swap the trays between the shelves AND turn the trays around. Bake for a further 11 – 14 minutes, or until cookies are golden on the edges and LIGHT golden on the surface.
  • Cool on the trays for 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack. Cool for 30 minutes before serving.

Summer Book Bingo : May- August

Thanks for stopping bye and visiting our Library….. Lisa

Saturday’s Book Club : April

Thanks for stopping bye this Saturday at the town Library. We have a book club meeting, kids group and more going on. April has been busy with Easter happening here in town so – as Summer is around the corner is will be making some changes at the Library. But I will be here to help. Lisa

April theme is : Gardens

The group is reading Arsenic and Azaleas. But any Garden themed book is Welcome. We always have a group read but it’s not a rule to join in.

Kids Corner : Scavenger hunt & Book

Over on the carpet the kids are reading books and then having a scavenger hunt with a prize for the first to clear there list. Lisa

What I am : Checking out at the Library desk

The story of a remarkable friendship—told in a remarkable way. A story in which every woman will recognize herself…and her best friend
Jillian Lawton and Lesley Adamski. Two girls from very different backgrounds become best friends in the turbulent 1960s, but their circumstances and choices—and their mistakes—take them in opposite directions. Lesley stays in their hometown. She marries young, living a life defined by the demands of small children, never enough money, and an unfaithful husband. Jill lives those years on a college campus shaken by the Vietnam War, and then as an idealistic young lawyer in New York City.
But they always remain friends.
Through the years and across the miles, Jill and Lesley confide everything to each other—every grief and joy. Because the quality of a friendship is the quality of a life.

Thanks for stopping bye and visiting the library this Saturday….. Lisa

Lisa Book Club : Chat and Recipe

Hello Book Club members ! This Saturday we are discussing our January Book and enjoying some Cookies – So Come and Gone us…. Lisa

Book Club questions:

  • Did you enjoy the book selection?
  • Favorite character ? in either books !
  • Did you Guess who Done it? Where you happy with the ending?
  • Suggestions for next month’s selection?

Orange Glazed Cookies from Lynn:

For the Cookies:

  •  cups (300 g) all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (198 g) granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest
  • 1 cup (227 g) unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 egg

For the Sweet Orange Glaze:

  •  cups (170 g) powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  •  Fresh orange juice

Preheat oven to 350 – line two baking sheets with parchment paper .

Mix together dry ingredients for cookies- gradually add in wet ingredients. Roll dough into balls on place on parchment and flatten. Bake 10 -12 minutes.

Mix glaze and place over Cooled cookies.

Thanks for joining us today at the Library ! Lisa