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Recipes for Summer Fun

Protect your Pets this summer


  1. Never, ever leave your dog in the car;
  2. Make sure your dog has unlimited access to fresh water;
  3. Make sure your dog has access to shade when outside;
  4. Take walks during the cooler hours of the day;
  5. When walking, try to stay off of hot surfaces (like asphalt) because it can burn your dog's paws;
  6. If you think it's hot outside, it's even hotter for your pet – make sure your pet has a means of cooling off;
  7. Keep your dog free of external parasites (fleas, ticks) and heartworms – consult your veterinarian about the best product for your pet;
  8. Consider clipping or shaving dogs with long coats (talk to your veterinarian first to see if it's appropriate for your pet), and apply sunscreen to your dog's skin if she or he has a thin coat.   



Summer Southern Cocktail Recipes

Lemonade Iced Tea

 Lemonade Iced Tea. Lemonade and fresh mint leaves provide a flavorful fruit twist to this classic summer drink. One reader suggested adding a tablespoon of orange-flavored vodka to a glass of the drink to add agrown-up kick. 

Mississippi Mudslides


  • 1 pt. chocolate ice cream
  • 1 pt. coffee ice cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • Toppings: whipped cream, chocolate syrup, marshmallows

Process first 4 ingredients in a blender until smooth. Serve with desired toppings.

The Slapping Incident


  • 2 1/2 tablespoons rye whiskey
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon Fernet-Branca
  • 1 tablespoon sorghum syrup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Faretti Biscotti Famosi
  • 4 ice cubes
  • Tonic water
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Pinch of cracked pepper

Mix whiskey lime juice, Fernet-Branca, sorghum syrup, and Faretti Biscotti Famosi in a 10-oz. glass. Add ice cubes, and top with tonic water. Stir in sea salt and cracked pepper.

Sparkling Rum Punch


  • 2 cups fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 cup orange liqueur
  • 1/2 cup dark rum
  • 2 (750-milliliter) bottles sparkling wine, chilled

Step 1

Stir together orange juice, orange liqueur, and rum in a medium bowl; cover and chill 1 hour. Pour mixture into a large pitcher or punch bowl, and top with chilled sparkling wine. Serve immediately.

Step 2

Note: We tested with Cointreau orange liqueur and Asti Spumante sparkling wine.

Book Reivews

Minnie's Antique and Curiosity Shop

by Lucinda Stein

5 stars

First, I love the cover, which inspired me to look at the blurb.   This is a story of love and family dynamics. When we are young, all we want is to get away from our parents. Then we get older and wiser. Anyone with an nontraditional family, but are faith-based will enjoy this story  


The Fragrance of her Name

by  Marcia Lynn McClure

4 stars

This book was highly recommended on a couple of Facebook author/reader pages, so I gave it a try.

Once I found out there was a ghost, I became less interested in the book., but it ended up being a beautiful love story.  It was too long in some places and I found the similarity of the names tedious and difficult to keep straight. It was still worth reading

The Fallen

by David Baldacci

5 stars

He is probably one of my favorite authors.  This is a continuation of the Memory Man series and I think if you haven't read the other, this one might not make sense.

Baldacci is a master storyteller and one of my inspirations for becoming a writer.  I got this book for my birthday and had it done within 24 hours.  A page turner for sure.

Available from author J. L. Brandenburg

Coming Soon. Extracting Honey

The continuing saga of Adam and Joni.

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The Touch of Honey

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