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Southern Belle Reads Friday: 55 Books to Read in 2013 2nd Quarter Update

Here is where I am at as we end the second quarter of 2013…

55 Books to Read in 2013

I.                   Christian Fiction

  1. “Come To The Table” Neta Jackson
  2. “Lucy Come Home” Neta Jackson
  3. “Ransome’s Honor” Kaye Dacus
  4. “Grounded” Neta Jackson
  5. “All Things New” Lynn Austin
  6. “Hatteras Girl” Alice J Wisler
  7. “Angel Of The Cove” Sandra Robbins
  8. “Once Upon A Prince” Rachel Hauck
  9. “The Pirate Queen” Patricia Hickman
  10. “A Noble Groom” Jody Hedlund

II.                Self-Help

  1. “What Southern Women Know That Everyone Should- Faith” Rhonda Rich
  2. “Dream More” Dolly Parton
  3. “20 Something 20 Everything” Christine Hassler
  4. “20 Something 20 Everything Manifesto” Christine Hassler
  5. “The Truth About Men” Ian Smith
  6. “Men Are From Mars Women Are From Venus” John Gray
  7. “Praying For Your Future Husband” Robin Jones Gunn & Tricia Goyer
  8. “Lady In Waiting” Jackie Kendall & Debby Jones
  9. “What Southern Women Know That Everyone Should” Rhonda Rich
  10. “What Southern Women Know That Everyone Should-Flirting” Rhonda Rich

III.             Mystery

  1. “High Five” Janet Evanovich
  2. “Hot Six” Janet Evanovich
  3. “Metro Girl” Janet Evanovich
  4. “Motor Mouth” Janet Evanovich
  5. “Death By Bridle” Abigail Keam
  6. “Death By Bourbon” Abigail Keam
  7. “Death By Lotto” Abigail Keam
  8. “Moving Is Murder” Sara Rosett
  9. “Killer Curves” Roxanne St. Claire
  10. “Our Husband” Stephanie Bond


IV.              Fiction/Literature

  1. “The Best Of Me” Nicholas Sparks
  2. “Perfect On Paper” Maria Murnane
  3. “The Wedding Gift” Marlen Suyapa Bodden
  4. “The Outer Banks House” Diann Ducharme
  5. “Someday, Someday, Maybe” Lauren Graham
  6. “The Perfect Hope” Nora Roberts
  7. “Black Hills” Nora Roberts
  8. “The Star Attraction” Alison Sweeney
  9. “My Dearest Cecelia” Diane Haeger
  10. “Safe Haven” Nicholas Sparks

V.                 Romance

  1. “Bared To You” Sylvia Day
  2. “The Claiming Of Sleeping Beauty” A.N. Roquelaure
  3. “Jacked Up” Erin McCarthy
  4. “One Wore Blue” Heather Graham
  5. “And One Wore Gray” Heather Graham
  6. “And One Rode West” Heather Graham
  7. “Gabriel’s Rapture” Sylvain Reynard
  8. “Anything He Wants” Sara Fawkes
  9. “The Angel” Tiffany Reisz
  10. “Beautiful Disaster” Jamie McGuire


VI.             Non-Fiction

  1. “America You Sexy B!+(# : A Love Letter To Freedom” Meghan McCain
  2. “America By Heart” Sarah Palin
  3. “The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family, and Ducks Built A Dynasty” Willie & Korie Robertson
  4. “Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life And Legacy As The Duck Commander” Phil Robertson
  5. “Si-cology 1: Tales And Wisdom From Duck Dynasty’s Favorite Uncle” Si Robertson


VII.              Over The Year

  1. “30 Things Every Woman Should Have And Should Know By The Time She’s 30” Pamela Redmond Satran & Glamour
  2. “One Year To An Organized Life” Regina Leeds
  3. “The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons From Extraordinary Lives” Katie Couric

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Southern Belle Contemplates Monday: My Perfect Idea of Living

So my longing to go to Rapid City got me thinking.  If I won the lottery and could live anywhere I want and be able to work from home, I would want to live Mid-May to Mid-September in Rapid City and Mid-September to Mid-May in The Outer Banks of NC.  I love both places!  They are both beautiful in their own right.  The Outer Banks has the ocean, wild horses and peacefulness.  Rapid City has rolling hills, buffalo that roam, and peacefulness.  I wouldn’t want to do the winters in Rapid City because of the snow and I wouldn’t want to do the summers in the Outer Banks because of the crowds.  By living like that I would have the best of both worlds.  I would have a Condo in Rapid City and a Beach House in the Outer Banks.  It would be so cool to spend Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years on the beach and to spend Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day at Mount Rushmore.  It might never happen but a Southern Belle can dream!  Dream about living the Perfect Life.

Southern Belle Reads Friday: Still Nothing

Well I am still in my reading slump.  I have picked up many books and none of them have been what I was looking for.  The problem is I don’t even know what I am looking for.  Mystery maybe, romance for about five minutes, self-help for a few pages.   I just wish I knew what I am looking for.  I love reading and it makes me mad when I can’t find anything to read

Southern Belle Cooks Wednesday: Cake, Muffins, and Sandwhiches

Sunday night I was a busy little baker/cook.  I made a few things for the week.

First: Lemon Jell-O Pudding Cake

I made a lemon Jell-O cake, lemon cake and lemon Jell-O, then I put lemon pudding in the cool whip I put on top.

Second: Cupcakes

I took a white cake mix, divided the batter in half, added cinnamon to one half and almond extract to the other.  Made them into cupcakes and left them un-iced.  That way I could crave my sweat tooth with a little fewer calories.

Third: Freeze and Go Breakfast Sandwiches

I am really liking those Egg White Delights at McDonald’s.   So I was excited when I pinned this pin on Pintrest.  Sunday night I made them!  I made mine with wheat English muffins, Canadian Bacon, Egg Whites, and White Cheddar Cheese.  I only made six instead of the twelve since I am the only one eating them and I am not feeding a whole family.

Southern Belle Contemplates Monday: The Black Hills

406692_539460980510_2085560401_nTwo summers ago a family vacation changed a part of me forever.  Now in June every year I start getting a longing to “Take a ride across the badlands, feel that freedom on my face, breathe in all that open space.”  As Jason Aldean sings in the song “Fly Over States”.  ‘Cause on the other side of that ride across the badlands is Rapid City, SD.  A place I have come to love!  And it is not just because my favorite four-year old lives there, it’s more.  There is something about the Black Hills that has drown me in and won’t let me go.  I find myself wishing, a lot, that  I could be in the Black Hills of SD.  Usually going out west is a once in a lifetime trip but I have been out west twice, two summers in a row.  And I would love to go back this summer too but I can’t.  It is beautiful out there!  It is like a little piece of heaven on earth!  And the ride out there is like none other.  I know most people think I am crazy when I say how much I love to drive to SD and back.  It is a little far but well worth every mile of it.  I can’t get enough of it either.  There is so much to see that you miss by flying to Rapid City.  Golden fields of wheat and corn and the badlands!  Each turn in  the road brings something new and interesting to see.  When in Rapid City I love to go to Bear County and to Custer State Park and see the buffalo roam.  It’s amazing to think that at one time those beautiful creatures were almost gone forever.  There are big and fast but beautiful to watch.  To look into one of their eyes is like looking into their soul.  Boy I wish I was leaving for South Dakota tomorrow.  Maybe next summer I will go back!  Makes me think of the song Doris Day sang in the movie “Calamity Jane” with Howard Keel.

“Take me back to the black hills, the black hills of Dakota. To the beautiful Indian country that I love.  Lost my heart in the black hills, the  black hills of Dakota.  Where the  pines are so high that they kiss the  sky above.”

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Southern Belle Reads Friday: In Search of the Next Great Read

This week I started two new books.  I’m trying to see which one drew me the most and that would be the book I was going to finish first.  They are two totally different books.  One’s a mystery and one’s a Christian Fiction Romance.  I am all over the board in the types of books I read.  I am looking for a book that is going to draw me in and make me want to not put the book down again.  I am still in my reading funk!  Hopefully real soon I will find “the book”!  The two books I started reading this week are “Death By Bridle” by Abigail Keam and “Once Upon A Prince” by Rachel Hauck.  Hopefully one of these is “the one” I’m looking for or if not hopefully I will find it real soon.

Southern Belle Cooks Wednesday: Jello Cake

Tomorrow is food day for Birthdays at work.  So as I sit here typing this I am baking a strawberry cake, which will be the base of my Strawberry-Banana Jell-O Cake.  Here’s my idea and I hope it turns out good.  Strawberry cake with Strawberry-Banana Jell-O soaked in with Whip Cream mixed with Banana Cream Pudding on top.  I will keep you posted on how it tasted.



Southern Belle Contemplates Monday: Disney and Childhood

Last month I spent five “Magical” days in Disney World!  During my time there I ate, slept, and breathed Mickey Mouse!  The food was fit for a Princess and the hotel was fit for a Southern Belle!  We had a great time!  So much so that I am ready to go back!  I want to go back in January for my 30th Birthday!  You only turn 30 once and I want to live it up in the Florida sun.  I want to spend my milestone Birthday with Minnie, Mickey, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Cinderella, Belle, Ariel, and Aurora.  They are like family!  I have known them for as long as I can remember.  Disney movies were like my X-Box!  No, there was no playing games like with a X-Box but boy did I spend a lot of time with my Disney Movies.  “Mary Poppins”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “Bed Knobs and Broomsticks”, and “The Little Mermaid”.  One Christmas I got a set of twin baby dolls, one had pink clothes on and the other blue.  So what did I name them?  They were Jane and Michael Banks of course!  My grandma’s knitting bag was my “carpet-bag” and the loose knob on my Aunt’s bed was my magic knob to take me where I wanted to go.  And wouldn’t you know it, my tape measure always said that I was “Practically Perfect In Every Way” too.  While I loved “Sleeping Beauty” and I’m still waiting for the one that I have “Danced With Once Upon A Dream”, I was always a little scared when Maleficent turned into the dragon and was spitting fire at Prince Philip.  Yeah these are the memories of my childhood and as I embark on a new phase of my life I think it is only fitting that I spend a little more time reliving my childhood.  After all in my book Disney World is a “Magical” “Fun Place” no matter what age you are!