Monday, January 14, 2019

A Bound Heart by author Laura Frantz

My friend, Laura Frantz 's latest book, A Bound Heart was released
on January 1, 2019.
I read an advance copy while we were traveling in Hawaii during Christmas vacation.
Yes, while my family was out enjoying the sun, I lounged in the shade reading because
I couldn't put this book down.  The description from the back cover is below. 

Laura is a member of our local Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter,
and her sweet grandmother was one my childhood Sunday school teachers.
Travels in Scotland and her own family heritage inspired this Christian novel. 
If you have ever traveled in Scotland, this book will bring back wonderful memories.
If you have not traveled in Scotland, you will want to do so soon. 
The lovely Scottish brogue rolls off the pages.

You can find this and Laura's other books on Goodreads, Amazon,
Christian bookstores and online. 

Friday, January 4, 2019

Christmas on the NCL Pride of America

After three nights at the Hilton Hawaiian Village we embarked on a cruise
on Norwegian Cruise Lines Pride of America for a non-traditional Christmas.
The ship was full to capacity with many other families and couples celebrating
Christmas on board.  The ship was decorated throughout.
Below are our decorated stateroom doors.
Kaitlyn and Linda
 Glenn and Austin
 Melissa, Tim and Peyton
This was a fun and easy way to find our doors.
A gingerbread house contest for the different departments.
 There were may more than I have photos.


Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Honolulu Arrival

 After a very long day, December 19th, 2018, LEX to ATL to HNL,
I had arranged a pick-up by Charley's Taxi and Lei greeting for the family
as a surprise.
My wonderful, generous husband, Glenn, booked this trip in February
as our Christmas gift, a no shopping and no stress Christmas to remember.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Happy New Year!

Our family celebrated with a non-traditional Christmas in 2018.
We traveled to Honolulu where we stayed three nights then took
the Norwegian Cruise on the Pride of America, Dec. 22 - 30.
The above photo was during the day at Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii on Christmas Day.
 We are on a beautiful new black sand beach created when the lava flowed
into the ocean during the 2018 volcano. 

The palm trees were planted shortly after the lava flow by early hikers
 to mark the trail after the lava cooled enough to hike into the area.
We passed several locations where steam was rising from the lava.
Daughter, Melissa, arranged a private tour for our family through Big Island Tours (see below)
Gil was our driver/guide.  This was my favorite day.  More to come.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas
Santa enjoys a nice cuppa
(internet image)

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Behind the Scenes at the Boone Tavern Hotel Christmas Afternoon Tea

It takes a team to make the tea and foods for sixty guests. 
There is not enough space in the kitchen for the set-up, therefore
the Skylight Room, a small private dining room adjacent to the main dining room
is used for tea brewing and preparation for serving.
The photos above and below show the savory (first) course as it is plated.

Below:  Devonshire Cream and the gluten free desserts served plated.

The scones and desserts are served on three tier servers.
Below: Executive Chef Jason in the middle.

 A reminder of the menu below.


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