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Did you grow up loving Nancy Drew mysteries?  I know I did and I think I read every one of them that was available to me.  My book today which is “A Duty To The Dead” by Charles Todd is a lot like a grown up version of the Nancy Drew series.

“Tuesday, 21 November, 1916. 8:00A.M.

At sea…

This morning the sun is lovely and warm.  All the portholes below are open, to allow what breeze there is to blow through the lower decks and air them.”

The main character, Bess Crawford, is a nurse during World War I and makes a promise to a dying soldier.  She doesn’t want to shirk her “duty to the dead” so she delivers the soldier’s message which gets her involved in a family murder mystery that has gone on for years. 

If you are a historical fiction fan along with a mystery fan, don’t miss this great book.  I can’t wait to read the next one!

Please join me at Rose City Reader for Book Beginnings today.

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Happy Monday, folks!  Wow, has July gone by fast or is it just me?  It is hard to believe this is the last Monday of the month and summer is starting to wind down already.  Sorry I was MIA last week, but C & I took a staycation to get a little R & R and that seemed to include ignoring this little piece of online real estate.  It is back to normal this week and back to work as well. 

We had a great week off and got a few little things done at home, did a few fun things and rested a lot too.  All in all, it was time well spent!

This week’s menu is mostly all faves, but I do have a couple of new things to try next weekend if all works out well. 

Bubble up enchiladas with fresh fruit

Sliders with oven baked fries

Pizza night

Cheesy steak sandwiches with oven baked fries and fresh veggies

Crispy panko pork chops (new) with butter roasted potatoes

Chocolate mousse cake (new)

Please join me at I’m An Organizing Junkie for Menu Plan Monday.

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How could you go wrong by combining Italian flavors with a grilled hamburger?  You can’t!  I found this recipe on Pinterest from Julie’s Eat and Treats and knew it had to be good.  We love burgers around here and the addition of shredded cheese and seasonings put these over the top.

Italian Burgers

1/2 cup shredded pizza blend cheese

1 tsp. Worcestshire sauce

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp. black pepper

pinch of salt

1 tsp. dried onion flakes

1/8 tsp. oregano

1 lb. ground beef

1/2 cup traditional pasta sauce

4 buns

4 slices Provolone cheese

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Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.  Combine the shredded cheese, Worcestshire sauce, garlic powder, pepper, salt, onion flakes and oregano in a bowl.  Add the ground beef and thoroughly combine.  Form the meat mixture into four patties.

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Turn the grill down to medium and cook the burgers for four to five minutes on each side.  Butter the buns on each side.  Turn the grill down to low and place the buns on the grill to lightly toast.  Place the cheese slices on the burger to melt. 

Place the burgers on the buns and pour two tablespoons of the pasta sauce on the burger and then add your favorite burger toppings.

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Italian Burgers 2

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I love homemade muffins, but I do not make them very often so I won’t overindulge.  A couple of weeks ago, C & I went to Jackson’s Orchard in Bowling Green, KY and I stocked up on fresh peaches and blueberries.  The fruit was perfectly ripe and juicy so they would be perfect for baking.

I went back to the recipe for Blueberry Lemon Muffins, dropped the lemon zest and juice, and added chopped peaches.  They couldn’t have been easier and the taste was out of this world! 

Stop by your local farm stand or orchard and grab up some fresh fruit.  You won’t be disappointed.

Fresh Blueberry Peach Muffins 1

2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 tbsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1 egg

1 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

1 cup fresh blueberries

3 medium peaches-peeled, pitted and chopped

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Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and put paper liners in a muffin pan.  Sift together the flour, sugar, baking and salt then set aside.  In a separate bowl, combine the egg, milk, and melted butter.

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Add the dry ingredients to the wet, stirring until just combine. The batter will have a few lumps.  Add the fruit and stir gently.  Fill the muffin cups about 2/3 full and bake for 20 minutes.  This recipe made about 15 regular sized muffins.

Fresh Blueberry Peach Muffins 2

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“As the wind blows through our bedroom window, it sounds like a whistling teakettle.  As I wake, for a split second, I forget where I am.  As soon as I see our suitcases piled next to the closet door, in the exact place where we dropped them, I remember.  Etta’s wedding, though it was just one week ago, already seems like a faraway dream.”

This is the first paragraph from “Return To Big Stone Gap” by Adriana Trigiani and it is the final book in The Big Stone Gap series.  I am actually re-reading these books and I don’t do that very often.  That shows just how much I enjoy Ms. Trigiani’s characters and stories.  The people in her books are real.  They have flaws and problems, but they also have so much love for each other.  I highly recommend this series and any other books by this author.

Thanks for joining me today for Book Beginnings hosted by Rose City Reader.

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Just a few of my Nanny’s gorgeous daylilies:

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Good Monday morning, everyone!  I trust y’all had a great weekend and are ready to hit the ground running this morning.  We did have a nice weekend but I am not sure I am ever ready to “run” on Mondays.  I do have something to look forward to because next week I am on stay-cation and I cannot wait!  Woo hoo!  Hopefully, C will also be able to take off most of the week and we can lounge around and be happy doing not much of anything. 

Since we will be home a lot next week, there will definitely be a big grocery run sometime in the next few days to stock up on our favorites.  That means that this week’s menu plan is a list of oldies but goodies so I can clean out the fridge and freezer. 

Bubble up pizza with fresh fruit

Grilled hot dogs with oven fries and fresh cucumbers

Enchilada dip with chips and salad

Grilled pork chops with oven fries and salad

Pizza night

Grocery night

Please join me at I’m An Organizing Junkie for Menu Plan Monday.

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