#Giveaway! The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes!


So pretty.

Giveaway: One slightly used well-read paperback copy of the latest from Marian Keyes: The Woman Who Stole My Life! This title will not be released on our side of the pond until next summer, but I have a copy!! *That I already read. *And loved. May or may not contain a few, little teeny-tiny coffee splatters and cookie crumbs for your page-turning pleasure. 

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I swear, I’ve tried this on.


Our-side-of-the-pond cover!

US Cover


Background: My favorite storyteller on the planet is Marian Keyes. She’s a Virgo, I’m a Virgo. She’s a successful, internationally recognized goddess of an author, and I . . . well, I’ve read everything she’s ever written. Her most excellent Ms. Keyes is from Ireland, I love the color green. I expect we would be best friends. From her first book, Watermelon, (my seventh favorite fruit) to Sushi for Beginners, (I’m only up to California rolls myself) to Anybody Out There — I have loved, read, and reread every word.  Don’t even get me started on The Walsh Sisters—I have four sisters, myself! We are practically related. Sestra! (Marian, if you haven’t checked out Orphan Black yet, you really should!)

Goddess Marian Keyes

Goddess Marian Keyes




My sister, Beezer. (I sometimes call her an eejit.)







Twitter-Winner @MarianKeyes is channeling her creativity into refinishing furniture with her BeachHouse BanjoTM. I like to tinker around with home improvement projects, too.


I want to spray paint this thing a bright, reflective silver, but my kids are freaking out. *Shrugs* It’s pretty much their inheritance, so good for them. #AllIGetIsALamp?

Back to The Woman Who Stole My Life. She’s looking for a good home and I will pass her on to a reader who simply can’t wait: @DeeDeTarsio. (Sorry @auntnancis, US only!)


Award-Winning Cookie Recipe!

unnamed‘Tis the season to . . . gain weight, break out, have nothing to wear. Poor baby, you need a cookie.

Meet Ginger Krinkles!

Nine little ingredients, five minutes to assemble, 10-15 minutes to bake. Voila!

(*’Tis a cookie-exchange award-winning recipe.)

Ginger Krinkles!

2/3 Cup Vegetable Oil

1 Cup Granulated Sugar (—additional 1/2 cup sugar for rolling)

1 Egg

4 Tablespoons Molasses

2 Cups Flour

2 Teaspoons Baking Soda

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

1 Teaspoon Cinnamon

1 Teaspoon Ginger

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Mix oil and sugar, add egg and beat. Stir in molasses. Sift dry ingredients together and add to mixture.


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Place spoonful of dough into separate bowl of sugar and roll into uniformly sized balls. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

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