Box of Butterflies | February Book Club

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OK, OK, it doesn't come out until March, but I wanted to give you all a heads up on this beautiful book, by my beautiful friend, Roma Downey.

Do you feel something special when you see a butterfly? Roma does. These graceful winged creatures, with their intricate patterns and delicate flutter reminder her of God's presence, which is all around us.

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Box of Butterflies is meant to do just that, remind us all that God is here, with us, each and every moment. It's a collection of inspiring thoughts, poems, scripture and art work that will serve as a metaphorical butterfly on the days you most need one.

Just a moment or two with her book during those times will give you the little lift, the little reminder, that you are never alone. In the best and the worst of times, God is there, loving you fiercely throughout your life.

Box of Butterflies is the absolute perfect gift to tuck into an Easter basket or wrap up for Mother's Day. Actually, it's the absolute perfect gift to give ANY day.

Pre-Order your Box of Butterflies

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I think Box of Butterflies is such a lovely thing to own, I'm going to give several of them away.

Would you like one? Write to me and tell me why at D@Delilah.com.

Delilah's Valentine's Playlist 2018

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Valentine's Day is Wednesday, February 14th and I want yours to be PERFECT! With the help of Producer Janey, we've put together a play-list for you to make your date with your sweetie, your 'lil rug-rats, or your bestie, a music-filled day of L.O.V.E. love!

 

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Lights Down Low, MAX
Low, slow, and sexy, if Lights Down Low doesn't put you in a Valentine's mood, nothing will!

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Valentine, Train
This fun, fifties-esque, single will have you snapping your fingers and cravin' a shake and a drive-in movie! The Hallmark Channel even snagged it for it's Valentine specials!

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The Rest of My Life, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
Tim and Faith demonstrate daily what it means to be in a loving, committed relationship, The Rest of My Life is a beautiful testament to that.

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Forever My Girl,
An album full of great love songs with a New Country lilt.

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DA YA Think I'm Sexy, Rod Stewart (feat. DNCE)
Rod's still got it! And yes, I think he's sexy!

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Perfect, Ed Sheeran
Everything is PERFECT about this song!

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Loves Just A Feeling, Lindsey Stirling (feat. Rooty)
The adorable and SUPER talented Lindsey Stirling will knock your stockings off with Loves Just a Feeling! Dance like nobody's around!

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Die A Happy Man, Thomas Rhett
Last night, was hands down, the best night... My daughter and nieces ADORE this artist and this song. Swoon!

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The Fighter, Keith Urban (feat. Carrie Underwood)
Don't give up on love, because love (and Keith Urban) won't let you! He'll be the fighter!

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What Lover’s Do, Maroon 5 (feat. SZA)
Fast, fun, and upbeat, What Lovers Do will have you up and dancing, wherever you are!

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TIN MAN, Miranda Lambert
We all know Valentines Day isn’t happy for everybody. A broken hearted woman tells her truth. (But don't be a cynic, Love is out there for anyone willing to accept it!)

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There’s Nothing Holding Me Back, Shawn Mendes
Sweet! When you're crushin' on someone, don't let anything hold you back!

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Love So Soft, Kelly Clarkson
Kelly kills it with this single. She's givin' it to you straight, and it makes ya want to straight up DANCE!

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Worst In Me, Julia Michaels
You still love me despite my baggage!

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Scars To Your Beautiful, Alessia Cara
How about a Valentine song about loving yourself?! Because, we're stars and we're beautiful!!

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Where ever you are and what ever you do on Valentine's Day, DON'T do it alone! So you're single, lovin' life, and happy... YAY! Still, spread some love around! Find some family, friends or co-workers to do something FUN with! Go to a movie, bowling, skating... Where ever you are and what ever you do,  Love Someone!

Firefly Cove | January Book Club

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FIREFLY COVE

I've got ten (10) hard-back copies to GIVE AWAY! Write to me at D@Delilah.com and tell me why you'd like one! Be sure to provide your snail-mailing address so I can ship it to you if you're chosen!

We've rung in the New Year, and I stayed up until midnight "just for fun."  Last week I was up waaaay past the clock striking twelve but it was because there were so many things to be done; pies and cookies to bake, gifts to be wrapped, and last minute footed pajamas to be found and rush ordered...

And between these weeks? There were books to read! Glorious, lose yourself in the story, make the world go away, introduce me to new and wonderful character, books!

Among my favorites, and the one I chose for Delilah's January Book Club, is Firefly Cove by Davis Bunn. In it, we go back to Miramar Bay, the setting of Bunn's previous novel (If you haven't read it, pick up BOTH books!) and get to know Lucius Quarterfield. 

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Lucius was born dying. The poor kid wasn't expected to make it long because of his "bad ticker." Perhaps it was because he knew he had to cram a whole lifetime in whatever time he had, but Lucius was a determined kid, who became a focused teen, who turned into a  successful entrepreneur with 11 car-dealerships to his name at the ripe "old" age of  28...

Alas, it seems as though the end really IS in sight and however many minutes, days, weeks or whatever Lucius had left, he was determined to spend it near the only person who had had ever really captivated his weak, irregular, imperfect heart; Jessica.

"A novel rich with rediscovery... Readers will be particularly swept away."
Publishers Weekly.

This novel is one that will draw you in and have you rooting for love no matter how cynical you've become. It's about first, second, and last chances, it's about hanging on and letting go.

Pick up Firefly Cove by Davis Bunn at AMAZON, and while you're there, buy Miramar Bay too!

Happy New Year, my book loving friends. I hope 2018 is filled with kindness, love, and book after beautiful book. Start it off with Firefly Cove!

 

New Year's Day Brunch Menu & Recipes for 8

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We all have our "go to" resources, The Good Housekeeping All-American Cookbook ©1987, is mine. 

I was cruising through looking for ideas this holiday season, when I landed on their New Years Brunch menu, for a group of 8.  To make it an extra special spread, for an extra special day, the menu suggest 3 different fruit juices, blueberry muffins AND coffee cake, and two-melon granitas.

Here's the entire menu and accompanying recipes for you to pick and choose from:

Fresh Fruit Juice
(orange, grapefruit & pineapple)
Country Brunch Pancakes
Breakfast Sausage Patties
Party Creamy Eggs
Blueberry Muffins
Pecan-Curmb Coffee cakes
Two-Melon Granita
Tropical Fruits
Coffee


PLANNING AHEAD

2 days ahead - Bake muffins and coffee cake. Make and freeze granita - soften to scoop, arrange scoops in bowl, then refreeze.

1 day ahead - Prepare fresh juices. Make sausage patties and pancake batter; cover and refrigerate.

Early in Day - Slice fruits and arrange on plate; refrigerate until ready to serve. Fry bacon and sausage patties; keep warm in oven, Make fig-maple syrup.

1 hour ahead - Make pancakes; arrange with sausage patties and keep warm in oven. Prepare mushrooms, avocados, and smoked salmon; begin cooking eggs; add bacon to accompaniments. heat muffins if you like.


RECIPES

BLUEBERRY MUFFINS

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cups sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemo peel
  • 1/2 teasoon vnilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Grease muffin-pan cups.
  2. In bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. With pastry blender or 2 knives used scissor-fashion, cut in butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs.
  4. In small bowl, beat eg, ilk, lemon,peel, and vanilla extract until blended.
  5. Stir egg mixture into flour mixture just util flour is moistened (batter will be lump.) Fold blueberries into batter. Spoon batter into muffin pan cups.
  6. Bake 20-25 minutes until golden and toothpick inserted in center come out clean. Immediately remove muffins from pan. Serve warm or cool muffins on wire rack to serve later; reheat if desired.

PECAN-CRUMB COFFEE CAKES

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cups quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup milk

Directions:

  1. In medium bowl with fork, stir brown sugar, cinnamon and flour. With pastry blender, or two knives used scissor fashion, cut in 1/3 cup butter into flour mixture until mixture resembles large crumbs. Stir in the chopped pecans; set aside.
  2. Grease and flour two 8x8 baking pans. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  3. In large bowl, mix sugar, oats, baking powder, salt, and 3 cups all purpose flour. With pastry blender or cut in remaining 2/3 cups butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. In medium bowl with fork, beat eggs with mild until blended; stir into flour mixture just until flour is moistened. Spoon batter evenly into pans. Evenly sprinkle pecan mixture on top of the coffee cakes. 
  5. Bake 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool coffee cakes in an on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans. Serve warm. Or, to serve later, wrap cakes with foil and reheat in 375 F oven 35 minutes.

TWO-MELON GRANITAS

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 ripe small cantaloupe (about 2lbs)
  • 1 rip small honeydew melon (about 2lbs)
  • Mint leaves for garnish

Directions:

  1. In small saucepan over high heat, heat water and sugar to boiling. Reduce heat to medium, cook 5 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat; stir in lemon juice.
  2. Cut cantaloupe into chunks. In blender at medium speed or in food processor with knife blade attached, blend cantaloupe until smooth.; pour mixture into 8 by 8 baking pan. Repeat process with honeydew melon; pour into another 8x8 baking pan.
  3. Pour half of sugar mixture into each baking pan; stir until well mixed; cover pans with foil or plastic wrap and freeze melon mixture until firm, about 5 hours, stirring occasionally so mixture freezes evenly.
  4. To serve, let the granitas stand oat room temperature about 3 minutes to soften slightly. With spoon, scrape across the surface of granitas in pans to create a pebbly texture. Soon some cantaloupe granita and some honeydew granita into each of 12 chilled dessert bowls. Garnish with the fresh mint leaves. 

BREAKFAST SAUSAGE PATTIES

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs pork shoulder blade roast - boneless cut into 1" cubes.
  • 1/4 cup shopped parsley
  • 21/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Directions:

  1. With food grinder using coarse cutting disk, rind cubed pork into large bowl.
  2. Add the chopped parsley, salt, rubbed sage, and peper; mix well. Shape the mat mixture into patties.
  3. In 12 inch skillet oer medium low heat, cook the patties about 25 minutes or until they are browned and well done.
  4. Carefully turn the patties occasionally with pancake turner to ensure thy cook and brown evenly. Serve patties immediately.

COUNTRY BRUNCH PANCAKES WITH FIG MAPLE SYRUP

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda'1/2 cup milk
  • 1 8oz container creamed cottage cheese
  • 3 eggssgjt;u beaten
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • Salad oil

Directions:

  1. In large bowl, mix flour ad next 4 ingredients. Add milk, cottage cheese, eggs, and lemon juice; stir just until flour in moistened.
  2.  Heat griddle or skillet over medium heat until drop of water sizzles; brush lightly with salad oil. Pour batter by scant 1/4 cupfuls onto hot griddle, making a few pancakes at a time; cook until tops are bubbly and bubbles burst;  edges with look dry. With pancake turner, turn and cook the pancakes until the undersides are golden; place on warm platter; keep pancakes warm.
  3. Repeat until batter is used, brushing griddle with more salad oil if necessary. Serve with Fig-Maple syrup

Fig Maple Syrup: In 1 quart saucepan over high heat, heat 1 1/2 cups maple or maple-flavor syrup., 1/2 cup dried figs, finely chopped 4 Tablespoons butter, and 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel to boiling; reduce heat to low and simmer 3 to 4 minutes; keep warm.

Tropical Fruits: Mangoes, Persimmons, Papaya, Kiwi Fruits. Peeled and sliced. Arrange on a platter in a visually appealing way. 

PARTY CREAMY EGGS

Ingredients:

  • 3 8oz packages of thick-sliced bacon
  • Seasoned Avocados
  • Sauteed Herbed Mushrooms
  • 14 eggs
  • 1/4 tablespoon pepper
  • 6 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 3oz packages of cream cheese, diced
  • 3 3oz packages of sliced smoked salmon

Instructions:

1. Cook Bacon:

  • Arrange bacon slices, overlapping slightly, on rack in broiling pan.
  • Place about 5 inches from source of heat; broil bacon at 300F 10-15 minutes until golden.
  • Turn bacon, separating slices.
  • Broil about 10 minutes longer or until bacon is browned and crisp.
  • Remove to paper towels to drain; keep warm.
  • Meanwhile, prepare Seasoned Avocados; cover and refrigerate, stirring occasionally.

2. Prepare sauteed mushrooms; keep warm

3. Prepare cream-cheese scrambled eggs.

  • In large bowl with fork, beat eggs and pepper until just blended. 
  • In 12 inch skillet over medium high heat, melt butter. 
  • Add egg mixture. As egg mixture begins to set stir slightly so uncooked egg flows to bottom
  • When eggs are partially cooked, add diced cream cheese.
  • Continue cooking until egg mixture is set but still moist.
  • Remove from heat.
  • To serve, spoon mixture into warm bowl, place on large platter. Arrange seasoned Avocados, sauteed mushrooms, bacon strips and smoked salmon around eggs on platter.

Seasoned Avocados:

In medium bowl mix 1T sugar, 3T white wine vinegar, 2T salad oil, 1T chopped parsley, and 3/4 t salt. Peel and remove seed from 2 large avocados. Cut avocados lengthwise in half, then crosswise into 1/4" thick slices. Add avocado and 1 2-oz jar of sliced pimentos, drained, to dressing in bowl; toss to coat well with dressing. Makes 2 cups.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great Pet Products | Whistle & iFetch

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It's no secret how much I love animals, and if you love your pets as much as I love mine, they'll be included on your holiday shopping list this year. Here's a couple of suggestions:

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Not long ago, my lab went missing and for a bit I thought we'd never see him again. He eventually came home, and soon after I got the Whistle 3 GPS Pet Tracker and now I always know where he, and the rest of my furry buddies are!

  • Whistle 3 connects to your pet's collar
  • Receive fast alerts when your pet leaves it's home turf
  • Pinpoint and track  your pet nationwide from your smartphone
  • Reduce time searching for your pets!

 

Get (or give) the #1 device that's keeping more pets safe, and save $30 by using code DELILAH upon checkout at Whistle.com.

Learn more about Whistle 3 GPS Pet Tracker HERE.


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My dogs love the award-winning iFetch ball launchers and yours will too!

This interactive ball launcher will be your dog's new friend. Train your dog to drop the iFetch ball into the IFetch and watch them retrieve over and over again. My kids love to use this with our mutts!

Find the best model for your pets HERE.

  • Great mental and physical stimulation for your dog
  • Choose from three models
  • Programmable distance setting on iFetch and iFetch Too models

Save $30 off (1) iFetch product now at GoiFetch.com.
Use coupon code DELILAH at checkout.

Wishing you and your pets a healthy, happy, holiday season!

Love,  Delilah