'I am simply a 'book drunkard.' Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them.' L.M. Montgomery

'There are no faster or firmer friendships than those formed between people who love the same books.' Irving Stone


Sunday, December 21, 2014

Song for Sunday

Mary, Did You Know? by Pentatonix

Mary, did you know that your baby boy would one day walk on water?
Mary, did you know that your baby boy would save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you've delivered, will soon deliver you.

Mary, did you know that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary, did you know that your baby boy will calm a storm with his hand?
Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
When you kiss your little baby, you kiss the face of God.

Mary, did you know? Mary, did you know? Mary, did you know?..
Mary, did you know? Mary, did you know? Mary, did you know?..

The blind will see, the deaf will hear and the dead will live again.
The lame will leap, the dumb will speak, the praises of the lamb.

Mary, did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary, did you know that your baby boy would one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your baby boy is heaven's perfect Lamb?
That sleeping child you're holding is the great I am.

Mary, did you know? Mary, did you know? Mary, did you know?..

Friday, December 19, 2014

Rigatoni Woodsman Style

I've made this twice now and it is so delicious and different. If your a mushroom lover you will want to give this a try! I got this recipe over @ Lidia's Italy blog. That's Lidia Bastianich from PBS. She has a restaurant here in Pittsburgh but I've never been.  I'm not adding a pic, I forgot to take one and my pics are never lovely like so many other blogs are. You'll just have to trust me it's gorgeous!

Rigatoni Woodsman Style
Rigatoni alla Boscaiola

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 pound sweet Italian sausage, without fennel seeds, removed from casing
1 pound mixed mushrooms, (button, cremini, shiitake, oyster) thickly sliced
6 fresh sage leaves
1 (28-ounce) can Italian plum tomatoes, preferably San Marzano, crushed by hand
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 pound rigatoni
1 cup frozen peas
1 bunch scallions , chopped
½ cup heavy cream
1 cup grated Grana Padano or Parmiggiano-Reggiano

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil for pasta. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and cooked until onion is softened, about 4 minutes. Add sausage and cook and crumble with a wooden spoon until sausage is no longer pink, about 4 minutes.

2. Add mushrooms, cover and cook until mushrooms release their juices, about 2 minutes. Uncover, add the sage and tomatoes. Bring to a simmer, slosh out the tomato can with 1 cup pasta cooking water and season with the salt. Bring the sauce to a simmer and cook uncovered, until thickened, about 10 minutes.

3. Once the sauce is thickened, add the peas and scallions. Cook until scallions wilt, about 2 minutes. Add 1 cup pasta water and the heavy cream. Bring to a boil and cook until thickened, about 2 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, add the rigatoni to the pasta water and cook until al dente. Remove pasta with a spider and add directly to the sauce, cook and toss until the pasta is coated with the sauce. Off heat, sprinkle with the grated cheese and toss again. Serve immediately. 

Peggy Ann

Thursday, December 18, 2014

I'm Married to Scottish Nobility!

It's true! Last week we met with a fellow who contacted us via Facebook looking for relatives of Joseph and Mary Arthurs. Turns out they are my husband's great grandparents and Jeff is his second cousin! Dave knew little really about his dad's family other than they came from Ireland. And they did, his great grandpa Joseph Arthurs came over in the late 1800's. They were Catholic and fleeing the persecution of the Orangemen.

Turns out his great grandma, Mary Hunter Arthurs is descendant of a long Scottish line and Jeff had the documents to prove it. All the way back to his 27th great grandfather, Simon fitz Alan in the 1100's! Simon fitz Alan was a 12th-century noble who was the ancestor of the Clan Boyd. Simon was the third son of the Breton knight, Alan fitz Flaad, feudal lord of Oswestry, by his spouse Aveline, daughter of Ernoulf de Hesdin. Joseph Hunter was the first in the line to immigrate to America. He was born in Ayrshire in 1747 and died in New Jersey in 1858.

Sir Robert Boyd was said to have fought with William Wallace and Robert the Bruce! Somewhere in there a Campbell was married in also. James of Abbotshill & Park Hunter is a name on the list and I haven't had time to look around about him yet but it looks like he might link into Lewis or Meriweather from our nations history! Jeff is going to send me a copy of the Scottish line in order. It's been fun looking up these people and learning about them. I'll let you know if I find anything interesting out!

On another note...
I picked up a book on the library book sale cart by Shirley Jackson. She wrote horror, her most famous The Haunting of Hill House. I've seen the movie but not read the book. This book, Life Among the Savages, is a memoir of her family's life in rural Vermont. On the back of the book...
  One of America's most celebrated writers takes you home to a family and a small town so funny and unpredictable, you'll wish it were your own!
Looking forward to reading it!

We are off to the kid's house in Maryland this morning for a pre-Christmas celebration. Dave has to work on Christmas. I've loaded the iPad with audio books for the drive. It's only 4 hours each way but I can get a book read in that time! Not sure what I'll read, In the Shadow of a Glacier by Vicki Delaney or The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom or Death at Wentwater by Carola Dunn.

Can't wait to see the grandkids open their gifts! Got Ian a slot car racetrack. And Isa is getting the retired American Doll she wanted. We've told her over and over its just to expensive so she will be so surprised!

Well I better go get moving so we can get on the road. Bitter cold but at least there isn't any snow on the ground! Just a light dusting last night. See you next week!

Peggy Ann

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Bonus Song for Sunday!

Let them praise His name with dancing    Psalm 149:3

Song for Sunday

Jesus Loves Me by Chris Tomlin

I was lost
I was in chains
The world had a hold of me

My heart was a stone
I was covered in shame
When He came for me

I couldn't run, couldn't run from His presence
I couldn't run, couldn't run from His arms

Jesus, He loves me, He loves me, He is for me
Jesus, how can it be, He loves me, He is for me

And it was a fire
Deep in my soul
I'll never be the same

I stepped out of the dark
And into the light
When He called my name

I couldn't run, couldn't run from His presence
I couldn't run, couldn't run from His arms

He holds the stars and He holds my heart
With healing hands that bear the scars
The rugged cross where He died for me
My only hope, my everything

Publishing: © 2014 Worship Together Music / sixsteps Songs / S.D.G. Publishing (BMI) / 9T One Songs / Ariose Music (ASCAP) / SHOUT! Music Publishing (APRA)
Writer(s): Chris Tomlin, Reuben Morgan, and Ben Glover

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Mystery in White A Christmas Crime Story by J. Jefferson Farjeon

The British Library Crime Classics reprints have beautiful covers and I really love this one. It makes me want to get a mug of hot cocoa and curl up in a big chair with it. Doesn't it you? The original book was published in 1937.

This book has a foreword by Martin Edwards, author of the Harry Devlin and Lake District series. He does a wonderful job and makes you want to dig right in!

back cover:
'The horror on the train, great though it may turn out to be, will not compare with the horror that exists here, in this house.'

   On Christmas Eve, heavy snowfall brings a train to a halt near the village of Hemmersby. Several passengers take shelter in a deserted country house, where the fire has been lit and the table laid for tea - but no one is at home.
  Trapped together for Christmas, the passengers are seeking to unravel the secrets of the empty house when a murderer strikes in their midst.
The whole story takes place on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The main characters are five passengers from the snowbound train. A mild, nervous male clerk on his way to his aunt's for Christmas, a chorus girl, an elderly bore (with an eye for the chorus girl), a brother and sister team, and an elderly man who is a paranormal investigator. Another man, Smith, shows up. Was he on the train too? Why is he so secretive and hot tempered? Why is the tea laid, fires burning and no one there? Why is a knife laying on the kitchen floor?

This was a great read! Murder, mystery, a hint of romance, a blizzard, a deserted manor house and humor. A must read for a cold winter day. Reviews at The Passing Tramp and Past Offences made me HAVE to get this book. Thanks guys! I want to read more of Farjeon for sure! And it looks like there is plenty...

  • The Master Criminal. (London, Brentano's, 1924).
  • The Confusing Friendship. (London, Brentano's, 1924).
  • Little Things That Happen. (London, Methuen, 1925).
  • Uninvited Guests. (London, Brentano's, 1925).
  • No 17. (London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1926)
  • At the Green Dragon. (London, Harrap, 1926)
  • The Crook's Shadow. (London, Harrap, 1927)
  • More Little Happenings. (London, Methuen, 1928)
  • The House of Disappearance. (New York, A. L. Burt, 1928)
  • Underground. (New York, A. L. Burt, 1928)
  • Shadows by the Sea. (London, Harrap, 1928)
  • The Appointed Date. (London, 1929)
  • The 5:18 Mystery. (1929)
  • The Person Called Z. (1930)
  • The Mystery on the Moor. (London, Collins, 1930)
  • The House Opposite. (London, Collins, 1931).
  • Murderer's Trail. (London, Collins, 1931)
  • The "Z". Murders. (London, Collins, 1932)
  • Trunk Call. (London, Collins, 1932)
  • Ben Sees It Through. (London, Collins, 1932)
  • Sometimes Life's Funny. (London, Collins, 1933)
  • The Mystery of the Creek. (London, Collins, 1933)
  • Dead Man's Heath. (London, Collins, 1933)
  • Old Man Mystery. (London, Collins, 1933)
  • Fancy Dress Ball. (London, Collins, 1934)
  • The Windmill Mystery. (London, Collins, 1934)
  • Sinister Inn. (London, Collins, 1934)
  • Little God Ben. (London, Collins, 1935)
  • Holiday Express. (London, Collins, 1935)
  • Detective Ben. (London, Collins, 1936)
  • Dangerous Beauty. (London, Collins, 1936)
  • Holiday at Half Mast. (London, Collins, 1937)
  • Mystery in White. (1937)
  • Dark Lady. (1938)
  • End of An Author. (1938)
  • Seven Dead. (1939)
  • Exit John Horton. (1939)
  • Aunt Sunday Sees It Through. (1940)
  • Room Number Six. (1941)
  • The Third Victim. (1941)
  • Death in the Inkwell. (1942)
  • The Judge Sums Up. (1942)
  • The House of Shadows. (1943)
  • Greenmask. (1944)
  • Black Castle. (1945)
  • The Oval Table. (1946)
  • Peril in the Pyrenees. (1946)
  • Back To Victoria. (1947)
  • The Adventure at Eighty. (1948)
  • Prelude To Crime. (1948)
  • The Impossible Guest. (1949)
  • The Shadow of Thirteen. (1949)
  • The Disappearances of Uncle David. (1949)
  • Cause Unknown. (1950)
  • The House Over the Tunnel. (1951)
  • The Adventure For Nine. (1951)
  • Ben on the Job . (1952)
  • Number Nineteen. (1952)
  • The Double Crime. (1953)
  • Money Walks. (1953)
  • Castle of Fear. (1954)
  • The Caravan Adventure. (1955)
Peggy Ann