Wednesday, November 22, 2017

BEACH TALE: The Tale of the Traveling Turkey Pan

Roast turkey is an American tradition, but in my family it goes a bit beyond that.  It has to be roasted in a special turkey pan, one that has been around longer than me (and that’s a long time.)  It’s a behemoth 11x16x9 inches in size and will hold a 28-pound stuffed bird comfortably.  We use it twice a year, and storage of it the other 363 days is a challenge. But we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Monday, November 6, 2017

BEACH CHAT with Carrie Anne Knox

Pull up a beach chair and join me as we get to know a new author on the cozy mystery scene. I met Carrie Anne Knox at a Mystery by the Sea meeting, but haven't had a chance to get to know her too well. When I was looking for someone to participate in a Beach Chat, the choice was obvious. I love what she has to say, and I know you will too!  And be sure and check out her debut novel, Impulse Spy, which I awarded a 5 beach umbrella review in a previous post. But for now, let's let Carrie do the talking...  

Recommend a Beach Read: The Girl on the Train by by Paula Hawkins
Most cherished beach memory: To me, the beach is one long memory. It is the one place I can see my mother. Since she passed, whenever I visit the beach I see her everywhere and feel her presence sun-bathing next to me just as we used to do all day growing up. Just her and me, while the boys had to run and entertain themselves. She lived for the beach and passed along that love to me.

Monday, October 30, 2017


<<This book is proof you CAN judge a book by it's cover! Don't you just love it?>> 

          Book Title:   Impulse Spy, A Sonic Sleuths Mystery
          Genre:  Cozy Mystery
          Setting: Norfolk, VA
          Format:  Trade Paperback
          Pages: 265
          Publication date:  May 15, 2017
          Publisher:  Xotolithic Press
          Opening Passage:  
I first heard rather than saw her.
It was something in the sound of her boots that caught my attention.  Or maybe the confident swish as she sashayed past my table.  Whatever it was, I found myself abandoning the book in my hands to eye the mysterious girl.

Beach Read Rating: 
5 (out of 5) Beach Umbrellas

Monday, October 16, 2017


There was a time when my son didn’t drink alcohol, days which we refer to as BC (as in Before-College.) When the occasion called for a festive drink, we served him Ocean Water.  No, not the brown, salty, seaweed-infused stuff from the Atlantic, but a sugar-based concoction as clear and blue as the Caribbean. We didn’t have a Sonic Drive-In near us then, nor the Internet, thus this recipe came to me the old-fashioned way—from a newspaper article. I've shared it many times over the years. I just checked, and it is the official Sonic recipe for Ocean Water, but I like to think they got it from me (or from the newspaper...)

3 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon imitation coconut extract
2 drops blue food coloring
2 12-oz cans cold Sprite

Combine water and sugar in microwave safe bowl for 30-45 seconds.  Stir to dissolve sugar. Let cool. Add the rest of the ingredients and serve over ice. Kids of all ages will enjoy it. 

Monday, October 9, 2017

BEACH WRITING: Writing Under the Influence

<<Here we go again...another post on the writer-ly life, although this time around it isn't so much about the craft, but more about the inspiration.  Both writers AND readers should enjoy it.  Read on!>> 
I know it’s kind of like a magician revealing how his tricks work, but I am about to share with you the deep, dark secret of writers.  I mean ALL writers.  Anyone who has ever put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard or dreamed up a catch little ditty in their head.  But you have to promise not to tell anyone, because, well, then it wouldn’t be a secret any more, right?  Promise?  Okay, here it is.  Every writer across the ages and throughout the world, has written under the influence!
Oops, that didn’t come out quite right.  Allow me to clarify.

Monday, October 2, 2017

BEACH RERUN: Missing Man Table

<<Originally posted to this blog on October 17, 2011. It’s worth saying again…>>

It’s that time of year…Navy Birthday Ball! And thanks to the 7th wonder of the modern fashion world—Spanks—I will be looking svelte in my ball gown this weekend. The United States Navy will be celebrating its 236th birthday, but it’s not all one big drinking/dining/dancing party. The Navy Ball, as well as many other official military dining events throughout the year, serve as a reminder to the POWs and MIAs who yet to return home. This is done through the Missing Man POW/MIA table set at the front of the room. 

Monday, September 25, 2017

BEACH BASH--Celebrating National One-Hit Wonder Day

It's amazing to me what all is on our National Days calendar, celebrating fun, unusual or forgotten designations on our annual calendar.  It's fun to follow, and every now and then I plan to jump in and celebrate with everyone. Here is my first Beach Bash... 
Sirius music source is seriously making me listen to music in a whole new way.  Especially when making two long trips with hubby over the summer.  Hubby is the KING of music trivia, or so he thinks. With more than 2,000 miles under our tires, I got a lot of trivia. He knows who sang just about every hit song.  Me? If it wasn’t The Partridge Family, then I didn’t know, or even care.  (For the record, we listened to classic music exclusively growing up but we were allowed to watch Friday Night TV! It opened up a whole new musical world for me, and my mother who liked to listing to David Cassidy while doing housework.  But that's another topic for another day!)