Author: Barbara Casey

Cold in the Earth by Aline Templeton

DI Marjory Fleming… a character I’ve learned to love Aline Templeton’s DI Marjory Fleming mystery series has been on my radar for four years, ever since one of my favorite mystery writers, Louise Penny, recommended it on her blog. Alas, my library didn’t carry the books, so I placed a sticky note in my “authors to …

The Long Way Home by Louise Penny

My review of The Long Way Home – Louise Penny’s 10th book in the Chief Inspector Gamache series Many readers of Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache/Three Pines books don’t know what to make of the newest installment in the series, The Long Way Home. Some found the conversations boring, others wondered where the action was, and quite …

Pancake Frying Pans – Plett vs. Cast Iron

Pancake Frying Pan Reviews: Plett Pan vs. Cast Iron Skillet My grandmother’s much-loved pancake recipes need two different fry pans. A couple of years ago, I went on a frying pan quest, when pancakes became an important food group in our soft foods diet. A dental appliance put soft pancakes front and center… but I didn’t …

My Book Holder Lets Me Read While Eating

An adjustable book holder for people who like to read while eating… and cooking I can now read while I’m eating and cooking… without spilling food on the pages. Are you an avid reader in search of an affordable, functional book holder? Or are you on the lookout for a fun, yet practical, gift for a …

Ode to Pure Soap: No Sneezing or Itching

Bubbly Poetry – My Ode to Pure Soap Do you ever get giddy about the products you love? Like soap, for instance? I am such a fan of Cal Ben’s Pure Soap that I even wrote a poem about it, my “Ode to Pure Soap.” I mean… this is a soap that doesn’t make me sneeze or …

Zombie lawn decor starts apocalypse

Did my zombie lawn decorations accidentally start an apocalypse last Halloween? It started out as a typical Halloween night. The sun had set and I was waiting for the first trick-or-treaters to arrive, when – all of a sudden – I heard this awful moaning on the front lawn. The yard decorations were on a zombie …

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

An Engaging Book Club Pick – The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion Professor Don Tillman is not your average guy. He’s a genetics professor who has set himself a goal: he wants to get married. He’s almost 40 and, in his typically Aspergian way, has set up a very logical, methodical system for discovering the ideal wife. …

Aubrey-Maturin Series Reading Order

The Aubrey-Maturin Series by Patrick O’Brian… with Reading Order List Master and Commander is the first book in Patrick O’Brian’s wonderful 21-book historical fiction series known as the “Aubrey-Maturin Series.” It is also the name of the adventure movie with Russell Crowe, although much of the action in the film was actually derived from books much farther …

Vegetarian Nachos Grande Recipe

A tasty appetizer for TV sports events and casual parties… Football Sundays wouldn’t be complete without Vegetarian Nachos Grande. The recipe is super easy… just assemble the ingredients, layer them, bake and eat. If you’re inviting a gang over for a TV sporting event or putting together your Super Bowl party menu, here’s a vegetarian appetizer …