Monday, October 24, 2016

Product Review ~ #SignatureRussets voxbox from @Influenster and @IdahoanFoods

Received this voxbox from Influenster. This time it was for the Idahoan Signature Russets mashed potatoes.

Unless it is a holiday we do not eat a lot of regular mashed potatoes. We use them in recipes like shepherd's pie and the like. Decided to use these by themselves along with some chicken and veggies. I'm always worried that instant potatoes will be dry or flavorless. I was glad, after following the directions exactly, that these had a creamy consistency without being gluey and did not need to have anything like extra butter added to taste good. They even held up for leftovers at lunch the next day.
This is a product that we always have on hand in the house just in case and would definitely buy this brand again.

Rating: 4 
**Product received free for testing purposes and did not influence our opinions of the product.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

This Week's Reads

Strange Truths by S.D. Wasley
Alice England #1 (Goodreads)
**This came out this week. Excited to finally find out more about Alice.

The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #2 (Goodreads)
**One of my favorite authors and I always look forward to reading a new book from him.

A Fatal Waltz by Tasha Alexander
Lady Emily #3 (Goodreads)
**Love finding a new series that have plenty of books for me to read. Really like the mix of Historical and Mystery in these.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

New Releases ~ week of 10/17/2016

A Place in Time by JoAnn Ross (#1 Rum Runner Island)
A Raven's Heart by K. C. Bateman (#2 Secrets and Spies)
A Royal Christmas Wedding by Rachel Hauck (#4 Royal Wedding)
A Shoe Addict's Christmas by Beth Harbison (#3 Shoe Addict)
A Study In Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas (#1 The Lady Sherlock Series)
Another Day, Another Dali by Sandra Orchard (#2 Serena Jones Mystery)
Away from the Dark by Aleatha Romig (#2 The Light)
Bare Pleasures by Lindsay Evans (#1 Miami Strong)
Barefoot at Midnight by Roxanne St. Claire (#3 Barefoot Bay Timeless)
Beard Science by Penny Reid (#3 Winston Brothers)
Black Diamond by Susannah Sandlin (#2 Wilds of the Bayou)
Black Snow by Paul Mannering (#4 Tankbread)
Claws and Effect by Steve Hockensmith (#2 Secret Smithsonian Adventures)
Don't Say It by Debra Kayn (#2 Ronacks Motorcycle Club)
Draven by Patricia A. Rasey (#4.5 Sons of Sangue)
Dream Maker by Erin McCarthy (#2 Nashville Nights)
Escape Clause by John Sandford (#9 Virgil Flowers)
Fatal Frost by Karen MacInerney (#2 Dewberry Farm Mystery)
Forsaken by Sierra Kincade (#1 Deep Connection)
From the Grave by Cynthia Reeg (#1 Monster Or Die)
Gemina by Jay Kristoff (#2 Illuminae Files)
Ghost Maker by Robin D. Owens (#5 Ghost Seer)
Hard to Fall by Marquita Valentine (#4 Take the Fall)
Hatched by Bruce Coville (#2 The Enchanted Files)
Her Naughty Holiday by Tiffany Reisz (#2 Men at Work)
Hexbound by Bec McMaster (#2 The Dark Arts)
Home on the Range by Ruth Logan Herne (#2 Double S Ranch)
Honor: The Breaking Point by Jay Crownover (#4 Welcome to the Point)
Hot Winter Nights by Debbi Rawlins (#19 Made in Montana)
Means and Motive by Carla Cassidy (#13 Scene of the Crime)
Mixing Temptation by Sara Jane Stone (#3 Second Shot)
Moon Chosen by P C Cast (#1 Tales of a New World)
Out of Practice by Phoebe Fox (#4 Breakup Doctor)
Passion's Fury by Violetta Rand (#3 Viking's Fury)
Pharaoh by Wilbur Smith (#6 Ancient Egyptian)
Plain Christmas by Sarah Price (#6 Plain Fame)
Rebellion of Thieves by Kekla Magoon (#2 Robyn Hoodlum)
Rose & Thorn by Sarah Prineas (#2 Ash & Bramble)
Royally Screwed by Emma Chase (#1 Royally)
Seduced by Randy Wayne White (#4 Hannah Smith)
Shadow of the Storm by Connilyn Cossette (#2 Out From Egypt)
Spirits, Beignets, and a Bayou Biker Gang by Deanna Chase (#3 Pyper Rayne)
Strange Truths by S.D. Wasley (Alice England Mysteries #1)
The Boy is Back by Meg Cabot (#4 Boy)
The Christmas Town by Donna VanLiere (#9 Christmas Hope)
The Dead Woman of Deptford by Ann Granger (#6 Lizzie Martin)
The Devils Who Would Be King by Nina Mason (#4 Royal Pains)
The Four Legendary Kingdoms by Matthew Reilly (#4 Jack West Junior)
The Girl Who Cried Murder by Paula Graves (#2 Campbell Cove Academy)
The Twelve Dogs of Christmas by David Rosenfelt (#15 Andy Carpenter)
To Love and Cherish by Lauren Layne (#3 The Wedding Belles)
Top Shelf by Kelly Jamieson (#4 Chicago Aces)
Unsportsmanlike Conduct by Sophia Henry (#4 Pilots Hockey)
Waiting for Summer by Sherelle Green (#3 Bare Sophistication)
Where Two Hearts Meet by Liz Johnson (#2 Prince Edward Island Dreams)
Wild Montana Skies by Susan May Warren (#1 Montana Rescue)

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

This Week's Reads

The King's Traitor by Jeff Wheeler
Kingfountain #3 (Goodreads)
**I like that this book seems to be named after Owen rather than his poisoner. At the same time, there is a part of me that wishes the first two had been more about their namesakes. Loving this trilogy.

The Illustrated Book of Sayings by Ella Frances Sanders
Curious Expressions From Around the World (Goodreads)
**I've been really into the different language and sayings books. I saw this one on Blogging for Books (website) and decided to request it.
So far, I really like the layout, stories, and pictures that go along with each saying.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

New Releases ~ week of 10/10/2016

Christmas Day at the Office by Matt Dunn (#2 Day at the Office)
A Most Novel Revenge by Ashley Weaver (#3 Amory Ames Mystery)
A Soldier's Revenge by Matthew Dunn (#6 Spycatcher)
A Terrible Beauty by Tasha Alexander (#11 Emily Ashton)
Ablaze by Paige Tyler (#2 Dallas Fire & Rescue)
Abstract Aliases by Ritter Ames (#3 Body of Art Mystery)
Alliance by Rebecca Hamilton, K de Long (#1 Mated in Hell Trilogy)
Beautiful Maids All in a Row by Jennifer Harlow (#1 Iris Ballard Series)
Black Widow: Red Vengeance by by Margaret Stohl (Black Widow #2)
Blood On the Tracks by William Vitka (#2 Hellcat)
Bound by Blood and Sand by Becky Allen (#1 Bound by Blood and Sand)
Bound to Submit by Laura Kaye (#1 Blasphemy)
Bound To Surrender by Jenna Jacob (#7 Doms Of Genesis)
Buy a Bullet by Gregg Hurwitz (#Story in Evan Smoak)
Cal by Megan O'Brien (#5 The Ride)
Carved by Brenda K. Davies (#2 The Road To Hell Series)
Chaosmage by Stephen Aryan (#3 Battlemage Trilogy)
Conspiracy of Ravens by Lila Bowen (#2 Shadow)
Creatus Animus by Carmen DeSousa (#4 Creatus)
Crimson Death by Laurell K. Hamilton (#24 Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter)
Darkness Savage by Rachel A Marks (#3 The Dark Cycle)
Death Among Rubies by R J Koreto (#2 Lady Frances Ffolkes Mystery)
Death in Cold Water by Patricia Skalka (#3 Dave Cubiak Mystery)
Death of a Toy Soldier by Barbara Early (#1 Vintage Toyshop Mystery)
Disenchanted by Megan Morrison (#2 Tyme)
Down Deep by Virna DePaul (#1 Going Deep)
Drone Threat by Mike Maden (#4 Troy Pearce)
Enjoy the Dance by Heidi Cullinan (#2 Dancing)
Fashion Disaster by Jill Santopolo (#9 Sparkle Spa)
Fidelity by Jan Fedarcyk (#1 Kay Malloy)
Grizzly Season by S W Lauden (#2 Greg Salem)
Happy Witchgiving by Amanda M. Lee (#8.6 Wicked Witches of the Midwest Mysteries)
Here Comes the Flood by J J Salkeld (#4 Natural Detective)
It Had to Be Them by Tamra Baumann (#4 It Had to Be)
Mary Russell's War by Laurie R. King (#15 Mary Russell Mysteries)
Midnight Untamed by Lara Adrian (#14.5 1001 Dark Nights)
Murder in the Courthouse by Nancy Grace (#3 Hailey Dean)
My Seductive Highlander by Maeve Greyson (#4 Highland Hearts)
Never Better by Charlotte Stein (#3 Dark Obsession)
Order to Kill by Vince Flynn, Kyle Mills (#15 Mitch Rapp)
Precious and Grace by Alexander McCall Smith (#17 The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency)
Prisoners by Robert J. Crane (#10 Out of the Box)
Raw Edges by CJ Lyons (#2 Renegade Justice)
Scared Money by Jenna Bennett (#13 Savannah Martin Mystery)
School Ship Tobermory by Alexander McCall Smith (#1 School Ship Tobermory)
Something Buried, Something Blue by Wendy Corsi Staub (#7 Lily Dale)
Song of the Sword by C. R. Grey (#3 Animas)
South Village by Rob Hart (#3 Ash McKenna)
Spy Ski School by Stuart Gibbs (#4 Spy School)
StarChaser by Angie Sage (#3 Todhunter Moon)
Sugar Free by Sawyer Bennett (#3 Sugar Bowl)
The Abandoned Heart by Laura Benedict (#3 Bliss House)
The Billionaire Shifter's Virgin Mate by Diana Seere (#2 The Billionaire Shifters Club)
The Bookshop on Autumn Lane by Cynthia Tennent (#3 Truhart)
The Butterfly Rebellion by Jack Patton (#9 Battle Bugs)
The Delphi Effect by Rysa Walker (#1 Delphi Trilogy)
The Ghost of Grey Fox Inn by Carolyn Keene (#13 Nancy Drew Diaries)
The Midnight Star by Marie Lu (#3 The Young Elites)
The Northern Cross by Hendrik Falkenberg (#2 A Baltic Sea Crime Novel)
The Scent of Salt & Sand by Kristin Cast (#2.5 Escaped)
The Truest Heart by E D Baker (#2 Fairy-Tale Matchmaker)
The Wilhelm Conspiracy by Charles Veley (#2 Sherlock Holmes & Lucy James Mystery)
The Wraiths of War by Mark Morris (#3 Obsidian Heart)
Unlucky in Love by Maggie McGinnis (#4 Whisper Creek)
Variations by Megan Mitcham (#9 Base Branch Novels)
Veiled In Blue by Lynne Connolly (#6 Emperors of London)
Whispered Lies by Kathleen Brooks (#1 Web of Lies)
Within a Captain's Fate by Lisa A Olech (#3 Captains of the Scarlet Night)
Wolf Betrayed by Carrie Ann Ryan (#4 Talon Pack)
Worth Killing For by Ed James (#2 DI Fenchurch)