Short Story Review: Euphoria in the Desert

I read the ARC for this short story called Euphoria in the Desert. This short story was not only fun and witty but it was also clean and I think you would like it. I found it easy to read and a page turner. It kept my attention and I didn’t want to put it down. I rate this short story 5 stars. 

Bookbub Book Excerpt 

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So if you KU (Kindle Unlimited), read it or you can buy the book at Amazon.com. Not sure what the price is internationally but in Amazon US it is $.99. How long that price will last well I really don’t know. I really enjoyed this short story. It’s unpredictable.

Site Links For Tina Swayzee McCright 

  1. Bookbub Authors Page

  2. Tina Swayzee McCright’s Website 

  3. Tina Swayzee McCright’s Amazon Author Page

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Friendly Fill -Ins

Daisy Mae and I will be doing Friendly Fill – Ins different this week. We will both answer each question. Daisy Mae’s answer will be in Navy Blue and my answers will be in Purple. All answers will be in italics.

  1. I’m a stickler for Security and Privacy. Daisy Mae’s answer is: she’s a stickler for Getting my cat treats and keeping my owners at home.

  2. By the end of August, I plan to Write another poem  and write a post on my other site WELCOME TO CRYSTAL’S SITE(ORIGINALLY COUNTRY LIVING) . Daisy Mae says, she plans to find another… What am I talking about. I have no plans but to continue sleeping. I’m a cat for kittens sake.

  3. My compassionate and understanding personality is my favorite thing about myself. Daisy Mae says: everything is her favorite thing about herself.

  4. These days, my biggest priority is My Faith and Walking with God and doing what He wants me to. Daisy Mae says her biggest priority is staying safe with her owners.

 

 

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Wordless Wednesday & Pet Parade

We are joining Comedy Plus for Wordless Wednesday and joining Basil’s Blog for Pet Parade. Come join us for the fun and get more traffic to your blog by joining the blog hops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Pickle Rick” Recipe

Ever just want to get refreshed in this hot weather? Ever go for a glass of water but didn’t really want water? Well I’m going to help you remedy that. That’s right here is an easy recipe for a drink that looks very refreshing. That’s right I haven’t tried it. Please note, This recipe can easily be made nonalcoholic by taking all alcoholic ingredients out. “Pickle Rick” Recipe is below.

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Ingredients:

1.5 oz Aurora Gin.

.5 oz Pickle Juice.

.5 oz Tomato Juice or Bloody Mary mix.

Fresh Lime.

Tonic Water.

Directions:

Combine ingredients with ice in a collins glass,

ENJOY!!

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Being Welcomed Home By A Bear

My family and I came home from vacation around July 18th, 2019. We were welcomed home by this big black visitor. The photo of our visitor is below.

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Recipes For Cats

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QUEEN DAISY MAE SHOWING OFF HER GREY AND WHITE BELLY. (ORIGINAL PICTURE).

I thought I’d do something different. We do recipes for but rarely do recipes for cats or dogs. I thought I would do some recipes for cats. 

I follow TWO Spoiled Cats and found this recipe a few days ago on their blog and liked it that I wanted to share it with you. 

RECIPE FOR CATS: SALMON KITTY TREATS

Ingredients 

10 oz canned salmon undrained.

1 egg beaten

2 cups whole wheat flour

Instructions

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Pulse 10 oz canned salmon (undrained) in a food processor and/or chop as finely as possible.

In a mixing bowl using a hand or stand mixer, combine salmon, 1 egg (beaten) and 2 cups whole wheat flour until dough forms. If dough is too dry, add up to 1/3 cup of water. If dough is to wet or sticky, add a bit more flour. Dough should be tacky but not sticky.

Roll out dough on a floured surface until about 1/4 inch thick. Use a 3/4-inch cookie cutter in the shape of your choice to create your treats (or just form with your hands!)

Place treats on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. When they’re slightly browned and crunchy, they’re done.

Allow to cool before serving.

Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

CAT RECIPES: CHICKEN TREATS 

Ingredients 

1 1/2 cups cooked chicken, shredded

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 cup chicken broth

1/3 cup cornmeal

1 tbsp. softened margarine

Instructions

While your oven is preheating to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, combine the chicken, broth and margarine, then add the cornmeal and flour. Knead the dough into a ball and then roll it out to 1/4 inch. Cut into one-inch pieces and bake for 20 minutes on an ungreased cookie sheet.

CAT RECIPES: CHEESE TREATS

Ingredients

3/4 cup shredded or grated cheddar cheese

3/4 cup whole wheat flour

1/4 cup sour cream or yogurt (plain)

1/4 cup cornmeal

5 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

While your oven is preheating to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, combine all the ingredients into dough (add a touch of water if needed). Knead the dough into a ball and then roll it out to 1/4 inch. Cut into one-inch pieces and bake for 25 minutes on a greased cookie sheet.

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DAISY MAE AND I hope one of these recipes appeals to your cat. Cats deserve treats frequently and daily.

*Full Disclosure* I found these recipes on TWO Spoiled Cats blog. The original post of recipes can be found at TWO Spoiled Cats blog and also on the internet. I’ve not tried these recipes on my cat since I’m not a cook. You can create your own combinations by cooking with your kitty favorites by substituting key ingredients.

If you make any of these treats let me know how it goes and how your cat likes it.

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Watermelon Fizz

I follow this author. Here name is Jacki Delecki and she can be found at www.JackiDelecki.com . The recipe and photo(s) are from her newsletter. The recipe is below.

Watermelon Fizz

5 cups watermelon, seeded and cubed

Honey to taste

Juice of one lemon or lime

2 cups sparkling water

Fresh mint to garnish

Process the first three ingredients in a blender until smooth. Strain.

Pour over ice, distributing evenly.

Top with sparkling water.

Garnish with mint.

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Friendly Fill – Ins, Brian’s Thankful Blog Hop & Caturday Art

Daisy Mae And I are thankful we live in a free land and free to choose to make up our own mind and not have a Dictator telling us what we can and can’t do. We’re very grateful to the veterans, active military and especially grateful to those who paid the ultimate price.

GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!

THANK YOU TO OUR VETERANS. CHALK DRAWING DONE BY MY NEPHEW.
THANK YOU TO ALL THE VETERANS, ACTIVE MILITARY AND TO THOSE WHO PAID THE ULTIMATE PRICE.

Daisy Mae and I are doing 2 questions each. Daisy Mae will answer questions 2 & 4 and I will do questions 1 & 3. Answers will be in italics.

1.) I like my printer that comes with a fax and scanner functions.

2.) When I was a kitten, I had to have catnip, toys and time for exploring and playing.

3.) I spend the most time thinking about … now that is tough question. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about my book.

4.) Exploring a small tunnel in the basement I’ve never been in is a risk worth taking.

 

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All-American Flag Jello Mold

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Ingredients:

  1. 1 qt. (4 cups) boiling water, divided.

  2. 2 pkg. (3 oz. each) JELL-O Berry Blue Flavor Gelatin.

  3. 2 pkg  (3 oz. each) JELL-O Gelatin, any red flavor.

  4. 3 cups cold water, divided.

  5. 1 pkg. (3 oz.) Jell-O Lemon Flavor Gelatin.

  6. 1 tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed.

Let’s make It:

  1. Add 1-1/2 cups boiling water to blue gelatin mix in medium bowl; stir 2 minutes until completely dissolved. Repeat in separate bowl with red gelatin. Stir 1-1/2 cups cold water into gelatin in each bowl.

  2. Spray 10-cup flag mold with cooking spray; place on baking sheet. Pour Red gelatin into mold. Refrigerate 45 minutes until set but not firm. Meanwhile, refrigerate blue gelatin 45 minutes. After 20 minutes, dissolve lemon gelatin in boiling water in separate bowl. Refrigerate 25 minutes or until slightly thickened.

  3. Whisk COOL WHIP into lemon gelatin; spread over red gelatin layer in mold. Refrigerate 10 minutes or until set but not firm. Cover with blue gelatin. Refrigerate 4 hours or until firm. Unmold. 

Kitchen Tips

Tip 1 for substitute: 

Prepare using COOL WHIP LITE Whipped topping.

Tip 2 for substitute – How to make a Flag without the flag mold:

Prepare as directed, using 13 x 9-inch pan. Decorate with additional COOL WHIP and fruit (such as blueberries and strawberries) to resemble a flag.

Tip 3 – How to unmold:

Dip mold in warm water for about 15 seconds. Gently pull gelatin from around the edges with moist fingers. Place moistened serving plate on top of mold. Invert mold and plate. Holding mold and plate together, shake slightly to loosen. Gently remove mold and center gelatin on plate.

Tip 4 – To substitute:

Substitute 1 (6 oz.) package JELL-O Gelatin for the 2 (3 oz.) packages.

Nutrition:                                                              

Calories                          110

                                   % Daily Value

Total Fat 2 g                                 3%  

Saturated Fat 2 g                       10%

Trans Fat 0 g                                       

Cholesterol 0 mg                               

Sodium 90 mg                               4%

Total Carbohydrates 21 g           8%

Dietary Fibers 0 g                               

Sugars 20 g                                     40%

Protein 2 g                                         4%

 

Vitamin A & Vitamin C                   0%

Calcium & Iron                                  0%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Recipe from All-American Flag JELLO MOLD (by Kraft/Heinz) .

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Pet Parade, Wordless Wednesday & Eileen’s Critters

I’m cheating a little this week. I’m putting 3 blog hops in 1 post. Below is the picture.MOULTRIE DIGITAL GAME CAMERA
HEY!! WHY DOES THE BUCK HAVE FOOD AND I DON’T?

 

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Sabi Saturday

Hello and welcome everyone to CRYSTAL AND DAISY MAE’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE. Daisy Mae And I are happy you are here. For those of you who don’t know what Sabi Saturday (and yes we know it’s Sunday) is here is a brief explanation that might help you. It is:

  • the vintage/antique item(s) handed down or we “rescue” from garage sales and thrift stores so they don’t end up in the trash bin.

  • items we’ve upcycled instead of throwing them away.

  • items we’ve repaired in a transformative way to make them more beautiful or cooler than before.

  • the main idea is showing how we treasure or reuse or creatively transform things that have some history to them, may be a bit worn but nevertheless are still useful/beautiful and often have character.

Now that you know what Sabi Saturday is Daisy Mae And I hope you will visit Cactus Catz for the Sabi Saturday blog hop and for more information. It’s not only fun but it might just get you more traffic on your blog. We look forward to seeing what you have in store for us. If you can’t make it on Saturdays no worries Sabi Saturday blog hop usually lasts about 5 days. For more info go to the link above and ask them.

Daisy Mae And I have for our Sabi Saturday this week an old jewelry box that the artwork on it looks well… Japanese. I know I know you’re probably thinking a jewelry box is a jewelry but in this case you would be wrong.

Sadly I don’t know much about the history of this old jewelry box because I wasn’t thought of yet. When one of my relatives(I think his name was “Uncle Ted) who was in the war(not sure which one) came home to see my Aunt Kay Dee he brought this jewelry box back to give her as a gift. She of course was thrilled to see him but also thrilled with the jewelry box. Then when she passed away her family cleaned out her house. However and for some reason, there was not one person who wanted the jewelry box. In fact, her side of the family brought us this jewelry box as well as a lot of other items they did not want. When we went through the boxes of stuff they didn’t want it was hard to believe they passed this stuff up. We came to the jewelry box and Mom asked if I would be interested in taking it. I said yes I would take it. I took this jewelry box because I needed it but because it belonged to my Aunt Kay Dee for many years and yes it is beautiful. I have a passion for jewelry and jewelry boxes so it comes in handy. Yes, I use it to keep jewelry in too. 

Below is a picture of the last picture I have of my Aunt Kay Dee who I inherited this old, beautiful jewelry box from and the picture of the Jewelry box.

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THE LAST PICTURE OF MY AUNT KAY DEE (THE OWNER OF THE JEWELRY BOX) BEFORE SHE DIED.
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THE JEWELRY BOX I INHERITED FROM MY AUNT KAY DEE.

 

 

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Sparks & Awww…Monday!!

My Spark for every day is below and my Awww…Monday are the pictures below my Spark.

Like this Fawn in the pictures below, BE PERSISTENT AND NEVER GIVE UP!!

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MAXI: A Special Tribute

ABOUT A BICHON FRISE.

ABOUT A BICHON FRISE.

MAXI

Written By: Crystal Stewart

Written On: 6-19-2019

MAXI, you were looking for a furrever home… One that would love you forever no matter what.

Then one day a miracle happened. A wonderful, loving family who had just decided they wanted a pet and wanted it to be a small dog walked in just too look.

When you noticed they were looking your way, you tried to be as cute and beautiful as you could. You even showed off by showing this family how cute you really were. 

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MAX SLEEPING UNDER THE COVERS IN HIS OWNER’S BED.

You have brown eyes like that of a beautiful brown Butterfly. Your nose is pink with black speckles on it. You were a small white Bichon Frise dog who looked like a medium sized snowball.

Because this wonderful family decided to get a dog, you now have a wonderful and loving furrever home. Although you didn’t have a favorite football team when they got you, you somehow became an Eagles Fan.

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MAX IN HIS EAGLES SHIRT AND HAVING BAD HAIR ON HIS PENGUIN BLANKET!!

You ended up being a Mama’s Boy and really enjoyed being with her, cuddling with her and laying in those sunpuddles. You also loved cuddling with your “sister” on a Penguin blanket, chasing the Squirrels and Chipmunks, Posing for pictures but most of  all you really liked and enjoyed being with your family. You also hated going out into the snow where it was really cold.

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MAX IN HIS SUNBEAMS ON THE COUCH.

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Before earning your your wings to go over the Rainbow Bridge after almost 13 years you had so much fun with your furrever family you didn’t want to say goodbye so instead you decided to say farewell. Although your family will mourn your passing and grieve in their own way, they will always have the memories that they will cherish and they will never forget you.

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Now that it’s Springtime Butterflies, Cocooned Caterpillars turning into beautiful Butterflies, Cardinals, Baby Cardinals, Squirrels, Baby Squirrels, Deer and Fawns are so cute and fun to watch. Don’t chase or hurt these animals for they are your friends.  Well you see Angel MAXI  sometimes visits in the form of these animals. Most of the time he will visit in the form of a Butterfly or Cardinal but When a baby animal is born, When  you see a Butterfly, When you see a Cardinal or any type of other animal, always remember Angel MAXI is watching and taking care of you.

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MAX SLEEPING UNDER THE COVERS IN HIS OWNER’S BED.

 

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Eileen’s Critters And My First Sunday Selfie Well Sort Of

I have a special Eileen’s Critters And Sunday Selfie this week. On June 10, 2019 we got a picture of the our first Fawn of the 2019 season. Sorry if the picture is dark but Mamma Deer isn’t brave enough yet apparently to bring her baby out in daylight. I had to share this with you. 

After a drink I think Mamma Deer is going to show her baby the ropes on how to go about posing for Sunday Selfies. For the first time I think this little Fawn did pretty good. Honestly, I think the Fawn is more interested in getting a drink. Mamma Deer is multitasking. She’s eating and posing for her Sunday Selfie and for Eileen Critters.

FIRST BABY FAWN OF 2019.

 

 

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Sabi Saturday With Angel Snowball

For Sabi Saturday I have decided to multiple old things since I got somehow so many old things in this picture. However, the main old thing I wanted  to do was one of my cats and her name was Snowball. She’s an Angel now. In the picture like I said there are are many old things. In the picture below you’ll see on my bed Angel Snowball. You’ll also see some other old things as well. You’ll see a stuffed cat which I appropriately named “SnowPuff” on the bed with Snowball also on the bed that’s old is a bedspread Pillow and stuffed teddy bear which I named “Teddy”. Also you’ll see some other old things like my cat box, pink curtains, the white shelves, yellow doll on the shelf, Santa container, books and picture album. Picture below.

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Saturdays Critters

These pictures are from 2018 and yes we still get Turkey and deer every-now-and then. We have a trail camera and it is so much fun what it catches. I thought I would share some of my photos with you that God blesses with.

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YOU THINK JUST BECAUSE YOU PUT YOUR TAIL FEATHERS UP YOUR THE DOMINANT ONE. GUESS WHAT? YOU’RE WRONG . THAT’S RIGHT I SAID YOU’RE WRONG BECAUSE I’M THE DOMINANT ONE!!
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HEY BOYS, I’M INNOCENT!!!! PLEASE DON’T ARREST ME!!

 

 

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Friendly Fill – Ins, Sabi Saturday, Caturday Art & Feline Friday

Today Daisy Mae and I are putting our blog hops together in one post.  We invite you to join us and everyone else in doing these blog hops. They are fun and an easy way to get traffic to your blog and meet new people. First up is Friendly Fill – Ins with 15 And Meowing.com and there co – host Four-Legged Furballs .

1.) A past event that I would like to see in person is Jesus performing all his miracles. I think it would be interesting. A couple other events I would like to see is what I would like to see and ranks right up there is I would like to see Jesus being born that night in Bethlehem and be there with his disciples to see him ascend into Heaven the first time.

2.) If I were a dog, my breed would be Alaskan Malamute(Female). This breed has a great disposition. I had one once as a kid and just loved her. I love all dogs though. Although Daisy Mae says she wouldn’t want to be a dog.

3.) If I came with a warning label, it would say the following: Loud but caring and compassionate almost to a fault. Good listener. Loves most animals but despises Snakes. Also, doesn’t like rodents, insects, Spiders and etc… Daisy Mae says her warning label would say comes with a lot of cuteness, adorableness and hates to be picked up. Loves being loved.

4.) I would want to take a boat, my parents, my computer, computer charger and of course my cat Daisy Mae with me to a deserted island.

Sabi Saturday

I have something special and well sentimental at least to me and yes it’s old and could be an antique. You see when I was a kid well ?? years ago, my parents and my sisters and I found this bell. Well dad put it up and that was when he saw it, the bell had a name on it. However it was just not any name it had my name on it. Crystal. So from then on, I adopted the bell as my own. It is still standing near my back deck of the house. Below is a picture of it. It’s so old now you can barely see the name but it’s still there.

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Caturday Art And Feline Friday

Today I’m doing something special for Caturday Art + I’m going to give you a bonus artwork. Since June is adoption month I’m going to give you some artwork I did yesterday to help some cats out. Below is my artwork.

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Bonus Art

Collage - Tigger & Daisy Mae

This artwork was made on Ipiccy.com .

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This artwork was made specially for Raena’s Birthday Pawty over at Deziz  World.

 

 

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June Is Adopt-A-Cat Month And We #GIVEACRAP!!

Hello And Welcome Everyone, If you think you saw this title somewhere else well that is very possible. I follow Cat Chat With Caren And Cody  and they were reminding people about adoption and cats. If you click on the link above it will tell you how to donate without spending money. Sound good. Thought so. I do hope all of you will click on the link and go this site and donate by using pictures. Below are the pictures I used to donate with. I had fun with this link and think you will too. THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR DONATING. Remember all it takes is one picture.

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