September 27, 2020

Cheese Crisps - Yummo!


Cheese Crisp with home grown tomatoes!!!

     Once upon a time, I was making a toasted cheese sandwich on our George Foreman grill.  I laid down the bread and cheese and closed the lid, soon realizing I had forgotten to add the top slice of bread.  Yikes, thought I!  I will never get off the burned cheese directly  in contact with the lid.  "Freak not, lest ye be freaked!" (JMM original)  The grill is non-stick coated, for true!
     With the love of cheese always in my mental meal plan, I remembered we had dined at a fancy restaurant many years ago.  They served some sort of cheesy rounds sprinkled with black pepper.  They were crunchy, too.  I have always wanted to recreate them. Bravely, I sprinkled a very thin layer of shredded sharp cheese on the ungreased Georgie grill. You may also lay down two cheddar pre-sliced squares.  Pluging it in, I closed the lid, waiting 30 seconds. I peeked. The melted cheese needed a bit more heat to turn it golden brown. Adding another 20 seconds or so, I unplugged the grill, opened the lid, sprinkled on a dash of garlic powder and black pepper and waited for my creation to cool.  Just like the lid, the cheese crisp lifted easily and I placed it on a sterile white plate for pure clean contrast. 
     Now, the edges were crispy and so was the center, as desired.  Sometimes, if the sprinkled cheese is a bit thicker in the middle, the center may be a bit rubbery.  So matter, the taste is grand.  Give it a try.
     Disclaimer:  My cheese did not stick on my grill.  I hope yours won't either.  🀞
     Enjoy! - jmm   



melting cheese on the non-stick grill 
(That is not black pepper.  
The tiny bubbles from the melted cheese popped.)

September 18, 2020

Let a Brooch Tell Your Story plus Goodbye Lie Diaries - Breelan

     Good friend Donna Crocker  gave me the bejewel-ed purse and heavenly angel brooches pictured here because she knows I will wear them.  

     There are so many reasons to accessorize with a brooch. With their intricate design, they often tell a tale, mood, feeling or belief.  They sparkle.  They are functional with regard to securing a scarf.  They are decorative and frequently glorify nature, flowers, birds and animals.  They are usually delicate in weight and make a good gift for mailing. They might represent a special occasion or achievement. They can be handed down through generations as a keepsake or token of love. Whether rhinestones or diamonds, wear these treasures or make a framed collage. They are meant to be shared and seen for everyone to appreciate their art. 

     Thank you, Donna.  -jmm, present day, Amelia Island, Florida

The Goodbye Lie Diaries 

Circa late 1800s

Amelia Island, Florida

Breelan Dunnigan writes: Jane Marie, did I tell you I once discovered a small horseshoe shaped brooch with a tiny gold heart on it inside my writing notebook? What a grand surprise it was. I will oft times wear it in the hope someone will slip and tell me it was their doing.  Of course, Waite is not very pleased when he sees it because he swears it is not from him. He must be telling the truth or else he would not wear that grim face when we speak of it.  He is silly jealous sometimes.  For  all we are aware, it could be from my mother or father, wishing me good fortune when I entered that short story contest.  I did find it about that same time. Or, it could be from a hopeful suitor.  Admittedly, I have been gifted with some lovely and some unual surprises from men, but we'll save those details for another time.                      

     Fall is in the air. Mother's wild red roses are glorious, their scent filling the air the moment you step through the back screen door. May they still be available as cuttings to grow your own in your time. Until our next correspondence, Breelan   
  
*****    

 


⮜   Breelan Dunnigan is the heroine in The Goodbye Lie , the first novel in the historical fiction romance series set on Amelia Island, Florida in the late 1800s. Each of the books features an adult sibling in the Irish American family.  Follow their deeds and misdeeds continued on this blog in The Goodbye Diaries as you read the other novels, Amelia Island's Velvet Undertow and Amelia Island's Mark of a Man
. (available in ebook and paperback) Enjoy!

September 4, 2020

Amelia Island's Goodbye Lie - In a Seashell*


  *In a Seashell, In a Nutshell - get it?  We live on Amelia Island, Florida with lots of water and sand and shells and so does the Dunnigan family featured in The Goodbye Lie Series,  circa the late 1800s.  Available in ebook and paperback HERE. Come dip your toes in our sea!

August 28, 2020

Jane Marie's Old Hollywood Faves

Dear Friends,
     Between reading the books in a romance series like ... ummm ... say The Goodbye Lie series, you may want to watch something on TV where the storyline isn't filled with explosions, drug dealers and expletives.  Enter:  Jane Marie's Old Hollywood Faves (1915 to 1963).  Since I write love stories,  I am a self-recognized expert when it comes to romantic films from that Golden Age of Hollywood you always hear about.  
     As Bruce, my husband, says, "Just because it's old, that doesn't mean it's good." He's right.  When it comes to my list, though, I can vouch for all these movies.  If you like tasteful romance with a heartfelt story, you will enjoy them. 
     Warning! You may shed a tear or two during some, but we all know a good cry can be a wonderful release.  If you don't understand that last sentence, may I suggest you tune into another episode of My Mother the Car. (Yes, that was a real television show once upon a time.)
      I have turned many onto these 20th century films.  Pay attention to the wonderful clothes, style and backgrounds plus the dialogue. Often, too, there are objects or decor supporting the plot and mood of a scene.  Fun stuff!
     Search the internet, YouTube, Netflix, Turner Classic Movies and so many other places to find these delights, many at no cost.    
     Finally, in no particular order, here are:

Jane Marie's Top 
Old Hollywood Faves

Back Street - 1961, Susan Hayward and John Gavin, heavy drama, color πŸ’”πŸ˜­
Now, Voyager - 1942, Bette Davis and Paul Henreid, drama, black and white πŸ’˜ πŸ˜’
An Affair to Remember - 1957, Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr (pronounced Car), light-hearted to dramatic, color 😍😒
Pillow Talk - 1959, Doris Day and Rock Hudson,  cute comedy, color  πŸ˜
Gone With The Wind - 1939, Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, circa the American Civil War, drama, color πŸ’šπŸ’•
Houseboat - 1958, Cary Grant and Sohpia Loren, comedy, color  πŸ˜
Gilda - 1946, Rita Hayworth and Glen Ford, heavy drama, black and white, wow story! πŸ’“πŸ˜₯πŸ’šπŸ˜ 
Singin' in the Rain- 1952, Gene Kelly and Debbie Renyolds, romantic musical, color πŸŽ΅πŸ˜˜
North by Northwest - 1959, Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint, sophisticated romance/ mystery/suspense (directed by Alfred Hitchcock) πŸ˜²πŸ’•

All That Heaven Allows - 1955, Rock Hudson and Jane Wyman, drama, color πŸ’•
The Enchanted Cottage - 1945, sweet drama, black and white πŸ˜ŒπŸ’•

Bonus Fave
The Quiet Man - 1952,  John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, charming, mostly lighthearted, family favorite, color πŸ˜

Honorable Mention
Move Over, Darling1964, Doris Day and James Garner, romantic comedy πŸ˜
Magnificent Obsession - 1954, Rock Hudson and Jane Wyman, drama πŸ’˜πŸ˜’ 
Mogambo - 1953, Clark Gable, Ava Gardner and Grace Kelly, drama in untamed Africa πŸ’š


1940s Jane Marie image 
sent in by
Jessica R. from Dallas, Texas,
 a reader who knows I have a passion for Old Hollywood. She found my picture online and turned back time.  Far too flattering, but so much fun.  Thank you, Jessica! 


August 13, 2020

Pure Romance - Bass and Treble Couplers - Plus Amelia Island's Velvet Undertow Excerpt


     My sweet friend, Debbie Mahon, sent me a simple muted-toned photo of roses on a piano.  She said it reminded her of me.  I loved it.  (I don't know where she found it, but I will credit the photographer if I find out.)   Roses and music are the ideal combination for romance.  And since I write The Goodbye Lie series of romance novels, I was, of course, inspired to take my own picture, as seen above.  Pink roses and our antique (working!) pump organ say romance, at least in my book. Sorry, I had to add that clichΓ©. Then I zoomed in on the picture to see if the round labeled white stops you pull out to change the sound while playing are readable.  They are and that's when I realized how the two stops I use most are the bass coupler and treble coupler. They were already pulled out when I took the shot and it came to me that the stops represent the male and female in my stories.  How much fun is it to discover romance in unexpected places?




     The photo below is the original shot I snapped showing the pump organ music "Mosquite Waltz" which is featured as the backdrop on Amelia Island's Velvet Undertow front cover.
 

by Linda Plumlee Riley.
May it transport you back to 1889 where you can join the Dunnigan family and experience all
shades of their antics ...



From the cover above:
Witnessing the unthinkable, Carolena Dunnigan's secure life on Amelia Island, Florida turns to ashes.  Determined to save her siblings, she fleas to Charleston, South Carolina for work.  Unholy entanglements and revolting revelations drive her to Pennsylvania and the devastating Johnstown Flood of 1889.  It scours away secrets of the past, but will anyone survive this powerful undertow of shock and struggle?
***
     Excerpt: An earth-shaking roar in the distance drew louder.  And louder still.  The only other sound every man, woman and child in the town could hear was his or her own heart.  Instinctively, each knew the time of their passing had come.
     A living, seething, tumbling mountain of debris headed for them.  It toppled trees, houses, and buildings like so many dominoes.  Friends, animals,  the spring-sprouted blades of grass, all life itself, disappeared into the churn.  Nothing was spared.
***
Known to her fans as Gracious Jane Marie of GraciousJaneMarie.com, Jane Marie Malcolm celebrates HEART & HOME with roses, recipes and romance.  She is the creator of Martha Bear's world of silly stories for the entire family at MarthaBear.com and continues work on future novels and shorter delights to entice her diverse legion of readers.  

August 2, 2020

Save the Tomatoes

     I have grown two tomato plants from seed.  With Tropical Storm Isaias headed up the east coast of Florida, going past Amelia Island where we are, I am afraid the wind might knock them over. They are staked and tied with two bricks holding down a tomato cage. Still, to be on the safe side, I dragged the trash and recycling cans near them as a barrier. Not pretty, but it can't hurt. Right?  

Be well and safe everyone. -jmm

July 27, 2020

Grammy Camp Coffee Filter Flower Wreath and Goodbye Lie Diaries - Nora


     I don't know how I missed the wonders of coffee filter flowers until now, at Grammy Camp with granddaughter Ava, but I LOVE them. So easy and inexpensive to make, I have already fashioned another 18 for a garland/swag to hang from the mantel.

For one blossum, You'll Need:
6 coffee filters, white or brown
Scissors
Stapler
Water based paint or food coloring- diluted with water for shading (optional)
Gloves
Wire wreath form from Dollar Store
Hot glue
(Wire for stems for vase-style flowers and floral tape to cover the wire)

     It takes 6 coffee filters per about 5-inch blossom. After repeatedly folding 2 sets of 3 filers into small wedges and rounding the corners with scissors, I stacked the filters, staggering the petal scallops. Gathering the petals tips together in one hand, I secured the blossom-bud at the bottom on the outside with one staple.  Then I just crinkled it into a ball and straightened it out again as much or as little as looked good to me. Leave white or brown, depending  upon your filter. For color, dip them into water-downed acrylic paint or food coloring. Squeeze out the excess water, wear gloves if you're smart, let them dry and re-fluff.  I got a wire wreath form from the Dollar Store and hot glued them on, adding a few ready-made rose buds I already had and a multi-colored bow of ribbon and lace.
     THIS IS AN INDOOR WREATH!  I only hung it on our front gate so the colors would photograph true in outdoor light.   Here is a link to instructions.  While I can't find the online site I followed, these will work just fine at https://www.wikihow.com/Make-Coffee-Filter-Flowers.  Enjoy!  I know Ava and I certainly did. 


*****

The Goodbye Lie Diaries

Amelia Island, Florida

Late 1880s


Nora Duffy writes: 


Dear Jane Marie,
     I must tell you how the photograph of your coffee filter flower wreath has inspired me to try
*Nora Duffy
my hand at this.  The quilt on my bed has similar soft colors in it and so I think a vase of flowers will look lovely on the bedside table.  I am sure your Aunt Noreen will want me to make some for her as well.  You know my dear mother and how she enjoys getting new things.  Perhaps we might learn this flower skill together.  Oh, and she could ask the ladies in her Linger Longer group to tea so they, too, might make their own.  Why, with a little plain paper and paint, I can image this project “blossoming” all over town!
 

*Nora Duffy is the first cousin to the Dunnigan sisters, Carolena, Breelan and Marie in The Goodbye Lie historical romance series.  Growing up next door, she spends as much or more time at Dunnigan Manor than at home with her mother, Noreen.  (Grandmother Peeper calls Aunt Noreen, Noreena, just to irritate her. ) Nora is ever-encouraging participation in adventures, often disregarding the potential danger of a situation. Everyone loves her for her kindness, loyalty and exceptional red hair.  



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July 26, 2020

Grammy Camp - Fairy Jars /Goodbye Lie Diaries -Peeper

      It's Grammy Camp time, again!  Here is one of this year's offerings, Fairy Jars, crafted by granddaughter Ava and myself.  They are easy to make and you can be as creative as you like.  Add an on/off tea light, place by a brightly lit window or in front of a string of twinkle lights.  Here is how we did it:

You'll need:

1 glass side-resting jar with screw lid from the Dollar Store

1 cut-out fairy found on the internet, adjusted and printed to 3 inches to fit the inside of the jar

Mod-Podge clear satin sealer/glue

Acrylic white paint for interior, thinned with water

Old toothbrush to spatter the white paint inside the jar

Embellishments like plastic pine tree, sequins, glitter, 3-D paint, ribbon, tulle, netting, ribbon, lace, glass pebbles, rhinestones, etc.


   Paint clear Mod Podge on round inside of jar and press paper fairy in place at appealing angle.  Once dry, paint fairy with more Mod Podge to seal.  Once dry, thin white paint with water. With toothbrush, run finger over brush, spattering paint inside of the jar. Be sure and cover surface for over-spray. Add embellishments and trim, decorating the exterior of the lid.  Set in front of light and just enjoy or fill with your secret treasures!























 Goodbye Lie Diaries 

Amelia Island, Florida
Late 1800s

Grandmother Peeper writes:  Woo-dandy!  The
Peeper
little ones and me can make these Fairy Jars for presents.  They's always after me ta come up with ideas and this one is sweet.  Now my jars will not be such as yours.  We will be a workin' with jelly jars I use and I don't know nothin' 'bout no internet to find fairies.  We will be drawing ours with a pencil, but we've plenty of glue and fancies to pretty up each one.  Continue asendin' us your ideas, Jane Marie.  We gotta keep them kiddos outta mischief.  Did I tell ya how Jack Patrick dug up the daffodil bulbs in Aunt Noreen's front flowerbed and give them to his mother fer her birthday?  Let's just say he was doin' lots a standin' fer a few days after that particular antic.   Out of all the folks ta do that to, I'm glad it was done ta Noreena.   It warmed my heart.  Now don't got tellin' on me, will ya?


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Peeper Clegg adopted the Dunnigan family and moved right in on them, way back in the 1860s.  Now, she is the beloved grandmother of the lot.   Famous for her elixir fixers and funny fights with neighbor Aunt Noreen, she is a prime character in the The Goodbye Lie historical romance series <---available and="" e-books="" font="" in="" paperbacks.="">


July 12, 2020

To Bill and Coo

    Yes, as you may know, to bill and coo means to 
smooch and speak softly to each other. As the author of The Goodbye Lie  historical romance novels, I thought it best to find out the origin of this idiom. (Don't be too impressed.  I looked it up.)  I guessed the coo represented the sweet sound doves make, doves usually being the birds in love birds.  But billing?  I had no idea.  It seems the origin of billing is from birds affectionately rubbing their bills together. It's as simple as that.  These are the things that clog my mine.  -jmm

                             The Goodbye Lie series  
        in E-books and Paperbacks

The Goodbye Lie series is on Amelia Island in north Florida, circa late 1800s

 - the Lure, the Love, the Legend that is the Dunnigan family saga ...    

July 3, 2020

June 19, 2020

The Art of Perfume Plus The Goodbye Lie Excerpt


                    
        As Waite continued to breathe her in, he mindlessly commented, "You should not smell so sweet." 
      Breelan responded with a proud smile. Was her perfume alone enough to drive him mad? What power woman had over man and what a thrill this power gave her. Her fear of him was forgotten, as she understood she had the upper hand.
      "You were never meant to wear such a light scent." His warm breath carried his words to her ear. "That fragrance is for old women and little girls. I have in mind something heavier for you, richer. It will better match the grown woman you are."

The Art of Perfume

   "Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart."  -Proverbs 27:9  

     "The perfume is not goods; its creation is an act of love. It must reflect the heart of the woman who will wear it."  -Robert Ricci 

     People have been wearing perfume for thousands of years.  Perhaps they got the idea from the the fumes of smoke or, maybe, burnt offerings.
     Technically, the first distilled essence or modern perfume was made in the 10th century when the Persian philosopher Avicenna [Abu Ali Sina or Ibn Sina] distilled rose petal oil for use as a medicine.  Everything was natural until 1868 when the first artificial scent was created.  Today, the perfume industry is worth billions.

Strong Scents
     Traditionally, perfume should only be applied strongly enough to be smelled 12 inches away.  But no matter how delicate the application, some people with sensitive allergies would prefer you forgo the use of scent completely when you will be traveling in a closed container such as an airplane.  As with most things, moderation is best.

Application
     Apply your perfume after showering or bathing, but if you have time, wait a few minutes since you've washed away the body oil that helps hold the scent on your skin.
     Don't rub perfume into your skin because it breaks down the scent.  Let it air dry by waving your arms.  You'll be getting very mild exercise to boot.
     Let perfume dry completely so the alcohol in it won't stain your clothes. 
     Wait until your perfume is dry before applying jewelry, including pearls or beads, so it won't discolor them.
     Layering scented lotion with perfume on top will make the scent last much long.

More Tips
     Holding the perfume bottle over your hair, spritz a few times and let the scent waft down upon your locks.
     For an instant, but expensive, air freshener, you can spray a few spritzes just above the floor.  As heat rises, so will the scent.
     Don't mix scents.
     Keep your perfume away from window sills and sunlight, which may degrade it.
     Don't buy large bottles of perfume.  You might tire of the scent.  Instead, purchase several different smaller sized perfumes to go with the different moods you may be feeling.
     Above all, if you have expensive perfume, wear it today.  Who better to enjoy it than you?  

Art of Wearing Perfume is reprinted from the original Gracious Jane Marie Newsletter by Nancy Kamp and Jane Marie Malcolm.  (I give us permission to run this article again.  It's an interesting little piece and I have other stuff to do, like work on my next novel, Amelia Island's Sand and Sin! - jmm)







FYI: Breelan is the scond oldest sister in the family of four Dunnigan siblings in north Florida in 1882.  Life on an island is filled with sun and salty times and she is prime in the mix in the first novel in the series, The Goodbye Lie. Her naivete does not serve her well with regard to matters of the heart. She will learn from her mistakes, but not soon enough ... 

June 7, 2020

Write Wail

Silly things, such as write wail,  just come to me.  

Of course, my first thought is how it describes an author struggling to imagine the  next clever plot twist in his or her story. After long hours having that dreaded writer's block, they let out one heck of a yowl or write wail. Happily, I confess that a lack of mental creativity has never been my concern because my mind is always squirmin' like a toad.* 

Then again, write wail could be a description of a mother or grandmother pleading with her teenager to write a thank you note to Aunt Lulu for that thoughtful dorm room gift of a repurposed upside down plunger turned topiary. (Yes, it has been done, but not by Aunt Lulu ... Just sayin' ...) -jmm


*The great phrase sqirmin' like a toad is from Riders on the Storm by The Doors.  Thank you


May 31, 2020

Novel Socks

I had to share.  My wonderful brother, Bob Harkins, gives wonderful gifts.  He always has.  For my birthday this year, he presented me with two pairs of these great book socks.  How perfect for an author.  I love them and love him!  Thank you, Bobby.  - Jane Marie
Spokes-dog for our blog, Abby, photo bombed this shot and insisted I include her. 

May 25, 2020

Memorial Day

 
We honor the military personnel who have died while serving in our United States Armed Forces.  

The red paper poppy is worn to memorialize the same.  Poppies were the first flowers grown in the soil over military graves in Flanders, the Dutch speaking area of Belgium. In 1920, the American Legion took the bright red poppy as its official symbol of remembrance.  

May 22, 2020

Ribbon and Lace Curtain and The Goodbye Lie Diaries - Breelan

Where Love and Lace Reign – This phrase is a description of my historical fiction series, The Goodbye Lie, as well as my attitude toward life.  With that in mind, most anything to do with ribbon and lace will catch my eye.  This time it was on Pinterest.  There I spied photos of wall hangings, curtains and valances handcrafted from both.  Immediately, my mind’s eye searched my home as to where I might hang something similar.  I knew well I had decades of lace from attending sales at Cloth World in Jacksonville, Florida where they sold it for a-penny-a-yard.  Yes, a penny-a-yard, limit $1.00! Never mind, that I have used much of it on trim for pillows, christening gowns, quilts, baby blankets, doll dresses, ornaments, wreaths, frames, wedding trim, etc.  And there is still plenty left. If there is a place for lace, I’m in.

I decided the perfect spot in the house for my creation, about the only spot, if truth be told, would be over the sidelight by our front door.  As I pulled forth the glorious trim, memories flowed.  There was the pink embroidered ribbon I used to trim my Barbra’s burgundy vest and skirt giving her that Heidi Swiss look, the different patterned ecru lace I used to trim the Victorian Christmas stockings, the green lace that edged the cross stitched Irish tablecloth – You get the idea.
After two days of knotting together 25 six-foot lengths of mostly soft colors of ribbon to lace, ribbon to ribbon and/or lace to lace, I tied them to the top curtain rod, leaving the tails of the knots as scattered accents. While that would be quite sufficient for most, I just had to add embellishments. A pink bow from the perfume bottle from Bruce, the tiny sand dollar given to me, a miniature bell, a white silk flower from my sister Peggy’s wedding, a mauve leather bow gathered with rhinestones in the center from a beloved pair of uncomfortable yet adorable heels, these are only some of the added treasures. 
The curtain in  the photo above is the result. Bohemian would be the description some might use.  I just call it wonderful!  

If you are inclined to make something similar, and don’t have 150 feet of ribbon and lace laying about, make a much shorter wall hanging, using twine, yarn, shoelaces and just enough ribbon and lace to be the accents.  You can’t go wrong because there is no right way, just a fun way.  Enjoy!   -Jane Marie

***   
The Goodbye Lie Diaries

Late 1800s
Fernandina on Amelia Island, Florida

*Breelan Dunnigan writes:  This is a fine idea, Jane Marie, and I know just the person who will appreciate it.  Grammy!  Since she taught me how to make a braided rug, she will love it and she has that sack of scraps and trim she is forever pulling from to create her treasures.  Mmm, if I make something for Grammy, I had best be making one for Peeper.  And I do not want to leave out my mother. I am sure there will be enough supplies for everyone.  I can look for the perfect dry sticks in the woods from which to hang the lengths.   Those cloth strips meant for Grammy’s rugs will work well.  When she asks where some of her trims have disappeared to, I will tell her I am working on Christmas gifts, so she is not allowed to ask any more questions.  With Jack Patrick around and the way he tears up his shirts and trousers as he does and with Marie forever ending up with only one hair ribbon, Grammy’s supply will replenish itself in short order.  I do hope each of my efforts will be presentable enough to give as gifts.
Breelan Dunnigan

 

*Breelan is the scond oldest sister in the family of four Dunnigan siblings in north Florida in 1882.  Life on an island is filled with sun and salty times and she is prime in the mix in the first novel in the series, The Goodbye Lie. Her naivete does not serve her well with regard to matters of the heart. She will learn from her mistakes, but not soon enough ... 


May 15, 2020

Another Peeperism

   
 

Grandmother Peeper says, 
"If'n ya eat too close ta the rind, 
you'll be a-catchin' a chill." 

***

Peeper is a most popular player in the historical romance Goodbye Lie series, set in the late 1800s on Amelia Island, Florida. She does not like being called Grandmother.  It's not that she is vain about her age.  No, it's that she doesn't want folks to think she's infirm and offer their assistance at her every movement. 
Peeper

Just because her feet are swole up like fat little bald men, as she will tell you, she declines most help, being the proudly independent person she is.