February 23, 2014

Goodbye Lie Trilogy Trivia

In Amelia Island's VELVET UNDERTOW, what does young Jack Patrick Dunnigan hang from the trees?


   "Do you know what your son has done this time?” Mrs. Ickles hollered in Miss Ella's face.

   "Good day to you, too."

   "Apparently, you don't. So, let me enlighten you. ...  I go into town to learn he and those other savages have been hanging dead snakes from the tree branches across South 3rd and Broome. When the ladies pass underneath in their buggies, why, I myself have seen two faint dead away! And one of them was driving alone! Her horse saw the snakes, bolted, and ran the whole rig into the iceman’s wagon, spilling huge chunks all over the street. What with the screaming and whinnying, it was one disagreeable agitation, I can tell you. It was so bad, we've had to cancel this morning's meeting of the Literary League, and we have our annual Buy a Book sale in two weeks' time! Frankly, Miss Ella, that boy of yours is the meanest white child in Fernandina!"


February 20, 2014

Free Scarf Organizer

I like scarves.  I wear scarves. I have several scarves.   I fold them. I stack them.  They slip and slide and fall on the floor.  I pick them up and repeat the maintenance process.  Yes, there are all styles of scarf organizers out there, but they cost money.  So, as I stood in my closet one day, I turned around to realize I had my own built in organizer, the rectangular spaces on the front of the wire shelf!  As you can see in the photo below, my scarves are happy, healthy, and hanging- all for free!  And who doesn't like free? 

February 16, 2014

What Is This Gift?

I gave this  glazed ceramic bowl to my daughter, Barbra, as a gift. Because it matches her dishes, she was crazy about it. Then she asked me, "Just what is it?"

I had no answer for her.  You see, I got it several years ago, put it away in the closet and when I found it, I couldn't recall its purpose.  Someone suggested it might be a sort of bundt pan.  If so, why the spout visible in the upper left of the photo?  Someone else said it might be for chips and dip, but the center cup that is molded into the ceramic is way too small to hold much salsa or anything else. The overall diameter is about 12 inches. It's only about 3 inches deep and I believe it says microwavable on the bottom. It's now collecting dust at Barbra's house.  Beyond that, I don't have a clue. 

Please send your suggestions about what it might be to graciousjanemarie@yahoo.com or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jane.m.malcolm.  My child would like to put her present to good use!


February 15, 2014

Handbell Choirs- Wow!

As you may know, I ring handbells.  I have been referred to as the senior ringer in my group.  It is not because I am expert or better than anyone else.  In fact,  I believe I peaked a decade ago.  No, they called me senior because I've been ringing for a very long time-- and I love it.  I figure it is as close to playing in an orchestra as I'll ever get.  Coincidently, Breelan Dunnigan, heroine in my Amelia Island's Goodbye Lie, plays handbells in 1882.  Go figure!

I think you will enjoy these three videos below.  Each is different from the other and each is wonderful.  Don't forget the third link without the picture.  The lack of picture is operator error, I'm sure.  (That would be me.)  Click on the link and enjoy number 3.

As always, thank you to YouTube.com.

Adele's Rolling in the Deep - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyFmJxApKRA -  Amazing Handbell Choir -The Impulse Handbell Ensemble is made up high school students from the Morganville, NJ area.  Published on Dec 21, 2012

We Three Kings- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYwSt_4tbkE- Hyles-Anderson College live at First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana. Uploaded on Dec 7, 2011

Click on the link below for:  
Pirates of the Caribbean & Phantom of the Opera - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xmHuS57DV0-  18th Concert, Daejeon Handbell Choir / Aug.28,2010 / Daejeon Handbell Choir - South Korea

February 14, 2014

Valentine Treasures

 Pretty Things, Romantic Things
Your Valentine's Day ...

close-up - note the pewter box in the photo is featured on the cover of The Goodbye Lie
words and photos from the heart of Jane Marie

February 13, 2014

Heart Garland

Here is an easy extra you can make last minute for Valentine's Day, a bridal shower, tea party, wedding and/or wedding reception,  a paper garland of hearts. You can even use recycled paper, just turn the printed side inward.

Cut strips of paper, 1/2 to 1 inch wide. I used pink and purple. The longer the strips, the bigger the hearts. Staple two strips together at the top and bend around to form a heart. Staple at the bottom. Add two more strips to each side of the bottom staple, being sure the new strips point toward the top of the heart. Staple the new strips to the old strips over the bottom staple and curve the new strips down to form another heart. Continue in this manner to make your garland as long as you want.

Wear as a crown, a necklace, swag it or put around the base of a potted plant or vase of flowers. Decorate the world with heart garland!     

February 11, 2014

Goodbye Lie Diaries - Peeper Worries plus Coffee Roast

1880s Fernandina, Florida

Grandmother Peeper
Grandmother Peeper writes:

Aunt Noreen just give me a earful, Jane Marie, saying ya ought not ta be writin' about the squabbles betwixt my Breelan and them two fellas, Captain Waite  and Lt. Trip, the gents achasin' her. Them words a yourn in The Goodbye Lie is pretty personal, I admit, but if'n Breelan don't mind folks reading 'bout her findin' her true love, who is Aunt Noreen ta say different? Why, if a singin' kangaroo jumped out of a tree and landed in front a her, she'd scold him fer bein' off key. So what's she know?  Nothin'!  She ain't worth the spit it takes ta say her name.

Oh, I forgot ta tell you, Janie, we gots ta git ourselves a new fish fer the well.  I think one a Jack Patrick's friends come by, pulled it up in the bucket then took it home fer supper. Nugget is down at the creek just afishin' hisself silly, getting another sos it can eat the bugs in the well water fer us. 

We're havin' Grammy's Coffee Roast Beef after church, come Sundee noon.  Ya need ta be acookin' some a that meat fer yourself and your family, making sure your Barbra has the recipe when you're gone.  It's a keeper.

Present Time, Fernandina, Florida 
Jane Marie writes:

Hey Peep,
I appreciate you cautioning me over my writing.  Don't worry.  Remember, I dedicated The Goodbye Lie to my father, because I didn't want either of us to be embarrassed when he read it.  He wasn't.  So, if it passed the Daddy test, I think we're safe.

I've made the Coffee Roast before. You're right.  It's time to make it again.  And yes, I'll be sure Barbra has the recipe.

We've had terribly cold nights last week.  I hope my orange tree will survive.  It has dropped some leaves, but I think it is still hanging on. Fingers crossed.    

And try not to fight with Aunt Noreen.  Although, we all find your tiffs interesting to follow, dare I say entertaining, they can't be good for your blood pressure or your bunions.

Love to the family- and that includes Aunt Noreen! Remember, she's still Michael's sister and if you love him, and I know you do, you'll love his sister. Well, you can at least pretend, can't you?

Coffee Roast Beef
(The recipe is below but here, also, is the link to the recipe on our 700 page website, www.GraciousJaneMarie. It is for those who love a rich beefy taste. http://www.greenlightwrite.com/coffeebeef.htm )

The story goes that cowboys in the Wild West roasted beef seasoned with coffee over the campfire.  My husband came across this recipe in Roswell, New Mexico at a potluck supper.  Give it a try for something different and delicious.    Enjoy,
    Jane Marie
You'll need:
  • 3 pound beef roast (with the fat removed)
  • 6 cups of strong brewed coffee
  • 4 to 6 garlic cloves, minced or garlic powder
Preheat the oven to 325° F 
Make several slits in the raw roast and insert the garlic chips or sprinkle the roast generously with garlic powder. 
Place the meat in a roasting pan and pour the coffee beside it - not over it or it will wash off the garlic powder.  Cover with foil or lid. 
Bake 2 1/2 to 3 hours until the meat falls apart, removing the cover during the last half an hour to brown the meat.
Cool 10 minutes before slicing. 
Make gravy from the drippings or serve the unthickened coffee/beef broth left in the bottom of the pan over noodles, rice or potatoes. 
Pass the salt and pepper.
I’ve also made this in the slow cooker set on low for 6 to 8 hours until it turns into stringy meat.

February 3, 2014

Goodbye Lie Romance - An Excerpt

Honor, Treachery, Epic Romance
 are just part of
 Amelia Island's GOODBYE LIE Trilogy where
 Little House on the Prairie meets Gone With The Wind ...

  Men will die for Breelan Dunnigan

    Amelia Island's GOODBYE LIE Trilogy where Little House on the Prairie meets Gone With The Wind ...
Treat yourself and get your copy here: http://www.greenlightwrite.com/homegraciousjanemarie.htm  

Review: A rollercoaster of emotions … [which] include … loving the characters. … The unexpected ending makes a jaw dropping jolt to the senses. --ReaderViews.com

Find romance every day and every night between the covers of Amelia Island's Goodbye Lie.  Set in 1882 Florida, here is a snippet of the spirit of my kind of romance! -jmm

    "Trip it shall be. Please, call me Breelan." And he held her secure, leading her in wild spins around and around. She threw her head back as she laughed softly, her hair covering his uniformed forearm.

     Waite was completely aware of Breelan's movements. He wanted to kiss the ivory of her flawless bare shoulders. But when he saw the lieutenant's arm tighten around Breelan's waist, Waite's desire turned violent as he imagined ripping the soldier's arm off at the elbow. He resented the man, any man, holding her, let alone holding her as close as this gent was. Trip's body pressed intimately against Breelan’s green dress, separating her skin from his by only a few thin layers of silk and cotton. His officer's white-gloved fingers entwined themselves in the ends of her satiny brown hair. At least, his actual flesh wasn't in contact with hers, Waite consoled himself. He was glad a gentleman always wore gloves when dancing so as not to soil a woman's gown with perspiration. He'd considered many customs foolish and a waste of time. Not this one. For this social edict, he thanked the stars. 

     "Waite, darling," Miss Visper spoke a second time. "You're not listening to me, are you?"

     Caught. He was having difficulty tearing his eyes from Breelan. He asked, his tone mocking, "Leona, do you think I'd dance with a woman and she not be the center of all my attention?"

     "I think one thing. You're most engaging and you know it. Any woman who allows herself to love you is demented. You'll only break her heart."

     "You flatter me. But I think the excursion to that point would be an escapade not to be missed," he suggested, stroking her mind, using her. He excused his selfishness because he knew she wanted him. He needed a woman tonight and she was an alluring, if somewhat obvious creature...