July 28, 2017

Grammy Camp - Ironed Cheese Sandwich

    We do a lot of wacky things at our annual Grammy Camp.  The sillier the better.  So, try your hand at *ironing a sandwich!  And why not? 
     Here we began with two slices of bread buttered on the outside with cheddar cheese between.  Nothing so unusual about that.  Just your ordinary toasted cheese ready for grilling.  Except, we didn't pan fry ours.  Instead, we wrapped the cold sandwich in a single layer of aluminum foil. It seemed to work better if we turned the tails of the foil out to keep the foil only that single layer.  With the temperature on the iron preheated to medium, the middle of the settings on my iron, not too hot, not too cold, but just right, we laid the iron atop the sandwich on the bare stove top.  After 3 minutes or so, a guesstimate, we flipped the wrapped sandwich over and toasted the second side.  After checking it, we thought it could be a bit more golden, so we re-wrapped it and ironed it for another couple of minutes.  Times vary according to how hot your iron gets.  If you turn it too high, you will scorch your bread on the outside and your cheese may not melt all the way through. 
     Well, granddaughter, Ava, declared it as tasty as the traditional toasted cheese and much more fun. 
     *Adult supervision is required because of the hot iron, of course.

#grilledcheese, #toastedcheese, #kidfood, #ironedsandwich, #funcamp, #campidea, #AmeliaIsland, #Floridacamp, #Grammycamp, #beachbook

July 21, 2017

Art of Wearing Perfume, Goodbye Lie Excerpt - Breelan

     "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 

The Art of Wearing Perfume

     People have been wearing perfume for thousands of years.  Perhaps they got the idea from the smoke of fumes or burnt religious 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 that 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.


     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 tricks and tips
     Holding the perfume bottle over your hair, spritz a few times and let the scent waft down upon your locks.
     For an instant 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 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 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 piece and I have stuff to do, like work on my next novel, Amelia Island's Sand and Sin! - jmm)

The Goodbye Lie, an excerpt:

     As he 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 Waite 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 complicated woman you are."
The Goodbye Lie series available in e-book and paperback

#perfume, #scent, #tradition, #romance, #heart, #GoodbyeLie, #AmeliaIsland, #Florida, #series, #drama, #Irish, #family, #mystery, #suspense

July 14, 2017

Novel Advice For Men (and Women, Too)

by Jane  Marie Malcolm

reprinted from Fresh Fiction


Calling all wanna-be studs! Have you overheard your significant other say this? “My man is great, but he would be the whole package if only he were more romantic."  What do you do? Hang your head in shame or beat your chest to prove your
prowess? Do you buy a bottle of wine and grill her a lean piece of meat? Maybe pick up a bouquet of flowers in the grocery store?

That’s all well and good, big spender. But I, Gracious Jane Marie, author of historical romantic suspense, have discovered the perfect game plan for growing your romantic muscles. It requires only a pair of eyes, a sports magazine and a paperback romance novel to tuck inside it!
Romance novels are the encyclopedia of love. Here you will learn what women want and how to give it to them: a tender word when all seems lost, a nuzzle to comfort a broken heart, perhaps a clever line with which to tease and flirt. So long as she hasn’t read the same book, you’re set.

On the other side of the bed, as it were, if your guy imagines himself too macho to actually go to the store and pick up a romance book or even order one online lest the mail carrier sees a glimpse of the cover through a tear in the wrapper, fear not. You, lovely lady, will have to be the one to purchase the book. Just think how surprised, okay shocked, he will be when he rips away the football print gift wrap on his present from you to reveal a man’s glove and a woman’s glove atop a bed of sparkling sand, surrounded by a meandering red ribbon and tropical flowers. (That just happens to be the cover of my novel, The Goodbye Lie.) If you’ve circled the good parts, so much the better. Should the story contain a little murder or at least one good bar fight, he’ll be hooked! 

If he is new to your plan, wink, nod and waggle a bare shoulder his way, saying, “This is the instruction manual to find the key to my heart, honey. Try page 130. It will inspire!” Then, just walk away. Give him a few minutes to decipher your meaning, acclimate to the idea, and read the passages you’ve bookmarked. Meanwhile, as you await the knock on your private chambers, spritz the pillows with a light spray of new-to-him, never before sniffed perfume, just to add to the adventure. After little is said and all is done, he will thank his beautiful and responsive mate and wonder why his father didn’t offer this wisdom to his son.

Jane Marie Malcolm aka Gracious Jane Marie is the author of The Goodbye Lie series historical romance on Amelia Island, Florida in the late 1800s, available in E-book and paperback. Enter her blog-world at Gracious Jane Marie blog, and celebrate heart and home with roses, recipes and romance. Contact Jane Marie at graciousjanemarie@yahoo.com to join her ever-gracious gathering.

#Fresh Fiction, #Amelia Island romance, #Novel Advice, #romance tips, #drama, #fight, #mystery, #beach

July 7, 2017


I've come across a few strange characters while book signing over the years. Two-legged and four-legged ... Do you remember the unicorn??? (If you missed it, click here: http://graciousjanemarie.blogspot.com/2015/11/unicorn-pays-visit.html Well, add this to the list. 
     There I was, outside Sea Jade, Amelia Island's favorite Old Florida souvenir shop on Centre Street in our historic town of Fernandina Beach.  Chatting with some very nice tourists, I interrupted myself to exclaim, " Holy moly!  Is that -?  Sure is!"  Not a kangaroo, but according to the owner carrying the precious critter around in a cloth pouch, it was a wallaby!   Much smaller than a kangaroo, she explained Oliver will get to two feet or a little more.  Like a dog, he is her pet.  At night, he sleeps in this pouch, which hangs from a door knob.  He has recently discovered he can jump out of the pouch. She and her husband are going to try a playpen to corral the little critter next.  Good luck.  Me thinks it won't be long before Oliver will be running the household and pretty much their whole world. 
     What fun it was for everyone who spied the sweet, gentle animal she's raised from a baby.  Her kindness has clearly rubbed off on it because anybody could pet it.

So next time you're on Amelia Island, keep a lookout and be prepared to be surprised in a wonderful way.

#wallaby, #kangaroo, #surprise, #AmeliaIsland, #Florida, #drama, #goodbyelie, #AmeliaIsland historicalromance, #drama, #Irish, #family, #islandromance

July 4, 2017

Independence Day in America

    July 4th! 

May God continue to bless our wonderful county!

Photo by Bob Harkins, Retired Chief, U.S. Navy

#Statue of Liberty, #July 4th, #Independence Day, #God Bless America