Sunday, December 08, 2019

Food Spotlight: Schwartz Cajun Seasoning

Disclosure: The is a sponsored post. I have received a sample for review. All opinions are my own.

I love to cook.  I thoroughly enjoy experimenting with adding new flavours to the dishes that I create. One of the components of trying something new can often involve finding just the right seasoning. I’ve found that adding a hint of lemon or one or two different spices can bring out just the right flavours in foods, which can make an everyday dish more exciting.



That’s why recently, when I was given the opportunity to try Schwartz Cajun Seasoning, I jumped at the chance. The Schwartz Cajun Seasoning contains a delicious blend of chilli powder, allspice and thyme. It’s a great addition to your favourite Cajun-inspired recipes or just to add a little something extra to your everyday dishes. 


I added the Schwartz Cajun Seasoning to chicken wings, and let me tell you, they turned out incredible! I already make great chicken wings if I do say so myself, but adding the Schwartz Cajun Seasoning gave them that extra bit of flavour and took them up a notch. 


I prepared my chicken wings as usual with a little bit of black pepper and salt and a bit of this and that to give them a nice flavour. I placed them into the oven as usual to get them cooked on the tops and the undersides of each wing. Next, I took them out of the oven and seasoned them with the Schwartz Cajun Seasoning. Then I placed them back into the oven for a while longer, until they were golden and beautiful. They smelled so delicious and voila…they were done!






They were delicious! I loved the added kick of flavour supplied by the addition of the Schwartz Cajun Seasoning. I love spicy food, so this seasoning is definitely a favourite. However, my husband is not a great fan of spicy food, but he loved the wings too. That’s the great thing about this seasoning, it has just enough of a kick without being too hot. It is the perfect blend of spices that can suit many palates. I will definitely be adding it to some of my other favourite dishes.


Sunday, December 01, 2019

December 2019


Well, it’s the last month of 2019 and the final month of the decade. Wishing everyone a good new month. Hug the ones you love. Time is fleeting and life is precious ❤

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Book Spotlight: From the Ashes by S. L Briden

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are mine. 



Recently I’ve had the opportunity to read From the Ashes– Shadows of a Phoenix Series – Book 1, by S. L Briden. This is the first novel of an epic medieval fantasy series set in the era of King Arthur. This is the fascinating story of two knights and a sorceress who fight against the armies of the Dark, in a battle foretold by prophecy. It is a classic tale of good versus evil.

Two knights, David and Andrew, are charged by their Grandmaster to protect the sorceress Arread, who is no wallflower and is strong-willed in her own right. David and Andrew initially believe that their protection assignment is beneath them, but they soon learn that this is not the case. They find themselves on a quest to fulfil an ancient prophecy in the battle between Light and Dark. There is romance in this tale as David becomes attracted to the thrilling Arread. However, he is torn between duty and his heart. There is a lot on the line in their quest.

This novel is a thrilling mixture of history, adventure, emotion, and romance. I found it to be a fantastic read, especially during this season of snuggling under a blanket with a good book. It’s a great autumn/winter read, but this imaginative story can be equally enjoyed when you’re at the beach or chilling by the pool. It's absolutely a novel where you can get lost within the pages.

I thoroughly enjoyed From the Ashes– Shadows of a Phoenix Series – Book 1 and I’d definitely recommend it to all of the book lovers out there!

Available through: all good bookshops and internet booksellers.

Genres: Fantasy, Arthurian, Sword & Sorcery, Epic, Myths & Legends

About the Author: S. L Briden is a freelance writer and business owner who is deeply interested in the Dark Ages history of the UK. Inspired by the age-old legends of King Arthur, she loves creating historic fantasy tales full of adventure and edge-of-your-seat suspense. When she was widowed in her 30s, S.L Briden focused on writing ‘Shadows of a Phoenix’ – an epic, historic fantasy series that she drafted with her husband before his untimely death. She hopes to inspire other young widows not to give up on their dreams, whatever they may be.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving


Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃 🍽

This is the holiday that I love most because it reminds me of home and it holds great memories for me.  I remember the delicious smells coming from the kitchen as my mother cooked a wonderful feast. She would be humming or listening to music as she cooked. Further back when I was little and my father was alive, I remember him saying grace before we ate. I remember my sisters and brothers being joyful that it was finally time to eat 😁 Through the years as everyone grew up, the traditions shifted from one house to another, but we were together and the love was there.

So as I have Thanksgiving dinner with my husband here in England, 4,200 miles away from home, I'll carry on the traditions that I learned from my parents and keep their memories alive as I do everyday. And through the wonders of technology I'll check in with my siblings today and have some laughs and it'll be like old times in a way 🙂

Gratitude, family, friends and sharing food...the joys of life 🙂💖

Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃🙂

Monday, November 18, 2019

New Week



Here we are at the beginning of a new week again. 

I have made a bit of progress today with some things, so here's hoping that I can continue to do that. 

I hope that you have a good new week wherever you are!

Until next time...

Sunday, November 03, 2019

Last of the Summer Roses


I just wanted to share this pretty rose today. It is a surprise for sure since all of the other roses have long since stopped blooming. This beauty has the distinction of being the very last rose in the garden this season.

See  you again next summer lovely pink roses :-)

Saturday, November 02, 2019

The Forward Journey


Over the last several days, I’ve been thinking a lot about time or more specifically about this new decade that’s coming our way. It’s wild to think about the fact that as I’m typing this from this corner of Wiltshire, England, that there are only 59 full days left in this year…in this decade. I always get introspective as we move closer to the end of the year, but it usually doesn’t hit me until December. This time it’s entering my thoughts a bit earlier. Maybe it’s just where my mind needs to be at this point in my life. It’s exciting to think about the prospect of a new decade.


I’ve been thinking back over this decade that we’re finishing and to be perfectly frank, I’ll be glad to see the back of the 2010’s. I know that there isn’t a magic switch that will make the new decade of the 2020’s miraculous and worry-free, of course not. However, in my life, the 2010’s have worn me out and down quite a bit. To be perfectly frank, this decade has been incredibly hard in so many ways for me personally and I know it hasn’t been a piece of cake for the world either…far from it. Sure, there have been some bright spots for us all and I’m grateful, but I think that it’s getting to the time to hit the refresh button. Renewal is good.


On a personal level, I need to think of the new decade in terms of new energy and renewal. I know that we can get up each day and start anew, any day of the year, but from a mental point of view, I’m going to embrace this metaphorical line in the sand of time. It’s what I need.


I’m still going to be in the moment as much as I can and relish these next 59 days because tomorrow is never promised. However, I’m also going to think about what things I can do in my own life to start the Roaring 20’s off with a bit more purpose in my life. I want more from my life and there’s nothing wrong with taking stock to grow more into being even more of my true self. Here’s to the forward journey! 😊