Monday, November 26, 2012


Happy Holidays! Thank you for stopping by. I'm in the decorating mood as you can tell.

Days after Thanksgiving and I open my refrigerator and a platter of turkey still fills the top shelf. There’s too much. My DH and I could eat turkey for a week and still have leftovers. How could this be? The kids all went home with their share yet still there is so much.

Looking ahead, the months are going to be much colder. The northwest wind will rattle the window panes, leaving behind lacey fingerprints. My Irish Setter will wear a white muzzle most of the time because he’ll constantly dig in the snow, sniffing out a field mouse or chipmunk. My DH’s cheeks will rival Santa Claus’ complexion after an hour of plowing. Yes, the months of ahead are perfect for hearty soups that will warm the body and spirit. So today I will take that turkey, cut it up into bite size pieces and freeze it.

Do you have a favorite turkey leftover recipe to share? Here is one of my favorite.

1 cup chopped celery
1 cup peeled and sliced carrots
4 medium potatoes peeled and diced
1 cup of frozen peas
2 to 3 cups of diced turkey
32 oz of chicken/turkey broth ( I freeze left over broth too)

One bag of potpie noodles. I love making my own potpie but in a pinch I use commercial made.


Add to tablespoons of oil to warm stock pot. Add celery, carrots and potatoes, stir constantly for about three minutes. Add turkey and frozen peas and parsley. Stir for another minute or so. Add broth and three cups of water. Bring mixture to a boil. Add potpie. Salt and pepper to taste. Cook until potpie is soft but not mushy. Let stand for a few about three minutes and serve with thick slices of toasted bread. YUM.

For more of my recipes check out free download of the Ruby-Slippered Sisters cookbook, EAT, READ, LOVE. It features recipes from each of my books and those of my Ruby sisters.


Also, join me this Friday, November 30th, at Christmas Angels We're celebrating angels. Tell us about the angel on your life.

Oh, don't forget to enter my holiday gift contest. Scroll down for details.



Monday, November 12, 2012

A Special Christmas Present - CONTEST ALERT

WINNER Announcement!!!

Cindy Overton is the winner the beautiful Holiday gift inside this bag.

Congrats! I'll be contacting your shortly. I hope you enjoy.


***New contest!! Join AJ's newsletter to be entered into Valentine Day contest.***

I'm holding a special contest for my newletter followers. On December 1, 2012, I’m going to pick one lucky newsletter follower to receive a special Holiday Present.

Unfortunately, for this contest, the winner needs to be in the USA.

So if you’d like to be included in the drawing for this special lovely holiday gift, please jump over to my website and click the button to join my quarterly newsletter. (Don't worry. I don't send out mass amounts of emails, just special ones) Then email me at with I Love The Holidays in the subject line.

Now, since I want you to have the gift in time for the holidays, I’m setting a deadline of November 30, 2012 11:59:59 pm EST to enter. I’ll pick the winner on December first and announce the winner in my 4th Q newsletter.

Enter right now. It really is easy.

Recap rules again:
1) You must be a newsletter follower. Join at
2) You must live in the USA.
3) You must email me at with I Love the Holidays in the subject line and provide your email addie that you used to sign up for the newsletter.

It really is a beautiful gift. And my newsletters are filled with tid-bits, recipes, and other great things of interest.

Happy Holidays! AJ

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Seize the opportunity today to both remember our fallen and thank those who've served our country, and those who still do. Without our brave men and women, we wouldn't be the proud, free Americans we are.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Just In Time For The Holidays

I'm happy to announce the Amazon release of my very first Christmas story, PERFECT. I hope you'll stop over and take a peek. It is also available on B&N soon. Now, please enjoy the blurb.

Dylan Kincaid totally screwed up Thanksgiving and now he’s faced with Christmas. Thrown into the frightening role of both mother and father while his brother and sister-in-law are off serving their country, all Dylan wants is to make Christmas perfect for his two ni
eces. But time is running out.

Down on her luck Charleston, S.C. restaurateur, Darcy Witherspoon is licking a wounded ego when she arrives in Black Moose, VT and meets the handsome Maple tree farmer. Wanting a happy holiday herself, she teams up with Dylan to make a perfect Christmas.

Neither is interested in a holiday affair, but the magic of Christmas has something more everlasting in store for the couple. An absolutely perfect love!