If You Only Knew…

Dance of the Luna (watermark)You would be free!

Hello friends, and welcome to Leisure Lane today. I’ve been inspired to post this today, so I’m going with the flow of it.

The word radiant is not my own, but was given to me in a dream a year ago…the exact message was, “If you only knew how much God radiantly loves you!!” It was very powerfully spoken. Think about the pure devotion that God is radiating, transmitting, emitting, shining towards you every moment of every day – even while you’re sleeping!  This is powerful. And if you can understand, comprehend without a doubt that immense Truth, then fear will have no hold on you or me or anyone, and His blessings can flow to us much easier.  God is really making an effort to get this concept to us and into us. But if we think we can sit in rage, anger, bitterness, and jealousy, which lead us into creating strife, then we can receive very little to nothing, except more of the same.

Love's Strength detail 2

I know how hard it is when we feel bound, but we have to start somewhere.  So if you are struggling with negative emotions or physical ailments which have stayed longer than they were intended to, try to concentrate on a blessing today…a flower, a bird’s song, getting out of bed this morning…something simple but profound.  Because if you only knew, without doubt, how much God radiantly loves you, you would be free!

May your day be filled with the radiance of God’s unconditional love.  And until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne ♥

Note:  The above images are from the oil paintings of Marianne Coyne.  All rights reserved.

Tapioca in Spring Colors

Tapioca Pudding 2Tapioca served with a pinch of nutmeg on top.

Hello friends…

Welcome to Leisure Lane, where today we’ve made some yummyLicious tapioca pudding.  Last week I bought a few things at Tuesday Morning (love the store when I can get there), and bought some pretty little serving dishes.  They’re from Portugal.  I love the calm color, and the design.  I thought they would make perfect containers for some delicious tapioca pudding, so I bought 8 of them.  When I mentioned to my son my purpose for them, he didn’t waste any time in obligating me to the task.

Tapioca pudding is a favorite in my home, especially that my mom used to make it for my son when he was little, and he still remembers those fond memories.  He once mentioned that mine is just as good as grandma’s, and that’s a dreamy compliment.  He may be all grown up now, but he still loves the tasty treat.

Tapioca Pudding 3Tapioca with blackberries and a sprinkle of confectioners sugar

It’s delicious no matter how you serve it.  We usually simply eat it plain.  But you can sprinkle a pinch of nutmeg or cinnamon on top.  Or serve it with your favorite berries and a dollop of whipped cream or lightly sifted confectioners sugar.  When I cook the pudding I add almost half of the sugar, and it’s still plenty sweet for our taste.  I also substitute with turbinado or coconut sugar in the recipe.  I almost never use white sugar anymore.  I’m thinking you could mix in some luscious blueberries to the pudding after cooking, then spoon into bowls and chill – Wow, that sounds good!

So that’s what I did with my pretty new dishware.    Which is your favorite pudding?  And how do you like to serve it?

Until next time, may happy days abound!


Mailbox Delight

Yesteryear Embroidery from Kathleen Page

Hello, and welcome to Leisure Lane…

I’m very excited today because when I opened my mailbox this morning there was a most delightful surprise from my dear blogger friend, Kathleen.  Kathleen is the author of the blog Yesteryear Embroideries.  She is a most accomplished seamstress and embroidery artist, so if you have never seen her amazing work, drop by to say ‘hello’.

Yesteryear Embroidery from KathleenWhen I opened the package, there was this beautiful, handmade apron, showing off some of her lovely embroidery on the pocket.  Was I dreaming?  This was the exact apron I’ve had my eye on in her shop.  A sweet note accompanied it.  And though this beauty in itself was enough to make me swoon, there was more…

Yesteryear Embroidery from Kathleen 4Neatly tucked inside the pretty pink pocket was this terrific crocheted dishcloth (right) and this sweet quilt (left); notice the delicate embroidery stitching down the center.  The colors are perfect, and I was most pleasantly surprised and grateful.  Thank you Kathleen!♥

For my long time followers, you may remember the post I wrote about Kathleen and her blog Yesteryear Embroideries.  Click here to view it if you’d like to refresh your memory, or you’ve never read it.  Kathleen also owns an Etsy shop, and has recently opened her brand new shop right near her home.  For those of you who are on Facebook, you can see what’s in her vintage shop here.  I’ve got to get on facebook!

One of Kathleen’s small crazy quilts will be featured in the fall edition of Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine, due to come out August 1, 2015 – so look for it in your stores.  I remember her posts as she worked on some of those gorgeous sections of her quilt.

Well, that’s all for me today. I hope you enjoyed your stroll down the lane, and I know you’ll enjoy strolling around Yesteryear Embroideries.

Until next time, may happy days abound!


The 5-Star Treatment

Annie Cover new 3 resizedmy photo

Good day, friends…

Thank you for strolling by Leisure Lane today.  A quick note to let you know that I’ve been given the “5-Star Treatment” on Sally Georgina Cronin’s blog, Smorgasbord.  Stop by to see more.

May your day be filled with good health and prosperity, and until next time, may happy days abound!


The Enchanted Dance – 3 Day Kindle Countdown Deal

The Enchanted Dance cover - Author ofThe daughter of a poor cobbler, Lijuan’s beauty and grace captivates the heart of her village. But when a curse befalls her will she persevere, or fall victim to its power? The Enchanted Dance is a tale full of spirit and emotion. Step, if you dare, into its pages. Lijuan will captivate your heart, and hold it in the timelessness of her embrace.

Good day friends,

I’d like to welcome my new followers, and to thank all of you for dropping by today.  I’ve got some great news…The Enchanted Dance will be offered on a Kindle Countdown Deal from April 9th (beginning at 8:00 am PST) until April 12th (8:00a am PST).  Check for the other Standard Times below**.

The price will begin at $.99, so mark your calendars.

And don’t forget to check out my new release, The Heart of Annie…The Strength of God.  You can also give a Kindle book as a gift.  Information is one my kindle page.

May your days be full of lovely spring, and until next time, may happy days abound!


**Kindle Countdown Deal Time:  Begins April 9th 8:00 am PST, 10:00 am CST, 11:00 EST
Ends April 12th (same time frames)

The Heart of Annie…The Strength of God – Now on Amazon Kindle

Annie Cover new 3 kindle version

Though life in early 20th century America is not always easy, young Annie Salvatore is filled with joy, as she embraces the surroundings of her loving Italian family, her everyday life in her adopted country, and the pure happiness of her youth. But as she matures, Annie is awakened to the fact that the love in her heart is not enough without strength. How can she find it? Where does it come from? Through her faith Annie learns to lean on God’s strength, as He teaches her heart to forgive and to love more deeply as life unfolds. In surrendering her heart to His strength, Annie discovers the ability to conquer.

Based on a true story of faith, courage, sadness and joy, The Heart of Annie…The Strength of God is sure to uplift, encourage, and entertain its readers from the first page to the last.

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Good day, friends, and thank you for strolling by today, and a big “Welcome” to my new followers.

The Heart of Annie…The Strength of God, is now available on Amazon Kindle for an introductory price.  This price will only last until after Easter, before going to its regular price.  I had hoped to offer it for free for reviewers, but Amazon requires a price.  But at $.99 cents this is still a great deal (the price is based on US currency, and may vary according to country).   Reviews are needed and appreciated at this time.

For those of you who do not have a kindle, you can download a free app for smart phones, tablets, or computers.  Check it out on my kindle page.

Thank you all for your encouragement and support.  I hope your day is bright and blessed.

Until next time, may happy days abound!




Book Update

Annie Cover 2 based on a true storyGood day to everyone strolling by to visit.  I hope you’re enjoying some of the early spring promises.  Though I know many of you in the north are stilling experiencing snow…I hope your days warm up soon.

As you may know I’ve been in the process of editing The Heart of Annie…The Strength of God, and hope to be announcing its debut sometime in April.

First, I am sorry to say that I will not be able to publish it in paperback form at this time.  I hope, however, to do that in the near future.  It will be only offered on Amazon Kindle for the time being.  In about two or three weeks I will be calling for anyone who would like to read the story and review it on Amazon.  So if you would like to read the story and write an honest review, I will be offering it on Amazon for free for one or two days.

I will post when I am ready to release it for review, so stay tuned :)

Thank you for stopping by today.  May all your days be sunny no matter the weather, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!


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