After a very long break, with a few false starts thrown in, I'm finally back! For those who remember me when my blog was 'Our Home in the Maples/Maple Stone blog'...👋 HI! For those that aren't familiar...WELCOME! So glad you're here. 



Life has been really busy the past 5+ yrs. Many d.i.y projects & craft projects were finished, and so much more that I'm not going to get into. Plus during this time I was working on the blog every now & then. I knew I was going to come back to blogging I just didn't have a set date.

The MapleStone Home... 
This blog is where I share all the happenings...from D.I.Y. to decorating with found items, family treasures & reusing what I have. There will also be recipes, life, books, & some of my favorite things. 

Finally...
I hope that my little corner of the blogging world inspires you to find your own style using what you have...More

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Hey again! So this is what I read/listened to from April to June. Number 13 and 14 are back to back posts but the rest of the 'What I've Read" series will be a monthly post and will be a combination of audible, kindle and physical books. Let me know if you've read/listened to any of these books and if so what you thought.
  • (audible)  DEAD WAKE - BY: Erik Larson - "...  It is a story that many of us think we know but don’t, and Erik Larson tells it thrillingly, switching between hunter and hunted while painting a larger portrait of America at the height of the Progressive Era. Full of glamour and suspense, Dead Wake brings to life a cast of evocative characters, from famed Boston bookseller Charles Lauriat to pioneering female architect Theodate Pope to President Woodrow Wilson, a man lost to grief, dreading the widening war but also captivated by the prospect of new love..."                                                                           
  • (audible) THE WORD IS MURDER - BY: Anthony Horowitz - "It’s been two years since Injustice aired and Detective Daniel Hawthorne needs cash. Having gotten himself fired from his job at the Metropolitan police, Hawthorne decides to approach Anthony Horowitz. He’s investigating a bizarre and complex murder and he wants Anthony to write a book about it, a bestselling book of course, with a 50/50 split. The only catch is they need to solve the crime."          

  • (audible)  IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS - BY: Erik Larson   - "The time is 1933...A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first, Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the “New Germany”, she has one affair after another, including with the suprisingly honorable first chief of the Gestapo, Rudolf Diels. But as evidence of Jewish persecution mounts, confirmed by chilling first-person testimony, her father telegraphs his concerns to a largely indifferent State Department back home. Dodd watches with alarm as Jews are attacked, the press is censored, and drafts of frightening new laws begin to circulate..."              

 Happy Reading ♡ Enjoy your day ♡ Tina

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So here we are. . . 
A few days after Memorial Day and for many the unofficial start of summer.

A time for sitting by the pool, lounging in a hammock or soaking up that vitamin sea while enjoying a book or 2. Here is a list of books I read/listened to from January through April that you might enjoy. . . Number 13 and 14 are back to back posts but the rest of the 'What I've Read" series will be a monthly post and will be a combination of audible, kindle and physical books. Let me know if you've read/listened to any of these books and if so what you thought. 

  • (audible)  The GUERNSEY LITERARY and POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY - BY: Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows  "As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island—boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all. . .Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises and of finding connection in the most surprising ways."                 
  • (audible) UNSPEAKABLE THINGS - BY: Jess Lourey   "Inspired by a terrifying true story from the author’s hometown, a heart-pounding novel of suspense about a small Minnesota community where nothing is as quiet―or as safe―as it seems.

    Cassie McDowell’s life in 1980s Minnesota seems perfectly wholesome. She lives on a farm, loves school, and has a crush on the nicest boy in class. Yes, there are her parents’ strange parties and their parade of deviant guests, but she’s grown accustomed to them.

    All that changes when someone comes hunting in Lilydale.

    One by one, local boys go missing. One by one, they return changed―violent, moody, and withdrawn. What happened to them becomes the stuff of shocking rumors. The accusations of who’s responsible grow just as wild, and dangerous town secrets start to surface. Then Cassie’s own sister undergoes the dark change. If she is to survive, Cassie must find her way in an adult world where every sin is justified, and only the truth is unforgivable." 

  • (audible) DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY - BY: Erik Larson  "In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition.

    The White City (as it became known) was a magical creation constructed upon Chicago's swampy Jackson Park by Daniel H. Burnham, the famed architect who coordinated the talents of Frederick Olmsted, Louis Sullivan, and others to build it. Dr. Henry H. Holmes combined the fair's appeal with his own fatal charms to lure scores of women to their deaths. Whereas the fair marked the birth of a new epoch in American history, Holmes marked the emergence of a new American archetype, the serial killer, who thrived on the very forces then transforming the country." 

  • (audible)  CLOSE TO THE BONE (WIDOWS ISLAND NOVELLA BOOK 1) - BY: Kendra Elliot  "FBI Special Agent Cate Wilde is back home on a remote Pacific Northwest island when she gets the call: a teenager’s skeletal remains have been found on a nearby island.

    Together with Tessa Black, a childhood friend turned local deputy, Cate confronts dreary weather and bleak leads to make sense of the death. The complications pile up as Cate is distracted by the coroner on the case—and by nagging memories that draw her twenty years into the past. The remains suggest eerie similarities between this victim, and Cate and Tessa’s friend Samantha, who disappeared when she was fourteen.

    Cate finds herself up against closemouthed locals, buried town secrets, and even her own heart. As the case unravels, will she be able to cut through the fog and find justice for the missing and the dead?" 

So there are the first books of 2021 that I listened too.
 
Happy Reading ♡ Enjoy your day ♡ Tina

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  This post was inspired by my precious grandson (Devyn) and his imagination.

 In this day and age of technology we rarely see children use their unbridled imagination. Most of their time is spent playing video games, watching t.v. or participating in some sort of organized activity.


 Now, I was an active child but I had the free time to let my imagination take over. My children were always allowed this time to create/imagine. Out of all three of my children, my youngest was the one with the most vivid imagination. Now when all three were together, all though there would be fights, they could create a wonderful world. They were allowed to bring all there toys out and just go to town, just like I was.

 Imagine the shock, when DH told me that when he was little he was only allowed to have ONE toy out at a time!! "You have got to be kidding me!?".... was what came out of my mouth, he replied yes.

 Anyways, fast forward about 9 years, one day when we were visiting his parents, my kids started pulling out all the toys they brought, asking if they could use this and that, so they could create, and guess what? That's right.........his mother informed then only ONE toy...My kids, being so much like me, looked at their grandmother in disbelief and asked "WHY?" Her response, " There is no reason to make a big mess, plus you can only play with one toy at a time."

 They put ALL of their toys away, then sat with me on the couch. After about 15 minutes my middle child , who was always brutally honest, looked at me and said, "I want to go to grandma & grandpa V's house, it is more fun there." (No, DH mother did not hear this.) We stayed for a few minutes longer, packed the kids up and headed to my parents. No sooner did they walk in the door and out came the toys.

 I had just finished telling my mother and sister of the one toy rule, when my kids and my nephew come out of my dad's office with all kinds of knick knacks and treasures to use.

I sat down on the couch and for a moment I was an uninvited guest into my children's world, where a pile of books become mountains, the stripes in a rug become a road, where anything and everything is possible.

 For sometime, as my kids got older, I was no longer able to be that uninvited guest.

 But thankfully my precious Devyn has unknowingly allowed me to visit once more, a place where the unbridled imagination of a child is free to expand beyond the universe..................  

UPDATE: My precious is now 16 and the place of unbridled imagination is now in the mind of my precious 8yr old grandson "J" when visiting with him.......at least for a time.....

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Enjoy your day,
Tina ♡ Tarenley  House

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How many of ya'll have ever heard of Alabama Firecrackers? If you have then you know how addictive they can be! If you haven't, then you're in for a treat!

These are usually made with regular saltine crackers but I use the mini ones. They are the perfect size for popping in your mouth.


MINI ALABAMA FIRECRACKERS

ingredients:

  • gallon size ziploc bag
  • 1 - 1oz pig ranch dressing mix
  • ½ teaspoon of garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1½ tablespoons red pepper flakes
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 11oz box mini Saltine crackers

instructions:

How to cook MINI ALABAMA FIRECRACKERS

  1. In ziploc bag pour in ranch mix, garlic, onion,black pepper, red pepper flakes and oil.
  2. Close bag and mush ingredients around with your hand to combine
  3. Open bag pour in crackers, close bag
  4. Roll and flip bag carefully (do not crush the crackers) making sure to get all the crackers covered
  5. Lay flat for 1 hour then turn over and lay flat another hour, repeat this step 2 more times then let sit over night
  6. I added a step, because they still seemed a little oily - I laid 4 layers of paper towels on a baking sheet and spread the crackers out in a single layer.
  7. Take 4 more paper towels and lightly pat crackers.
  8. Then let sit for about 2 hours before putting in a bowl to serve.
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Tina

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VIRGINIA WOOLF - "The only advice … that one person can give another about reading is to take no advice, to follow your own instincts, to use your own reason, to come to your own conclusions. If this is agreed between us, then I feel at the liberty to put forward a few ideas and suggestions because you will not allow them to fetter that independence which is the most important quality that a reader can possess. After all, what laws can be laid down about books? The battle of Waterloo was certainly fought on a certain day; but is Hamlet a better play than Lear? Nobody can say. Each must decide that question for himself. To admit authorities, however heavily furred and gowned, into our libraries and let them tell us how to read, what to read, what value to place upon what we read, is to destroy the spirit of freedom which is the breath of those sanctuaries. Everywhere else we may be bound by laws and conventions — there we have none."
Hello there! Well here I am with part 2 of a post that was written/posted in 2018 and was reposted HERE.  I'm going to share few of the books I'm currently reading/listening too. If you would like to see my full list of books read to want to read visit my Goodreads profile.

LISTENING & READING: (no affiliation to any of the Businesses provided in links) 

Audio Books 
  • Magpie Murders (love a good who done it)
here
Masterful, clever, and relentlessly suspenseful, Magpie Murders is a deviously dark take on vintage English crime fiction in which the reader becomes the detective.
  • If You Tell (I finished this one the other day. WARNING this book is very disturbing)
here
No. 1 New York Times best-selling author Gregg Olsen's shocking and empowering true-crime story of three sisters determined to survive their mother's house of horrors...
 READING

  • The Haunting of Hill House (read this a long, long time ago, decided to read again)
here
Four seekers have come to the ugly, abandoned old mansion: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of the psychic phenomenon called haunting; Theodora, his lovely and lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a lonely, homeless girl well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the adventurous future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable noises and self-closing doors, but Hill House is gathering its powers and will soon choose one of them to make its own.

  • Cozy Minimalist Home: more style, less stuff
here

Cozy Minimalism isn’t about going without or achieving a particular new, modern style. Nope. It’s simply a mindset that helps you get whatever style YOU LOVE with the fewest possible items.You want a warm, cozy, inviting home, without using more resources, money, and stuff than needed. Why use more if you don't have to?

  • Dwelling: Simple Ways to Nourish Your Home, Body & Soul 
here
Melissa Michaels wants to show you how meaningful it can be to live a life that nurtures both your home and body. By making a series of small, intentional choices—from what you bring into your home to how you shape your daily habits and mind-sets—you can create a more rejuvenating environment that equips you to go into the world and accomplish all you set out to do.


Finally a book that's more for reference...Last year I was reading an article or post somewhere, can't remember where and I apparently didn't save it, but a book was mentioned that peaked my curiosity; I clicked the link, read the summary and bought this book HERE (no affiliation)

Celebrate the pleasure of reading and the thrill of discovering new titles in an extraordinary book that’s as compulsively readable, entertaining, surprising, and enlightening as the 1,000-plus titles it recommends.
Covering fiction, poetry, science and science fiction, memoir, travel writing, biography, children’s books, history, and more, 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die ranges across cultures and through time to offer an eclectic collection of works that each deserve to come with the recommendation, You have to read this. But it’s not a proscriptive list of the “great works”—rather, it’s a celebration of the glorious mosaic that is our literary heritage.

When I  received the book I quickly scanned it and in the back of the book is a checklist of all the books mentioned within. I grabbed a pencil and started checking off the books I've read. After that I started reading, plus making a "bucket list" of the books that I was interested in reading. My goal, starting alphabetically, is to read one book off my list every month until complete. I'm going to try to borrow as many books as I can, if not,  then I will buy second hand and then donate them when finished.

Back in February, after neglecting my goodreads profile for almost two years I decided it was time to give it some much needed attention. I'm slowly adding the books on my bucket list. So I will have a paper copy and a digital copy also.

What do you think about a reading bucket list? Have you read any of the above books? Are you interested in any of the above books?

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Enjoy your day,
Tina


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I love the look of metal stars. In fact, I have couple around my house. But out of all of them this star is my favorite. I bought it and a smaller one about 25+ years ago at an antique fair in Nashville, TN. I have always wished that I would have bought the larger one, but I didn't! Oh, well!


Anyway, after seeing one of these wooden stars.

This one is made out of tobacco lathes 

I decided that I wanted one to hang somewhere in my home. I looked and looked. I  found a few, but the price seemed to high. So I decided to make one. They really aren't difficult to make; you just need to make sure it's aligned properly, or it will be lopsided!

SUPPLIES

  • 5 - thin wood strips (I found mine at hobby lobby, DH didn't have anything in his stash)
  • Wood stain of choice 
  • 5 - clamps
  • Wood glue
  • Sand paper
  • Polyurethane, matte finish (optional)
  • Paper towel 
  • Drill with small drill bit (optional) 
  • Twine
  • Small brass nails

HOW TO:
  1. Determine how large you want the star to be. (Mine is 24" because that's the length of the strips)
  2. Sand to round off the edges and corners.
  3. Stain and let dry completely >> (If using polyurethane apply once stain is dry. Let polyurethane dry completely before going to next step)
  4. Lay out star, making sure it's not lopsided and clamp in place
  5. Remove one clamp carefully and glue strips together then replace clamp. REPEAT THIS STEP UNTIL DONE. 
  6. Wipe away excess glue, carefully and let dry
  7. Once dry, hammer in nails >>> at every cross section<<< 
  8. (OPTION: drill small hole in top of star and add twine to hang) or DO NOT add twine and just lean on shelf or tabletop.
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And here it is:
Cute, huh?



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