Giveaway Winner Announced


You’ve won this:


Susan, I will send you an email requesting mailing address information.

Thanks everyone, so much, for participating in the giveaway.  I wish I could send each and every one of you this prize.  (Sigh)  Have a wonderful weekend!!



It’s Giveaway Time Y’all!!

It’s an Upswing in Followers giveaway. To celebrate all of the new followers to Cozynookbks, as well as my long-time loyal followers, I thought it would be nice to host a giveaway. This is what I put together to give away….

If you win, you’ll get:

  • Perfectly Undone by Jamie Raintree
  • Bookmark – “Books are better with a cup of tea”
  • Scented wax cubes – Banana Pumpkin Bread
  • Burt’s Bees glossy lip pencil-Outback Oasis
  • Comfy, soft slippers-size medium/large
  • Yankee Candle-Apple Pumpkin

Do you like it?  If you do, then all you have to do to be entered to win is Like this post, and then tell me why you enjoy reading. Or, what’s your favorite book genre, and why? That’s it. Winner will be picked at random. Unfortunately, due to shipping costs, this giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Sorry. 😔

Winner will be announced on 12/22.

Thank you for following Cozynookbks. I appreciate each and every one of you. Have a great day!!

Am I Normal? (for those of you who really know me, don’t answer that)…

September 30th, 2017 was my twenty-third wedding anniversary.  Yay!!  We decided not to venture out too far from home to celebrate this time, and so we settled on staying at The Ivey’s Hotel, which is roughly 30 minutes from where we live.  It recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation and it is stunning.  Here’s some pictures of the interior…

Pretty ritzy, right?  It was pure opulence, and the epitome of luxury.  There was even a library on our floor that we had twenty-four hour access to…

This was my favorite place to go while we were there.  (That’s my hubby reading in there.)

fullsizeoutput_ac2So here’s why I want to know if I’m normal.  We were supposed to spend four glorious nights there, but after the third night I was ready to go home.  I told my husband and he was just fine with going home early too. So we went home, and we spent the next seven days that he had off from work in the comforts of our own home, occasionally going out to dinner or to the mall, the movies, or just wherever.  We had an amazing time just being in each others company, which is where we are happiest.   And I was thinking….


That’s not to say we don’t enjoy going away on vacation.  There have been places we’ve gone where we’ve extended our stay.  But not this time.  So, I ask you, is it normal to want to leave a swanky hotel prematurely and go back home?  Have you ever gone away on vacation or for some other occasion and longed to go home?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.


Thanks for reading!!

Home Delivery Meal Kits – Yay or Nay?

We’re seeing them everywhere. Meal kits delivered to your door, ready to prepare. There are so many options you can choose from, including: vegetarian, gluten free, paleo, vegan, organic and so on. And since most companies offer your first box at a reduced price, I decided to try one. I settled on Home Chef since their meals seemed more suited to my family’s taste. There are times when I forget to take something out of the freezer to prepare for dinner, or I just want to try something new, so I thought this might be a good way to do it.

The following is my experience with Home Chef’s meals:

Bone-in Pork Chop with Candied Walnut Butter

My result:


This meal was excellent! We were very pleased with the results. And bonus, I was introduced to acorn squash which was very delicious.

Four Cheese Baked Ziti

My result:

This dish was very good. I liked the addition of spinach in the pasta. It made me feel better that there was a healthy element to it. Granted, I could have easily made this myself, but adding the spinach and different variety of cheeses was new to me so overall I was happy about this recipe and the results.

Mongolian Beef with Ribeye Steak

 My result (minus the peanuts):

This dish was delicious!! I have to admit I was a little skeptical when I was preparing it. It looked like it might be dry, and I had no idea how Chinese broccoli would taste. It looked like green aluminum foil pieces when I took it out of the oven. But when it was incorporated into the dish, it was a perfect fit. One of my favorite meals.

These three meals were my favorites. I prepared three others that were *meh* at best, a bit too bland for my taste and I was like….

This is an example of how you receive your ingredients in the mail:

Four Cheese Baked Ziti contents:

And they give you this cool recipe binder to keep all of your recipes in:

So far I’ve cooked about six meals, and I’d say we loved 50% of them.  The others were just okay.



  1. Just about everything you need to prepare a meal in less than an hour at your fingertips. Convenient.
  2. Discovered new recipes that we enjoyed, including food items that I may never have tried otherwise.
  3. Ability to suspend shipments at will. If you don’t like meal choices for a particular week you can skip that week.
  4. Meal options are displayed on the website weeks in advance so you can plan out your deliveries accordingly.
  5. Decent meal variety.
  6. Good customer Service.


  1. Thoroughly satisfied with only about half of the meals I prepared.
  2. Expensive—all things considered.
  3. Some meals were too labor intensive; too many steps, pots and pans.
  4. A massive amount of packaging material!!
  5. Limited time period to prepare meals once received.

Overall, my experience with Home Chef was pretty good. I don’t regret trying them out.  I had originally cancelled after my first shipment but they gave me an incentive to give them another shot so I did. I will probably discontinue my membership though. The pros ultimately don’t outweigh the cons. I’ll let you know if I change my mind after I prepare my latest meals.

Regarding all of that packaging material from my first shipment, I repurposed some of it into a cat bed for Kit-Kat (a.k.a. Kitty-baby). He LOVES it!! All you need to add is an old t-shirt, pillowcase, and a few safety pins.

I actually wound up double padding it so it’s really soft inside. It can be washed easily so that’s a plus. Just remove the t-shirt and pillowcase and wash them. To give you an idea of the actual size, Kitty-baby is about 12 pounds.

So tell me, have you tried any of these home meal delivery kits? What was your experience like? If you haven’t tried one, would you?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Our 2017 RV Show adventure – Greensboro, NC

I have a confession to make. I love RV’s.  I’ve wanted one for decades but the truth is I’ll probably never own one. 

Fortunately, I can live out my fantasy of RV ownership at the annual RV show. This year we went to one of the largest shows, in Greensboro, NC. It was a sea of RV’s, and I got to ooh and aah at the largest RV’s imaginable, down to the cutest little pods that were basically meant just for sleeping. I had the time of my life!  I even saw a cute little RV that we could aspire to owning some day. Possibly. Maybe. If only we had the proper vehicle to tow it. 

Anyway, I wanted to share a few pictures from my RV show experience with you. Do you own, or have you ever rented an RV? Do you like RV’s?  Please share your thoughts in the comments section. I’d love to know what you think about them. 

Me in an RV’s dining area

The RV that was perfect for us

Kitchenette in the perfect-for-us RV

My dream RV

And another one I liked

Bed inside of a nice RV

Nice kitchen

Lunch time!! My husband’s chicken and waffles

My chicken and waffles – comfort food at its best

I hope you enjoyed a glimpse into our RV show adventure. 

Until next time…