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Everyone Has a Story

Everyone Has a Story

Whether a bit of non-fiction or a piece of fiction, everyone has a story to tell. Whether writer, author, or neither, everyone has words to share. The Lily Cafe is a small blog, but I’d like it to be a place for anyone with a […]

Adventures in Ratio Baking: Let’s Try Custard Again

Adventures in Ratio Baking: Let’s Try Custard Again

A few weeks ago, I tried making custard using it’s ratio of 2:1 dairy to eggs. Since it just says dairy, and since I just happened to have a can of sweetened condensed milk sitting around doing nothing, I thought, well, why not? Turns out […]

Book Review: The Music of the Mind by Ash Adler

Book Review: The Music of the Mind by Ash Adler

Title: The Music of the Mind Author: Ash Adler Publisher: Self-published Publication date: November 14, 2016 Genre: Fantasy Summary: Almost murdered by a dark, shadowy being, journeyman bard Finn Bran emerges with the ability to hear the harmony or discord of people’s thoughts and intentions. Seeking both to be a hero […]

Queen of the Garden of Girls, Part 16

Queen of the Garden of Girls, Part 16

(Chapter 7 continued) It was so fast that Elaina had to stifle another gasp as her feet suddenly kicked into gear. Her heart was thudding and her stomach was doing uncomfortable loops. She hadn’t expected to be alone in Rose’s presence so soon. What was […]

The Bloggers I Love: Writers and Book Reviewers Edition

The Bloggers I Love: Writers and Book Reviewers Edition

Last week I shared the blogs of four amazing ladies I absolutely adore for their authenticity. This week I’m returning to my roots as a lifelong reader and writer with some readers and writers I enjoy. Writers and Authors Jennifer M. Zeiger – I adore […]

Finding Magic in Motherhood, Part 10: School and Pregnancy

Finding Magic in Motherhood, Part 10: School and Pregnancy

I had about a week between the ultrasound and the start of my Spring semester, a week to finally let the thought I was pregnant settle in. Of course, that came with a whole host of other fears. I still wasn’t past the first trimester, […]

A Christmas Cookie Tradition

A Christmas Cookie Tradition

Neither an adventure in ratio baking nor a recipe this week. Instead, since it’s December, I wanted to write about a Christmas tradition my mom started when I was very young. For as long as I can remember, my mom would spend an entire day […]

Book Review: Realm of Ash by Tasha Suri

Book Review: Realm of Ash by Tasha Suri

Title: Realm of Ash Author: Tasha Suri Publisher: Orbit Publication date: November 12, 2019 Genre: Fantasy Summary: The Ambhan Empire has been plagued by a curse, which seems to have become worse since the death of the Maha. Now that the Emperor lies near death, it becomes gravely apparent to young […]

Queen of the Garden of Girls, Part 15

Queen of the Garden of Girls, Part 15

Chapter Seven Celeste was a mistake. She was pretty, but vapid. She also had a lot in common with a leech. Oh, she didn’t suck blood, but she sucked energy. Sucked it right out of me. After a week I was running for hiding places […]

The Bloggers I Love: Beautiful, Authentic Souls Edition

The Bloggers I Love: Beautiful, Authentic Souls Edition

While compiling the stories, writing related posts, and book reviews I had enjoyed each week, I noticed that, as much as I tried to share a post from different bloggers each week, there were still some that made the list almost every week, so I’d […]

And a New Phase of Worry as a Parent Has Begun

And a New Phase of Worry as a Parent Has Begun

Parents understand worry very well. Not only is the world a scary place, but babies and young children are just so fragile. I remember worrying about my kids when they were both newborns. SIDS terrified me and, since both were born early, both were slightly […]

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