About Patrice Wilton

Patrice Wilton knew from the age of twelve that she wanted to write books that would take the reader to faraway places. She was born in Vancouver, Canada, and had a great need to see the world that she had read about. Patrice became a flight attendant for seventeen years and traveled the world. At the age of forty she sat down to write her first book—in longhand! Her interests include tennis, golf, and writing stories for women of all ages. She is a mother of two, has four lovely grand-daughters, and a wonderful man at her side. They live in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he teaches her golf, and she teaches him patience. Her best selling books are the CANDY BAR series, SERENDIPITY FALLS series, and most recently PARADISE COVE and A CHRISTMAS COLLECTION series. She is a New York Times best selling author.  View website

HOME ALONE FOR THE HOLIDAYS by @PatriceWilton

While everyone is celebrating Thanksgiving dinners and Christmas with their family and friends, it is perfectly natural to feel a little down about the idea of being home alone. I join you in this feeling as I will be spending my holidays alone.

Home Along

 

Unable to change our situation doesn’t mean we can’t be happy, and it is up to us to be realistic and look for positive, uplifting ideas that we might enjoy. Remember, we don’t live in a Hallmark movie, so we must keep our expectations more grounded—even if that means turning off that channel for the holiday season, and to reach out to friends or make plans of our own.

 

I was reading on the internet before writing this article and they suggest that we focus on what we can do; not let our mind wonder back to the good times we had, but to move forward with ideas of our own.

Find others who are home alone

What makes you happy? Being around people? Do you know others who are on their own too? Gather friends for a dinner party, even if it’s not on the exact date. You can celebrate a day early or a day late and laugh and enjoy the moment. This is a great way to cheer up everyone who is home alone.

Indulge yourself—why not? Getting out for a few hours, or away for a few days can brighten any season. Go for walks in a park or along an ocean. Feel the breeze on your face, the scent of winter in the air. Speak with people, strangers or not. Look for things that make YOU happy. Book a weekend trip to a place you’ve always wanted to visit, go to a movie by yourself, or a little theater nearby to enjoy a live play, or listen to your favorite music. Try out a new recipe. Join a card group, or take up a hobby or sport that you have longed to do.

Make a Difference

Volunteer

Giving to others not only improves their lives, it will also improve yours. Volunteering helps us meet new people, learn a new skill, feel a part of the community, and gain confidence in our ability to try something new and different.

No matter what you choose, remember that it’s okay to be sad, but you owe it to yourself to be happy, too.

I wish you all a pleasant holiday season. Read a great book. Binge watch a new TV series. Get out and enjoy a nice day. Remember, you are not alone. Loved ones will always be a phone call away, thinking and missing you, too.

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Don’t miss A CHRISTMAS COLLECTION, a 4-book set on sale for 99 cents.

A Christmas Collection

Also available: A SANTA TO KEEP, a sweet holiday story that will have you thinking you’re watching a Hallmark movie!

A Santa To Keep

 

Inspirational Quotes on Autumn by @PatriceWilton

Everyone of us know the beauty that abounds in the glorious season of Autumn.
When asked, the most common answer is: It’s my favorite time of the year. Even the
great poets and writers have offered many inspirational quotes on the season.
Inspirational quotes
Here is a few of my favorites quotes, from names you will know and others you may not.
Enjoy!
“It was a beautiful bright autumn day, with air like cider and a sky so blue you could
drown in it.” – Diana Gabaldon, Outlander
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“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.” – Emily Brontë
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“Autumn leaves are falling, filling up the streets; golden colors on the lawn, nature’s trick
or treat!” – Rusty Fischer
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“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about
the earth seeking the successive autumns.”
– George Eliot
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“Dancing of the autumn laves on a surface of a lake is a dream we see when we are
awake.”
– Mehmet Murat Idles
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Living in Florida, I don’t see the miraculous change in the foliage, but I lived the first
thirty years of my life in Vancouver, Canada, and then six years in New Jersey in the
nineties–so it is still very vivid to me. I also just returned from a short trip to Maine
where the leaves were starting to burst with color–a truly beautiful state that was a
pleasant change from the heat and humidity we Floridians experience almost every day!
Enjoy the beautiful photos from wherever you are!
Happy Autumn to all of you.
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Apple Crisp #Recipe by @PatriceWilton

Apple CrispHello everyone! Hope you all survived this summer of extreme heat and so many terrible disasters. The summer heat was brutal, I know. I’m hoping that now, with the arrival of fall, we can all enjoy cooler temperatures and happier times. To lift your spirits here is a recipe for Apple Crisp I’m sure you will all enjoy!

A little about apples: Bon Appetit magazine says these are the best baking apples.

  • Jonagold has a honey-like sweetness.
  • Honeycrisp keep a nice, firm texture.
  • Braeburn has a concentrated flavor and bakes up juicy.
  • Winesap offers a deep, cider-y flavor.
  • Pink Lady has a good sweet / tart balance.

APPLE CRISP

Ingredients:
  • 10 Cups all-purpose apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • l tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
Directions:

Step 1—Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2—Place the sliced applies in a 9×13-inch pan. Then mix the white sugar, 1 tbsp flour and ground cinnamon together. And then sprinkle over apples. Pour water evenly over all.

Step 3—Combine the oats, 1 cup flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and melted butter together. And then crumble evenly over the apple mixture.

Step 4—Bake at 350 degrees F for about 45 minutes. Allow to cool for a bit, and then serve.

This mouth-watering dish is best served with scoops vanilla ice cream and will bring sighs of pleasure to 8-10 lucky people. Recipe comes from AllRecipes.

Enjoy!

Florida: More Than a Beach by @PatriceWilton

When you think of Florida, you envision the beach: cerulean blue skies, sparkling turquoise water, the sight and sound of waves splashing on the sandy shore. There are so many things to do on Florida beaches. Enjoy the sunshine with a good book. Surfing. Dolphin watching. Shell collecting, kayaking, building sandcastles, laughter, and fun. Let’s not forget swimming! Sunny Florida delivers the very best in outdoor living.

Florida is more than a beach

Yes, there are a multitude of things to do on the beach. But Florida has a great many other activities and sights to offer. Like scary alligators at Everglades National Park. Did you know that America’s Everglades is the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States? And then we have Disney World and Universal Studios. We have the Kennedy Space Center. Then there’s Daytona Speedway, and Busch Gardens. There are museums, art galleries, and wonderful restaurants.

Sunshine 7 days a week?

I have to admit that it’s not all sunshine and roses. We do have downpours like nobody’s business. Did I forget heat? Oh, yea—we have that. And humidity. And hurricanes that hit us every year.

But… do I love living in the Sunshine State? You betcha!

Florida Beaches Horseback Riding

Yesterday I took my granddaughter horseback riding on the beach. We had so much fun, and both of us will do it again. There were two people in charge of us, one went in front the other took the rear. A group of five riders at a time. We walked through a trail first that led us to the beach, and then we were on the white sand feeling the sea breeze in our face, enjoying the sway and feel of this magnificent animal under you. It was a real thrill and adventure for the both of us.

Horseback Riding on the beach

Come on down to Florida and enjoy the beauty of nature and everything else my wonderful state has to offer you.

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