Wednesday, October 31, 2012
LOL! This is the best costume I've seen this year!
By now, I'm sure you've all noticed the face lift I gave the blog on Monday. Figured it was time. I tried the Big Chief as a title image, but it didn't work very well, even though Alicia did seem to enjoy it. That version sort of got saved by accident. Sorry. ;)
Anyway, the newer format allows wider pictures, which is nice because I used to have to crop some of them to get them to fit right. Might save me some time.
See? It all fits!
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
While strolling by my garden on the way to the barn a few days ago, among the broccoli that had gotten to the point of actually blooming, I spotted some decent-looking heads that didn't even have those nasty little worms on them that broccoli tends to attract in late summer. Apparently, the weather has been cool enough to get rid of them and allow the plants to grow as they should. So I picked it and got the urge for some broccoli soup. The idea isn't new, but I'd never made any before. Turned out rather well, actually.
Cheesy Broccoli Soup
1 large bunch of broccoli, or about 2 cups, chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 large onion, peeled and chopped.
3 Tbsp butter
3/4 cup cream
1 cup water
1 cup grated Colby jack cheese
Salt and pepper
Heat butter in a heavy soup pot, saute pepper and onion until onions are transparent. Add broccoli and 1 cup water. Cover and cook until vegetables are tender. Puree in blender until smooth. Return to the pot and add 1/2 cup milk and the cheese. Heat until cheese melts. Add cream and more milk to achieve the desired consistency. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
And when you've finished making your soup, you can season him to taste!
Monday, October 29, 2012
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Halloween is coming, so here's another fun seasonal recipe from our own Diva Donna!
Stuffed Jack-O- Lantern Peppers
- 6 bell peppers, Yellow or Orange(Green if it's not Halloween)
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 egg
- 4 slices whole wheat bread, cubed
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 small tomato, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup chili sauce
- 1/4 cup prepared yellow mustard
- 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8x8 inch baking dish.
- Lightly mix together the ground beef, egg, bread cubes, onion, tomato, garlic, chili sauce, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
- Wash the peppers, and cut jack-o'-lantern faces into the peppers with a sharp paring knife, making triangle eyes and noses, and pointy-teeth smiles. Slice off the tops of the peppers, and scoop out the seeds and cores. Stuff the peppers lightly with the beef stuffing, and place them into the prepared baking dish so they lean against each other.
- Bake in the preheated oven until the peppers are tender and the stuffing is cooked through and juicy, about 1 hour.
LOL! Do you suppose his YD is really that hot????
Monday, October 22, 2012
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Saturday, October 20, 2012
My first blog post on Sourcebooks Casablanca's Discover a New Love site, Pumpkin Season, went up yesterday. Would greatly appreciate some comment love!
And the randomly chosen winner of yesterday's contest is *drum roll* Diva Donna! I'll get your advance copy of Wildcat sent out to you soon!
This guy has been in my files for so long, I feel like I know him personally. It's time to share him with the Yah Yahs and move him into the used hunk file. He'll be in good company there!
Friday, October 19, 2012
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Quick update! The Lady Takes a Pair is now available from Amazon, and the Kindle version of Wildcat is available for pre-order!
As for any thoughts, after spending almost the entire day at my computer, I'm not sure there's a coherent thought left in my head. Guess I'd better post a hunk and be done with it.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Sorry for the delay, gang. My internet went down yesterday afternoon, and I couldn't post the weasel. Actually, yesterday's hunk was probably enough to tide you over, but I had a blog due on the Casablanca blog that I hadn't even written yet. Anyway, it's up now, and after you finish drooling over the hunk, I'd greatly appreciate some comment love over there! Plus! I'm giving away an ARC of Wildcat on that post, so mosey on over there and leave a comment along with your email address for your chance to win. Here's the link!
Now for the whopper!
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
The flavor of the day is chocolate! I hate to admit this, but sometimes when I'm desperate for something sweet, I make this in smaller amounts and mix in unmelted chocolate chips for a decadent treat that can be rolled into balls or eaten with a spoon.
Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls
2 lbs chocolate coating or chips
12 oz jar peanut butter
2 sticks soft butter
5 cups powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla
Mix everything together except the chocolate. Roll into balls, chill, then dip in melted chocolate. Chill on waxed paper.
Or you could smear peanut butter on this fellow's balls and have peanut butter coated chocolate balls.
Monday, October 15, 2012
I had a great time visiting with my sisters in Kentucky this past weekend. Marcy and I got to Bonnie's house within about ten minutes of each other--what timing! After lunch, we went to Bardstown to visit My Old Kentucky Home. That's Marcy on the left and Bonnie on the right.
Like every other kid who grew up in Louisville, I'm sure I went on a field trip to Federal Hill during my grade school days, but I don't remember any of it.
This is a view of the house from the front. Stephen Foster was a guest there once, and was inspired to write what ultimately became the Kentucky state song.
The grounds were quite beautiful. They had it set up for a wedding later that evening.
Saturday morning we went to Berea for the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen's fall art fair at the Indian Fort Theater. I left my camera in the car, so I don't have any pictures, but they had a lot of neat stuff and a good-sized crowd. I bought some soap and a handmade stoneware butter dish since my cats broke the one I had. You can bet I'll make sure they never get near the new one!
Then we visited Bonnie's son and daughter-in-law to meet the newest addition to the family. This is my great nephew, Alex! He's about six weeks old and is the spitting image of his dad. Does Bonnie look like a proud grandmother or what?
After I fed and rocked him for a while, we all went out to dinner at Sonny's barbecue, (I highly recommend the chopped brisket!) and Alex slept through the whole thing! What a good baby!
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Friday, October 12, 2012
I'll be leaving early this morning for a visit with my sisters in Kentucky. And since Bonnie doesn't have internet service, I probably won't be online until Sunday night unless I find a WiFi hotspot somewhere. But don't worry. I'll leave some hunks for everyone to enjoy.
This guy looks like he could use a little fun. Post a comment telling us what YOU would do to make him smile.
I expect him to look like this by the time I come back.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
A funny thing happens when a very busy person becomes a full-time writer.
Hear that? Yeah. Silence. I'm home alone, and the only sound I hear sitting at my desk is the ticking of the clock on the wall above me. The shades are up on the windows now, so I can at least see the leaves being blown by the wind, but I can barely hear it.
I can't say that I never appreciated the chatter of people around me while I worked. Sure, it was distracting at times when I was sitting a computer in the nurse's station trying to get my charting done. However, while I don't miss charting at all, I do miss the people.
I recently read somewhere that in order to maintain good mental health, a man needs to find a woman, and a woman needs to find other women. It's true. Now that I'm surrounded by men nearly all the time--as opposed to my working hours that were spent primarily with women--I can see how much I needed that. Conversation with my husband and sons is different. It's an exchange of information, rather than simply chatting. You don't realize how important it is until it's gone.
Since so many of us have left our jobs at that hospital, we're trying to make an effort to get together now and then. But it isn't the same. Whenever anyone had exciting news, there was always someone there to share it with. I can still do that--after all, they're only a phone call away--but that face time is so important. Seeing the changes in body language, the smiles and the frowns are crucial to human socialization. I hardly ever used to make eye contact with clerks in stores, etc. I find myself making a point of doing that now. I guess I need it more.
Especially if the cashier has eyes like these.
What are your thoughts?
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Another Wednesday is upon us, (can you believe it's already the 10th of October???) and you know what that means! Let's see now...
Here's another dude who's been in my files for a while. I think it's time to bring him out and take him for a test drive!
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
I substituted agave syrup for the maple syrup, and it was great! Just heat up the pumpkin puree, add the other ingredients, and stir. You can use it cold, but I recommend warming it up. It's like pumpkin pie in a jar.
Okay. Now I have to find a hunk who would taste good with pumpkin butter on his buns.
This one should do it!
The winner of yesterday's contest is Megan White! Congrats! I'll get that sent out to you soon!
Monday, October 8, 2012
It's time once again to launch a new book! I haven't had anything come out this close together since I finally told my Sourcebooks editor I couldn't write fast enough to get a 90, 000 word novel out every three months. These one and The Lady Takes a Pair are being released only three weeks apart.
For those of you looking for The Lady Takes a Pair and A Tale of Two Knights on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, etc, I'll keep a lookout and keep you posted.
In the meantime, let's celebrate with a giveaway of a PDF of A Tale of Two Knights!
So, post a comment for your chance to win! I'll pick the winner at random and announce the results on Wednesday. Be sure to include your email address in your post in order to qualify for the contest!
And while you're waiting, here are some shining moons to add a little light to your life.