Editing Progress

This past week I’ve become intimately familiar with the characters in my novel.  I gave birth to them, so we already know each other well.  BUT. Now having reread my own novel a handful of times (and if you know me, I never read a book twice so this process is super weird), I know…

Glazed Beets with Orange and Goat Cheese

This dish takes a bit of prep work but that can be done days in advance. I usually roast a whole batch of beets at once and keep them in the fridge for up to a week to use in a variety of dishes. When you are ready to do the final assembly, make sure you pull your cheese out of the fridge so…

Berry-Avoitrus Smoothie

This smoothie just…happened.  I had a handful of strawberries that needed to be used right this very moment, a bruised apple I thought I had better cut up, and after some looking around for other ingredients to throw in the blender, wha-la!  This smooth velvety smoothie is now a recipe I will cherish. Ingredients: 6…

The Airport Bar

What is it about an airport bar? I don’t honestly know; I’m asking the question quite openly. What is it about an airport bar that makes it feel more inviting than a regular neighborhood or downtown bar?  There is never going to be a live band, certainly no dance floor….at least not that I’ve come…

Beet Noodles with Kale and Meatless Sauce – vegan

Need a gluten-free, vegan alternative to pasta night? Try beet noodles!  You can find these in some stores pre-cut and packaged or use a vegetable spiralizer (noodle cutter) to make your own.  You can find vegan parmesan ‘cheese’ at the market or follow the link below to make your own with just four simple ingredients. Ingredients:…

Jackfruit Curry

I used the last of my stash of jackfruit on this dish, know I must wait for them to come back in season so I can fill up my freezer again!  I decided to go with an orange theme for the veggies to compliment the visual appeal of the jackfruit.  Add chilies to your preferred…

Are You a Great Multitasker?

Multitasker: A person who can successfully engage in more than one activity at the same time or serially, switching one’s attention back and forth from one activity to another without disruption to progress of the activities. I made the above definition up, didn’t find one online that I liked.  And yes,  I had three web searches running…

Fried Kale Noodles

Super fast, easy dish to get even more kale into your diet! By leaving the garlic cloves whole and adding the lemon slices at the end to warm through, this dish is extremely aromatic without having strong garlic or citrus flavors.  A dance of aromas that prepare your pallet for the full flavor! Ingredients: 2 servings of…

Pych-Horror – short story start

Two weeks ago I asked you to vote on which storyline I should attempt for a workshop and by far the vote pointed towards the Pych-Horror piece. (See the original post here: Prompted Writing Challenge, part 1.)  I had never written in this genre nor do I read it.  Alas, that is the point of a writer’s…

Book Chat: For All the Tea in China

Every time I make a cup of good tea, and I mean really good tea, not the generic fun looking brands at your average grocer, but the loose leaf, crushed, balls of sun-dried flowers and leaves…those kinds of good teas…when I make that kind of tea, I always think about the book, For All the…

Jackfruit Muffins

If you are not yet familiar with the addictive aroma of Jackfruit, this recipe will surround you with the heavenly scent of banana-pineapple deliciousness as the muffins bake in your oven.  Why is this is not yet the most popular candle fragrance out there? Fresh Jackfruit is best, but you can find it canned or…

Book Review: The Girl Who Lied

A delightful quick read that can be consumed in just one evening, The Girl Who Lied reminds us to keep our jealousy in check for you never know what pain is at someone’s core. Seen from the eyes of an 11-year old girl who has just entered a boarding school, the book actually follows another…