Make Handicrafts– for fun

This afternoon I’m bring a meal to my friend J.G. who is receiving visitors at her condo this afternoon.  She suffered a second stroke but is doing amazingly well, the trooper that she is.  Along with a baked chicken, potato, in-season fruit salad dinner, I crafted vase (made from a drinking glass) and wrapped with rosemary and bay leaf sprigs, secured with twine.  I cut the stems of flowers so that blooms stand just above the vase.  This table arrangement spices up a room with fresh aromas. 

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The character is a new book I’m writing is going to make these in the next chapter!

Wordsmith– I also write reviews

Today I’m spotlighting FIND ME MAGGIE, the third novella of author Beth Yarnall’s humorous, sexy mystery series, The Misadventures of Maggie Mae.
Learn more about Beth and her books at: http://www.bethyarnall.com/

When the story begins, Maggie Mae Castro is with Clive Poole, the FBI agent who’d once served as her bodyguard. Having observed her under stress, Clive trusts beautiful-wild-and-crazy Mae to do the right thing. Her talent of helping the FBI capture most wanted fugitives is somewhat tainted for two reasons. Until Clive, her past boyfriends were criminals. In addition, Maggie sidesteps the law in order to accomplish a goal. Maggie and Clive are about to have a magic moment when a phone call interrupts them. Maggie’s twin brother, Miguel, is missing. The book’s title, FIND ME MAGGIE, reflects her sixth’s sense as his twin, to know Miguel is in danger.
Maggie snaps to it, and Clive gives her his full support. She doesn’t come entirely clean with him because Miguel’s business partner, Russian mobster Sergei, was one of her former lovers. The caper is non-stop fun and action penned by talented author Beth Yarnall. Maggie says, “I’d left my cell phone at home on purpose. Mostly because I didn’t put it past him to use his FBI-Special_Agent skills to track me like the dog I was.” I am a huge fan of an author who makes me laugh with every turn of a page. I highly recommend FIND ME MAGGIE.

Eat– for Good Health

Do you enjoy summertime Pea Soup with Mint?  Green peas are an excellent source of resistant starch. This fiber-like nutrient increases fat-burning by 20 to 25%.  Also reported in dual studies from Iowa State University is that cholesterol is lowered by 20 points.

pea soup 

Ingredients serve 4:

Cooking spray, 1/2 Tbsp butter, 1 cup


3 spray(s) cooking spray   

Dab of Butter

1 cup uncooked leaks, white parts only, finely chopped

Large container of chicken broth

5 cups uncooked green peas, frozen or fresh shelled

1/3 cup fresh mint leaves

Salt and pepper or Mrs Dash seasonings

1/2 cup buttermilk

Directions:  Cook leaks until transparent, and then add all other ingredients.  Cook until done and add mint leaves as a garnish.

Do you have any favorite supercharged soups you enjoy during hot weather?

 

   
    
   
   
   
     
    
   

 

 

Eat– for Good Health

herbsDo you enjoy the taste of creamy herb French cheeses on pear and apple slices?  Soft cheese, whether from goats, sheep, cows, or soybeans, forms a perfect partnership with countless herb mixtures, both savory and sweet.  Making your own cuts money and calories.  Today I used fat free cream cheese at 14 calories per tablespoon and added minced basil, sun-dried tomatoes, chives, and lemon zest.  Using 8 ounces of fat free cream cheese and the fore-mentioned ingredients,  I shaped it into a disk about and inch high and 3 inches across.  Covered on a plate, I will chill and serve as an appetizer. 

 

 

People Appreciation

Today I’m doing an author spotlight on Vivek Rajan Vivek’s YOU AND YOUR DODOISMS. His amazing book is better than any inspirational guide I’ve read in the past decade.  I am not the only reviewer who agrees with endorsers Brian Tracy and T Hav Eker.  This gem is available now for 57% off on Amazon, and I recommend grabbing this top seller.  Here is my review below:

DODOISM will reset your mind with inspiration.

The format of Vilek’s fun-to-read guide is a conference where the reader identifies with attendees stuck in their upside-down worlds. Many are “mesmerized by shimmering dazzling mirages” (Vilek’s words) of material success and don’t work on their own gifts. Conference goers want a calm and stress-free existence, both materially and spiritually, and begin to recognize the value of living in the present. Past memories bringing guilt and future worries slow fulfillment. Simply by slowing down and breathing regularly, we avoid “knee jerk” reactions. Knowing a centered poised mind is a more valuable product than constraints dictated to us, we accept every success with gratitude. “Actionless action” is a term Vilek created. Actionless is the absence of negative mind chatter, and action comes from genuine inspiration to complete a task. Action flows, and bliss follows when the task is completed.

I liked the author’s scientific explanation of energy-resistance levels. Persons can raise or lower resistance. Excessive behavior, even when pleasurable, can make humans act like dodos. The poor birds couldn’t fly when hunters came. An example of a “dodoism” might be fasting or vegetarianism as ends in themselves. These persons can also kill, loot, and plunder.

After reading DODOISM, I guarantee a reader will think less about all worries including death which is explained as a different state of life. Nothing can kill us, Vilek writes, and any reader’s heart will be lifted. I highly recommend DODISM as a path to growth and contentment.

Author Spotlight

Author Villek Rajan Vivek cracked the code for HAPPINESS in YOU AND YOUR DODOISMS. Talented author Vivek says he’s a regular guy.  Endorsers such as Brian Tracy and T. Harv Eker feel his ideas are extra-ordinary. At the moment his insightful book is just $2.99, a savings of 57%.  I recommend grabbing this top seller in the inspirational category.  I read it myself, and my review below is among those posted.

The format of Vilek’s fun-to-read guide is a conference where the reader identifies with attendees stuck in their upside-down worlds. Many are “mesmerized by shimmering dazzling mirages” (Vilek’s words) of material success and don’t work on their own gifts. Conference goers want a calm and stress-free existence, both materially and spiritually, and begin to recognize the value of living in the present. Past memories bringing guilt and future worries slow fulfillment. Simply by slowing down and breathing regularly, we avoid “knee jerk” reactions. Knowing a centered poised mind is a more valuable product than constraints dictated to us, we accept every success with gratitude. “Actionless action” is a term Vilek created. Actionless is the absence of negative mind chatter, and action comes from genuine inspiration to complete a task. Action flows, and bliss follows when the task is completed.

I liked the author’s scientific explanation of energy-resistance levels. Persons can raise or lower resistance. Excessive behavior, even when pleasurable, can make humans act like dodos. The poor birds couldn’t fly when hunters came. An example of a “dodoism” might be fasting or vegetarianism as ends in themselves. These persons can also kill, loot, and plunder.

After reading DODOISM, I guarantee a reader will think less about all worries including death which is explained as a different state of life. Nothing can kill us, Vilek writes, and any reader’s heart will be lifted. I highly recommend DODISM as a path to growth and contentment.

People Appreciation

Personalities of the company we keep are contagious.  Emotions are infectious, and we can “catch” good feelings.  According to researcher Travis Stork, MD, and Rachael Ross, MD, moods and behaviors spread from person to person.  Their studies show that traits and choices of our friends and acquaintances have a powerful effect on ours.  With that in mind, today I am attending RWA-OCC.  When spending the day with other professional and motivated writers, I get a boost that will last through the evening and beyond.

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Eat– for Good Health

Fresh veggies roasted with garlic and olive oil get a Mediterranean flair thanks to a fresh basil and balsamic vinaigrette!  Ingredients: onion, eggplant, red pepper seeded, zucchini, cloves of garlic, olive oil and dressing made fresh with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and fresh basil leaves. 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Cut up veggies and place in a roasting pan.  Sprinkle pressed garlic over the top, pour 2 tablespoons olive oil on and under vegetables.  Roast 40 minutes.  Make dressing.  Arrange vegetables on a platter and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.  Yummy!

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Make handicrafts– for fun

Homemade lavender soap has a fresh fragrance that eases stress.  I am giving soap away to friends but also saving some to give away at a book signing. I will wrap them in lavender netting, tie with a ribbon, and add sprigs of lavender and rosemary.  In A BRAND NEW ADDRESS, Marchand’s mother brings homemade soap to Yardley at her greenhouse.  The fragrance reminds her of when his mother’s hair was black instead of gray and her mother was still alive.

lavender soap

Rosemary Lavender Soap Recipe

3 cups glycerin soap base (at your local pharmacy)
1/4 cup infusion of lavender flowers and rosemary leaves (crush them)
1 1/2 teaspoon, lavender oil
1/2 teaspoon rosemary oil
1 teaspoon pulverized dried rosemary
 

When you make your infusion with the dried lavender flowers and rosemary leaves, your kitchen will smell wonderful. Use a double boiler or low heat to melt the soap base into liquid.  Add the infusion, oils, and some pulverized rosemary leaves.  Stir for even distribution.  I used muffin tins as molds.  After the soap hardens, it comes out easily. 

Wordsmith– I also write books

A SciFi writer creates an alternative world, and in my futuristic book, A BRAND NEW ADDRESS, the first locale is 22nd Century Earth’s Ice Age.  Robin-hooder Marchand LaFond sails an ice-boat to deliver fuel and food to the needy.  The powerful company BotGen (Botany General Inc.) watch-lists him as a thief. His ice boat consists of a hull attached to a perpendicular cross piece called a runner plank.  Under the hull three “skates” or runners act as a keel.  Ice-boats (a popular winter sport in the northern Midwest and Europe) are wind powered and need smooth ice for fast sailing.  Marchand’s ice boat and heroine Yardley’s ice age greenhouse deepen the locale.  Reviewer Robin wrote: A BRAND NEW ADDRESS is a good choice for teens suffering from Divergent or Hunger Games withdrawal.  Ms. Rowland creates a detailed futuristic world where the Earth is in the throes of a second Ice Age.  Reviewer Dusty Wright wrote: Scenes spring to life, and when the ice boat glides over the ice– “Yardley caught sight of his white triangular sail zip across their frozen yard.  In its wake frosty flints whirled like diamonds.”

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