Monthly Archives: September 2012

Simple Joys

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a bright and crisp fall morning begs to be spent on the deck

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Procrastinating

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Last night husband accused me of procrastinating.  Apparently I have all the classic symptoms of it, and my cries of denial didn’t seem to help.

What-Ev-Er

Here’s the thing, I have a book idea.  We both think it’d be fun and interesting and I would love to be able to write it.  And I think about it all the time.  The characters.  Plot and subplot.  I know what I want to put into the prologue and epilogue.  How the characters would relate and interact.  How the chapters would be laid out.  What the mystery and intrigue would be to keep you wanting to read ‘just one more chapter’ before bed.

Then I try to work out the timeline.  Do you realize how much the world has changed in the last 40ish years?  A LOT.  And it all matters.  It doesn’t matter if major events are mentioned specifically (like the civil rights movement, or WWII), but those major events shaped the world in which some of these stories happen.  And those events shape the characters who live in these worlds.  Throw in something like the foster care system, and everything goes crazy.

Research.  Outline.  Character Studies.  And maybe a little bit of writing.  Hopefully someday it’ll all come together.

Oh and did I mention I’m thinking of starting a cooking blog?

Cheesy Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Crispy Prosciutto and Candied Pecans

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I bought a couple of sweet potatoes to use in a hummus recipe that I love, but for some reason I made a black bean hummus instead.  Leaving me to find a way to use these up before they went bad.  So after dinner last night, I texted the below to a friend…

Cheesy Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Crispy Prosciutto and Candied Pecans

Here’s what I did:

3 medium sweet potatoes – wrapped in foil and baked in a 425 degree oven for one hour

Let the sweet potatoes cool (still wrapped in foil) for 30ish minutes.  Unwrap and peel off the skin.

Place peeled sweet potatoes in a saucepan with:

  • 1/2 to 3/4cup milk
  • 3/4 shredded cheese  – I used Trader Joes Parmesan Romano/Asiago blend
  • Dash of sea salt, nutmeg and black pepper – a dash to me is about 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of each.

I mashed these together with a potato masher and placed on low heat while my roast was cooking.

While this was heating, I cut some prosciutto into strips and cooked until crispy.

I also chopped up some Trader Joes candied pecans.

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When plating dinner, I put the prosciutto and pecans on top of the sweet potatoes.

Creamy, crispy, salty, sweet, cheesy goodness….

Feeling Crafty

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We have a small hallway between the kitchen and family room, which is decorated with pictures of our friends and family.  When thinking about how to display these pictures, I wanted something unique and something where I could switch out pictures easily.

Here’s what I did:

8×10 canvas / silver brad / binder blip

Each canvas was painted black and while the paint was still wet, I streaked it with metallic silver and dark red.

Each picture is a 5×7, printed in sepia tones.

The sepia pictures create consistency in the grouping and help to focus on the faces and feeling of the picture.

I punched through a small hole for the brad to hold the binder clip in place.

I love the way these came out!!

This is an easy, cheap, and fun way to display our favorite pictures.

Talk like a Pirate Day

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AARRRGGGHHH! It’s talk like a Pirate Day, they most obscure and silly holiday ever.

Click here to take a quiz to find out your Pirate Name.  My is Red Mary Vane

Visit the Official Website – Talk Like a Pirate Day

Krispy Kreme may even give you a free donut if you go in talking like a pirate.  (You might want to call first…)

Here’s how to incorporate the 5 A’s of pirate talk into your vocab:

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And finally:  Would Jesus celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day? by Chad Estes over at Captain’s Blog

How to write a blog post, in 36 easy steps.

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1. Have a grand idea, or steal a grand idea from another blogger.

2. Check email, FB, Twitter while processing grand idea.

3. Open a word document, title with grand idea.

4. Write two sentences.

5. Get stuck after two sentences, check email, FB and Twitter for inspiration.

6. Go back to word document, write two full paragraphs.

7. Decide grand idea is not so grand.  Take a lunch break.

8. Play with the dog.

9. Turn computer back on, check email, FB, Twitter; something may have happened while you were away.

10. Go back to word document, decide grand idea is mediocre, write two more paragraphs.

11. Gotta pee, take a bathroom break.

12. Back at computer, wonder if anything new has happened on FB or Twitter?

13. Go back to word document, finish mediocre idea.

14. Email finished mediocre idea to husband, with subject line of – what do you think?

15. Might as well check email, since its open.

16. Open blog and create a new post.

18. Refresh email checking for husband’s response.  Nothing from him, but Sephora is having a sale.

19. Lose an hour surfing Sephora’s website.

20.  Refresh email checking for husband’s response. He think’s it’s great!

21. Copy and paste great idea into new post.

22. Lose an hour trying to find the perfect image to convey the heart of your great idea.

23. Find and download an imperfect image.  Wonder why photographers don’t consult you for ideas.

24. Schedule great post to publish the next day.

25. Preview post at least 17 times, change one or two words each time

26. Turn off computer and have an enjoyable evening.

27. Wake up at 2am, realizing you spelled tchotchke wrong.

28. Half an hour later, decide to take care of spelling error before great post is published.

29. 9am, tchotcke is spelled wrong, along with three other words.

30. Correct spelling errors.  Preview post 17 more times.

31. Close post five minutes before scheduled posting.

32. Open post and preview 2 more times.

33. Close one minute before scheduled posting.

34. Great post is now live and available for all your friends and family to read!

35. Wait for witty comments and the like button to be clicked.

36. Think up a grand idea for tomorrow’s post.