Got Dates? Try Banana or Apple Date Nut Muffins

Date nut bread is delicious and pretty easy to bake, but there are other fun alternatives worth trying. I made this Banana Date Nut Muffin recipe from Taste of Home, which was not too sweet and great for breakfast. I could have done with a little less oats than what the recipe called for—1/2 cup—but the outcomeContinue reading “Got Dates? Try Banana or Apple Date Nut Muffins”

I’m Trying Meditation…Again

I’m trying out meditation. I’ve done it before, years ago, and it didn’t work so well. I’d heard that you should picture a calming environment. I closed my eyes and imagined a beach, bright blue ocean, waves lapping… How calming, how serene… But after a minute of that, my mind wandered, probably thinking about whatContinue reading “I’m Trying Meditation…Again”

Meal? Snack? Sweet Potato, Plantain, and Sausage

My husband came home with a plantain from Wegman’s. Every once in a while I like to cook them at home. Here’s the problem with that… I bake them in the oven, which means they never taste as good as they do at a Caribbean or Mexican restaurant. Healthier, yes. Tastier, no. Lesson learned, IContinue reading “Meal? Snack? Sweet Potato, Plantain, and Sausage”

8 Writer-Inspired Things To Do On Vacation

I’ve come to a realization about my vacation time. When I’m away and exploring a new place, I like to writer-geek it up. I check out sights and do things to inspire my creative-writing side. It gives a new twist on how to spend a vacation, especially when it’s hard to sit down and writeContinue reading “8 Writer-Inspired Things To Do On Vacation”

Tabloids, Grocery Drama, and Fiction

A tabloid made me take my eye off the ball. I was standing in a long line at the grocery store, six back from the register. At least ten more shoppers were behind me. And no other checkout lane was better. A “major” storm was coming to D.C.-metro land. Weather folks had predicted a walloping.Continue reading “Tabloids, Grocery Drama, and Fiction”

IDK, Am I Hip? Part Two

Last week, I wrote about #WriterAcronyms, and how important it is to understand them if you’re a writer using social media. I also joked about the word “hip”. The concept deserved its own post. So here we are… “Hip” Awareness and Lack Thereof Per Dictionary. com, one of the definitions for hip is: “familiar with orContinue reading “IDK, Am I Hip? Part Two”

IDK, Am I Hip? #WriterAcronyms

A long-time friend sent a group text announcing what “IDK” means. Her pre-teen had filled her in on the acronym. IDK stands for I don’t know, she wrote. She was passing on the knowledge to us forty-somethings to keep us “hip.” The “hip” comment was the icing on the cake. I must proudly say thatContinue reading “IDK, Am I Hip? #WriterAcronyms”

9 Things I’m Still Learning from the “Big Read” Experience

I’ve done it again—I finished a draft of my WIP (work-in-progress), printed it out, and did the Big Read. I noticed the following similarities and differences from the time I reached this point with a previous manuscript. It’s still like to see the book printed on 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper. It feels more realContinue reading “9 Things I’m Still Learning from the “Big Read” Experience”

Sweet Potato and Corn Chowder

I was inspired by a can of Campbell’s Well Yes! Sweet Potato Corn Chowder to find a comparable soup that I can fresh make at home. The answer was this Sweet Potato and Corn Chowder recipe by Pinch and Swirl. It’s pretty easy to make, with good whole ingredients, like sweet potato, onion, red bell pepper, corn… …And,Continue reading “Sweet Potato and Corn Chowder”

The Double Doink and Writing

“Oh, my goodness. The Bears season’s going to end on a double doink…Unbelievable.” — Chris Collinsworth, commentator of NBC’s Sunday Night Football I have to do it. I have to blog about the double doink that took place in football on January 6, and how it relates to writing. I’m a bit late to theContinue reading “The Double Doink and Writing”