Monthly Archives: September 2012

Taking a Break

May not post next week–taking a break to entertain family

Late but never too late for cookies

This recipe comes from my daughter who is a wonderful baker and a terrific cook as well.

Shortbread and Jam—Jennie’s recipe


2 ½ cups flour

1 tsp salt

2 sticks butter (softened)

1 c sugar

1 large egg

1 tsp vanilla

Seedless raspberry jam and apricot jam to put in center of each cookie


Whisk together the flour and salt (in separate bowl)

Cream butter and sugar until fluffy

Beat egg into mix and add vanilla

Add in the flour and salt mixture until dough is firm

Divide dough in half, wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour

Roll cooled dough into in inch balls, flatten slightly, fill middle with jam and bake for 15-20 minutes (16 is what Jennie uses)

Cool on baking sheet for at least five minutes.



Monday is for Creativity

Mondays do not always feel creative. Take a sheet of paper. Think of everything you can make with it–make–not write.

We mostly think of paper as a carrier of ideas—for visual art and for writing. Paper can be cut into sculptures, ripped into mosaic pieces, folded, used to wrap things, cut, or folded into bookmarks, made into a cup, a box, a paper crane (all through folding). Try it.

Challenge your little ones later this afternoon. They will be tired from school, wishing the weekend had lasted longer, and maybe cranky–if so, wait until after a snack! After the challenge send them outside to play. Challenge yourself and your children daily, to make the simple into complex, transform the plain and ordinary into something elegant.

Working with hands, goes to the heart and then flows back in better math and reading skills .

Short post

POV tips


Love Lentils?

Lentils for lovers–yep, that was my theme for submitting a recipe for red lentil loaf to Passionate Cooks cookbook, a cookbook for romance writers.

My recipe is one of many in the new compilation, Passionate Cooks, Free recipes from today’s hottest romance authors. Available


Autumn is Here, Leaves are for poems

This is a project that combines science, literature, art and just plain fun.

Find outlines for leaves of trees in your area on the internet–oak, maple, elm, whatever you have, Cut some shapes as large as you can.

Go for a nature walk with your child. Take a look at the leaves. When you come back, ask your child to write down three words that described the leaf. Depending on the child’s age, you write the words on the leaf with a marker pen or allow him/her to do so.

Then the child colors the leaf and you put it up on your home poetry tree. As your walks progress, the leaf colors will change and you can make more demands on the writing–rhyming words, alliterative words–all building blocks for poetry, all nouns, all verbs, good building blocks for any kind of writing.

In addition you have sharpened the child’s observation skills–prime for science.


Encouragement from others

We all need encouragement. Yesterday I received a rejection for a story from Boyds Mill Press. It was the story that won the Alabama Writers Conclave. Contests are not the same as publishers.

But at my writers meeting today, even tho I had nothing to read, I was vastly encouraged–by the good work of my friends.

Prolific writer, Jack DeGroot showed us some new PR for her latest romance–“Flash Drive”

Edith Edwards shared the second to last chapter of her fabulous new novel that takes place in the civil war–she also shared a query letter and we wer able to help her shape that so it will attract an agent to her work. Jim Horn read his poems-best ones yet and we were able to help him with preparing the reading for a TV Show he will do tonight.

Rose read her latest essay for Sassy–Don read the latest installment in his book, as did Pam–great reads, good stories. Larry read Henry’s latest effort –a humorous essay on pills. Sandy asked for plot help.

Tom Wolfe read from his non-fiction piece to help military get jobs. It was an encouragement just to hear all of that good work. Now I can come home and work on my own things–a review that is due, my next book for Desert Breeze and some poetry submissions.

Tho this time I did not read, I was able to help my friends. We act as muse to one another. I hope all of you have a writing group that is as wonderful.