Monthly Archives: December 2013

Invite me, please!

Guest Blogging

Guest blogging is (in theory) a great way to expand your base, circle, platform. You write a piece for someone else’s blog and their circle sees it and hten , hopefuly, they visit your blog or FB page, and maybe even buy your book!

So far, the PR part of it has not worked for me on that side of things.

Some people have visited my blog to follow friends when they guest blog on MY site, but not sure if I made any sales.

Best benefit I’ve found–simply getting words out to others, serving others with the blog–and if it helps, great, if it doesn’t at least my range has been broadened to reach people with a worthwhile message.So, I will continue to seek guests and to seek out guests, with the goal of serving my readers and serving more folks rather than making sales.

That’s really the key–serving others. Today I’m a guest on a blog , a devotional blog. Not much to do with my stories or books but much to do with my core being, my faith. Serving God by blogging this devotional is the goal. Many hugs to Brenda Hupp Norris for hosting me today and to all who read her blog at

many blessings today and in the new year.

Merry Christmas–A Gift for You!

For all of my readers, a free short story–Thunderbolt! Enjoy!

The Newest Food Star!


ImageImageMeet Abishai Powers-

On November 23, I attended a Taste of Home Cooking School Show with Chef Michelle Robberts. She was great, but it was another attendee, chef-in-training, Abishai Powers who stole my heart. Nine year old Abishai wants to be a chef and is not wasting any time preparing for his career choice. Attendance at the Show (with his Mom, Korrene) was a part of his Christmas gift this year, along with a stylish red chef coat (complete with monogramming) and a set of business cards touting him as the culinary extraordinaire he is (at least at heart)–Abishai’s Food Lab. He already has a blog and agreed to share one of his recipes with my readers. His Dad is David Powers, pastor of The Pilgrimage in the Surfside area of Myrtle Beach SC

 Top Photo–Michelle Roberts and Me!

Photo two–Michelle and Abishai

Photo Three-Michelle, Korrene and Abishai

We did this interview between Thanksgiving and Christmas and Abishai and his family were busy making cookies and taking them around to others as gifts–to military recruiters, shut-ins and others who might need remembering with something sweet. It seems that Korrene and David Powers are also teaching Abishai how to serve others with his talent. Many good lessons


Abishai has a goal and the support of his family and agreed to be interviewed for this blog. If you haven’t heard of him yet, you will.


Joan, Q:When did you first decide you wanted to be a chef?

Abishai,a: A few years ago When I saw my mom cooking . I think I was 7 years old. –when did the blog start–about that time–


Q.Who teaches you cooking? I know you told me you learn from Mom and Grandma and from classes they’ve taken–but please tell me again, and in more detail.

A.My mom teaches me all she can. She is the one that has taken some classes, and she comes back and tells me what she learned.


Q.What classes are you taking that help you most in your cooking?

A.My mom uses math class a lot to teach the measuring with cooking. I have also written one of my own recipe creations down in a Language Arts class that has been put into a cookbook. The cookbook is for my Mamaw’s church. –the meat-a -zacki (see recipe below!)


Q.Do you do any online or TV/video training?

A.I like watching some of the cooking shows.


Q.Which Television chef shows are your favorites?

A.Master Chef Jr. – It’s a new show and I get to watch it as a school project. I also like watching Gordon Ramsey and Guy Fieri

(Note: Abishai noted that there is a junior chef contest on a show offered on the Hulu channel that he might enter.)


Q Do you have a favorite cookbook?

A.The Campbell soup recipe card box


Q.What do you like about that?

A.I like being able to take the cards out and look at them while I cook.


Abishai told us that he works to develop his own recipes as well. Pizza is one of his favorite things and he told me that he is working on a book of  “secret” pizza recipes with his Dad who also helps him with inspiration by cutting out pictures for him for the book.

My dad and I have been putting it together for a while and continue to add to it as we find new pizza recipes. It’s more kind of a like a secret pizza journal, says Abishai.



Do you read any food magazines? Which ones do you like best?

No, I don’t read any. All my reading is focused on the Magic Tree House books right now.


Are you aiming for the children’s top chef contest?

That’s what I am shooting for


What made you want to go to the taste of home show?

It was a Christmas Present from my mom and dad. They gave me the tickets and my new chef coat at the same time.


Q.Have you ever invented your own recipe? What was it; will you share with my readers? What did your family think of it?

A.Meat-A-Zaire Sandwich: Bagel Thins, Teriyaki Sauce, Spinach, Turkey (meat of your choice)


What is your favorite food?



Q.Do you look at healthy eating for your family?

A.Yes we try to put vegetables and other healthy things in our meals


Q.What is your favorite  veggie?

A.I think spinach on pizza

I usually cook spinach on pizza for my family


Q.Do you cook for the family sometimes?

A.As much as I can. I make most lunches and breakfasts


Q.What kind of a chef do you want to be (restaurant, working for a company, etc?)?

A.I want to have my own Gourmet Pizza Reteraunt


Q.What training do you intend to take to become a professional chef?

A.Classes and Learning from other famous Chef’s


Q.What are your other interests and hobbies? What subjects do you like best? What grade level are you working at now?

A.Collecting knives and a being a survivalist. My favorite subject is math. I am in 4th grade



  The Meatazaki Sandwich from Abishai’s   Foodlab
  Ingredients: (for each sandwhich)
  Thin bagel
  Teriyaki sauce
  Sliced turkey
  Fresh spinach

  Open up your thin bagel. The thick ones overpower the sandwich, and, let’s be   honest, most of you don’t need the extra carbs.
  Give a couple healthy squirts of teriyaki sauce. The amount is up to you and   depends on how much you like to hit the sauce. Put this down first so it can   soak into the bread.
  Add the sliced turkey to the bread. Put as much as you’d like. I usually go   with 2 slices, but you can pile it up as much as you like.
  Add the spinach. I like fresh spinach instead of the frozen or canned stuff   because that stuff is nasty. I’d recommend at least 10 leaves. Any less is   not healthy enough, but more is good.
  Add the cheese. Use your favorite kind of cheese. It can be grated or sliced.   Don’t use that nasty cheese product stuff that comes in slices though. My dad   says it’s not really cheese and just pretends to be real cheese. I like using   the grated cheddar my mom keeps in the fridge.
  Slap the bread on top and enjoy.
  Time to prepare: 5 minutes
  Time to eat: Depends on how hungry you are




Christmas is almost here!!!

How to keep your little ones busy until the big moment? helping with cookies? Wrapping gifts for others. Selecting old itmes to be given to charity., Shopping for new items to give to charity.

Making cards and writing poems to give as gifts.

Encourage them to write a Christmas play or puppet play.

Better late than never

I promised two blogs that would be great and here is one of them–a link to the blog of Linda Epstein, a literary agent.

On December 18, she posted a blog about making your first pages stronger. This is a weakness in my writing and I hope to apply her lessons in 2014, making my work stronger and hopefully, resulting in a sale for my languishing YA.

Merry Christmas to all–and if that is not your holiday, then please enjoy a simple virtual hug.

Something special

So, I have a really great food blog planned for today but I couldn’t get to it–some editing details on Book three and a meeting at church.

Stay tuned. It will be coming!!!

Almost Christmas

So, your house is decorated, but is your heart ready? Have you modeled the real meaning of this holiday for your children? Are they preparing their hearts for the coming of the Christ Child? Do they know Him? Do they love Him and show that love by acting with love toward others?

Best gift ever–The Christ Child–but are you ready?

Wonderful Words

The word of the day yesterday was party–with writer friends. So, the talk went to writing–three, no four people brought things to read and for us to critique. Everyone brought food and words of Christmas cheer. Ours is a small loving group. We toasted one of ours who has gone on to the other side this year and those who simply could not come to the meeting. We talked about scrivener (the writing program)and sending work to contests. We shared writing as diverse as non-fiction, romance, a personal memory and an essay destined for a certain local essay market.

All words were spoken in love, received in love, and critiqued in a way to make them better.

What a wonderful group!

Foods Fight Flu!

I love this topic. Today on they listed ten that build the immune system. I had planned to give you a recipe on for stuffed cabbage today but do not want you to miss this article. Cabbage will come later.

So, here is the link

So much to do

Yet how much of it is important? When your little ones and you, as an example, have a stack of things to do, take a minute to pray and think about what on the list is really important. Will have everlasting consequences, was promised to someone else.

Perspective is important. Especially God’s perspective.