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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Wacky Wednesday...

This is more than Wacky Wednesday I say,
For my whole week has gone this way!
Camping- off the mountain we were blown,
- I forgot my important stuff, I groan!

Then my computer goes on the fritz,
Not allowing me my novel to blitz!
Attacking my novel was the plan,
Now to think of something else- I can!

Hubby and dog are sleeping alike,
No energy to go one a nice hike!
Maybe later to the pool we will go,
Rid some flab from waist that seems to grow!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Wacky Wednesday...

It's wacky Wednesday for sure,
Sometimes I wonder - is there no cure?
One thing after another happens to me,
Yes, its crazy as can be.

First I got a fat lip - big,
Now how on earth can wellness I rig?
I tell you, more than this- a cold I'd rather!
So I try one thing or another.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Monday's Musing...

I've decided that today I celebrate ME.

When I was cutting my husbands hair this morning, he was adding up how many haircuts I've given him and our family throughout the years. So lets see, not including the many people I cut hair for when I worked in a salon, or the friends and extended family I cut hair for throughout the years either...

An estimate of the haircuts I've given my husband is about 8 a year (I think more than that but we'll go with his guess) for we'll say 48 years - (even though we've been married 51 this month) so we'll say that equals about 385, counting this mornings. We have four daughters that I gave haircuts to for about 17 years at say 6 a year, which would again equal about 408. We have three sons I gave haircuts to for eighteen years at about 8 a year so that would be times three making about 432. Now adding the haircuts I've given myself since I was about 20 being about 5 a year that equals about 251 - the grand total counting the one I gave hubby today and the one I gave me today is.... 1,476!!! - I guess I'm one hair cutting machine!  :O)

Have a great day everyone!
~ Joyce

Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday's Fractured Features - Author Interview

Please join me for an Author Interview with Tina Peterson Scott for her Book Tour of, My Sweet Danish Rose.  

Tina Scott is a Novelist, and Watercolor Artist, among many other talents. She has authored several children’s books, and a travel guide for Denmark. She is the author of Farewell, My Denmark and its sister book, My Sweet Danish Rose, will soon be released. Tina grew up in Mesa, Arizona where she met and married, Randy, the love of her life. They have seven grown children and nine grandchildren. Tina is currently living in Anchorage, Alaska.
1.      Tina, now that you live in Alaska, how do you keep from getting the dreaded ‘cabin fever’? "We go out every day and take mini excursions. Since Arizona has about 300 sunny days a year, it’s the lack of sunlight that is hardest for me to get used to in Alaska."
Ah, having lived in Anchorage myself, I know how you feel… but wait until summer, when the sun doesn’t go down until way after midnight. 
2.      When did you first know you wanted to be an author? "I dreamed of being an author/illustrator when I was in elementary school. The dream came back to me when I was going to college as an adult."
3.      What inspired My Sweet Danish Rose? Did the idea come to you out of the blue or did a person or place inspire it? "It was inspired by one of my family history stories. When I was reading through it, I was prompted to write about it. The story has evolved since that first inspiration into what I believe is a wonderful story."
4.      It sounds so real, have you ever lived in Denmark? Or was it all deduced by research? "I’ve been to Denmark twice and while I was there, I learned a lot that helped me finish the novels. Some of the Danes I met while in Denmark told me stories of the area that I've tried to include. The rest I’ve learned through research."
5.  What kind of music, if any, do you listen to while you write? Or do you need absolute quiet to write? "Music distracts me. It has to be quiet."
6.  How do you know if an idea is good enough to write a book about it? How do you develop it? "I’m pretty sure that even seasoned writers occasionally have story ideas that they pursue only to discover that it wasn’t that great after all. To write a story from beginning to end takes a lot of time so it has to be an idea that I’m interested in/passionate about."
7.  What is your process of brainstorming a story? Do you just sit down and write, waiting to see what happens next, or do you outline the whole book first? You know ‘pantster’ or outliner? Which have you done with My Sweet Danish Rose?   "I like to have a clear idea of the story’s beginning and the ending before I start writing. Other than that, I am more of an organic writer."
8.  Do you ever experience a snag in the story, a form of writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it? Did you experience that with My Sweet Danish Rose? "I do get snags. I’ve discovered that when I do, it’s usually because I’ve written something amiss. When I figure that out, then I start somewhere else in the novel and start writing again."
9.  Do you use a critique group during your writing process? Do you belong to any writing groups? Why or why not? "I’ve been a member of the American Night Writer’s Association since I first started writing. The authors there are very encouraging. And I've attended a lot of writer's conferences. The ANWA conference in Arizona is an exceptional one, in price and content." I agree, they are wonderful aren't they!?!
10.  When you’re writing, what is something about yourself people don’t know? You know, like wear a superman shirt, glass slippers, or fake mustache? Tina didn’t want to divulge the answer to this question, makes me wonder, hum, it must be – the fake mustache; OR one of those cute mermaid suits???
11.  Tina, what words of advice do you have for other writers who desire to have their writing become books in print? "Stay focused on your goal. Don’t get discouraged. Don’t give up. It’s a tall order but it’s possible. "
12.  What are you working on now? You have My Danish Rose being released soon, anything else in the making? "I’m currently working on a fantasy romance about a mermaid. It was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid and a vacation to Alaska."
13.  Do you have any other Denmark projects in the works? What are your writing plans?  "I do have plans to write another story set in Denmark.  The characters won’t be related, though it will have bits of family history included."
14.  One last question - where can readers go to find your books for ordering?  "Farewell, My Denmark is available in several places. My Sweet Danish Rose is currently available for pre-order and will be published tomorrow on January 31st."
Farewell, My Denmark: Barnes & Noble - Kobo - Smashwords - Amazon
           My Sweet Danish Rose: My Sweet Danish Rose
Thank you so much Tina, for your time and for letting us get to know you better with this candid interview.   "My pleasure, Thanks for having me!"

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Wacky Wednesdays that's for sure...

So today is wacky Wednesday that's for sure,
Off to the Base to get my meds or a cure
All of my ailments - I think come from many things,
But I think none of them for ears that rings!

I don't like the shape I'm in, no not one bit,
To this blubber I want to say, "Get!"
But I realize that I have no magic wand
I have to do something, I won't be conned!

So off walking I go each and every day,
The fresh air is great I must say
Also eat right and rid the sugar,
By drinking some good ol' water!

Lemon Water

Lemon/Cucumber Water

Lemon/Cucumber/ Mint Water

Citrus/Mint Water

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wacky Wednesday's Recipe For Pumpkin Pie Filling...

I've posted this recipe last year but feel like it's worth posting again because it's Pumpkin season. Time for goblins and pumpkin pie filling. Enjoy...
Pumpkin pies are great. When they're made out of home-made pumpkin that makes them all the greater! Yes, pumpkins are good for something other than Jack-O-Lanterns...

Recipe for Homemade Pumpkin:


Clean Pumpkin of all seeds and gooey strings.
Cut into Large chunks (cut into 1/8's vertically then cut each in half horizontally).
Put 1 chunk into 9X9 glass Micro dish with abt 2 Cups of water.
Cook in Microwave for 20-30 minutes.

Scoop out the cooked Pumpkin (without water) leaving the rind behind for the trash. Put into a blender and whir on high until smooth. (May need to add a little of the water to start)
Pour into a large bowl and cool.

After the whole pumpkin is done & cooled; Measure 3 cups of cooled Pumky into 1 quart Freezer zip-lock bags (Don't add spices - just plain pumpkin) freeze. (3 cups equel about the same as a recipe that calls for the larger 1 pound can, so I freeze it in that portion making it easy to use.) 

Cook in 350 degree oven for about an hour depending on oven and size of pumpkin... again add water in the bottom of the cookie sheet to keep them moist. I think this way is faster in the long run because you can put more in the oven at one time.

Follow above directions after done. Then freeze and enjoy. Thaw to make Pumpkin Pies or Pumpkin bread/muffins or whatever with favorite recipe for some homemade pumpkin treats at Thanksgiving or whenever the mood strikes.  :O)
I hope you enjoy this recipe.    ~Joyce

Monday, October 6, 2014

Monday's Musings...

Due to popular demand I am posting these two recipes:
Apple Syrup:
2 Cups Apple Juice
1 Cup Sugar
2 TBSP Corn Starch
1/2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/2 stick Butter/Marg.
Mix Corn Starch and Pumpkin Pie Spice together with 1/4 Cup Apple Juice until dissolved. Set aside.
Bring Apple Juice and Sugar to a slow boil until all sugar is dissolved. Slowly add Corn Starch mixture and continue cooking and stirring. When it becomes thick-ish add butter/margarine. Stir until dissolved and take off burner and use - best while hot.

Indian Fry Bread:
(Makes 24 wedges)
2 Cups Quick Mix
1 Cup White Flour
1/2 tsp Salt
2/3 Cups Milk/water (I use 1/3 Cup each)
Deep Cast Iron Skillet for cooking (or what ever is your favorite)
Cooking Oil abt 2 inches deep (I use Light Olive Oil)
While oil is heating to HOT (abt 375) - mix well the dry ingredients together well. Then add the liquid and mix well then knead a few times to get all the flour mixed in. split in half and roll out one half at a time on floured surface. Roll as you would a pie crust. Slice circle into 12 wedges. Do the same with second half.  By this time your oil should be hot... be careful not to burn yourself or to get the oil TOO hot. If you see its smoking then turn it off for a few minutes while you finish making your wedges.
Cook 3/4 wedges at a time until golden brown... drain on paper towels until all are cooked or if you serve while you're cooking - dig in. Serve with apple syrup and whipped cream/cool whip; powdered sugar; peanut butter; or even ice cream!


Quick Mix:
(13 cups mix)

8 1/2 Cups All-purpose Flour
1 TBSP Baking Powder
1 TBSP Salt
2 tsp Cream of Tarter
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 1/2 Cups Instant Nonfat Dry Milk
2 1/4 Cups Vegetable Shortening
In a large bowl, sift together all dry ingredients. Blend well. With pastry blender, cut in shortening until evenly distributed. Mixture will resemble cornmeal in texture. Put in a large airtight container. Label. Store in a cool, dry place. Use within 10-12 weeks.  (OR Freeze for future use.)