Monday, February 8, 2016

Searching for Topics

There are times I struggle to come up with topics for my Monday posts. I try to keep Mondays related to writing and/or reading. (Not that I always succeed - see last Monday's post about cheesecake bars.)

I've written some "How To" posts in relation to writing but am not sure how helpful they are since there are probably more of these types of posts/articles on the internet than a person could ever read. I'm not sure what I could say that someone else hasn't already said.

I was talking to a friend about my lack of ideas and she suggested I do "a writer's life" or "a day in the life of a writer" type posts. Sounds good in theory except my life probably isn't all that different than anyone else's. I get up, go to work, come home, make dinner and do all the other household stuff like laundry, cleaning, grocery shopping, and the like, then it's off to bed to get up and do it all over again the next day. The only difference is that I also squeeze in time to write.

There's a writer that I greatly admire who often posts about her "I Love Lucy" moments. They're funny and make me laugh because many times I can relate to the situation. Fortunately (or is it unfortunately) I don't have these kinds of things happen to me, or at least not very often. And if something did happen, I'd most likely be too embarrassed to share it here. Another one of the downfalls of not liking to be in the spotlight.

I'm going to spend some time this week poking around other websites for ideas for future posts. Let me know if there's something you'd like me to write about or if you have questions you'd like to ask.

Friday, February 5, 2016

This I know for sure...

I've never understood the whole Groundhog Day furor. If he sees his shadow, then there'll be 6 more weeks of winter. If he doesn't see his shadow, spring will come early.

I live in an area where winter starts in October and if you're lucky is over by mid to late April. Regardless of whether or not the groundhog sees his shadow, there will be at least 6 more weeks of winter. I don't think I can ever remember winter being done and over with in February. It's sure be nice though.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

What's Up Wednesday

This week...

My current WIP (work in progress): Revised 4 more chapters. I do want to go back and write a scene in the first chapter in a different point of view (POV) though. I think it'll be stronger from the new POV.

Quote of the week: “It is difficult to steer a parked car, so get moving.” ~ Henrietta Mears

 What I'm reading: One Last Breath by Laura Griffin.

Random things: There's a balloon exhibit being held this week at an office building downtown. It's located in the atrium and three stories tall. Everything in the exhibit is made of balloons. I've put one of the photos I took below.

Random Photo of the Week:

              A picture of a chipmunk, grass, and a tree stump all made of balloons. 

Monday, February 1, 2016

A Temptation

I went to a gathering over the weekend where the hostess served bite sized treats. I'm watching my weight (along with everyone else in January) so I appreciated the small servings. While everything was delicious, in my opinion the white chocolate raspberry cheesecake bars she served stood out among all the rest. After few us of banded together to plead for the recipe, she graciously shared it. I enjoyed them so much I thought I'd share the recipe with all of you. I hope you like them too. (Just a warning, it's hard to eat just one serving and they are not diet friendly.)

White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

1 cup finely crushed OREO cookies. (She said it was about 14 cookies total)
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
2 8 ounce packages of cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 ounces white chocolate, divided. (She used white chocolate wafers)
2 eggs
1/4 cup raspberry preserves (She used Smuckers brand)

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix the OREO cookie crumbs and melted butter together. Press into the bottom of a 9 inch square pan.

Using a hand mixer, beat the sugar, cream cheese, and vanilla together in a large bowl until well blended. Set aside. Melt 2 ounces of the white chocolate and add it to the cream cheese mixture, stirring well. Add eggs one at a time. Mix on low speed after adding each egg until it's well blended. Pour over the OREO crumb crust.

Bake 25 to 28 minutes or until the center is almost set. Let cool for 5 minutes. Spread the raspberry preserves over the top. Melt the remaining ounce of white chocolate and drizzle over the preserves. Allow cheesecake to cool completely, then refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.

Serves 18 bars

(My friend doubled the recipe and used a 9 x 13 inch pan, but still cut them into 18 servings.)

Friday, January 29, 2016

This I know for sure...

I truly believe putting good thoughts out into the universe brings good things back to you. A friend puts it more simply - Good energy brings good things. That being said, I hate it when someone says, "there's good in every situation, it's up to you to find the positive in the situation."

I would love to say to them, "Really, what's the positive of the sudden death of my family member who was only 8 years old? She wasn't ill, wasn't suffering so explain the positive in that situation." I'd be interested in hearing the response to that question.

I really wish people who think they're being well meaning would think before they speak. You may not be aware of what someone around you has gone through or is going through.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

What's Up Wednesday

This week...

My current WIP (work in progress):  I revised two chapters last week. I had hoped to get more done, but am pleased with what I accomplished.

Quote of the week: "You are the sole deciding factor between procrastination and progress." ~ Josh Duhamel

What I'm reading:  I'm not currently reading anything. I just finished Julie Ann Walker's book from last week. I'll probably start a new book this evening.

Random things:  I've been decorating my planner each week. I find by decorating it, I'm using it more and it's a fun creative outlet.

Random Photo of the Week:

                            Here's what last week's planner pages looked like.