Monday, March 30, 2015

Last week was just...hellish. Still trying to recover. My brain wouldn't cooperate in coming up with a subject for today's post so here's a recipe that's a big hit with my family.

The Bestest Cake Ever (my nephew gave the cake this name the first time he tasted it.)

1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (I've made the cake without the nuts and it's just as good.)
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 package 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 container (8 ounces) Cool Whip
4 cups milk
2 boxes (3.4 ounces each) instant vanilla pudding
2 boxes (3.9 ounces each) instant chocolate pudding
Chopped nuts and chocolate curls (optional)

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. In a medium sized bowl, mix the flour, walnuts, and butter together. Pat the mixture over the bottom of the pan. Bake for 15 minutes, then let cool. While the crust is cooling, beat the cream cheese and sugar together until the mixture is smooth. Fold half of the Cool Whip into the sugar and cream cheese mixture and spread over the cooled crust.

Prepare the vanilla pudding using 2 cups of the milk according to the package directions. Spread over the cream cheese layer. Prepare the chocolate pudding with the remaining 2 cups of milk also according to the package directions. Spread over the vanilla pudding layer. Top with the remaining Cool Whip. Refrigerate at least 2 hours, but you can refrigerate it over night with no problems too. Sprinkle with nuts and/or chocolate curls just before serving. Cut into squares and serve.

Makes up to 16 servings depending how you cut it.

Friday, March 27, 2015

This I know for sure...

Time is a fluid thing, constantly changing.  Okay, we all know this. But have you ever noticed when you're stuck someplace boring or waiting in the doctor's/dentist's office that time seems to crawl along at a snail's pace but when you're doing something fun or away on vacation, time races by and all that fun comes to an end much too soon?

I've never been very patient at waiting. I dislike waiting whether it's waiting a long time in line at a store, waiting in the doctor/dentist's office well past the appointment time, or waiting for something to happen. I've been waiting to hear about the outcome of an event almost 4 weeks ago. I was told it would take approximately 3 to 4 weeks before I received the results, but to wait to call until it's been at least 4 weeks. The waiting is killing me. I just want to know the outcome now not in a few more days.

How about you? Are you impatient when it comes to waiting?

***Update - I finally broke down and called a couple of days ago even though the 4 weeks wouldn't be technically up until today.  You know that old adage - "Good things come to those who wait"? Well, it certainly wasn't true in my case. I got the exact opposite answer/outcome than I was hoping/praying for.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

What's Up Wednesday

This week...

My current WIP (work in progress): No work done this week. It was a terrible week all the way around.

Quote of the week:  "With will one can do anything." ~ Samuel Smiles

What I'm reading:  I'm not currently reading anything. I'm in desperate need for a trip to the library or the book store. :o)

Random things:  "For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate." ~ Romans 7:15   I came across this while looking for something else on the internet and thought it describes me perfectly at times. And more often than it should.

Random Photo of the Week: 

                                    I felt the need for something spring like this week.

Monday, March 23, 2015

To Newsletter or Not

I subscribe to a few newsletters. Some of them are writing related and some are not. Some are full of fun and interesting information and some are bland and boring or are just announcements of a new book being published or a new product being introduced.  I have to admit that I rarely read the latter type and in most cases delete them without even opening them anymore. I suppose I should unsubscribe from them, but for some reason I haven't yet.

As a reader, I like author newsletters that only inform me of when a next book is being released (especially if it's part of a series where I'm eagerly waiting for the next installment), but tells me a bit about the author herself or himself. Maybe where she/he went on vacation, something about the family, that type of thing. I don't expect the author to give specifics knowing most authors, myself included, like to share bits and pieces of our lives while maintaining a sense of privacy especially for security or safety reasons. I also like to read about what type of research they do and where it takes them. I like it if they share a recipe or two.

As a writer, I haven't set up a newsletter yet. I've been told if I want to increase readership, then newsletters are a must, that they are a non-negotiable part of being an author. I'm not sure I agree so I'm putting this out there--

For readers - Does an author's newsletter influence your book buying habits? Approximately how many author newsletters do you subscribe to? How often do you actually read them?

For writers - Do you have a newsletter? Do you have a way of telling how many subscribers actually open the newsletter? Do you feel doing one is a must to be successful?

Please feel free to add any other thoughts.

Friday, March 20, 2015

This I know for sure...

You ever want something to happen so badly, it seems to invade your thoughts whenever you have a free moment or you're doing something that doesn't require a lot of concentration? But that thing you want to happen is more or less out of your control? That you've done what you could to help the situation turn out the way you want it to, but are now in that wait and see place?

I'm there now. And I'm terrible at waiting. I hate waiting in line, at the doctor's/dentist's office, waiting for things to happen. I'm get really impatient and want to hurry things along. The strange thing is I'm told I'm very patient with people. And I do think I am. I guess I'm just not good at waiting for things that are beyond my control.

How about you? Are you good at waiting or are you like me?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

What's Up Wednesday

This week...

My current WIP (work in progress): I finished the revisions on the first half of the book. Now it's on to the second half.

Quote of the week: "Do not watch the clock. Do what it does. Keep going." ~ Sam Levenson  This reminds me that every little bit I accomplish moves my writing forward.

What I'm reading: The Broken by Shelley Coriell. This is the first book in the Apostles series. It's a suspense driven romance with great twists and turns.

Random things: It reached fifty degrees last Friday. My co-worker and I spent part of our lunch hour outside enjoying the sunshine. Unfortunately, it's back to being in the mid-thirties for the short term, but at least spring is on the way.

Random Photo of the Week:

                      Even the cat has gone back to burrowing under his blanket at night.