Monday, March 27, 2017

Bite Size Treat

I went to my niece's Sweet 16 birthday party yesterday afternoon. Instead of the usual party snack foods, her mother served bite sized treats and appetizers. There were mini chocolate chip muffins, mini lemon blueberry muffins, miniature quiches, mini cupcakes, tiny little danishes, and my favorite, mini raspberry tarts.

I was able to get the recipe to share here. I hope you like them as much as I did.

Mini Raspberry Cream Tarts

1 box Jello vanilla pudding
1 box mini phyllo shells (These are found in the freezer section in most supermarkets.)
1 container (1/2 pint size) raspberries

Prepare the mini phyllo shells according to the package directions. (The ones served at the party had to be baked prior to filling them.) If the shells you purchased have to be baked, prepare the pudding according to the directions on the package while the shells are baking.

Spoon vanilla pudding into each shell and top with two to three raspberries. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

Friday, March 24, 2017

This I know for sure...

We had a windstorm with 81mph hour winds on March 8th that resulted in both my home and place of work losing electricity and heat for 4 days at home and for 5 days at work. Then the very next week, we were hit with winter storm Stella who dumped about 27 inches of snow with drifts up to 5 feet deep.

While we were without heat and electricity, I didn't do any writing. It's hard to write when you're freezing or trying to see by candle light. Once my brother got his power back, we packed up the cats and went to stay with him until we got ours back. I learned it's very hard to write when you're at someone else's home. It also didn't occur to me to pack the laptop to take to his house. I was too worried about forgetting something we needed for ourselves or the cats. My brother doesn't have any pets so I had to pack up a litter box to take as well. The Monday we had power at home, but not at the day job, I spent the day going through the 700 emails that had built up while I was without internet access.

I did have a snow day last Wednesday when Stella was doing her worst. I spent that day shoveling out my car, front porch, sidewalk, and driveway. Our plow person only plows from behind your car to the end of the driveway, so I had to shovel enough to be able to get into the car and in front of it to be able to move it when he did show up. I also helped my sister shovel out her car.

Since all of that happened, I've had zero motivation to do any writing. I've also been working extra hours at the day job trying to get everything that piled up while the office was without power and our snow day taken care of. When I get home, instead of putting in my writing time, I've been watching taped TV programs or reading or visiting with my mom.

I need to find a way to get back in the groove.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

This week...

My current WIP (work in progress): I didn't make any progress last week. I spent a lot of time shoveling snow. We received 28 inches over a 36 hour period. I also worked extra hours a couple of days. Hope to get back on track this week.

Quote of the Week:  “There is in this world no such force as the force of a person determined to rise.” ~ W.E.B. DuBois

What I'm reading: The Shark by Mary Burton. I picked it up on a whim the last time I was at Barnes and Noble. 

Random Thoughts: Given the 81 mph winds we had two weeks ago and then winter storm Stella last week, I'm ready for some normal weather. Spring is usually a period of unsettled weather in my area. I'm hoping Mother Nature has already gotten it all out of her system.

Random Photo of the Week:

                                   My neighbor's car during winter storm Stella.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day

                                                        Happy St. Patrick's Day

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

This week...

My current WIP (work in progress):  I didn't get as much done as I'd hoped. We lost electricity and heat in the middle of the day on Wednesday and didn't get it back until late Sunday. Without any electricity, I couldn't do any writing. The battery on my laptop needs to be replaced. It only holds enough power for about 10 minutes.

Quote of the Week: “The bottom line is that you have to persist, or you will fail. Do what you have to do to get to the next part of your story.” ~Unknown

What I'm reading: Lady Claire Is All That by Maya Rodale. 

Random Thoughts: Having been without electricity and heat for a few days, I never realized how hard it is to go without those things. Trying to read by candle light is difficult. I can't imagine having to do it on a regular basis. And trying to keep warm...Let's just say I am glad I have modern conveniences.

Random Photo of the Week:

                          Somebody trying to keep warm during the windstorm.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Electrical Outage

Sorry for the lack of posts for the last few days. We lost our electricity and heat Wednesday afternoon due to a windstorm. A huge tree three houses down from ours was taken down by the wind and it pulled all the wires that were attached to the utility pole in the corner of my backyard down with it. When the temperature in the house got down to 46 degrees, we packed up the cats and went to stay with my brother in a neighboring town.

The utility company finally got everything back up and running late yesterday. With trying to clean out the spoiled food from the refrigerator and defrosted food from the stand alone freezer in the basement, I completely forgot to post something today.

Now, we're bracing for a winter storm that's forecasted to bring up to 18 inches of snow. I can't wait for summer.