Friday, May 19, 2017

I Failed My Banana Bread!

If you know me, even just by reading my blog posts, you know that I am not savvy in the kitchen. And that's an understatement.

But today I decided to try to make banana bread since I had five disgustingly brown bananas. I've made banana bread in the past and it came out so-so. What did I have to lose?

First, I preheated the oven. Easy thing, right? Stay tuned.

Next, I mashed the bananas in a big bowl and then realized I had no eggs in the house. So I covered the bowl and ran to the store. No big deal, right?

When I came back, I tried to hurry the process a little since the Dunkin Donuts coffee that I grabbed on the way home was getting cold and I HATE cold coffee.

Hurrying does no good.

I read the opposite page and added one cup of milk to the mix. Oops. Oh well, maybe the bread would just be creamy?

Mixed in other ingredients and realized I only had bread flour, no regular flour. Well gee, bread flour makes things rise, right? RIGHT??? Sure, so I added that. Next came baking soda. Ugh, I didn't have THAT either. Who cares, it was only like a tsp so I skipped it.

Finished mixing ingredients, poured batter into a baking pan, and opened the oven. OOPS, I forgot I had cookie sheets in the oven. Ugh, they were nice and hot. And gross since they needed to be washed (hey, I put them in there when I was in denial about washing dishes).

So the bread baked. And baked. Anddddddddddddddddddddddd baked.

Here is the end result, pictured below. Moist inside, sunken outside and, DISGUSTING.

So from now on, I QUIT!!

Monday, April 17, 2017

My Poor Clothes!!

On Easter weekend, my husband and I drove down to Washington, D.C. to meet up with my stepson and spend time with him (he lives further down south and attends college). I love D.C. – partly because I was born there 30-something years ago at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and partly because it's gorgeous down there!

My husband and I took off Friday after work. We enjoy road trips and usually we have no mishaps either on the road or during our trip. This time there were a few. I call them “Clothing Mishaps”.

On the ride down, I tried using my new coffee travel mug from Walmart (and not cheap either!). For some reason I couldn't get the coffee to come out smoothly. I eventually burned my lip and spilled coffee all over my face and my new Lularoe shirt (also not cheap). I smelled like coffee for the rest of the ride, which you would think I would love, given my love for coffee. No. I did not smell good. Not at all.

I tend to pack a few different outfits based on what we might do on a trip. Included were two tops from Khol's; one sleeveless and one long sleeve but very light fabric. On Saturday, I decided to wear the sleeveless top as it was going to be warm. Nope. Couldn't wear that top. It had somehow SHRUNK in the wash (I never put any clothes in the dryer so I cannot fathom how this shrunk by washing it). It had shrunk so much it was a belly shirt. That went in the trash.

I tried the other Khol's shirt. That one had never been worn. If I had tried, I would have noticed the SECURITY TAG that was still attached to it!! Grrrr, how mad was I??? How did they not take that off?? That shirt also went in the trash. It was marked down to $6.00 on clearance and not worth my time and effort to take back to Khol's and ask them to remove the tag.

Good times.

The rest of the trip went well, despite the protestors downtown (don't get me started). I figured the ride home would be nice, despite the fact that I had major allergy issues due to the horrid pollen down south. Did the trip home go without mishap? Almost! I spilled coffee on my NEW shirt (this one from Khol's that had not shrunk and that had no attached security tag). I'm not sure how I managed to spill again since I was not using my travel mug. But somehow I did.

Lessons I learned from the trip:
    1.  Before packing, check all clothes for security tags and shrinkage.
    2.  Test out a new travel mug before using, or just stick to Dunkin' Donuts styrofoam cups AND wear a plastic bib.

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Just DO IT!

My recent endeavor is becoming a freelance editor.   I have completed the college course and have experience through my book writing.
I am close to publishing my third children's book and will continue to write children's books and hopefully a novel or two in the future.

You can do anything if you put your mind to it.  Just persevere!  Life will knock you down; sometimes over and over. But get UP and just do it!  Live your dream and don't stop until you're happy.  Don't let anyone tell you that you can't do it because you CAN.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Snack Time!!

There are a lot of tasty snacks that are easy to make using ingredients that you would probably have on hand. Here are some of my favorites.

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Triscuits topped with a piece of cheese and pepperoni, heated up in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. My childhood friend showed me this yummy snack and we ate them all of the time.

Put one or two slices of cheese on a piece of bread and put it in the microwave for 10-12 seconds. The cheese melts and it's super tasty!

Ritz crackers with peanut butter and/or jelly. My mom used to make this snack for me when I was a kid and I still do it now!

And if you want healthy snacks like fruits and veggies.............

Apple, cut up, and dipped in honey (or peanut butter if you prefer, though I personally don't like that).

Raw veggies dipped in salad dressing. Any dressing is fine but I happen to love Ranch, French and Thousand Island for dipping.

What are some of your favorite snacks?

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Things I Hate

There are many things I cannot stand but these make the
top of the list!

One apartment I had before I was married, and our house after we were married, both had doorbells. I hated them! They're loud and intrusive and if you don't answer right away (or at all), the person rings it again.....and again. I'd rather have someone knock!!
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Phone Ringing!
I cannot stand the sound of a phone ringing. I keep my cell phone on vibrate all of the time. I hate talking on the phone so why would I want to hear a ring?
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Gross me out. I think they're very pretty but they're also creepy to me. Their delicate wings can rip off so easily. GAG!

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Lady Bugs!
Hate hate HATE. I hate any form of beetle and these things seem to just DROP out of the air and PLOP! I know they cannot hurt you and supposedly are “good luck” but gross me out anyway.
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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

New Author, New Friend

I recently met this wonderful young woman through a Facebook group that we are both in regarding children's books and illustrators.  She lives in a different state than I do and we've been chatting daily.  I feel like we're close friends already!! 

My friend, Tracy, is working on a children's book series and you will not want to miss it!  The story is fun (from the sneak peak that I got) and the illustrations are spot on!  

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Please check out her FB page and web page.  Lets support our children's authors!!

Harriet Facebook Page

Harriet Web Page

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Blog Block

Have you ever experienced “Blog Block”? It's like Writer's Block except with your Blog. I'll admit, I don't blog as much as I should, but I'm very busy. And I think that is what has me blocked lately.

I am a very busy person with my jobs, writing, and home life; but there's no reason I should be so busy that my mind is blank!

I am burned out.

I love what I do, all that I do, and I wouldn't drop any of it. But sometimes because I AM so busy, my mind gets blocked. I don't know what to write. I can't even concentrate on reading fellow blogger's blog posts.

So my message is this. If you're going to be busy whether with work like I do, or if you have kids and little time, or whatever is going on in your life, make sure you take time for YOU. That means blogging, reading, taking a nice walk (without dogs!) or a bubble bath (unless you're like me and taking a bath is frightening). Life is too short to rush around and get your mind in a fog.

Take it from me, I'm blocked.
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