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Cinnamon Streusel Loaf

Cinnamon Streusel Loaf   Print Author: adapted from Canadian Living Ingredients ½ Cup butter, softened ¾ Cup granulated sugar 2 eggs 2 tsp vanilla 2-1/4 Cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp baking powder ½ tsp baking soda ½ tsp salt ⅔ Cup buttermilk Streusel: ¾ Cup packed light brown sugar ⅔ Cup all-purpose flour ½ tsp cinnamon ½ Cup cold butter Directions Streusel: In a small bowl, stir together the sugar, …Read More

Apps To Help Fight Cyber Bullying For Kids

There are days that I want to take away my kids electronics and place them in a bubble where they are completely protected – even though I know that in today’s world, that type of protection isn’t possible. Whether it’s on a game site where my child creates her own village with animals and interacts with others or my teens are texting their friends…feelings can get hut and things will …Read More

Skinny Lasagna Soup

Skinny Lasagna Soup   Print Author: Adapted from Skinnytaste.com Ingredients For the soup: cooking spray 14 oz sweet Italian chicken sausage, casings removed ½ onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, crushed 4 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley, divided 3 Cups low-sodium, fat-free chicken broth 2½ Cups water 2 Cups marinara sauce 2 bay leaves fresh cracked black pepper 6 oz broken lasagna noodles, of your choice For topping: 6 Tbsp part skim …Read More

Top 10 Apps NO Child Should Have Access To

Parenting in this age of social media is not easy. We have to always be on guard and watchful, walking the fine line of protection your children and giving them a little bit of freedom. I don’t know about you, but my daughters are on their phones or tablets constantly and I get worried about the apps they’ve downloaded and use on a regular basis. As much as possible, I friend …Read More

Ditch the Label – Bid and I’ll Match!

Bullying is such a critical issue today no matter where you live. It’s become incorporated into our lives on a daily basis – and it doesn’t matter if you are a student or an adult – we all experience it. Wether it’s over our body shape, our family, our looks, how we act or dress or even our lifestyle – everyone deals with bullying in some way or another. And it’s …Read More

Flourless Morning Glory Muffins

Flourless Morning Glory Muffins   Print Author: Adapted from Running With Spoons Ingredients ¼ Cup creamy almond butter (or nut butter of choice – SOY works too) 1 Large ripe banana 1 egg ¼ Cup honey ½ Cup rolled oats 2 Tbsp ground flaxseed 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp ground cinnamon ½ tsp ground ginger 1 Cup carrots (about 2 large), peeled and grated 1 …Read More

Being Destroyed By My Writing

January 19th I had the pleasure of guest posting on Writers In the Storm and since this subject keeps coming up, I thought I’d share it here as well. My house is quiet and I’m nursing a hot cup of coffee (my third actually) while staring at the screen and wondering what else I have left in me to write today. I don’t think there’s much. You see, last night I …Read More

Why Are We Still Arguing About Publishing Paths?

It’s 2015 and yet it feels like we’ve stepped back a few years when it comes to authors insecurities. In 2005 when my first book was published, I remember the condescension from other authors when they realized my book was published by winning a contest with a small publisher. In 2010 I remember the disdain from other writers seeking publication when I decided to try my hand at self publishing. In …Read More

Chocolate Mousse Cake

Chocolate Mousse Cake   Print Author: adapted from Martha Stewart and Epicurious Ingredients For the Cake: ½ cup unbleached, all purpose flour ½ cup corn starch pinch cinnamon 4 eggs, separated ¾ cup sugar 1½ tsp vanilla 1 tsp salt For the Mousse: 1¼ cups whipping cream, chilled ¾ cups whipping cream, room temperature 4 egg yolks 3 tbsp sugar 7oz chocolate (between 50 and 60% cocoa solids) For the …Read More

Slow Simmered Beef Bourguignon

Slow Simmered Beef Bourguignon   Print Author: adapted from Taste of Home Serves: 6 Ingredients 3 pounds stewing beef ¾ tsp salt ¾ tsp pepper 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour 1-1/2 cups beef broth 1-1/2 cups dry red wine or additional beef broth, divided ¾ pound med fresh mushrooms, quartered 1 large sweet onion, chopped 2 medium carrots, sliced 1 thick-sliced bacon strip, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 Tbsp Italian …Read More