Pretty in Pink

May 15, 2016


I won’t take up your time and bandwidth with the hundreds of photos I took of the kid and his beautiful prom date/girlfriend. Instead I will just share my absolute favorite. That look. It’s the stuff YA books are made of.

Guinness Chocolate Cake with Bailey’s Frosting

May 1, 2016

When my mother asked me what cake I wanted for my birthday this year, I asked her if it would be okay if I made my own. She laughed and asked why. It’s because of this Guinness Chocolate Cake recipe I found at A Beautiful Bite.  The most important part of a birthday party is the cake. I don’t need presents, decorations, or ton’s of guests. Just the people I love and a good chocolate cake with buttercream frosting. Keep your Red Velvets, Double Chocolates, and Italian Cream Cakes. Don’t even try to bring me an ice cream cake (too cold) or the worst possible choice, a “cookie cake”. Cookies are my favorite, but a giant cookie fguinness cakerom a Super Store is not a cake. Seriously.

I followed the recipe as written in the link above, except I didn’t have espresso powder so I omitted that. I also reduced the amount of Bailey’s in the frosting to 3 Tablespoons. I think next time I might reduce it even further. It was a bit strong.

This cake was wonderful, but absolutely divine the day after. The cake soaks up the frosting and becomes even more moist and decadent.

No worries, if you don’t care for beer. You can’t taste it in the cake. It just gives it just the right amount of richness.


One Post at a Time

April 28, 2016

This blank page makes me feel inadequate, as if the blog police are lurking somewhere waiting to issue me a citation.

IMG_3190“Young lady, you’ve had this domain for well over a year, where are all the witty posts you should have created by now?”

“Well, Officer, I uh…” I reach into my draft box and pull out several unfinished posts.

“Ma’am. Please take your hands off the keyboard and exit the blog now.”

In days past, I was a prolific blogger. My day wasn’t complete unless I blogged. Back then, as an expat in Sweden, and later a cynical 30-something going through infertility treatment, I had plenty to talk about. But being back in my hometown with no major drama in my life (knock on a forest), the words felt harder to come by.

After getting back into writing in general, (I’m over half-way through with a first draft of a novel I’m very excited about) I realized I really miss blogging and the feeling of community it brings. So, I am back. While I may not be navigating my way through life in a foreign country, or having multiple medical devices stuck up my hoo-hah on a regular basis, I know there are other writers, foodies, makers, tv addicts and such with which I’ll be able to geek out.

So, Officer, put away your citation book and stand back, because I’m about to show you A Life More Creative.*

*later changed to Under the Wide and Starry Sky.

*later changed to Leslie Gail

Review – For This Life Only by Stacey Kade

April 14, 2016
I received an ARC of this book today at #RT16. I planned to read just the first few pages and then go out with friends for one of the evening events. Four hours and so many tears later, I finished it. This is the kind of book I 22608727live for, a book that pulls you in from the first line and won’t let you go until the last. The story was beautiful and heart wrenching. Sara was so real to me that my arms physically ached to hold her and try to give her some type of comfort. Gah, I’m sobbing again now just thinking of her. It’s probably a good thing all books in this world aren’t this well written, or I’d never get anything else done. Stacey Kade, I bow at your feet. You are a story goddess.

You can pre-order this book from your favorite bookseller. It will be out on August 30th. Just make sure to clear your schedule once you start it.

Yes. It’s that good!