Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Homemade Christmas Ornaments and Gifts 2017

Thanksgiving has come and gone and now I'm starting to get ready for Christmas. We put the tree up a few days after Thanksgiving. When we were adding the ornaments my middle girl brought over an ornament she made in school. It was a glass ball with her handprint made into sweet little snowmen. We compared her hand size now to her hand size then and I thought about how I'm not going to get those kinds of ornaments coming home from school since we are homeschooling now. So I've decided we will start making our own ornaments.

My mother, brothers and I used to make ornaments every year so this isn't anything all that new to me. I did some idea searching online and decided on some cute little snowmen made from bottle tops. I have one finished so far and the girls will continue to work on theirs tomorrow. I'm excited to see how theirs turn out.


Here is my finished product. We painted the bottle tops white, then I used a hot glue gun to glue them together. I also did a little crocheting for the hat and scarf and simply used a black marker to add the dots for the face and buttons.

This year is going to be very tight in the gift buying department. It's always hard to be shy on cash around Christmas time when you have kids. So I'm trying to make my girls a few gifts to fill up the empty space under the tree. So far I've only managed one gift idea. It came from something that popped up on my Facebook feed a few weeks back. I don't even remember who posted it.

I went to the dollar store and bought three boxes for $1 each. They are what is holding up the snowman in the picture above and the pictures below show the silver box, the saying, and some simple stationary I printed up and cut to fit inside the box.





If anyone has any other cheap and easy gift ideas for girls between 17 and 8, I'm all ears. Send me links and ideas in the comment section.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Smoker Experiments #1

I recently had a birthday and was given an Amazon gift card from my brothers and my dad. I used it to buy a smoker. I spent a good two weeks looking at the gift card wondering what I should use it for. I almost started buying Christmas presents with it (and I probably should have), but I'm having a good time with my new smoker.

I am a beginner, so any and all advice or recipes you have are more than welcomed.

So far I've made a couple of beef roasts, smoked eggs, a smoked pork loin, and now smoked country style ribs. My favorite of them all is a toss up between the smoked eggs and the beef roast.

For any of you interested I'll document (and so I can come back to it later, just in case I need a reminder.)

The beef roasts were just cheap rib roasts I picked up so I could try out my new smoker. I put a rub on them. It was just a coarse salt, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and paprika. I covered the roasts with the rub, then let them sit for a bit. I don't remember the temperature or time I put them on the smoker for, but when they were done I wrapped them and let them rest for a good fifteen minutes. They were yummy! I didn't get pictures because both roasts were gone before I knew it.

I've made three batches of smoked eggs so far. Each batch was pretty much the same. Of course there is no rub to put on the boiled eggs. I should be cold smoking them but I don't have the cold smoking attachment. So, I improvise and get the temp up to fill the smoker with smoke, then turn the temperature down and let the eggs just sit in the smoke at a low temp. So far it's been working just fine that way. We ate the first batch, used the second batch for deviled eggs for Thanksgiving, and the last batch was put into a gallon jar for smoked, pickled eggs. I haven't gotten pictures of these, either.

Then I made the pork loin. I used a rub I found online. It called for brown and white sugar, a little bit of salt, black pepper, oregano, and paprika. Definitely not a favorite. Still, it was edible, I just won't be using that rub again.

The last thing I've done, and I did get pictures, was some country style pork ribs. They were yummy. I didn't follow a recipe for this one. I simply mixed up a rub of course salt, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and a little bit of paprika. Then I put them on the smoker at 275 degrees. I had them in for a couple of hours then I pulled them out and brushed on a thin layer of Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce. Still, they were more than a bit dry. What I needed to do was wrap them with some sort of liquid. However, I didn't do that and they remained a bit dry, but with good flavor.

Here is a picture of the rub I created.



And here is a picture of the finished product (smoked country style pork ribs).

Friday, November 3, 2017

NaNoWriMo 2017

Hello everyone. I haven't had any submissions to my blog lately so I thought I'd do a quick post about NaNoWriMo.

For those of you who don't know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and it happens every November. It's simply a way for writers to get together online and offline and write together. We challenge ourselves to write 50,000 words during the month of November. I think I've only made my goal a couple of times but, for me, that's not the entire reason I participate. It's fun to get with other writers and do word sprints or just chat. It's fun to find the local write-ins (where we get together physically to write or chat.)

I enjoy being a part of NaNoWriMo, even when I don't get my word count. It gives me something to belong to. I'm a part of it and have been for the past seven years.

If any of you would like to participate you can go to the website and join. Look me up. My name on NaNoWriMo is JCPhelps.  Hope to see you there!


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Monday, October 30, 2017

New Release - Druid Warrior Prince


If you are interested in this new release but have not yet started the series the 1st book in the Celtic Stewards Chronicles, Passion's Sacred Dance, is available for a limited time (October 30th - November 1st, 2017) for 99¢ at Amazon.


I have included descriptions and buy links for books 1, 2, and 3 below.


NEW RELEASE


Druid Warrior Prince
Celtic Stewards Chronicles
Book Three
by
Juli D. Revezzo



Description for Book Three, Druid Warrior Prince:
Gwenevieve Macken’s well-ordered world falls into chaos as encroaching interlopers scheme to possess both her and her land. Although she’s been trained to spot the signs of inhuman evil in men, the amassing armies take on guises she never expected.

When a foreign guardian presents himself as her only option for salvation, Gwenevieve must make a choice between her desires, and fulfilling the mythic fate to which she was born. A forced marriage to a Tuatha dé Danann warrior isn't part of her plan.

Author Bio:

Juli D. Revezzo loves fantasy and Celtic mythology and writing stories with all kinds of fantastical elements. She is the author of the historical romances, House of Dark Envy, Watchmaker's Heart, and Lady of the Tarot, the Antique Magic paranormal series and Celtic Stewards Chronicles series and more. She is also a member of the Independent Author Network and the Magic Appreciation Tour.

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Description for Book One, Passion's Sacred Dance:
Unless Stacy Macken can stave off her creditors, she may lose her renowned history center. Yet she knows in her heart that the center is sacred and what a catastrophe losing it would be. How much of a catastrophe, she hasn't a clue.

Until Aaron Fielding arrives with his tales of magical guardians and the Tuatha dé Danann, sworn warriors from Celtic legend who protect humanity from a wicked enemy seeking their destruction.

Is the end of the world imminent? What can she, a modern woman and her warrior lover, possibly have to offer when a long-prophesied druidic mythic battle explodes around them?

Bonus: Includes brand new flash fiction piece, "About A Warrior"


99¢ from October 30th through November 1st.

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Description for Book Two, Druid Warrior's Heart:
As the latest in her family’s long line of Stewards, Ruth Macken awaits the arrival of a warrior sworn to the Tuatha dé Danaan, the Celtic gods her family has served since the beginning of time. For on that day, a magical battle will erupt. A war between druids and an evil that will decide the fate of mankind.

Isaac Connel knows the battle is imminent, and is ready to fight, once again but from the moment he sees Ruth flitting around the sacred ground, he’s captivated by her fiery charms and a need to protect her.

Despite Isaac’s assurances and the dreams that guide her, what can Ruth and her lover do to drive off this evil? Despite everything, will the world end at the hands of an evil god?



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Friday, October 27, 2017

Featured Sale: The Cat Rule Book

The Cat Rule Book
by
Lucky
as retold by
Deni Raqueteur



Description
What do Simon's Cat, Garfield, Dewey the Library Cat and your cat all have in common? They are all part of a secret brotherhood of cats who follow certain rules for dealing with humans!

Of all the cat books on the market, this is the one that will tell you what your cat is really thinking.

Cats have been seen as mysterious and inscrutable characters for many centuries, yet they live by a set of rules that have developed through the ages. They make perfect sense once you find out what they are. For the first time in history, one cat has broken ranks to put them into print.

Dictated to his human servant, Lucky the Cat has shared the text of The Cat Rule Book in a form that is invaluable for any human who is in service to a cat. For the first time ever, humans are to be allowed into the secret doctrine of cat-ness and to understand why a cat asks for food and then dances round the cat bowl, sleeps in weird places and positions and meows to be let through a door that was just opened for him a moment before.

If you only buy one cat book this year, make it this one. No other book will give you as much insight into the mind of your cat than The Cat Rule Book.


99¢ Sale
Kindle book
October 27th - October 30th

Customer review and link:

"A great read, especially for cat lovers. You really could believe it was a cat telling the tale, even more so when your own cat is curled up on your knee whilst you read! very humorous short cat instruction manual!"




Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Featured Book - Land of Seekers

Land of Seekers
by 
Triveen Nair





Description
Jaipur, India – The author Triveen brings out the best and worst in people in this period novel, with detailed sketch and decisive events shaping the subcontinent in “Land of Seekers” (published by Partridge Singapore). Having lived a significant part of his life in some of the places where the narrative evolves, he weaves a web of intrigue around his four main characters and keeps you on the edge with cunningly laid plots, without losing the high pace set as a thriller.
To each their own, these travelers are drawn for different reasons to visit India. Set in the year 1766 A.D., far from what they seek from the subcontinent, they become unsuspecting pawns in the larger intrigues of Royalties and their wily lieutenants. With gold amassed from almost 3000 years of trading with Europe and China these kingdoms burst at the seams with wealth ripe for picking, but only if they can get the Kings out of the way. Pitting rulers against each other for a slice or even the whole pie to plunder, are the British and the French off the Kerala Coast.
While the book starts from locations as far as Zanzibar and London, the real happening which shapes the future of the subcontinent is being scripted by The English under Robert Clive in the North East and the royal state of Mysore with its wily half breed defector ruler in the South West of India. When the strikingly beautiful Chitral girl loses all of her family it is her father’s bodyguard from Malabar she turns to; and when the Omani wants to visit the oldest mosque in the world he has to take the help of a slave trader. The British alchemy enthusiast seeks the formula for the Damascus steel and a Thug is out to avenge his brother’s death.
To add to this is the yet unexplained death of three kings within a week; a recipe for all hell to break loose, as they look for the traitor in their midst. From London to Calcutta and Peshawar to Venice stretches this eventful canvas, skillfully overlaid in history, this novel will leave the readers breathless. Engrossing and engaging, it takes one back into all its rawness of nature, mortals and of unintended consequences.
“Land of Seekers”
By Triveen Nair
Hardcover | 6x9in | 314 pages | ISBN 9781543740790
Softcover | 6x9in | 314 pages | ISBN 9781543740776
E-Book | 314 pages | ISBN 9781543740783
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
About the Author
Triveen Nair hails from Kerala, India. Son of a Railway Officer, travelling has always been part of his life. He left his last assignment as Business Head - Asia, Middle East and Africa to follow his passion in History research. He also Heads SEE – Search for Educational Excellence Foundation, a cause for bringing Innovative Teaching techniques to underprivileged children under 10 worldwide. His wife is an accomplished Interior designer in the Middle East, a daughter who is studying film and communication and a young school-going son. For more information about the author, visit his website at www.triveenair.com or contact triveen@yahoo.com.



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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

New Release: Her Big Fat Fake Billionaire Boyfriend

Her Big Fat Fake Billionaire Boyfriend

(Billionaire Series Book 1)
by
Victorine E. Lieske


Description:
Kenzie Bennett just wants to attend her sister's wedding without looking like the loser her mother thinks she is. When she mistakes Camden for her date-for-hire, she doesn't realize her good fortune. But her ex left her scarred, and even though Camden is everything she'd want in a man, she's not looking for love.

Camden James needs a distraction from his crazy stalker ex-girlfriend, and Kenzie fits the bill perfectly. Spunky and full of life, she makes him laugh. The more time he spends with her, the more he falls in love. Too bad she's made it clear there isn't anything between them.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Featured Book: Intent

Intent
by
Krista Wagner

Description:

Tired of feeling stuck in her small town, twenty-two-year-old Raylee yearns for something to happen, but she is rocked when an unexpected tragedy hits home. Bitter and lonely, she finds comfort in an old high school crush, but nothing can prepare her when people she loves start to die and her tormentor from high school shows up. As she attempts to uncover the truth behind the murders, Raylee questions whom she can trust as all clues point to a killer who is close to her. But soon her own life is on the line. Can she expose the truth before it's too late?

A dramatic thriller that takes you on a spiritual journey, where faith is tested and the truth is not what it seems.

Review: 

"I read this book the day I got it! I was unable to put it down. It's captivating! Raylee, the main character, is somebody who everyone can relate to in one way or another."

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Featured Book: Blood Vector

Blood Vector
by
Robert Kiesling




Description:

Discovering an Alien Internet on Earth threatens mankind's existence...

Three People. One Chance. On the verge of losing her sanity from visions of otherworldly creatures destroying mankind, journalist Khloe Marks discovers that those who share her rare blood type also have the nightmares.
Her search for the connection between them leads to a disgraced lawyer, locked away in a mental institution for his belief that a young girl is the key to stopping the imminent destruction of mankind. Together, they must solve an ancient mystery to save humanity—even if it costs them their own lives.

If they fail: In Memory of Man



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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Featured Book - In Memory of Man: Dawn of AI

In Memory of Man:
Dawn of AI
by
Robert Kiesling




Description:

Human Evolution Secretly Controlled by Alien AI

...Criminal defense attorney Cody Berringer has made a career and a name representing the most sinister clients to pass through the justice system. By every outward appearance, Cody has it all: fame, fortune, and a thriving career. He dismisses the horrible, recurring nightmares he suffers as the cost of doing business … until the manlike being that haunts Cody’s dreams walks into his office, warning of ancient dark alien forces gathering to destroy humankind. And only Cody can stop them.

After repeated attempts on his life, Cody finds himself on the run. Wanted by the government for a top secret digital file in his possession, hunted by those that oppose humanity’s existence, and guided by beings committed to saving mankind, Cody races against time to uncover the truth about man’s evolution on earth. If he can stay alive long enough, he will resurrect an ancient past that will save the present and rewrite the future of our existence.




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