Thursday, December 29, 2011

The After Christmas

I don't know about the rest of you, but I am glad Christmas is behind us now so I can sleep! My daughter and I worked our buts off last week and it all caught up to me yesterday, I had a 3 hr nap! But no one can deny, we still had fun. Now we are headed to the last days of 2011 and what our hopes are for this next new year. Of course, most of you probably know mine, to get my book finished and ready for publication, that's my hope anyway, but it is a lot of work and the way it's looking I have a long way to go. It is slowly coming together however.

I also have the usual new year resolutions coming to mind, such as, lose weight, and quit smoking...yeah that will happen! I do try though, at least the losing weight part. Now that we have medical insurance again, I will be talking with my doctor to try to find ways to do so.

Back to the book, I am almost finished with revisions on 5 chapters and I am thinking about having one person read through them that are serious about really looking at how they sound, are they strong enough, exciting enough, will you want more kind of a thing. So those of you that are interested please let me know. If you are, I will need you to have the time to read them in a few days, not weeks or months. If you are still interested, get back to me. Your input is invaluable and I appreciate it very much.

I hope all of you have a wonderful and prosperous new year next year. I hope that you stick to your resolutions and feel better about your accomplishments, I mean after all, isn't that what resolutions are all about? Wanting to better yourself, and feel good again, I believe so. I am very curious as to what your new year's resolutions are so drop me a comment and let me know. Also, if you are interested in reading my first 5 chapters, let me know that too. I could use all the input I can get at this point. I need to know if the book grabs you and if you really like it.

Love to all of you and I look forward to your comments! Lisa

Thursday, December 22, 2011

My German Press Cookies

I know I was supposed to post this yesterday, but I ended up not squeezing it in with my crazy busy day! I hope this is still time enough for those of you that want to try these! This is a family cookie tradition for us. Originally this recipe is from my one of my friends family and when we were growing up together, her mother would make these on almost every holiday. They are also great for Valentine's and Easter. Kids love this recipe because it is fun and colorful. They get to decorate them with sprinkles and icing. You will need a cookie press for these! Try them, if not this year, save the recipe for next year and make sure you have kids with you because they love them! One more thing that is really nice about these cookies is you can store them in the freezer and eat them right out of it! They are wonderful really cold! Enjoy!!


German Press Cookies

1 cup butter (make sure you use butter, not margarine)

1pkg 3oz cream cheese

1 cup sugar

1 egg beaten

1 1/2 tbls lemon juice

2 1/2-3 cups of flour

1 tsp baking powder


Mix softened butter with cream cheese well, blend in sugar and mix until fluffy. Add egg and lemon juice and blend well. mix flour and baking powder together and slowly fold into the cream cheese mix. Blend really well. Spoon into cookie press and make your different shapes with little space, about 3 per line on your sheet. Bake on 375 for 8 minutes (and no more)

Frosting: 1 cup of powdered sugar and 2 tbls of lemon juice. Mix together

The cookies should be light colored with a little browning on bottom, and I mean little. After cooling, dip the tops of the cookie in the frosting and then the sprinkles and let dry before storing.

I hope you do try these, especially those of you that have kids or grand kids! This is my absolute favorite cookie so I always double the recipe.

Merry Christmas to all of you!!! Love ya, Lisa

Thursday, December 15, 2011

A Teaser

I know I promised to post my new first few paragraphs from chapter 1 but I have not had the chance to rework it yet, so I thought I would post another part of my book. I would love to see comments on what you think and always remember, I'm not finished with revisions yet, it might need work! I also wanted to tell you all that it's been great getting feedback from you and your support is unmeasured!

So don't forget to post, I have the contest going on, and April has posted the most now! Do you think you can beat her?


Drawn back to the window, she squinted into the night, hoping to get a glimpse of the mysterious man. Who are you? She searched the tree line in vain, but the back yard began to darken, as though a cloud had moved over the moon. Her eyesight shimmered, and the landscape wavered as if she were viewing it under water. Blackness crept in peripherally, until her sight was narrowed to a pinprick. Then the center of her view brightened and opened into daylight.
Stevie reached down to brace herself against the bed, but instead found only air. She gazed around at the surroundings, no longer in her room, but rather standing in front of a pristine lake. Trees dotted the landscape on all sides and snow capped mountains created a backdrop to the valley. The smells had changed from the warming springtime in Golden, to a crisp fall air filled with the scent of evergreens and earth. She looked at the crystal blue sky above her; awed at seeing a sun in place of the moon.
Movement caused her head to turn to the right. A man stood on the lowest branch of the ponderosa pine not five feet from her. The way he smiled, his long raven hair and glowing blue eyes made her breath catch. She blinked once and he was gone. No wait, now he was in the tree to her left. He leaned back against the trunk long enough for her to get a clear view of his archaic outfit: Dark breeches, deep brown leather vest over a rough spun shirt, and fitted knee-high boots of some sort of animal skin. A two inch pendant of blue lace agate encircled in silver thread hung about his neck, and the sunlight glinted on a sword hilt peeking out from behind his right shoulder. Then he disappeared once again, the light began to fade into a tunnel. She found herself back at the window sill.

Well, let me know what you think, I am very curious! Next time I will post my German Press cookie recipe and once I finish the first part of chapter 1 I will post it! Have a wonderful day! 
Love, Lisa

Monday, December 12, 2011

Some Day

I thought I should touch on my book today since it has been a few weeks and since that is the main reason I started a blog in the first place. I do want to say that this has been a long row for me and I think it is finally coming together, I hope!

I started this venture 3 years ago, and actually with another book. The first one I began to write was a mystery and I ended up putting it down after 10 chapters. I could not get into the mind of a sociopath! It was right before Christmas of that year, so I decided to wait until after the holidays. Finally January came and I realized it was another genre I needed to be in, Fantasy/Sci-fi. After all, it's what I love, isn't it?!

I sat down and scribbled notes about this world I was going to make up. I came up with a name and a little bit of the language. then I came up with my heroine and what she was all about. After figuring out the basics, I went on line looking for ideas and could not come up with any matches (which I thought was good since I didn't want it to be typical) and then sat down with my sister and began to tell her about my new world. She loved it and when I told her the name and asked her how she thought I should spell it, she came up with a great idea, and hence Djenrye was born!

I wrote the story in 3 months, and believe me it was not novel form, it was in story form, if you get my meaning. I knew something was wrong, but because I had not been in school for 30 years I did not know all the rules, and I broke most of them! I worked with my mom, she was an editor for non-fiction, and began to learn about grammar and punctuation all over again. But it did start to breathe some life into my book. After that, my sister and I began to work together, and I saw that I needed professional help, so I found a writing coach through a friend. Best thing I ever did! My writing coach and I worked together privately for a year and then I was invited to her class through meet up.

2 and a half years later, I am proud to say, I can actually write! Yes, I still need work, I am a work in progress, but the novel is now really coming to life and I can't wait to do the revisions. I am now up to chapter 5 and moving right along. I would be further, but I realized the beginning chapters were moving to slow, so I had to re-write the first 5. Also, most recently, I had to re-write the first few pages of my chapter 1, the part that I posted to all of you about a month ago, because it was not the way it need to be, now that is taken care of.

I am very excited about getting through the whole book this time and submitting it to an editor, for more revisions I'm sure, and maybe getting it in front of a publisher this next year some time. It has truly been an adventure and I now am in love with my book!

The other exciting thing for me is, my character, Stevie, is finally talking to me in my head. She is really coming to life and I am seeing the direction she needs to go in. I will post my new few paragraphs of chapter 1 this week and ask what all of you think. Now that I am moving in a clearer direction, I can also post other pages of my book to get your opinions. Thanks again for all of your support and encouragement! You have all been more than patient and I also thank you for joining my blog, that is great support for me too!

Don't forget to post, I have the contest going on, the more you post, the better your chances!

Thanks again, Lisa

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Fifty!

What an amazing trip so far! I can't believe I am 50 years old! Where has the time gone?

I remember as if it were yesterday, when my kids were little. Travis with his amazing energy, Brandie with her cute baby doll smiles! Or the day I married Rick (the first time) and how excited we were! And then he came back into my life and the joy and love has been more than I thought it would be! And when my precious grand babies were born and filled my heart and soul with more love than I could possibly imagine!

Life is a wonderful trip. Sure there are ups and downs, but that is what makes it so interesting. I have had an interesting life so far and I am looking forward to watching my grand kids grow and my children move through the weave of life. I am also looking so forward to when the day comes that my book is published and I can see it in it's cover on a book shelf...in a book store!!

I am so grateful for all the wonderful and supportive family and friends in my life! Thank you all for your love and understanding! I have been blessed with awesome parents, husband, sister and her husband and kids, my children and grandchildren, and not to mention my extended family and excellent friends!

I know it is a tough world out there right now, but I thank God for all of you and I don't know what I would do without all of you in my life! Thank you for all your love!

Lisa

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A Christmas Time Recipe

Well, I did promise to post some holiday recipes and I am true to my word. This one in particular was one that my dad always made for the family on Christmas and I remember him slicing the meat and serving it with pride. He loved this recipe and I do too. This one does take a little longer because you have to marinate the meat for 2-3 days, depending on how long you want too. I usually do it for 3 days, it seems to really bring out the flavor. We are having this Christmas night with the whole family and I am looking forward to it.

                                                    Marinated Flank Steak

2-3 Flank steaks (depending on the size of your family)

1/2 cup of canola or olive oil

1/4 cup of soy sauce

1/2 cup of lemon juice

1/2 tsp of oregano

1/2 cup of honey

2 clove garlic

4 tbls of Worcestershire

black pepper to taste

I always double the ingredients and then mix it all together and lay the meat flat in a casserole dish and pour the mixture on top and keep in the refrigerator. Turn the meat every 12 hours. Once you are ready to cook it, you broil the meat for about 10 minutes on each side. When slicing, you slice it very thin and to the side not straight up and down. It should be red still in the middle, otherwise it will be too tough.

I serve this with either mashed potatoes and your favorite gravy (I like hunter's gravy with this) or baked potato. What ever veggie you prefer and rolls. This is also a nice meal any time of the year.

If you try this, let me know what you think! Enjoy! I will do my famous press cookie recipe next time.

Love ya, Lisa

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Winner

First, I want to thank those of you that took time out to look at new names for my Orbs! I loved a lot of the names and it made for a tough choice. 3 of you each had a name that I am considering, but the winner had 3 names I liked, so Jenna, you are the winner!

Jenna's top names that I liked were, Essence, Skye, and Ember. Great picks!!

I also liked Brandie's pick Borvo, April's pick Ki, and Robin's picks Elan Vital and Seir

Congratulations Jenna! I will contact you by email!

Okay, a new contest:

Through the month of December I will keep track of those who post on my blog! Whomever posts the most will win a gift card and a prize!

Good luck and look forward to seeing your posts to my blogs!

Love ya, Lisa