Friday, February 28, 2014

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Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Sarai





Cover reveal - Princess of the Light


Princess of the Light by N.N. Light
Release Date: August 26, 2014


Blurb:
Miriam Miller likes the simple things in life: a good book, close friends, and a healthy relationship with God. But, destiny comes calling, and her neat, little life turns upside down.

Ethanial, an angel of God, has been sent to reveal Miriam's true calling -– she is the Princess of the Light, the woman chosen by God Himself to vanquish the demons intent on infusing the world with evil. And her first assignment: restore the soul of a homeless man known only as The Walking Man.

Enter Joe Deacons, a man intent on stealing her heart. But as Miriam embarks on her journey to save the Walking Man and fulfill her calling, it becomes clear that Joe isn’t what he appears to be. Miriam must decide: Is she willing to risk her soul to save those she loves?

Author Bio:

N.N. Light was born in Minnesota, lived in Southern California only to move to chilly Ontario, Canada to marry her beloved husband, Mr. N. She is blissfully happy and loves all things chocolate, books, music, movies, art, sports and baking.



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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Check out these photos of each of my boys around the same age. Can you tell the difference? 




Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Date night #2 - Italy

Ah, the romance. The ambiance. The rolling hills of the Italian country side and the flowing canals of Venice. Its a picture perfect setting for a romantic evening with the hubby. Too bad we couldn't actually go there.

Instead, we put the kids to bed. They fell asleep quickly since they were running fevers and had been sick all day.

We turned on some Pavarotti and made the most delicious Stromboli I have ever had. Recipe is here. To finish off the night, we cuddled up on the couch with a pint of Spumoni Gelato from the local Italian deli and turned on "Under the Tuscan Sun."

I come to find out that this movie is based on a book of the same name about a woman who's husband takes everything in the devorce after he cheats on her, so she take a trip to Italy where she buys a run down villa in Tuscany on a whim. After a few failed romances she finally falls in love again.

It was very enjoyable. Even my husband liked it. I found myself thinking what it would be like to just drop every part of your old life and start new in a different country. Crazy!!! I guess it works for some people, but maybe not for me. Not alone any way. :)

So, next time you need a date night with your hubby but can't get out of the house, or can't afford to go out to dinner. Stay home and have a great night.

For more around the world ideas, check out this blog. And don't forget to leave a comment about your stay at home date in Italy. I would love to hear from you.

For other date night ideas, try:
Game Night
France Night

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Menu: Week 34



So, yesterday we decided to make gluten free waffles. I have never made waffles from scratch, let alone gluten free ones, so I went on to Pinterest to find a recipe.
The first recipe looked like a disquiet and stuck to the waffle maker.
The second recipe was too sweet and tasted like cake. It was good, but too much for breakfast.
So, the waffle adventure ended in disaster, but we had fun cooking.

In the afternoon, the kids all came down with fevers and head aches. I decided we should watch some movies and rest. My first choice was Chicken Run. Funny movie. Everyone should see it. Second came Bob the Builder, by Ronan's request. Not my style. The third was Nim's Island. I love that movie and it turns out, I was also the only one watching it at this point. Oh well, their loss.

Today, we took a trip to Forrest Grove to have breakfast at McMenamins Grand Lodge. Never been there, so thought what the heck. Its a really interesting place. I would love to go back.

So, now without further adieu, the menu.

Monday
- Stromboli

Tuesday
- Spaghetti

Wednesday
- Santa Fe baked chicken

Thursday
- Lasagna

Friday
- Chicken and Shrimp fried rice

Saturday
- Dinner with the in-laws

Sunday
- Chili Cheese dogs

Friday, February 21, 2014

Cover Reveal - Winter in the Soul


Winter in the Soul by Jennifer Novotney
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: July 15, 2014

Blurb:
In a world divided by power and greed, seventeen-year-old Lilika harbors an intense desire to return to Winter in the Soul, the place her family left to escape the darkness that was manifesting from a coldness of the soul.

When she meets Talon, their connection is evident right from the start, and together they travel through the Black Kingdom to recover Lilika’s stolen locket. And in search of an answer to the mystery behind Winter in the Soul.

Lilika holds the key to stopping the darkness from spreading. The fate of their world lies in her hands. Will she stop the Black Kingdom before its darkness overtakes them all, or will they succumb to the darkness that is spreading across the land?

Author Bio:


Jennifer Novotney was born in Burbank, California and lived in Los Angeles for most of her life until settling in North Eastern Pennsylvania with her husband and daughter. She attended California State University, earning a bachelors degree in journalism, and Northern Arizona University, earning a masters degree in English. After college, she spent several years writing and teaching, including at Pennsylvania State University.





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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Here's a little fun for the day. My son Ronan in a chocolate coma 2011.

That pesky paint brush - How to clean it.

I've started a painting project in my kitchen this week. It will probably take me fore ever to finish at the rate i'm going, but it will look really great by the time i'm done. My Counter tops are a really pretty deep green marble, but we painted the walls a few years ago a dark moca color. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but it makes our small kitchen even smaller. So, when I'm done, it will be a really pretty Orange Confection with Swiss coffee trim and Peanut Butter accents. It all goes great with my counter tops. I'm super excited.

Since it's going to take me a long time to paint. I'm going to have to clean my brushes many times. I found these easy steps to clean the brush and keep it soft when it drys. I tried it out today on my brush and although it is still wet, I noticed that the paint came out of the hairs easier and faster. Here is what I did.
  1. Soak the dirty brush in a cup of hot water. I would suggest using one you don't mind having paint in, just in case it doesn't come out. Such as my "Lots of Love," mug that I've never used and don't even know why I keep it.
  2. Let your brush soak for an hour or so, then rinse it under hot water till the water runs clean. This shouldn't take too long.
  3. Put the brush back in a cup of half hot water half white vinegar. This is the part that's supposed to keep the hairs soft for the next time you use it.
  4. Let the brush soak again for an hour or so, even over night if you like.
  5. Squeeze out as much of the water as you can and let it dry. It should be ready to go for you the next time you are ready to paint.

Good luck, and if you have any tips or tricks you would like me to try out. Send me an email.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Menu: Week 33

Monday
- Ham and swiss sliders
Tuesday
- BBQ with some good friends we haven't seen in a long while
Wednesday
Stir fry chicken Lo-mien
Thursday
- Chicken quesadillas (Just me and the boys)
Friday
- Grilled cheese (Me and the boys)
Saturday
Crock pot chili
Sunday
Crispy southwest chicken wraps

Friday, February 14, 2014

Stay home date night #1

As a lot of you know who have kids, it's hard to find time to have a date night without them. Yes, you can get a baby sitter, but they can be expensive and hard to find. I've been looking all over the internet for things my husband and I could do together that were cheap and easy, all while juggling the kids and their bed times. What I found was a list of dates that we could do at home after we put the kids to sleep ( I will add the link at the end.) Last night was our first at home date night, our first date period, in a while.

Game Night!!! 
We got into our Pj's, pulled the board games off the shelf and got cozy at the coffee table. As you can see, we started off with scrable, but neither of us are much for spelling. Go figure. Especially when my husband tried to spell "queen" in his own way.
We quickly switched over to "Sorry" and had a blast. Of course there was alcohol and a desert involved. Angry orchard, my favorite gluten free beverage and thanks to Carl's Jr. we had cheese cake.
Of course, I won the game :D
I encourage all of you to have a date night at least once a week. It will be good for you to relax, and you don't have to go out to do it.
Feel free to send me your ideas for date night, whether it be at home or out and about. SHendersonPhoto.at.gmail.com

To check out the list I found with more fun date night ideas, go here.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Work in process

My writing work in process...

The Artican series 

The Last Artican - In the agent stage

66760 / 66760 words. 100% done!

Artican #2 - Writing

9675 / 80000 words. 12% done!

Fury - An Artican prequel - Writing 

1070 / 80000 words. 1% done!

House of Chaos - An Artican prequel

30000 / 50000 words. 60% done!

Other books i'm working on

Huntress - Current project 

37033 / 50000 words. 74% done!

Daughter of Thor - Writing

14612 / 50000 words. 29% done!

Dystopian - Writing

6774 / 50000 words. 14% done!
 
The Eyes of Orion - Writing

12678 / 50000 words. 25% done!

 
And don't forget  the million story idea's I have in my head that I haven't started yet. :)

Today's Theme Song - Frozen "In Summer" song

Menu: Week 32

Middle Monster catching snow flakes on his tongue.
Its been a fun week. We've had several inches of snow at our house, which never happens. The Monsters are loving it. Eldest Monster spends as much time as he can in the cold, while Middle Monster stays in side. Usually its the other way around. Funny how the cold changes things. Little Monster has learned to move his wheely chair around the living room and is now getting into everything he can get his hands on. What a life I have.







Monday
- Balsamic glazed pork and mashed potatoes

Tuesday
- Stir fry chicken Lo-Mein

Wednesday
- One pot skillet lasagna and green beans

Thursday
- Grilled steak and mashed potatoes

Friday
- Grilled cheese

Saturday
- Dinner at the in-laws

Sunday
- Ham and cheese sliders

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Visit the bluffs

Oregon City is like an onion, it has layers. Yes, I just used a Shrek reference. At the very edge of the second layer, right where it meets the first, there is this amazing little place right on the bluffs. Its beautiful. Of course my husband and monsters use it for something other than a relaxing walk on a crisp winters day. Oh yes. They use it for mayhem! 
That would be my husband, with my middle son on his shoulders and you can't see my oldest son in front of him, but he is there. At first I wasn't so sure this was a good idea, but after they did it a bunch of times, who was I to stop them.
Of course I like to use the bluffs for something else.
Artsy, fartsy photo shots with my besty, but in the end, who could deny these faces.
If you would like to visit this awesome walk along the bluffs, park your car at 7th and high st. You can walk all the way down to the waterfall viewing area, which is always nice... Except for when it is raining. Feel free to share your photos from the bluff and see them posted here on my blog. SHendersonPhoto@gmail.com.




Visit Railroad Ave.

I'm always on the look out for crazy places to do photo shoots or try something amazing. I've lived in Oregon City until a few years ago when I got married to my hubby and I've passed this sign a million times. There was always one thing I've wanted to do, but could never find anyone as crazy as me to try it. That is until now. :) Welcome Liv!
It wasn't easy getting Her up there, let me tell you. We had a hand from my awesome and strong hubby, Jason. Kudos baby. And a helping hand from my baby sister, or should I say helping knees. It was a team effort.
But in the end, the shot was just as I had imagined. Love you Liv!!!!
Of course, what's a crazy photo shoot without some craziness going on. Teheheheh!!!!
Oh I can't wait for summer to come back so the craziness can continue.

If you would like to visit this really cool sign thing in Oregon City, head on over to Railroad Ave. and 8th street. And as always, share your photos of this cool location and I'll post them here for all to see. Its kinda like a scavenger hunt. Get out there and be crazy! SHendersonPhoto@gmail.com


Friday, February 7, 2014

COVER REVEAL - Runaway by Renee Donne



Runaway by Renee Donne


Blurb:
After Marianne discovers her bankrupt stepfather sold her into marriage to the highest bidder, she flees Philadelphia and heads west to start a new life.

Unfortunately for her danger follows.  First, a stage coach accident leaves her stranded in the middle of nowhere – with an injured driver. And henchmen, hired by her spurned would-be husband, are hot on her trail, threatening to return her to Philadelphia and the man who is determined to own her.

Just when things seem hopeless, Marianne is rescued by a handsome, cowboy who offers temporary refuge.
 Knowing she can’t refuse, yet wary of his intentions, Marianne finds herself drawn to this quiet, enigmatic hero. But is he someone she can trust?

Release Date: July 29, 2014

Author Bio:
Renee Donne is a native Floridian with a penchant for writing books with a western theme. In her head she's a world traveler and an amateur chef. In real life, she's a hometown girl with an affinity for fine wine and good friends. Her favorite place to write is sitting on her veranda, overlooking the beach.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Menu: Week 31


Monday
- Homemade Pizza

Tuesday
- Crock pot Beef and Broccoli

Wednesday
- Crock pot pork carnitas

Thursday
- Crock pot French dip sandwiches

Friday
- Chicken Quasadilla

Saturday
- Mac and Cheese

Sunday
- Pizza Nachos

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