Monday, December 29, 2014

Menu: Week 77

Its an odd feeling to be fixing a bear that is older than I am. His eye fell off today, so I decided he needed an eye patch. He looks like mean old bear now.

There's some new recipes on the menu this week that I can't wait to try. Like the million dollar spaghetti. Its a twist on the normal recipe that sounds delicious and really easy to make. I can't wait.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

I'm excited to see what the next 365 days will bring.

Monday
- Chicken Alfredo

Tuesday
- Crock pot chicken Caesar wraps

Wednesday
- Baked potato bar

Thursday
- Parmesan baked pork chops

Friday
- Million dollar spaghetti

Saturday
- Soy chicken and green beans

Sunday
- Dinner with the in-laws

Monday, December 22, 2014

Menu: Week 76 Christmas Week!

ITS CHRISTMAS WEEK! I can't believe how fast this year has gone. Phoenix started second grade. Ronan is learning how to read and Liam is the chubbiest little baby I've ever had. To top it all off, I have a great job and my writing is coming along nicely. I can't wait for 2015!

Monday
- Philly cheese steak

Tuesday
- Baked Ravioli

Wednesday
- Christmas Eve

Thursday
- Christmas!

Friday
- Chicken Alfredo

Saturday
- Baked chicken and Macaroni

Sunday
- dinner with the in-laws

Monday, December 15, 2014

Menu: Week 75


We had the most beautiful weather on Sunday. The family and I took a trip down to the water front for an awesome photo session and then rounded off the evening with the in-laws for a stake and potato dinner. Now back to the grind as we get ready for Christmas.

Monday
- Chicken broccoli stir fry

Tuesday
- Crock pot tacos

Wednesday
- Philly cheese steaks

Thursday
- Taco salad

Friday
- Oven fried chicken

Saturday
- Baked Ravioli

Sunday
- Dinner with the in-laws

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Crochet Coffee Cozy

Hello everyone! I would like to share a fun holiday crochet pattern with you that comes straight from the rainy Northwest and was recently featured on the Skip to my Lou web site. 

If there is one thing we know here in Cascadia, its coffee. The warmth, the smell, the smooth goodness of roasted coffee beans in the morning. There is only one thing that puts a damper on my experience… That darn cardboard cover that’s tacky beyond belief. If only there was something else that was warm and comfy to make my day… Oh wait, there is. Try this easy coffee cup cozy and recycle that cardboard instead.

What you will need:
Your favorite color of yarn.
Size H crochet hook.
2 buttons.
Needle for darning in the ends.

This pattern is for a tall coffee, but you can add two extra stitches to the chain for grande and four for vente.


  1. Chain 11. Turn.
  2. *Single crochet (SC) in second chain from hook. SC across. Chain 1. Turn
  3. Repeat from * for 8 inches.
  4. On last row, SC in first 2 stitches. Chain 4. Skip 2 stitches and SC in next 2 stitches. Chain 4. Skip 2 stitches and SC in last 2 stitches. Fasten off.
  5. Darn in ends, sew on buttons and get yourself a nice hot cup of coffee.



Monday, December 8, 2014

Menu: Week 74

We had a great and busy Thanksgiving. I'm so grateful for all of my family. This week we are going to take it easy as we prepare for Christmas in a few weeks. Still more shopping to do and food to bake. I love this time of year.

Monday
- Creamy chicken in parmesan

Tuesday
- Italian sausage bake

Wednesday
- Chicken Flautas

Thursday
- Chicken avocado burritos

Friday
- Roast beef and swiss sliders

Saturday
- Italian chicken

Sunday
- Dinner with the in-laws


Monday, December 1, 2014

Query - Hunter

This is a work in process. Just looking for impute on what I have so far. I also don't know what to compare it to, so any suggestions would be appreciated.


Three years ago, Hunter ran away from home to escape her mother’s harsh thoughts and neglectful ways. She was picked up by Talon, the Telepathic Alliance of Latent or Non-manifested and taught to develop her abilities as a telepathic bounty hunter. Little did she know that she would become the hunted.

When Hunter becomes the mark of a government agency, Bear, her partner turns on her. He wants her dead so he doesn’t have to deal with her childish ways any longer. With nowhere else to run, Hunter allows herself to be captured by the agency and taken to the PIT, the Psychic Intelligence Team, where she learns a horrible truth. Talon has been using her to kill people.

Not willing to be used any longer, Hunter bargains with the commander of PIT. Her life for the information she knows about Talon. When they come to an agreement, a trap is set up for Talon and Hunter is the bait. Will she be able to bring down Talon and live to hunt another day, or will the people she has learned to trust in the PIT die to save her.


HUNTER, a YA urban fantasy is a work in process. It's a stand alone novel with series potential.


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Query - The Last Artican

Having a little fun today with my query for The Last Artican. I would love it if you all could give me some feed back. Thanks

Dear (insert name here),

I would like to offer up my novel The Last Artican, a YA fantasy complete at 84,000 words. It's a stand alone novel with series potential and it will appeal to fans of Garth Nix’s SABRIEL and Mercedes Lacky’s BRIGHTLY BURNING.

Nineteen years ago, Tabor showed up in the mountains an orphaned child with the magic of the Articans running through her veins. She survived the bitter winter, the wrath of a yeti, and mutinied on the flying pirate ship Stallings – and then the Dominion came.

The monastery is no longer safe for Tabor. But the Articans have disappeared. Tabor grows desperate as the path to her people becomes cold, the Dominion is on her trail, and her magic is on the fritz. To make things worse, Tabor’s guide has completely lost her mind.

Tabor knows that the only people who can save her from the Dominion are the Articans, but when she finds them, she discovers that she is the only one who can save the Articans from the Dominion. However, the biggest flaw in her plan, one that might destroy her people – and her heart – is something she never considered: She must die to save her people, or risk becoming the last Artican.

Thank you for your consideration. I hope to hear from you soon.



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Menu: Week 73


Happy DECEMBER! I can't believe we are so close to Christmas. I told myself this year that I was going to start Christmas shopping in October... Well, that didn't happen and now I'm way behind. I know what I'm getting a few of my siblings, but my in-laws are a mystery. So far I have purchased a present for my husband. At this rate, I'm going to be done shopping mid next year. I've got to get on it.
Enjoy this weeks menu.


Monday
- Spanish rice

Tuesday
- Philly cheese stakes

Wednesday
- Pizza night

Thursday
- Italian sausage bake

Friday
- Creamy parmesan chicken over rice

Saturday
- Chicken flautas

Sunday
- Husbands Christmas party and Winterhawks game

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