Compliments of Super Happy Girl!
Are human beings really so clueless that they would need to have this spelled out for them?!
I like New Year's Eve. We've never gotten all decked out and celebrated in style, but we do have our own...mmHmm...traditions. For the most part, we play games with the children, watch movies and crack open the sparkling cider at 11:59pm. Even without a fancy wardrobe, the moment glitters with its own kind of promise, another chance to put hope in action.
Before the fun begins, I'd like to look ahead to 2010 by sharing a few of the sites that I'm bookmarking as my categorized resolutions.
Spirit.....Evotional contains golden nuggets of wisdom, Jon at StuffChristiansLike makes me smile/think/laugh/ponder, and I plan to camp out at Faith Imagined on a regular basis. Music is vital to my spiritual growth; "It Is Well" by Kutless will take me through the winter.
Soul......I'll be taking my book addiction to the next level by participating in these challenges at BookJourney. If you want to expand your knowledge of young adult literature and children's books, check out Jen Robinson's Book Page. Her recommendations have enriched my teaching. Readergirlz is a unique site, promoting Operation TBA while showcasing authors and new YA Lit.
Body......The Amazing Adventures Of DietGirl is the most inspiring health memoir I've read. Shauna is honest about her journey and her blog is fun!
Passion.....Teachers never stop learning. We look for ideas to keep us fresh, to motivate our students and to make the learning process relevant. Mrs. McGowan's 1st grade site is amazing. If her school was anywhere near me, I'd volunteer to sit at her feet! Mrs. Cassidy's blog is interactive and child-centered, making me wish I had a child in her class.
Self......Got a Blog? Make a book! The Cutest Blog On The Block offers the opportunity to print your blog! I'm not sure if they can operate with a Typepad blog, but the idea intrigues me (I love the paper trail.). The site also offers many blog templates, designs and freebies, like the one that is blinking in this post! SickerdoodleDesigns introduced me to the world of digital scrapbooking--but, I have yet to actually do anything in this media. Maybe 2010 will show that I've mastered a new hobby.
Happy New Year!!
Ingredients : 4 & 1/2 cups sugar, 1 stick butter, 1 can evaporated milk
Melt these items over medium heat in a 3qt. pot. Bring to a boil. When the mixture begins to boil, set a timer for 8 minutes. Stir constantly!
More Ingredients: 12 oz. Hershey's chocolate bar (it really must be Hershey's), 12 oz. chocolate chips (vary the flavors for interesting fudge), 1pt. (I use 14 oz.) marshmallow creme
When the timer dings, remove the pot from burner. Add the chocolate bar pieces, chocolate chips and marshmallow creme. STIR. The fudge will be creamy, sliding out of the pot. (Grab a spoonful; warm and gooey, it is the best!) Pour the fudge into glass dishes, prepared previously with a slick of butter (the stick paper works great in this case).
This recipe will fill a 9x13 inch pan and an 8x8 inch pan. To store, cover the dishes tightly. Fudge may be cut before gift wrapping.
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Thank you, MrsFussypants, for giving us this fabulous weekend!
A standing ovation to Jen Lancaster for graciously allowing me to whisper in her ear during session. (Jen, you rock! Also, did I tell you how absolutely fantastic you looked and that I loved your handbag?!!) Friends, if you haven't read Jen's memoirs, hop over to Amazon and treat yourselves.
iTouch "lighter luv" to Chris Mann, whose incredible voice made fans of us all. Radio airplay cannot be far away!
Later this week, I will link to more awesome blogs and writer's sites. ttyl!
In honor of this numerical accomplishment, I will be giving away a $10.00 gift card to Borders! To enter: Ask me a question in comments. I'll be asking my friend LM to choose the most interesting question as the winner! Comment questions will be accepted until Friday, June 14.
DollyGirl and I made fudge today. The recipe has been handed down from my mama and is a lip-smacking holiday tradition. I'd like to say "Thanks" to Blogdom for the fun that's been had in '07 by sharing the recipe!
4 & 1/2 cups sugar
1 can evaporated milk
1 stick butter
Pour these ingredients into a large pot and melt on medium to high heat. Stir!! When it reaches a boil, turn the heat on high and keep stirring for 8 minutes. This is critical! The mixture will become frothy.
When the 8 minutes are up, move the pot to a cool burner and add---
12 oz. chocolate chips (you can substitute any flavor and change the fudge)
1 pint marshmallow creme
8 Hershey Bars ( approximately 12 oz. of this candy bar...you might be tempted to do a substitution here, but do NOT! Trust me.)
If everything cooked correctly, the fudge will be heavy, creamy and will slide easily into a pan. I use butter to minimally grease the bottom of a pyrex dish. This recipe will fill one 9x13 dish and one 8x8 dish.
Lei at My Many Colored Days has given me the "Nice Matters Award"~~~
I'm tickled pink!
More about this award: It is for "those bloggers who are nice people; good blog friends & those who inspire good feelings and inspiration. Also, for those who are a positive influence on our blogging world.
Once you've been awarded, please pass the award on to 7 others who you feel are deserving ."
There are many more that could be listed, but I have no doubt that they will be given this button in the very near future!
Typepad's new 'Pages' feature has enabled me to expand my links list while cleaning up my homepage.
Thank you, Typepad!
Below the "Recent Posts" widget, you'll find the page link for Noteworthy Blogs. Over the summer, I've been tickled to discover new blogs---but, I bookmarked them on my computer. Adding these blogs to my links will involve hunting&gathering, so patience is required. If your blog is missing from my list and I've been reading or commenting, then you're probably bookmarked. :-)
If you would like to be included on the Noteworthy Blogs list, please leave a url link in comments!
Lani at TheWoodenPorch has given me a 'talk amongst yourselves' moment! I'm all chocked up because she's tagged me as a Thinking Blogger.
Lani opened my eyes to the magic of tracking....readers, feeds, comments, etc. She's much braver than me, though. I lack the courage to check the number of hits my blog receives or to find out who has linked me. I DO read comments! And, I answer most of them, too!
IRL, I make five-year-old children think. Just yesterday, after I read "Waiting For Wings" and expounded on the beauty of the butterfly, one of my students said, "Ms Chrissy! I feel a sentence comin' on me!"
Throughout the school year, we have crafted a new sentence for each unit of study. I was bouncing in my teeny chair, thrilled that he "got it". Immediately, six more hands flew up. They made each other think.
Which reminds me that the BlogWorld is a giant coffeetalk/slumberparty/supportgroup/studybuddy. My links list is soooooo looooong---each blog is worth visiting! Here are a few that deserve recognition:
1.Laced With Grace is a group devotional blog. I don't expect that they will play the Thinking Blogger tag, but I highly recommend putting this blog on your "must read" list. I am continuously uplifted and challenged by the writing and the message.
2.Embracing Momminess ~~This fine woman probably doesn't even know who I am! She speaks of many things and I like that her blog is filled with informative links.
3.More Cowbell ~~I have a feeling that she's been tagged, but, of well! I pray that NoCoolStory blogs forever!!!
4.Mom On A Wire ~~This blog has been making me think for over a year. The writer is so honest; I have appreciated her transparency.
5.After A Cup Of Coffee..Or Two ~~I smile every time I see the header on this blog! Who wouldn't want to be friends with a girl who is ready to down the java?! Check it out!
There are SO MANY blogs that I'd love to nominate, many of them have already been tagged!
Ok, ladies #1-5, if you choose to accept this mission--- The rules are:
1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,
3. Optional: Proudly display the 'Thinking Blogger Award' with a link to the post that you wrote.
I've decided that meeting a blog-pal IRL creates a velveteen friend. Last week, I was blessed to spend the afternoon with Lani! She is absolutely, 100%+, the woman that you've come to know on her blog. We talked nonstop for three hours, pausing now and then to eat. I feel as if I've known her forever! Although I'm old enough to have been Lani's babysitter, we grew up in towns with rival high schools and have traveled the same roads, both literally and figuritively.
Whenever I hear Lani's laughter, I smile. God was definitely directing my cursor on the day I found her wooden porch. :-)
Welcome Julie Carobini, fabulous fiction writer! Julie kindly included my blog in her book tour and candidly answered questions...the brownies are warm, the coffee is brewing--grab a chair and enjoy!
What inspired you to write Chocolate Beach?
First, I wanted to write a book set in one of my favorite locales--the California coast. Then I began to think about relationships, and how people often marry their opposites. What happens to them down the road? How do they deal with their differences? Are they still charmed by each other, or bugged? In Chocolate Beach, Bri Stone has always found solace in chocolate and the beach (and who wouldn't?) but will these things get her through when she faces serious questions about her marriage?
When will Chocolate Beach release?
The official release date was February 2007, but it actually made it into readers' hands in January. Exciting times for a newbie author! (Find it HERE!)
Are there any new projects on the horizon?
Yes! Watch for Truffles By The Sea in Spring 2008. It's the story of Bri's best friend, Gaby Flores. Stop on by my website for more info, if you like: www.juliecarobini.com
Do you prefer to write contemporary chick-lit fiction?
Yes! I read all sorts of genres, but found my voice in Chick-Lit. It's sassy and fun, and allows me to tell stories of life's challenges in an entertaining way.
Who are your readers?
My readers are the "young at heart". Mostly women, they are aware of current trends and technology, yet they like to giggle through a good story. They also love to bond with other women over faith, a hot cup of coffee or tea, and of course, designer chocolates!
What are some challenges you face as an author?
It can be so tough to find unobstructed time to actually write when there are so many other things vying for my attention: proposing new books, marketing current ones, writing articles, and most especially, caring for my family of five.
How do you keep your sanity in our run, run world?
Actually? I'm often overwhelmed. I try to pray a lot and God always steps in. Attending a regular Bible study helps too, because it keeps me focused on what God thinks about my busy life! I also jog on the beach, take a spinning class, and drink (too much) coffee.
What advice would you give to a person trying to become a fiction writer?
I address this on my website. First, find every opportunity to read. Next, make sure you actually enjoy the process of writing before investing your life into it. Finally, get help. Go to writer's conferences and watch how the experts do it; make friends at those conferences, the kind who will cheer you on in the days ahead (and who you can cheer along too!); and invest in yearly guides such as Sally Stuart's Christian Writer's Market Guide.
What do you and Bri have in common? Did you marry an opposite personality?
Hm, let's see. I love the beach, my husband, Dan, is a "tad" older than me, and chocolate is my dessert of choice. Dan is definitely my opposite in many ways, but not in the important stuff, like faith and parenting. In those two areas, we are kindred spirits. :-)
Is there a book that holds a special place in your heart?
Right now I've got the Mitford Bedside Companion on my nightstand. It has excerpts from the entire Mitford series by Jan Karon. I feel like I absolutely know these characters, so much so that I can pick up the book, flip to any page, and fall right back into the story. It's that good.
Can you share the brownie recipe from Chocolate Beach? (Is it on the back of the Baker's Squares box?)
Ha-ha! Good question. Let's see, it is on the Baker's Squares box, only add a little vanilla and more buttah! All I'm sayin'.
"Welcome to the world, baby boy!"
Kelli at Mirror To My Soul delivered her son last evening! He weighed 8lb 8oz and Kelli did this sans medication---she is my hero! I spoke with her this afternoon and she said that the epidural was about to be placed when she dilated to 8cm and it was a swift progression from there. She also reserved the right to share his name with the world on her blog; ok, this is fair, considering that she is the mommy, lol!
Drop in on her and say "Way to go!"~~~
5 Minutes For Mom is hosting the Ultimate Blog Party! Come on in!!
I've made mocha almond milkshakes, frozen of course, and there are chocolate coconut bars for snacking. We'll probably enjoy healthier food at another blog, so get your sugar-fix here :-).
Want to know a bit about me? (Tell me a bit about you, too!)
I love: my husband , our 4 children, my beagle Shiloh
I am: a child of God , a joyful mother , a teacher
I like: frappucino, snuggly comforters , sunsets
I miss: my baby daughter Sara, my dad, having a sibling
I've been to: Austria, Holland, Alaska
I want to: dance, wear a size 8, drive a new car again
I hope to: find my birth mother, raise Godly children, celebrate a 50th wedding anniversary.
I'd be lost without: books, worship, friends
Finished with your frozen mocha? Great! Let's go visit a few blogs!