Feb 212016
 

I’m enjoying this book more than I thought I would. Then again, the subject matter is perfect for me. I love a decent post-apocalyptic book or movie.

No zombies here, just human nature and the drive to survive.

Cannibal Reign has its issues and couple of characters that make me scratch my head, but it’s a solid first novel from Koloniar. I’m anxious to read more from him in the future.

A new star bursts onto the post-apocalyptic fiction scene: Thomas Koloniar. An epic dark saga set in a dystopian near-future, Cannibal Reign follows the fortunes of a small band of survivors, as they make their way across a nightmare landscape populated by bestial, flesh-eating savages after an asteroid strike destroys America. A dark, smart, action-packed vision of a terrifying possible tomorrow—when the only law left is “eat or be eaten”—Koloniar’s Cannibal Reign is an absolute must-read for fans of TV’s zombie smash hit The Walking Dead, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, Lucifer’s Hammer, the Mad Max movies, and, of course, Stephen King’s immortal horror masterwork The Stand.

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Feb 122016
 

We liked the Tater Tot Breakfast Muffins, so I decided to try something similar with crescent rolls.

These seem to pop out of the wells easier than the Tater Tot Breakfast Muffins. If you have a newer muffin tin, you may not need to spray or grease the wells, but mine’s old. I wind up with quite a mess if I don’t.

For a creamier taste, try substituting half and half for the milk. If you do, add an extra tablespoon or two of half and half to make up for the extra thickness.

Breakfast Crescent Quiches
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Cook Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 can crescent rolls
  2. 6 large eggs
  3. 1/4 cup milk
  4. 1/2 cup center cut ham, diced
  5. 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  6. 1/2 cup frozen shredded potatoes
  7. 2 Tablespoons onions, minced (optional)
  8. 1/4 cup mushrooms, diced (optional)
  9. 1/4 cup green or red peppers, diced (optional)
  10. 1/4 teaspoon pepper (optional)
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Spray muffin tin with cooking spray or grease with shortening or butter.
  3. Cut each crescent roll in half and press into the bottom and up the sides of the wells of the muffin tin.
  4. Whisk eggs and milk, then stir in the rest of the ingredients.
  5. Pour mixture evenly into muffin tin wells on top of the crescent rolls.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center is clean.
Notes
  1. There will be 2 extra crescent rolls and extra egg mixture depending on how many optional ingredients you use and the exact size of eggs. Extra large eggs, extra leftovers. These can be saved for a second batch or fried in a pan for a quick snack while you wait.
  2. To freeze cool completely and wrap each quiche in plastic wrap, then place in a freezer bag. This keeps the quiches from sticking together and helps prevent frost buildup.
  3. To heat from frozen, microwave for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. 1 1/2 minutes works for me at full power in a 1250W microwave.
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Breakfast Crescent Quiches

Feb 102016
 

The Reckoners (Author’s Cut): A powerful ghostbuster raised by a spirit, her brilliantly eccentric backup team, a cat who isn’t a cat at all…and a fiercely driven bounty hunter from a different dimension who brings them together when worlds collide.

Skilled ghosthunter Lisa “Garrie” McGarrity not only sees dead people, she wrangles them into submission. But her beloved ghostly mentor moved on years ago, and the Southwest has gone quiet under Garrie’s hand. Garrie and her team have grown restless and…well, face it. Maybe willing to take a risk or two.

So when the relentlessly mysterious and fiercely driven Trevarr (and his not-cat!) shows up asking for help, Garrie is inclined to listen. And when he describes big trouble at the San Jose Winchester Mystery House, she’s inclined to go with him, even if it splits her team along the way.

But she doesn’t expect a mansion crammed with spirits on the brink of madness, and she doesn’t expect to face off against the powerful and unfamiliar energies of semi-ethereal beings from another dimension. She definitely doesn’t expect the fabric of her own world to unravel around her–with no one but her to stop it.

And truly, she has no idea how deep Trevarr’s secrets run.

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Feb 082016
 

I tried to imitate Mister Underfoot’s pose, but I hurt my neck waiting for him to figure out how to work the camera.

This is the “Phhtt! I refuse to wake up and move” position. While utilizing this superpower, Underfoot somehow gains fifty pounds, turns the cuteness factor up a hundred and is nigh immovable.

This is a valid excuse for not getting anything accomplished today, right?

Mister Underfoot Raspberry

Feb 052016
 

Easier than regular Chicken Cordon Bleu with the added bonus of pasta! I really enjoyed this recipe.

I modified the recipe some. With our love of garlic, I added a bit more along with more ham, pepper and parsley. Due to the salt in ham, I took salt out of the ingredients, so you might want to salt to your taste.

If you don’t like swiss cheese, you can use a different cheese. I think it would taste pretty yummy with provolone.

One Pan Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  2. 1 Tablespoon garlic, minced
  3. 2 chicken breasts, cut into 1" inch cubes
  4. 1/2 pound diced ham
  5. 3 cups rotini pasta
  6. 1 cup water
  7. 2 cups chicken broth
  8. 1 teaspoon onion powder
  9. 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  10. 8 ounces Swiss cheese, sliced or shredded
  11. 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  12. 1 Tablespoon dried parsley
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  2. Add chicken and cook until lightly browned. Don’t cook through. The chicken will continue to cook while it simmers.
  3. Add ham, pasta, water, chicken broth, pepper and onion powder. Stir
  4. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes.
  5. Remove pan from heat and add Swiss cheese. Stir until melted.
  6. Top with breadcrumbs and place under the broiler for 5 minutes.
Notes
  1. If you don't want to use the broiler, toast breadcrumbs in a skillet before sprinkling over pasta.
Adapted from I Heart Naptime
Adapted from I Heart Naptime
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Feb 032016
 

This wheel of emotions comes in handy more often than I’d like to admit. This is one of the writing graphics I snagged off the net that sometimes inspires, sometimes leads my character in a new direction or does exactly what it was meant to do and helps me find a more specific word for an emotion.

When I’m stuck, this is one of the graphics I take a look at to see if it sparks something I hadn’t thought of for my character. For instance, I had a character that was frustrated and I was stuck on what she would do next. After looking at the wheel, I realized that she could easily become hostile, which made the scene much more exciting. Well, exciting to write at least.

emotions

Feb 012016
 

In the privacy of her own home, and against her will, Susan Harris will experience an inconceivable act of terror. She will become the object of the ultimate computer’s consuming obsession: to learn everything there is to know about human flesh.

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