Radio Interview

Can you say Ecstatic?

Yes, it’s me right now. I’ve been invited to an interview with Ronald on Chat and Spin on Monday, May 25, 2020, at 4:35 Central Time to discuss The Elite Series, Book One, Dragon Fusion.

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Available on July 7, 2020

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Thank you

I hope you will all join me in this fantastic event. Sorry for the short in length as well as in notice. Things unfolded quickly, leaving a short time to prepare. I thank all in advance for taking the time to tune in with us.

I want to thank Chat and Spin for this wonderful opportunity.

 

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Family Traditions for Holidays

My favorite time of year, yeah, I know I have said that before, but I love decorating for the holidays. We have several family traditions we do:

  1. Decorate the Christmas Tree and the house right after Thanksgiving.
  2. Open one present on Christmas Eve.
  3. I love baking all sorts of goodies like Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies, Apple Pie, Pecan Pie, and other delicious goods.
  4. To ride around the neighborhood looking at the Christmas Lights.
  5. Watch all the Christmas Specials with the little ones.
  6. Visit with all friends and family.
  7. Singing Christmas Songs.
  8. Mail out Christmas Cards to all too far away to visit.

Enjoy the fun things life has to bring, the Christmas Season one of them. Yes, it can be a challenge to get presents for everyone, a financial burden at times. However, with the right frame of mind, it can be extremely joyful. Seeing the smiles and hearing the laughter of the little ones how they light up with excitement.

So what are your favorite traditions? Let me know in the comments.

The Winterlicious Tag Challenge

Good Morning Everyone!

I wasn’t scheduled to write a post today, I have been working on editing the first two books in my The Elite Series.

However, I was tagged with The Winterlicious Tag Challenge by Fadima Mooneir. I have to say this is the first time I have ever been tagged to do such a thing, but it looked like fun.

Come to find out it’s a bunch of questions. All I needed to answer so that people get to know me better. How cool is that! I think this is a fantastic idea.

I will continue the process of tagging other bloggers so that the challenge will continue.

Thank you for tagging me Fadima.

Now let’s begin with the questions…

Favorite Winter nail polish?

Revlon Red

Favorite Winter lip product?

Younique Lip Balm

Most worn Winter clothing piece?

Winter jacket

Most worn Winter accessories?

Gloves and a scarf.

Favorite Winter scent/candle?

Apple Cinnamon

Favorite Winter beverage?

Hot Chocolate topped with mini Marshmallows, Whip Cream plus, Chocolate Chips

All-time favorite Christmas/Holiday movie?

1946 It’s A Wonderful Life and 1998 Jack Frost

Favorite Christmas/Holiday Song?

Silent Night, The Little Drummer Boy

What is your favorite Christmas Decoration this year?

It is the Navy ornament that my hubby bought me.

What’s at the top of your Christmas list?

A larger Cast Iron pan.

What are your plans for the holidays this year?

Stay at home with the family.

I Tag:

@1000bitsofpaper @WolfeStew

@GoyenecheRenne @Tonyriches

Chicken Dumpling Soup Texan Style

One of my favorite dishes to make when the weather is cooler. It doesn’t take long; it’s filling — something even the kids like to eat without any arguing.

Ingredient

  • 2 C. Chicken
  • ½ C. Celery
  • ½ C. Carrots
  • ½ C. Onions
  • 1 stick butter
  • ¼ Can Evaporate milk
  • 1 tbsp Parsley
  • 1 tbsp Basil
  • Dash Salt
  • Dash Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Creole Seasoning
  • 2 tsp Poultry Seasoning
  1. In a large pan boil chicken in water, I normally use leg quarters (cheaper). Now that the chicken has cooked for about an hour, I take out to cool.
  2. Next, I cut up the celery, carrots, onion add to the broth, let them cook till they get soft.
  3. When I have finished removing the meat from the bones, I add the meat, butter, and evaporated milk along with the spices basil, parsley, salt, pepper, creole, and poultry seasoning.
  4. Add water if more is needed.
  5. Stir let boil.

Dumplings

  • 2 C. Flour
  • 1 ½ Tbl. Baking Powder
  • Dash SaltDash Pepper
  • 1 tsp. Basil
  • 4 tsp. Butter
  • 2/3 Can Evaporated Milk
  1. In a bowl, add flour, baking powder, salt, pepper, basil, butter, evaporated milk. Mix well; then, I divide it into sections. I pat out on top of my floured cutting board. I cut into small pieces; then I place it into the boiling water. (I don’t like my dumplings thick)
  2. I let the dumplings cook for about 45 minutes.
  3. Then I turn off the stove, letting them sit for about 15 minutes till it cools a bit before serving, makes six bowls (depending on size).

Writing Update

Sorry for the late update, with the holidays going it’s been a bit crazy around here. Since we are now living in a travel trailer, which I think has been one of the best decisions whenever made. We have had to make some adjustments. Like we’re to put the Christmas Tree. There is limited space. It was a challenge, but with a small tree, we made it possible.

Our Christmas Tree

Well, here it is in the middle of December. Yes, I did finish the second book Dragon Squad in November. It was like a writing overload. I had to take some downtime. Now it’s time to do a lot of editing. Which I have started to work on, so I can get a head start before Christmas and the New Year!

The first book Dragon Fusion due to comes back from the editor any day now, I am excited.

Travel Trailer Living

More people are switching to living in travel trailers either for financial reasons or because they want to travel.

I am here to tell you when I read some of the articles about all the kitchen accessories they recommend; I want to laugh. All the while, I’m wondering where in the world are they storing at the stuff they list.

When my husband started to look for our home, I had one main wish that the kitchen is a good size. I have to say he did a wonderful job. He found a used 1970 Holiday Rambler on Facebook. Yeah, we had to travel from Texas to Louisiana to pick it up, but it was well worth the time and money.

There were some modifications done to it, like the removal of the two twin beds replacing it with a queen bed in the main bedroom. It made for a bit less walking space but much better sleeping. We had to do some changes ourselves, like the removal of a cabinet that the previous owner had built to give us more room. I am happy with our home. We have been living in it for five months now.

As you can see it still needs some TLC.

It was a chore to decide what to bring from the 1,200 square foot to our now 320 square foot home. We mainly chose the things we use the most. We did our best to make our little home as relaxing as what our big home was. We even brought some of our pictures as well as to give it that live in feel.

At times it can be a challenge to figure out where to put everything, you will need to be flexible for things can change from one day to the next. We noticed right away that the former owner removed the air/heat unit. We got an Energy Saver Air Conditioner, then a Buddy Portable Heater, which works great. We even got the hose to connect it to a five-pound bottle (two day’s running full time), which lasts longer than the portable bottles (four hours running full time). We normally run it at night time to take the chill out of the air, then in the morning unless it’s really cold, we’ll leave it on all night. We set it on top of the counter so that it doesn’t get knocked over by a kid or the dog.

Rosco our Rottweiler.

Now for anyone that loves to cook like I do, moving into a travel trailer can be a bit of a challenge trying to decide what to use for cookware. I have to say I have come to love my cast iron pans; they are great for the stovetop, oven as well as outdoor cooking (in the summertime, you will do a lot it if you want to keep your home cool). Plus, they are super easy to clean. Not to mention, you can cook almost anything in them.

The bottom line as to when it comes to your kitchen, it will be up to you to decide what is best for your kitchen, where I got blessed to have a large kitchen with a four-burner stove, microwave, nine cabinets, four drawers and a double door pantry, and the refrigerator which is not a bad size. Not everyone’s kitchen is this large. There was no television, but no worries since most parks have free wifi we watch shows on the computer, being the fact that it is portable we can watch it anywhere.

I would recommend before you take all your bakeware to measure your oven. Travel Trailer, as well as RV’s ovens, are smaller in size, not to mention some use conventional ovens built-in with their microwave.

Plus, I use my large wooden cutting board for many things; it will fit over the sink or the stove so I can use it if I need extra counter space. It’s great for making biscuits on because they don’t stick.

Now I have to say I do have the following in my kitchen that I use daily, Coffee Pot, Knife Set, Pot Holders, Large Trash Can, Kettle, Drying Mat (Dishes), Cooking Utensils, Tupperware (Limited), Plates, Cups, Glasses, Spices (One Cabinet designated we love a bit of spice), and an Extra refrigerator (hubby just had to bring with him) though I thought it took up a lot of space it has gotten a lot of use. The top became a great place for the Christmas Tree.

I also love the fact that there are three closets, two drawers, and a small storage compartment, which is great when you have a family of four living in the travel trailer.

The main fact I have to say about living in a travel trailer is organization; otherwise, you will lose your mind trying to find things, plus a place to put something. Think small, for there isn’t much room.

My recommendations for being organized:

  • Containers Clear (small & medium) – Great for storage (You can label)
  • Racks to make split shelving (Great for plates, bowls, cups, spices)
  • Hooks – great for hanging towels among other things
  • Bags that Zip – great for clothes/blankets (not being used)
  • Laundry Bags – Mesh with handle for easy carrying
  • Portable Washer – This way, you don’t have to run to laundry mat all the time. Not always do the washer and dryers work at the facilities that you stay within. Or if you are off-grid, you still have clean clothes. The only downfall is you have to hang them to dry. In which case, I recommend a foldable clothing rod. (Also saves money).

Living in a travel trailer can be a great reward; it takes some adjustment, especially if you work from home; don’t forget the key is the organization in small proportions… laugh.

Happy travels!