Sunday Sup: Waffles – Not Just for Brekkie

I’m not sure what happened to me but I woke up one morning with this mad craving for waffles and chicken. I’ve never eaten “Chicken and Waffles” in my life but I wanted them. Given that I am gluten free I wasn’t going to be going to a restaurant for this meal anytime soon. So I started googling for recipes and came up with a fun list to try. Then I invited some unsuspecting friends over and cooked for them while we played Ticket to Ride. Bwahahahah.

Buy a tasty gluten free bagged waffle mix. I LOVE Pamela’s if you can find it. Bob’s Red mill is also yummy. Arrowhead Mills is passable, do NOT add the honey for this recipe. Mix the batter according to directions more or less. I like butter instead of oil. Water instead of milk for these waffles.

Before you pour into your waffle iron try some additions.

Chicken – plain canned chicken. One fat 10 oz can for a single waffle batch. Break it up a little as you stir it in.

Chopped bacon and cheddar cheese. A nice big handful of each.

Chicken, Bacon, and goat cheese. A smallish handful of each, more or less. Goat cheese sticks together if you try to “handful” it, so eye ball it.

Sauces: Hone Mustard was by far the most popular. I’ve given the recipe before: mayo, Dijon mustard, honey, lemon juice.

Sweet Chili and mayo was also tasty.

The ranch never even got opened. LOL

No pics, the plates were decimated along with a batch of Bacon Cheese Sticks and a lot of alcohol.

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Fiendish Friday: The Library

I love our library system. 50 plus branches and your one card will let you check out at any of them. You can return books to any of them. You can download ebooks and audiobooks from anywhere in the world. (Disclaimer, I have only verified this from multiple US locations, Germany, and Holland – but close enough right?)

But like all things, it has a flaw. You can order books from one library to another one. They email you when it arrives and you have one week to pick it up. So, let’s pretend you get a notice that says A Wrinkle in Time is waiting for you at X branch. Your hold expires on October 11th. How long do you have to pick it up?

A) Til closing time on October 11th?

B) Til closing on October 10th?

C) Til a random undisclosed time on October 10th? (earlier than 2PM)

If you guessed A or B, you would be wrong. For the fourth time, I went to pick up a hold the day before it expired only to discover it was already gone. Grrrrr. And no, I didn’t say anything this time because the last three times it happened, the library told me I was crazy, in short. Basically, no that didn’t happen. No, we didn’t. No, you’re wrong. Sure, I’ll buy that the first time. LOL. And it’s always the same branch. When I have books delivered to other branches, I have no problems at all.

Something is wrong at that branch. Something horrifying. I am being denied books. Oh, the horror.

Wednesday Words 10.18

Hello nerves. I am currently in the middle of packing for the Surrey International Writers Convention, which I leave for tomorrow morning. It is my first BIG convention. It is also my first writing only convention. It is my first sit down with an agent.

If I could just ignore the colony of butterflies trying to escape my stomach, I could convince myself that I’m not scared witless. But alas….

On to happier notes, The Box Under The Bed, is kicking ass and taking names. We are beating Stephen King in the horror section. Yes, folks, beating the master. Woo-flippin’-hoo.

And things are almost ready for Ostrich Mentality. Editing is done, until my ARCs tell me otherwise. It’s been formatted. I have a marketing plan this time. I am essentially waiting on some quotes for my back cover about how mediocre, I mean awesome it is from best selling authors who are kindly helping me out.

How about a little cover preview? Yeah?

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Book Review: All Quiet on the Western Front

Anybody else have to read this in high school? God, I hated All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque. Yawn, yawn, so boring. Why do they torture us with this tripe?

Oh, the different 25 years makes.

I just reread All Quiet as I am teaching 20th Century World History this year at the coop and I am assigning it to my kids. It’s always good to pre-watch, pre-read, pre-whatever material before you show it to teenagers. LOL. Especially when you have complete control over what you expose them to. I try not to abuse that privilege.

Anyway, I loved this book this time. Seriously, the interactions between the humans. The book says it’s a war story but really, it’s the story of men and the brotherhood they form when under extreme pressure. The beauty of their relationships in a world that is stripped to the bare bones of life and death. You have only each other. I’m going to cry again just talking about the darn book. LOL

℘℘℘℘℘- Five pages. Incredible classic. If you remember it as a horrible book you were forced to read, give it another chance. It is an epic journey of men.

Sunday Sup: Salmon and Shrimp

This is practically straight from Creme de la Crumb but it was soooo good I had to post it.

Melt 3 tbsp butter and 3 tbsb honey in a skillet over medium heat. Whisk to combine smoothly. Add your salmon fillets, I used 4 in the 6-8 oz range. Mine still had the skin on, was just fine. Sear for 5 minutes. Keep an eye out because mine got a little over brown after 5 minutes. Flip and cook for 5-6 minutes.

While your salmon is cooking prepare your shrimp, 1 lb worth, in a medium size if you got it. Defrost, detail, de-vein – whatever those little buggers need and pat them dry.

Mix up some spices. 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp onion powder, and a dash of cayenne pepper. Stir stir stir.

When the salmon is done, brown and flaky and cooked through, add 6 tbsp of butter to the pan. When it melts add in the spice mix. Stir until combined. Add the shrimp to the pan, stir fairly frequently until opaque.

Serve the salmon covered in shrimp and drizzled in the spiced butter left in the pan.

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Fiendish Friday: Nasty Surprise

The kiddo is doing a lot of new things this year. This week was his first survival skills class. I call it that because it’s complicated to explain and the actual title tells you jack. It’s a once a week, 4 hour long class, where the instructor covers teaches things most people don’t do anymore. Make a fire from nothing and keep it going in the rain. Go from tracks on the ground and follow them to the deer.  Built shelter with what’s around you. Find your way in the forest without gps. LOL

Anyway, I am on my way to pick him up from the first day and I’m a little worried about being late. It’s not like this is some school, where he can read a book if mommy is late. This is a trail head I’m collecting him at. So for once, I follow my GPS, which takes me past the high school.

Side Note: I NEVER go past the high school if I can avoid it because it has a 20 speed limit and I got two speeding tickets there the first 6 months we lived here. The problem is there is a stop light at the bottom of a hill and I always get stuck at the light and then accelerate to go up the hill and flash, 23 in a 20, 150 bucks.

But my GPS is insisting that the high school route is ten minutes faster than my usual route. So I go. And a cop steps into the street and makes me stop. Another cop is doing the same on the other side. Interesting. Oh they’re waving those five waiting school buses out into the street. Ok. No big deal. Why the buses can’t go out the stop light side if they need a protected left I don’t know but ok. Only after the five waiting buses go, they don’t let traffic go on the street. Oh, no. They hold us there until all 21 buses get loaded and leave the parking lot.

Anyone want to guess how long it takes for 21 buses to load up and pull out of a parking lot that they have to wind through because they’re all pointing the right direction to go out at the traffic light but aren’t using it?

Wednesday Words 10.11

Greetings my darlings. Much is afoot today so stay close because this blog is going to meander.

First off, I guest blogged over at Dan’s, again.   I was moderately funny and definitely baring my soul. Go take a look. Halloween is almost here, what better time to be scared, right?

Speaking of which….

If you missed it before, The Box Under the Bed, is free today through

https://www.freebooksy.com/

When I looked we were the 3rd one on the front page!

GET YOUR COPY NOW!

And finally a few bits of news.

Ostrich Mentality,  my sophomore novel will launch in November!

It will be ready for ARC in the next week or two. Message me now if you would like a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Also let me know what format works for you? PDF? Kindle? Word? I’m happy to oblige.

The weather is turning cold and crisp. I know for many people this is when they hibernate. Not for me. I perk up when the weather does this. I am raring to go. Third novel in the works. Yup, third novel, in the works.

Thank you, thank you very much. LOL