To Not Give Up

Originally posted on Director B:


What is standing between you and your dream?  I mean really?  Sure we can probably come up with a million things, money, time, kids, family, not enough experience, etc.  The list of reasons could be endless.  But in truth, it’s simply action.

We love adventure. Right now I am one of millions super pumped about the new Star Wars movie.  Why?  Because it’s one of those larger than life we wish we were in it type stories.  Why is that? Sure the trailer looks amazing Star Wars. But there’s more to it than acting and special effects.

We all want to be caught up in an adventure, and in truth we are all meant to be in one.  Our lives aren’t just about surviving.  I have to tell myself this on an almost daily basis, because I very easily get into survival mode, go to work, pay this bill…

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Giveaway of Lily’s Go Green Jewelry Earrings


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Lily Eastbrook Rhodes in The Gray Season sells a line of eco-friendly jewelry she calls Go Green Jewelry. She creates earrings and necklaces from mostly recycled pieces she collects and repurposes into new treasures. The earwires, pins and chains are always new. Today we are giving away 5 pair of hand crafted earrings that are similar to the earrings Lily sold at her shop Calla Lilies and online.

Just be the first to claim the earrings shown above. This giveaway is available in the US only. Please send an eMail to claiming the earrings and I will mail them to you. All you need to do is include your mailing address to become the WINNER!

Pumpkin Pancakes With Whipped Cream and Cinnamon


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1 Cup of Buttermilk Pancake Mix
The mix I chose is 100% Whole Wheat. Be sure and read the ingredients on the mix before purchasing. Don’t buy anything with unnecessary additives.
1 Cup of Buttermilk
1/2 Cup of Pumpkin Puree
Use unseasoned canned pumpkin. The only ingredient should be pumpkin.
1 Egg
1 TBSP Melted Butter
1/2 TSP Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/4 TSP Good Quality Vanilla

Whisk all the ingredients together in one bowl until smooth, being careful not to over mix. Add additional liquid if needed to achieve the desired consistency.
Cook over medium-low heat until bubbles appear and then flip only once, cooking until the pancake is golden brown on both sides.
Let the pancake cool for a couple of minute, then drop two or three spoonsful of whipped cream in the center. Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve.

1 Cup of Heavy Whipping Cream
Make sure the whipping cream ingredients are cream only and nothing else. You’d be surprised how many other additives can be found in whipping cream.
1 TBSP Sugar or to Taste
Use your sugar preference. I am sensitive to sugar, so I use Rapadura sugar. The chat about Rapadura is that it is less processed. The minerals are not separated and then reincorporated like other sugars. It is considered a whole food that your body can process easier.
1/4 TSP Vanilla

Add all the whipped cream ingredients to a bowl and whip with a hand or stand mixer until the cream just begins to form stiff peaks.

Most of the ingredients needed for this recipe are on promotion right now because of the holidays. Be sure to shop for the best deals!

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Pumpkin Nutrients:
Pumpkin is full of anti-oxidant vitamins such as vitamin-A, vitamin-C and vitamin-E.
The vegetable is also a good source of B-complex group of vitamins like folates, niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin and pantothenic acid.
It is also a rich source of minerals like copper, calcium, potassium and phosphorus and it is low-calorie with great dietary fiber.

NOTE: I used the pancake mix this time for a quicker recipe. In the future I will make my pancakes from scratch as usual. They are just not the same with the mix. Slightly quicker, but not worth the trade-off. I like having control of my ingredients!!

A Walk Through The Park Is Good For Our Health


The Park 2Fortunately for me, walking, one of my favorite activities is also great exercise.
Just 20 – 30 minutes a day:

Improves Your Mood
Is Good For Your Heart
Gives You Energy
Is Good For Your Bones
Helps Manage Your Weight
Is Good For Your Brain
Improves Overall Fitness

If you can, Start Walking Today!! During a recent illness I was unable to go for walks for six months and it was one of the things I missed the most. I’m back to walking now, appreciating that a good walk encourages peace from within and gives us the opportunity to enjoy God’s work. The Fall Colors in the Pacific Northwest are something to behold and walking is the perfect way to experience our beautiful surroundings.

Writing With Heart: Creating an Emotionally Engaging Character

Originally posted on A Writer's Path:


Someone recently asked me about writing with emotion.  This is really about creating the emotionally engaging character because if you don’t write emotion into your character, the reader won’t connect with that character on an emotional level.  It’s hard to explain the difference between a great story and an emotionally satisfying story because the distinction is subtle.

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Artichoke Hearts, Italian Chicken Sausage and Fresh Tomato Pizza


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Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees.

 Begin with a frozen Amy’s Organic Cheese Pizza. I get mine at the local grocery outlet store, so it is considerably less expensive than other stores.

Next, I add Artichokes Hearts from the freezer section at Trader Joes. NOT marinated artichokes. Thaw a few of the hearts, chop them into bite-size pieces and spread evenly over the pizza.

Then add Italian Chicken Sausage. I purchase the sausage in bulk and cook it ahead of time, keeping it ready to use in my freezer. Get the best quality sausage you can find. Check the ingredient list for unnecessary ingredients. Sprinkle the crumbled sausage over the top of the artichokes.

Gather some Fresh Spinach leaves, roll them together and slice. Sprinkle the spinach over the pizza.

Finish with a hand full of Black Olives sliced in half and a little Shredded Mozzarella Cheese. I use Whole Foods 365 black olives, ingredients are olives, water and salt. Most black olives have an ingredient called “ferrous gluconate” to maintain the darker color. I just like to eliminate any additional ingredients if I can. Check the ingredients on the shredded cheese and get the best quality available to you.

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Place on a pizza pan and cook for about 20 Minutes, watching until the crust is a little crispy and the center is bubbling.

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Top your pizza with Fresh Tomatoes and ENJOY a couple of guilt-free slices!!



Matcha Green Tea Latte and Sugar



Someone I know is a huge fan of the yummy Matcha Green Tea Latte, so the last time we were in our neighborhood coffee store I asked if I could see the drinks nutritional information. I am always wondering about the ingredients in everything because I try to eat and drink as healthy as possible. But I was actually shocked at the amount of sugar in this beverage. We were shown a sheet of information that told us the amount of sugar in the medium-sized drink was 56 grams!! The number was so stunning to me that I wanted to share it with anyone else who might be interested.

I’ll stick with my Herbal Tea!!

Wild Lemon Cod, Baked Spaghetti Squash and Green Cabbage Coleslaw – A Real Ingredient Meal

Wild Lemon Cod, Baked Spaghetti Squash and Green Cabbage Coleslaw

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This Real Food Meal will only take about an hour to prepare.

Pre-Heat Your Oven to 400⁰.

Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds.

Place the squash in a glass baking dish cut side up, drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil and cook for 45 to 55 minutes until tender when pierced with a fork.

While the squash is cooking, prepare your own favorite coleslaw recipe. Use only real food ingredients – check the label on your dressing (mayo, sour cream, buttermilk, etc.) for additives or ingredients you don’t recognize.

Use organic cabbage whenever possible.

Place the Wild Alaskan Cod in another glass backing dish, squeeze a little lemon juice over the fish, then lightly salt (sea salt) and pepper, and top the cod steaks with lemon slices.

Wait until the last 10 minutes of the squash cooking time, then put the cod in the oven and bake 10-12 minutes (or until a food thermometer reads 145⁰).

Once the squash is tender and slightly cooled, rake it with a fork to form the spaghetti-like strands, then dress with a little organic butter or extra-virgin olive oil.

Serve and Enjoy!!


Eating Wild Alaskan Cod provides you with a lean source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for maintaining your health. They reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease by preventing inflammation, reducing cholesterol and other fats in the blood stream. The omega’s also help maintain normal blood pressure.

Spaghetti Squash is the ideal substitute for pasta thanks to its low carbohydrate and calorie count. It is a great source of both vitamin C and vitamin A, which are antioxidants. As well, it contains omega-3 essential fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids. Spaghetti squash is also rich in the B vitamins folate, riboflavin, niacin, and thiamin, which promote optimal cellular function. The squash contains the essential minerals potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, manganese and zinc.

Raw Cabbage is very low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and is a good source of fiber. It is also a good source of vitamin C and vitamin K. Vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals. Enough vitamin K in the diet makes your bones stronger, healthier and delays osteoporosis. In addition, cabbage is a very natural source of electrolytes and minerals like calcium, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, iron and magnesium, which can help control heart rate and blood pressure.

My Husband’s Green Cabbage Coleslaw Recipe: Chopped Organic Green Cabbage, dress with enough mayo to make the salad creamy – but not too wet, and a little splash of cornichon pickle juice to taste (check the ingredients of your cornichon’s – nothing unhealthy). Sprinkle with a little pepper when served if desired.