My First Contest: A Lazy Book-Reading Afternoon

In honor of my first pre-sale link for my book going up on Christian Book.com (yahooo!), I’ve decided to host my first bloggy contest. I’m giving away everything you need for a lazy book-reading afternoon: – A 13-oz bag of fair-trade coffee from Just Love Coffee— you choose the kind. (FYI: my friends Johnathan and Rachel are raising money for their adoption by selling this superyummy, fair-trade coffee) – A Pumpkin Patch Truffle Box from Moonstruck Chocolates– pretty much the most delicious chocolates EVER. – A novel of your choice from Amazon (under $20) – PLUS, I’ll throw in a pre-order copy of my book, which will be shipped to you in February or March. Fun, right? This contest is open until Friday, October 15th. Here’s how to enter: 1. Comment on this post saying you want to enter (+1)2. Add an additional comment if you are currently a follower of my blog (+1)3. Become a follower of my blog and tell me in the comments (+1)4. “Like” my “Christian Mama’s Guide” page on Facebook (+1)5. Blog about this contest (+2) That’s it! Good...

How Artists Design Book Covers

Okay, so I don’t usually post book-related posts on Wednesdays but I just couldn’t wait for this. Check this out: My book cover was illustrated by a fabulous artist named Monica Lee. The instant I saw it, I fell in love… it’s cute and hip and fun all at the same time. She did a great job, right? Anyway, yesterday, a blogger named Cindy Ann who blogs at BluPenny, interviewed Monica about how she came up with my cover illustration and the process she went through. It’s so cool to see the different sketches Monica did and to see how she arrived at the final product. Check it out here... and then tell me what you...

What’s for Dinner Wednesday, one day early: Greek Chicken

So, you may have noticed that I didn’t post yesterday. I have no excuse. I just didn’t get it done. BUT, since it’s been so long since my last post, I decided to post this week’s recipe a day early. So here you go: Greek Chicken I love this recipe because I can make it in the morning (or even the night before) and then pop it in the oven at dinnertime and not have to cook dinner at all! 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast 10 small red potatoes, sliced into wedges 1 bag baby carrots 1 jar (8 oz) Kalamata olives, pitted and drained 4 lemons 4 sprigs fresh oregano, chopped 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 (6 oz.) container feta cheese crusty bread (because really, you need it to dip in the sauce) 1. Cut chicken breasts into quarters and spread chicken on bottom of 9X13 pan. 2. Spread potatoes, olives and carrots over the chicken. 3. Sprinkle garlic and oregano over chicken mixture. 4. Slice lemons into quarters. Squeeze juice all over the chicken mixture then drop used rind on top. 5. Carefully stir mixture up. 6. Cover with tin foil and bake at 350 degrees for an hour (or until chicken and potatoes are cooked) 7. Stir in feta cheese. 8. Serve warm (and dip crusty bread in the...

Retro Post: UnPotty Training

Tomorrow’s my daughter’s birthday and I had the fantastic idea to her party here at the house instead of, well, having it at Jumpy Gym or Chuck-E-Cheese or somewhere else where they do the cleaning and prepping and cooking and decorating for you. So, let’s just say it’s been a crazy week. And, since it’s been crazy, my brain has no ability to think of anything witty, funny or in any other way interesting to say. So, I’m re-posting a retro post– this one from my blog back in June of 2008. Here you go: Do you think it’s possible to unpotty train a kid? I know, I know. Potty training is a milestone… a rite of passage. I should be proud that my son is now a big-boy and has tiny blue boxer briefs to show for it. But being a mom of a potty trained kid isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Take yesterday for example. I was kind of on a roll. I had both kids out the door and in the car at a reasonable hour. Both kids had clothes on (so what if Joey’s shorts were a bit dirty) and both kids had eaten breakfast. I think I even combed Kate’s hair. Before you start patting me on the back, let me just tell you how the cookie crumbled (or the Lighning McQueen underpants unraveled if you will…) About five miles down the road, Joey said those six dreaded words: “Mommy! I have to go potty!”. Gulp. I squeeled into the nearest gas station and ran into the mini-mart with a kid under...

What’s for Dinner Wednesday: Curried Salmon and Rice

Okay, I’m going healthy on you this week (sorry, but we’ve had a carb-loaded comfort fest for the last few weeks so I had to work something sorta good for you into the mix!). Today’s recipe: Curried Salmon & Rice 1 lb. fresh salmon fillets1/2 tsp ground ginger1 tsp garam masala1 tsp. coriander1 tsp. turmeric1 tsp. curry powder2 cups water3/4 cup uncooked basmati rice1/4 cup uncooked wild rice1/4 tsp. salt1/4 cup roasted and salted cashews1/4 cup finely chopped carrot4 tbsp flat leaf parsley, finely chopped 1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.2. Mix ginger, garam masala, coriander, tumeric, and curry powder together in a small bowl. Divide spice mixture in half. Rub half onto the salmon, set the other half aside.3. Bake salmon for 20-25 minutes until cooked through.4. While water is cooking, bring water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add basmati rice, wild rice, remaining seasoning mixture, carrot and salt.5. Turn heat down to low and simmer for 20 minutes until rice is tender.6. Stir in cashews and parsley.7....
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