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A Joyous Yule – How It Begins (Fourth-Wall Friday)

Posted by on Dec 21, 2012 in Authors, Fourth-Wall Friday, Guest Posts, Holiday | 2 comments

The birthing of Naomi’s Chronicler (with Lynne Cantwell)

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Don’t Go Down the Bunny Trail – An Easter Horror Story

Posted by on Apr 7, 2012 in Holiday, Reading, Reviews, Weekly Shorts | 5 comments

Happy Easter for everyone! I had to do something fun, so I hunted all week and found a GREAT $.99 Short Story in the Horror Genre. ENJOY! (wiping chocolate off my chin) Don’t forget to list your Sunday Short and it will be open all week so come on back if you were to busy chasing sugar crazed mini-people around the living room today!

Sunday Shorts is a new meme. The rules are easy, a short story, an anthology of short stories, a novella, or a quick weekend read that is also short on your wallet!

Please join us at our Goodreads Groupand see whats on our shelf! Also please add your link to the Linky below so everyone can easily hop from blog to blog  and read your short! This is a brand new Meme that I hope will grow! ENJOY!

Can’t fit it in on your blog? Well throw it up on your G+, your Twitter or your FB with the tag #sundayshorts  (below is last weeks check out what they were up too!)

Don’t Go Down The Bunny Trail – An Easter Horror Story

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A Happy Birthday to Charles Darwin and A Recipe for Vegetarian Primordial Soup!

Posted by on Feb 12, 2012 in Cabin Cooking, Holiday, Vegetarian | 3 comments

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Cookie Dough and a Writers D’oh! with author Shannon Mayer (guest post)

Posted by on Feb 12, 2012 in Authors, Books, Dessert, Guest Posts, Holiday, Indie Projects & Promotions, Reviews, Writing | 5 comments

The Difference between a Newbie Writer and A Master

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Hello Dolly Cake

Posted by on Dec 24, 2011 in Cabin Cooking, Dessert, Holiday | 3 comments

Have all of the cookies you slaved over this holiday season been given away or eaten by Santa’s little helpers? Well whip these classic ones up in less then an hour and if you do not already make these bar cookies you will be adding them to your favorites in no time!  My grandmother willed her recipes to me and after making them today, I decided to share this one with you!

My grandmother's recipe

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Happy Hanukkah – Lets Deep Fry Gram’s Yam Latke!

Posted by on Dec 21, 2011 in Cabin Cooking, Holiday | 1 comment

I know, bad pun time, but give a girl a break! Mamma just wanted to grab everyones attention, and it’s a fact, today and the next eight days are all about oil! Since I cannot do any recipe with bacon, because that would REALLY be in bad taste, I decided out of all the lovely deep fried goodies that are traditional for today to share my version of Latke.

Festival Of Lights

Today marks  the first full day of Hanukkah, the eight day celebration marking the miracle that was witnessed by Jews during the Maccabean Revolt while they were in the process of  a rededication ceremony of the Second Temple during 2nd Century B.C. There was only enough untainted olive oil to keep the menorah’s candles burning for a single day, but the candles stayed flickering and bright for the eight nights while they searched for more oil. This event is what inspired the Jewish sages to proclaim these eight days what is also known as the Festival of Lights.

Maccabean Revolt

There are many things that are traditional for this holiday but the central theme of oil is in any and all recipes to be found. One of my favorite things, other than bacon, are Latkes. My grandmother use to make them out of Sweet Potatoes or Yams (yes there is a difference but that is for another time) So put away that diet journal and celebrate the diversity of food we have this time of year. If you are Jewish, I wish I could sit in the corner of the kitchen and just eat up the knowlege of all those wonderful tranditional dishes. One of these days I will master the Cheese Blintz that looks as good as I finally have gotten it to taste!

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It’s a Scandihoovian Christmas

Posted by on Dec 17, 2011 in Cabin Cooking, Dessert, Holiday | 2 comments

Definition: Scandihoovian – A Hoosier whose ancestry includes that of Scandinavia.

First off, yes with my Lefse raised high, I proudly proclaim I can trace my roots back to the Indiana Tufte family  and am a proud Scandihoovian, at least on my mother’s side. My great-grandparents were born in Norway and when they came to our great country,  like many other Norwegians (and those dirty Swedes), passed up Lady Liberty and kept going till they ended up in the Midwest! (No self respecting Norwegian will ever admit to having any Swedish blood in them, they are all drunks and don’t know their way around a Krumkake iron if their life depended on it and in my house it did. We let it slide that my dad was part Swede because of the fact of being a direct descendent of Morgan the Pirate… oh and Alexander Hamilton, but the Pirate bit is better, yah?)

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Have a Hot & Spicey Party.. Mix!

Posted by on Dec 16, 2011 in Cabin Cooking, Holiday | 1 comment

I promised this recipe to @AKDaveDownunder a few days ago and decided it would be yet another gift from me to all of you during my whirlwind recipe fest this Holiday season!

I used to be married to a military man who was raised in a very traditional mid-west family, but not the fun kind from my side of the family. The recipes I gathered from THAT marriage were ones that I have had to kick up more notches than I will ever admit to my former mother-in-law. (I swear she has never heard of salt and pepper!) One of these was her version of Chex© Mix.

After our first year of marriage I was finally able to serve steak without him automatically asking for ketchup (and thinking I would actually give it to him). He was settling into my cooking and loving it, right up until tradition stepped on my spicy toes. Right before our 1st Thanksgiving he asked me to call his mother to get a few of his favorite traditional recipes. By then I had ate a few of her meals and knew that it was going to be something I made a small amount of first only to experiment till I had just the right spices in it to make it palatable for our family.   I was right in the middle of getting her “famous” Scalloped Corn recipe and during the fourth time of me asking, “So no salt or pepper, just the corn, eggs, cream and crackers?” my husband yells from his spot in front of the TV,

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The Magic & Mystical Powers of Marshmallow Fluff

Posted by on Oct 29, 2011 in Cabin Cooking, Dessert, Holiday | 5 comments

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Brain Food – Cupcakes for all your Creepy Needs!

Posted by on Sep 13, 2011 in Cabin Cooking, Dessert, Holiday, Zombies | 0 comments

It is getting to be that time of year.. the leaves are falling from the trees here, it is dreary and there is a crisp feel to the air. Nightfall sets earlier and earlier here in Alaska. Sometimes you can hear a rustling in the woods along side the trail as you take your afternoon walk… could be that the zombies are feeling a bit more mobile now that they can safely wander the woods without the heat rotting them faster… looking for brains to appease their awakening hunger needs for BRAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNSSSSSS…

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