Inspiration and Guidance for Writers at all Levels

INSPIRATION AND GUIDANCE FOR WRITERS AT ALL LEVELS! Nature is alive and growing in what’s left of Spring here in Oregon and for me it’s the perfect time for some personal growth too. I’m always looking for new information to broaden my skills and awareness as a writer and Amazon recently shared a new program they are now offering. Enjoy this photo of some gorgeous volunteer chives courtesy of my … Continue reading Inspiration and Guidance for Writers at all Levels

Sometimes a Day Just for You is Precisely What’s Required

SOMETIMES A DAY JUST FOR YOU IS PRECISELY WHAT’S REQUIRED! Today is one of those rare days when my usual inspiration and motivation levels are especially low, so I decided to take a day for myself or a “me day.” These photos were taken about three months ago, but they look exactly like what today feels like and that tells me it’s time for some proper rejuvenation. I’ve been feeling a little weary … Continue reading Sometimes a Day Just for You is Precisely What’s Required

French Toast With Maple Yogurt and Pecans

YUMMY FRENCH TOAST WITH RICH MAPLE YOGURT AND RAW PECANS! French toast or “pain perdu,” which means, “lost bread,” was created as a way to use stale bread instead of giving it to the birds. Just dip it in some eggy custard. You can top it with almost anything you like. Try some maple syrup, yogurt, whipped cream, nuts, honey, jam, fruit, chocolate or even an … Continue reading French Toast With Maple Yogurt and Pecans

Cantaloupe and Banana Protein Rich Smoothie

REFRESHING CANTALOUPE AND BANANA PROTEIN RICH SMOOTHIE! Smoothies are a quick and easy way to get more healthy foods into your diet with their focus on fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables. This refreshing cantaloupe and banana version is especially satisfying and with the addition of yogurt and protein powder, it is a well-rounded wholesome beverage. The only sugar in the drink comes naturally from the fruit. Cantaloupe is a member of the melon family … Continue reading Cantaloupe and Banana Protein Rich Smoothie

Go for a Walk in Nature to Get Inspired!

WALKING THROUGH OUR NEIGHBORHOOD PARKS IS INSPIRING! Studies say walking improves creativity, because there is a connection between walking, thinking and writing and I can attest to that belief first hand. At times I’ve had writer’s block, either while writing my novel or while working on a new blog post, when right in the middle of a walk I suddenly can’t wait to get back home and start … Continue reading Go for a Walk in Nature to Get Inspired!

Cream Cheese Swirl Banana Bread with Walnuts

CREAM CHEESE SWIRL BANANA BREAD WITH WALNUTS! Who doesn’t love good old-fashioned banana bread? I’ve always loved it, but I decided to take it to another level by adding a luscious cheesecake swirl. Then it’s topped with some healthy crunchy walnuts that go perfectly with the nutritious bananas, white whole-wheat flour and local honey. Using natural sugar from the ripe bananas and the honey as the only sweeteners in … Continue reading Cream Cheese Swirl Banana Bread with Walnuts

Spring Showers Bring Colorful Flowers

 APRIL SPRING SHOWERS BRING THE COLORFUL MAY FLOWERS! It has definitely been one long winter season here in the Pacific Northwest. The National Weather Service in Portland, Oregon is quoted as saying Portland has experienced the most wet days EVER, with over 150 days of rain since October 1, 2016. In addition to the rain, we’ve had more freezing cold days this winter than I can remember in my lifetime. This pretty patch of … Continue reading Spring Showers Bring Colorful Flowers

Bought Your First DSLR? 6 Tips for Learning How to Use Your New Camera

BOUGHT YOUR FIRST DSLR? 6 TIPS FOR LEARNING HOW TO USE YOUR NEW CAMERA A Post By: James Maher After a lot of thought and research, you finally pull the trigger. You bring home your first digital camera, pull the sleek marvel of engineering out of the box, and stare at it excitedly. Then you look at all the buttons and controls, and the excitement … Continue reading Bought Your First DSLR? 6 Tips for Learning How to Use Your New Camera

Creamy Vanilla Custard with Aromatic Nutmeg

SMOOTH BAKED VANILLA CUSTARD WITH WARM FRAGRANT NUTMEG! One thing my mother and I have in common is we both love old-fashioned baked custard for a light dessert or for a pick-me-up snack rich in protein. I like it with pure vanilla and topped with nutmeg, because there’s something warm and comforting about the combination of eggs, vanilla and nutmeg. However, Mom loves it Brûléed. Custard is a slightly sweet dessert made with simple ingredients, just milk, … Continue reading Creamy Vanilla Custard with Aromatic Nutmeg