Did you know that 6 Billion lbs of produce go to waste each year in the United States Alone?
Well Imperfect Produce is trying to stop the waste of healthy food by bringing affordable fruits and veggies right to your front door.
If you're interested in saving money, eating healthier and supporting farmers all while limiting food waste, watch me unveil my first box of Imperfect Produce and let me know if you have any questions. You might want to try Imperfect Produce too. Just because it doesn't look perfect doesn't mean it isn't healthy food or that it won't taste perfect.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Okay, I know it might not look like much but take a peek below to see how it started.
And, if you want to take a peek at the individual pictures, just scroll down.
The ingredient list is simple, (plus you might want to add a little food coloring) and you might have buy the bluing agent on-line:
1 tablespoon of water
If you try this out, let me know what you think of it.
And, I hope you all had a wonderful holiday!
Monday, November 20, 2017
If you want to see a fun and EZ way to make a 3D Chocolate Turkey for your Thanksgiving Table, simply watch this short video and if you have any questions, let me know.
And I hope you all have a fantastic time of feasting with your family and friends!
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Anyone who knows me, knows I love crafting...and writing. So, what's a crafty-writer to do when she gets her first Middle-School Stem Story published...?
Yep, craft something to celebrate!
Here it is:
Sunday, August 20, 2017
I might argue that animals are smarter than people ... BUT just to be safe why don't we take our furry friends inside
Sunday, August 13, 2017
All you need is 2 cucumbers, a couple aloe vera leaves, a little jar, some cotton rounds, and a baggie
It might not look pretty but it is soothing and actually relieves sunburn pain...and it reduces swelling in puffy tired eyes. But, the best part is that it's simple and easy to make at home with ingredients you probably have lying around your house.
If you're still interested, watch this little how-to video:
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
At the SCBWI Storybook Intensive on June 10th, April Henry shared some tips, tricks and hints for all writers. Here are a few of my favorite inspirations I received from attending this workshop:
April said, “Show the reader” what you’re trying to describe. Now that might not seem like a great tip because we’ve all heard the old adage of “show - don’t tell” but here’s the bit that I found inspirational, “watch T.V. with the sound off.” This is something you can easily do that will help you “see” what is happening rather than hearing the plot unfold through dialogue and/or information being relayed.
Another great tip, I thought, was to “skip over things unless it moves the story forward”. That might sound like another bit of old information but we all get caught up in our words—I mean after all, we are writers ;D so it’s a good reminder to not be verbose because we’ll lose the reader’s attention if we waste time being word-wranglers.
One last great tip I want to share that April gifted us with, “If your characters have to swim to survive, send sharks after them.” The point is to keep adventure or at the very least interest in the forefront of the story.
Friday, June 16, 2017
I went to the SCBWI Storybook Intensive here in Portland, Oregon on June 10th and got to meet the AWE...mazing April Henry and the inspiring Christy Ottaviano (editor extraordinaire at MacMillan Books)
I wanted to share some of the wonderful tips, tricks and hints they shared with us at this workshop and . . . I will...but first, I wanted to share a short interview April was kind enough to give me.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
April, when did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
When I was in third or fourth grade, I started writing stories. But as I got older, I decided that authors didn’t come from little logging towns in Southern Oregon.
How many hours a day do you devote to writing?
About four of solid writing, then an hour or two of business stuff, like answering fan mail or crafting Facebook posts.
What’s more important to you when you write, character or plot?
What is the hardest part of writing a story for you?
When a deadline creeps up and I have no idea how to have an exciting and satisfying and yet surprising ending.
What did your family think of your writing career when you first started out?
Everyone was supportive, but I think only my mom really believed I would be published.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I love to do Brazilian jiujitsu. I just got my third stripe!
What authors do you like to read?
I read widely. I just read Wildman by JC Geiger, a first novel by an SCWBI member who lives in Eugene. Next up The Scribe of Sienna, an adult book which I think has some time travel in it, by Melodie Winawar and Refugee, a middle grade book about three refugee children in three different time periods by Alan Gratz.
Do you have future projects in mind?
Next May, Run, Hide, Fight Back comes out. It’s about a shooting that traps six teenagers at a shopping mall, and it’s basically Die Hard meets Breakfast Club. And after that, it’s The Lonely Dead, about a girl who can talk to the dead.
How many books have you written and how many of those have been published?
It’s got to be close to 30. So far, 21 have been published, and three more are under contract.
Can you tell us a little bit about your latest book?
CountAll Her Bones is a companion novel to Girl, Stolen, which was about a blind girl who was accidentally kidnapped when a teenage boy stole her stepmother’s car. The new book takes place about six months after the previous one, on the eve of the trial for the thief’s father (who decided to hold her for ransom). For that book I spent a lot of time learning various martial arts that blind people could use to defend themselves. The book has a great twist that was a surprise to me when I thought of it - that was really fun!
(Tips, Tricks and Hints on Monday)
Friday, June 9, 2017
I'm so excited to share my upcoming middle grade book with all my friends and family!
I'm hoping Irma the Inventor will inspire other young girls to go into the Stem fields and create their own dreams.
Friday, June 2, 2017
Let Them Eat Cake
If there is, I just don't understand . . . because I LOVE cake. And, I don't just love to eat it. I love to make it and bake it and create it. To me, making a cake is a lot like playing with playdoh (and here's a quick homemade recipe).
Here are just a few photos of the cakes I've made (two of them my daughter-in-law was pitching in...a lot) but these are creations you can have fun making and eat them too ;D
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
THE ART OF THE BRICK
We got up early on a Saturday morning to go spend the day at OMSI because we all wanted to see The Art of the Brick and see the works of the Brick Artist Nathan Sawaya
Plus, we wanted to learn all the Brick Vocabulary
And while we were there, we saw dinosaurs
and more Skeletons
until it made me want to SCREAM
But in the end it was all a lot of fun.
Did you know LEGO is a Danish company and it is an abbreviation of "leg godt", which means "play well" and coincidentally, "Lego" is also a Latin verb which means, "I assemble".
And, if you want to check out more about LEGOS and how they can help equip kids with the necessary skills to advance in the STEM fields, check out this site here.
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Anyone who knows me, knows I love to bake, create and decorate ;D And if you have a little girl or just someone who loves to have fun cakes for a birthday, here's how I made this Little Kitty cake for a friend.
I started by frosting the cake with a butter cream frosting, which you can make with a cube of butter and some powdered sugar. It's simple.
Then, I rolled out the fondant and laid it over the cake. (The frosting works as glue).
I pressed the fondant tight to the cake to make it show the form. Then I started to decorate the eyes, nose and bow.
Oh and the whiskers...you can't forget the whiskers.
The little dash of pink added quite a lot...I thought.
I cut away the excess and lined the edge with a pink ribbon of fondant.
It was a very simple design but turned out pretty cute. This is a cake anyone could make.