Best Thing I Made–Fall Edition

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I’ll be honest, I haven’t been cooking very much and when I have it hasn’t been to try new recipes. It’s a shame really and I’m endeavoring to cook or bake one new meal/dish a week now. I’d call it a New Year’s resolution but then I’d just be destined to fail. 🙂

So for the Fall edition, I’m posting a modified recipe of beef stew I’ve made many times.

Hearty Beef Stew (adapted from Slow Cooker Beef Stew I on allrecipes.com)

Ingredients:

–3 lbs beef stew meat, cut into 1 inch cubes

1/4 c. all-purpose flour

–1 t. celery salt

–1/2 t. black pepper

–1 packet of beef stew seasoning

–3 cloves of garlic, minced

–1 bay leaf

–1 T. paprika

–1 t. Worcestershire sauce

–1 t. liquid smoke

–1 yellow onion, chopped

–1 c. baby carrots

–4 Yukon gold potatoes, cubed

–2 c. beef stock

Directions:

In a bowl (or a ziplock bag), add the flour, celery salt, pepper, paprika, stew seasoning packet. Stir (or shake if using a sealed ziplock bag) to combine. Add meat and coat with the flour mixture until each piece is coated.

Beef coated

Place meat and any loose flour mixture in slow cooker. Add potatoes, onions, and carrots. Stir to combine.

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Add remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 10-12 hours (or High for 4-6 hours which is what I did).

I took some prep photos but forgot to take a photo of the finished dish! 😦

December Writing Roundup!

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I made my writing goal. Yay! The last few chapters are really coming along nicely and I’m so happy with the story’s progression. Finishing the entire first draft by Christmas is now looking unlikely but I only have 5 more chapters to write so perhaps?…fingers crossed, I still will. If not, it will be done in early January.

What I’ve accomplished since November:

–Finished chapter 12

Added to my character and story bible so I can keep all the new developments firmly in hand.

–Drafted The Elephant Hotel chapters 13-20

Goals for the next 4 weeks:

–Finish this second book…then I’ll start revising the first again based on some comments made by agents. As well as work on a short story submission.

Happy Holidays! 🙂

The November Want List

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With the holidays approaching, this edition of the want list is all about the desire for party attire. A girl needs to show off her best self while sipping hot buttered rum, whiskey-spiked apple cider or old school mulled wine…whether at a friend’s party, a work happy hour, or merely a romantic kiss under the mistletoe with her beau. Get ready for the rash of holiday festivities with these wants!

Sequins!

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 Feathers!

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And last but certainly not least–sparkle!

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Photo Credits (top to bottom): lolobu.com; superficialgirls.com; wheretoget.it; thevaultfiles.com; ivorybirdworld.tumblr.com; nordstrom.com; pinterest.com; blog.anthropologie.com

November Writing Roundup!

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Made a decent amount of progress this month and surpassed my goal. Although I had hoped to exceed by at least another chapter or two. Some chapters were smoother to write than others but all in all, a strong effort this month. As long as I stay disciplined, The Elephant Hotel rough draft will be finished by the Christmas holidays.

What I’ve accomplished since October:

 –Wrote The Elephant Hotel chapters 6-11 plus half of chapter 12 (1.5 chapters ahead of my goal)…as well as did some necessary research

–Started outlining a short story submission. Right now I’m simply brainstorming because I want to finish The Elephant Hotel by the end of the year.

Goals for the next 4 weeks:

Write, write, write! 🙂

–Finish chapter 12

Add to my character and story bible so I can keep all the new developments firmly in hand.

–Draft The Elephant Hotel chapters 13-20 (more if I have time)

October Want List

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WHAT DO I WANT THIS MONTH?

A Doctor Who Tardis Apron and a Steampunked Tardis!

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Indulging My Cyberpunk tendencies with laser cut leggings and circuit board nail wraps!

leggingsnailsA sequin jacket!

jacketAnd a coral bib necklace to round it all out!

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Photo credits (top to bottom): etsy.com; steampunktendencies.com; ebay.com; thinkgeek.com; ascotandhart.com; therealreal.com

October Writing Roundup!

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Here I am, ready to take stock of what goals I have (or haven’t accomplished) on my writing path. While I didn’t meet all my targets, I stayed busy with writing and didn’t slack. Sometimes the idea of how long something will take to write or edit isn’t realistic or the story takes a shape I haven’t anticipated. So while I’ll strive to be more productive in the next four weeks, I’m quite happy with the progress I made last month.

What I’ve accomplished since September:

 –Wrote The Elephant Hotel chapters 3-5 (two chapters short of my goal)…as well as did some necessary research

–Started compiling another list of literary agents though I might wait to send another round of queries.  I’ve received a few more rejections, but the last couple have been filled with constructive critiques based on partial reads (i.e. not the basic form letter). I will probably start a list of the suggestions and execute some changes before sending more queries. I’m still waiting for half the agents from the last round to get back to me.

 –Revised and polished Shadow, my bounty hunter story story.  Submitted prior to the 9/30 deadline

Goals for the next 4 weeks:

It is a pretty light agenda for the next month…basically, just write, write, write! 🙂

–Draft The Elephant Hotel chapters 6-10 (more if I have time)


Photo credit: centrum.org


The September Want List

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The September Want List

HOME EDITION

My want lists have been primarily fashion related in the last year so I’ve decided to change things up a bit and post some ‘wants’ for my apartment.

Enjoy!

modern-home-theaterWest Elm Modern Home Theater

 

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Nautical Art Prints…for the bathroom

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Dalek teapot…for watch Doctor Who

 

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Beehive Cake Stand

 

Photo credits (top to bottom): westelm.com; luulla.com; etsy.com; westelm.com