NaNo and New Projects – It’s All About Balance


As November approaches, and my calendar is on the verge of being jam packed with NaNo, and all things writing for thirty days, I find myself seeking some balance.This is when I feel compelled to add some non-writing related projects. I find this usually helps my writing projects too. Creativity in different formats, but at their core, all connected to me and how my creative process works.  

During gardening season, part of my creative focus is on turning the bounty of my harvest into something. This September, as I harvested grapes, I decided to make wine. This is my second attempt. We’ll see what happens. Every year, as Fall approaches,  I find myself automatically thinking about alcohol based projects. In past years, in addition to wine, I’ve made hard apple cider, kahlua, bourbon creme to name a few. Maybe it’s instinctual – preparations for the long, cold winter ahead, or maybe it’s my love of entertaining, especially around the holidays. Either way, I’ve started a new project.

This project is all about cranberries. The other day, on impulse, I bought two bags of fresh cranberries. I had in my mind that I wanted to make cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving and a cranberry apple chutney. Somewhere in the middle of all that I went a little cranberry crazy and decided to add a cranberry beverage, and here we are. I’m making a cranberry infused vodka. After doing a little research I decided to try it using two different processes – one using raw cranberries, some of which have been crushed, and some that I chopped up. The other was to cook the cranberries until they popped. Equal amounts of sugar were added to both. Vodka was added and voila! Below is what I’ve started. 

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Check back at the beginning of December to check out the results and get the review.

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Use What You Have Pasta Salad


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Quick & Easy cooking! Today’s Version of Use What You Have Pasta Salad includes frozen broccoli and corn, fresh cauliflower, carrots, red bell pepper, sliced kalamata olives, tossed with shredded parmesan cheese and zesty italian dressing. Topped with a sprinkle of sunflower seeds and slices of garden tomatoes. For the recipe and other ingredient ideas, click HERE



Raspberries – Create Delicious Treats for Breakfast or Dessert!


Have a busy, on-the-go life? Treat yourself and your family to these EASY, Freezer friendly pastries. Serve them warm and delicious from the oven, or freeze them and bake them as you need them. Sound good? Leave a comment, or send me an email and I’ll post this quick and delicious recipe!

Featured Camera Phone Photo


You don’t need an expensive camera to take a good photo. Here is a photo gallery of pictures taken with my 5MP camera phone. No filters applied.

Winter sunrise in Maine
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