Couscous Salad

Healthy food doesn't need to be boring. In fact it can be outright delicious!    Ingredients: 1/2 cup orange juice 1 1/2 cups water 2 cups plain couscous 1 cup dried cranberries 1 cup cubed peeled cucumber 1/4 cup chopped parsley 1/2 cup chopped green onion (scallion)...

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Puzzling Out Cozy Mysteries

Janis Lane takes over my blog today with some advice on writing cozy mysteries. For me, pulling together the pieces of a cozy mystery dictates the same patience as a family working a picture puzzle. The other day I listened to my daughter teach her young son a...

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The Gimmal Ring

She wants the ring and she wants it bad! Book Details: Title: The Gimmal Ring Author: Karen Koski Page Count: 124 Genres: Urban Fantasy, Adventure, Middle Grade Publisher: Mirror World Books  (https://www.mirrorworldpublishing.com/) About The Gimmal Ring: Gwendolyn...

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Villainous Writing Advice

I like reading advice on writing from other authors. Many times I find really great ideas that help improve my own writing abilities. For example, in On Writing, Stephen King (2001) recommends listening to music to help a writer block out the world and focus on the...

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Where Do Story Ideas Come From?

Ideas for stories can develop anytime and anywhere.  This is a truism that most writers I know agree upon, and why many of us have paper and writing instruments strategically placed throughout our homes, in our cars, in our offices, and so forth.  One of my favorite...

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Heart-Healthy Valentine’s Day Treat

This slightly more sophisticated version of a no-bake cookie is a perfect way to celebrate a heart-healthy Valentine's Day. Ingredients: 12 pitted dates 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats 1 tablespoon reduced-fat peanut butter Materials: Measuring cup Measuring spoon Food...

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