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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Mrs. Graham's Pistachio Salad

Dog Tags character ex-Marine Mark Graham misses a lot of things about his Mom--her smile, her kind heart, and also her pistachio salad. 


Mrs. Graham's Pistachio Salad*

1 (3 ounce) package of instant pistachio pudding mix
1 (12 ounce) tub of imitation whipped cream (thawed)
1 cup of miniature marshmallows
1 20 ounce can of crushed pineapple with juice
1 cup of chopped walnuts (or whatever nuts you like; pecans work well too)
3 bananas, sliced

Fold together the pudding mix and imitation whipped cream
Add rest of ingredients and refrigerate at least six hours.

(Cottage cheese--about a cup or two--could be added to this.)
(I often leave out the 3 bananas and/or the marshmallows.)
This is what I like about this recipe--it is versatile--you can add and/or subtract ingredients, and the salad still turns out.  

*Thanks to my mother-in-law, Betty Glick, for letting me borrow her recipe. 


measuring cup

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Contest offers chance to win a $300 Kindle Shopping Spree

Do you have a Kindle? If not, you can always download the Kindle reader to your PC or Mac. 

For a chance to win a $300 Kindle shopping spree--a chance to purchase the books you love--please visit the following site for further contest details: http://www.christianfictionbookreviews.org/2012/09/300-kindle-shopping-spree_5.html

This contest ends at 5 PM EST on September 30, 2012. 


Have you ever wondered....What would Jesus tweet?

Today, my pastor, Jeff Greer, answered this question (that is, what would Jesus tweet) in his sermon. The podcast of the sermon should be available a week from today. 

http://grace-chapel.com/sermon-podcasts.html

Some have concerns about the use of social media, and I like the way Jeff tackled this issue. If you use social media, you might be interested in how it can be used positively, for example, to encourage others.

my husband typing on the computer

Friday, September 7, 2012

Interview with a Schip


About 8 years ago, my husband and I rescued a Schipperke mix from an animal shelter in Florida. Today, Sparky is still an important part of our family. When our elderly neighbor was sick, Sparky cheered him up. When my dad was confined to a hospital bed with ALS, Sparky jumped up on the bed and livened things up with his sparkling personality. 

I decided to interview Sparky because the Schipperke in my debut suspense novel, Dog Tags, is based on him.

photo of Schipperke on a chair


Interview

HOW DO YOU FEEL BEING THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE DOG IN THE SOON-TO-BE RELEASED NOVEL, DOG TAGS?

Ruff, Ruff* (I enjoyed it and am hoping I make it into a few scenes in upcoming sequels.) *For ease, all of Sparky’s responses have been translated to “human speak.”

photo of Schipperke on a deck


HOW HAS CELEBRITY STATUS AFFECTED YOU AT ALL?

My sister, Cocoa, a Chihuahua, is a bit jealous because she’s not in the story. Also, I think one of the neighbor dogs has been eyeing me a bit more. I hope to get enough courage to talk to her through the fence next week.

LIKE THE DOG IN THE STORY, HAVE YOU EVER BEEN ON A BOAT?

No, but I’d like to ride on one someday.

photo of a Schipperke rolling and having fun on a chair


WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ACTIVITY?

Chasing squirrels. Definitely. And chasing my tail.

SO HOW CAN READERS GET THEIR HANDS ON A COPY OF DOG TAGS?

A release date has not been set yet; however, the book will be available through Harbourlight Books.


cover of the novel, Dog Tags

To learn more about the Schipperke breed, please visit http://www.barkbytes.com/history/schip.htm




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