Monday, November 25, 2013

Meal Plan Monday

Monday - Meatball subs & salad
Tuesday - Chipotle chicken tacos, Mexican rice & cornbread
Wednesday - HANUKKAH - Roast beast and latkes
Thursday - THANKSGIVING - Roast turkey, cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, broccoli & cauliflower
Friday - Turkey tetrazini
Saturday - Quesadillas - beef, chipotle chicken, turkey
Sunday - Leftovers!

See what the rest of the world is serving up at Org Junkie Meal Plan Monday.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Menu Plan Monday

Monday - chicken soup
Tuesday - chicken tacos
Wednesday - salmon, cauliflower, salad.
Thursday - baked chicken strips & mashed potatoes
Friday - pizza
Saturday - baked sausage penne
Sunday -  meatloaf and scalloped potatoes

See what's cooking :: Menu Plan Monday

Friday, November 15, 2013

Getting Things Done

My ADD is a thing of beauty. Really, a textbook case that allows me to juggle so many things. But there are times when I want to stick a hot poker right in ADD's eyeball. This is never so apparent as when I open my email inbox.

Over a hundred new messages come in every day. So many that I often forget who sent me what and sometimes...when I am really frustrated...I hunker down and spend an hour taming the email tally to under 100.

Then I spied this article on David Allen's Get It Done website, called Getting Your Inbox to Zero. Zero? I don't think it has ever been there. I mean, you start with the welcome message. I high-five myself if I can get it in double digits.

Step one is to go through the email and ask - is it actionable. If no, then you delete or file it. So I started with 685 emails at 5:45pm. By 6:15 I was at 535. But I had bought a Groupon...yeah. Squirrel!

I redoubled my efforts. 6:45 brought 440. So in an hour I had figured out over 200 emails. Not bad, since 10 came in. But still, that's not 0. By 7:15 I'm down to 246. That is not 0. 192 by 7:45. Quite the improvement, but it's been TWO HOURS. Dude.

And then I realized... I have emails from 2006. Now some are sentimental. The email from my aunt the day before she passed. OK. My husband's ski retreat from Nike...two jobs ago? Yeah, that's gotta go. By 8:15 I had just 43. And I stopped. It was down to one page. I had rid myself of over 600. And...two and a half hours. Egad.

So...way to go Get Things Done. Not quite a win. But a great improvement.   

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

Seriously, my cousin won a chicken dinner at a restaurant last weekend. After cracking up, I thought a giveaway to celebrate Caribbean Crush was in order!

Enter my Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance at $5 gift certificates to Amazon. The more entries, the more I'll give away, so be sure to share the contest with your friends.

Did I miss something on the giveaway? Let me know in the comments how you helped spread the word for a chance at a special prize!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Caribbean Crush Release Day!

I'm thrilled to bring you the third interlude in the Under the Caribbean Sun series, Caribbean Crush.

If you can’t stand the heat, stay away from old flames.

The second Antonnis Prinsen sees his old flame, he knows she’s the lifeline to keep him from drowning in his brother’s matrimonial mayhem. It’s been years since they’ve talked, but surely by now she understands that a clean break was best. Instead of making a smooth re-introduction into her life, he finds his path blocked by a giant iguana. And Kristin looking at him as if he’s lower than the reptile.

Kristin Taylor spent her youth tangled up in Antonnis, but then he cut ties and disappeared. Now she leads a full and orderly life—until she finds herself walking down the aisle beside him. Thank goodness, it’s only to see his brother and her friend tie the knot.

Except Antonnis seems intent on picking up where they left off, and she has to admit she still has a weakness for him. Especially when he tempts her with an irresistible offer—one hot night, and this time she gets the chance to leave him cold.

Warning: Beware of signature cocktails and old flames rekindled. Either one will weaken your resolve—and your knees—before you know what’s hit you.

"This is a hot, sexy novella." Harlequin Junkie 

Antonnis tossed a half-smile at Kristin, wishing he hadn’t been caught like a peeping Tom. But the giant lizard at his feet had to have cousins in the Paleolithic. He’s seen dogs smaller than this  behemoth. If the row of green spikes running along the back of the beast weren’t enough, he had a grotesque turkey waddle under his block head and whipped his tail against the ground like a… well, a whip.
“Don’t move.” Kristin made her way to him, her gingham blouse undone and making her look like a very naughty Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. Goodness knew she always sent him over the rainbow.
“He’s planning on making my foot his supper.” The thing puffed up its red waddle like a balloon and started bobbing its head.
“More likely he’s thinking of mating with you.” She knelt down at his feet and peered at the creature, then let out a low whistle. The iguana froze, and then turned tail and ran beneath a scrubby bush.
Kristin sighed and straightened, buttoning her blouse with rapid precision. She was his favorite memory of the island, and he’d hoped to find her there. Though he figured by now she would have moved on, married and had a handful of babies. Her bare fingers and slender, willowy figure had him wondering just when her plans for her future had changed.

Everyone has a Caribbean Crush, whether it's rum punch, the weather, or the book boyfriend you've always dreamed of.
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Want more? Check out the Pinterest board of the photos that inspired Caribbean Crush.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Menu Plan Monday

I'm trying for fewer 'cooking' days and more 'preparing' days. Hopefully that will let me borrow some more writing time.

Monday - roast chicken, baked potatoes, broccoli
Tuesday - baked taquitos, salsa salad
Wednesday - pot roast & potatoes
Thursday - chicken alfredo
Friday - pizza
Saturday - baked sausage penne
Sunday - salmon, cauliflower, salad.

See what's cooking :: Menu Plan Monday

Friday, November 08, 2013

Forgive Me

Remember when I used to blather on about whatever crossed my mind? There actually used to be dependable post. I have a list of excuses, but those bore me. Instead, I'll just apologize and we can all move on, K?