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KISS THE CAKE

Posted on February 18, 2020 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (126)
February cake for my daughter Jessica's thirty second journey around the sun. Eddie Jett had great affection for the berries.

#pinkvelvetraspberry















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Being a Grand is Great!

Posted on November 14, 2019 at 12:55 PM Comments comments (60)
Being Grand is great! Grandparents that is! Gaga and Papa had a wonderful afternoon with these two tootsie rolls at Grandparents Day at Central Elementary. They are both super readers who cherish books. 

Fall is a good time to find a free library in your small town to "leave a book---take a book." Last week, I left a copy of Rock Angel and picked out, "No Plain Hair" for the girls to read. 



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JUST START

Posted on November 6, 2019 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (47)
My best advice to those who have asked me, "how do you write a book and get it published?" As with anything in life, just start!

Part two of the advice column; chip away in chunks and bits, be bull headed, and even if it's difficult, never give up!








JUST START!!! 
#rockangel #teenmusicbooks 
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PENNYWISE

Posted on November 6, 2019 at 10:43 AM Comments comments (50)
We've moved past Halloween and are tumbling toward Thanksgiving, but I wanted to post a pic of my Grandson from October 31st. I'm a big Steven King fan! Happy fall!!






Landon and I bonded over his makeup job and transformation into Pennywise. I'm actually a child safety advocate, and Steven King's book, IT, definitely confronts important issues. What a fun night of creepy and cute make-believe! 
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ROCK ANGEL RELEASE DATE

Posted on March 11, 2019 at 6:48 PM Comments comments (65)
I am beyond excited to announce that I signed a contract with Black Rose Writing to publish my second book, Rock Angel! The release date has been set for October 17, 2019. That's the same week as my birthday which will give me an excellent excuse to eat lots of celebratory cake.

Never give up on your dreams, but you also have to work hard to achieve  them. 

Stay tuned for more details!
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OKLAHOMA ADVENTURE

Posted on February 1, 2019 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (36)
                                         OKLAHOMA ADVENTURE


Our family took our precious Eddie Jett to Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve for his birthday this weekend. What a great Oklahoma adventure. The bison were out in force brunching on our drive in, and the kids loved exploring. Eddie Jett ignored the "Do not touch" signs a time or two, but retreated quickly with a sweet, "I'm sorry!" before any damage was done. 













































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French Country Re-finish

Posted on April 9, 2016 at 12:42 PM Comments comments (41)
























I re-finished a dresser with great bones, giving it a fresh spring time makeover. Bless her heart, she was in bad shape with a very weathered and water spotted finish.  After one coat of Kilz, a coat of French Country blue latex paint, a glaze of walnut stain, and a few new pieces of hardware, she was good as new---ready to watch styles come and go for years to come. #repurpose #refinish #dontthrowitoutcallme

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JUST LOOK

Posted on December 7, 2015 at 7:22 PM Comments comments (53)
A lot of bad things have happened in this world in the past few months. If you've all but lost faith in humanity take a look at this face, or the face of any young child. This little guy is my Christmas miracle. He will never be a scientist, a rock star, or the president of his fraternity. He will probably never drive a car, or have the privilege of holding a high paying job. Star athlete? Probably not, but he's overcome obstacles that, I promise, would make the strongest man lay down and give up. He's inspired me to be a better person. I look to him as an example of how to love, and how to truly show my love to others unconditionally. He'll never be totally jaded by this world. Even when he's mad it's only because he can't fully communicate the pain he feels physically or emotionally, or maybe just the fact that he wants the dad-gum chunky peanut butter instead of smooth! He's got your back, if you're his friend, and he will flat line you out if he thinks your being unkind to someone he loves. This is the face of what our world needs more of---innocent, unconditional love. Just look~



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CAMPFIRE BIRTHDAY CAKE!

Posted on November 14, 2015 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (21)
                                            
                                 SWEET ANNABELLE IS TURNING 3!
We're celebrating my youngest grand daughter's birthday today with a fall flavored birthday party complete with a camp fire to accommodate the roasting of marshmallows for s'mores.
My daughter showed Annabelle the pic of the campfire birthday cake I made for her, and she said her eyes just lit up. It garnered a huge smile too! Mission accomplished.
I found the inspiration for this cake on Pinterest. It was really fun to make.
Here's my how to:
                                                 CAMPFIRE CAKE
I made a box chocolate cake mix and added double melted butter instead of oil, cracked in an extra (grade A XL) egg, and used milk instead of water for a bakery style decadent cake--
 
 
 
If you've followed the other cakes I've made, you'll know this is my MOST favorite part of the caking process...the FROSTING! I made a batch of Hershey's chocolate icing for the rich moist cake. The recipe can be found on the back of the Hershey's Cocoa container. It's 2/3 cups Hershey's Cocoa, 1/2 cup melted butter, 1/3 cup of milk, 3 cups of powdered sugar, and 1 tsp. vanilla.  Just melt the butter, add the cocoa to butter, and alternate blending in the powdered sugar and milk as you beat it with a mixer.  Then add in the (good quality) vanilla at the end when smooth. Without fail a family member will be waiting for the spoon to lick. Just hand it back over your right shoulder~
I used Jolly Rancher candies for the flames. Line a baking sheet with foil, spray with Canola oil, and place package of unwrapped red hard candies on foil. Bake in oven for 7-10 minutes at 350 degrees, until melted. Let candy cool and gently lift from foil. Have fun breaking it into shards for the cool flames!
I used Creme de Pirouline chocolate hazelnut cookies for the logs. Place the shards of candy in a flame pattern in the center and add in logs (I broke some of them into pieces to fit  better.)  Then add a garland of fat, fluffy, sugary marshmallows around the bottom of the cake.
Grab your sticks---it's time to make s'mores! Speaking of which, individual packages of s'more making supplies are a great idea, especially since we have 5 grand kiddos under the age of 7. Moms and Dads can just grab a pack by the fire and roast away. There are even Wet Wipes included for the sticky aftermath.
HAPPY FALL Y'ALL!!!  And a big happy birthday to our precious Annabelle!!! 
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HOPE IN A BOOK---Gracen Ripperger, The Book Angel!

Posted on November 12, 2015 at 6:08 PM Comments comments (39)

Meet Gracen "The book angel."  Her sweet giving spirit is just glowing through in this pic! My little big-hearted friend Gracen Ripperger has started a program called Hope in a Book, and is collecting books to take to hospitals and other facilities where there might be children and adults in need of a paper back or hard cover cheer up--

She is my inspiration!! Thank you for coming to see me today♥ I hope my book will bring a smile to someone in need.





Gracen Ripperger has started a project called Hope in a Book all on her own! She will deliver books to hospitals and other facilities in order to bring smiles to faces in need of a paper back pick up!









Little Book Angel~~
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