World Kindness Day was November 13th and it’s a day for people to set aside their differences and just be kind to one another. Kindness can come in many forms. It can be a warm smile from a stranger across the street or a bouquet of flowers from an ...

 

Kindness Is A Passport… and more...



Kindness Is A Passport…

World Kindness Day was November 13th and it’s a day for people to set aside their differences and just be kind to one another. Kindness can come in many forms. It can be a warm smile from a stranger across the street or a bouquet of flowers from an old friend.

 

 

Even though World Kindness Day has passed, that does not mean that we have to stop spreading the love. To help inspire you to be kind this year, FTD has rounded up 30 of the best kindness quotes around. They even included a printable card so you can write your own message to someone. Enjoy!

 

The holidays are right around the corner and for some that means remembering loved ones that are no longer with them, missing family members they’ve been separated from for too long because of something neither can remember or something neither is willing to forget.

 

I am one of those people. Over the years I’ve learned the best way for me to feel better is to make someone else feel better. For me it’s like a magic cure for the blues.

 

So even though World Kindness Day has passed the opportunity to be kind will never pass. With one small act of kindness you can change someone’s day and with a bigger act of kindness you can change a life.

I love sending flowers. It is a quick and easy way to surprise and to brighten someone’s day for no reason other than to say you were thinking of them.

 

What is the nicest thing someone has done for you today? How about this year?

Have a Blessed Day,

Doreen

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Fems, Food, Favorites and Friday Fragments…

Friday Fragments are the bits and pieces of your week that are usually brief; too short for a stand-alone post, but too good to discard. Collect humorous observations, “Heard” items, and other small gems throughout your week and put them together in a Friday Fragments post. Add a recipe or something ‘foodie’ from your week. Leave me a link in the comments so I can read what you’ve been up to!

As sad as I am that summer 2017 is now getting smaller and smaller in the rear view mirror, fall has not yet officially arrived here in the Northeast. There are signs it’s about to happen, like the yellow leaves on the fairie tree in our back yard. I plan to enjoy every minute of the 70 degree weather this weekend.

We are headed to Linvilla Orchards for our annual ride to the Happy Witches House. I’m not sure how much longer our little granddaughters will want to do this so I’ll be taking in every moment and every smile. A photo of our girls on the hayride a few years ago is featured on Linvilla’s website. It was such a sweet memory.

It’s easier to adjust to fall when it involves fabulous TV. Aiden Turner is back as Poldark for season 3.

“Almost 40 years ago Ross Poldark galloped across the TV screens of millions of PBS viewers, vexing villains and winning female hearts in one of MASTERPIECE’s earliest hit series, Poldark. Now the gallant hero rides again.

Aidan Turner (The Hobbit) stars as Ross Poldark, a redcoat who returns to Cornwall after battle to discover that his father is dead, his lands are ruined, and his true love is engaged to another. Can Poldark change his destiny, restore his lost fortune, and reclaim his love?”

If you aren’t watching I highly recommend this as a binge watch.

Designated Survivor is back too!

Kiefer Sutherland stars as Tom Kirkman, a lower-level cabinet member who is suddenly appointed President of the United States after a catastrophic attack on the US Capitol during the State of the Union.

The show is a bit sappy but we still enjoy it. The show airs Wednesdays on ABC at 10:00pm.

Another favorite is Ray Donovan. The show started out with a shock we didn’t see coming this season. The series started with flashbacks showing us what happened. We are over the shock now and hope the show gets back to ‘real time.’

Ray Donovan is a man of many faces. His job as a problem fixer for the Hollywood elite has helped lift him out of the working class to within reach of the wealthy and powerful. But no amount of designer suits, sports cars or gold watches can completely mask his shady line of work, or his humble, blue collar roots. With his brothers always calling for help, his criminal father (Jon Voight) out of prison, demanding clients ( Susan Sarandon) Ray might be unable to shake his past.

This show airs Sundays on Showtime and is an addicting binge watch!

I couldn’t possibly leave out This Is Us. If you haven’t caught up with this one you are missing out on some of the best writing and acting on TV. And another of my all time favorites Survivor.

The other night I was honored to be a guest in the beautiful home of Chef Jacqueline Peccina Kelly. Along with other Fem City Philadelphia members we were treated to delicious food by Santuosa and friendship. Patricia Nogar of Living Well with Pat Nogar shared her secrets for creating an unforgettable Thanksgiving table. Leigh Struble Heckler of Via One Hope Wines gave a presentation and a tasting of some of her most impressive wines. Ruth Levitt Scott other- wise known as cupcake Ruth gave us a presentation on stepping up our baking with a bit of fireball or honey flavored whiskey. Executive Chef Kathy Gold (In The Kitchen Cooking School) showed off her skills with a knife and Lord do I wish I saw this presentation before I wrangled my hand with a lemon last summer. It was such a relaxing evening and one of the reasons I just love and appreciate Fem City and our president Jennifer Robinson (Purposeful Networking.)

 

When I saw the 7-day forecast included some nights in the 40’s, I pulled out the slow-cooker and surprised my husband and his best friend Terry with their favorite dish, beef stroganoff.

Ingredients:

½ cup of flour

3 tablespoons of Worstechire sauce

2 lbs of beef cubes cut in bite size pieces

2 teaspoons of sea salt

2 teaspoons of ground pepper

2 garlic cloves chopped

¼ cup of olive oil

1 stick of butter

1 large onion chopped

1 bag of wide egg noodles

8 ounces of cream cheese

8 ounces of sour cream

4 cups of beef broth

You can also add your favorite mushrooms.

Coat the beef with ½ the salt and pepper and the flour. Brown in ½ the olive oil. Add to slow cooker with the broth. Add ½ a stick of butter to fry pan and cook onions and garlic until clear. Add all including any melted butter to the slow cooker. If using mushrooms drain and add them. Cook on high for one hour and on low for 5 hours.

Cook egg noodles, drain (don’t rinse) and coat with ½ stick of butter. Set aside.

Cut cream cheese in cubes and add to slow cooker. Add sour cream and stir. Once cheese is melted add noodles, stir and serve with warm rolls.

My latest post for 1010 Park Place is My Favorite Fall Sweater. I’d love to know what you think of it:

What exciting thing are you doing this fall? What are you watching? Cooking?

Have a Blessed Weekend,

Doreen

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The End Is Near…

What is it about the fall that has me scrambling to finish everything I ever started and never finished? I know the answer is, because the end is near. The end of the year that is, and my goals are up there hanging on my office wall (the office I don’t write or work in) letting me know I’m about to fail.

I only set 10-goals for myself each New Year and I usually do pretty well, this year not so much. I’m going to give myself a pass and change up my plan a bit. In the mean time I will keep writing and moving forward. There is still plenty of time to catch up and there is all that writing fuel (candy) to look forward to this month.

How about you? How are you doing in the goals department?

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means it’s time for the monthly meeting of the

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time. Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.                                        Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Our Twitter/Instagram hashtag is:#IWSG

To find out more about the IWSG or to join us [please do] visit:

 

 

Insecure Writers Support Group

October 4 question – Have you ever slipped any of your personal information into your characters, either by accident or on purpose?

Why yes I have! Thus far I’ve written nonfiction books and I’ve been a character in all of them. (All of them meaning 2, lol.) That said, I am plotting a fiction series and I’m creating characters based on my friends, family and a few celebrities. All I have to say is if you didn’t want me to write about it, you shouldn’t have done it.

The awesome co-hosts for the October 4 posting of the IWSG are Olga Godim, Chemist Ken, Jennifer Hawes, and Tamara Narayan!

 

Be sure to stop by and thank them!

Happy Writing,

Doreen

 

      
 

Angel Bumps, Hello from Heaven…

Angel Bumps, Hello From Heaven

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got to know Anne Bardsley in a Facebook Group we’re both members of and I know for sure I cannot wait to meet her in real life! We have so much in common and during a recent phone call I found out she grew up in Wayne, Pa. and I had been in Wayne that day for lunch. She lives in a Florida beach town now and plans to do only 3-things a day and one of them is to go to the beach! I’m looking forward to her coming ‘home’ for a few book signings.

Anne gets up at 4:30 am while it’s peaceful and quiet (until she cracks herself up) to write in her sunroom.

While attending Toastmasters, Anne’s mentor asked, “What will you do this year?” When it was Anne’s turn to answer she blurted out, “I’m going to write a book.” She thought, OMGoodness I said it out loud now I have to do it and that is exactly what she did.

I hope you enjoy getting to know Anne and I highly recommend her second book, Angel Bumps Hello from Heaven. I’m looking forward to reading her first book too.

 

The Book

Angel Bumps is a collection of stories that will console anyone who has ever lost a loved one. Each author shares a sign from Heaven that reassured them their loved one is still near in spirit.

After reading Angel Bumps, you might want to keep your eyes open. Be aware. An angel bump can come when you least expect it!

The Author

 

Anne Bardsley is a humor and sentimental writer. She has been married for 39-years to her wrinkle-maker husband. She has five-grown children and four- beautiful grandchildren who keep her young. She’s been featured on Erma Bombeck, Better After 50, Purple Clover, Paradise News, Very Funny Women, Island Reporter, Feisty after Fifty, Midlife Menopause, The Grand Magazine and many others.


The Interview

Where did you grow up, any siblings and did you grow up in a reading or a writing family?

I grew up in Wayne, PA. I have three sisters. I remember reading on rainy days on our front porch. I remember writing in school and getting compliments from the sisters.

You live In Florida now; how did you, your family and your home fare before during and after Irma’s visit?

I live in St Pete now, 4 minutes from the beach. We prepared for Irma, but had no damage, thank goodness. Only two trees came down in the back yard.

Judging from the number of stories in ANGEL BUMPS there are so many who want to share their angel stories. Those of us who ‘believe’ are not considered so strange any more. How difficult or easy was it to get submissions?

It was actually easy to collect Angel Bumps stories. I’d tell a friend a story and she’d tell her friend and that friend knew of someone who had an experience. Quite a few of my Erma Bombeck Writing Conference friends had stories. They came flowing in, one at a time. They’re still coming in. I started a new FB page for people to share their Angel Bumps stories. I want it to be an uplifting place for people who are grieving. The page is Angel Bumps, Hello From Heaven.

Angel Bumps was #1 Hot New Release on Amazon when it was first released.

Tell us what inspired you to write Angel Bumps?

Angel Bumps was inspired by a sign from my mom. When I’d tell people the story, they’d say they got goose bumps. I’d tell them they were angel bumps, an angel’s wing had just brushed by them. The story seemed to touch people. I think if the book can help someone heal, we’ve done our job. It’s not a miracle cure for grief, but it does have stories that prove we are never alone. Loved ones are near. People die, but love is eternal.

What was your first published piece?

My first published piece I believe was in a local beach magazine for Easter. I wrote a story about my husband buying me Easter flowers. I expected a hanging basket. He arrived with a 4 ft cemetery cross. He thought it was a portable garden because it had a stand. That story is in my first book.

Tell us about your first book?

My first book was How I Earned My Wrinkles, Musings on Marriage, Motherhood and Menopause. It’s filled with true stories:

Buying the best bathing suit of my life and then saw the maternity tag. Worse yet, it fit!!

Calling my GYN instead of my dentist and asked them for an appt to fill a large cavity.

Stories of tricks we played on our teens.

Real life fun stories and I was thrilled with the 5 star reviews!

Is there a book three in your future?

Angel Bumps will definitely have a sequel. I’d like to get stories from children who have received messages from Heaven. They are unfiltered and their stories are so detailed and sweet,

I need to write another humor book, as well.

Do you live with a pet?

I have a cockapoo named Miss Mattie. She is more like a cat. She loves us, and then when she’s had enough, she retreats to her bed.

What is your favorite holiday? Why?

Favorite holiday has to be Christmas. I love finding little unique gifts. I miss the snowstorms (only during Christmas) and I am addicted to Hallmark Christmas movies.

Red or White wine?

I’m a white zinfandel girl, but a few of my friends and I have joined a wine tasting club nearby. I’m learning to like some reds. Who knew I could sing when I drink red wine?

Coffee or tea?

Coffee……I grew up on tea. To this day if something bothers me, I’ll have a cup of tea.


My Review

I wasn’t sure I would be able to get through this one because I’ve lost so many loved ones. Although I cried while reading some of the soul felt stories they were warm and happy tears. Reading left me with a comfort I haven’t felt in a long time. It’s so nice to know I’m not the only one that believes and has experienced many Angel Bumps. I highly recommend this one to anyone that needs to read a feel good book.


Where you can connect with Anne:

Facebook: Angel Bumps, Hello from Heaven is a brand new page where people can share their stories and/or comments

https://www.facebook.com/myangelbumps/

Website:

www.annebardsley.com

Twitter:

http://www.twitter.com/ANNEBARDSLEY1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      
 

Foodie Friday Fragments…

 What did you do all week?

Well it’s the last week of summer and I am kicking and screaming (carefully though because I’m still wearing flip flops.) What is it about fall that leaves me feeling like if I don’t move faster, I’ll be run over? My mind realizes it’s time to get back to reality, back to work but my body still wants to lie on the beach. I’m trying to get in the mood. While meeting with a client at Panera Bread the other day I ordered tomato soup. It was so good but it was still 85 degrees outside.

The Bucks County Writers Group is finalizing details for a ghostly, other-worldly #Believe anthology. We’ve been talking about it for over a year and its finally happening! I’m hoping to post details next week. If you are interested and don’t want to miss the announcement sign in to follow this blog up there on the right. I rarely send newsletters so don’t worry about getting junk mail from me.

Twenty –years ago God blessed our family with the sweetest baby boy. Our joy was interrupted by several frightening diagnoses’ and in spite of being told he would not survive more than a few months Kyle Christopher is twenty-years-old! I haven’t spent nearly enough time with him lately so I need to work on that.

Kyle was born on September 15th. He was born one week before my oldest granddaughter Allyson would turn two. Allyson’s mom, my daughter Joanie refused to celebrate Allyson’s birthday that year. She didn’t want to celebrate her healthy baby while Heather might be losing hers. I love my girls!

A few weeks ago I got a new stove and a new fridge. They were desperately needed and I have been so excited about moving forward with some renovating in this old house. Yesterday I was making lasagna so like I’ve done for more than 30-years I lined the bottom of my oven with aluminum foil to catch any drips. How did I not know that was a big no-no with the newer ovens? I was luckier than many others but damn what a mess. I got a lot of it off but the bottom of my oven is scratched and there’s still tiny flecks of melted foil. It looks awful. So if you have a convection oven, do NOT use aluminum foil.

The other night I attended one of the most unusual events. It was hosted by The Sophia Group   The “Sophia Presents” event was held at West Laurel Cemetery in Bala Cynwyd, Pa. Deborah Penny Cassidy and West Laurel Hill Cemetery sponsored a cocktail hour with food from Bourbon Blue in Manayunk. We went on a walking tour of famous women and one famous man (Teddy Pendergrass) who are buried there. It was really interesting.

 

Brigid McGrath Stasen provided a presentation on “Finding Your Personal Style in the Midst of Change” that was sponsored by Lord & Taylor. (Bala Cynwyd)

Living Well with Pat Nogar  sponsored a delicious light supper. Attendees brought gently used clothing to support Horizon House.

It was such a fun evening!

Have you ever toured a cemetery? It definitely inspired a few story ideas for the anthology!

Enjoy your Weekend!

Doreen

Lasagne

It’s a lot of work but so worth it!

2 boxes of Lasagna Noodles (I use fresh oven ready noodles. If you prefer boiled that works.)

2 cups cooked spinach

1 quarter cup of olive oil

2 large cans of tomato sauce

1 lb. ground beef

4 large sweet sausage links

16 oz ricotta cheese

12 oz cottage cheese

24 oz shredded whole milk mozzarella cheese

1 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese

1-sweet onion diced

3-tbsp diced garlic

1 tsp oregano

1 tsp sugar

2 eggs

Salt and pepper

Pre-heat the oven to 375. In large skillets heat the olive oil. Put ½ the onion and garlic in each pan and stir until they are clear. Add hamburger to one and sausage to the other. Cook through. Reduce meat with white wine. Drain, keeping as much of the onion and garlic as possible. Thinly slice the sausage. Combine in a large bowl, stir in salt and pepper and set aside.

Cook fresh spinach in butter and stir into meat mixture.

In a large bowl mix the ricotta, cottage, one cup of the parmesan, 8 oz of mozzarella the eggs and the oregano and set aside.

Stir sugar into sauce.

Spray a 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray. Add 1 ½ cups of the sauce. Line the bottom of the pan with a layer of noodles. I use an ice cream scooper to add a layer (1/2) of the cheese mixture. Drizzle with sauce and sprinkle with 4 oz mozzarella. Add another layer of noodles. Using the scooper add all of the meat mixture. Add salt and pepper, drizzle with sauce and sprinkle with 4 oz mozzarella. Add another layer of noodles. Top with the remaining cheese mixture. Add another layer of noodles. Cover the noodles with sauce. Add the rest of the parmesan cheese and then cover the top with the remaining mozzarella cheese. Cover with aluminum foil. Poke a few holes’ in the foil. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and bake until the cheese is slightly browned. Let it sit for a few minutes before slicing.

I usually serve with extra sauce, garlic bread, fresh string beans and parmesan. Leftovers freeze nicely.

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