Friday, July 19, 2013

A Yummy Recipe That Will Keep You Out of the Kitchen

Cooking during the hot weather is never fun! But summer or winter I use my crock pot a lot. One of my favorite recipes is my Working Woman’s Stew because you can fool with it in many ways and always fun to experiment.  

And what more fun can one have than to throw dinner in the slow cooker and then go do what you really want to do. And no, I don’t mean cleaning!  



Working Woman's Meat & Gravy


2 lb stew meat-minimum

1 envelope dry onion soup mix

1 can cream of mushroom soup (I’ve also used mushroom with roasted garlic and golden mushroom)

1/2 can water (wine works very well too!)

1 can mushrooms--optional

1/8 cup ketchup

salt & pepper to taste--I use a little Schilling Season All and garlic pepper

Combine all ingredients into crock-pot, cook on low setting for 8 hrs or high setting for 4-5 hrs. Serve over rice or noodles, also works well over mashed potatoes.


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Love Stinks Anthology Available for Pre Order!

It’s been fun writing short stories for anthologies because you can pretty much write anything. I was thrilled to write another one after writing how Fluff and Puff first met a teenage Jazz.


It seemed only right for the next one to write about Courtney and the theme, Love Stinks, worked very well for the teenager who does what she can to give witchy Maggie heartburn and migraines.


This time around, Courtney lands in a world that is dangerous, the opposite of all she knows and in the process discovers a love that reveals the emotion just might not be all that it’s cracked up to be.


A lot of wonderful stories are included in the anthology.


It will be available at Smashwords on August 13 and Amazon not long after.



Come find out why love stinks.




Thursday, July 11, 2013

The New Member of the Wisdom Pack

I am grateful for all the notes from people after Barney went to Rainbow Bridge. They were much appreciated.  

It has been difficult. He was my special baby and I miss him every day. At the same time, I watched Katie grieve and knew she missed her brother. They played all the time and were inseparable.  

We knew Katie needed a playmate, but we didn’t want to rush into anything.  

I searched for mini Schnauzer rescue groups, hoping to find one that spoke to me. I sent in an adoption application and we knew the waiting could begin.  

Then one Thursday night, I cruised Craigslist and saw an ad and picture for a three year old  terrier mix that needed a good home, specifying serious inquiries only. There was something there.  I emailed, asking questions, heard back and we emailed back and forth all evening. We set up a meeting at a local park the next day. We took Katie with us and were hopeful it would work.  

What can I say? Here was this cute little brown dog with gorgeous light brown eyes that walked up to say hi. Then he hopped into our car, touched noses with Katie and they were fast friends. My husband said it looked as if we had another dog and Hunter’s first mom was happy that the two dogs liked each other. I assured her that he’d be loved and have a wonderful home and she was glad he was going to a good home. Funniest part about this? When we emailed she asked if I was a writer, that she had a lot of Linda Wisdom books. Who knew?  

It was all meant to be.

That was three weeks ago. Hunter and Katie play constantly. They are so funny together and it’s as if he’s always lived here. Watching them play tug of war is so funny and I have videos on Facebook.

I’ve always believed that critters choose us, we don’t choose them. I found the ad not long after it was put up and who could resist this little guy? Even better he agreed.

I’m thankful that his mom was so generous to allow us to bring him home. Katie isn’t sad anymore and while I still cry for Barney I laugh more now.

So please say hi to Hunter. I just know he'll show up in a book.