Monday, November 24, 2014

Butterscotch and Chocolate Chip Cookies

What would Monday be without me? The wind is blowing so I made cookies. I hope you like cookies.
I made some Butterscoth and Cholate Chip ones.
Remember to pre-heat yout oven to 350


Original recipe makes 4 dozenChange Servings











































  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add to batter along with salt. Stir in flour, chocolate/ Butterscotch chips, and nuts. Drop by large spoonfuls onto ungreased pans.
  3. Bake for about 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are nicely browned.








To get them to look like this I stuck a fork in flour and pressed down like a checkerboared.  


So because he came in and grabed one right off the cookie sheet I had my second oldest do a trick for it. 


I had fun making these cookies. I hope you do too. Take it from Austin they are good. I hope you have a great day/ night even if it's a bit windy out. I am E J Babcock I will see you next blog.




Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Shyla Colt

Did you think all I had for you today was fudge that didn't go so well? You were wrong, I hope you enjoy who I have today.
1) Can you please introduce yourself to everyone?

 Hi All * Waves. For those of you who don’t know me my name is Shyla Colt, and I’m a genre hopping rebel with a pen, hell bent on diversifying romance. I’ve been many things in my life, a DJ, sound and lighting engineer, and a flight attendant, just to name a few gigs. But I’ve always loved the written word. I grew up with my nose buried in books, and I often wondered where the characters were who looked like me, and had my life experiences. Thus began my goal of adding variety to romance.  While I explore many worlds, and genres you will always find humor, strong female characters, and geek culture somewhere in each of my books. I am a total fangirl geek, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
 This is herAuthor Bio: 
Shyla Colt grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, but has lived a variety of different places thanks to her wanderlust, interesting careers, and marriage to a United States Marine. She’s always loved books and wrote her very first novel at the age of fifteen. She keeps a copy of her first submission letter on her desk for inspiration.
 After a lifetime of traveling, she settled down and knew her time had come to write. Diving into her new career like she does everything else, with enthusiasm, research and a lot of prayers, she had her first book published in June of 2011. As a full-time writer, stay at home mother, and wife, there’s never a dull moment in her household. 

2) Would you like to share any work you are doing?



I have a boxed set of my popular series, Dueling Devils M.C. coming out on November 22nd. I’m really excited to see the series together in not just ebook, but print as well.
 She sent us some  blurbs too:
Ride Blurb
Experience the Ride from the beginning.
The red, white, and blue rally used to be a high point for Ardy Larkin. The festival brought in enough money for the town to scrape by, and added a bit of excitement to the air. This year everything’s different. Her father made a deal he couldn’t back, and now her life is forfeit. Demanded as payment for their debt she finds herself attached to the biggest, baddest, member of the Dueling Devils M.C., their president, Demon. 

In need of someone to watch his children while he was away, Ardy Larkin seemed like the perfect solution to all Demon’s problems, until he caught a case of feelings for an innocent girl who didn't belong in his world. When a dangerous situation forces his feeling to the forefront, he shows her what it means to be claimed by a member of the Dueling Devils. 
Book 2: Payback
She paid the price for her family’s debt working for the Dueling Devils M.C. Love was never meant to be part of the deal. But somehow, the dark and dangerous club president, Demon stole her heart. Now she’s thrust into hell fire. The Sidewinders’ personal attack on Demon’s family has the M.C. out for blood. As the rough side of Demon’s lifestyle rears its ugly head, she’s tested to her breaking point. 

Consumed with keeping his family safe, Demon is determined to put the Sidewinders in the ground. Focused on revenge, he watches the miles between him and Ardy grow. The. M.C. comes first, but he won’t let Ardy walk away now that he’s claimed her. Backed into a corner he does the only thing he knows how to, fight his way out. 
Book 3: Wrecked
You can’t have love without trust, so Lefty never looked twice at a woman. Betrayed at a young age, the only people he trusts are his brothers in the Dueling Devils motorcycle club. The boys took him in and showed him the meaning of family and loyalty. Then he broke his own rule and slept with the same woman more than once. She became a habit, and he got ensnared by the island beauty who ruled her strip club with an iron fist. The problem is, Gia’s not interested in anything serious. 

The minute Gia Hughes began to trust Lefty, she knew she was in too deep. The smart thing would’ve been to walk away, but the chemistry between them was too powerful. Then he started asking for more, and she was forced to run from the only thing she ever really wanted—a place to belong. The skeletons buried in her closet need to stay buried to keep her safe, but all too soon that decision is taken out of her hands.

3) Do you have a favorite genre?
 I don’t. I love it all. 
4) Did you always want to write or what inspired you to do it?
 I did always want to write. I had an active imagination, and I was constantly making up stories as child. When I got old enough I realized. I could put these stories in my head to paper, it opened up a whole new world, and dreams of being a writer were born.
5) Do you need a nice quiet space to write or are you blasting your music and writing?
 I’m a stay at home mom with two kids under five, so I’ve learned to write when I can where I can. I’m one of those people who always has a pen and some sort of paper in their purse, because you never know when inspiration is going to strike. I do have an office area where I retreat when I can. We recently moved, and it’s a new addition I’m in love with.
6) If you could give one tip to someone who wants to write what would it be?
 Write, write, and write some more. Improve you craft as much as possible. Let others see your work, and revise accordingly.  An editor is your best friend. Don’t be afraid to submit, and never stop believing in yourself. 
7) What is the big dream? In other words where would you like your writing to take you to in the future?
 Oh, wow. You know, I just want my readers to continue to enjoy my work, see progress, and be able to make a living putting words to paper and entertaining others. I’m a simple gal.
8) If you could meet anyone living or dead who would it be?
 This is a really hard one. I’ve been inspired by so many people over the years. I’ll go with one of my favorite authors. S.E. Hinton.

Now the fun questions:
        
1) Do you like pizza or salad?
 Both lol
 
2) What do you like more cake or fruit?
 Cake 

3)
What is your favorite kind of music? 
I do have a special place in my heart for Classic Rock 

4)
Who is your favorite Author? 
There are so many, Aurora Reynold Rose, A.C. Bextor, Laurel K. Hamilton, S.E. Hinton to name a few. 

5)
Do you like Vampire, Werewolf, Fairy or shifter men when you read for pleasure?
 All of the above, I love paranormal stories! 

6)
Do you have pet's?
 I don’t. 

7)
Do you have favorite animal not your pet's but a wild animals? 
the wolf, they have a nobility about them .

8)
Do you like city or suburbs better? 
Suburbs, I like being away from the hustle and bustle.
9) Do you have tattoos? Do you want one?
 I love tattoos. I actually have two, but I’d love more.
10) Do you like guys with tattoos?
 Oh yes. * nods head enthusiastically.
11) Do you have a favorite place you like to be? 
With my family and friends. As the wife of a Marine I cherish time

Gizmo's corner:


1. Hi, I am Gizmo and you are?
 Hi Gizmo,  I’m doing wonderful, how are you?
I am good a bit cold but I am good, thanks for asking.
2.  Do you go to any stores? If so which is your favorite store? 
 I go to a couple of stores regularly, but the one I love going to the most is Michaels.
3. What would look for in a pet? 
A loyal companion who likes to snuggle.
4. Do you have a favorite animal show? 
I love My Cat From Hell. It’s always gratifying to see the trainer bring the cat and the family back in harmony.
5.       Would you let a dog roll in the sand? 
(I love sand) Yes I would. J
6. Would you take a dog to the off the leash parks or would you like the walks better? 
 I’d prefer walks where we could have more one on one time.
7. Do you like giving belly rubs?
 Who doesn’t?
8. Do you like it when it's warm or cold out? Day or night? 
Oooh I like a mixture of both. Fall is my favorite season because you get a great mixture.
9. What is your favorite treat to give a visiting pet?
 Biscuits.
10. Would you let a pet sleep on a human bed, a dog bed, the top of the couch, the floor or the crate?
 I like them in a dog bed, they’re adorable, and dogs really seem to enjoy them. I think it’s important for every member of the family to get their own space.
So how was that? Did that make up for the fudge? I hope so. I am E. J Babcock and I hope you all have a GREAT day/night.

Easy Fudge??

Ok  I have been having so many writers and artist on here I haven't made anything good lately that was homemade. That beng said an "easy" peanut butter fudge recipe showed up on FaceBook. I wanted to try it. Now the recipe I am posting is for 1 batch (the pictures are for two batches, I double it because if the kids like it nobody will get a chance to eat the single batch.)

Ok so this is what they should look like in the end:






Easiest peanut butter fudge recipe ever (ok Yeah we will see)

INGREDIENTS:


  • 2 cups granulated white sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup peanut butter (smooth or chunky)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract                                                                            8x8 inch baking pan
  • COOK'S NOTE

    *To make this fudge “dairy-free,” use coconut milk or Silk Almond Unsweetened in place of cow’s milk.*

DIRECTIONS

  1. Grease an 8x8-inch baking pan.
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring sugar and milk to a boil. Allow to boil for about 2½ minutes, stirring regularly, and then remove from heat. Add the peanut butter and vanilla and stir until smooth.
  3. Pour the mixture into the pan and allow to cool until set. Slice into 1-inch squares.

KITCHEN COUNTER

Makes About 16 pieces. (Yeah with my kids...we will see)

http://communitytable.com/237303/lorilange/the-easiest-peanut-butter-fudge-recipe-ever/
 
So nowhere in the recipe did it say to put in the fridge. So thanks to a friend (you know who you are) after it cooled a bit I put in the fridge for 10 hours and it never setup. Now I could have lied and said it came out perfect but it didn't. So what we did (thanks to Daniel my oldest son)  was turn them into fudge shots... without the rum. Very tasty, I am not sure where I went wrong in recipe I am not sure. Still had fun and had a tasty treat.
I am E. J Babcock I hope you have a wonderful day/night. Stay warm and if you are somewhere warm, can you send us some plane tickets?


 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

You know me and Monday's

Ok you should know by now I try and spice up your Monday's wth a really awesome author, so here it goes.
I am in red:


1)    Can you please introduce yourself to everyone?




I think the best way to introduce myself is to give you my official bio. So, here it is:
 S.R. Grey is an Amazon and Barnes & Noble Top 100 Bestselling author. She is the author of the popular New Adult novels I Stand Before You (Judge Me Not #1) and Never Doubt Me (Judge Me Not #2). Her newest novel, Inevitable Detour (Inevitability #1), is a wild ride combining the New Adult genre with elements of Romantic Suspense. She is also the author of the Harbour Falls Mystery trilogy. Ms. Grey's novels have appeared on Amazon and Barnes & Noble bestseller lists in multiple categories, including Amazon Top 30 and #1 on Barnes & Noble Top 100 Nook Bestsellers. 

New novels slated for 2015 release dates are Just Let Me Love You (Judge Me Not #3), Inevitable Circumstances (Inevitability #2), and a New Adult novel to be revealed in the future. 

Ms. Grey resides in Pennsylvania. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree, as well as an MBA. Her background is in business, but her true passion lies in writing. When not writing, Ms. Grey can be found reading, traveling, running, or cheering for her hometown sports teams
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(Can I just say that S.R. Grey is an Amazon and Barnes & Noble Top 100 Bestselling author and she did a blog for me...for me...can we all say wow?)

 2)    Would you like to share any work you have done or doing?

I’m currently finishing work on the third and final novel of the Judge Me Not trilogy. The title is Just Let Me Love You. In the novel, a broken couple, Chase and Kay, finally overcome the last obstacles standing in their way of a happy life. Fans of the series will be happy with the ending. That is all I can say without giving away too much. 

 3)    Do you have a favorite genre?

I love all genres, as long as there is a romance in there. My absolutes faves, however, are New Adult and Paranormal Romance.



 4)    Did you always want to write or what inspired you to do it?

I always wrote, from the time I was little. I’ve been making up stories in my head for ages. In high school, teachers always told me I should try to get published. But then I went to college, majored in business, and kind of set those dreams aside. A few years ago, with the self-publishing revolution, I decided to dive back into what I love—writing. And here I am.

 5)    Do you need a nice quiet space to write or are you blasting your music and writing?

I definitely prefer it to be quiet Music inspires me quite a lot, but always before a writing session, never during.

 6)    If you could give one tip to someone who wants to write what would it be?

Keep writing, never give up, and read a lot.

 7)    What is the big dream? In other words where would you like your writing to take you to in the future?

I’d love to someday see one of my novels up on the big screen! TV would be okay, too.

 8)    If you could meet anyone living or dead who would it be?

Good question. I think I’d love to meet some of my ancestors. I bet they’d have some good stories about how life was back then.


Now the fun questions :

Love these, by the way!     
  
( I love it when someone tells me they love these! So I had to post it)
              

1)
Do you like pizza or salad?

Pizza!


2)
What do you like more cake or fruit?

Cake!

3)
What is your favorite kind of music?

Rock, indie, and alternative.

4)
Who is your favorite Author?

Janet Fitch.

5)
Do you like Vampire, Werewolf, Fairy or shifter men when you read for pleasure?

Vampire men

6)
Do you have pets?

Yes. I have cats.

7)
Do you have favorite animal not your pet's but like wild animals?

I love rabbits.

8)
Do you like city or suburbs better?

The city. It’s more vibrant and alive.

 9)    If you could live anywhere where would it be?

The beach!

 10)  Do you have tattoos? Do you want one?

I don’t. I’d get one in a heartbeat, but I have a phobia about needles.

11)  Do you like guys with tattoos?

Oh my word, I LOVE them. Chase, in I stand Before You, has a bunch. *sigh*
12) Do you have a favorite place you like to be?

I like to be outdoors a lot, even in the winter.


Here is how you find Ms. Grey










Bailey's question's for a cat.



Woof, woof, hi there I am Miss. Bailey who are you?

Hi, Miss Bailey, my name is Ziggy. Nice to meet you.

1)   Does your human take you to any pet stores?

Are you kidding? I’m terrified of riding in the car.

2)   Do you have a favorite treat?

Shrimp. Fresh and peeled, please. Yes, I am spoiled.


3)   Do you like chasing leaves or yarn better?

Well, since I’m not allowed outside, I’d have to say yarn.

4)   Do you play with plastic or paper bags?

Both! But Mom only allows me near the paper ones since I’ve been known to eat plastic. What? It’s delicious.


5)   Do you have a favorite toy?

Not really. I like all my toys.


6)Do you have any dog friends?

No way! Cat friends only.

7)Do you like warm weather or cold?

Since I live inside, it doesn’t really matter. Though the sun is nice to lie in, so let’s say warm.


8)Sunny days or cold ones?

Sunny!


9)Daytime or Nighttime?

Nighttime, when I can get into things.


10)       Do you like belly rubs?

Heck, yeah.


11) Do you have a favorite place you like to sleep?

                                I like to sleep at the bottom of my mom’s bed, all curled up in the blankets. 



I would like to thank Ms. Grey for answering these questins for me. I hope you enjoy  this blog and I hope you come back for the next one.
I hope you have a wonderfull day/night I am E. J Babcock