Saturday, October 26, 2013

Passion, heat and a Spider!

Today as Nights of Passion Spooktacular Blog party continues. Featured is Author Annie Nicholas, she's awesome and I KNOW you'll enjoy all the stories in this series.

Plus, the added bonus of Annie's recipe for a scrumptious and spooky looking cupcake.
Read the rules to win a copy of Scent of Salvation. 


Growl and roar-it's okay to let the beast out.-J. Hali Steele

Friday, October 25, 2013

Spooktacular Blog Party

Join in the SPOOKTACULAR fun over at Nights of Passion and you'll have a chance to win a copy of Ander, Book 1 in The Disciples series - wouldn't you like to have your very own disciple?
Growl and roar-it's okay to let the beast out.-J. Hali Steele

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Yay or Nay

Dinner's on!

Thank you Monica Beale for the beautiful, organic kale and butter leaf lettuce fresh from your magnificent and prolific garden. I've seasoned the kale with bacon, salt, pepper, garlic, and slivers of chili peppers for a little heat. To go along with it I've whipped up corn bread which I'll slather with butter. Yes, I'm a butter margarine here! The salad is locally grown (at least Giant says so) tomato, onion, and cucumber chopped and placed on the lettuce. I garnish it with a little seasoned olive oil and vinegar dressing (that I make!) and thin, thin, slices of ghost chili (again, TY Monica-this woman has a garden to die for!)

Yay or Nay
When you cook greens of any sort do you use or throw away the stems? I use them. Figure there has to be lots of healthy vitamins in a stem. I usually cut them off while cleaning the greens and freeze them. One way I love to cook stems of greens is pan fried with a little olive oil, fresh minced garlic, salt, and pepper. When they're done I put a little vinegar on them and let them cool off. Once cool, I put them in baggies and voilĂ  - I have a great snack for work or anytime. Now, lots of folks wrinkle their noses when I tell them this, but when I open a bag and they try one, well, let's just say, "There's lots of snacking and not much talking."
What do you do with your stems?

Growl and roar-it's okay to let the beast out.-J. Hali Steele

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Yay or Nay

Do Deer Whistles really work?

I often ask myself questions (What! Don’t you ask yourself questions?) Once I answer myself (yup I do that too,) I search for more answers. So I’m doing a Yay or Nay bit once in a while. Feel free to throw in your questions or answers. It’ll be even more interesting that way.
Deer Whistles and their effectiveness have been on my mind since it is the time of year they roam even more freely. Working odd hours, there are few nights I come home that I DON’T see deer either on the road or near my house. Many people I know have hit or been hit by deer. (I can’t explain the “been hit by” part—ask my sister about that, lol)
FreeDeer Pictures
One Q & A I came across had this to say:
Q. How do I know it works?
A. Watch for animal reactions.

Uh, if I’m seeing the animal (or animals) reaction, shouldn’t I be able to stop in time to avoid it and, therefore, wouldn’t need the whistle?

I’m just asking, not making any judgment here.

Next, found a video at YouTube (there are many more over there) that suggest, for various reasons, the whistle doesn’t work.

Finally, comments I read at THE STRAIGHT DOPE had some of the best answers. One in particular stuck with me: My father swore by the things for years, until one of the whistles was broken off by hitting a deer.” (Typoink 2009)

Drive safely, it's probably your best defense.