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Daily Prompts

Stroke of Midnight

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I’m playing catch up! The Daily Prompt for January 1: Stroke of Midnight

Where were you last night when 2013 turned into 2014? Is that where you’d wanted to be?

At home with my two kiddos. Was it where I wanted to be? Absolutely. Did I want my husband to be at work? Absolutely not.

It wasn’t the end of the world- as you grow older you realize that your favorite moments aren’t always scheduled- they don’t always involve an all you can drink NYE ticket to a party out in the city, weeks of planning what to wear, where to eat dinner, what the kids will do, etc.. They are having your husband come home in the middle of the night, wrap his arms around you, and knowing that you wouldn’t want to start 2014 any other way.

Geek in the Pink

E-book Subscription Services

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I love to read but making time to actually decide on a book and then go get it at the library isn’t always convenient (yes, I know it’s a hard life I lead). I really don’t like paying for books that I’m only going to read once- mainly fiction. Enter Facebook. You know those annoying Facebook ads that pop up in your feed? I am usually quite successful at ignoring them but one kept popping for Scribd, so I looked them up.

Scribd and Oyster are two of the most popular ebook subscription services out there. I signed up for a free trial for both and since I don’t have my iPad with me to currently check out their apps, I can only share what I know about them from their websites. Both have a lot of offerings but not many new releases, except for purchase. But, they do have a lot of books that I’ve been meaning to read that either had a long wait list at the library or just fell off my radar. But- Scribd’s website actually lets you login and search for books, authors, etc. whereas Oyster only allows you to view and add via genre. I think creating my reading list on my computer is a big plus. If a co-worker mentions a book I should read, it would be great to quickly and simply add it to my reading list (or queue for my Netflix peeps). I’ve only been an account holder with Scribd for 30 minutes and I already have 20 titles waiting for me to read.

Will all of my reading make me think paying $9/month is a good idea? That’s to be seen. Considering I didn’t read a single book in November of December, it might be worth it.

Do you subscribe to an e-books subscription services or do you have some great books to recommend? Let me know!

Kittens PhotoADay

Begins With G

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Photo a Day Challenge 2014

I’ve casually participated in Fat Mum Slim’s photo a day challenges in the past but this year I’m going to try to do January all 12 months. It’s perfect for me to start today, January 2nd, instead of yesterday. Why? Because yesterday’s prompt was lunch and I didn’t have any..

Here are the prompts for January and by clicking here will take you to Fat Mum Slim’s January page.

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Today’s topic is: Begins with G
This is George my fun little kitten!

20140102-120836.jpg He’s not as innocent as he looks- today he woke me up at 1am to show me the ball of yarn he stole from the basement.

Hope

Reading the Bible in Chronological Order (in one year!)

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I’ve tried to read the Bible from start to finish a few times. Unfortunately, I wasn’t very successful…

This time, I’m trying something new. I’ve found a great plan in my Women’s Devotional Bible, that puts the Bible’s events in chronological order. You read a little bit (about 15 minutes each day) every day, for a year. I love following plans but only when I start from the beginning. With 2014 hours away, I can’t think of a better time to start.
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I’ve included a link to my Google Drive document that has the entire year’s plan in a printable format. I’d love to hear if you’ve done a similar reading plan and if you’ll be reading along with me.

Daily Prompts

My Number One

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Today’s Daily Prompt: My Number One

Who is the most important person in your life? Describe that person in as great a detail as you can muster and most importantly, tell us why you cherish this person.

The most important person in my life, without a doubt, is my husband. Here’s why (in no particular order):
· He is truly my best friend- I can’t imagine living life without him by my side.
· I still get excited when he calls me, even after all these years. Butterflies.
· He is the most hard-working person I’ve ever met.
· He brought me back to church, which I never imagined would be possible.
· He’s funny, just like me, so we laugh together. Often.
· He gave me 2 wonderful children that continue to amaze me.
· He’s tall, strong, and ridiculously handsome..especially when he doesn’t shave. 😉
· I can beat him at air hockey (and despite what he may tell you, he doesn’t let me win). If he ever gets up the nerve to play me in Kinect Tennis, I’ll beat him at that too.
· He challenges me to be a better person, often just by his example.
· He’s always warmer than me.
· He deals with me and my illnesses- Type 1 Diabetes & Rheumatoid Arthritis and is always there for me, no matter what.
· He loves earth tones and not having an agenda, yet still accepts me and my love for color, schedules, and pop music.

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Recipes

Starbucks Very Berry Coffee Cake Recipe

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My husband loves the very berry coffee cake from Starbucks so I searched the internet for a similar recipe. After reading a ton of recipes that were close, this is what I’ve come up with and it’s awesome! Enjoy!

Cake Ingredients

– 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
– 1 tsp baking powder
– 1/4 tsp salt
– 1/2 cup softened butter
– 1 cup granulated sugar
– 2 large eggs
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 1/2 tsp lemon zest
– 3 tbsp sour cream
– 1/3 cup milk
– 1 1/2 cups berries (fresh or thawed berries will work); well drained

Crumb Topping Ingredients

– 3 tbsp softened butter
– 1/3 cup brown sugar
– 1/4 cup all purpose flour
– 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Cake Directions

– Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease the sides and bottom of a 9in square pan.
– Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
– Using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar.
– Add eggs one at a time and beat until fluffy.
– Add vanilla, lemon zest, and sour cream- mix well.
– Alternate adding flour mixture and milk to the batter.
– Spread 1/2 the batter evenly in the pan.
– Spread the berries on top.
– Cover the berries with the remaining batter and smooth the top.

Crumb Topping Directions

– Combine all ingredients, use fingers to mix and form crumbs.
– Spread crumbs on top of cake.

– Bake 35-45 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.
– Cool and serve at room temperature.

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Writing Challenges

For the Birds

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This week’s Writing Challenge: Snapshots.

At a concert. Snap. At a restaurant. Snap. Watching the sun set. Snap. These days, everything feels like a Kodak moment. What happens when you stop taking pictures, and use words to capture a moment instead?

I love birds. I have no desire to have one as a pet, I don’t own binoculars, and I could probably only identify a cardinal..yet I love them. I love seeing birds sit on a wire unfazed as a fire truck with screeching sirens passes beneath them. I love how they splash in puddles without a care in the world, on some of the most dangerous streets. I love when they fly over in a perfect V and I especially love the bird at the end of the pack who just can’t seem to fly as perfectly as his buddies.

My love for birds cannot be contained in a photograph. If you searched the internet, you could find some beautiful photos of birds. Some absolutely stunning photos. But you couldn’t capture how I feel when I’m sitting at a red light, anxious about the day before me, and I look up to see a bird sitting on the telephone wire, completely relaxed. You can’t capture how my heart feels just a bit warmer when I see birds flying in a V formation overhead.