For the Love of Coffee and an Italian Cookie Recipe

The coffee part sounds good, but I don’t drink coffee. I do, however, love cookies! Try this recipe and don’t lick your screen!

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Nothing is more perfect than that first cup of morning coffee. Or you can enjoy coffee midday for a pick-me-up, or to cap off the evening alongside a sweet Italian cookie.

The following are tips to make a perfect cup of coffee:

First, remember these three facts:

  • Use filtered water: the fewer impurities, the better
  • Regardless of which type of coffee machine, use the correct proportions, which are:
  • two tablespoons of grounds per eight ounces of water. Then adjust to your taste.
  • Use the right grind for your machine: it differs by machine. As a general rule, the more time coffee grounds are in contact with water, the courser the grind should be.

The following are the most popular type of coffee makers:

Automatic Flat-Bottom & Automatic Cone: These are both very similar: water pours through the coffee filter and basket into a pot, and only differ by the shape…

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Fifties and Flustered

Lord, how I remember feeling this way, Actually I still do sometimes!

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I debated with myself about whether to write on this topic but staying true to my commitment to creating the best life I can for myself, I pushed aside my fear of exposing my personal weaknesses to the world.

So, is it just me or did anyone else feel flustered after turning forty or fifty?

Well, I did.

In my thirties and forties, I could juggle three tasks at a time, now I struggle with managing one. Sometimes it’s a little scary. Especially when words like dementia and Alzheimer’s lurk around the edges of my brain because my mom was diagnosed with dementia after suffering a few strokes.

I kept telling myself that I’ve got to start taking better care of myself. My intention to do this is sincere, but my body and brain doesn’t want to corporate. Instead, my brain takes so long to accomplish a few tasks that the day…

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Writer loses Mind

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Okay, that is a slight exaggeration. For the past month I have been working on blogs and editing short stories. I have also been editing 2 novels. I’m now preparing for a launch party for one of my authors. I was so involved that I forgot to send people to the blogs and comment on them. Major embarrassing realization. Some of my peeps filled in for me.

SOOOO, Come here and join the launch party

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Book two of the Crimson Series returns to the world of the ancient Dhampir. Vampires, shape-shifters and a witch hunter bent on murder. Caitlin and Raven must work together to stop the murderer before Caitlin becomes his next victim.

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase 
An excellent follow-up to Crimson Dreams. A beautifully developed stand-alone novel that continues to…

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Who doesn’t love to shop for free?

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FREE Tuesday and Wednesday  Haunting Refrain   

Haunting Refrain   A story about heartbreak and love that withstands the separation of death.
When Sarah Overby found ghosts in her attic she hesitated to tell her best friend, William McKeown. She didn’t think he’d understand. Telling him he lived a previous life as her husband would make him think she was crazy.

William has adored Sarah forever, he just doesn’t realize this isn’t the first time he loved her. His feelings for his best friend are changing, but he doesn’t believe in ghosts, reincarnation or lasting romantic relationships.

Love, Lust, and Sweet Tea.

The Giftis free with a coupon code on Smashwords until March 32, 2016. The code is: CW78M

On Edna Mae’s 40th birthday she buried her controlling father and lost…

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Winter salad – with sweet potato, avocado & pomegranate

This looks like temptation in a bowl!



I was surprised when I found out that I haven’t shared this salad recipe before – as it is becoming a staple dish of mine. This salad starts with roasting the sweet potatoes. This is my favorite method for cooking sweet potato- chopping it into small cubes, season it with a variety of species and roasting  the sweet potatoes until they become slightly caramelized. Roasting instead of boiling the sweet potatoes gives it such as rich and smoky flavor.I also know that many of you also love sweet potato, as some of my most popular recipes have sweet potatoes in them. The roasted sweet potatoes are then tossed with kale, avocado, pomegranate and quinoa. The pomegranate seeds and kale gives such a nice crunch to the salad. This salad is nutritious and delicious. I know I have a great salad recipe when I am excited to eat it day after day…

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As I Get Older: My MS Story

I have known Elizabeth (Lizzie) since before she married her current wonderful husband. Her life is a lesson in not taking life lying down and s;pitting in the face of the problems life throws at us.

Between the Beats

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Having hit something of a block while finishing up my latest book, I found myself visiting my past. I have had quite an interesting life. In my very early years (those delightfully dark days of teenage-dom) I didn’t anticipate living past twenty-five. That may sound morbid but I was a rather gloomy teen.


There were times during my first violent marriage when I thought I just might be right. After passing the magical, mystical quarter century prediction it occurred to me I should take advantage of the bonus years I had acquired, make like an egg, and beat it. So, with three small children in tow, I ran full tilt into my future.

While attending college full time, working, and raising those three kiddies sans spouse I hit a huge block. The first episode was a loss of sensation down left side of my body from my neck to my…

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Do you read memoirs?  I’m editing a memoir and I have questions.

Do you read memoirs about people who aren’t famous?

Do your favorite memoirs read like fiction with scenes and dialogue?

Do you like short chapters in memoirs?

Do you expect sensory details in scenes?

What are your favorite memoirs and why? I don’t read much non fiction these days, but I did read biographies and remember liking the ones that felt like fiction.

Respond to one or more questions and I’ll give you a PDF of Forever Love, a novella about timeless love.

Forever Love coverLike my Facebook page and comment and I will send you a PDF of “The Christmas Promise.” This is not the typical short story. A woman must recover from abuse from her husband and help her kids deal at the same time.

Mary Christmas short story Author/121044561311561 Follow Mary Marvella on…

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