September 11th Patriot’s Day

I suspect a lot of people remember where they were when the towers fell. I was at my ex husband’s photo studio doing a friend’s makeup for author photos. When my ex yelled a string of expletives I won’t repeat, I rushed into his office, expecting him to be bleeding or injured in some way. Watching the films horrified my friend and me. We went back to our photo prep and once again yells sent us rushing back. We were almost afraid to leave the TV to do the shoot, but we did. After that we had radios playing while we ran errands. but that day we kept waiting for another disaster! The USA was under attack!

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In memory of the nearly 3,000 people who were killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, each year in the United States we observe Patriot Day and the National Day of Service and Remembrance.

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On September 10, 2012, President Obama issued a proclamation. The day was renamed Patriot Day and the National Day of Service and Remembrance

On September 11th, the American flag is to be flown at half-staff at American homes, the White House, and all United States government buildings, whether abroad or at home. Also, Americans are asked to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 A.M.(Eastern Daylight Time), because this is the time the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center. The president also strongly encourages Americans to volunteer for service opportunities that day.

Please share your thoughts and remembrances of that day by leaving a comment.

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Honey Cake Recipe

I think I’d enjoy this!

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Last week, I shared a Romany (Gypsy) recipe that my hero, Luca, may have enjoyed in Regency England, a roasted hedgehog.

Today I’m sharing a Honey Cake Recipe. In my Regency Historical Romance, Seeking Patience, Lady Patience Blakwell, the heroine, serves “honey cakes and tea for a light midday meal.”

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This is a simple recipe, and most ingredients you may already have on hand:

Ingredients:
• 1 cup white sugar
• 1 cup honey
• 1/2 cup vegetable oil
• 4 eggs
• 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
• 1 cup orange juice
• 2 1/2 cups flour
• 3 teaspoons baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• pinch of salt
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Grease and flour a 9×13 inch pan.
2. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
3. Mix sugar, honey, oil, eggs and orange…

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Did Your Family Read the Sunday Funny Papers?

Were you a fan of “Dagwood and Blondie”? Did you read “Calvin and Hobbs”? Did you read the Funnies in the daily papers?

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One of my favorite memories is of my family reading the funny papers on Sunday mornings or afternoons, if we went to church. I’m sure mama and daddy read the funnies in the daily paper, but they were in black and white. Though I was a compulsive reader, I wasn’t much into reading the paper or black and white funnies. Besides, I read books of my choice during the week. 

The fun of arguing over the large pages made us laugh. My short arms made me awkward with the huge papers, but I was the big sister. My parents usually got first choices.  They weren’t happy if we grabbed the funnies section first and left it messy. That meant I had to read “Mark Trails”, “Phantom” , & “Dick Tracy” first while I waited for the good pages. “Dick Tracy” seemed so impossible. Funny thing, since today people watch…

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Without the Piano – the World would BƄ

Interesting information! I borrowed this from my friend and fellow author! Enjoy.

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I love the piano, and so does Morgan, my hero in my new release.  He’s a classical pianist,

Portrait of woman with grand pianoI love the piano, and so does Morgan, my hero in my new release.  He’s a classical pianist, but has been known to play Mr. Piano Man, in a low-rent piano bar in Charleston, SC while customers too drunk  or too sad to listen stuffed money into a fish bowl.

Now, we all know what the piano is, but I thought I’d collect a few facts about the struck string instrument.  The exact time the piano was invented is uncertain, but its birth dates to the 1700s, in Italy.  The term piano is a shortened form of pianoforte, Italian for the instrument, which in turn derives from gravicembalo col piano e forte and fortepiano.

An acoustic piano usually has a protective wooden case surrounding the soundboard and metal strings, and 88 black…

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Sale Shopper

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I admit it, I can’t resist a sale! The word clearance makes me stop and look. Last chance catches my eye, too. Fortunately for me, the reduction must be spectacular and the item on sale must be useful for me.  Yesterday I had to stop at Walgreens and grab a few things. I had in mind to get 3 items and head home to edit. I have been editing more than 200 pages a week this summer. I have projects to complete as soon as possible, like before the kids get back to school and need tutoring (I hope).

Back to Walgreens! If you have allergies or your sinuses dry you might have used this product. I have instructions to put salt in water and sniff it 3 times a day to moisten my sinus. It is good for pain  – causing pain ! The salt and water mixture burns…

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The fascinating culture of the Romany (Gypsies) Part One

I’m betting you love to read about handsome or beautiful gypsies!

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Gadje Gadjensa, Rom Romensa.” This is a Romany (Gypsy) saying that means Gadje with Gadje, Rom with Rom.”

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So what is a gadje? A gadje in the Romany language means “not one of us.” Many Rom prefer to not allow outsiders into their lives. It’s no coincidence that in my hours, days, and months of researching the Romany for my Regency romance novel, SEEKING PATIENCE,  little information was available. Odd, because the Rom have lived in many places throughout the world for centuries. They’re a widely-traveled people. Yet there is little written history regarding their origins, although recent evidence points to an emigration from India 1500 years ago.

I believe that the reason there is little information available is because the Rom simply prefer it that way. They are a proud people who keep to themselves. And they are nomads, forever on the move, traveling…

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Shrimp Pasta Salad Recipe

This is making me hungry!

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Enjoy this delicious recipe for Shrimp Macaroni Pasta Salad, perfect for a light summer meal:

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Ingredients: (Makes 12 servings)

3 cups elbow macaroni

1 pound cooked, peeled, cleaned shrimp, fresh or frozen

2 cups cubed American cheese

1 cup chopped celery

1/2 cup chopped green pepper

1 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing

1 cup sour cream

6 tablespoons vinegar

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

2 dashes Tabasco

Cook pasta according to package directions and drain well. Cut up shrimp and combine with pasta, cheese, celery, and green pepper in large bowl.  Blend. Pour dressing over shrimp mixture, toss lightly, Chill. Garnish with green pepper rings.

Hope you enjoy!

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