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Food Friday: Homemade Sweet Potato Fries

One of my favorite dishes is homemade sweet potato fries. They are so delicious, healthy and easy to prepare. Here is my recipe.

1) Slice one to two sweet potatoes. If you have a food slicer, you can do thin strips. If you are using a knife, wedges will be easier.

2) Place sliced sweet potatoes on cookie sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and seasonings. I usually use cinnamon on half the tray and salt and pepper on the other half, but feel free to experiment.

3) Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes. Flip, and bake for another 6-10 minutes. If you like them more crispy, you can cook them longer. Just be sure to keep an eye on them, so they don’t burn.

Enjoy!

Thrifty Tuesday: Homemade Vegetable Broth

One of my favorite books about saving money is Be Thrifty: How to Live Better with Less by Pia Catton and Califia Suntree. The book covers everything from pets to grocery bills. This past winter I started making my own chicken stock after finding instructions in this book. Yesterday, I made homemade vegetable broth for the first time. It was super easy. All you need is vegetable scrapes and water. You simply boil the vegetables and water in a giant pot for about an hour and a half. Then, voila. You have vegetable broth.

Salted Caramel Mocha… My Newest Obsession

It has been a very busy week. Between work and my personal life, I am exhausted. Thank goodness I have a fun-filled weekend planned. Plus, it is supposed to be rainy all weekend, so I have permission from the weather gods to sleep as much I wish.

To kick the weekend off, I plan on treating myself to a Starbucks salted caramel mocha. They are my latest obsession, and I have been craving one all week. I don’t know what it is about coffee (especially hot coffee), but a $5 latte from Starbucks (or my favorite local coffee shop) really brightens my day. It is almost like the high you get from buying a new pair of shoes or finding an awesome jacket for 70% off, but it costs less than $10.

Some days I do feel guilty for spending so much money on coffee when I can make it for almost nothing at home. (I have to limit my trips to the coffee shop to one or two days a week. Otherwise, I would be broke.) Occasionally, I get brave and attempt to make my own fancy beverages in my kitchen. This summer, I mastered caramel and mocha frappucinnos, and I also created my own smores frappucinno. It is never as good as the barista’s creations, but it is a close second when you don’t feel like getting dressed to leave the house or you only have pennies in your wallet.

This morning, I was searching for a recipe to make my beloved salted caramel mocha at home, and I found a recipe I can’t wait to try. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Starbucks Salted Carmel Hot Chocolate Recipe

Food Friday: Easy Homemade Birthday Cake

Usually, I am all for homemade treats. Whenever possible, I avoid processed foods.  I don’t want to eat ingredients I can’t pronounce. I know that homemade is usually cheaper than a pre-made, but sometimes, 100% homemade just isn’t possible.

Last weekend, I had a birthday party for one of my best friends. I didn’t want to spend $20 on a store made cake, and I didn’t want to be the woman who showed up to the party with a dessert in a grocery store container. However, I didn’t have time to make a homemade cake from scratch. I settled for a box cake and pre-made frosting, and I fell in with this Betty Crocker Decorative Icing.

One of the best inventions ever!

Even though the ingredients came from a box, the finished product had the character of a homemade cake. Plus, I had fun playing baker for a few minutes. Check out my master piece!

 

New Blog Post Schedule

Last spring, I took a course on writing for the web, and the instructor suggested that blogs should be posted on a schedule. Apparently, readers like to know when to expect certain content. When I first started my blog (which was originally a class assignment), I was reluctant to set a schedule. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to write about, so I definitely wasn’t ready to commit to a writing schedule. After a few months of posting, I’ve noticed a trend in my posts and writing and editing projects, and I am ready to announce my new posting schedule. Drum roll, please…

Miscellaneous Monday: This is to ease my inner free spirit that hates schedules. I still have one day a week that allows me write about anything I want.

Wedding Wednesday: I’ve been doing a lot of blogging for businesses in the wedding industry. (I’m obsessed with all things wedding.) On Wednesdays, I will share posts to my recent work as well as other fun wedding related information and resources I stumble upon.

Food Friday: I love food and cooking. Although it has slowed down, I was doing a lot of projects/blogs related to food. On Fridays, I will share links to recent posts, recipes, and other food related information and resources.

Saturday Morning Reading and Writing: You would think that I would take a break from reading and writing on the weekends since I write and edit for a living, but it is my passion. I love Saturday mornings when I can lounge around with a cup of coffee and a good book or notepad. So on Saturdays, I will share writing advice and news as well as book reviews.

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5 Reasons I Love My Job

Well, my writing and editing work has been keeping me very busy the last couple of week, but I’ve still managed to find time to enjoy the perks of working from home. Here are five reasons I love my job.

1) I can bake cookies on my lunch hour.

2) My commute equals a short walk down the hall, a stop in the bathroom, a few minutes at the coffee pot, a right into the living room, and just a few more feet to my desk.

3) This morning, I got to listen to the rain and feel the cool morning breeze. Much better than being stuck in an office building.

4) Permission to take an afternoon nap when I can’t keep my eyelids open.

5) Working bare foot. Bye-bye uncomfortable heels.

Now that I made myself sound like a hippy who loves to eat and sleep, here is what I’ve actually been working.

I finished writing web copy for Mita Productions, and Mita posted my wedding planning blog. Every week, I will be writing a post about wedding planning. Stay tuned for my next post about current flower trends.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Virgina Tran, the editor for Hamptons Chef Society. The finished post should be up soon.

Music by Design posted two of my blogs (Something Blue and Something Old…). I also wrote two other posts that will be posted soon.

Most of the week has been spent editing a crime mystery novel. It is a very captivating story. Best of luck to Bill Riveron. I hope to see the book in print one day.

I’m very excited to announce that I have started a new series on A Garden Party blog. Every week, I am featuring a vendor that A Garden Party frequently works with. This week I had the pleasure of talking to Stephan from The Sweet Life Bakery. He and his wife are very inspiring. Click here to check it out.

Well, I better get back to work. I have about 30 pages of the crime novel left to edit, and I am hoping to finish it tonight so I can work on grants and blogs tomorrow. Toodles.

What I’ve Been Up To

Well, it has been a little over a week since my last update. Life has been crazy. I’ve been working extra hours at my other jobs, and I’ve been working on some fun projects. I started editing a crime mystery novel by Bill Riveron. I am a little over halfway through my first read-through, and I can’t wait to find out what happens; I feel like I am reading a script for CSI. I also have been working with Mita Productions, a South Asian wedding planner in California, to update their website copy; I also wrote a post about planning a wedding for their blog. As usual, I have been working on some grants for CFW and Habitat for Humanity, and I have also wrote a few blogs for Hampton Chef Society and  A Garden Party Florist. Here is my recent posts.

An Indepth Interview with Michael Giusto – Thank you for the interview Michael. It was a pleasure talking to you.

A Garden Party Review: Kim Kardashian’s Wedding Plans – Guess who much her budget is? You will be jealous; I promise.

A Garden Party Review: Niecy Nash’s Wedding –  This might be my favorite celebrity wedding so far.

I have some more exciting articles coming soon.

Good night!

 

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