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Ready, Set, Heat August 31, 2012

Filed under: Books,Cooking,Family — itsrebekahlyn @ 11:55 AM
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I have been spoiled the last several years living close enough to my parents to have home cooked meals most nights of the week. Now they are retired and gallivanting around visiting family and friends, or chilling up in North Carolina, and I am left to fend for myself more often than not. I do enjoy cooking, trying out new things, and especially using the produce from my garden, but when I am deep in the trenches, working on a new book, there is little time to eat, much less stop and make a meal with fresh ingredients, so I end up eating lots of pre-made things.

 

I can’t deny I have eaten many a frozen dinner in my time, but lately those aren’t very appealing. They simply don’t have the same flavor and variety I grew accustomed to with mom so close by. Of course there are all the preservatives in those dinners to consider also. A couple weeks ago I came across a refrigerated Hormel roast dinner in Publix and decided to give it a shot since I had been craving a nice roast. After church I came home, popped the plastic dish in the microwave, and four minutes later I had dinner. Well, I had my entrée. It took a few more minutes to whip up some mashed potatoes.

 

The roast had a nice flavor and was extremely tender, just like if I had cooked it in the crockpot for several hours. The only drawback to this meal was the small amount in the packaging for the price. I was definitely paying for the convenience, and I would probably do so again, especially when I am deep in the weeds of editing. Fortunately, my parents are going to be in town for the next few weeks so I won’t have to fend for myself as I finish the first rounds of rewrites on my current work in progress. I’m looking forward to a wonderful dinner with fresh vegetables from the garden later this week.

 

What do you think about all of the pre-packaged meals available these days?

Dinner a couple weeks ago

 

Dinner with mom home

 

Happy Birthday Mom! August 24, 2012

Filed under: Family — itsrebekahlyn @ 11:57 AM
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You may remember just two weeks ago we celebrated my dad’s birthday. Today it is all about mom. This year is a milestone for her, but I won’t tell you which one. We are spending the weekend in Atlanta shopping till we drop. Yesterday we went to Ikea and then discovered this very cool store called Mega Mart.

 

Mega Mart is the size of a Macy’s or Dilliard’s with one floor of clothes, furniture, housewares, and jewelry, and one floor that is all grocery. Mom & I both love exploring the foods of other cultures. When we visited Cozumel, Mexico a few years ago we went to the Mega Superstorenot far from the port and brought home some home some Svelte, a Mexican powdered milk product. When we were in St. Maarten, the French side, a friend told us to Zangs, where we got French baguettes and passion fruit juice concentrate. So stumbling upon Mega Mart in Atlanta was a real treat for us. We easily spent an hour wandering the aisles trying to figure out what so many of the food items were. I was astounding to see how much dried seafood they had, everything from dried kelp to dried anchovies.

 

Today, we are going to Mall of Georgia and the nearby Tanger Outlet. What woman wouldn’t be thrilled to spend the entire day shopping? I am so happy I was able to get time off work to spend this time with my mom. These are the memories that will keep me company when she is off enjoying retirement.

Happy birthday mom! I love you a bushel and a peck.

Tea Selection at Mega Mart

 

Mega Mart Atlanta

 

Interview with Author Zari Banks August 13, 2012

Filed under: Books — itsrebekahlyn @ 11:50 AM
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Social media is such a wonderful way to meet new people. I have met a number of writers through Facebook and Twitter and developed some truly entertaining friendships. I’ve found the indie writer community very welcoming and supportive so when Zari Banks posted that she was looking for blog tour hosts I was eager to help out.

Author Zari Banks

Banks is a published author, freelance writer, master teacher, small business owner, editor, blogger, speaker, and mother. Banks grew up in Kennewick, Washington, and relocated to Arizona where she attended graduate school at the University of Arizona. Her new book, The 10 Commandments of Prayer: Praying the Will of God for Your Children is now available in paperback.

Tell us about your new book.

The 10 Commandments of Prayer: Praying the Will of God for Your Children was divinely downloaded to me one morning after two days of praying Proverbs 8:12 which reads, “Wisdom dwells with prudence, and gives me knowledge of witty inventions.” I pray the scriptures. That’s how prayers get answered, and this book is evidence of it. After asking God to give me a ‘witty invention’ He gave me a book that I can use for income, and that’s in line with His will which means it will be successful (Matthew 6:10; Proverbs 16:3; Deuteronomy 8:18). This is my fourth book on prayer, and it examines The Ten Commandments, and teaches how to pray and declare those desires for our conduct into our children’s lives.

In May God gave me a prophecy in which He said he was giving me a nation to feed, and would provide the wisdom and way for me. Once that prophecy was given it was my job to discern through prayer and reading the Bible what group of people He was referring to, and what steps He wanted me to take. So, I began to seek after Him, and study how to discover my assignment or purpose – I share this journey to discovery in my podcast, Praying with Power and Purpose. I’ve had several dreams in which God gave me instructions, I’ve been given revelation as I read and studied my Bible and have had two prophecies spoken to me by strangers that have confirmed the direction I’m headed in.

This book is not easy to read. But, it’s powerful.

God is calling His children to remember His basic truths – commands that He’s given and expectations for our behavior. We all want His blessings, but often overlook His very first command to love Him first and foremost. That command will never change, and any time we behave, speak or think in a manner that’s contrary to that command, we’re in sin and face discipline until repentance. This book basically reminds us that God’s word – the Bible – is true and that He means what He says.

As Christian parents our main responsibility is to teach our kids to love and honor God. Our children are facing obstacles and temptations that can’t be overcome outside of God’s assistance. In order to take advantage of His abundance of divine blessings and protection we have to submit to His desire that we obey The Ten Commandments. The world is constantly changing, and often for the worse, but He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.  

Since you write for a Christian audience, tell me about your faith. When did you become a believer?

I became a believer when I was 7 years old, however, I only began to understand what a personal relationship with Christ is in my 20s. My faith is extraordinary. I say this because I’ve experienced five years of complete chaos, devastation and loss and I love God more than ever. My faith is still growing leaps and bounds now because I’m one who has eyes to see and ears to hear.

How many kids do you have and what are their ages?

In spite of who I was/am, God has allowed me to be the proud mother of a 10-year-old genius. But, more important than being a top student, he’s kind, respectful and honest. He loves the Lord. He’s the proof that the prayers in my book are effective because these are things I’ve prayed for him his entire life. In five years of suffering alongside of me through turmoil he hasn’t once misbehaved at school disrespected another adult or other person or had any psychological issues.

What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

I love to read. I love to play. I really enjoy eating.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Hagen Daaz chocolate.

Is there any funny, crazy, amazing, or interesting fact you would like your fans to know about you?

I’m a terrible dancer. I have no rhythm whatsoever.

Since my blog revolves around food, I was wondering if you have a favorite recipe you would like to share.  

You know what, I don’t have a favorite recipe because I just thoroughly enjoy consuming food – and large amounts of it. But, I love sitting down eat a traditional family dinner. Meaning that mealtimes are family time, and, in addition to, the nourishment of our bodies family dinners feed our souls as well.

Where can people find you around the web?

Hub: http://www.zwriteswords.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authorzaribanks

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/mizbanks

Available at Amazon

 

Happy Birthday Daddy August 10, 2012

Filed under: Family — itsrebekahlyn @ 11:50 AM
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Today is my dad’s birthday. I’m not ashamed to say that I am totally daddy’s little princess and I am very sad that I won’t be able to celebrate with him today.  As a little girl, he and I would dance together to Bobby Vinton and Ritchie Valens. When I turned 16, we worked together rebuilding the transmission on his Chevy Chevette for me to drive. When I started commuting fifty miles to work, he took me to the shooting range and taught me how to protect myself. There are many things about my dad I am eternally grateful for; he makes me laugh, he makes me feel safe, and he gives me the encouragement to pursue my dreams. I want to let him know, that even though I can’t be with him today, I hope that he has the most happy birthday.

 

My Love for Barnes & Noble August 3, 2012

Filed under: Books,Recipes,Tea — itsrebekahlyn @ 12:04 PM
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Rebekah Lyn's bookcaseI’m a Barnes & Noble girl.  From the first time I pulled open those colonial green doors, breathed in the welcoming aroma of fresh brewed coffee, and my gaze fell upon the evenly spaced rows of dark stained bookcases filled with new adventures waiting to be opened, I was in love.   Gathering a pile of books and collapsing into a comfy chair to decide which treasures would go home with me, was the highlight of many a college weekend.

 

Now, I’ve noticed most of the stores have removed those wonderful chairs, leaving only the hard, straight-backed seats in the café for respite from scouring the aisles.  I guess that is the corporate office’s attempt to discourage loitering and reading without purchasing.  In a way I can understand the change, but at the same time I miss the leisurely feel they added, like I was visiting a friend’s home library and being invited to take all the time I needed to choose the books I was interested in.

 

One of the stores near me is two stories with several large tables on the second level overlooking the main floor.  I don’t get to this location as often as I would like, but some summer afternoons, I am content to purchase a trenta Passion Tea Lemonade from the Starbucks café, ride the escalator to the second floor, and sit at one of these tables, watching the people below weave through the aisles.  Some move with purpose directly to their intended section, but most wander aimlessly, pulling a book out to scan its cover or simply touching a beautiful cover.  Maybe one day I will meet my future husband on one of these lazy afternoons and we will talk of all the good books still waiting to be discovered.  Until then, I think I will mix up my own Passion Tea Lemonade and take a break in the backyard to soak up a few rays.  If you want to make your own drink and join me in the sun here’s the recipe I used.

 

Tea, Biscotti, and Me August 1, 2012

Filed under: Baking,Books,Cooking,Recipes,Tea — itsrebekahlyn @ 6:16 PM
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This weekend I had the privilege of appearing at another Afternoon Tea with the Author, this time in Anderson, SC.  The women I met were warm and welcoming.  When we offered gifts to those who asked questions, Lois was quick to jump in, asking when I gave my life to God.  Since I write Christian fiction, I was actually a bit surprised this question hadn’t come up in my previous Tea events.  I was nine when I first prayed for God to come into my heart, and I remember actually thinking a little person was going to come live inside my heart.  I enjoyed talking with these gracious Southern women, sharing about my writing process, and where I get my ideas.

The food was wonderful too.  I love biscotti and was thrilled to see a plate of homemade biscotti sandwiched between fresh scones and a cranberry-coconut bar that was to die for.  Of course I couldn’t leave with out getting the biscotti recipe.  If you give it a try let me know what you think.

Pistachio- Craisin Biscotti

Line a heavy, large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Whisk 2 cups flour with 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder.  Set aside.

Beat 3/4 cup sugar, 1/2 cup unsalted butter, 1 tsp. grated lemon zest & 1/4 tsp. salt.

Beat in 2 large eggs – one at a time.  Add the flour mixture just ’til blended.

Stir in 3/4 cup chopped pistachios & 2/3 cup craisins.

Form the dough into a 13″ long, 3″ wide log on the parchment sheet.  Bake until lightly golden, (about 40 min.)  Cool 30 min.

Place log on a cutting board.  Using a sharp serrated knife, cut the log on a diagonal into 1/2 to 3/4″ thick slices.

Arrange the biscotti, cut side down, on the baking sheet.  Bake again ’til pale golden. (about 15 min.)

Transfer biscotti to a rack & cool completely.

These may be served plain or dipped in dark or white chocolate & set on rack to set.

 

 
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