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- An Open Letter to Both Sides of the Fence on this 7th Morning of 30 Days of Thankfulness
- Hazed by the Electoral College — Humor Relief for a Nail-biting Nation
- Cutting Through The Clutter
- Actor/Director Michael Norris, son of martial arts expert Chuck Norris to visit ATS LIVE!
Did I run to the grocery store? Of course not. I
wanted needed to be writing! Besides, there’s a reason my kids call me the queen of substitution.
I scanned a number of recipes, took an idea from this one and an idea from that one, based on what ingredients I had on hand. I began playing with the ingredients, tasting, adding, and tasting again until — VOILA! I’m sitting here enjoying the most fantastic mug of hot cocoa! (Drizzling hot caramel syrup over the top was genius, if I have to say so myself! Next time I may even have to add a drizzle of chocolate. Hey– I never said it was a diet drink!) Naturally, when it turned our so delish, I thought of y’all.
“My Season Celebrating Hot Cocoa Mix”
3 cups powered milk
4 ounces Coffeemate French Vanilla dry creamer
1 cup regular sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
1 and 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa
So, for this size coffee mug, I used about 3 heaping teaspoons. Enjoy!
Most of you know that Sunday evenings generally find me prepping for Monday evening’s radio show. By now you’re accustomed to my asking y’all to join me for another visit on ATS LIVE, but never have I felt like it was more important for y’all to engage. As the presidential election nears, and the mud-slinging gets deeper, my special guest and I are going to wade into the discussion.
But, here’s the thing. We won’t be addressing the election in the way you’ve come to expect. While we both feel this is a crucial moment in our nation’s history, we won’t be choosing sides and hashing it out, talking over each other in efforts to score points. Nor will we gang up on one side and lay out our case against the candidate that is challenging our favorite.
Instead, NYT’s Bestselling Author, Andy Andrews, will be with me to discuss one of his powerful new releases that answers a sobering question, “How Do You Kill Eleven Million People?” What does that have to do with the election? Tune in and find out! You’ll be glad you did.
ATS LIVE airs locally on KMBL Talk50 and steams live through my website but I’ll save you a click by posting that link here for you. Show time is 5:00 to 6:00 PM Central Time and YOU’RE INVITED! As always, I’ll be chatting with everyone during the show on the All Things Southern Facebook wall. Hope to see you on the air.
Leave your comments and questions here or on the All Things Southern Facebook wall to enter a drawing for Andy’s book.
OH, the fun we had this past weekend when the Houston baby czars joined the Louisiana czars! Four little ones under four creates the most wonderful chaos.
I relished the first opportunity for them to play in Keggie and Pop’s Grand Play House. The pictures don’t do the spot justice, so here’s some FYI: It’s a walk-in closet that I cleaned out for them. I painted the bottom of the walls with chalkboard paint, put colorful vinyl stickers at the top, and loaded it up with their toys. To call it a hit would be an understatement!
Actually, you’ll notice that the majority of these pics are fuzzy. Blame it on my mistreated and limping iPhone. I hope to find time to replace it this week. Okay, I’m not going to caption all the pics. You’ll see that the czars went out to eat with us. We may have over stayed our welcome there. I fear they successfully terrorized the coffee-house that belongs to our beloved pastor and his wife.
Over the course of the weekend the older czars made fall turkeys with Grant’s mommy and Emerson’s aunt Jessica while Connor and Carlisle napped. The four of them posed hahahhahahahahhaha, excuse me, for pictures on the lake bank, enjoyed a Ranger ride with Pops, and took mini-kayak adventures with the two of us. A good time was had by all.
Heads up, freaders! (That’s friend/readers for any newcomers.) I do hope you’re making plans to join me tomorrow evening for ATS LIVE, the radio talk show that is unlike anything else on air, and I don’t even think I’ll elaborate on that. You’ll just have to join us and experience the porch for yourself.
I’m excited about my special guest, Courtney Walsh. Courtney is an author, scrapbooking expert, theatre director, playwright, and contributing editor to Memory Makers Magazine and Children’s Ministry Magazine. Oh, and did I mention that she’s also written several full-length musicals?
Courtney will tell us all about her latest release, A Sweet Homecoming, and we’ll have a 3-set giveaway of the whole Sweethaven series. As always, to enter the drawing, you’ll need to comment on the show thread tomorrow. Remember, these days we’re holding the live chat on the All Things Southern wall instead of my personal wall. I won’t be checking my personal way for your entries, so make sure you “like” All Things Southern and join us there!
And here are those details/schmetails:
ATS LIVE airs locally on KMBL Talk50 and steams live through my website but I’ll save you a click by posting that link here for you. Show time is 5:00 to 6:00 PM Central Time and YOU’RE INVITED! Hope to see you on the air.
Do you have any questions for me or Courtney? Leave ’em here
and we’ll get to them on air!
Awoke to an awesome Saturday. Temps have dropped and I have a free block of time to get some words down on the work in progress.
But, hey– I may be offline but that doesn’t mean I’m not thinking about y’all, dear readers. And to prove it, I thought I’d post one of my favorite fall treats. I whip up this Spice Tea every year around this time. It’s next week’s “radio recipe” but seeing as I’ll be enjoying several cups today while I work, I decided to share it with y’all in case you’d like to stir some up for your weekend!
“Fall’s Favorite Spice Tea”
1 cup instant tea
2 cups lemonade mix
2 cups Tang instant breakfast drink
1 cup sugar (option)
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. allspice
We’ll begin by measuring out a cup of instant tea, two cups of lemonade mix, and one cup of sugar. Mix this up with a teaspoon each of ground cloves, ground cinnamon, and allspice. Put it in a dry container and store it in the pantry. Now, when you want a great cup of spice tea, just heat a mug full of water and stir in 2-3 heaping teaspoons, depending on how strong you like it. Believe it or not, I used to put 2 full cups of sugar in this recipe. These days I either use half the amount of sugar or leave it out completely! I think there’s plenty sweetness in the Tang and lemonade mix. You can always add a teaspoon to your cup if you need it sweeter.
Oh, and y’all—if you want a quick wassail flavor, just substitute orange juice for the water. This also makes a really nice gift. Just put it in a pretty container, tie a bow around the top and attach the recipe!
And now for some totally useless FYI, I’ve writing in my seriously comfy chillin’ jeans. These things are powerful!
Do you suppose that means I’m writing a best-seller??!!!