Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Snickerdoodle Muffins

As everyone knows, I have long been a fan of snickerdoodles. So when this variation started making the rounds on Facebook, I couldn't resist. Last night, after piano ensemble rehearsal, I came home and whipped up a batch snickerdoodle muffins.

You MUST try this recipe. I promise you won't be sorry.


2 sticks butter
1 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
3/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp cream of tartar
3/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1 1/4 cup sour cream (I used reduced fat)
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour

In a shallow bowl, combine 1/2 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon

1. Cream the butter and sugar. Add the vanilla. Add the eggs one at a time; mix well.

2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, cream of tartar and nutmeg.

3. Add the flour mixture and the sour cream alternately to the butter-egg mixture. Mix well.

4. Using a scoop, scoop out muffin batter one at a time and drop into a shallow bowl filled with the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Roll the muffin around in the mixture until it is covered completely, Place muffin into muffin tin. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 20-22 minutes or until done.

Friday, April 19, 2013

I finally did it

This afternoon I bought myself a grand piano.

It was love at first sight and then some. More than just a pretty face, this beautiful instrument has heart and soul. It will be pure joy to realize its depths.

It's shiny but it's not brand new. And I had to take out a loan to pay for it.

But I am convinced beyond the shadow of a doubt that I made the right decision. As a matter of fact, I have been asking myself why I didn't take the plunge sooner.

Stupid fear.

Delivery is scheduled for next Thursday.

Life will never be the same.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Baby Bonsai

My firstborn and his girlfriend gave me a Miniature Indoor Bonsai Tree Garden kit for Christmas. I followed the instructions carefully, soaking the pre-planted tub of seeds, then placing the tub in the refrigerator, imitating winter. After several weeks, I removed the tub from the refrigerator and waited for the seeds to sprout. Just when I was about to give up, I discovered a lone seedling. Now my tiny tree is about two inches tall. 

I love it dearly. It will be two years before my baby bonsai is tall enough and sturdy enough to plant outdoors. It appears that growing a bonsai tree is yet another lesson in patience. My journey has begun.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Words in, words out

Reading is the inhale, writing is the exhale.
~ Justine Musk

At the beginning of 2013, I resolved to read fifty books over the course of the year. I have only finished twelve so far so I'm a bit behind schedule. But I still believe I can make my goal, especially considering I usually have three or four books going at any given time. Currently, I am wading through five.

The Meryl Streep Book Club by Mia March (fiction)
Grand Obsession by Perri Knize (nonfiction/memoir)
The Prosperous Heart by Julia Cameron (nonfiction/self-help)
Hooked by Les Edgerton (nonfiction/writing craft)
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (fiction/Kindle)

It is nice to think that all this reading will make me a stronger writer. But the books themselves are reward enough. What are you reading right now?

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Circle of Life

I've been obsessed with copper lately.

Red Jasper and Copper Earrings
Crazy Cluster Seed Bead Copper Chain Mail Earrings
Swarovksi Pearl and Crystal Copper Criss Cross Bracelet
Czech Glass and Copper Earrings

Check out these pieces and many more at my online store, The Wishing Box at Etsy. Sell jewelry>buy supplies>make more jewelry>sell jewelry. It's the circle of my beading life.  

Monday, April 15, 2013

Words, words, words

I write because I don't know what I think until I read what I say.
~Flannery O'Connor

I'm not sure where the time has gone, but it's been almost a month since I've posted to this blog. I wish I could say I have finished my novel, lost ten pounds, and vacationed in Europe. Instead, I have barely kept my head above water.

Yep, I have been in survival mode. A pending court case, the threat of another lawsuit, a leaky roof and an unexpected tax bill: all that and more have made for challenging days and the occasional dark night. But I have good friends who know how to talk me down from the ledge and here I am, healthy and stronger than over. The tough times aren't over yet. I guess they're never REALLY over. But I'm ready for a reprieve.

Until then, the best I can do is dig my heels in and devote every ounce of my being to living better, loving more, and making my dreams come true. Heck, I might even buy myself a grand piano. This article gave me a lot to think about. I have wanted a grand piano as long as I can remember. Is there something you have always wanted? Are there steps you can take towards achieving it?