Month: July 2014

Day 22, 23, and 24

I’m editing the book…so I’ve been slightly preoccupied. But here’s Day 22 thru 24. Since I’m computer retarded, I have no clue how to post pics with text underneath, so the handwriting pictures will be at the end. Mine will be first, then Marie’s.

Day 23 – Favorite color
Elizabeth – Black… Followed by blue and green.

Marie – My favorite color has pretty much always been blue and I’m happy with just about any shade of blue. I also really like purple, turquoise, gray, and pink. They all make me happy.

Day 24 – Hobbies

Elizabeth – When I’m not writing….which for the past 16 months has been NEVER…. I love doing anything creative. Sometimes I paint (not well), or decoupage, but other than writing, photography is my favorite hobby.

Marie – My hobbies would be reading, cooking, singing, photography and pretty much being creative however I can. I love to have a project going and I love to try to think out of the box as solutions for common ‘problems’ around the house.

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Day 20 and 21

Day 20 Introvert or extrovert

Elizabeth-
I’m very much an introvert. I must have alone time and lots of it. I prefer the company of a few friends more than a crowd and I really despise situations where I have to make small talk. I suppose I think everyone should want to talk about philosophical issues at the drop of a hat. 🙂 Even though I consider myself very introverted, being a nurse has – for lack of a better word – forced me to be more extroverted…which I think is good. We all need to be well- rounded and adaptable.

Marie-
I’d have to say I’m a little of both. I like to be by myself and do my own thing sometimes, but other times, I like to be around people and in the middle of everything. I hate to be center of attention though, I’m more of a behind the scenes type of person. I like to think I’m pretty balanced in this department.

Day 21 – Favorite Childhood Toys

Elizabeth-
Barbies. For the reasons Marie listed below. I also had a stuffed raccoon named Stanaley. Not Stanley…Stanaley. 🙂 Marie didn’t mention this, but I will for her…since I’m talking about my stuffed animal. She had a blanket named Fluffy. Those two stayed with us through at least college, I know. Fluffy might still be around….😏

Marie-
Well, we have both mentioned it before and I am again, but one of my favorite childhood toys was my Barbies. Elizabeth and I played Barbies pretty much every time we were together when we were kids. I would stay overnight sometimes and we would play Barbies until after we were told to go to bed and we would set the alarm and wake up as early as we could to continue our ‘story line’ as well! Talk about imaginations! Our Barbies had some serious and creative issues, but we had such a blast every time we got together and played. Those are some of my most precious childhood memories!
Ultimately, I truly believe our Barbie playing skills are the foundation of our ability to come up with and develop ‘The Waiting’ series! It’s totally like playing Barbies without the Barbies! 😉

Day 19 – Favorite Holiday

Elizabeth – Favorite Holiday
For me, it’s a toss up between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. I love everything about the Thanksgiving time of year – food preparation, football games, Macy’s parade, and the turkey-induced coma afterwards. I love it all! New Year’s Eve has always been special to me. Every year, it’s tradition for me to listen to Counting Crows’ Long December… I’ve done it since I was a teenager. Since Terri and I have been together, we’ve always made it a point to have some sort of adventure on December 31. It’s never anything big….but in year’s past we’ve gone to the zoo or exploring a local town to take pictures, but we always, always have sparkling grape juice at midnight. 🙂

Marie – Favorite holiday

My favorite holiday used to be something that is not actually a holiday, but a festival that is held locally every year. The Balloon Races. I love the Balloon Races every year, but recently that has become my second favorite after having kids of course. My favorite holiday now would be Christmas simply because I love to see my little girl’s eyes light up when she sees what Santa Claus brought her! It’s still so magical for her and will be for my son when he gets a little older and I absolutely cannot wait to see them both thoroughly enjoy Christmas morning!

Day 18 – Favorite Recipes

Elizabeth-
Easy Crawfish Étouffée (or chicken or shrimp)

1 1/2 cups chopped onions
1 cup bell pepper
1 cup chopped celery
1 can Rotel
2 cloves garlic
1 1/2 stick butter
1 can cream of celery soup
2 pound crawfish tails (or other meat of your choice)
Salt and pepper.

Sauté onion, bell pepper, celery, and garlic in butter. Add soup tomatoes and crawfish cover and simmer about 30 minutes season with salt and pepper to taste. Add water as needed if sauce is too thick. Serve over cooked rice.

My Ultra-Easy Version

1 bag of PICC sweet seasoned blend
Butter to sauté
1 can cream of celery
1 can Rotel
2 lbs meat of choice
Tony’s Chachere Seasoning

Sauté PICC sweet veggies in butter. Add soup, tomatoes, and meat of choice. Cover and simmer about 30 minutes. Season with Tony’s. Add water as needed if sauce is too thick. Serve over cooked rice.

Chocolate Eclair Pie

1 box of graham crackers
1 box of instant French vanilla pudding
1 small container of Cool Whip
1 chocolate icing of choice

Layer pan with graham crackers. Mix pudding and cool whip and pour into pan. Add another layer of graham crackers. Heat icing in microwave until it stirs easily and cover your pie. Refrigerate before eating if you can wait that long.

Marie –
Favorite recipe

Ok I’ll do 2! The first is a fairly quick and easy chowder. During the winter months, I make it a good bit around our house. You can also spice it up if you like with the Mexican velveeta cheese and the southwestern style corn.

Shrimp and corn chowder

1 bunch of green onions
1 stick of butter
2 cups half & half
1 can rotel tomatoes
1 can cream of mushroom soup
2 cans cream of potato soup
1 can corn–drained
8 oz velveeta cheese
1 pack of shrimp
2 cans diced potatoes

Brown onions in butter
Mix all together then simmer after cheese melts. This is a meal that you have to continuously stir so the cheese doesn’t scorch on the bottom of your pan which would completely ruin the whole chowder. I may or may not have done that a time or 2…

My next recipe is a dessert and it is absolutely fantabulous! It does take a bit of time to make, but it’s so worth it!!! I honestly prefer this instead of birthday cake most years!

Mississippi Mud Pie

1 3/4 c. flour
1 stick butter
3/4 c. chopped pecans
1 c. powdered sugar
8 oz. cream cheese 12 oz. Cool Whip
2 sm. instant puddings 1 chocolate 1 vanilla (sometimes I use 2 chocolate)
3 c. milk

1st Layer: Combine melted butter, flour, and pecans. Spread in 9 x 13 baking dish and bake at 350 degrees until brown. Let cool.

2nd Layer: Combine softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, and 1/2 of the Cool Whip. Mix together and spread over flour mixture, let chill.

3rd Layer: Combine 2 instant puddings with 3 cups of milk. Pour over 2nd Layer.

4th Layer: Top with remaining Cool Whip. Garnish with shavings of chocolate candy bar and cherries.

Day 17 – Books to Read Over and Over

Elizabeth –
The Awakening – Kate Chopin
Anthem – Ayn Rand
The Giver – Lois Lowry
Turning Angel – Greg Iles
The City of Ember – Jeanne DuPrau
The People of Sparks – Jeanne DuPrau
The House of Crimson and Clover Series – Sarah M. Cradit
Pam of Babylon Series – Suzanne Jenkins
Wesley the Owl – Stacy O’Brien
Wolves at our Door – Jim and Jamie Dutcher

Marie –
The Hunger Games trilogy
November of the Heart
North and South trilogy

Day 16 – What is your passion?

Elizabeth-
My passion….aside from my family, friends, and 4-legged children, writing is my passion. Shocking, I know. 🙂 Words are free therapy. The best feeling in the world is that feeling of ‘having to write’ and then reading it afterwards. I try to either write or edit everyday and lots of times I don’t feel ‘inspired’ per say. But I’ve found that I don’t have to be all the time. Sure, the words flow more freely when I am, but for me, I’ve found the cure for writer’s block is simply to KEEP WRITING.

Marie-
What is your passion?

I know I talk about my kids a lot, but they truly are my world. They are the reason I get up every morning and not a lot of sleep at night and I am completely content with that. 😉

Day 15 – Favorite Songs

1. The Dream is Still Alive – Wilson Phillips
2. Like a Prayer – Madonna
3. Between the Raindrops – Lifehouse/Natasha Bedingfield
4. Silver Springs – Fleetwood Mac
5. Because the Night – 10,000 Maniacs
6. The Potter’s Hand – Darlene Zschech
7. Jolene – Dolly Parton
8. The Lord is My Shepherd – Dennis Jernigan
9. Reno – Doug Supernaw
10. The Resurrection – Matraca Berg
11. Sullen Girl – Fiona Apple
12. Stairway to Heaven – Heart(Kennedy Center Honors)
13. Thought I’d Died and Gone to Heaven – Bryan Adams
14. No Love – Eminem
15. I’m Only Happy When it Rains
16. Mississippi – Paula Cole
17. Straight Tequila Night – John Anderson

Okay….I’ve got to STOP!

Marie-
1. Hallelujah-Jeff Buckley
2. The Dance-Garth Brooks
3. Fall to Pieces-Avril Lavigne
4. American Pie-Don McLean
5. Tenderly-Sherrie Austin
6. Delicious Surprise-Beth Hart
7. How Great Thou Art
8. I’m Gonna Be Somebody-Travis Tritt
9. Impulsive-Wilson Philips
10. Let Her Go-Passenger
11. Meet Virginia-Train
12. Never is a Promise-Fiona Apple
13. Sway-Bic Runga
14. Troubadour-George Strait
15. You Will Never Be-Julia Sheer
16. Whisper My Name-Randy Travis

Ok, let’s be honest here…this list could go on indefinitely…