Monday, May 30, 2016

Page Flutter Part Two

Six-Word Story Challenge


Part Two


At the beginning of May, Some of you might remember that I decided to join a 6-word story challenge by Page Flutter to expand my writing skills & infuse my journaling routine with creativity! You can read Part one of the challenge here! One of the best parts about this challenge is that it redirected  my journal a bit, I tend to fuss at times or vent in my journal. I also enjoyed added those doodles in the top and bottom of the page.  I have really enjoyed the thirty day challenge. Moreover, I am ready to start a more positive Bullet Journal like Page flutter gave as an example.  Here is a recap on how to play with the prompts.

How to Play…
The beauty of 6-word stories is they can be scrawled anywhere—your journal, a coffee cup, a napkin, even a Post-it note.

  • Be sure to tag your stories on Instagram with #PFSixWordChallenge so we can all see it.
  • Tag me (@PageFlutter ) so she can give your awesome story a shout-out!

Remember: It’s not about having the “best” 6-word story.
It’s about inspiration, so have fun & take creative risks!

If you need a little help getting started, check out Page Flutter's 6-Word Story board on Pinterest. 


Did you know that 6-word stories have also been featured on Ted talks?

From Elizabeth Mappus, a junior at the Academic Magnet High School in North Charleston, S.C

 Check out this link! The evocative world of the six-word memoir: A Q&A with new TED ebook author Larry Smith 

I think we all know of how a story can be sparked with just six words. Just look at Star Wars. If you need something to motivate you, go ahead and give this challenge a try! I found it lots of fun and just the spark I needed! Go ahead, you try and let me know so I can read your six word stories.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Banana Pudding

Not Yo' Mama's Banana Pudding

Recipe courtesy of Paula Deen

Last week our family was invited to a friends Log Cabin on the other side of the mountain. I was really looking forward to this because it was a wonderful opportunity to visit and my son was learning something new. More on that later... 
However, I said I would bring a treat in my excitement. Well what the heck was I thinking! We all know, I can't cook, I don't like to cook, and you do not want to eat what I usually cook. Honestly, I once had the fireman show up at my house when I was baking chicken and the house alarm would not go off. I even tried to cover it up by telling the neighbors and my son it was a Homeschool Fire drill. Alas, the smoke and smell gave me away. I wanted to do it right this time! This is what I decided to make! 

Not Yo' Mama's Banana Pudding

Now before I go into detail, I will admit that there is a good side to being a bad cook. The church never has asked me to bake homemade cinnamon rolls like Linda Mary.  I am asked to bring  drinks or paper goods. This is no stress my reading friends! Oh and the Boy Scouts all love that I bring Costco Surprise every year for the holiday meal. It was a surprise as to what I was going to bring until that day. Now it is a tradition. 
So as you can see, I needed help! I do follow lots of other good cooks like Going my own way, Old Fat Guy Cooking, and many others! My blogging friend Dolly at Hibiscus House had a bunch of wonderful recipes and back in April she made Banana Pudding. My friend Dianne also made it so at this point I wanted some so I had to put on my apron and get to work.
First I watched the video! 

That is My Dear Husband.. He is a good tester and funny when I get his humor.

2 bags Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies
6 to 8 bananas, sliced
2 cups milk
1 (5-ounce) box instant French vanilla pudding
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (12-ounce) container frozen whipped topping thawed, or equal amount sweetened whipped cream


Line the bottom of a 13 by 9 by 2-inch dish with 1 bag of cookies and layer bananas on top. 

In a bowl, combine the milk and pudding mix and blend well using a handheld electric mixer. Using another bowl, combine the cream cheese and condensed milk together and mix until smooth. 
Fold the whipped topping into the cream cheese mixture. 
Add the cream cheese mixture to the pudding mixture and stir until well blended.
 Pour the mixture over the cookies and bananas and cover with the remaining cookies. 
 Refrigerate until ready to serve.

It was that easy! And I know it was good because we did not bring that much home! There may be hope for me in the kitchen as long as I follow directions! I hope you enjoy this and do you have a favorite dish to take to a gathering? Please share below. Oh the recipe is courtesy of Paula Deen

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Monday, May 23, 2016

More May Art (Part Two)

May Art Challenge
Part Two

This month, I decided to join an art challenge. You can read part one of this post here.
As most of us are full of activity and I am always up for a challenge. I found the second half of this challenge a bit more difficult. Then again, I can be rather hard on myself and I admit to being a bit of a perfectionist. 

I am very pleased that many who have joined give a bit of inspiration on  Pinterest and this is how I found the May Art Challenge by Dawn Nicole Designs. Oh and you should see her website! It is amazing with all sorts of opportunities to learn and create. his first drawing about was day twelve "The Wolf is my Spirit animal. I was the most pleased with this watercolor.
Now I am already out of order but we can just giggle at that! Here is day eleven.  

"My favorite letter"
I honestly don't have a favorite letter because I like them all!
After all, it is a combination of letters that form words. Yet, I do like cheese! 


Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli is one of my favorite books.
 I thought it might be fun to blend colors and share some quotes from several books. 

"Song Lyrics You Love"

Oh dear lord, who doesn't have their heart strings pulled by Barry Manilow? 
Once, I was nervous during a medical procedure and my doctor asked what he could do to help. Do you know without a moment of thought, I blurted out.. "Can you sing any Barry Manilow songs? Well, we all laughed so that helped even more. 

My friend Dianne has a tulip garden and she helped me choosing the color with this watercolor. 
"Free Spirit"

I am part of the Maryjane's Farmgirl Sisterhood. We each have great spirit and with all the rain, I decided to go rain boot shopping! My Bloging friend Daisy even told me where she purchased hers. Oh wait till you see my Sloggers! 


Oh, I really wanted to explore freedom and the idea of release from a bird cage. 
So I played a bit with this creation. 

"Happy Ever After"

This was just wonky and lets face it... bicycles are not my talent! 


Just some Zentangle fun. 

"You Are Loved"

I decided to do a bit of self love with this photo. I had been beating myself up for days with the art work and sometimes, you just need to be kind to your inner self.

"Chicken Sloggers and Star Tights" 
My new sloggers and star tights!  
It was inspired by this real photo! 

Please note, I am sitting all lady like. Maple Hill 101 told me where to get them. She wears them too.  Oh Goodness I am getting off subject.

"Rainy Day"

Ok this is not on the list but it was raining outside and I thought why the heck not. Shame to put the paints away when I still had blank pages. 

I have to admit that I was not too happy with this painting either. I just couldn't seem to mix the colors correctly. 

"Invest in What Matters"

I don't think I need to explain this Zentangle Mindful Moment! 


And on day twenty three it was Watermelon! Which, I am being asked to go cut one up now. A real sweet juicy one. I hope you enjoyed the artwork. I have one week left in this challenge. Are you painting? Maybe you might have some suggestions or ideas for me. Please share your thoughts, I am always wanting to expand myself a bit more and learn.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Ribbonworld By Richard Dee

By Richard Dee
A Book Review by Ginger Dawn Harman

Imagine yourself offered that “easy assignment” to review a luxurious hotel on a mysterious planet named Reevis. Then just when you arrive after a delay, the dead body of your new job contact is waiting for you in the hotel room. Detectives Flanagan and Chumna arrive not too long after. A drive store is found in the dead man’s suit pocket. You are an “Off-Worlder” and lot liked or trusted by anyone. What do you do?

After a huge personal setback, a five year imprisonment to be exact, Miles Goram takes the assignment above that becomes more than a hotel review. Miles has landed himself right in the middle of corporate fraud, secrets, and a romance with a woman named Tash. If you are a reader like me, I imagine that you are already hooked! Richard Dee has penned not only a fast paced action filled novel but one that will be enjoyed by many!  I found this debut novel via the Silverwood publishing website, I then purchased it via amazon for the fast shipping and price point. The story begins with vivid descriptions and solid character development. I did not have a strong emotional connection with the characters until midway into the novel. Yet, I did not find this an issue since the novel is action driven. I was very satisfied with the ending and overall reading of Ribbonworld. A friend who also read this novel with me agreed that a prequel should be written about Tash while she was younger and her relationship with Nic, the dead man that Miles finds. 

This continuation of discussing a novel is proof of the author’s ability to create a good story. The Twist toward the end of the novel with Tash, Donna, Shelly, and Chumna had both of us debating the subtle hints that the author carefully placed earlier in the novel. Furthermore, both of us were rather curious if the character Gaz, the barman.... might be based on a personal friendship that Mr. Dee has in his local area of Brixham, England. Perhaps, the artist Gaz Williams. However, this could just be two women with a good imagination.

Sophie Bower at Millie and Me  hosting Ribbonworld book launch

My favorite quote from the novel was one of those personal slips that authors are guilty of placing in their text. It is often the heart and soul that gives voice to an author’s passion for writing a particular theme in a novel. Richard Dee wrote, 

When I was younger I thought I was invincible, I thought I would live forever. Then when I got older, I saw things differently. I saw that the young have the power; most of the people in charge are younger than me and think I’m some sort of relic.” 

It is this perspective of honesty and discovery that pushes the character Miles to the truth and often the problems that Donna’s and Shelly’s of the world encounter. Why we are often in life seeking to go back to the past or creating a new future.
Be Sure to visit the author here. He bakes and his wife does amazing crafts!

Richard Dee writes an engaging plot with steady flow. I found myself on the edge of my seat as I came close to the edge of Lava flows and will admit to a jump or two as EV’s were close to the edge or being shot at. I was so caught up the plot that I found it difficult to put Ribbonworld down. I even had my own theory about the disappearance of Layla.  My favorite scene was the anxious action created when Miles was hiding the drive. I thought this was very plausible with the clever use of the peanut bag and the masking of a birthday package. Yet the point when Donna recovered a drive, I was fussing up a storm.  Moreover, the scene of the woman having coffee with the young children was brilliant. Nothing like a good reader diversion to set you up for a twist that involves you more into the novel.  

Like the description of the “Ugly Sisters” landmark or “relics” in the story, this novel is so much more than the sum of its parts—a page-turner of the highest order! Yet, I find the author's current work posted on his blog much more polished and it has the emotional connection that readers are grasping for. This is why I chose to give this book a four star rating. I am really looking forward to his new release titled, The Rocks of Aserol. Richard Dee masterfully blends together elements of sci-fi, corporate thriller, and romantic fiction.

I want to give a special thank you to my MaryJane Farmgirl Sisterhood gals for being such a huge part in sharing my blog and inviting me each week to share my post. We are a special community that connects and shares. They bring great joy to my life and not only am I learning but I enjoy their post! This blog post is shared on Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop,, Farmgirl Chit Chat, My Flagstaff Home and Farmgirl Unleashed.


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