Friday, December 18, 2009

Holiday Season

One thing I love about the holiday season is getting together with friends and family. I just went to a lovely Christmas luncheon with my Romance Writers Utah Chapter where we ate delicious food at Marie Callenders, shared gifts, and shared exciting news of the successes some of our members are enjoying. This week I went to lunch with one of my best friends, a lovely lady I've known and worked with for years. We went to Red Lobster and ate too much, laughed and talked and promised to get together more often. Next week will be a time to get together with family and laugh and enjoy each other's company.

I'd like to share with you a recipe that my mother called white cracker pie. She always made it at Christmas. I don't know where she got it, but it's one of my favorite pie recipes, easy to make, and I think it's yummy.

White Cracker Pie

3 Egg Whites
12 Soda Crackers
1/2 Cup Nuts finely chopped
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Cup Sugar
1 Teaspoon Vanilla

Beat egg whites until stiff. Add sugar and vanilla.

Fold in crackers and nuts that have been finely ground and mixed with baking powder.

Put into well-greased 9 inch pie plate.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Cool at least 4 hours.

Makes 1 pie.
Can be frozen. Thaw before eating.

Put whip cream on pie before serving.

As each of you enjoy this lovely season, take time to appreciate what you have, take time to enjoy your family, friends and those you associate with. Most of all be happy.

Merry Christmas and I wish you the best in 2010.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Life Is A Journey

I came across a couple of thoughts I'd like to share with you.

Where you stand is not important -- it is in what direction you are moving that counts.

Sometimes I get discouraged and feel I'm not spending enough time writing or that I'm not finishing my stories, but when I realized that as long as I am taking one step at a time heading in the direction of reaching my goal, that is all that matters. It seems each day gets filled with things I have to do -- cleaning, laundry, time with my family, and now the holidays with the extra work they create, that I forget that this is my life and I need to make it the best it can be. As long as I take a step each day, eventually I'll succeed. If I can take more than one step - great for me, but if not, one step at a time is all that I need to and I'll get there.

Life is a journey - not a camp.

Keep striving to better yourself. Make each day worthwhile to you, and most of all take time to be happy. Live today and tomorrow will get here on its own accord.