Sunday, July 31, 2011

Can't Wait to Read This Book!

My good friend, Tristi Pinkston, is coming out with another book in the Ida Mae mystery series soon. I love this series. It's laugh-out-loud funny. (My Mom loves it too and can't wait for this book to be out as an ebook!)

You can read my review of Secret Sisters (book 1) HERE and my review of Dearly Departed (book 2) HERE! Look for my review of her new book, Hang 'Em High, toward the end of September.

I recommend these books to anyone who like cozy mysteries and I am more than happy to help Tristi spread the word...

Author Tristi Pinkston is excited to announce the release of the third novel in her Secret Sisters Mysteries series.

Titled Hang ‘em High, this novel takes place on a dude ranch in Montana. When Ida Mae’s son invites her to come for a visit, of course she brings Arlette and Tansy along with her. They are expecting to spend the week looking at horses, avoiding the cows, and making amends in Ida Mae’s relationship with her son. What they don’t expect is to be stuck on the ranch in the middle of a blizzard and to be thrust headlong into the middle of a mystery.


Help Tristi celebrate her new novel in two ways. First, come participate in the two-week-long blog contest, where you can win a book nearly every single day! All the details are up on Tristi’s blog.

Second, come to the book launch!

You are invited to an

August Authorama!

Saturday, August 13th

Pioneer Book, 858 S. State, Orem

12 – 4 pm

Games, prizes, balloons, face painting,

and Dutch oven cobbler

prepared by world champion cook

Keith Fisher.

Authors Tristi Pinkston, J. Lloyd Morgan, Cindy Hogan,

Nichole Giles, and Heather Justesen

will all be there to sign books.

This is one book launch event

you will not want to miss!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

12x12 Paper Storage Shelves

Finally got the vertical storage units built and hung in my Woman Cave!

It really wasn't too hard to do, once I decided what I wanted and how to customize it for my own needs.

I knew I wanted 12x12 paper storage and after spending a lot of time on the Internet (I love Google!), I found some I thought looked nice and would be easy enough for me to do by myself.

This is their photo.

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Here is the link to instructions for making the shelves.

Here's a link to a YouTube video that doesn't show much of how to do it, but does show it finished and she talks about it.

First I started with several sets of these wire cubes. They were around $20 a set. I got four sets because I wasn't 100% sure how many I'd need and wanted to be sure I had enough.

Note #1: I couldn't find the wire cubes at the Dollar Store (like the woman who made the video suggested). I ended up finding them at Target. Walmart sometimes has them, too.

Just like she says to do, I built the wire crates and added extra shelving, using the zip ties to hold them in place. Then I hung the cubes on the pegboards.

Note #2: It would have been easier if I had attached the vertical storage cubes to the pegboard before hanging it. Then I could have just run longer zip ties through the holes of the pegboard and secured them that way. But I didn't do that. Ended up having to buy metal pegboard hooks to hold up the cubes.

These vertical storage cubes hold all my scrapbooking paper—which went through a bit of a purge first. I only kept the colors and patterns I really liked.

These vertical storage cubes will hold other craft supplies. Right now, yarn. I'm re-learning how to knit and having fun making things that may or may not be done in time for Christmas gift-giving.

And notice how I've also hung my fabric scissors and some spools of thread on the pegboard? Pegboard is awesome!

I still have leftover wire squares, so I may end up making another set of cubes to use in the gift wrap zone of my Woman Cave. Or not. Haven't decided yet.

But this really was a very fun and easy project. Very versatile. And not too hard on the budget either.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Deathly Hallows Part 2

It. Was. Awesome!

Yes, it was.

No arguing.

Just go see it.

And if you saw it and didn't like it, well, then...

just... well...


(Detailed review coming in just a minute.)

Okay, so me and my peeps went to the movie this past Saturday. And because we are TOTALLY COOL, we dressed up!

This is my friend, Julie Ann, who is a Hogwarts student.
And me, a Hogwarts teacher.

And this is Anna, on the left, a generic witch.
And her daughter, Hayley, who is Tonks.
(Of course she is! Look at her hair!)

And here we have another Hayley,
who is another TONKS!
(How cute is that!!!)

And here are Suan, Cassidy and April—three Muggles.
(Seriously? Muggles??? That's the best you could do?)

Everyone in our group got a Treat Bag
(thanks, Suan, for all the help on that)

Treat Bags included:
  • Ton-Tongue Toffee

  • Fizzing Whizbees

  • Droobles Best Blowing Gum

  • Marvolo Gaunt's Ring

  • Magical Pencil

  • CD with Harry Potter Bingo Games & Word Puzzles

  • Hand Sanitizer (you have to see the movie)

  • DIY Goblet of Fire

  • and A REAL WAND!!!

And now for my movie review...

Sorry, there will be spoilers.

This is the bad guy.
He is up to no good.

These are the bad guy's friends.
They aren't very nice either.

These are the good guys....
Oh, wait. Wrong movie.

Here they are.

And here they are again.

The good guys have friends too.
They don't look like much, do they?

The good guys make the bad guy so mad...
he tries to pinch Harry's face off!

But Harry fights back.
"Take that you pasty white man with no nose!"

Fighting bad guys is really dirty, sweaty business.

With a name like Deathly Hallows,
you just know someone is going to die.

They do. Several someones, in fact.

Yes, I know Dobby died in the last movie,
but I'm still very sad about that.

This one was very sad too.

Lots of people cried when Snape died.

But some people gave him a nice burial and a tombstone.

A lot of people survived
so we have to be happy about that.

And some people were totally awesome!
Neville! You ROCK!!!

And then after everyone that didn't die
had a chance to get a shower,
they all grow up, get married, have cute kids and
live happily ever after.

The End.

Oh, and P.S.: The HP Bingo and Puzzle book that were offered as prizes are now for sale HERE.

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Most Heavenly Healthy Snack Recipe

I just invented the most heavenly snack recipe!

I started a weight loss challenge on Friday and hit withdrawal and cravings BIG TIME on Saturday. I wanted yummy. I wanted chewy. I wanted CHOCOLATE!

I complained to my coaches/sponsors (yes, I have two—my daughter and my sister; lucky me!). They were not much help with their, "Just dip a banana or apple slices in peanut butter for a yummy, nutritious snack..."


I'm not a big peanut butter lover. In fact, in my entire life, I've never liked peanut butter. I like the flavor just fine but not the texture. I really don't like the way it sticks in my mouth.

If I've hated peanut butter my entire life, am I really going to like it now???

But. I decided to give it a try, and GUESS WHAT?!?

I still don't like it.

But it wasn't quite as hideous as I remembered it. So I forced down the snack and it filled me up but I wasn't really happy about it.

And it did nothing for the CHOCOLATE CRAVING.

So when the cravings hit again yesterday afternoon, I decided to get creative. I made the most awesome low-cal, high protein, peanut butter and chocolate fruit dip that is TO DIE FOR!


I call it...


1 TBS Natural Creamy Peanut Butter (like Adam's) = 105 cal

1 TBS Natural Almond Butter = 90 cal

1 TBS Pure Cocoa = 10 cal

1 tsp pure vanilla = 12 cal

3 – 4 TBS Almond Milk = 10 cal

Mash it all up with a fork to make a thick, but not sticky spread to go on bananas, apples, cherries, strawberries, whatever. Or even on rice cakes.

Makes approx 5 TBS = 227 cal

1 serving = 1 TBS = 45 cal

with banana (105 + 45) = 150 cal

apple (80 + 45) = 125 cal

And if you want it smoother or thinner so you can drizzle it (like this picture on the right), add more almond milk and blend it in a blender until its the consistency you prefer.

  • Use all peanut butter

  • Use all almond butter

  • Use hazelnut butter (Nutella, move over!)

Oh, and you're welcome. ;)

Grand Prize Winner!!!

And the winner of the
Grand Prize for
Inksplasher's Totally Awesome
Harry Potter Blog Party

which includes....

The Entire 5-Volume Leven Thumps Series!

The Harry Potter Character Bingo Game*

The Harry Potter TRIVIA Bingo Game*

The Harry Potter Puzzle Book*

Candy Grab Bag

And a few other fun-derful surprises!


(Cue Drum Roll, please)


Congratulations, Anna!!!

And although most of you party-players won't care, the sponsors were also entered to win a Grand Prize just for them (which may or may not be exactly like the Grand Prize described above). And the winner of the Sponsor Grand Prize is:


Thanks for playing everyone
and make sure you come back in November
when we'll be doing a Breaking Dawn party!

Harry Potter Prize Winners — Part 2

As part of Harry's Hunt for the Horcrux Game, participants had to visit the blogs of our awesome sponsors and hunt down information required to answer the questions.

And the winners are....

The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook

Sponsored by: Tiffany

WINNER: Christy Dorrity

Shakeology and Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone DVD

Sponsored by: Suan

WINNER: Jill Swenson

$10 iTunes Card

Sponsored by: Nichole

WINNER: Tiffany

Ribbon of Darkness

Sponsored by: Julie

WINNER: Rebecca Talley

Key Rail

Sponsored by: Shera


Turbo Jam Live DVD

Sponsored by: Suan

WINNER: Evelyn Cox

Writer's Journal, plus 2 books

Sponsored by: Taffy

WINNER: Evelyn Cox

(Yes, Evelyn really scored. The more you play, the more you win!)

eBook from

Sponsored by: Karlene

WINNER: Taffy Lovell


The sponsors will be getting those prizes off to you this week.

(Some of you still need to send me your mailing address , so we can ship your prize.)

Harry Potter Prize Winners — Part 1

It's time to announce the winners of
Inksplasher’s Totally Awesome Harry Potter Blog Party!

Which was kind of awesome, if I do say so myself.

Winners of
Hermione's Hogwarts Trivia Test

who will receive a printable pdf copy of the

Harry Potter Trivia Bingo Game



The winner of
The Daily Prophet Game
(for helping spread the word about the contest)

who will win a printable pdf copy of the

Harry Potter Word Puzzle Book


The winner of
Ron's Read-a-Thon
who will win a printable pdf copy of both the
Harry Potter Trivia Bingo Game
Harry Potter Word Puzzle Book
Harry Potter Character Bingo Game

is, once again...

Winner of
Fred & George Magical Mix-Ups

who will receive HER CHOICE

of any of the above shown printable pdf books

I will be contacting each of you later this week with details on how to claim your prizes.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Harry Potter Party Deadline Extended

I've received several requests today to please extend the deadline on Inksplasher’s Totally Awesome Harry Potter Blog Party.

Excuses ranged everywhere from "I can only get on the Internet after work and I'm too tired" to "My Internet has been down all day" to "I can't get to a computer because I'm waiting in line at the HP movie and I don't have one of those fancy Internet phones."

There was much begging and pleading and groveling, so what can I say? I borrowed Hermione's Time Turner and...

The NEW DEADLINE: Midnight, Saturday, July 16th.

Winners will be announced on Monday, July 18th.

Harry's Hunt: Win a Free eBook!

Can you believe how young Harry, Ron & Hermione were
when we first met them???

And now here they are, all grown up!


We get a peek into their adult lives at the end of Deathly Hallows—it's not fully satisfying, but it's better than nothing, right?

I'm not going to give away any secrets, in case some of you don't know how it ends. Let's just say that those who survive the Final Battle grow up, get married, have children and are gainfully employed.

I'm gainfully employed as well. (Like that smooth transition?)

SPONSOR: Karlene @ LibrisPro

PRIZE: An eBook of your choice

Question (Part 1):
What does Karlene do for a living?

No, I'm not an Auror—although that would be cool too!
(Visit my LibrisPro blog to find out. While you're there, LEAVE A COMMENT on something that catches your eye and BECOME A FOLLOWER.)

E-mail the answer to me.

Part 2:
Visit to pick your prize.
Come back here and tell me in the comments on this post which book you'd like if you win.
(This is MY bookstore. The books at are written by LDS authors. Most have some LDS content.)

TO ENTER: E-mail the answer to Part 1, become a follower AND leave a comment on my LibrisPro blog. Please include your name and mailing address (so I can contact you if you win). You need to do all three to be entered to win the prize.

DEADLINE: Midnight, July 15th, 2011. (That's TONIGHT!)


All correct answers will be entered to win the prize. Winner will be chosen using and announced Saturday, July 16th.

Correct answers will also be entered to win the Grand Prize, to be awarded Saturday, July 16th. (Grand Prize open to U.S. entries only. Sorry.)