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Aspiring author, sharing the tidbits I've learned along the way.

Recipe Wednesday: Dinner Improv – Faux Risotto

I have to admit–one of my favorite things to do in the kitchen is to poke through the fridge and cupboards and invent a dish from what I find. In our house, lately, that’s meant a lot of tuna casserole, … Continue reading

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Recipe Wednesday: Apple Butter Of The Gods

People who know me probably know I’m not much of a fruit eater. My mom says I never was, even as a baby. Bananas are the worst. I can’t even take a bite without triggering a gag reflex. I’m told … Continue reading

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Recipe Wednesday: We’re Jammin’

Well, August has come and gone, and we’re into cooler weather now.  Which means that I feel more like cooking.  I’ve also been giving my kitchen a “deep cleaning”–down to scrubbing the cabinet faces and moving the microwave to clean … Continue reading

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Recipe Wednesday: Easy Cheesy

So last time, I mused on what to do if life gave you lemons.  Basically, you make lemonade. This week, however, life handed me two half-gallons of about-to-expire organic whole milk for $1.29/each. So naturally, I made cheese. For the … Continue reading

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Recipe Wednesday: Lemonade, In The Shade, Made With A Rusty Spade?

“Lemonade, In the shade, Made with a rusty spade.” My dad used to sing this in the summertime, when we were making or drinking lemonade.  I have a feeling, knowing my dad, that he didn’t have the words quite right. … Continue reading

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Recipe Wednesday: Cool Off With Lime Sherbet and Wine Spritzers

Wow, it’s been hot here.  Yesterday was the first day in almost a week where the night’s news headlines didn’t begin with “Record Breaking Temperatures Today…”  We’ve been over 100F/38C here for days. So when it gets this hot, I start … Continue reading

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Miscellaneous Monday: Steampunk Photoshoot Outfit–Complete!

I’ve spent the last two weeks in a frenzy of creating/sewing in order to prepare for a steampunk photoshoot last Friday. I decided–somewhat foolishly–that I wanted an entire new outfit for the occasion.  So I started with the jacket. Here’s … Continue reading

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Writing Thursday: Shifting Gears; or What To Do Next?

So. I’ve recently finished writing a short (for me) story.  I need to go and work on something else for a week or two before I come back and give it the edit it needs (my critique group made some … Continue reading

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Recipe Wednesday: Chicken Soup For The Body

Been a little under the weather this week, with an upset tummy.  Which got me to thinking about the sorts of comfort foods one eats when sick. My all-time favorite, of course, is Mom’s Chicken Soup.  Everybody’s mom makes it … Continue reading

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Miscellaneous Monday: Steampunk Creations and Finds

I’ve decided that, on Mondays, I’m going to post about various other creative endeavors.  So you might see sewing projects here, or jewelry, or photography, or who knows what. Today, I’m going to share the results of a weekend spent … Continue reading

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Recipe Wednesday: Still More Tea Sandwiches

Some friends of mine and I recently held a little steampunk tea party at the Denver Botanic Gardens.  It’s becoming an annual tradition for us, and one we enjoy greatly. This time out, I once again prepared Curried Egg Salad … Continue reading

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Writing Thursday: Finishing What I Started, June 2012 Edition

So.  Here it is, the beginning of June, and so far, I’ve met three of my writing goals for the year: Completed deep edits on Book 1 of The Daughters of August Winterbourne. Submitted same to a publisher (still waiting … Continue reading

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Recipe Wednesday: Meat Dishes From The Middle Ages

Sorry, guys. Looks like I fell off the blogcycle again. Let’s see if we can get ‘er going again with this: Still posting recipes and pictures from the SCA Known World Cooks and Bards event near Woodland Park, CO, last … Continue reading

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Writing Thursday: Out Of The Nest; or, I Submitted My Story!

Sorry for the long absence on the writing front.  Things got a little busy around here. So when we last talked, I was getting ready to submit my novel, The Daughters of August Winterbourne, to the Strange Chemistry Open Door … Continue reading

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Recipe Wednesday: Ancient Vegetables

Hi!  Back with more pictures of food prepared from recipes from the Middle Ages and Renaissance, at the recent SCA Known World Cooks and Bards event held in Woodland Park, CO. This week, I’m going to feature vegetable dishes, and … Continue reading

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Recipe Wednesday: Tarts and More Tarts

(Sorry this is late.  Last night, I got hijacked by a sudden and inexplicable urge to deep-clean my fridge.  Three hours later….) So a couple of weekends ago, I went to–essentially–a medieval food symposium.  Friends of mine were cooking the … Continue reading

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Manic Monday: An Apology and Some Link Salad

Dear Blog, I’m sorry.  I neglected you shamefully last week.  It was my fault for planning poorly.  But I was also working to get the first seven chapters of my manuscript, The Daughters of August Winterbourne, edited and spiffed up, … Continue reading

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Writing Thursday: Descriptions; or, A Sense Of Place

A beta reader of my WIP, The Daughters of August Winterbourne (Book 1) pointed out to me that my description of my main character Celia Winterbourne’s arrival in Oxford was…a little thin. Well, let’s see:  Their carriage wended its way … Continue reading

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Recipe Wednesday: Medieval Food Porn

One of the skills I’ve been trying to practice has been photographing food.  So since I’ll be at the SCA’s Known World Cooks and Bards event this weekend, and since a good friend of mine is cooking the feast, I … Continue reading

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Dragon Friday #16

Shifting to a different POV for the next few installments…. The Dragon, The Wench, and Her Wardrobe (working title) © 2012 Sheila McClune Part 16 ~~~~~~~~~~Lucinda~~~~~~~~~~ “Cinders!  Hey, Cinders!” Lucinda Anderson hunched lower in her seat, leaning down to slurp … Continue reading

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