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Comfort Food

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chocchipThe other day, I was missing the kids, and had a strange craving for chocolate chip cookies (homemade–hot from the oven). Since I didn’t have what I needed to make them, I settled for some store bought ones that were in the cabinet.

But it got me thinking about comfort food. To me, a warm chocolate chip cookie is comfort food. Sometimes hot chocolate with whipped cream is, as well. At least for me, anyway.

What’s your go-to comfort food?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


On the Work Front

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Time for a what’s going on around here report…

*I just ordered a fun promo item that should be showing up on my doorstep one day next week!  🙂

*I have a phone call with my agent today to catch up on some happenings.

*I have lunch with my women’s fiction editor and publicist in the city tomorrow. Very excited for this!

*I’m almost ready to write the synopsis for my 2nd women’s fiction book. I just have one more part to figure out about the plot and then I’ll be good to go…

*Once the proposal is done and sent off to my editor, I move into writing Amish Mystery # 6.  I have a general idea of the mystery portion of the plot but need to finalize that in my brain, as well.  I know all the little side stories, etc.

*My cat is purring up a storm next to me as I’m typing this. And I’m trying to fight off the urge to eat a little chocolate (I think I’m losing).


Comments? Questions?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


The Mommy Fun Jar

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Back when the kids were school-aged, I used to do something called the “Summer Fun Jar” every year.  It was, essentially, a Skippy Peanut Butter jar with a piece of construction paper around it that said “Summer Fun Jar” (creative, I know 😉 ).  At the start of every summer, I’d put slips of paper in with fun activities written on them.

Stuff like:

A Barbie pool party.

A toy wash (when you liken it to a car wash, they thought it sounded like fun rather than work).

A trip to the zoo.

An ice cream treat.


They were fun things we could do that didn’t cost an arm and a leg but gave them something fun to look forward to.  We’d pull one out on a Sunday and we’d do whatever the slip said sometime that coming week.

The kids loved it

Fast forward to this past Mother’s Day.  My girls made me a Fun Jar and filled it with little things for me to do for myself. Each slip comes with a small little gift card to do the  activity.  The present, while awesome in and of itself, made me tear up because they thought of something I’d done for them and turned it around for me. They also took the time to fill it with things they know I like to do. And now that they’re both off doing their own thing right now, it’s especially nice to be able to take this jar out and do something that makes me think of them (not that I’m not already doing that).

Case in point, my trip to the city this past Friday. Inside my jar was a little gift card to get a hot cocoa at my favorite breakfast haunt in the city…




Honestly, next to all the homemade gifts I’ve gotten over the years, this is my favorite present ever.

What’s something you’ve gotten over the years that really struck a note for you?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Games, Then and Now

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Candy LandWhen I was little (as in pre-school aged), my favorite game was Candy Land…






Stop Thief


As I got a little older it switched to Pay Day and Stop Thief (anyone remember that one?).





Disney SorryThese days, I like Backgammon, Sequence, and Settlers of Catan, with an occasional game of Disney Sorry thrown into the mix.

How about you? What games did/do you like?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Movie Talk

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moviereelsUgh. Staying up late always messes up my morning routine. Ugh.

That said, I saw The Glass Castle at the movie theater last night and it was good. Sad and tragic in many ways, but still good.

What’s the last movie you watched (either in the theater or at home)?  Do you tend to prefer comedies, dramas or action flicks?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


That One Thing

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I don’t consider myself a collector of anything in particular. Yes, I have some cool Disney pins acquired over years of visiting my favorite vacation destination, but if and when I add to it, it’s only when I go and it’s only a pin at a time. The pins, themselves, weren’t purchased because they were a pin, but, rather, because of a particular memory from that trip.

I suppose that’s why I don’t really collect anything–I’m drawn to moments and experiences more than tangibles. That said, if I were to start a collection, it’s quite possible it would start with this beauty right here…


I don’t care where I am or what I’m doing, if I see one of these while out and about, I have to stop and stare.

How about you, do you collect anything? If so, what? If not, is there something you would like to collect?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Finding my Footing

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As you all know, I’ve putting my writing aside for the summer to take a much needed break. Officially, it didn’t start until July 1st, but even with that, I’m doing writing related things every day (this blog, social media stuff, etc).  So while there haven’t been any true “bum days,” simply alleviating myself of the pressure to produce for a little while has been nice. Still, for someone who always feels as if she has to be doing something, this “break” stuff is taking a little getting used to.

So far, I’ve:

*Put together two family photo albums (I was 5 years behind…now I’m just 3 1/2).

*Read the Linda Castillo book I was waiting for.

*Booked a few trips I need to make between now and October.

Not a very impressive lineup yet, but I still have six weeks…

How’s your summer going so far?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Happy Girl

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IMG_4027On the road today, traveling back home after a 24 hour trip to Erie, PA. I had a 2 hour non-writing related gig and the rest of the time (travel there/hotel time) to read the Linda Castillo book I’ve been waiting for since her last one came out a year ago. I started it on the first plane and, by last night, I realized I had just 62 pages to read and would have nothing to do on the plane ride home if I didn’t make myself stop.

It was hard, I tell you. Very, very hard.

But it’s a new day…a travel day…and I get to sink my teeth into the final 62 pages. Woot!

All good until you consider the fact I now have to wait another year until the next book…

Have a great Wednesday, everyone!

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Three Things

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I love long weekends. Especially when they include fireworks! 🙂

So for my three things, I give you these…


A rainbow at the minor league ballpark on Saturday night. It was a full one (which is always cool), but my phone could only capture so much in one shot so here is the rest of it…


Monday night we made s’mores on the fire pit out back…


And on Tuesday (July Fourth, actual), we went to one of the river towns a little ways north of us, and watched fireworks over the Hudson River.  DD # 2 taught us a new card game while we waited…



How was your long weekend? Do you have three things to share with us?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


TV Time

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old-style-tv-setWhat’s your (currently running) favorite drama on TV?

What’s your (currently running) favorite comedy on TV?

What old show would you love to see come back to TV now–with the characters having aged?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)