Friday, December 18, 2015

Celebrate: Wickedly They Come, Cooking Fail & Giveaways!

I wish I could say my adventure with my new meat grinder went well.  Sadly, it was more like a tragic-comedy of errors.

1)  The grinder didn't have a block to push down the chicken meat in the top, so I used a juice glass. The grinder didn't fasten tightly enough to the granite countertop, so while I grinded with one hand, the other had to hold the front so it wouldn't wiggle and keep one finger on the glass so it wouldn't fall.
2)  I had 4 kilos of chicken and after grinding for 45 minutes I still had 2 kilos left! The stupid chicken refused to go through the holes and out the other end! I tried poking the holes with a toothpick to no avail.
3)  I figured it was just hard, so I put more effort in... Grinding, grinding, grinding!
4) Finally, I lost my hold on the glass, and it fell and broke, waking up my husband.
5) My husband came out and took the front of the machine apart (I didn't even realize it came apart!), he cleaned out a long piece that had gotten wrapped around the blade and blocked the holes. 
6) While I practically cried from exhaustion, he ground the last 2 kilos in 5 minutes. 5 MINUTES! While I'd spent 45!
7) Apparently, with the blockage and all that grinding, I'd succeeded in puree-ing the chicken. Instead of nice loose meatballs, the chicken glued together in balls of mush. When cooked, they came out as hard and compact as golf balls. Yuck!

My arm was killing me the next day, but at least I learned a valuable meat grinder lesson. I'll be prepared the next time. (IF there is a next time...)

Have you ever messed up cooking something and had it come out totally wrong?


My kind and wonderful co-hosts of Celebrate the Small Things are:
L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge
Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog

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 Celebrate the Small ThingsTo be part of this blog hop, all you have to do is visit the Celebrate page on Lexa's Blog for the rules, and then post every Friday about something you're grateful  for that week.  It can be about writing or family or school or general life.  This is the funnest and easiest blog hop ever! (Originated by VikLit)


Cathrina Constantine releases a new version of
WICKEDLY THEY COME


A gripping, dark fantasy!

        A Destined Prophecy: “The White Warrior will be one with Lucifer and God will weep.”
        Haunting visions and supernatural talents are the norm for the sixteen-year-old warrior, Jordan and her mother Seeley. Together with their formidable angels they find themselves in peril when a wicked sorcerer is determined to fulfill the prophecy to his lord, Lucifer.
        After an ominous vision of spirits inhabiting teenagers in a local school, Jordan enrolls in the social culture of teendom at Elma High to combat soulless demons. She encounters Mark, a mysterious new classmate, who is hell bent on keeping her unscathed from the forces of evil.
        The battle between Heaven and Hell is escalating—and Earth is their battleground.

Buy on: AMAZON    
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Foxy's Friday Freebies!

Foxy has been nosing around the net
When she finds great FREE STUFF, she'll feature it on Friday Freebies posts -
  • Free short stories, novellas, and novels
  • Giveaways for books and swag
  • Free services for authors


Here are Foxy's suggestions for Dec 18, 2015:

Free Signed YA Paranormal/Ghost Story Paperback – Win a signed paperback of Giving Up the Ghost by Megan Crewe about a high school girl who converses with ghosts to dig up dirt on her lying classmates. Enter via rafflecopter on YA Books Central blog. (ends Dec 23)

Free Mystery/Romance Paperback – Win Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer (author of the Elemental series), about a young man whose mother moves to a new town and ends up dead and he’s the primary suspect. Enter via rafflecopter on YA Books Central blog (ends Dec 21)

Free 2 Romance eBooks – Win both of the romance novels Unforgiving Debts and Second Chance Sunshine by Cassie Strickland via rafflecopter on the Mythical Books blog. (ends Jan 1)


Free Signed Paperback Thriller, $10 Amazon Gift Card, and Swag – Win a signed paperback of A Shadow of Time by Louann Carroll, about a widow who inherits a haunted mansion and must unravel its mysteries, or a $10 Amazon card or a skull rearview mirror ornament. Enter via rafflecopter on the Mythical Books blog. (ends Dec 22)


Free YA Fantasy eBook, Anthology eBook, $5 Amazon Gift Card, and Swag – To celebrate the release of Mayan Blood, about an orphan girl who must save the world from evil beings, author Theresa Dalayne is offering 2 ecopies, 1 Mayan lore anthology, 2 $5 Amazon cards, and 4 Mayan pendants via rafflecopter on Mythical Books blog. (ends Jan 30)


Free $75 Amazon Gift Card and 3 Romance eBooks – To celebrate the release of Walking Heartbreak, a romance about a bad boy rock star, the author Sunniva Dee is giving away a $75 Amazon card and 3 of her romance novels. Enter via rafflecopter on the Mythical Books blog. (ends Jan 12)


For Foxy's other Freebies, go to the Freebie page.

If anyone has a FREE short story (for download or online at a free ezine), novella, novel, special giveaway, or author service, please let Foxy know so she can plug you here!  Write to: laura.6eg(at)gmail.com
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