Cyber Monday

Did you know there are only 26 days left until Christmas? This year has practically flown by! Cyber Monday is the day designated to holiday shopping online. You can find some really great deals around the internet. Every year, Santa brings our kids two books. One that is Christmas themed and one that is from their favorite genre or series.

We have a great holiday special going on from now until the end of December. Read In anticipation of Christmas to find out how you can get 5% off when you purchase any of our children’s books directly through CreateSpace.

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Amazon

Amazon is a well loved place to visit when looking for a wide variety of gifts, including books. They are offering free shipping on orders with at least $25 worth of books right now. They also offer Amazon Prime which gives you unlimited free two-day shipping, access to thousands of movies and shows, and free reading in the kindle library. Amazon even offers gift wrapping.

We’ve Seen Santa is a great children’s story that follows a brother and a sister as they sneak downstairs to try and catch a peek of the jolly red elf himself. Read about their unforgettable Christmas in this colorfully illustrated book.

Available in print or kindle formats.

I Love the Changing Seasons is colorfully illustrated in watercolor. It follows all the changing seasons through fun rhymes. Children will enjoy learning about all the wonderful changes each season brings.

Available in print or kindle formats.

Monster Beneath my Bed is a mostly true story about the monster that we discovered lurking under our daughter’s bed. It features bold, colorful illustrations. Follow one little girl as her imagination runs wild in the dark. Children will be delighted by the surprise ending.

Available in print or kindle formats.

Bully Troubles is our first chapter book. It features ink drawings at the beginning of every chapter. The stars of the book are inspired by our dog, Bear, and our cat, Stone. They are struggling to be the new pets in town. Not everyone is welcoming. Can they defeat the bullies without becoming bullies themselves?

Available in print or kindle formats.

Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble has always been synonymous with books. With their coffee shop and welcoming atmosphere, they are many book lovers’ favorite place to go. They have a great selection and a beautiful children’s section. I personally can get lost in there for hours (and I hate shopping). However, this is cyber Monday, and they have a wide online selection. Barnes & Noble offers free shipping on eligible orders over $25. Our books are all eligible for the free shipping.

We’ve Seen Santa

I Love the Changing Seasons

Monster Beneath my Bed

Bully Troubles

Head on over to your favorite online book retailer and order your books by Tiffany A Higgins illustrated by her husband Clark L Higgins.

 

Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup #recipe

My family isn’t a huge fan of the dark meat, but I sure would hate to waste those drumsticks, thighs, and wings. So, I turn them into soup. This year, I made them with my homemade egg noodles. Absolutely delicious. 


Turkey Noodle Soup

Remove the dark meat from the bones (taking extra care to make sure you get all those little bones). You need enough meat to cover the bottom of the pot. While I did this, my husband diced me up two onions. I added two teaspoons of minced garlic (from the jar). Then, we added eight cups of vegetable broth and eight cups of chicken broth. After that, I tossed in about a tablespoon of the spices I used to season the turkey this year plus a teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of pepper. I added three bay leaves and stirred it all up. 

I let that simmer for about an hour. Then, I added a bag of frozen carrots. I let it simmer for another hour. Then, I began preparing the noodles. Crack five eggs into a small mixing bowl and beat with a fork. Add in a cup of flour and stir with fork until smooth. Then, I added another cup of flour and stirred until smooth again.  

This is where I get icky with it. I pull out globs of dough with my fingers and drop i them into the pot. I had my husband stir the pot to keep the noodles from sticking to each other as they are dropped in. Let the noodles summer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. 

Serve with crackers. Enjoy. 

Small Business Saturday

As a self published indie author, I see myself as a small business. I do rely on some bigger businesses for my books to be available to you. It is small business Saturday today in the great big world of Christmas shopping.

In In anticipation of Christmas, you will find the links to all of our children’s books as well as a coupon code for 5% off if you order directly from the publishing house website.

I don’t currently have a shop set up. It is something I need to get to working on. I don’t currently have any of my books on hand. They ended up in storage when we moved in to care for my husband’s grandmother. They are all at the back of the storage garage somewhere.

I know I may not be a conventional small business. I encourage all of you to visit your local privately run small shops today. Don’t forget the indie authors, the online crafters, and all the other small businesses you can find online, too.

#ideas meet #writersblock

I’ve got so many ideas flowing through my head. They span a range of genres.

Why is it, then, that each and every time I sit down at my computer the words just won’t come? 

There I sit, fingers poised, ready to write the next great American novel. And…. nothing

How do I get past this block? I’m pretty certain it’s an emotional block. There has been so much negativity and crap going on in my life, recently. There is a lot more still to come that has my nerves on edge. 

Knowing is half the battle, right? But, I tend to get a one track mind. I struggle to set aside life to focus on fantasy. I have a hard time turning off my thoughts. How do I put life on a shelf? How do I set it aside for another time? How do I get my creative juices flowing, again?

What do you do when life gets in the way? How do you work through writer’s block? How do you get your mind to take a break from life’s troubles?

Share your strategies in the comments section.

#Thanksgiving #leftovers casserole #recipe

This recipe is the reason why I buy a bird much larger than we can eat for Thanksgiving. The ingredients for this recipe are approximate. This casserole also tastes great when made with chicken breasts. 

Thanksgiving Leftovers Casserole

  • 4 cups turkey (torn into bite-sized pieces)
  • 1 can jellied cranberry sauce
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise 
  • 3 cups mashed potatoes
  • 1 cup gravy
  • 3 cups prepared stuffing

Preheat oven to 375*. Grease a 13×9 baking dish (I like to put down foil and grease the foil with coconut oil).

In small bowl, beat together cranberry sauce and mayonnaise until mostly smooth. Set aside. 

In another bowl, mix together mashed potatoes and 1/3 cup gravy. Set aside. 

Press turkey in an even layer across the bottom. Spread cranberry sauce mixture on top of turkey. Spread mashed potatoes in a layer on top of cranberry sauce. Spread remaining gravy across potatoes. Finally, spread stuffing on top. 

Bake in oven for 35-45 minutes (until heated through). Enjoy. 

We’re having a late dinner tonight. Our Thanksgiving Leftovers Casserole is in the oven now. My family looks forward to this casserole every year. Possibly even more than Thanksgiving dinner itself.