Presidents Day Again: Four More Years!

Yes, citizens. 2015 is the fourth year for my Presidents Day Twitter extravaganza. I hope you’ll consider electing me for a second term. If you haven’t been paying attention for the last three, you can grab up the memories from 2012 and 2013- collect them all! Below are the highlights from last year, you little President junkie, you.

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This is a Human Being

10426543_10152857462097390_840149706493974154_nThis is a human being. This is a person convicted of no crime. This is someone’s son. This is a loss. This is a death that will receive no trial.

Trials are how our justice system resolves questions about what happened, whether a crime was committed. Instead, under cover of darkness, a man stood and announced that no one would ask those questions. That there were no questions to be asked.

I have questions. The life of a human being has been taken. He will receive no trial as victim or accused. He is gone. A human being is gone forever. We should all ask the questions that the system refuses to ask. We should all mourn.

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Presidents Day- The Twitter Adventure Continues

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It started in 2012 with a paid day off work and nothing else to do. For the third year, I’m back in the saddle with everyone’s favorite fellas- America’s presidents and the more interesting aspects of their lives and presidencies.

(ADDED) I also spoke with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about my favorite holiday this year. You can see their post here.

If you can’t get enough today on Twitter, here’s a recap of 2013’s fun facts and tawdry tidbits about the Commanders in Chief:

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Coming Soon…. Fall!

I am not wishing my summer away. This year we bought pool passes for the first time and as the summer goes on, more and more of our friends have joined in. After a summer by the pool, I finally caved in to so many cute vintage and retro-style bikinis. I have never worn a bikini in my life, but the vintage cuts that many clothing lines have out this summer are so much more flattering! I picked up this high-waisted skirt style bottom and it covers all of the right (or I guess, wrong, in my eyes) parts. I feel curvy and those few inches of my torso that stick out have never seen the sun before. It feels so good.

Of course, the minute that I found the perfect bikini, the blazing hot weather went away. We’re back down into the 70’s with cool evenings that call for a jacket. It’s like the weather wants me to start shopping for fall clothes. While summer may be my favorite season for lounging, fall is definitely the best clothing season- boots, tights, dresses, cardigans, jackets. It’s “back to school” every year and you can try out new looks and new costumes, decide who you want to be all over again.

After my success with a vintage look bikini, I was excited when Shabby Apple contacted me and offered to let me try out their vintage clothing. The retro styles don’t show too much skin and with a fall wedding on my agenda for Labor Day weekend, I couldn’t turn down the At Last dress.

As a redhead, I’m a sucker for a green dress. The wedding’s in upstate New York, so I should look great in front of the fall leaves. And this vintage look is just right for being covered up at the ceremony and has a swingy skirt for dancing the night away.

After the wedding, I can wear it to the office with a cardigan and heels. Or, because I’m thrilled that 90’s styles are also on the radar for fall, I can pair it with my brown combat boots for a weekend look and dress it down with some chunky leather bracelets and a military style canvas bag.

Once it arrives, I’ll post some photos of a few different looks. I think this will quickly become a new staple in my wardrobe!

(Note- Shabby Apple is giving me a free dress in exchange for this post. No money was exchanged, nor was content reviewed before posting.)

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America

This is a little something that I threw together for the 4th. Ted Hawkins haunts me. My favorite patriotic song, accompanied by photos that I took. Bless us, every one.

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Lazy Cajun Tofu Bowl

Lazy Cajun Tofu Bowl

We all have those nights where we just want to throw something on the table in under 20 minutes and get it in our bellies.

On those nights, if I can resist the urge to just order in, I throw together this treat- my own lazy Cajun tofu bowl. It’s vegetarian/ vegan and filling and spicy and keeps me from shoveling down a tray of nachos or pizza. Here’s how to make your own:

Ingredients:

One 14 oz package extra firm tofu

One large can Southern Style collard greens or mixed greens (if you’re a strict vegan or vegetarian, check the label- many brands offer a meat broth version and a vegetarian version)

1 1/2 cups of rice (I used leftover “forbidden rice” from the fridge, but any rice you have around will work- even the leftovers from Chinese)

Tony Chachere’s Creole seasoning

3 tbs. oil (I used coconut, but vegetable or olive would work)

Optional: capers, hot sauce or Sriracha sauce

 

Remember, the goal here is to get it on the table. No fancy preparation, unless you feel like it!

– Cook your rice. If you are using leftovers like I did, just heat what you have. See, you’re already saving time!

-Heat the collard greens (leave in the liquid) in the microwave for four minutes. Drain. I like the seasoning in these.

collard greens

-While that’s cooking, pop open the tofu, dry it off with a paper towel, and cut into cubes. Sprinkle the cubes with your magic weapon:

Tony Chachere photo

Yep. It’s Creole, not Cajun. Those are different. We’re being lazy here.

-Heat a large skillet on medium and add your oil. I like the subtle flavor that coconut oil adds, but any kind will crisp up your little tofu buddies. Add the  tofu cubes and sautee’ for about 3 minutes on each side. I like mine a little crispy, so I usually go for five. They look like this:

tofu cooking

-And that’s it. I layered a giant helping of greens, then the rice (I love the black rice against the greens), and top with tofu. If you’re a spice fiend like me, drizzle with Sriracha and if you have a bottle of capers in the fridge, sprinkle a few on top to make yourself feel fancy.

Eat up. According to the LoseIt app, the whole thing rings in at 3 servings, 588 calories each. I couldn’t even finish my whole bowl.

 

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A Man Above Reproach

book of love

I think good news for fellow writers is even better than good news for myself. I can talk myself out of believing my own hype, but when it comes to the incredible writers that I know, I can dive in wholeheartedly and wallow around in their well-deserved accolades.

So, it made my day to find out that Evelyn Pryce is a semi-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest for best romance entry! Who doesn’t love a juicy Regency story with a smart heroine and an enamored duke?

Amazon announces the finalists next month and I encourage you to download the FREE sample and throw all of your five-star reviews her way. You’ll hear more from this rising star- I bet my hat. If you’re an agent, a book blogger, a publisher of romance, don’t miss your chance to get in on the ground floor with this talented, hardworking writer.

Get your free sample HERE.

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