#FoodieFriday: Goat Cheese and Roasted Pepper Crostini

I'm a big fan of tiny food--something you can eat in a bite or two. Tea sandwiches; tiny tarts, what have you; there just has to be enough of it to make a meal, or at least a substantial part of it.Now, my husband isn't a fan of tomatoes--the closest thing besides red sauce for pasta or pizza or salsa I could get him to willingly eat was "tomato bread" when we were in Barcelona, which, admittedly, was in a class all its own.I love bruschetta, but I'd be making a disappointingly tiny amount for just me to eat. I'm not opposed to it, but most of the time I make things we'll both eat.So, I found this recipe for Goat Cheese and Roasted Pepper Crostini on Cook Like A Champion. It was the perfect compromise--tiny bits of bread decorated with snowy goat cheese and pepper confetti.Picture from Cook Like A ChampionI made a few alterations to the recipe, though. I...
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Thank you for a successful auction! @MarylandRomance

Well, the Maryland Romance Writers' fundraising auction ended last night, so this is the last post I'll be spamming you with (until next year, of course!).All in all, it was a success! We had slightly fewer auction items than last year, but we did well.My Full of Energy gift basket went for $30, so I'll be getting the information soon to send it to the lucky winner.Thank you for your support!xoxo Sarah...
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MRW Fundraising Auction ends in 3 DAYS on Monday Oct.26! @MarylandRomance

You guys! The Maryland Romance Writers' fundraising auction ends in THREE DAYS!Come Monday (October 26th at 11:45pm EDT), the time to bid on some awesome services and gift baskets will END.Click ------------>>> HERE <<<------------to be taken to the auction site where you can bid to your heart's content and raise money to help support a kick-ass group of authors.Yours truly has a Full of Energy Gift Basket up for grabs. It includes some delicious New Mexico Pinon Coffee, and four boxes of Twinings Tea, plus tasty biscuits! Bidding is up to $30.00 (still a steal based on fair market value!) so get your bids in ASAP.And in case you need a reminder, here are some of the awesome things you can bid on:~Query, critique, and agent submissions~Career counseling and self-publishing sessions~Wordpress web maintenance~Goals, motivation, and conflict tutorial~Gift certificates to awesome places like Teavana, Cheesecake Factory, Amazon, etc.~Ad-ready art for promotional materials!~Gift baskets containing anything from coffee, tea, chocolate, books,~A personalized...
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#FoodieFriday: One-Pot Andouille Sausage Skillet Pasta

We normally go grocery shopping on the weekends, though we will pick up fresh produce and things during the week. But when I'm actually AT the grocery store, I prefer to get fresh food for that day's big meal (or for the next night) while I'm there. Nothing like getting home and thinking, "Well, crap. No idea what's for dinner tonight. Should have picked something up."To combat this, we've started combing through my Pinterest boards for inspiration. I'm often working, so as much as I like food, I like easy meals just as much. Even better are one-pot meals that don't have a ton of clean-up. So a while ago I'd found a bunch of one-pot meals on Pinterest and went crazy pinning them.One of the first we picked was this lovely recipe from Damn Delicious: One Pot Andouille Sausage Skillet Pasta.The Andouille--a cajun-spiced sausage that has a little heat but nothing super overwhelming--really makes it. And even better, this...
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Why Fandom was Important (Happy 10th Anniversary, Twilight!)

About a year ago, I made a series of 3 posts where I basically "came out" as a fan fiction author. If you want to check them out, I'll make it easy--you can read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 here.All caught up? Okay, then.I caught some flack for it (as I expected--the fact that people look down on fanfic authors isn't foreign to anyone who writes it) but, in honor of Twilight's 10th anniversary, I thought I'd stick my neck out again and review why the fandom was so special to me and continues to have a place in my little writer heart.The Twilight fandom gave me the courage to write. Sure, as I mentioned in the previous posts, a good deal of my writing fanfic in the first place was because I was annoyed with the source material--hey, you've gotta start somewhere. But the encouragement from others--positive feedback via reviews and emails, trusty beta-readers to look over...
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The Maryland Romance Writers’ Auction Ends in 2 WEEKS! @MarylandRomance

YOU GUYS!The Maryland Romance Writer's annual fund-raising auction ends in TWO WEEKS from today!The clock is ticking, so get your bids in on awesome items like:~Query, critique, and agent submissions~Career counseling and self-publishing sessions~Wordpress web maintenance~Goals, motivation, and conflict tutorial~Gift certificates to awesome places like Teavana, Cheesecake Factory, Amazon, etc.~Ad-ready art for promotional materials!~Gift baskets containing anything from coffee, tea, chocolate, books,~A personalized Scrivener tutorial~JewelryAnd MUCH more--there are 55 lots up for grabs!If you're like me and snatch people's dreams away from them at the last possible second (seriously--I'm a horrible person when it comes to Ebay...) then put it in your calendar that the auction ends on Monday, October 26th at 11:45PM EDT so you'll know when to swoop in like a majestic eagle and put your bid on whatever you want.Oh, and here's the direct link to my awesome (if I do say so myself) Full of Energy Gift Basket.The winner of this basket will receive:- 4 boxes Twinings...
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#FoodieFriday: Soft Batch Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

So, I love writing.I love editing.I post about these things a lot (or when I have time).I also love food and eating and feeding people.And Pinterest. I do love me some Pinterest, even though I was kind of late to the Pinterest party.So, I thought I'd try my hand at posting some recipes I've tried and enjoyed, or, at the very least, tried and maybe made a few modifications to.I'm not trying to step on any "real" food blogger's toes, so I'll just link you lovely people to the recipes.The first recipe I'm posting is for some of the best chocolate chip cookies I've ever had. They don't last long in our house, so we don't make them often. Seriously--it's like feeding time in a shark tank, especially when they're straight out of the oven.The cookies--not the sharks.Anyway, I've made these a few times, and both times they came out beautifully. No modifications needed.Even better, because you have to chill...
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Awesome Writing in Media: Mean Girls

Continuing on with the Tina Fey love-fest (Tina, if you're reading this, I swear I'm not stalking you), I couldn't resist posting a bit about one of my all-time favorite movies: Mean Girls.This is one of those movies I'll happily sit through again and again, and it was actually everywhere this past weekend because October 3rd is, unofficially, "Mean Girls Day". It's from a line in the movie. The voice-over (done by Lindsay Lohan who plays Cady) is talking about a boy she has a crush on who is in her math class. I'll let the picture explain it:That's it in a nutshell. So, of course, the movie was on, and we watched it. For the record, my husband loves it too. Mean Girls is for everyone.Quick summary: Cady Heron is the new girl at school after years of home-schooling and living in Africa with her academic parents. Unsure how to navigate teenage social norms, she befriends the "Plastics"--the queen bee...
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