It’s been a wild and crazy month – not just here, but all around the world. And as much as I’d like to complain about all the goings-on here that take up my time, it’s nothing compared to what others have to deal with. Consider this latest video of the Japanese tsunami:
Kind of shrinks my gripes down to nothing. So rather than complain, I’d rather say thank you. Thank you for laughing, crying, listening, and yes, even ignoring me. Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and have a great Monday!
Gearing up for the RT Booklovers Convention
I’m so excited to be heading to L.A. next week to the RT Booklovers Convention. I’ve filled my days with all kinds of seminars and classes on everything from writing to marketing to criminal investigation! And of course, there’s a few parties thrown in for fun! If you’d like to see where I’ll be, you can check out my schedule by searching for my profile (Robin DeJarnett) HERE.
In addition to all the note-taking and fun, I’ll also be participating in the RT Expo on Friday, April 8th, from 4-6pm. The Expo is open to the public for a modest $5 entrance fee, so if you’re anywhere in the area, please come by and see me! You can bring your copy of Whirlwind for me to sign, or I’ll have both hard copies and ebooks for sale and signing at the event. But the best thing?
My California cohorts: Killian McRae and Lisa Sanchez, are hosting a little scavenger hunt during the Expo. All you have to do is visit each of our tables, get your entry card punched, and then drop it in one of our baskets to be entered. Of course, you’ll also get goodies from each of us too!
Did I mention the Kobo will be loaded with all of our ebooks? And since it uses the very popular epub format, you’ll be able to load tons of books from all over the internet.
So if you’re in the Southern California area next Friday, or are attending RT, I look forward to meeting you!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Here in the US, St. Paddy’s day is pretty popular. Corned beef and cabbage and green beer will be on many people’s menus tonight. Here in the DeJarnett household, our favorite Irish-inspired dish is Potato Leek Soup. We’re not Irish 8( but some of my characters are (Jason McAlister and his family), so I thought I’d share the recipe in case you’d like to try it.
NOTE: I label this recipe as the BEST because it’s gone over so well with everyone I know – even hard-to-please 10 year-olds! If fifth graders will eat it, it must be pretty good!
Potato Leek Soup
1 leek (about 1″ in diameter)
1 small onion, quartered and sliced
1/4 Cup butter (everything’s better with butter!)
2 Tablespoons flour
3 cans (14 oz size) chicken broth (I recommend Swanson’s)
4 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped
16 ounce container of sour cream (light would work too)
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
In a large non-stick skillet, saute leeks and onion until soft. Add butter and flour, cook for 3 minutes. Add chicken broth and potatoes, simmer 30 minutes. Remove from heat. With a stick blender, carefuliy puree the soup in the skillet until smooth. (You can also use a blender, but the soup is very hot.) Whisk in the sour cream (you can use less than the whole container, depending on taste), and parsley, if desired. Salt and pepper to taste.
Great hot on cold days, or cold on hot days. Even the kids will eat it!
Fun FYI: I first made this recipe *cough*ty years ago as part of a research project on Ireland for the sixth grade. I have yet to visit the Emerald Isle, but it’s definitely on my list!
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