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So, yuck foo, I have had a fever, which started yesterday, a cough and now, the fever is gone but I am so stuffed up it is like I inhaled a box of tissues into my sinuses. I most likely got this illness at a birthday party that had many walking petri dishes, aka: children. I wish kids would cover their mouths when they cough, but a lot don't so now I am ill. My son started to cough earlier and I cringed because I do not want the little guy to get what I have. My husband seems okay, I think I am the worst in the house, which is fine. Right now I am on the couch with my insane Jack Russell snoring next to me. That's right, I have the life.

Since Google Drive and I are no longer friends, my husband was able to get my stories saved off of Drive and we will be moving them to a writing program for the iPad. He has also been looking at keyboards for the iPad as well. One example is this product called The Brydge. Yes, the price made me screech too. None of the keyboard offerings are …

Pumpkin and Ginger Scones

I had 1/2 a cup of pumpkin left from the Whole Wheat Pumpkin Bread, which was yummy but I cheated and added chocolate chips. So I went on a search for a pumpkin scone recipe and found one in the NY Times and dare I say it was just delicious. It is not that sweet so if that is what you want, this is not for you. You could make it sweet by adding some kind of icing I am sure, but I chose to follow the recipe, the only change being that I used soy milk instead of regular milk. I also did it by hand instead of using food processor and used a glass to cut them out into nice circles instead of triangles. They were definitely a tasty accompaniment to my Irish Breakfast Tea and I will make them again. Thank you Martha Rose Shulman :)

Pumpkin and Ginger Scones

Cheers! MissFiFi

Writing and Food

Things have been fun. I was on a writing tear which made me feel fabulous. I have edited up to page 200 in my novel, thank you Lord, and am getting ready to send to a friend who has agreed to read it for me. I am not nervous, but more excited about getting feedback. No one has read this story in a few years, yes it has been THAT long that I have been working on the darn thing. This is it though. If it gets rejected again, it will be put to the side and will go down as a great story no one wanted. :) Then I will return to my Angel of Death book and go from there.
I had started a short story, but then stopped. I am no good at those. At least, sticking with the process is what I suck at. I should try though. Just to help keep creative juices flowing, but I always seem to falter. Perhaps I will try again. Thank to Glimmer Train always having submissions, it keeps me hopeful that I will one day get it together, submit and make it into such a prestigious magazine.

I do not have celiac. My h…


It is sad that, as a writer, I could not come up with a more enticing title, but I have so much on my mind that I figured I could let it go and be fine.

My son has decided that morning naps are so yesterday so I am contending on dealing with a dropped nap. It is fine since he can self-entertain a lot, for some reason the open refrigerator is a ton of fun, but the wasted electricity is not so I have to encourage him to shut the door and this is with lots of voiced displeasure. He is also hungrier because of this extra exciting activity. I am hoping he will nap nice and long this afternoon, but I am not holding my breath.

Even though I pretty much know the whole story, I borrowed the book "The Help" from a friend. So far I like the pace, it goes quick and it does hold my interest. Of course racial tensions as a topic do not make it light reading, but if I wanted bubbly and happy I would have chosen something else.

This past weekend my brother and husband ripped up the damaged …


We have had a lot of birthdays of all ages these past few months.  Because of this, I have been searching for interesting gift ideas. Sure the standard gift card or cash or bottle of vino is always welcome and thoughtful, but sometimes it is nice to do something unexpected. I like good finds and so without further fanfare, I share some goodies I have found that I think can be wonderful gifts for various occasions.

This wood bowling set from ACME Party Box Company is a terrific idea for young kids or hey, even young adults.

Purl Bee has a wonderful pattern for Roll and Dash Hankies which can be a nice hostess gift or for a bride or bridesmaids.

For the baker in your life or all around displayer of goods of any kind, these mini pedestals from Rosanna Inc are delightful!

As a tea lover, I am digging this Rocket Tea Infuser from Kikkerland Design. With a nice package of tea of a jar of honey it is a lovely gift.

We also have an upcoming housewarming and for that we got a gift box of spices…

Manchet Bread

As I continue watching The Supersizers, I am doing the 70's right now and it takes me back to my childhood and makes me laugh, I was intrigued by an Elizabethan bread called Manchet. An interesting tidbit is that the whiter the bread, the more desirable and the more expensive it was. As someone who loves her bread, I did a quick search and found various sites with recipes. I have chosen to link to a UK site called Recipewise which calls itself an encyclopedia for the best in British and Irish modern cooking & authentic and regional recipes. I do love that they let you search by regions and I will have to spend some more time there soon.
I am not sure when or if I will give this bread a try, but if you do, please share how it comes out.
Manchet Bread Recipe
Cheers! MissFifi

Beat Sheet

I am not a professionally trained writer. (I know, I know, stating the obvious.) While I did take a few fiction writing classes, I sucked at mastering the format and storytelling necessary for being a writer. I feel bad for my writing professor who was and is a published author. He probably cringed every time I fought for how incredible my stories were. They were good ideas, but I hashed them out horribly. Also, at 18, I was not going to listen to some teacher about what I needed to do to improve my work. I was awful and I hate that most teenagers believe themselves as so self-important. An awful right of passage, we lose out on critical guidance by being arrogant. At least I sure did.

Now, I soldier on, weeding through what I hope are two very good novels worthy of publication. One of them has been rejected a few times, but I can live with that. I finished it and sent it out. That alone makes me feel oh so special. haha Anyway, a friend from college, who was also in my writing class,…

The Supersizers

Mary at An Historical Lady posted about a few shows her and her beloved watch. One that peaked my interest was called The Supersizers. After a quick jaunt over to You Tube I have to say I am now a hardcore fan. A food critic and comedienne team up to recreate a week in the life of a couple in different eras. The food history is quite fascinating as well as the food itself. I started with The Supersizers Go Regency. 

Abundant amounts of food are prevalent along with gout. The authentic menus are fascinating and it really sheds light on how certain dishes came about. I just started the French Revolution one and that is blowing me away as well. The amount of food served at the meals for Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI was staggering. He ate game at every single meal it seems. Louis was quite the glutton. And on an interesting note see Marie was Austrian, her home country created that evil pastry the croissant. I love those so much, but after watching an episode of Julia Child where t…

Sunny Sunday, Google and More

The snow has come and gone and while we got a foot, it was a typical winter snow storm here in New Jersey.

Currently I am wrestling with not screaming at Google at the top of my lungs. That's right. Little old me battling the monolith.

Docs/Drive needs to be revamped NOW.

As most of you know I am working on a novel. The reason my novel, or I should say novels, are in Docs/Drive is because I have a Chromebook and you cannot work on anything else. I was annoyed by this at first, since Docs/Drive, sort of. Now, I am beyond pissed off. Every single time I finish working, I close down Docs/Drive and the next day I open it, the whole 300 plus page book is reformatted incorrectly. Chapters in middle of pages, indents moving throughout the whole book. I am so frustrated that I want to scream, cry and throw the Chromebook through the window! The best part is, there are writers out there who work on Docs/Drive without a problem so I am at a total loss as to why I am having this issue. I kee…

Roasted Chickpea Snack

I love snacks. I do. Then again, I think most people enjoy something to nosh on now and then. For me, I prefer to have a somewhat healthy type of snack in my house. White Cheddar Puffs by Sage Valley, while they are not as bad as say those orangy doodles, they are just as addicting and you will eat a whole bag so hence that is the "unhealthy" slant to them. LOL Seriously though, they are absolutely yummy and you cannot hold me responsible for going out and buying them at Shop Rite when on sale.

One of my favorite snacks to make are roasted chickpeas. I usually use chickpeas I have soaked overnight, but you can use a can. I would recommend using two cans because they are delicious and you will not stop eating just a few. I had to put my freshly made batch in some Tupperware so that my husband gets to have some. It pained me as I could have easily sat there and grazed on them all day. Or in half an hour. ;-) The recipe I used came from and is called Simple Roast…

Vegan Potato Soup with Cauliflower and Binge Streaming

I had a head of cauliflower that was on the edge of not being at its best and since I loathe to waste food I searched for a quick and easy soup recipe. Here is what I found on About. com.

Vegan Potato Soup with Cauliflower
It was very good and yes I made a few changes. I used coconut oil, four cloves of garlic and two potatoes. I also added sharp cheddar as opposed to soy cheese. it was very yummy. I think it could be taken up a bit with some chilies or crushed red pepper, but all in all, a very tasty and filling soup. I used my immersion blender which I love and it made it nice and smooth. Also, I made soy sausage bread using my mom's recipe and that was just fantastic. Best part? It was the first time I ever thought to use the soy sausage in the bread. I always make it as artichoke, but I have to say, using the Tofurky sun dried tomato sausage rocked!! 
So far House of Cards has been excellent. We are only at episode 4, but it is a well done show and Kevin Spacey deserves to be n…

A Total Nonsensical Venting Session

Some people in this world enjoy being on television.

Not me. Unless I am going to be a guest on Charlie Rose or Graham Norton, I have no desire to be on a tv show of any kind. Do I think I would be a good actor? Maybe, but reality tv acting? Pass, pass, pass.  The only time I have considered being on tv was checking out HGTV to see if there were any remodeling shows to apply to and there are, but most opportunities are out in Los Angeles. 
A show on Style Network is looking for a glamorous person with a lavish home in the tri-state area to renovate a room in their house. No bathrooms or kitchens are allowed.
Not for nothing, but if you live in the NY/NJ/CT area in a lavish home, you can well afford an interior designer and have your rooms done. Now, we have friends who are well off financially and own a very lovely home, but a massive tulip tree fell on it during Hurricane Sandy causing massive destruction. I would like them to have this opportunity. I would like anyone who had severe…

Why yes, it is the Weekend.

And I am stoked to watch the new Netflix series "House of Cards". The show is a remake of the 1990 political drama by BBC, yes I have already added that to my queue because I love me anything BBC, and it looks downright delicious. Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright rarely disappoint and neither does director David Fincher so I am really looking forward to watching this series.

Today I am being tested for Celiac Disease. Oh joy. Part of the reason is I am being tested is I had an acute attack of gastritis, first time ever, and the second is I am always bloated. The irony would be if I was allergic to wheat and soy. As a pescetarian this could be interesting. We do not eat a lot of pasta, but I do love to bake bread and scones and other goodies so this means finding alternatives to all purpose flour. The good thing is I have been wanting to try almond flour for awhile. The bad thing is the price of it made me pass out. I can always by in bulk which is way cheaper, but sticker shock…