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Friday, September 22, 2017

Delicious Lemon Loaf with Lemon Glaze - Recipe

My mother in law loves lemon flavored anything & we whipped up this little beauty tonight. She's coming over tomorrow and we are sure she will be impressed! The children even enjoyed this delightfully delicious treat and you can cut down the sugar by serving it with a bit of butter instead of the glaze. It's also fabulous as the base under a strawberries and whip cream, or under a bit of rhubarb compote.

Let's get down to business:

Preheat your oven to 350F

Grab your ingredients:
3 eggs
1C sugar
6oz sour cream
1/2C applesauce (or vegetable oil)
1.5T lemon zest
2T lemon extract
1T vanilla
1T baking powder
Dash of salf


I tossed all the above ingredients into my stand mixer and mixed at a rather fast speed until they were combined. Now add:

1 1/2C bread flour

Mix again on low spead

Pour into greased loaf pan (or mini loaf pan, cupcake tins, or turn it into a cake and use a cake pan - the world is your oyster!!!)

Bake loaves for 63 minutes until golden brown, less time for the other options - use your nose as your guide (insert a toothpick to be sure it's cooked all the way through)

Let cool

Remove from loaf pans and prepare your glaze:

1C powdered sugar
1T lemon juice
1T vanilla extract

Whisk the glaze ingredients together and use as desired.

ENJOY!!!!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Review of Jason Schenker's "Jobs for Robots: Between Robocayplse and Robotopia"

Jobs for Robots: Between Robocalypse and Robotopia

Robots are everywhere right now, but what will they mean for us? Automation, robotics, and future technology present tremendous opportunities -- but also significant threats.The way forward is fraught with challenges, and we must bridge critical gaps between the present and the future to fully reap the benefits of tomorrow. Jobs for Robots puts this debate in a historical context and presents readers with actionable steps to robot-proof their professional lives. The book also includes a compelling discussion about the future of work, roboadvising, FinTech, and universal basic income.


Review by Crystal J. Casavant-Otto

Jobs for Robots is a thought provoking read. Whether you believe in a future with robotic co-workers or not, my take away is this: historically as humans we have caused ourselves unnecessary turmoil due to fear of what we don't understand. Reading a book like Jobs for Robots written by someone as knowledgeable on the subject as Jason Schenker can only be good for us. There is no harm in learning the views of others and considering possibilities and outcomes we may not have otherwise come up with on our own.

The tone of the book is that of "don't be afraid" which is helpful for those who may not necessarily agree wholeheartedly. A fast read whether you are techy or not. Worth keeping on your bookshelf to re-read twenty years from now.


About Jason Schenker: 

Jason Schenker is the world’s top ranked Financial Market Futurist. As the President of Prestige Economics, he advises executives, corporate boards, public corporations, private companies, central banks, and governmental bodies. He also directs forecasting, risk management, and strategic projects.

Mr. Schenker is consistently ranked one of the most accurate forecasters in the world by Bloomberg News. Since 2011, he has been ranked the #1 forecaster in the world for his forecast accuracy in 23 categories, including for his forecasts of the Euro, the British Pound, the Swiss Franc, the Russian Ruble, the Brazilian Real, crude oil prices, natural gas prices, gold prices, industrial metals prices, agricultural commodity prices, and non-farm payrolls.

Mr. Schenker is also the Chairman of The Futurist Institute, which helps analysts and economists become futurists. He is also a member of the Texas Business Leadership Council, the only CEO-based public policy research organization in Texas, for which membership is limited to 125 CEOs and Presidents. Mr. Schenker is also the founder of Hedgefly, a foreign exchange risk management platform using Blockchain technology and a digital currency backend that he developed while studying FinTech at MIT. Mr. Schenker is also the Executive Director of the Texas Blockchain Association.

Mr. Schenker has written four #1 Best Sellers: Commodity Prices 101 (2012), Recession-Proof (2016), Electing Recession (2016), and Jobs for Robots (2017). Mr. Schenker is also a Columnist for Bloomberg View and Bloomberg Prophets. Mr. Schenker has appeared as a guest and guest host on Bloomberg Television, as well as a guest on CNBC. He is frequently quoted in the press, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Financial Times. Prior to founding Prestige Economics, Mr. Schenker worked for McKinsey as a Risk Specialist, where he was responsible for directing industrial, energy, and agricultural trading and risk initiatives on six continents. Before McKinsey, Mr. Schenker worked for Wachovia as the Chief Energy and Commodity Economist.

Mr. Schenker holds a Master’s in Applied Economics from UNC Greensboro, a Master’s in Negotiation from CSU Dominguez Hills, a Master’s in German from UNC Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor’s in History and German from The University of Virginia. He also holds a Certificate in FinTech from MIT, a Certificate in Supply Chain Management from MIT, a Certificate in Professional Development from UNC, and a Certificate in Negotiation from Harvard Law School. Mr. Schenker holds the professional designations CMT® (Chartered Market Technician), CVA® (Certified Valuation Analyst), ERP® (Energy Risk Professional), and CFP® (Certified Financial Planner). He is also a certified Governance Fellow by the National Association of Corporate Directors.


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Saving Some Corn for Winter - Cream Corn Recipe

Who doesn't love the taste of fresh corn on the cob?
Here at our house, the problem is the season is short and the corn goes really quickly!
We found a solution - and that's to buy lots of extra sweet corn while it's in season and then freeze it so we can enjoy it throughout the winter! This is also a great recipe for kids or those who for whatever reason have a hard time managing to eat the corn off the cob.

You'll need:

3 dozen ears of sweet corn
1 pint of half n half
1 lb of butter (salted or unsalted)
2 T salt (less if you are watching your sodium)
3T sugar



1) remove the kernels from the cob (do this however you feel comfortable, but at our house we use an electric knife and it goes quickly, but they do make special tools just for this purpose and that's fine too)

2) remove the starch from the cobs but taking a small knife and working your way down the cob to get any leftover kernels and you'll see the starch coming off too

3) place kernels and starch into a large aluminum disposable roasting pan

4) preheat your oven to 325F

5) Add remaining ingredients and mix well

6) cover tightly using aluminum foil

7) Bake for 90 minutes

8) Check that corn is tender and delicious; if not....cook longer (start with 10 minutes, then check again and repeat until desired softness and flavor)

9) Allow to cool

10) Place in freezer containers and label/date then throw in the chest freezer to enjoy during those cold winter months - ENJOY!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

WOW! Women on Writing Presents a Book Blog Tour for: Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind By Jennifer A. Payne


WOW! Women on Writing Presents
a Book Blog Tour for:

Evidence of Flossing:
What We Leave Behind
By Jennifer A. Payne

Mark your calendars –
tour begins Monday, November 27th
and runs until December 1st 2018


Part social commentary, part lament, the 73 poems in Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind are, at their heart, love poems to the something greater within all of us. Their investigation of the human condition and its folly — politics, religion, development, technology, consumerism — is juxtaposed to a series of poems about our natural world and the possibility of divine connection.

Poetry + Trash Ask Readers to Consider “What is our legacy in this vast and wondrous Universe?”
Would God floss? Do spiders sing? Can you see the Universe in your reflection? Explore the answers to these questions and more in Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind, a new book by Connecticut author/artist Jen Payne.

A timely publication given the state of our world, Evidence of Flossing is more than a simple poetry chapbook. Its pages are illustrated by a random, absurd, and heartbreaking assortment of original and vintage photographs, including a series of discarded dental flossers that inspired the title of the book.
A take on traditional street photography, these images examine human nature from a different and thought-provoking perspective. Several of the photographs were featured in a recent Arts Council of Greater New Haven art exhibit entitled “Where the Whole Universe Dwells.” They are part of a collection of more than 100 photographs of used dental flossers found by Payne between 2014 - 2017, and speak to the subtitle of the book: What will we leave behind?

Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind follows on the heels of Payne’s 2014 well-received book LOOK UP! Musings on the Nature of Mindfulness, and continues a dialogue about our innate connection with nature. Both books are published by Three Chairs Publishing, www.3chairspublishing.com.


Praise:

“The poems in Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind are a brilliantly incisive
commentary on our simultaneous human sense of beauty and waste and loss.” — Dale Carlson, ALA Notable Book author


“In Jen Payne’s exquisite introduction to Evidence of Flossing, she provides the purpose of this book: to illustrate, poem by poem, the very fraught relationships which define us, human to human, human to earth and animal, and human to the unifying spirit, which may or may not be her lower case “god.” She is sober, admonitory, enraptured and antic by turns, her illustrative photographs always a source of pleasure or irony — often both. This is a most unusual book, richly thoughtful and sorely, sorely needed.” — Nancy Fitz-Hugh Meneely, author, Letter from Italy, 1944

“It’s uncanny how Jen Payne grabs hold of seemingly ordinary strands of life — then surprises us with new meaning. A master at storytelling, Jen brings us to the realization that the stories she shares are actually ours. An engaging, thought provoking and masterful reflection on our collective legacy in this world.” — Mary O’Connor, author, Life Is Full of Sweet Spots and Dreams of a Wingless Child


This book will appeal to all, but will be especially appreciated by:
• people concerned about the environment,
• people who love/appreciate nature,
• people who are spiritually connected to the planet and its creatures,
• poets, artists, writers, creative types



If you’d like to participate in this tour, please email: crystaljotto@gmail.com  with the following details:

1) Your mailing address so you can receive a copy of Evidence of Flossing (not available as an e-book at this time). Please also note if you would like some extra “swag” for your readers; a limited amount is available.

2) The name and url for your blog, or a note letting me know you'd like me to post your review on this blog

3) A date you would prefer as your first choice, as well as a 2nd choice - this will be the date your review or the guest post will be posted to your blog/this blog and social media.

4) If you are an interview only blogger, please email with your interview questions as well as the dates preferred.




Other housekeeping items:

If writing a review – it would be fabulous if you could post your review on Amazon/Goodreads as well as your own social media. This is greatly appreciated although not mandatory to participate in a book blog tour.


As soon as all the dates have been filled and a calendar has been put together for each tour, I'll email a media kit to everyone involved. This kit will include the authors head shot and bio as well the book cover and official summary and buy links for you to use. This email will also include the calendar for the tour and should be able to answer most (if not all) the questions you may have concerning tour participation.


If choosing a guest post, please email as soon as possible with your first choice and a backup choice.


Thank you in advance for your time and consideration in this and all matters.
Connect with Jennifer online:

Website: https://3chairspublishing.com/
Blog: https://randomactsofwriting.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/threechairspub
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ThreeChairsPub

Guest Post Options:

1. Exploring Mindfulness **reserved for Madeline
2. Connecting with Nature
3. Everything is Connected **reserved for Mari
3. Finding Inspiration **reserved for Cheryl
4. The Importance of Retreat (down time, going off the grid) **reserved for Lauren
5. Blogging as a Creative Tool **reserved for Tara
6. The Bravery of Storytelling **reserved for MC
8. Copyrighted Images: An overview
9. The important of Sourcing, Permissions, and Foot/Endnotes


About the Author:

Jen Payne is inspired by those life moments that move us most — love and loss, joy and disappointment, milestones and turning points. Her writing serves as witness to these in the form of poetry, creative non-fiction, flash fiction and essay. When she is not exploring our connections with one another, she enjoys writing about our relationships with nature, creativity, and mindfulness, and how these offer the clearest path to finding balance in our frenetic, spinning world.

Very often, her writing is accompanied by her own photography and artwork. As both a graphic designer and writer, Jen believes that partnering visuals and words layers the intentions of her work, and makes the communication more palpable.

In 2014, she published LOOK UP! Musings on the Nature of Mindfulness, a collection of essays, poems and original photography. Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind is her second book.

Jen is the owner of Three Chairs Publishing and Words by Jen, a graphic design and creative services company founded in 1993, based in Branford, Connecticut. She is a member of the Arts Council of Greater New Haven, the Branford Arts and Cultural Alliance, the Connecticut Poetry Society, Guilford Arts Center, the Guilford Poets Guild, and the Independent Book Publishers Association.

Installations of her poetry were featured in Inauguration Nation an exhibition at Kehler Liddell Gallery in New Haven (2017), and Shuffle & Shake at the Arts Council of Greater New Haven (2016). Her writing has been published by The Aurorean, Six Sentences, the Story Circle Network, WOW! Women on Writing, and The Perch, a publication by the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health.

You can read more of her writing on her blog Random Acts of Writing, http://www.randomactsofwriting.net.




Photo Credits:

Book Cover, Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind (Flosser No. 007-1214 - Diner, Connecticut, December 2014, by Jen Payne)

Flosser No. 064-0616 - Flosser and Bone, Connecticut Parking Lot; June 2016, by Jen Payne

Author photo by Christine Chiocchio (Branford, CT)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Tess Fallier Reviews "Risen" by Eric Trant

Review by Tess Fallier

As I first started reading Risen by Eric Trant, I struggled to get pulled into the story. I didn’t really understand what was going on and a lot of it takes place in dark sulfur mines with characters not yet familiar to the reader. I stuck with it and as the story continued, it started going back to the characters life before they went to work in the mines, and slowly their story unfolds. About a third of the way into the book, I became very curious as to how everything was going to fall together, and by the end of it I was fully engrossed into the lives of the two brothers that are the main characters of the book, Alberto and Paulo. There is a religious element to the story, but it brings the religion to life and becomes a key part of the story. While I feel that the start of the book could have maybe done a better job of easing the reader into the story, it was definitely a great story of struggle, social class, family, and faith that eventually sucked me in. This book would do fine as a standalone story, but I find myself wanting to know what happens as their story continues and if a sequel is ever released, I will most definitely want to read it!



About the Book:

Risen takes readers into a hellish world where none escape!

Haunted by visions of a demonic angel and sold into servitude by his father, young Alberto battles to survive the horrors of a nineteenth century Sicilian sulfur mine.

Suffering merciless brutality, Alberto must save not only himself but his deformed older brother, both pawns in their father’s mad plan to overthrow a group of wealthy landowners.

Bound by a death-debt to his hunchback master, Alberto discovers a door the miners call Porta dell’Inferno, the Door to Hell, deep within the sulfur mines. When he learns the demon-angel of his dreams stalks the caverns beyond the door, Alberto realizes a strange fate has lured him and his brother to the gates leading to the underworld.

Now Alberto must face the creature from his visions and rise to become the man his father demands him to be, or remain forever trapped in a hellish world where none escape.

Print Length: 182 Pages
Genre: Historical Supernatural Fiction
Publisher: WiDo Publishing (August 15, 2017)
ASIN: B0746P5MTS
ISBN-10: 1937178919
ISBN-13: 978-1937178918

Risen is available in ebook and in print at Amazon.

About the Author:

Eric resides in Dallas, TX with his wife and children, where he writes and manages his own business. His writing combines literary characterization with supernatural elements, all the while engaging the reader's senses with constant movement and vivid settings. His books are designed to be one-sitters, meaning they can and should be read in one (or a few) sittings, owing to the fast-paced nature of the writing.

You can visit Eric at http://www.EricTrant.com, or see his blog at DiggingWithTheWorms.blogspot.com.



About Today's Reviewer:


Tess is an office manager and service advisor at an auto repair business in Sheboygan. She lives in Manitowoc with her fiance'. Between them they have 6 kids, a dog, and a cat. They all stay very busy enjoying swimming, gaming, Pokemon Go, and all things nerdy.


5 Star Review - Eric Trant's "Risen"

Review by Cathy Hansen

I had never heard of Eric Trant before picking up a copy of Risen. Now that I've finished reading this particular book, I plan on reading some of his other works. I don't usually enjoy science fiction, but the characters in this book are oddly easy to relate to. I found myself cheering on Alberto and Paolo through their struggles.

Some authors seem to have the ability to draw readers right into the scene. Trant has the ability to do this and then some. I found Risen to be a quick read with characters who I genuinely felt drawn to. He is an excellent storyteller who helps readers empathize with the characters.



About the Book:

Risen takes readers into a hellish world where none escape!

Haunted by visions of a demonic angel and sold into servitude by his father, young Alberto battles to survive the horrors of a nineteenth century Sicilian sulfur mine.

Suffering merciless brutality, Alberto must save not only himself but his deformed older brother, both pawns in their father’s mad plan to overthrow a group of wealthy landowners.

Bound by a death-debt to his hunchback master, Alberto discovers a door the miners call Porta dell’Inferno, the Door to Hell, deep within the sulfur mines. When he learns the demon-angel of his dreams stalks the caverns beyond the door, Alberto realizes a strange fate has lured him and his brother to the gates leading to the underworld.

Now Alberto must face the creature from his visions and rise to become the man his father demands him to be, or remain forever trapped in a hellish world where none escape.

Print Length: 182 Pages
Genre: Historical Supernatural Fiction
Publisher: WiDo Publishing (August 15, 2017)
ASIN: B0746P5MTS
ISBN-10: 1937178919
ISBN-13: 978-1937178918

Risen is available in ebook and in print at Amazon.

About the Author:

Eric resides in Dallas, TX with his wife and children, where he writes and manages his own business. His writing combines literary characterization with supernatural elements, all the while engaging the reader's senses with constant movement and vivid settings. His books are designed to be one-sitters, meaning they can and should be read in one (or a few) sittings, owing to the fast-paced nature of the writing.

You can visit Eric at http://www.EricTrant.com, or see his blog at DiggingWithTheWorms.blogspot.com.



About Today's Reviewer:


Cathy Hansen is a wife, mom, teacher, independent
beauty consultant, and small business owner. She and her husband operate SeedsNBeans, a local nature store, in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.