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Thinking outside the Box with a car magnet!

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Thinking Outside the Box!
Well maybe, inside the box.
For an author, marketing is something we are continually working on. I enjoy finding blogs that think outside the box on promoting. Some of the ways I have promoted are on blogs, featured in interviews, social media and so forth.
But today, I am trying something new, thinking outside the box by broadcasting my work inside the box, that is putting my work inside a (box) frame of a car magnet. Yes, a car magnet, the one that sticks onto the side or back of your vehicle.
God can give us witty inventions, so I’m trying one.
My husband works in a metropolitan, driving almost an hour a day to work on a major interstate. Yeah, we love the country life. So, I got this idea. He is on a super busy interstate twice a day at least an hour at a time depending on traffic, so why not advertise my book with a car magnet. It would be seen by almost a hundred people a day, if not more.
Even if, you don’t travel a major interstate, I believe it would still promote your work in everyday travel and would be a plus when you went on vacation. Just make sure that you have a few copies of your book with you. Who knows you might just sell them.
This is my short tidbit on thinking outside the box with book promotions.
Happy Traveling,
Brenda Scruggs
Author of, “Many Hats of a Lady”

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Coki-Mo’s Hot Chocolate’s Best Friend!

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These little snow buddies are just heartwarming. Who could resist such a friendly cup of cocoa?

There are several ways of preparing a cup of hot chocolate but adding little favorites makes a plain cup of hot chocolate into something fun. I call them Coki-Mo’s. A little snow buddy made out of marshmallows that’s guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.

As a little girl, we didn’t have instant hot chocolate, we had to make it the old fashion way. (I’ve included a recipe at the end of the article.)

Things you need to make your little Mo.

1 pack of hot chocolate or (There is a homemade recipe below.)

1 regular size marshmallow cut in half

Orange tubed icing

Black tubed icing

Directions

Cut regular size marshmallow in half. (You can do the whole bag and make a fleet of Coki-Mo’s).

Use the black icing in a tube and dot the marshmallow to make eyes and mouth. Don’t worry about being perfect. People are different shape and sizes so why not your little Mo.

Use orange icing to make nose.

Prepare Hot Chocolate (either instant or homemade)

Place Coki-Mo’s in hot chocolate

You can also use the Coki-Mo’s as a delightful gift.

Place a pack of instant chocolate in to a plastic bag along with the Mo’s add peppermint to add color.

Tie a ribbon around top, label it Coki-Mo.

 Cozy Hot Chocolate Recipe

1 serving

1 tablespoon cocoa

2 tablespoon’s sugar

8 oz of milk

Heat milk on stove to a boil and gently stir in cocoa and sugar until blended.

Pour into cup and add Coki-Mo’s.

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Journaling

 

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Journaling

I came across an adult Cat coloring book the other day and a creative thought past through my brain. I thought this could be an easy way of journaling. The picture above is from the book. Cat of Many Hats is what I call her. A lot of the time, I can’t seem to journal on a regular basis, so my creative thought was even though, I might not color the page, I could use the sheet in front of me to jot down my thoughts for that day.

Have you considered Journaling. Wait, before your thoughts get in the way of, I don’t know how, I don’t have the time or even why should I Journal.

The easiest way to journal is by keeping it simple. When starting your journal, just date the entry and note your location. Start by describing your surroundings if you need to get warmed up. Write a little bit about your day. What’s on your mind? Think of your journal like an old friend you’re sitting down to have coffee with. Just answer, “What’s up? What’s new? What’s going on?”

Journaling can have mental and emotional benefits, a way of releasing stress from your daily life. Journaling helps to process complex ideas. Most of the time when you write down an idea then read it seconds or even minutes later the answer seems to pop off the page. The beauty of journaling is that it helps you grow as a person, helps you recognize patterns in your life as well as helps you gain perspective. As for me, at the end of the week, I like to scan through my journal to see how God secretly worked in my daily life for that week.

Journaling by hand in a paper notebook moves a different part of your brain than typing does. And before you argue that you can write faster on the computer, journaling is not about speed, efficiency, or volume. It’s about dedicating a few minutes each day to honor yourself, your thoughts and your feelings. Writing by hand helps you get in touch with all of that better than a keyboard.

Whether it’s putting pen to paper or fingers to the keyboard journaling can make a difference in your daily life.

However, you choose to keep your journal, there are clear benefits to doing it. In every case, they can be a huge benefit to you, personally, and enlightening for anyone you choose to share them with.

Journaling may seem a waste of time to a lot of people but time is something we can’t get back. I know that sounded negative but your time can be precious to someone else. I lost my mon several years ago and what I wouldn’t give to have the time back with her. One of the many reasons why I started to journal is for my son and for when he has children. By writing my thoughts, the person that reads it can get a sense of what kind of person I am, my daily life and who I want to be. They can see the times I cried and the time that I laughed. It’s my legacy to the next generation.

Happy Journaling

 

 

 

 

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Spaghetti and Meatball Cake

Spaghetti and Meatball Cake

With Sunday being Father’s Day, I wanted to honor my husband. When it comes to baking he’s right on target and talented. He was asked to bring a desert for a spaghetti dinner at church and this is what he came up with – Spaghetti and Meatball Cake. It was such a hit, people thought it was actually a plate of spaghetti. Below are directions just in case you want to try making it. I promise people will remember the spaghetti cake. We had so much fun making this desert.

Spaghetti-and-Meatball Cake

Ingredients

  1. 18 .25-ounce box chocolate cake mix (plus required ingredients)
  2. 2 16 -ounce tubs vanilla frosting
  3. 2 to 4 drops yellow food coloring 1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder
  4. 1 16 -ounce bag frozen strawberries, thawed
  5. White chocolate, for grating
  6. Directions
  • Make two 8-inch-round chocolate cakes as the cake mix label directs; cool completely. Crumble 1 cake into a bowl. Squeeze a handful of crumbs into a 2-inch ball; roll between your hands until smooth. Repeat to make 2 more cake balls.
  • Sprinkle some of the remaining cake crumbs on a clean surface. One at a time, roll the cake balls in the crumbs, pressing lightly to coat. If necessary, moisten the cake balls with water to help the crumbs stick.
  • Assemble the cake: Put the remaining whole cake on a serving plate or cake board. Spread about 1 1/2 cups vanilla frosting on the cake with an offset spatula; run the spatula around the sides to make it smooth.
  • Arrange the cake balls on the cake. Mix the remaining frosting, the yellow food coloring and cocoa in a bowl; transfer to a pastry bag with a small round tip. Pipe the yellow frosting around the cake balls in a figure-eight motion to look like spaghetti.
  • Make the strawberry sauce: Put strawberries in a bowl and mash with fork or puree them in a food processor until slightly smooth with a few chunks. Spoon 1/2 cup strawberry puree around the meatballs to look like sauce.
  • Grate white chocolate on top of the cake to look like parmesan cheese.
  • Serve the cake with the remaining strawberry puree on the side.

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Magazine