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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Winter Vacation ~~ The Perfect One Day Writing Getaway!

Phyllis Nettleton, Sheila Eismann, Carol Green, and JoEllen Claypool

Who are the four smiling authors in the featured photo? Why, they are none other than the co-founders of ICAN, i.e., Idaho Creative Authors Network who are getting reading to host their Second Annual Spring Writers Symposium on March 4th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Parma High School Commons Room, 137 Panther Lane, Parma, Idaho 83660. Actually, one of the reasons for their large smiles was the near 100 degree temperature on the date the photo was taken in July of 2016 compared to the teeth-chattering 29 degrees as I type this blog post . . .

Our group is pleased to offer opportunities for already published authors as well as those who are just entertaining the thought of writing.  Our event includes writing contests, writing instruction, writing activities, a networking luncheon, and hands on activities including designing a book cover. Plan to bring your laptops!

Workshop No. 1 will feature published author and Texas Writing Academy participant, Carol Green Kjar, who will be presenting techniques on how to add power to your writing and strengthening the overall process.

Workshop No. 2 will cover preparation of your manuscript and titles presented by conference speaker and inspirational author, Phyllis Nettleton.

Workshop No. 3  will be an interactive workshop with Sheila Eismann, author and publisher of soon to be 10 books, dealing with the many aspects of manuscript development.

Workshop No. 4 deals with a most important aspect of any kind of writing ~~ edit, edit, and still more edits presented by children's & inspirational author, JoEllen Claypool, who pastors Sand Hollow Baptist Church along with her husband, Dallas Claypool.

Workshop No. 5 is the grand finale which will include instruction on designing a book cover.  If you bring your laptop for the day, this workshop promises to be ultra instructional & functional taught by premiere Social Media Coach, Carol Green, a/k/a Running Granny Green, author of The Hard Run along with her children's books with the Gary Learns theme.

February 4th is the deadline to register for the Spring Writers Symposium and to enter the writing contests. Here is the Eventbrite link with all of the details and to register:

Your paid registration includes the workshops, writing contest submission, and luncheon catered by Laura McCullough, a Treasure Valley favorite.  She is back by popular demand of our former attendees!

Attending events is far more enjoyable if you plan to go with a friend or fellow writer.  So dial them up, plan to register, pack your laptop or memo pad, and join us for a fabulous day!

For additional information regarding ICAN, please check out our website:

Happy Writing & stay warm, happy & healthy this winter!

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Sweet & Savory ~~ Refried Bean Dip

With all of those football playoff games and the Super Bowl right around the corner, here's a great suggestion for your fans!

  • 1 - 16 oz. can refried beans
  • 1 cup medium Picante sauce
  • 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 - 4 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened to room temp.
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • Tortilla chips, scoop variety; crackers; or artisan bread of your choice.

  • Combine first 8 ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Transfer to a medium sized slow cooker (crock pot).
  • Cover and cook on high for 2 hours or until mixture is heated completely through, stirring occasionally. 
  • Once the mixture is hot and melted together, turn to warm or low setting on your crock pot.
  • Serve with chips, crackers, or bread.

Enjoy & may your favorite team win!

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Sweet & Savory ~~ Shepherd's Pie

With our continued snowfall, slush, and cold temperatures, a hot comfort meal is such a welcome relief!

Here's my variation of Shepherd's Pie:

  • 1 1b. ground beef
  • 4 medium Idaho Russet potatoes or instant potatoes
  • 1 - 16 oz. can kernel corn
  • 1 cup beef bouillon 
  • Hot Hungarian Paprika

  • Brown ground beef & add seasonings of your choice.  I used Seasoned Pepper.  Drain meat prior to placing it inside casserole or baking pan.
  • While beef is browning, cook potatoes until tender. Mash them adding butter & milk.
  • Place ground beef in bottom of casserole pan.
  • Pour beef bouillon over ground beef.
  • Spread corn over meat.
  • Add mashed potatoes and sprinkle with Hot Hungarian Paprika.
  • Cook for 45 minutes at 350 degrees, during which time the beef bouillon may bubble toward top of casserole or baking pan, so you have ready made gravy when the pie is removed from your oven.
  • The Hot Hungarian Paprika adds a nice zest to the whole mixture.

Happy Dining as you stay warm & happy!

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