Welcome to What Time is it Anyway Season

I have a very dear friend with a killer work schedule who revels in Daylight Savings Time since it means she’ll get to see the sun at least once a day. Since I do love her, when we talk I try to be cheerful about time changes. It’s not as if I’m tied to a clock myself these days.  Getting UP relates to getting the dogs out more than any specific time constraint.  Though I gotta tell you, Salukis are far less likely to listen to excuses!

Come PLAY with us...this was in 2010,sadly nowhere near this much snow now

Come PLAY with us…this was in 2010,sadly nowhere near this much snow now



Doesn’t help that the day started out dark and next thing you know these white flakes started to float out of the sky.  Snow’s great if you get enough to help the water table but I’m afraid this is only going to be enough to restrict outside activity and not enough to help out the drought.  Sigh.  But it is pretty and South Mountain looks wonderful with a shawl of snow.

At the LERA (Land of Enchantment Romance Authors) meeting yesterday we got to listen to Clifton Chadwick read excerpts from fabulously written books while Sara Hanberry Baker led us in some introspective and sometimes wild discussion.  I’d love to link to their blogs but neither seems to have one.  However LERA does! If you haven’t checked out our fabulous chapter, take a few seconds when you can.  We have a superior blog (wow, proud much?)

Belonging to LERA is inspiring, especially when Darynda Jones and Robin Perini make it to the meeting.  Name dropping anyone?  We have over 50% published so there’s a lot of names to drop, which I’ll be doing in the next few blogs, especially when these wildly successful ladies share their secrets.  From Darynda we learned about Write or Die, a no nonsense writing prompt that sounds worse than a spouse nagging.  I’ve downloaded, and will let you know what happened.

Since I had such a large group of taste testers I tried out a lwo carb peanut butter pie recipe I’d been playing with. I was told not to change a thing.  Cool!

LOW CARB PEANUT BUTTER PIE, CHOCOLATE CRUST

First the crust, standard Almond Flour. I found quite a few and will probably be trying others, especially the one with cream cheese

1 and 1/2 cups almond meal or almond flour; 3 tablespoons melted butter; 1/2 cup or so cocoa powder…not hot chocolate mix, this is just ground cocoa…I get mine from Trader Joes’s; Artificial sweetener equal to 3 tablespoons sugar-used very little sweetener, maybe 2 Tbsp of a sugar alcohol sweetener, like Erythritol.

Preparation:
Heat oven to 350 F. Melt the butter (if the pie pan is microwave safe, melt the butter in it) and mix the ingredients up in the pan and pat into place with your fingertips.  Bake for about 10 minutes until the crust is beginning to brown. After 8 minutes, check every minute or so, because once it starts to brown it goes quickly.

The filling, really simple:

One 8 oz block of cream cheese; One cup natural peanut butter (that’s just ground peanuts, again from Trader Joe’s);
One cup heavy cream; 1/4 cup sweetener (if sweeteners bother you, then about 1/2 cup sugar, I’d suggest one of the

The full sized pie was scarfed up, fortunately I made an extra for a friend.

The full sized pie was scarfed up, fortunately I made an extra for a friend.

yummy raw sugars).  This was pulled together from various recipes.  I tossed the cream cheese, PB, and sweetener in one bowl and blended; put the heavy cream in another bowl and whipped it into submission. Then fold them together.  In the future I’ll look at various directions more carefully and add the sweetener to the cream.  It still came out yummy.

Now, I’ve yet to find a sweetener that doesn’t leave a burny after taste in my mouth and I’m thinking for something decadent like this I might use some good raw sugar instead.  Debating, but if I slide from Low Carb to Paleo, which allows a bit more in the vegetable department, artificial ingredients are not on the menu.

I have a line on some local organic vegetables and my mouth is saying “bacon is great but I could really go for some more veggies please!”  I’ll let you know how that works out.

In the meantime, enjoy Daylight Savings Time, hug your loved ones no matter how many legs they have, and keep writing.

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9 responses to “Welcome to What Time is it Anyway Season

  1. Oops, need to add, pour the filling into the chilled crust, then refrigerate for about four hours. It tastes okay at room temp but REALLY good cold. Haven’t tried frozen. The decoration is Trader Joe’s low carb dark chocolate bar.

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  2. Love the picture of the dogs. And everything I’ve heard about artificial sweeteners is bad bad bad.

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  3. This was SOOO good! Thanks, love!

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  4. Greta, most of the fake sugars are just awful. The sugar alcohols are supposed to be “safe” but leave a funny taste in my mouth. I’ve gone without for so long, a tiny bit is more than enough.
    Darynda it was SO FUN to see you!!!

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  5. You were the one who introduced me to Kristen Lamb on your blog so I’m definitely heading over to LERA’s blog. You have good taste in blogs.

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    • Hey, Nana, thanks for the support! You know Black Opal has some killer blog entries, and I’ve also found the Orange County chapter’s blog is full of fascinating goodness

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  6. Mona, I don’t know how to reach you so I’m leaving this here in the hopes you’ll see it. You won Jennifer Blake’s 2-book boxed set on my Regan’s Romance Review blog. I need your email to give Jennifer or you can send it directly to her via her website but please let me know (you can read me via my website: http://www.reganwalkerauthor.com.

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  7. Megan Ryder

    I personally avoid daylight savings time as I hate losing an hour sleep. But I do like the sun at night. I can get more writing done when I don’t feel like its the middle of the night!!! Your salukis are beautiful!!!

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    • Thanks Megan! I’m finding I like that extra hour to put the dogs out again after work but I’m having an issue shifting my own schedule around, so I’m still up at past midnight pounding out words. And trust me these lovely Salukis do NOT allow me to sleep much past dawn. Need coffeeeeee

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