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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2012 8:24:43 AM PST
Robb says:
Have steel cuts oats on the stove.....

Posted on Nov 7, 2012 8:28:46 AM PST
trishaann says:
My picks for today:

The Marriage List (full-length sweet historical romance) historical romance
Mother Nature's Man paranormal
A Hunter's Blade (The Hunter's Dagger Series) paranormal
Shaman, Healer, Heretic (Olivia Lawson Techno-Shaman) science fiction/fantasy/paranormal
Highland Healer historical romance
The Youth Cup science fiction
The Silence between Heaven and Hell romance
What's Life Without the Sprinkles? romance

Posted on Nov 7, 2012 9:03:17 AM PST
Robb says:
A Cold Day In Hell

DEMONS ARE Azarial thought.
It was a cold day in Hell when Azarial - demon, sculptor and daughter to the Fallen angel Sariel - got the first inkling she wasn't quite the person she`d thought she was.
Then when two old friends arrive bringing with them an outlawed rogue, she welcomes them. When they ask her to hide them from bounty hunters how could she refuse?
But when magic-users summon her to Earth and force her to find the rogue, then things begin to get nasty -

Azarial tries to hold her life together and help her friends.
Despite the angel who keeps following her around, a sultry young Nightlord who wants her to be his mentor, and the temptation of old lovers...
And you just know it's going to be a bad day when you wake up with a stolen baby dragon in your kitchen.

Posted on Nov 7, 2012 9:17:05 AM PST
Zoo Keeper says:
Hey, guys. I hope everyone is having a bright, sunny day. Thanks for your words of kindness yesterday. You know how it is, sometimes you feel "too close" to something to judge your own decisions and family can make you feel so guilty.

@Ketta Such a lovely start. If I keep eating in here I'm going to gain weight.

@Robb So nice of you to take Thanksgiving. We were having a simple Tday until my aunt's grandson called and wanted to join the family here. She lives in CA along with her children and their families. GS has moved to Louisville, KY and missing family. So, he and his new wife will join us and Mom bumped up the celebration, along with a long, long list of things she insist I make best. In reality, she shouldn't be doing all that anyway and I'm under no illusions that she just needed help and refuses to ask. So, by telling me that she could pass those chores to me and not have to ask for help.

@Suze I use my crockpot all year round. It is great for those hot weather days. You can put a meal on the table and never heat up your kitchen.

My poor niece woke up sick this morning. It seems to be her sinuses but I'm a little concerned about how her cough sounds. So I may end up taking her to the doc today if she gets any worse. I left her at her house because she thought she'd be more comfortable in her own bed. Which means I'm running down there every hour to check on her.

The Lady SEAL (SEALs Series)
Rabid: A Novel (A Medical Crime Thriller)
Grind Their Bones
Love Lust Revenge
CON TEST: Double Life (A Mystery)
Dead, White, and Blue (Al Pennyback mysteries)
KIDNAPPED (A Clete Connor Mystery)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2012 9:26:09 AM PST
Hey Suze,

I hope you and your husband enjoy the Crock Pot Pork Chops. Like Zoo, I use my crock pot year round. ;-)

Posted on Nov 7, 2012 9:34:08 AM PST
Zoo Keeper says:
RE: Elizabeth S H

I know over the last few days several of you have expressed concern about Elizabeth. I last had an email from her on Saturday. I did send one yesterday asking how things were going, but she has not yet responded

In her last email she did tell me they had found an apartment that sounded like it could meet their needs. They were hoping to see it Sunday (now that the marathon was cancelled and they could move around easier) I hope she is busy moving what they can save into a new place. Although, the apartment is in a different bough so it will take longer to move things.

I know she has a lot going on right now. Having water in her house, no electric to pump it out, having to find a place to live, her husband's hip problems, worry about gas, food, dealing with insurance and FEMA, the list seems endless. Also, she has spoken here of her nephew and grandnephew, his house was flooded and had major damage on two sides, and you know Elizabeth, she worries over him. She also has some other family members displaced. She must be so overwhelmed right now. I'm trying to have patience waiting for an update, but it's so hard. When she contacts me I will let you know.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2012 9:34:44 AM PST
Robb says:
I figured most of you would be busy and I am not. I am not expecting a lot of chat that day. One less thing for people to stress over.

Posted on Nov 7, 2012 9:44:50 AM PST
Sue M says:
I love steel cut oats too. I use Rogers Irish steel cuts oats (as I live in Canada I don't know whether you can get them in the U.S.)
I make mine in my rice cooker:

(Recipe for Wolfgang Puck 7-cup rice cooker)
(From WP's Rice Cooker Manual)
Makes 4 Servings

2 cups old fashioned oats (not quick cooking)
2 cups water
1/4 tsp. salt

1. Place oats, water and salt in rice cooker.
2. Secure lid and press COOK.
3. Oatmeal will be ready in 10 minutes.

1. Variations: Dried fruit or 1/2 cup honey and 1 tsp. ground cinnamon may be added at the start of the cooking cycle.
2. If you are adding dried fruit, increase water by 1/2 cup.

Before I retired, and especially during the cold winter months - I used to just throw the ingredients in my rice cooker, go have a shower and when I was done showering, my breakfast was ready.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2012 9:55:33 AM PST
Thank you so much Zoo for the info on Elizabeth. I was worried that I might have missed some posts from here with updates while I was sick.

It's so good to hear that they may have found an apartment. That's a good first step and somewhere that they will have a safe warm place to live while they take care of the issues of repairing their home. Given the enormity of the overall condition of the damaged area I'm sure this will be a lengthy process unfortunately.

I sure hope Elizabeth gets her Coconut M & M's soon! ;~)

Posted on Nov 7, 2012 10:07:58 AM PST
BB says:
The Devil's Own Desperado romance

A Second Chance at Forever romance

Quinn's Christmas Wish (Bandit Creek Books) romance

What's Life Without the Sprinkles? romance

A Stolen Chance romance

Christmas Mine romance

A Man Like Saxon romance

thats all she wrote for me from kinlib 293.

Posted on Nov 7, 2012 10:18:48 AM PST
Zoo Keeper says:
RE: Elizabeth S H

I guess we should talk about her more often. She just emailed me. So here's the update.

They moved into a 2 bedroom furnished apartment last night. Their insurance company said they couldn't touch their house until the adjuster looked at it. Which he still hasn't. The Governor signed an executive order overriding that. So they were able to start on their house yesterday. They have spent their time helping neighbors while waiting to work on their own home. Of course, with the nor'easter coming they are not allowed to go there today. And it's snowing!!

Typical Elizabeth said she only has water in her basement, there are so many people with less than she has. She said her friends and neighbors are pulling together and handling this well. She's always thinking of others.

I was glad to hear from her and know things are progressing or were until this new storm.

Posted on Nov 7, 2012 10:33:10 AM PST
Leo Little says:
Thank You Zoo for keeping us up to date on Elizabeth...She truly is a Sweet Heart.....our prayer continue for her and her neighbors...

On the whole windshield bug scenario...Looks like it's my turn to be one of those big juicy bugs today...having a bad day with pain...


Posted on Nov 7, 2012 10:46:00 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 7, 2012 10:46:19 AM PST
I really feel for Elizabeth. Sometimes moving is exciting and a new start, but I remember when we had to get the apartment after Katrina, it just drove home how real everything was. Up until then, for a week or so after the storm, I'd held everything together, and then had a complete breakdown in the rental office. I hope Elizabeth knows many of us are wishing her the best, sending prayers, or good thoughts, or whatever each person does in their heart, to her. It won't be easy for her or her family, but at least they are safe and that is the most important thing.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2012 10:50:51 AM PST
Zoo Keeper says:
So sorry you're being a bug today. Those days can be the worst.

Sorry the pain is so bad today. I know it must be, because you rarely say anything and I have a feeling you could most everyday.

BTW, I really liked the description of your children's book. It made me want to read it, too. Even though my birth cert. says I'm a little too old for it. Oh well, I'll find me a little one to read it to, then I can "justify" it to anyone. (this is how I see those new kids movies now the boys are older)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2012 10:56:53 AM PST
dusty says:
Hi Sue I am Suanne. I live in the south but would you know if you could make grits or cream of wheat the same way? When I lived in Indiana we ate cream of wheat and here in North Carolina we eat grits.
I know I'm off the subject but I wondered if you watch DYI shows? I read that the "Love it or list it" was filmed in Canada. Do you ever watch it? Also there is a chef that is from Canada on one of cooking shows but I can't remember the name. Sorry going off the subject but well, my brain is not what it used to be.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2012 10:57:40 AM PST
JudyD says:
Leo, sorry the pain is bad today. My hubby also has what nurses call "chronic pain syndrome," and it is not fun for him (or others he runs into during those times), so we try to keep him home and as comfortable as possible when that is happening.

Hope things get better as the day progresses.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2012 11:23:53 AM PST
Arieswoman says:
I lurk a lot but like your suggestions. Look forward to them each day!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2012 11:31:25 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 7, 2012 11:33:00 AM PST
Zoo- Thanks so much for keeping us posted on Elizabeth. It is so good just to hear anything!

On children's books- advantage of having a kindle. The cover doesn't show so no need to explain or justify :-D.

Leo- Hoping for a better day for you tomorrow!

JD- I'll be thinking of you, sending good thoughts and prayers as your surgery nears and happens. Fingers crossed as well that it all goes easy and well.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2012 11:56:20 AM PST
Robb says:
You are just checking it out to make sure the book is "suitable".

Posted on Nov 7, 2012 12:06:27 PM PST
Janine says:
Goodevening all just finished Leo's book hope the next one come's out soon.

Posted on Nov 7, 2012 12:11:42 PM PST
S. King says:
@ everyone.. thank you for posting!! I know, it's silly, but I am just feeling a whole lot of gratitude for the kindness, compassion, and comfort ('specially the great food!) that happens here. I love oatmeal, and use the Trader Joe's steel-cut oats mixed with their multi grain hot cereal. 1/4 cup of steel cut oats, 3/4 cup multi grain cereal, 2 cups water, handful of dried blueberries and cranberries in a double boiler. Cook for 20 minutes, and I usually add maple syrup or honey to sweeten, with milk. Mmm.. but.. today feels like a fresh waffle day to me. Leo, wondering if your pain level is increased by that cold front moving in? Sorry to anyone who is "juggling" their health issues while trying to maintain a positive attitude. Sometimes I do chuckle to myself when people say, "Wow, you look so good!", and I really feel like dog poo stuck on the bottom of a shoe! I did just grab this
The Mortician's Wife because it sounds interesting. Right now there's about 20 books I want to read next.. oh, what a dilemma. ; ) Now, off to go sit in the sun while it is shining. Hope people are finding something to help them smile (even a little bit)today.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2012 12:12:16 PM PST
TerryInTexas says:
Do whatever you need to do to get through the rough time, sorry you even have to have a rough time at all...

And dusty - you had to mention grits. I wasn't going to post this, after I saw it on a website, but since you mentioned them...

Recipe: Creamy bacon cheese grits
Ree Drummond

8 slices regular bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 whole yellow onion, chopped
2 cups stone ground grits; the more coarse, the better!
4 cups low sodium chicken broth
2 cups water
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup whole milk
1 1/2 cup grated Cheddar or Monterey jack cheese
1 dash cayenne, for heat
Salt as needed
Black pepper to taste


In a heavy pot, cook bacon over medium heat for a couple of minutes to render fat. Add onions and cook with bacon for a few minutes, or until bacon is chewy and onions are golden brown.

Add grits, chicken broth and water. Stir together and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer, cover pot, and cook 30 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally and making sure the liquid level is okay. If grits begin to get dry, add a little more warm broth.

After 30 to 40 minutes of cooking time, pour in cream. Cover pot and continue to simmer on very low heat for another 30 minutes, or until grits are done. Taste and add salt, pepper and cayenne to taste. Remove from heat and stir in grated cheese. Keep warm and serve with meatloaf!

Posted on Nov 7, 2012 12:18:27 PM PST
Robb says:
The next birthdays are on your watch. :)

Both Ketta and elaineb are celebrating birthday's on the 10th

Posted on Nov 7, 2012 12:27:17 PM PST
A. Adams says:
I know oatmeal with fruit, brown sugar or maple syrup is common but I don't like sweets for breakfast so have modified oatmeal. I use lowfat chicken or veg broth instead of water, season, I add in veggies, spinach is my favorate. Sometime I add a sauce, verde sauce or spagetti (vodka sauce). Mix all together. I know it sounds weird but it is really good.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2012 12:28:55 PM PST
Suze says:
@ SueM,

Good idea to use a rice they come out a little chewy?? I cook my old-fashioned oats around half the time it calls for, so it's not too mushy!
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