I am SO thrilled to be joining the amazing talented writing staff at Still Standing Magazine!

Still Standing was THE best resource for me when my twin boys passed away.

I am honored to join this group of brave, beautiful, extraordinary women in writing from my heart to help others.

 

Smoked Sausage Cajun Tortellini

I promised this recipe, so here it is.

It is fast and DELICIOUS! We had enough for both of us to have leftovers for lunch and there is still some leftover!

Olive Oil
1 package cheese tortellini
1 package sausage sliced ( I used Hillshire Farms Beef smoked sausage)
Heavy cream
Onion – chopped
Garlic (4 cloves) minced
1.5 tablespoons Cajun spice
Green chives(onions)
Parmesan Cheese
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Get a big pot and add water and salt. Bring to rolling boil and add tortellini. Continue to cook according to package.

Meanwhile, add about a tablespoon of olive oil to a frying pan. Add onions and garlic and cook until softened. Add sliced sausage and cook about 5 minutes longer until browned. Stir in cajun seasonings until combined.

Add in heavy cream- about 1 cup to start. You can add more later as you’d like to thin out the sauce. Cook and stir until heated through. Slowly add in parmesan cheese until it melts into the mixture.

Drain tortellini when it’s ready and add to the frying pan with the sausage/sauce. Top with green chives and more parmesan. YUM!

Excitement!

I’m excited to announce that I will soon begin offering editing, copywriting, and proofreading services! In addition, I’ll offer ghostwriting, writing for ad campaigns, book editing, and more.

After years of writing for corporations such as The Washington Post, Northern Virginia Magazine and Dell Technologies, I am expanding my portfolio, and am excited to provide you with the same high quality and standards I uphold in my professional life.

Stay tuned for details and pricing.

My Motivation

I love love love everything Danielle LaPorte does. My first purchase was The Desire Map: a guide to creating goals with soul.

For the new year, I just purchased: Goals with Soul 2017: A desire map program for the new year.

Her tools help me so much to focus on whats important in my life, what I need to let go of, and what I need to work on! Im obsessed.

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Peanut Butter Fudge

I remember my grandpa PopPop’s peanut butter fudge vividly. It’s one of the only things I remember about him. The fudge, Camel cigarettes, rocking chairs, and watching sports in the basement. But that fudge…It was SO good!

I have been trying for years to recreate a recipe that is close to him. I just made the best batch ever, it tastes like memories. Here’s to you PopPop!

1 cup Honey Peanut Butter

2 sticks unsalted butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 lb powdered sugar

Melt the honey peanut butter and the unsalted butter slowly in medium pan over the stove. Add in vanilla extract towards the end of melting. Once melted (don’t cook any longer), quickly stir in the powdered sugar. Stir until the mixture is throughly incorporated and loses its sheen. Spread in glass dish that has been buttered and lined with parchment paper. Cool in fridge for at least 2 hours.

I like my fudge cold, so I keep in the fridge in tupperware. So delicious!

Baked Brie

This recipe is SO easy, but that doesn’t stop people from requesting it for pretty much every function.

1 large wheel brie
1 roll of crescent dough
Water crackers
1 jar Smucker’s Orchard’s Finest Northwest Triple Berry Preserves

(this is THE JAM- I highly recommend you find this exact jar)

Wrap the brie tightly in the crescent dough. Place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for about 15-20 minutes until the dough appears golden brown and cheese is melted. You can test to see if the cheese is melted by sticking a sharp knife in a hidden area and looking inside.
Empty preserves into a small pot and cook on low until hot, constantly stirring to avoid burning. When preserves are melted down and hot, pour over the baked brie.

Serve with water crackers.

Triple Berry Preserves

The World Today

I am feeling very uneasy today. Between recent attacks, an ISIS supporter attempting to buy guns in Chantilly (way too close to home) and the recent MURDERS of innocent people by police, our world is in turmoil. And it is disheartening.

Today on the social network for my neighborhood, it was brought to my attention that the area behind my house that is under construction is being used for Satanic rituals, drugs, and sex. There were photos posted of the drawings on the new concrete, baggies for drugs, and used condoms everywhere. This is IN my neighborhood, where we decided to move because we felt safe. This is where I go to walk, jog, contemplate life. A safe, beautiful place to relax and unwind. No longer.

I feel like not only our world is under attack, but my smaller world is under attack as well. We moved because I felt like the place I grew up was safe. It felt like a great place to raise kids.

Once again, world flipped upside down. We lost our twins 3 hours after birth. I think of what things would be like if they were actually here, and I find myself actually THANKFUL that they don’t have to deal with the awful things going on here. What kind of world is this when I am not sure I even want to bring children into a world that is such disarray.

It’s getting ridiculous. Today I feel sad, unsafe, and burdened by the troubles of the world. We all need prayers.