Its a Wrap!

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By Tammy Trail

We started off the month with a celebration of our own fellow contributor, Christina Rich’s release of The Guardian’s Promise. I enjoyed reading her book very much, and look forward to the sequel in July.

All my friends here on “Writing Prompts” had so many great ideas and choices for a healthier lifestyle. Proving that you can try many different avenues and find one that especially works for you. Not only is it important to take care of your physical well-being, but your spiritual health needs exercising as well. God just wants us to strive for our best. I know that I am personally determined to be more conscience of eating better and walking. I have already lost ten pounds and I am concentrating on the next ten pounds, and beyond to a lighter me. I tried a recipe this past month using Quinoa. I had heard many health benefits about this wonder grain, and of course I had to try it.

I love making up my own recipes and this was a hit, even husband and picky kids thought it was good. I made stuffed Green Peppers. I used four peppers, cutting off the tops and slicing them in two; so that you have eight half peppers in a glass baking dish. I prepared the Quinoa to the directions on the box, until I had two cups of cooked Quinoa.

While waiting for the wonder grain to cool. I blanched the half peppers in boiling water for about 20 minutes, and then took them out of the water to cool on paper towels. Then I added diced celery, grated carrots, green onions, sautéed mushrooms, and finely shredded Monterey Jack cheese to the Quinoa. I never measure anything (this drives hubby nuts), so you will just have to do it to taste. I then added salt, pepper, soy sauce and sesame seed oil, and mixed it well. Then line the baking dish with the peppers and stuff with Quinoa mixture. I baked it for about 20 to 30 minutes, and it was very tasty if I do say so myself! If you should try this recipe, please let me know what you think about it. Or, if you tweaked it I would like to know how you made it better. There are so many great foods available that are beneficial to our health. And a simple change in diet can make a huge difference.

Thank you to Carole Brown, Christina Rich, Connie Almony, and Caryl McAdoo for contributing to our 3 Question Wednesday. It’s always nice to stay connected with our writer friends. And don’t miss April as we take a look at natural disasters.

Exercise – the Bane of my Existence

Ginger picby Ginger Solomon

Exercise is the bane of my existence. I hate it with a passion because I want to see results of the things I do and exercise seems to take forever to prove itself worthy.

Add to that the fact that I’ve never been athletic. I just didn’t do sports. Like the majority of kids of my generation, most of my time was spent outside, running and playing, but it was all for fun. I guess I was fit, for a child/preteen. Once I hit my teen years, more and more of my time was spent indoors — at school, doing homework, or reading.

Now, however, I am under doctor’s orders to get fit and trim. Sure. Right. Yeah, let’s do this thing. Can’t you just here my enthusiasm? (said so sarcastically even through the written word you can’t miss it)

With gyms popping up all over the map, I could hit one of those — for a price. Well, to be honest, I have access to a well-stocked gym for free, but it’s a twenty-minute drive one-way for a twenty-minute work-out. Two-thirds of my time would be spent on the road. Thanks, but no thanks. I really do have better ways to spend that extra forty minutes.

So what’s a girl(or guy) to do? High-impact exercises are out. Carrying seven babies (all over 9 lbs) took care of that for me. To be honest, I don’t know exactly what will work for me. I do know I have to do something.

Here are some things I plan to try at least one day a week (I need the variety or I get bored):

  • pilates
  • elliptical (vs the treadmill)
  • walking when it’s nice outside (2 miles for now, more as my endurance increases)
  • yoga (keep in mind Betty’s warning); I found some useful Christian yoga videos on Youtube.
  • muscle toning
  • bicycling

To be honest, it seems like a simple, short list, and it is. I need simple. My life is already complicated in many areas and I don’t need to think too much about exercising or it will never get done.

What do you do to stay fit and trim or what are you trying to do to make a better you?

Blessings!

Connie Almony

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Today we welcome Connie Almony, fiction writer and blogger, to 3 Questions Wednesday.

(1) What is your favorite book? [Bible excluded]

Connie:  I usually answer with three: Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austin; Alec Forbes of Howglen, by George MacDonald; and Sir Gibbie, by George MacDonald. However, since you asked for only one, I’d have to say it’s Sir Gibbie. This is the book God put in front of me only a few years before my son was born. It’s about a very compassionate young man who happens to be mute. I didn’t want to read it when I first saw the blurb on the back. I thought, “How could a story be good if the main character has no dialogue?” Well, just read that story and you’ll see. Later, I read it for the third time, to my young, non-verbal, autistic son, when suddenly it dawned on me how much my son was like the main character. I loved Gibbie so much in the story and appreciated him for his gifts. It taught me to see my son for his strengths rather than only lament his disability. So, I guess I see this story as more than just a good book, but a special present from my Creator.

(2) If you could walk into any book, what literary character would you want to be?

Connie:  Hmmmm. I think I might have to say Lizzy Bennett of Pride and Prejudice, because it is so familiar to me. You see, I married Mr. Darcy. Really! He takes pride (yeah, I used that word) in me likening him to the character. He LOVES the scene in the A&E video where Darcy first proposes to Lizzy. He practically fist-pumps. In fact, it’s not too different from how he tries to compliment me—usually in how I’m not like other women, in some way I’d rather be like other women. This is a man who can get along with anyone from all walks of life and truly enjoys chatting with people … but if he has a hankerin’ to play arrogant, he can do arrogant. Nobody can talk down his nose like the hubby. It’s kind of a joke in our house. Whenever he speaks with that lowered-eyelid look, I mirror it right back and he laughs hysterically—at himself!!! In fact, he knows I’m writing this about him now. I used some of these traits in the main character of my novella At the Edge of a Dark Forest. It was lots of fun putting him in my story. It made me fall in love with him all over again.

(3) If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Connie:  Oh, Jennifer, you’re really making me think today. Can you see the smoke coming from my head? There are so many wonderful places I’d love to see with rich cultures and histories. I went to Europe when I was in college and knew, instantly, I was too uninformed to fully appreciate all I’d seen. I wished I’d done some research before I got there.

Still, I think it’s Africa I am called to now. I know, Africa is continent, not a country, but I feel God calling me and my son there. He hasn’t told me the country yet, and I have a feeling it will be a while before He does. I’d love to go as part of a missions trip, but I know the mission won’t be for me to tell others of Christ, but for me to experience Christ through the African people. I sense it would change my life.

Thank you, Connie, for joining us on 3 Questions Wednesday! Leave a comment to be entered to win a copy of the novella in ebook or paperback, whichever you prefer.

Dark Forest--Final CoverAt the Edge of a Dark Forest

Cole Harrison, a war veteran, wears his disfigurement like a barrier to those who might love him, shielding them from the ugliness inside. He agrees to try and potentially invest in, a prototype prosthetic with the goal of saving a hopeless man’s dreams.

Carly Rose contracts to live with Cole and train him to use his new limbs, only to discover the darkness that wars against the man he could become.

At the Edge of a Dark Forest is a modern-day retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Only it is not her love that will make him whole.

Connie Almony is trained as a mental health therapist and likes to mix a little fun with the serious stuff of life. She was a 2012 semi-finalist in the Genesis Contest for Women’s Fiction and was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Winter 2012 WOW Flash Fiction Contest. Her newest release, At the Edge of a Dark Forest, is a modern-day re-telling of Beauty and the Beast about a war-vet, amputee struggling with PTSD.

You can find Connie on the web, writing book reviews for Jesus Freak Hideout, and hosting the following blogs: InfiniteCharacters.com and LivingtheBodyofChrist.Blogspot.com.

You can also meet her on the following social media outlets:

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Just Dance

I told y’all last week how I like to walk outdoors. Something having to do with my ADD and the inability to stare at the same car in the same parking lot for an hour or two just doesn’t get my blood pumping the way it should. Another workout I really love is dance. Back in the day, when I was barely out of high school, I joined my future mother-in-law, sister-in-law and several other women at a local church to dance to Richard Simmons’ Rocking to The Oldies. I gradually moved to MTV’s hip hop.

Thankfully, a great group of women have created a bunch of routines to Christian music. It’s fun. It gets you moving. And… you can praise the Lord while working out to great music.

Let me introduce you to HOT Z Christian Dance Fitness. And, oh yeah, have fun!!!