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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

(By Popular Demand – My Favorite Recipe!!)

Sift Together:

4 1/2 C. Flour

2 tsp. Baking Powder

2 tsp. Baking Soda

2 tsp. Nutmeg

2 tsp. Salt

2 tsp. Cinnamon

Cream Together:

3 C. Sugar

1 C. Shortening


2 C. Pure Pumpkin

3 Eggs

2 tsp. Vanilla

Combine dry ingredients with wet.  Add 1 large bag of chocolate chips.  Add 1 C. nuts (optional).

Drop by large spoonfulls onto greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degress for 13-14 minutes.


December 20, 2006 at 9:55 am Leave a comment

Resisting the Urge

I will not write about Britney’s Panties, I will not write….how sad is it that this is the biggest news story of the day.  Hi.  Did anyone notice that earthquake in Indonesia?

Ok. Feeling like your head is about to explode and your lungs are full of something funky apparently has it’s ups and downs.  On the downside….I had to sit at home tonight alone, while my $300 hockey ticket ON THE GLASS went unused.  No. Don’t bring it up, it’s still too painful.  On the upside, I sat my butt down in a chair and finally watched my tivoed season of Grey’s Anatomy.  Ahh….guys, this is the way tv is meant to be watched.  Sick, bundled in a blanket… one really long movie with no commercials.  Bliss.  Downside.  Started my review of the new music software Sony so thoughtfully overnighted to me yesterday and my head was too fuzzy to figure out where to plug my mic in on the desktop computer in the kitchen.  Now, the interesting thing would have been if I had been able to figure it out.  My voice sounding as lovely as it is right now, we would have had some great tracks laid down….ya know the episode of friends where Phoebe sounds all sexy with a cold….yah, probably not anything near that cool.  But fun all the same.

Nano is officially over in 23 minutes.  I think it’s safe to say, I’m not gonna make it.  More on that later….but I’ll say this.  Worth the ride.

Ok, back to bed…I suppose I’ll force myself to go visit my doctor friend tomorrow (Sadly, not McDreamy).  Sure he’ll be so glad to see me again!!  Tune in tomorrow for more insane things I do while I’m sick, like sign up for insanely expensive college courses!  Night!

November 30, 2006 at 10:42 pm Leave a comment

Clean Bill of Health…pretty much.

Saw the neurologist today, my mri, echocardiogram and carotid doppler all came back fine, which pretty much rules out ms or a stroke.  But still leaves a mystery as to the cause of my symptoms.  Admittedly, they are much better than three weeks or a month ago, but it’s still perplexing and frustrating to me.  The neuro sent me for some MORE bloodwork, though I can’t think of a test they haven’t done blood wise (he says he wants to check how my blood clots) and said to come back in four months.  Okay.  That leaves the door wide open for my mother to chime in, “See it’s just stress” and “You need to take better care of yourself”.  Maybe true, but I really can’t imagine how any amount of stress could have brought this on, and I’m sure, despite my mother’s insistence that it’s not an effect of my eating habits. 

It did manage to very effectively get me to quit smoking my few cigarettes a week though, and all I can do now I  suppose is wait for the few symptoms I have left to clear up, go get poked with more needles, and hey….guess this means I can drive again!!!

October 25, 2006 at 7:07 pm Leave a comment


I’ve been accepted as one of ten participants in this years Ghost Ranch Writing Retreat in Oracle this summer, I’m quite excited to workshop the novel version of “Butterflies” there and they seemed really positive about the marketability of the concept, so hopefully the week working with editors and agents will nab me a sale.  It gives me a deadline to have the manuscript ready, if nothing else and all I have to worry about now is paying to get there. lol.

The week has been a blur of pain, labcoats and cat naps.  I had all my medical tests finished up this week, so hopefully I’ll have some answers on Wednesday.  Let’s just cross our fingers.

I’ve been busy working on my websites.  I’m doing a very extensive Literary Calendar for which is time consuming, but I think will ultimately be a big draw to the site, and I’ve already gotten emails from people wanting to be notified when the launch of happens, so things are moving along.

I had an article published on this week (as Aurel) , and submitted to a few other ezines.  My goal is to get one out a week, but we’ll see.

I’m dreaming my novel for Nano and having fun learning all about the NSA and intelligence from some great online groups, so I’m feeling a bit more relaxed about November.

And, I was also accepted as one of ten members of an AMAZING online critique group, LDSmindspill.  We are required to do daily excercised and offer feedback, and I just love the group already.

Ok, enough about me.  Oh wait, that’s the point isn’t it?  I GET to be egotistical here and pretend that people care.

October 22, 2006 at 5:39 pm Leave a comment

An Update and Thank You

I just wanted to post a thank you to all my family and friends who have been so supportive over the last weeks and especially days as I’ve been dealing with my “mystery illness”. After visiting the Neurologist yesterday he left me with two options, MS or a Stroke and sentenced me to a battery of more testing which will hopefully quickly identify which of the two it is. I admit the thought of either is a bit daunting and has kept me deep in thought over the past two days trying to adjust to the idea and frustrated at my increasing symptoms. But it’s really out of my hands at this point, and all I can do is thank you for keeping me in your thoughts and prayers, try and get some rest and I’ll keep you posted as soon as I have more to tell. It means so much to me to know that I have so many people who care about me and are worried about my condition. Thank you and my love to you all! Rebekah

October 4, 2006 at 5:51 pm Leave a comment

Poor Little Rye Bye

Sadly, I’m not the only one spending time in the hospital and getting poked and proded with needles lately. We had to take Ryland into the ER last night after he woke up screaming and I went in to find him throwing up and acting very unresponsive. They ran every test you can think of on him, including a spinal tap (ouch!) to check for spinal meningitis. They kept him in the hospital last night, thinking he had somehow ingested something he shouldnt have, but are now thinking he may have had a seizure and are keeping him at least another night. Poor little guy. Everyone keep my little angel nephew in your prayers. Thanks.

September 24, 2006 at 6:08 pm Leave a comment

Updating: My computer and myself

I’ve spent so much time lately updating my computer and trying to get it in perfect working order so I can write uninterrupted, that I’m beginning to feel like I need to upgrade myself.  My brain is fried by all this computer mumbo jumbo, half of which I don’t understand.  The half that I do understand is what is giving me a headache. 

I did come across a few interesting programs that I like so far.  I’ll talk about them if I decide to keep them on.

I’m feeling much better, for those that have been asking.  Mostly just the numbness in my left hand now and some memory and very mild speech problems (forgetting words, words coming out wrong), but I’ve gotten my muscle strength and energy back so I can pretty much go about my day as normal.  I can’t even get in to see the Neurologist until the 3rd of October, so there isn’t really anything I can do but wait and try to ignore it. 

I did have to drop my Humanities class I was talking last night, because I had missed a major test the week before and was set to make it up last night.  The only problem was I thought last night was tonight.  I was a day behind, and then I couldn’t get anyone to drive me to go makeup the test, so no test, no passing class.  The teacher is really strict.   Oh well, I should be able to get a full refund with a doctors note.  I’ll just read the book myself and probably get more out of it than listening to the teacher talk about what we are not going to have a chance to cover in class, and what we might cover in class for half the class period. 

Not being able to drive is the worst part though.   I miss my freedom!

September 22, 2006 at 6:22 pm Leave a comment

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