I’ve recently concluded that I come to a lot of conclusions. Overthink much. Duh!
Let’s just say miles and miles of walking, as the sun is coming up has a way of working things out like the prickers and thorns I lodged in my bare feet the wild summer I refused to wear shoes, except to attend church.
By the end of that season, from swimming every day, stomping around in the vegetable garden and riding my bike, I had Bilbo Baggins feet without the fur. Sorry, that might have been too much… sigh.
It’s been a really interesting week. I helped my mom finish up her personal memoir, launched an exciting new book called Tangled Webs with Veronica Cline Barton and decided to start exercising more. Rollerblading yesterday was so much fun, I didn’t want to come home. This is not what I looked like, But I am working on it! Dare to dream!
It’s funny sometimes how reticent I and other people are to change. We all know we need to, but why the heck don’t we? I wonder if that will be etched on my Viking tombstone instead of the word “Invictus” a word I like very much or perhaps the phrase, 'She Lived. A Lot. Mostly.'
I had a killer bee in my bonnet yesterday when the idea of strong females in storytelling was a fad. Um. Okay. WHAT!? THE WHAT? To make it worse, It was a woman and writer who said it. My heart is palpitating like the energizer bunny. Stabby, Chuckie Doll movie scene. NO.
Who influenced you when you were discovering who you were or when you fell down and cut open your knee?
Your amazing grandmother? Your mom, sister or a teacher? Boudicca, Margaret Sanger, or perhaps Harriet Tubman? Taps foot impatiently waiting for that new twenty-dollar bill with her image y’all promised us like, what was it two years ago?
It is no secret that without strong women to look up to, the world would be worse for wear.
I understand that not everyone is cut out to be like the ladies mentioned above, and I don't suggest a Thelma and Louise road trip, as it didn't end well, but I denounce the ridiculous idea that strength isn’t also sometimes saying nothing or holding on when we need to get through something difficult.
People need to understand that compassion, strength and brevity is not a fad. Doing what needs to be done without complaint or expectation is just as important in real life, as in books, and film. Queen Boudicca took it one step further when leading an army against the Roman invaders who murdered thousands, brutalized her and killed her family.
Stop making excuses that don't serve you or the awesomeness you deserve. Be fearless, be courageous and the heroine or hero in your own life.
Back to the new release for a moment. Hope you don't mind? One track mind.
TANGLED WEBS is Book #2 The Haunted Series, a ‘luxury paranormal’ collab between myself and Veronica Cline Barton. This time the theme is webs. It can mean spider webs, the complications of human relationships, ghosts literally and perhaps the choices that haunt us?
#Booktrailer Sneak peek with a cover reveal! You will be traveling again, if only in the pages! Our mission is to give you the chills, talk about the things that haunt us and take you somewhere gorgeous. Not kidding, I cannot wait to use my passport again. I want to eat olives in Spain, go to the jungle in Belize and stay in the treehouse place I liked.
Geez. I might never come home again.
If you've already read and reviewed Hearth Fires, we deeply appreciate it. You will also already know that a theme for this totally unique, short story collection is a jumping off point… not the final destination. This year’s anthology is more psychological and definitely twisty. Thank you for your encouragement and pre-orders! We cannot wait to share these dark and delicious stories with you! TANGLED WEBS officially arrives Labor Day, September 6, 2021! Yeah!
I know you came here for the recipe too, right? I am excited to be headed out to take a walk on the beach. My husband is on a training plan so he can hike thirty miles up a mountain in the Wasatch. He is going for ten miles, I am going for two, then working on this week’s #BOOKEM.
Savory, simple and delicious, Get Your Weekend Back, Bacon and Tomato Pie. One of the best things about it, you can make it on Saturday morning while you catch up on other chores. It keeps gorgeous all weekend in the fridge, so you can write, read, relax or play. Just add a green side-salad, a glass of iced tea or a nice cabernet or syrah. Heaven! Take care and stay safe. Thank you for supporting my writing journey. It means a lot! Look for some swag-swag sometime soon. I have some cool ideas for tiny ways to show you, the Literati how much you mean to me. As always, the forum is open and I am always thrilled to connect. @Bibiana1Krall
Until next time find your Peace, Love, Hustle and then Read or Write. Xox Bibiana
GET YOUR WEEKEND BACK,
BACON & TOMATO PIE
4 large organic, cage free, grain free eggs
12 oz. shredded Vermont White Cheddar or Swiss
½ tsp. fresh ground black pepper.
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 tsp. dried parsley fresh chopped
½ tsp garlic powder
½ cup organic whole milk
2 Tablespoons white flour
1 sweet onion, washed and chopped
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 Roma tomatoes or one large beefsteak tomato
1 lb. uncured, cooked and crisped bacon (this is enough bacon for two pies, but if you have a family like mine, it isn’t.) ***If you are a vegetarian, 1 cup/8 oz. of one of these items: lightly pan fried zucchini, roasted eggplant or shitake mushrooms, use in lieu of bacon.
1 prepared pie shell
Deep dish pie plate
If you haven’t yet cooked the bacon, do that as you normally would. Drain on paper towels and set aside.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Whisk eggs in a large mixing bowl until fluffy. Add milk and whisk again. Add salt, nutmeg, garlic powder, flour and pepper. Add medium chopped onion, and parsley. Wisk again, then fold in the shredded cheese. Set aside.
Prepare piecrust in a deep-dish pie plate. (The frozen kind works just as well.) Wash and cut Roma tomatoes in quarters (if you use a Beefsteak tomato cut in half, then cut six orange slices per half) the long way and fan out in the piecrust shell like a star, skins down.
Over the top lay five to six cooked and crisp bacon strips in an alternate star shape. (Or for the vegetarian, layer your mushrooms, zucchini or eggplant.) Pour egg and cheese mixture over the top and use a dinner fork to be sure the cheese is distributed evenly. Bake for approx 25-35 minutes until a knife comes cleanly out of the middle. Let sit on a trivet for five minutes and serve warm.
Foil top to store in the fridge, it keeps well for 1-3 days. Reheat one slice at a time in the microwave for approx one minute covered loosely with a clean paper towel.