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Fog, Inversions, & Sekrit Projects
Posted on Monday, November 30, 2015 at 6 am by

Yes, I know I didn’t get the Year in My Yard post up yesterday. That’s because we have a horrendous inversion layer with heavy, dense, freezing fog and it’s triggering my asthma even when I stay inside, so I’m not about to go outside till tomorrow when it’s supposed to be gone. It needs to lift. We need rain and wind. I need air in my lungs.

Along the same lines, had another food allergy reaction yesterday. Benadryl to the rescue. This past year, I feel like I’ve kept them in business. No, I don’t know what to–I rather think it was a bad intolerance issue, though the symptoms were more food allergy. Tingling lips. Tingling nose. Itchy scalp and a few hives. Sam was at the gym when I started to notice it. I decided I’d better call him.

Conversation went something like this:

Me: Can you come home?
Sam: What’s wrong?
Me: My lips are tingling and I think I’m having a reaction–
Sam: I’m on my way. I’ll be home.
Me: I thought I’d better call you. I’m taking Benadaryl.
Sam: I’m on my way.

When he got home it concluded with:

Me: I’m sorry I had to interrupt your workout–
Sam: I’m glad you did.

I have a tendency to not want to bother people when I get sick. It could be dangerous in the case of my allergies/reaction. As to what triggered it? I have no clue. But it happened right after I ate one of my chocolate nut clusters and TBH, it’s been quite awhile since I’ve had walnuts. I also remembered a dream I had Saturday night where I was eating what I thought was coconut milk ice cream, and suddenly realized I’d been served regular ice cream. I started to panic as the reaction was setting in. I hazily remember waking up from the dream panicking that I had used Sam’s chocolate chips (he eats the ones with dairy) by accident in the nut clusters, but then realized no, I didn’t…so I think my body was warning me to be cautious. Too bad it wasn’t warning me what to be cautious of.

Lastly, I am working on a sekrit project for you guys…a little holiday surprise (though not holiday themed). You’ll know more soon.

I’m so tired right now. The Benadryl knocked me into a heavy, heavy sleep yesterday afternoon for three solid hours, and I probably should have just let myself sleep more, but I didn’t. Then my asthma kicked in last night…tonight? Well, at 6:30 AM I guess last night works, and I haven’t really slept most of the night. My sleep schedule is so screwed up. But hey…it could be worse.

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Dairy Free Chocolate-Peppermint Nut Clusters
Posted on Sunday, November 29, 2015 at 10 am by

dairy free chocolate nut clusters in pretty foil cups

Not only are these nut clusters dairy free, they are relatively low carb in limited amounts. I wanted a dairy-free candy that wasn’t too high carb, that had the TASTE of candy but yet that offered some protein with it, and that satisfied after a few bites. So I created these.

Chocolate-Peppermint Nut Clusters (Dairy Free)

1 – 10 oz bag Equal Exchange Organic Bittersweet Chocolate Chips (These are, as of currently, produced in a facility that does NOT process peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat and soy)
1.5 cups walnut pieces
2 cups pecan pieces
1/2 cup canned, unsweetened coconut milk
1 teaspoon peppermint extract

In large microwave proof bowl, mix chocolate chips and coconut milk. Microwave for 2 minutes, stirring at 1 minute. Remove and whisk smooth. Whisk in peppermint extract. The mixture will be glossy smooth. Stir in nuts and coat well.

Line mini-muffin pans with foil muffin liners. Spoon nut mixture into cups. Chill in refrigerator until hardened up.

Makes 36 candies at 3.5 net carbs each. (Note: using other chocolate chips may increase the carb count, these chips are not only dairy free but relatively lower in carbs).
You are welcome to link to this recipe or print it out for yourself, but please do not lift it for use in email, or post it on any other site without my permission.

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Flight From Mayhem Cover Reveal!
Posted on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 11 am by

So I got the cover to FLIGHT FROM MAYHEM today to post!

Flight From Mayhem cover

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Happy Thanksgiving!
Posted on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 10 am by

Have a wonderful holiday weekend.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Galenorn Family

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Up Too Early & More Cat Pictures
Posted on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 6 am by

I’m up far too early. I woke up at 3:30 with my skin itching (sometimes that happens) and ended up getting up to take another shower, which led to shaving my legs, brushing my teeth, scrubbing my face, and basically acting like it was time to get up. Sometimes this happens–my skin is hypersensitive and I’ve had a lot of allergy issues lately. It’s not exactly hives, but my skin’s easily aggravated. I know what products I can use and what I can’t (if it says ‘organic’ on the bottle, I do not put it on my face/body–usually break out in hives that way…which is the opposite of what goes IN my body re: food). Anyway, by the time I got back to bed a half hour later, Sam was snoring and I couldn’t quiet my mind down. Finally, at 5:15, I got up. Bleh. I’ll need a nap later.

Anyway, we put up the trees yesterday and so far Apple has been only mildly interested. He didn’t try to climb them. Yay. We’ll see how decorating goes. Yes, I do decorate early–I love the sparkly. My house, my rules. 😉

Because I’m too tired to really think…here are some pictures to keep you busy.

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Decorating the Cats
Posted on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 8 am by

It’s almost that time of year when I haul out the decorations (and those who don’t like decorations going up early don’t need to come to my house, so there!) (because, MY house!) (as Bill the Cat would say, PHBBT!). So I have cute Elf hats and reindeer antlers and a Santa hat for the cats. Um…it will soon be the annual epic struggle of me with a camera VS the cats trying to get the hats off their heads.

I don’t leave them on for long, just enough for cute pictures.

No cats are ever harmed in the making of my photos.

Me: (staring at cats) I’d apologize in advance…but…hey…it’s the price for free food and a good home and lots of love and general free rein to raise havoc. Y’know?

Here’s an epic picture from the past with our Rainbow Bridge girls.

Keeter with Reindeer Ears, Meerclar in an Elf Hat

Reindeer Keeter and Meerclar da Elf Kitteh


Reindeer Meerclar

Reindeer Meerclar



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Coffee Dates, Lovely Weather, & An Interview with Me
Posted on Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 3 pm by

First–the Peninsula Daily News interviewed me about my new Whisper Hollow Series. I am very happy with it and them.

So, Sam and I went out for a coffee date today. We tried a local spot, decided to give someone besides Starbucks a try. Every now and then we do this, and we’ve always been disappointed (we love SB’s coffee, we like the culture/atmosphere). Well, today was no exception.

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A Year in My Yard: Week 11
Posted on Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 3 pm by

I missed last week due to being in the after-fog of an allergic reaction, but here we go.

driveway covered with fir needles

Well, I was so pleased by my Year of Trees project, I decided to do another–but a bit different. Each week I will post a picture from my yard. Not of the same thing, but just something that catches my eye throughout the year.

Week 11: Yes, this is my driveway. This is my driveway after a week of rain and wind. We hit a sunbreak today, but the rains are coming back in. Actually, I love this weather. As you all know by now, I prefer the gloom and rain and cooler temps. And this…it’s Thanksgiving weather to me! Love it! (And love that I have lawn guys who will clear off the driveway so I don’t have to do it).

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10,000 Likes Contest
Posted on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 1 pm by

picture of mystery bag of goodies

Some time back, I promised that when I reached 10,000 likes on Facebook, I’d have a contest. Well, here we are. And it’s a Mystery Basket o’ Goodies.

To enter follow ALL rules:

  • You must Like my Page and/or Join the Facebook Group. (We will check)
  • Leave a comment here about your favorite holiday and why.
  • You must be 18 or over to enter and whether you are in the US or outside of it. All can enter.

Enter by midnight, November 23rd, 2015. One winner will get the Tote Bag o’ Goodies. and 2 winners will each receive one of my random backlist audio books. Good luck! And btw, when my blog subscriptions hit over 1000 (we are getting close), we’ll do another contest.


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Book Signing Reminder: Bellevue WA
Posted on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 8 am by

Friday November 13
6:00–8:00 PM

I will be signing books and talking to fans at:
Crossroads Barnes & Noble
15600 NE 8th Ave Suite Q1
Bellevue, WA 98008

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