Inspiration For Living 4

It’s Wisdom Wednesday. How can we live an inspired life this week?

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Welcome (back?) to Wisdom Wednesday, where we call on our higher power to ask the question: How can we live an inspired life this week. This week we turn to…

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Wishing you all the best,

Gina

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Inspirate With Gina

Join me on Medium @inspiratewithgina !

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For a dose of Motivation Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Wisdom Wednesday, Trust-In-Yourself Thursday, Fitness Friday, Simple Saturday, and Self-Care Sunday, please visit my new blog, Inspirate With Gina, on Medium.

If you are already a Medium member, then you know that you can click right in and read to your heart’s content. If you’re new to Medium, you will be able to read a couple of articles for free. Beyond that, Medium memberships are $5.00 per month or less if you subscribe for the year.

Inspirate is a made up word that means to breathe in inspiration and let it embody you. Let’s live an inspired life together. That’s what the new blog is all about.

If you’re on Medium, please drop your links in the comments so I can follow you there.

Peace and love,

Gina

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#comingsoon to Flower Mound, #Texas – #Vegan #Charcuterie #Sober Bar And #restaurant

Tasty news for health foodies.

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This is very exciting for vegans, foodies, the health conscious, and possibly anyone who just wants to have a good time. We are very excited and ready to visit when they’re up and running. Congratulations and thank you to the Wicked BOLD family for bringing what is sure to be a wonderful addition the health foodie world.

Read all about it in the Dallas Morning News here and visit www.wickedbold.com for more tasty, healthy news, and recipes.

Peace and love,

Gina

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Soup topped with Pepitas

If you’re making a pot of this, please invite me over.

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from Chris Pavesic

My sister-in-law Breen loves to cook and occasionally works her magic in my kitchen. Just the other day she prepared one of our family favorites. We thoroughly enjoy a bowl or two during winter as lunch or dinner. For me the pepitas make this dish a hit. I love scooping them out one at a time with a spoonful of soup!

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

4 lbs. butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-in. cubes

2 tbsp. olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

2 tbsp. unsalted butter

1 onion, roughly chopped

8 cups chicken broth

1 tsp. dried thyme

Pepitas (Shelled pumpkin seeds)

Preheat oven to 400° F.

Place squash on baking sheets; avoid overcrowding. Toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large Dutch oven over medium-low heat, melt the butter. Add the onion and sauté until translucent…

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Friday Feature Romance Writing

A look at why we love #romance novels.

C.D. Hersh

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Guest talks about

Learning about romance

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Anne Montgomery

Once, after reading one of my manuscripts, my agent said, “I really like the historical part of the story. Why don’t you write it as a stand-alone romance?”

I winced. A romance novel? Me?

I have a pretty good idea about where this book is going, don’t you?

I’ll admit here that I’ve been a bit of a snob in regard to that particular genre, which I was surprised to discover is the number one book-selling category on the planet. Not sure why I’ve often scoffed at romance novels. Perhaps it’s the covers: the swooning women with their heaving breasts, the muscular men, all sixpacks and flowing hair. Those books just never sang to me and I never understood why other people wanted to read them.

So, in an effort to learn, I contacted some of my lovely romance-writing…

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A Productivity Tip That Ended My Writing Slump

Thanks to this video I have now ended my writing slump and written two mornings in a row!


The phone winks at me, then whispers that there could be a monumental notice I’m ignoring, but I know I’ll get past that.


I’m recommending this video to everyone. If you’re not a writer, you can still do _________ first and become more productive.

Thanks to Becca Syme for the help. I truly needed and appreciate it.

Thanks for reading and watching. Let me know if you’re as inspired as I was by this video.

Gina

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Friday Feature Excerpts of Interest

Great paranormal romance series. Crossing my fingers for a fifth book

C.D. Hersh

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Sharing Excerpts from our series

The Turning Stone Chronicles

Often we are asked what is our favorite book or author. As writers there is another favorite that we have and that is certain sections of the books we have written. These favorite sections or excerpts become the lines shared to promote interest in the book. Today we thought we’d share some of our favorite lines from our paranormal romance series, The Turning Stone Chronicles Series.

Each of these books is a standalone in that there is a HEA in each. However, you will understand the continuing characters and their relationships if you start with the first book in the series.

With that said we will start our excerpts with the first book, The Promised One.

Tucking his gift under her arm, she started to leave.

“Hey.” He pointed at the other gifts. “Aren’t you going to…

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A Date Night Dinner

Who doesn’t enjoy a quick one at least once in awhile!

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Sloane Taylor says –

This quick recipe is ideal for those days you are too busy to fuss. Add a salad and a loaf of crusty bread to round out dinner. After you assemble all the ingredients on your counter pop open a bottle of Soave white wine from the Veneto region in Italy to enjoy while you cook. It’s perfect for this meal.

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Linguine with Artichokes and Leeks

2 medium leeks, white and light green parts only
2 12-ounce jars marinated artichoke hearts in oil
3 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. lemon juice
3 tsp, kosher salt less will not disturb the flavors
1 tsp, freshly ground black pepper
1 pound linguine
½ cup freshly grated Parmesan

Halve the leeks lengthwise and cut into 1-inch pieces. Wash well to remove any sand grains.

Cut the artichokes lengthwise if large.

Heat the olive oil…

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Blog views and other obsessions – two great tools for your blog

New toys or old favorites?

Book Club Mom

Like everyone else, despite the tough year we’ve all had, I learned a lot of new things in 2020. Today I’m sharing two great tools that are great for blogging.

Canva

You’ll feel like a graphic artist once you get familiar with how Canva works. It’s a graphic design platform with thousands of templates to use on your blog (like my new banner and this blog’s graphic) on social media and for other print items. The free version has loads of options. I had to learn how to use it for work and I’ve started using it more for my blog. What I like best about it is that the images you create are custom-sized for posts on a blog, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc. so you don’t have to worry if you have the dimensions right. And I also like how they suggest color schemes based on any images you…

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