Together, let’s save the Constantine TV Show, Friday April 24th!

Constantine1How many times has your favorite TV show been near the cancellation axe and you wanted the show to be saved?

I have many shows that I wish could have been saved, such as Dracula, Angel, The Tomorrow People, Star Crossed, The Secret Circle, Dallas reboot, Super Fun Night, Raising Hope, Sarah Connor Terminator, The Dollhouse, Firefly!Cast

I could go on an on.  Constantine reminds me of Supernatural, gone wild.  You have the Angel character, a mystic, bad-ass nun, demons trying to get babies!  Weird, right?

I’m so glad that NBC is giving Constantine one last chance to get viewers.  So if you have not had a chance to check out this great show and awesome companion to Grimm, then please join the Constantine streaming event on NBC, Hulu, & VOD.

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What’s for dinner tonight? Meatloaf!

WP_000378Growing up, my Mom always baked meatloaf in the oven.  It was a traditional meatloaf with ground beef and cubed toast.  My Aunt Forestine kicked it up a notch by adding cheese or using sausage with beef.

So for many years I baked my meatloaf like my Mom in the oven.  As I began collecting slow cookers, I had the courage to try meatloaf in a slow cooker.

Meatloaf April 11 2015 008It was a good choice.  Even though I miss the “brown” edges from an oven, the slow cooker has an advantage to where you can cook the entire meal in one pot.

So I put the veggies on the bottom of the crock pot.  Use whatever your family likes, for example carrots and potatoes diced, frozen vegetables, etc.  The veggies end up with so much flavor and sometimes steal the show from the meatloaf.  The veggies are a bit greasy from the meat on top, but still very tasty.  Optional, you Meatloaf April 11 2015 017can also use the slow cooker lifting pan as pictures below left, for separation.

With some recipes, I don’t like to experiment.  For example, I try to cook my Fritters the same way, instead of adding too many variations.  When I cook scrambled eggs, I get bored and sometimes like to try a a different cheese or use buttermilk or sour cream.

The meatloaf that I am cooking for dinner tonight has some new WP_000368ingredients.  I did not have any fresh or canned carrots, so I used frozen mixed vegetables instead.  I used 5 potatoes, diced and added some jalapeno peppers to the veggies and meat mixture for some heat.

Did you notice the gloves in the photos?  The gloves are less than $2 for 5 sets and are really handy for chopping onions or mixing meatloaf.  Garlic, put cloves in a plastic bag and crush them with a hammer.

Meatloaf April 11 2015 021It’s nice to kick it up a notch like Aunt Forestine and try something new with a recipe.  I how this one inspires you for the next time you desire Meatloaf.

Meatloaf

INGREDIENTS:
Ground Beef, 1 lb
Sausage, 1 lb
2 Eggs, large or jumbo
Meatloaf Seasoning (Williams, recommended), 2 packages 1.25 oz. each, divided
Meatloaf April 11 2015 020Diced Onions, frozen, ½ cup
Stove Top Stuffing Mix (Kraft, recommended), 6 oz.
Beef Bouillon Cube (Knorr, recommended), 1 cube
Stewed Tomatoes Original Recipe with Onions, Celery & Green Peppers (Del Monte, recommended), 14.5 oz
Petite Cut Diced Tomatoes with Garlic & Olive Oil, 14.5 oz.
Fresh Cut Diced New Potatoes (Del Monte, recommended), 14.5 oz.
Carrots Sliced, 14.5 oz.
Tomato Soup (Campbell’s, recommended), 10 ¾ oz., or Tomato Paste, 12 oz.
WP_000351 - CopyWorcestershire Sauce, 1 tablespoon
Garlic 1-5 cloves
Celery Seed, ¼ teaspoon

INSTRUCTIONS:
Beat 2 eggs in large mixing bowl
Add 1 package Meatloaf Seasoning, Diced Onions and Stove Top Stuffing and mix well.
Put Bouillon Cube in bottom of 6-7 Quart Slow Cooker, add Sliced Carrots and Diced Potatoes, top with Worcestershire Sauce, WP_000380 - CopyMinced Garlic and Celery Seed
Add Ground Beef, Sausage, Stewed & Diced Tomatoes and remaining Meatloaf package to large bowl and mix well. This is a good time to use disposable gloves for mixing!
Add Beef & Sausage mix on top of Carrots/Potatoes. Cook on High for 4-4.5 Hours
Top with Tomato Soup or Tomato Paste during last 30 minutes of cooking time

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Do you remember where you lived?

Wayne AveI was thinking about how much junk I have accumulated from my houses in all these years and where did it come from.  Then realized, I don’t remember every place that I have lived.

Some younger people may have only lived in less than 5 houses, parent’s home, dorm, apartment, etc.

But being older, means that you have lived in several homes.

So I tried my best to recap every place I’ve lived, permanent addresses, where the mail was changed.

  1. Current address, Wayne Avenue
  2. East 75th
  3. East 81st
  4. East 76th
  5. East 42nd
  6. 44th Street
  7. 45th Street
  8. Townhouse VG
  9. 2 Bdrm VG
  10. 1 Bdrm VG
  11. East 76th
  12. Montgall, with Aunt
  13. College Dorm, different city
  14. Montgall, with Dad
  15. East 76th
  16. Woodland
  17. 10th Street
  18. Flora
  19. 10th Street
  20. Wayne Miner
  21. Not sure where I lived when I was born?

ExteriorI’m not even sure if that list is accurate.  I will need to check with my siblings, they may remember more

My favorite place of all is my current home on Wayne.  It is a 3 bedroom 2.5 bath 2248 Square foot center hall Colonial built in 1923.  I hope I live to see it’s 100th anniversary.  I love Colonial homes and the 3 homes I have purchased have all been Colonial style.  And my mom’s house on East 76th was also Colonial style.

An older home means lots of projects.  And I LOVE home June 18 2013 038projects.  So far, I have had all of the original plumbing replaced, I have installed 9 new outdoor lights, 2 new outdoor receptacle sockets, 2 new outdoor faucets, replaced most of the light plate switches, the ceiling light in the foyer, 3 kitchen lights that came from my house on East 75th.

And I am not done.  I have one more matching ceiling light to install on my deck off the master bedroom.  I want to do a deck or patio off the French doors leading from the Sunroom.  Also replace the garage doors and fence.  I might tackle the kitchen one day and add granite, a backsplash and paint or replace cabinets.

It may seem like a lot of projects, but in the end, it’s my favorite location and I love the layout of the home.  Two things you can’t change:  the location and home layout/structure.

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The Vampire Dancer Saga Part 2 is Available now at Audible & iTunes!

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The Vampire Dancer Saga Part 1 is now in production to be released as an Audiobook late January or early February.  Part 3 is a bit serious.  But Part 1 on audiobook is a comedy hoot!  It had me ROFL!

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The Vampire Dancer Saga Part 4–Sneak Peak

Paula PattonIt’s been a while since I have blogged.  Switched from part time to full time work, and at nights.  Ouch!  I have managed to keep pitching The Vampire Dancer Saga Parts 1-3 as a TV Show, with each book being a different season.

I am continuing the story from TVDS Part 3.  So some characters will still be in Egypt as well as the US.  The US will face a drastic change in the upcoming book.  And those who were once villains will become the good guys (Salome) and those who were the good guys will be the villains in the next book (Granny, Big Daddy).

The hardest part of doing a book is not the story ideas, but finding the right graphics that tell the story.  Initially, I had a totally different plan for Part 3, but as it turned out, I found the artwork first and based the stories a bit on the Garcelle Beauvaispictures.

This time around, I am having the hardest time trying to find graphics, because the story is coming first.

Drake and Gia will be major players in the next book.  And this time we get to root for Salome to save the United States.

Dream Cast: I know the casting director will have the final say, but it never hurts to dream and share my vision

SALOME

Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011), Baggage Claim (2013)

RO’ZHA/GRANNY

Garcelle Beauvais (The Jamie Foxx Show)

CAROLINE BRADEN

Mercedes McNab (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

MIKE BRADEN

Nicholas Brendan (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

BIG DADDY

Tyrese Gibson (Fast and the Furious)

RAMESES

Mike Colter (Lemond Bishop on The Good Wife)

DRAKE

Michael Ealy (Almost Human)

DIRECTOR

Keenan Ivory Wayans (In Living Color)

CHOREOGRAPHER

Marguerite Derricks (choreographer, Austin Powers)

NETWORK HOME

OWN, syfy or Lifetime

Mercedes McNabNicholas BrendanTyrese Gibson2

Mike ColterMichael Ealy2Keenan WayansMargaurite Derricks

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Goodbye iPhone 5, Hello iPhone 6 Bling

Iphone Bling 002I can’t afford to upgrade to the new iPhone 6 until payday this Friday.  But I will miss the “BLING” that I have on my current iPhone 5.

I love, love, love my peacock rhinestone case!!!  Trying to find a similar one for my iPhone 6.  It may be too soon to get one.  But I hope to find another BLING case before I get my new iPhone 6.

I will miss you iPhone 5.  It’s hard to admit, but sometimes we get attached to our devices.  But we have to keep up with the times Iphone Bling 003and new technology.

I remember asking my Mom to borrow $1,000 way, way, way, long time ago back when Packard Bell and Radio Shack ruled the “NEW” home computers.  It was one of those  TANDY computers that cost more than what they were worth.  But at the time, that was the only technology available.  And I couldn’t even afford to upgrade back then.  I remember my Mom getting our first home computer (Commodore or Atari?), the kind that hooked up to a cassette deck for storage.  Times sure have changed.

IMG_1004Now I give my devices pet names and buy bling and “outfits” like I used to with my Barbie dolls.

My computer has a first name, it’s Sunny, my old smartphone had a second name, it’s Wendy.  RIP Wendy, you were replaced by the iPhone.  I used to work for XBox support and wanted to have the iPhone to help troubleshoot during my job.  But now my job has changed to a different company, so it’s great to have help from Phony.

Laptop Bling 004Wendy (Windows Phone), RIP
Phony (iPhone 5) on lifeline, soon to be replaced by iPhone 6 (what should I nickname it?)
Patty (iPad 3)
Kenny (Kindle Fire)
Andy Hop (Android/HP Windows 7 dual boot tablet)
Sunny Glass (Sony Vaio PC, Windows Vista)
Sonny (Sony Vaio PC, Windows XP)
Hip: HP Pavilion Laptop (Windows 8), has matching keyboard and mouse
Laptop Bling 003Hop: HP Desktop HPE-500z (Windows 7), has matching keyboard and mouse

Since Apple TV has not been updated for a few years, I’m thinking about getting the Amazon TV for either my main Living Room or my Bedroom.  Apple really needs to keep up with Amazon at this point and bring the search to a remote.

Also, I am thinking about getting a MacBook Air, only so that I can use the new iOS 8 features with my iPhone and iPad like Laptop Bling 001Handoff, Continuity and Call Answering.  But I will get the MacBook Air, only if I can great a really, really good deal on eBay – best place to buy new toys.  I get a discount from my job, but not as good as the eBay deals.

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TVDS3: Salome’s Sweet Revenge

Chapter 13St. Louis, MO

1902

“Your stories are lies and untrue,” screamed Salome. “How dare you tell such garbage to these kids? For your impudence, I choose to send Granny Rosa Smith to Jackson, MS in 1758 to be a slave on the plantation of my descendants Caroline and Mitchell Braden,” vowed Salome.

Egypt

15th century BC

Salome had a sick, sadistic cruel hobby that she kept secret from Ramses. She loved shrinking things to fit in her dollhouse. Anything! Cats, lovers who betrayed her, servants, those pesky belly dancers that Ramses loved.

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TVDS3: The Succubus Charms the Werewolf

Black Amazon CATam, Sherry, Gia and Kandy were bored with the Bid Whist card game they are playing on the eve of Dolf’s birthday party. They also don’t like the boring gift they got Dolf, a dog grooming kit for when he turns into a wolf on the full moon. Even wolves like to look good. Kandy suggested that they give him a StarchGate ticket instead. Expensive, rare and almost impossible to come by — the perfect gift. They give Lance and Regent the money to buy it and urge them to bring it right away. The brothers morph into a Hart and Ram and come back with ticket that night.

During the party, the four sisters notice a strange girl peaking through the window. She looks like a warrior and has a silver arrow pointed at Dolf’s head. She had been there for hours, waiting for the right moment before she shoots. They think quickly to save Dolf. They each do a powerful belly dance to conjure a protection spell for Dolf. They delay the cake and ice cream by putting on a Belly Dance show:

  • Tam does a Sudanese dance to Connie
  • Sherry does an Egyptian Cabaret dance to Sahara City
  • Gia does a Beledi and Zill dance to The Jasmine Dancer
  • Kandy does a Tambourine dance to Tomzara
  • The four dance together in a Pharonic Candle dance to Phaedra Pharonica

The dance spell is very powerful. Not only does it stop the Succubus warrior from killing, it also makes her fall in love with Dolf. The girls ask the warrior princess for her name and find out it is Brenna. Brenna and Dolf fall in love, so Brenna puts her Succubus assassin days behind her. Salome finds out that Brenna has betrayed her and sends in Drake instead to kill Dolf. This is also the first time that Drake meets Gia, he is enchanted by her dance, and they begin dating. Gia is able to keep Drake occupied so he puts off killing Dolf.

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TVDS3: King Tut & Aaliyah


Chapter 111350 C.E.
: Aaliyah, was an ambitious little vixen. She definitely had her eye on Tut. Yes, she knew he was a vampire, and, yes, they HAD met before—a question he kept asking her as he plied her with wine in his private chamber. While the other dancers performed with practiced grace, her seductive dance was meant only for him. And he had caught the beckon of her hips as her eyes drew him in—maneuvers that could easily be chalked up to the belly dancer’s trade, but which she made sure to let him know with her subtle glances and movements were only for him. In the end, he had dismissed the other girls but took her back to his chamber. Now as they drank wine from golden goblets in his medieval palace, and she giggled flirtatiously, insisting light-headedness from the wine, she thought of their child, Aten, born almost 3,000 years ago, the product of a long-forgotten rendezvous. It was not the last time they met, but it was the time that came to mind now. She had liked that name for the dark-haired, olive-skinned boy, who was ultimately raised by priests to later become a priest himself—his royal heritage unknown, even by the people raising him. Oh, well. She would, of course, conceive. She always conceived. This was their destiny: clandestine meetings between courtesan (always a belly dancer) and high ranking official (king, priest, noble man—depending on the time and place) — always to result in a child. Sometimes he knew about the child, sometimes he didn’t. Sometimes he would offer support for the child, but he never acknowledged the child, never claimed it for his own. Why did she always draw him in when she knew how it would end?

1980 C.E.: Video Killed the Radio Star played on the radio as the taxi pulled up to the pristine steel and glass building where he lived. Alyce held the tiny, tightly-wrapped bundle in her arms as she maneuvered out of the taxi, paid and stood, staring up at the building. The baby was unaware of the forces—millennia in the making—that swirled around him as he slept. She finally, moved forward to the door. There was no need to buzz. The doorman recognized her and let her in without question. She knew he assumed that she and Hutch were boyfriend and girlfriend, but such a relationship requires acknowledgement. What they had were rendezvous—a number of them after that corporate gig where they first met. She was the entertainment—belly dancing: a tradition with a surprisingly long history; he was the office golden-boy newly promoted to CEO after that last merger he helped to broker—now with an income and status beyond most people’s wildest dreams. The girls had all been at their most seductive and provocative to try to get their own little piece of this golden boy. But, in the end, he had chosen Alyce. Didn’t she know from the beginning that that is how it would go?

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