I have moved my blog

For everyone who comes here to visit, I have moved my blog back over to Blogger. You can follow me at http://donna-realworldwriting.blogspot.com



Baking? Yes, baking. I’ve recently come across a couple yummy recipes I’d like to pass along to everyone. If these don’t make your mouth water, your taste buds are long gone 🙂


Individual Mini Upside Down Pineapple Cakes


Diana’s Kitchen Korner




2 cans (20 oz. each) pineapple slices

⅓ cup margarine, melted

⅔ cup packed brown sugar

9 maraschino cherries, cut in half

1 package yellow or pineapple flavored cake mix


Drain pineapple; reserve juice. Reserve 2 pineapple slices for another use.


Stir together melted margarine and brown sugar. Evenly divide sugar mixture into 18 (⅔ cup size) muffin cups, sprayed with cooking spray. Lightly press well drained pineapple slices into sugar mixture inside the muffin cups.

Place cherries in center of pineapple, slice side up.

Prepare cake mix according to package directions, replacing amount of water called for with reserved juice. Pour ⅓ cup batter into each muffin cup.

Bake at 350°F 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool 5 minutes. Loosen edges and invert onto cookie sheets.



Taco Casserole



1 7oz. bag Nacho Cheese Doritos, crushed
1 lb. hamburger, browned
1 pkg. taco seasoning, mixed according to directions
1 (8 oz.) pkg. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 (8 oz.) pkg. shredded Mozzarella cheese
Shredded Lettuce
Sliced tomato

Layer ingredients in 9 x 13 pan as listed – crushed chips, meat and seasonings, 2/3 of cheese, lettuce, tomato, and remaining cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

Alternative: substitute: rice tortilla chips, quinoa and black beans mixed with seasoning and salsa, shredded lettuce and tomato with no cheese for vegan and gluten free!


And this one was soooo easy to make!




This entry was posted on April 2, 2013. 1 Comment

Arlee Bird: Tossing It Out

I’ll be starting my A-Z challenge with Arlee over at Tossing It Out, the founder of this challenge. I’m sure he didn’t expect this to morph into something so huge and so important to us fellow bloggers. At the time I’m writing this, there are 1643 bloggers signed up, and there’s still another day left for more to sign up.


I couldn’t imagine making my rounds and not stopping at Tossing It Out. Arlee writes thought provoking blogs on various subjects. And I’ve never come across a boring one. He’s absolutely fabulous.


Cheers to you, Arlee!

Pre A-Z Challenge

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It’s my favorite time of the blogging year: The Blogging A to Z April Challenge. In case you don’t know what this is, we (and I mean well over 1500 participants) will post every day in April except for Sundays. We begin April 1st with the letter A, the 2nd with B, the 3rd with C, etc. It  can be themed or completely random.

And of course I’m going completely random this year again. So, be on your toes. And I can’t wait to meet new bloggers along the way. That’s one of the great benefits to participating in this blog challenge. You meet new people from all over the world!

Sign up and be a part of something wonderful. Our hosts this year are: founder Arlee Bird at Tossing It Out, Damyanti Biswas at Amlokiblogs, Alex J. Cavanaugh, Tina Downey at Life is Good, DL Hammons at Cruising Altitude 2.0, Jeremy Hawkins at Retro-Zombie, Shannon Lawrence at The Warrior Muse, Matthew MacNish at The QQQE, Konstanz Silverbow at No Thought 2 Small, Stephen Tremp at Breakthrough Blogs, Livia Peterson at Leave it to Livia, L. Diane Wolfe at Spunk on a Stick, and Nicole at The Madlab Post.  

You can sign up here at Alex J. Cavanaugh‘s blog!

And for anyone who signs up for my newsletter during the month of April will be entered into a drawing for a $15 gift card good for B&N or Amazon (winner’s choice) and a special prize package including my two ebooks, The Swan Cove Murders and Secrets of Jenkins Bridge.

Regular Schedule

I’m back and hopefully it’s to a normal schedule once again. I’ve been very busy with my edits for Boneknapper, completing my CNA (certified nurse assistant), and of course the ever running after a 17 month old constantly on the move. He has now learned how to climb on the sofa (Ugh) and has hit that stage where he wants me on the floor playing with him at all times lol. I forgot how fast time flies by when keeping him occupied. And when his bedtime comes, I’m just as exhausted as he is.

I’m working on creating my first newsletter set to send out April 1st. So, if you haven’t signed up yet, look over on the right side of my blog and click on ‘subscribe to my monthly newsletter’. Sign up is very simple. This first one will be short and sweet with some exciting news (at least to me it is. I’m sure it will be to you, too). And of course, feedback is more than welcome. You can even say, ‘your newsletter stinks’ or ‘the background color is ugly’ or whatever. I relish feedback.

Now, I know I’ve said ‘Boneknapper is in the final edits before sending off to publisher’, but see above. I printed the entire manuscript (yup all 231 pages) and scribbled all over nearly every page. This will be the last time I do it before sending it off though. I know it will never be perfect and am afraid I’ll mess the whole thing up if I keep overanalyzing it. So, I just need to make all the changes, deletions, and add-ons in my computer. That may take another couple of weeks as J.J. continually pushes my buttons to see what he can get away with….

Off to visit everyone’s blogs to see how much I’ve missed 🙂

Sexy Snippets-January 27th

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It’s time for another great Sunday and our Sexy Snippets. It’s where we take seven sentences from a pubbed book or a WIP every Sunday. A bunch of us at the Nuthouse Scribblers are taking part. If you’d like to post your own, be sure to add your name to the linky list for next Sunday.

If you’d like to follow along, click here. And for Twitter users, use #sexysnippets.

This week, I’m continuing from where I left off with Boneknapper’s Trent and Ciarra in the throws of a steamy scene. That is until Ciarra thinks of her dead husband, Jack. (That’ll throw a monkey wrench into it!)

Ciarra shoved at his arms, attempting to catch her breath. “Please Trent, stop now.”

Trent pulled away, his breath coming in short rasps. “Ciarra…”

“No, I need to get out of here. I can’t do this.”

I’m sorry, Jack.


Sexy Snippets


The Nuthouse Scribblers have come up with Sexy Snippets. It’s where we take seven sentences from a pubbed book or a WIP every Sunday. A bunch of us at the Nuthouse Scribblers are taking part. If you’d like to post your own, be sure to add your name to the linky list for next Sunday.


If you’d like to follow along, click here. And for Twitter users, use #sexysnippets.


This week, I’m pulling my seven from my paranormal suspense WIP, Boneknapper. Last week Dr. Trent Moore and Detective Ciarra Pacelli were getting close and cozy. But, as Ciarra is fighting her attraction for the sexy doc, she can’t help but remember her deceased husband.


Their tongues intertwined. She couldn’t get enough of him as her fingers undid the buttons on his shirt, running her hands along his hairless chest. Her mind screamed to stop this craziness, but she’d been alone for too long.

Trent yanked her shirt up, finding her hardened nipple waiting for his touch. Ciarra arched to fill his hand.

Jack’s face came into view behind her closed eyelids and she cringed. Shit.

Hehe. Stay tuned for next week’s continuation…