Simple Summer Smoothies

simple summer smoothie


I posted this as a draft last week, but I can’t find where the drafts on this blog are kept. Can anybody here help me??

For this week’s topic, I’m supposed to share my favorite recipe. 0?  Scratching my head over that one, since I really don’t cook any more.

I guess I’ll go with an easy and yummy summer smoothie recipe I make. I made it up all by myself!  What I do is place a handful of frozen fruit (any kind) or a ripe banana in a blender and chop it all up.

Then I add a small container (6 oz) of yogurt, and a like amount of milk. Blend it all up and it’s ready to enjoy!  Makes about a couple of servings.

How about the rest of you? What other refreshing simple summer recipes are out there?



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A Non-Cook’s Recipe

If last week’s topic was a challenge, this week’s is even more so! I don’t cook much – not because I can’t, and not because I don’t want to, but because I don’t have to. When hubby and I divided the labor thirty-odd years ago, he decided to be the chief cook in our house. The main reason for that was because he got home from work three to four hours before me. Besides, his job required him to get up so early in the morning that if he waited for me to get dinner ready he’d be sound asleep by the time it was on the table. The only time I cook is when he’s sick (which isn’t often) or when he’s not home (which is even less often). So a favorite recipe was really hard for me to come up with.

My time in the kitchen is usually limited to making dessert. And since I have firmly waged war on my spare tire, dessert-making has come to a screeching halt. Now I just cut up veggies and fruit for my snacks, and set aside my portion of the main course before it gets smothered in whatever kind of sauce hubby prepares.

My go-to veggies are cucumbers and tomatoes. Since hubby is a meat-and-potatoes kind of guy, he often forgets to include a vegetable for our meal. I’ve gotten used to this and try to stay prepared. Greek Salad is a quick and easy addition to a meal. In fact, it’s so easy it seems silly to call this a recipe, but here goes:

Greek Salad
(makes two large servings)

1 medium tomato, cut into cubes
1 small cucumber, peeled and cut into pieces similar to tomato
¼ medium red onion, cut into thin slices
¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
a bit of oregano
Most recipes call for kalamata olives, but since I don’t like those I leave them out.

Combine veggies and cheese. Combine olive oil and vinegar and pour over the top. Garnish with oregano.
That’s it! My kind of recipe. Cut, mix, eat. The picture below is what it SHOULD look like when it’s done.


What’s on your menu tonight?


Side note & promo: I ate a LOT of Greek Salad during my trip to Greece in 2008. My youngest daughter did a study abroad on the Greek Island of Paros, and of course I had to go and make sure she was okay! After I got home, I decided to write a story set there, and in 2012 Astraea Press released Aegean Intrigue. If you click on the book cover you can read more about it!


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One of These Things Is Not Like the Others…

This week’s topic is Three Facts, One Fiction about our lives, and you are to choose which you think is the one that is not true. Sticking with a writing theme, I offer these.

However, I cheated a bit:

All are based on fact, so if you have any knowledge of my work or relationships with authors, you will get no hints from any of it.

1:A name that I suggested for character’s baby in an author’s NYT best-selling series was chosen. The initials were the deciding factor as essential for the running jokes in the series. It was a real challenge to come up with a acronyms since the last name begins with an “O”, but I came up with a few. The child’s mother is a real fashionista, so I named the child Evangeline Chanel Honoria, “ECHO”, (as in “Little Miss Echo”). I foresee that she will follow in her mother’s footsteps.(The mother is also a self-centered woman, so my second favorite suggestion was  Emily Giselle, “EGO”).

2: The title I suggested for another famous author’s recent work in one of her many series is now the name of her newest novel, to be released before Christmas. I thought her original title was wonderful, but it was vetoed by her editor as suggestive of drug use.The title had to be a play on the theme of that particular series.

3:I have a long-range plan to write a musical based on a character in a work I’ve had published. The non-fiction character is very interesting, but I may have to protect their memory and that of others by fictionalizing/dramatizing portions. I also might have to broaden the interest base to make it more commercially viable.

4: I have a short-term plan to adapt a play about a visit to a famous author into a readable story. I had hoped near the beginning to make it into a movie short, but it’s more expensive than I ever imagined, even if we bare-boned it with a handheld camera, (art-house style), with minimal cast and sets.

So, can you guess which one is not true? Will you please tell me why you think they are either true or untrue?

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One Fib Hidden Among Three Truths

Three Truths and a Lie

Jeff Salter

We’re all about fibs this week.

I think I’ve participated in a variation of this at least three other times. No longer recall which stories I’ve used. Every time, however, I’ve made the lie too easy to spot.

But for this one, I really believe I can stump you. To make it even more tricky, all of these are from my younger years, when most of youse guys didn’t even know me.

So let’s see if you can tell which ONE statement is a lie.

# 1
            With a lit firecracker in my hand, I fell out of a tree, briefly blacked-out, and came to on a lower branch of that same tree… where I’d landed on my tailbone. About 13 yrs old.

# 2
            Unlike many red-blooded kindergartners, I never played “doctor” with the neighborhood girls.

# 3
            As a middle-schooler, I jumped off the roof of my house… just so I could say I’d done it.

# 4
            In my middle teens, I ate two BK Whoppers (at one sitting)… just to try to impress some girls.

Think about them before you guess. And please let us know HOW you reached your decision on which one is the fib.

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Liar, Liar, pants on fire….

The taunts from the back yard as a kid, or being hollered across the street, or through the school yard. “Liar, liar, pants on fire, hanging from a telephone wire….” Why were they hanging from a telephone wire? That always bugged me and the saying always got on my nerves, unless I was the one saying it to my older brothers. ;)

The post for this week is to tell you four things about myself, one of which is a lie.

So here are my four, I will come back and reveal the lie probably Thursday morning. I can’t promise to stay up to midnight to post it.

1. All three of my brothers have a scar that was brought about because of me. The oldest brother’s scar may have faded but I see the other two quite often so know that theirs are still visible.

2. I was kicked out of high school for an entire semester because I was “a threat to the student body.” To which my response to my parents after we left the school was, “I’m only a threat to certain student bodies.”

3. I had a one eyed black cat. Some kids used her as a football and she lost an eye, I took her home and was allowed to keep her.

4. Senior year of high school when I was asked about my career goals I said I wanted to be an author.

Now all you have to do is figure out which one you think is the lie and leave a comment telling me and add your reasoning behind your choice. I’ll be back later to expose the lie.


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Me? Lie?

220px-PinocchioPinocchio, a symbol of untruthfulness

First and foremost, I need to apologize for my recent melt-down. I’m sorry and it won’t happen here again.  I plan to beat this.


True or False – Tell us four facts, one of which is a lie.


I almost messed up on this topic – AGAIN. But I realized my mistake and saved the other as a drift. PHEW! I’m so honest and clean I squeak. People can always tell when I’m not telling the truth. No Poker Face here. LOL!

This is going to be hard. You’ll probably no doubt see where I’m lying. :) But here I go;


I play Blackjack by statistics and I once won an online tournament. My kids freaked as they watched my name announced as the winner!

I once got a Royal Match at a Blackjack table in Nevada and won $1000. I freaked and did not say a thing in case the dealer was making a mistake. As if…

I have trained and been the first to ride on a yearling stallion. It was scary, but we trusted each other.

I have lost 14 pounds since May. I have been trying to lose weight for multiple eons and I’m doing it!

How easy was that??  Have you ever played this game?

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Will the Real Patricia Kiyono Please Stand Up?

This week we have the challenge of presenting you with four facts – except one of the so-called facts needs to be a lie. I always cringe at this challenge. While I have no trouble creating characters, the worlds they live in, and their activities, I’m at a loss when it comes to making stuff up about me. And a lot of the things that have happened to me has already been shared in my bio, on my facebook page, and elsewhere. So I’m sure this exercise will be quite easy for people who have known me for some time. Let’s give it a shot. Here are four statements about me. See if you can tell which one is false:

  1. While I ended up pursuing a music degree, originally I planned to study mathematics. I’ve always enjoyed puzzles of all kinds, and relished the challenge of solving equations.
  2. A quilt I made took second place at the county fair one year. I still think mine was better than the first place quilt, but since the winner was my cousin I can’t complain.
  3. I have performed in concerts at Constitution Hall in Washington DC, as well as several large venues in Europe. This all happened before I reached the ripe old age of 18.
  4. My grandfather was descended from a Japanese shogun, but since he was a younger son he was left to find his own fortune, which is why he came to America.

That’s it! Which one is the lie? How did you decide?

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Oh, by the way, here’s a picture of the quilt I made for my friend Suzanne’s grandson. I still need to sew the opening closed and tie it. Suzanne gave me her extra fabric so I can make one for my own grandson! But my next project is a Halloween costume for myself. For our orchestra concert on the 25th, all members have been requested to wear something related to the “Dies Irae” theme – doom and gloom. I have the fabric, and hopefully I’ll have it done before I leave for my writer’s weekend retreat on Friday!

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