Rumor Has It Wednesdays

A Day Like No Other… Leap Day

Today is a day that only happens once ever four years. People born on this day either have to celebrate on Feb. 28th or Mar. 1st. I can only imagine how confusing this would be for a child to keep their date of birth straight.

It is an old Irish legend that today is the day that females can propose to males. But did you know there was a St. Bridget? I’ve heard of St. Patrick, but not Bridget. Well she apparently struck a deal with Patrick to allow women to propose to men every four years. Thus the tradition.

Leap Day in some places is known as Bachelors Day. This gets even more interesting. A man had to pay a penalty if he refused a marriage proposal by a woman on Leap Day. This may have been in the form of a garment or a monetary value. Some European countries required twelve pairs of gloves so she can hide the embarrassment of not having an engagement ring.


Recipe Tuesdays

Leanne’s Irresistible Shrimp Alfredo

This is my take on Fettuccine Alfredo. You may like it. You may not. It’s quick and easy to make and is great for when you need to fix dinner in a hurry.

First let’s start with the Fettuccine pasta. Boil your water, but don’t add the salt just yet. Salt prevents the water from boiling. Wait until the water is boiling and you put in the pasta, then sprinkle in your salt. The pasta will not stick and it will cook faster this way. A trick I picked up channel surfing one day and I landed on a cooking show.

Now for the Shrimp Alfredo:
1 pkg. frozen or fresh about 20-40 pieces of shrimp, peeled, veined, and tails removed
2 tbsp. butter
1/2 tsp. garlic powder (more if you like)
1 jar of Alfredo Sauce (any brand)

In a medium fry pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add the garlic powder and saute shrimp until pink. Add Alfredo sauce to shrimp to heat, when this is bubbly fold in the cooked fettuccine. Once  coated with the sauce, dish up and serve.

My son, a picky eater, loves it. This meal is not only quick, but less than ten dollars. A great reason to eat at home.


Is Spring Really Upon Us?

I’m skeptical to believe that spring can be so close at hand. Though we are less than four weeks away. Still we’ve not had a typical bout of winter this year. Just a hint of it here and there. The daffodils have already sprouted in thick bunches along the road side and in yards. We normally get these March flowers right before we get another snowfall, yet the weather is warming here in East Tennessee. Today the sun is shinning bright and the temperature is supposed to get into the low 60s, though it is supposed to feel warmer.

Have you experienced a typical winter where you live? Has it been warmer or colder?

Hooked on Downton Abbey

I, like so many others, who have watched Downton Abbey have become hooked on the story and the characters. With the ending of Season 2 I am anxiously awaiting Season 3, but when will that be? How many weeks must we wait until the saga can continue? What will become of Anna and Mr. Bates? Will Mary and Matthew find happiness at last? What about Sybil and Branson and their new little one that is on the way? Will Edith finally find someone to love? So many questions and so many  possibilities.

I suppose I could dream up my own version of how the mini-series will progress, but I might find myself disappointed with the actual outcome. Have you any thoughts on how it should go? What expectations do you have for the addition of Shirley MacLaine to the cast? I can just imagine what sparring match she and Maggie Smith could get into. It will make for an interesting season.

Random Thoughts Friday

It’s Friday!!! Yeah! I seem to live for Friday these days. There’s always so much to do during the week that I can’t get done that I need the weekend to take care of it all. What about you? Do you live for the weekend?

The weather today is weird. Tornado’s have been sighted in nearby counties. It’s currently overcast and getting cooler as the day goes on. We started out at 68, but the high was only supposed to be 63. Strange. I don’t recall ever having a day like this one. Have you?

The buzzer is going off in the elevator in my building. I called maintenance and they said someone is trapped in one of the three cars. Have you ever been stuck in an elevator? Do you think you’d be able to stay calm if you were? I’m not sure how I’d react.

Sharing the Support!

My fellow Class of ’85 author Margo Hoornstra has shown her support by honoring me with The Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award. All that’s required is to share seven random facts about yourself (oh brother!) and, of course, to pay the award forward to ten up and coming bloggers.

Okay, so here is my part, the facts, short and sweet:
1. I was born in January.
2. I have a son and a shi tzu.
3. I’m the founder of Smoky Mountain Romance Writers.
4. I took piano lessons as a child, but I’m more of a singer than a musician.
5. I never kept a diary as a girl and that is the reason I believe I’m not much of a blogger. I don’t think what I personally have to say matters to others.
6. I’m a romantic at heart.
7. I love my day job and the people I work with.

My ten recipients for The Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award are:
Mary Manners:
Kate McKeever:
Sharon Griffith:
Karen Hall:
Carolyn Carey:
Lauren Hope:
Teresa Reasor:
Ester Lopez:
Beth Trissel:
Loretta C. Rogers:

Go forth and blog laides!!