Simple Eating – Great Depression Cooking

When I asked for easy recipes with simple ingredients on Facebook to share with you, someone shared this link with me. I haven’t gotten to explore this YouTube channel as much as I’d like, but you might find it worth checking out. During The  Great Depression things were much tighter than they are now and people survived it. There are so many things we can learn from the past…we shouldn’t lose that knowledge.

Great Depression Cooking by Carla

Simple Eating – Cherry Dump Cake

Ursula Raphael is a book reviewer that I meet online. She quickly became one of my favorite ladies in this world. You can find her reviews here: Astradaemon’s Lair. And you can find a quick and super easy recipe for cake she shared with me below. No eggs, butter, or milk required (scarce ingredients right now)!

 

Cherry Dump Cake

by Ursula Raphael

 

Ingredients:

1 box of cherry cake mix

1 can of Cherry Dr. Pepper

 

Instructions:

Mix and bake as instructed on the box.

 

It doesn’t get much simpler than that! Enjoy your cake.

 

Copyright © Ursula Raphael 2020

Besser Books Anthologies – Open Calls

Title: For One Roll

  • The stories for this anthology should be the toilet paper equivalent of what would you do for a Klondike Bar, but what would you do for a roll of toilet paper in a world where TP is scarce. Think someone who has a grandma that is embarrassed about having diarrhea and they love her so much they would do anything to get her some TP. Or someone who is tired of smelling bad or has a rash from TP alternatives, etc. Be creative. Be hilarious, but get freaky with some horror too.
  • All stories should have elements of satire (humor) and horror.
  • All stories should have a beginning, middle, and end. Not just a scene and end.
  • Stories should not be political. There can be elements of politics, but should be light in that regard. Your story should not be a political rant disguised as a story.
  • Your story does not have to be about or contain the COVID-19 virus and circumstances, but it can if you so desire.
  • Stories should be 5K+ words (but payment will be the same regardless of word count). No stories under 5K will be accepted.

Payment: $5 per accepted story paid via PayPal and one Mobi copy of the ebook anthology (payment after signed contract is received and Mobi upon publication).

No reprints.

Amazon Ebook (only) will be published by Besser Books (Besser Books & Services, LLC) and edited by Rebecca Besser.

Cover has been commissioned from Arc Book Cover Design.

 

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Title: Isolation: Stay At Home

  • The stories for this anthology should be based around someone who is forced to stay home (for work or any other reason) and some aspect of staying home drives them nuts until they snap. Think dad who is forced to work from home when his employer restructures and his wife’s cat barfs all over his keyboard during a video conference with his top client. Or someone stuck at home having to listen to their child’s favorite CD or movie over, and over, and over. Be creative. Be hilarious, but get freaky with some horror too.
  • All stories should have elements of satire (humor) and horror.
  • All stories should have a beginning, middle, and end. Not just a scene and end.
  • Stories should not be political. There can be elements of politics, but should be light in that regard. Your story should not be a political rant disguised as a story.
  • Your story does not have to be about or contain the COVID-19 virus and circumstances, but it can if you so desire.
  • Stories should be 5K+ words (but payment will be the same regardless of word count). No stories under 5K will be accepted.

Payment: $5 per accepted story paid via PayPal and one Mobi copy of the ebook anthology (payment after signed contract is received and Mobi upon publication).

No reprints.

Amazon Ebook (only) will be published by Besser Books (Besser Books & Services, LLC) and edited by Rebecca Besser.

Cover has been commissioned from Arc Book Cover Design.

 

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Submission:

  • Email submissions only to submissions @ rebeccabesser.com (without the spaces around @) Questions can be sent to the same address with Anthology Question in the subject line.
  • The title of the anthology you are submitting to and your last name should appear in the subject line of your email.
  • Your bio should appear in the body of your email below your cover letter. (The bio provided will be used in the anthology if your story should be accepted.)
  • Only one story per author, per anthology. You must send each submission in a separate email.
  • Your story should be submitted in Word doc or docx (attached) in standard manuscript format. (Don’t know what that is? Look it up.)
  • You should use Times New Roman 12pt font.
  • If you want something in Italics, make it so in the document.
  • Do not use bold or underline text, or any other fancy formatting.
  • Submissions are open from when these guidelines go live, until each anthology is full.

 

*ANY STORY/SUBMISSION THAT DOES NOT FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES OUTLINED ABOVE WILL BE DELETED UNREAD AND WITHOUT NOTICE.

New Release – Lilitu: The Memoirs of a Succubus by Jonathan Fortin

Click on cover to visit title on Amazon!

 

Lilitu: The Memoirs of a Succubus

by Jonathan Fortin

 

England, 1876. Twenty-year-old Maraina Blackwood has always struggled to adhere to the restrictive standards of Victorian society, denying the courage and desire that burn within her soul. But after a terrifying supernatural encounter, Maraina’s instincts compel her to action.

Maraina soon discovers a plot to unleash a new world—one of demonic aristocrats, bloody rituals, and nightmarish monsters. Putting her upbringing aside, Maraina vows to fight the dark forces assuming control of England. But as her world transforms, Maraina finds that she too must transform…and what she becomes will bring out all that she once buried.

Lilitu: The Memoirs of a Succubus is the first chapter in an epic dark fantasy saga, proudly represented by Crystal Lake Publishing—Tales from the Darkest Depths.

 

Copyright © Jonathan Fortin 2020

Simple Eating – Fresh Salsa

This is a recipe that can be changed every which way to accommodate any preferred taste, but it’s also great straight forward. I’ve used it for chili, chips and salsa, tacos, and even lettuce wraps. You can put it on almost anything for any meal to add flavor with fresh veggies! It’s also cheap and easy to make. I guarantee you’ll make it time and again.

 

Fresh Salsa

by Rebecca Besser

 

Ingredients:

3 large tomatoes

1 medium to large onion

2 jalapenos

1 tsp salt

 

Instructions:

Dice tomatoes. Finely dice onions and jalapeno peppers (remove veins (the pith) and seeds if you don’t want the heat from the jalapenos).

Add salt to taste (you don’t have to use it all–add in half and see if it’s enough, and add additional if/as needed).

Mix well until combined.

It should look like this:

 

Optional ingredients:

You can add a can of drained corn, black beans, and/or black eyed peas.

You can add lime juice if you want more acid.

You can add a tablespoon or two into smashed avocados, lime juice, and cilantro (if you like it) and wham you have guacamole!

You can use different peppers–poblano peppers or even bell peppers–instead of jalapenos.

You can use frozen or canned jalapenos if that’s what you have.

 

Best if eaten within a week.

 

Copyright © Rebecca Besser 2020

Simple Eating – Build A Mountain

Kim Curley is a a wonderful woman and one of my closest friends. She was also one of the first to step up to share recipes when I expressed my idea for this section of my blog on Facebook.

Build A Mountain

By Kim Curley

 

Ingredients:

Canned Tuna mixed with mayonnaise (like you’re making tuna salad, except don’t add pickle relish or anything else to the mix)

Mashed potatoes

Lettuce

Instructions:

Make sure your canned tuna and mayo are pre-mixed first and set aside. You can even do this earlier and let it sit in the fridge.

Cook enough mashed potatoes according to instructions for the amount of people you’re feeding (2, 4, 6, etc.). Set aside.

Now, the building phase:

On plates or bowls, shred or tear your lettuce into bite size portions. Place mashed potatoes on top of lettuce, followed by tuna mixture.

You’ve built your mountain!

If you want, you can stir the mixture all together, or you can eat it as layered.

Extras: add a little extra butter, salt and pepper to taste.

To really spice it up, if you’ve got a little Tabasco, a few drops-not a lot!-might make it taste better for some folks.

We’ve used this numerous times when we’re down to nothing in the pantry, as well as an inexpensive, but filling meal when the purse strings need to be tightened! Enjoy!

Copyright © Kim Curley 2020

Simple Eating – Crock Pot Chicken And Dumplings

Gwen Wells is a lovely woman that I know IRL. When I posted online about starting a simple recipe section on my blog to help people eat better with what they have available, she was one of the first to step up to share a recipe. I hope you enjoy it!

Crock Pot Chicken And Dumplings

by Gwen Wells

 

4 chicken breasts (frozen or thawed)

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 can cream of chicken soup

salt, pepper, oregano to taste

2 Tbsp butter

onion (chopped)

2 cups chicken broth (or 2 chicken bouillon cubes and 2 c water)

2 tubes refrigerator biscuits (to be used at the end of cooking)

 

Directions:

 

Put chicken breasts in crock pot.

 

Mix remaining ingredients (except biscuits) together and pour over chicken.  Cook on low for 6-8 hours.  When the chicken is cooked, take 2 forks and shred chicken in the crock pot.

 

One hour before eating, cut biscuits into quarters and drop into crock pot mixture and stir.  Cook one additional hour.  Serve.

 

Substitutions:

You could use canned chicken, or thighs etc. You’d just have to debone after cooking.

 

Gwen says this recipe’s leftovers are even better than fresh, so don’t throw any away!

Copyright © Gwen Wells 2020