Austen’s World Wrap Up. February 23, 2017

Looks What’s Brewing in the Regency

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Originally posted 2017-02-23 06:21:41.

Austen’s World Wrap Up. February 16, 2017

Looks What’s Brewing in the Regency

  • Imaginary trips
    I know there are reasons why college financial aid paperwork and income tax paperwork have to done at the same time, but I don’t have to like it! When I am up to my eyeballs in Things I Don’t Enjoy, … Continue reading
  • Ahem. Yes. Hello
    Boy, it’s been a tough several months for me, in case anyone was wondering. In fact, I’ve essentially missed making this post, too, because I thought I was supposed to post the 10th. Hopefully things right-size in a bit. I’ve … Continue reading

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Originally posted 2017-02-16 06:20:41.

Consistent Prayer

Vanessa here,

I am guilty. I am guilty of loading my plate to high, of volunteering for too much, of getting so busy that I forget to pray. This year I am going to be more consistent. Face it. There are a lot of things that need prayer. I have friends waking up in fear and depression. Truthfully, I counted more sad days that happy ones.

But God is in control. I thank him that the bad wasn’t so horrid, that tomorrow never came. Yet, I am convicted of forgetting or being too tired to do the one thing I can to alleviate the anxiety that wants to take hold.

Prayer. I am going to keep it simple, but I am going to be consistent.

I’m ordering a new prayer journal to keep me on this path. Yes, I am not just an author but a believer in the product too.

For your free PDF version of the Prayer Journal sign up here.

Here is the link to Amazon to order a print copy.

Originally posted 2017-02-12 21:42:04.

Austen’s World Wrap Up. February 9, 2017

Looks What’s Brewing in the Regency

  • Registration Is Open for 2017 Tour to England
    JASNA is now accepting registrations for its sponsored Tour of England in July, 2017.
    The 2017 Tour is sure to be popular because the County of Hampshire and Austen sites are making
    special arrangements to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen?s death.
  • How Rich was Rich?
    Money is not an acceptable topic of conversation among the gently-bred, so I beg forgiveness for breaking the taboo. We people our books with wealthy, dashing characters who are the equivalents of today’s super rich –dukes and earls instead of … Continue reading

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Originally posted 2017-02-09 06:20:18.

New Year, New Day, New Ketchup

Vanessa here,

First I’d like to start by saying Happy New Year and thank you. Thank you for reading my romances. Thank you for all the notes, tweets, and emails of encouragement. Thank you for telling your friends and aunties about by stories. You gave so many smiles this past year, on days where I couldn’t lift my head. The year of Lord, Two-Thousand and Sixteen was a very difficult year for me personally, loosing two important people in my life to cancer and heart disease. These two helped shape my life. I pray their influence continues. I know the love will.

Nonetheless, 2017 is a year of new beginnings. I am taking back power this year. My first battle is on salt. Yes, salt, sodium chloride. Those little delicious crystals are in everything. Why does the good tasting bread have to have over 150 mg a slice?

I digress. My goal is to improve my health, so I have to reduce the salt. Currently, I’m on salt punishment, and I am limiting my intake to 300 mg. Sadly, that means limiting my intake of the lovelies: Cheese, Bread, Ketchup.

Ketchup, that yummy sauce of wonderfulness can have over 150 mg of salt per a tablespoon. First, I can eat more than a tablespoon of ketchup on a small portion air-fried french fries.  Secondly, why Hunts and Heinz, why?

I tried to drown my sorrows in Hunts’s salt-free ketchup. Ummm, no. Facing life with no ketchup was not an option so I decided to make my own. I did, and I am in hog heaven.

Vanessa’s Low-Salt Ketchup

1 Large can (28 oz) of no salt tomatoes, diced

1 Small bottle (187 ml) of Cabernet Sauvignon

Blend the tomatoes until smooth in a blender and add them with the cabernet into a sauce span. Simmer the two on low heat, almost boiling. Add the following:

1 Tbsp of Garlic Powder

2 Tsp of Ground Celery Seed

1 Tbsp of Ground Mustard

1 Tbsp of Balsamic Vinegar

2 Tbsp of Tomato Paste (This is the only salt of the recipe. The amount you add should be 30mg of salt.)

1/2 to 1 Jar (13.8 oz) of Pepper Jelly (This must be salt free.)

Add as much of the jelly as you want to your taste. It add a smokey sweet heat to the ketchup. Add black pepper to taste.

When the sauce has reduced by 1/3, use a stick blender and blend the sauce (the remaining 2/3) to make smooth the spices and any thickened bits of the sauce. Continue to simmer sauce for another 30 minutes. Cool the sauce then put in air tight containers. Keep in the refrigerator.

You have yummy low salt ketchup which is down to 3 mg of sodium per tablespoon. I love it. It was even great baked on trout. 

Enjoy!!!

 

Originally posted 2017-01-20 22:40:42.

Austen’s World Wrap Up. January 19, 2017

Looks What’s Brewing in the Regency

  • Who needs an excuse for trifle?
    My daughters and I have a tradition of trying new recipes out for New Year’s Eve dinner. This year, I’d planned to try a new macaroni and cheese recipe (with smoked gouda, bacon, and peas) followed by a chocolate brownie … Continue reading

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Originally posted 2017-01-19 06:20:22.

Austen’s World Wrap Up. January 12, 2017

Looks What’s Brewing in the Regency

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Austen’s World Wrap Up. January 5, 2017

Looks What’s Brewing in the Regency

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Austen’s World Wrap Up. December 22, 2016

Looks What’s Brewing in the Regency

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Originally posted 2016-12-22 06:20:35.

Austen’s World Wrap Up. December 15, 2016

Looks What’s Brewing in the Regency

  • Flash Sale for Charity!
    Hello. Last week fellow Risky Gail posted about being busy with church lady activities. I’m in the same situation right now, getting ready for my congregation’s annual Holiday Art and Gift Sale. If I’d had time, I would have looked … Continue reading

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Originally posted 2016-12-15 06:20:03.