Monday, September 17, 2007

Writing Challenge

About a week ago I joined Tristi's Book in a Month Challenge. For me, I'm not trying to finish a book, just keep plugging along at a steady pace and hit the homerun stretch by the time we're done.

So I'm calling it my 4-Week Challenge, and to keep myself motivated, I'm reporting my progress on the sidebar: The date the challenge ends, my beginning word count, and where I am so far. With any luck, that kind of accountability will make it happen.

When it's over, I might do another 4-Week Challenge to actually get the book finished.

On a different note, my foodie side has to pass along a recipe I used last week. On Friday I had the opportunity to visit the South Pointe Deseret Book store with author Gale Sears. The two of us brought breakfast. We met the staff, ate food, and talked about our newest releases. Lots of fun.

My contribution to breakfast was homemade muffins, and if I say so myself, they turned out great. But I have to give credit where credit is due. I got the recipe from Luisa at Novembrance, using her "Mother of Invention Muffins" recipe. I highly recommend you check it out and play with it. She had three substances you can switch around.

Here's what I used:

Substance A: Grated zuchini.

Substance B: Sour cream.
The options in the actual recipe are buttermilk, milk, or water. Since I sometimes use sour cream as a substitute in another recipe, I thought I'd give it a shot here as well.

Substance C: White flour.
I personally would have preferred at least half whole wheat or all whole wheat, but I know not everyone does. As I was making these for other people, I thought I'd play it safe.

Another change that I made shouldn't be a huge shocker for anyone who knows me. Instead of dried fruit or nuts, I decided to throw in chocolate chips.

Great for curling up with a good book, especially now that fall is around the corner!

8 comments:

Josi said...

Sounds soooo yummy--in fact, it sounds like lunch! thanks for passing it along.

Stephanie Humphreys said...

Mmmmm...and I still have one more zucchini sitting on the kitchen counter.

Jenna said...

Seriously! Luisa is a master muffin maker. I've been to her house and eaten them myself, and have used her recipes, and she really is a force to be reckoned with!

Anne Bradshaw said...

These sound so good. Thanks for sharing, Annette. Luisa also has a super pasta sauce recipe on her current blog. Another winner.

Luisa Perkins said...

Hurray! I'm glad they work even in a higher altitude. I have used sour cream before; I should add that to the options. And I might have thought you'd add chocolate chips! Love it.

Julie Wright said...

love your book in a month challenge. I am beyond drowning right now. I didn't participate because I knew I couldn't devote the time. Maybe I'll play next month with you though :)

Jen said...

I can't believe it's taken me this long to get over here! Thanks for stopping by my blog and I am planning to try to be more active on Cr8buzz. I'm also excited to read your books. BTW... do you and Luisa know about nanowrimo? It's pretty similar and goes national during November. If my mystery hasn't moved from the prewriting stage, I'm planning to burn the sucker out during that month. Good luck to you both!

Christina said...

I should join this group. I NEED a motivator to finish my book, or at least my proposal.
:)

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