The Tick Tock Man By R. M. Clark Blog Tour

The Tick Tock Man Blog Tour.
Cover of The Tick Tock Man by R. M. Clark.
The Tick Tock Man by R.M. Clark

Publication Date: May 2, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books/Tantrum Books

When the clocks in town stop, thirteen-year- old CJ discovers an unusual “clock world”; where most of the citizens are clock parts, tasked with keeping the big clocks running. But soon the seemingly peaceful world is divided between warring factions with CJ instructed to find the only person who can help: the elusive Tick Tock Man.

With the aid of Fuzee, a partly-human girl, he battles gear-headed extremists and razor-sharp pendulums in order to restore order before this world of chimes, springs, and clock people dissolves into a massive time warp, taking CJ’s quiet New England town with it.

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Where did you get the idea for the “clock world”? It certainly sounds different.

I was sitting in a parking lot one day and I noticed that the large, analog clock on the tower of the building across the street had stopped and I wondered why. Driving home, I noticed another big clock had stopped. Hmmmm, I thought. Very strange. That night, I conceived an imaginary world of citizens who are tasked with keeping all the clocks in town running and also a reason for the clocks to stop. Just to be different, I gave the “clock world” German in origin and made the towns in it look like German villages like you would see on top of a fancy cuckoo clock. I was fortunate that real clock parts like fuzee, ratchet, strike, verge, and hammer made for excellent character names, and real German geographic names like Furtwangen, Kinzig, Murg and Enz easily fell into place for this story.

I added some conflict, a little adventure and, just like that, The Tick Tock Man came to life.

So why did all the clocks stop? You’ll have to read The Tick Tock Man to find out!

About the Author:

Promo picture of author R. M. Clark.R. M. Clark is a computer scientist for the Dept. of Navy by day and children’s book writer by night. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two sons.

 

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Found Money

By Linda Joffe Hull

Hi there–it’s Linda Joffe Hull, author of the Mrs. Frugalicious mystery series and I have a confession to make. Although it’s commonly advised by my fellow writers to write what you know, I must admit that I knew precious little about the big world of bargain shopping when I began the story of my protagonist Maddie Michaels, AKA wife of TV financial guru Frank Finance Michaels, AKA bargain hunter Mrs. Frugalicious. In fact, I often said that merchants were more likely to raise their prices than give me twenty percent off of anything. When I did happen to chance upon a sale, particularly on something I was looking to buy anyway, it felt like my birthday.

At this point, I’ve done my research on bargain shopping. Lots of it. More important, I’ve been in awe of couponers ever since my first episode of Extreme Couponing, when I watched in amazement at the stockpile rooms filled with toothpaste, body wash, and ramen noodles that cost savvy shoppers less than nothing. Anyone who can pile $400 worth of groceries into their cart and leave the store having spent $9.47, not only has to have super sharp math skills, but the makings of a crack amateur sleuth.

Actually, that’s where I got the idea for the Maddie Michaels, bargain shopper and unwitting sleuth. In book one of the series, ETERNALLY 21, Maddie’s husband, TV’s Mr. Frank Finance, has lost all of their money in a Ponzi scheme. In order to save her family from the financial grim reaper, Maddie starts a bargain hunter’s blog under the alias Mrs. Frugalicious and immediately attracts a growing frugarmy of budget advice seekers. While Maddie is researching frugasm-worthy deals on holiday shopping for teens, Eternally 21 store manager Laila DeSimone mistakenly accuses her of shoplifting. When the universally disliked Laila drops dead soon after, Maddie quickly becomes the main suspect. She must combine her coupon clipping and bargain shopping prowess with amateur sleuthing to clear her name before the world finds out she’s not only Mrs. Frugalicious, but wanted for murder.

In book two, BLACK THURSDAY, Maddie finds herself in the midst of the Thanksgiving holiday frenzy with a houseful of her (estranged) husband’s family and a live, on-camera, midnight shopping assignment at a big box store for the local news. During the shopping mayhem, a member of her Frugarmy ends up flattened beneath a pallet of toasters. Once again, Maddie, finds herself investigating a murder. When the victim turns out to be Contrary Claire, the number one online heckler at mrsfrugalicious.com, Maddie gets more than entangled in the Thanksgiving weekend mayhem.

In Sweetheart Deal, the newly released third book in the series, Maddie is now the star of reality television’s The Family Frugalicious. She, her (now soon to be ex) husband and family head south of the border to cover bargain destination weddings at a Mexican resort. Things get real when timeshare salesman Alejandro Espinoza makes a play for Maddie one evening and ends up dead in the pool the next. When the show’s producers extend the trip so Maddie can investigate, Mrs. Frugalicious gets in way more agua caliente than she ever bargained for.

Maddie’s budding career as Mrs. Frugalicious starts as a lark, gains steam, and becomes a great deal. Along her rollicking way however, she’s almost killed, is left for dead, not to mention nearly lands her in prison. To be honest, Maddie’s adventures, landed me, her author, in a bit of hot water of my own. As a writer, I’m sometimes invited to talk about my process or my books at libraries, book stores, TV, and in one notable case, a radio show. The show in question wasn’t in my hometown. I was simply given the call letters of the station, a phone number, and a time I was supposed to call in. I did as I was told, and the next thing I knew I was on the radio, live. The deejay introduced me, not as Linda Joffe Hull, creator of the Mrs. Frugalicious mystery series, but as a money saving expert!

On a financial advice show, no less.

There I was, with my high SAT verbal but painfully deficient math scores, live on the radio, as a couponing expert. I was panicked to say the least.

Luckily, the deejay asked me the one question I’d grown quite accustomed to answering:

What are your top ten money saving tips? 

I’m not fiscally clever enough to be an extreme couponer, but, luckily, I have picked up a few invaluable tricks for us regular folk to save a few bucks. Since these tips passed muster with the radio folks, I thought I’d pass them along to you:

  1. Clip those Sunday coupons in multiples, but only for items you are going to buy anyway. Not only is it found money, you’ll be recognized as a couponer at the register and rewarded with additional and better discounts by Catalinas—those coupons that are automatically generated when you check out.
  2. Always check online for specials before you go to a mall or retailer where you’re planning to shop. You’ll be surprised at the discounts waiting to be printed out.
  3. Download the shopping app for your favorite grocery stores and you’ll save on additional unadvertised coupons and specials.
  4. Know how much the items you buy most frequently cost when they are on sale. Stock up when the prices are cheap.
  5. Couponers most often cite shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothpaste, razors, and deodorant as the items they pay they least for. The trick is, you can’t be brand loyal.
  6. If you aren’t brand loyal, do buy store brands. They cost less.
  7. Try and organize your schedule to grocery shop on double or triple coupon days.
  8. Don’t toss those money mailers without looking through and saving interesting items. Why not save 10-25% on services you need anyway?
  9. New, improved versions are often more visually pleasing, but always more costly. As long as the technology hasn’t changed, last year’s model is this year’s deal.
  10. Thinking of making a non-necessary impulse purchase? Don’t. Wait thirty days and see if you still want it. Chances are, you’ll have lost interest, or can find it for less.

Follow these tips on a regular basis and you could save you up to $100 a month. Add that up over a year’s time and it translates into (wait, gotta check my calculator) $1200.

That’s a vacation taken with found money, or in my case, way more than enough to go out and accidentally buy something else at full price!

About Linda Joffe Hull:

That Linda Joffe Hull’s father thought it well advised to read Kafka in general, and The Metamorphosis in particular, to his then eight-year-old daughter is a question better left for the therapist’s couch. As a result however, Linda was bitten by the literary bug.

Always an avid reader, she ignored the corresponding compulsion to write receiving a B.A. in Economics from UCLA, embarking on a career in sales and diving headlong into the all-encompassing job of motherhood.

Thanks to the encouragement of her family and the support of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers she finally gave in to the unavoidable urge and finally sat down in front of the computer.

Linda is a native of Saint Louis, Missouri, but currently resides in Denver, Colorado with her husband and children. She is a member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and is currently on the board of Mystery Writers of America.

You can visit her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and of course her website. Be sure and check out her newest book, Sweetheart Deal.

Cover of Sweetheart Deal by Linda Joffe Hull

Matt Shea Introduces “Elmo”

Cover of Elmo by Matt Shea.Elmo is a traditional American story where men unite to save the small town where their families descended. The harsh economic times that plague our nation were now taking their toll in the isolated town of Miner.

There was a cavalry though. At the edge of town stood a vintage building that housed “The Men Of Miner Fellowship Hall.” This was a charitable congregation, which held every local man as a member; these were the unsung heroes that used their strength, courage and love to keep the heart of Miner beating.

Times were hard with the fellowship members’ backs against the wall. Jobs, donations and government funding were dissipating fast with drastic measures needing to be taken. The lone freeway ramp across the street seemed to be the last resort. It was time to gamble at panhandling, a desperate tactic that was no longer restricted to big cities.

This average American town of baseball and apple pie would discretely change with the times. Their values, however, would never compromise. Women, children and especially seniors were painted a totally different picture. All were given the illusion that it was just another winter.

Initially, the dads kept a smile on their face during the day and secretively took turns at night holding a sign while wearing a hobo outfit. This strategy proved to help supplement the cause, but for how long?

A weak link in security unveiled their nighttime activity to the town’s most popular teenager: Sam Skates. This rude awakening propelled the high school senior to join the cause, forcing him to become a man. The promising baseball star got a first-hand reality check in life. This jolt made him take a deeper look at the town he hailed from, making him more aware of the contributions his father and grandfather had made — contributions that guaranteed the town would exist yet another generation.

In time, the boy would understand that it was now his turn to carry the torch. He would grow up a bit more and show allegiance to the town by changing the course of his life. The latest in a line of ‘Skates baseball fame’ would now apply a baseball scholarship to get an education and return home with it.

The story has twists and turns that test the strength of these good men. Like any small town, these trials only made them stronger.

There are two elements that I need to point out. Throughout the story, prayer sheds new light, giving direction and eventually answers. This story also remains within the very town of Miner, never once leaving it. It was important to stress that such All-American communities do face harsh challenges and never get defeated when the township unites as one.

I feel that this story shows a common thread, which has always been used throughout our heritage.

My focus on this novel was to have a small town story that never leaves its boundaries. I wanted to exemplify on how these American communities stick to their traditional values by remaining strong and united. As always, their goodness prevails.

Thank you for your time and for allowing me to share my thoughts and writings with you.

Matt Shea

About The Author:

Matt Shea is a developing author having written five books. He is greatly inspired by the writings of Andy Griffith and marvels at the small towns this country was built on. His writings incorporate the values they hold and applies it to today’s society.

To view more of Matt Shea’s books you are invited to go to: www.mattsheabooks.com. This site offers many free stories and allows comments for all viewers.

Excerpt:

“Your grandfather attended my high school when I was there,” Ella said. “He carried the same respect your father did.”

Sam took a dry swallow and began to fight tears.

Leaning closer the woman extended both her hands to hold Sam’s. Maintaining her sincere look she said something that the boy was not aware of. “Do you realize that everyone in Miner looks up to you with the same respect?”

That comment gave Sam a jolt. He was not expecting any compliments and sat up wanting to hear more.

Ella stayed on course. “Your grandfather, Will was the man of our class,” she said. “He represented all of us by wearing our school uniform when he played baseball.” The youthful senior let go of his hands as she looked up to the ceiling. Her face contorted with joy as she went back in time. “He was the state’s best baseball player with people traveling for miles to watch him play,” she recalled.

Sam listened in awe with a blank expression.

“When he stood on that mound we all looked at him as if he was our own father,” she said. Looking at Sam she gave a brief laugh adding; “But there were those of us that imagined being married to him one day…”

Sam nodded back with a smile.

With her arms wrapped around her head she looked up and covered more detail. “He received national recognition for winning a championship for the smallest town in the state. His feat put this town on the map with everyone knowing who we were,” said Ella as she playfully swayed back and forth. “He had a presence on that mound that was dignified. But there was so much more to him than being our star pitcher.”

At that moment she put her arms on the table and sat up looking at Sam. “He was a good man that cared for everybody,” she proclaimed. “Will was still humble even though he could have had any girl he wanted. He was respected because he showed respect. Every student in school knew him as a friend that always put others first.”

Sam let the information sink in.

“He was like your father,” pointed out Ella. “My daughter and I would watch your dad play on the same field he did. I could see the similarities between the two and shared them with my daughter. They had the same class, same dignity and carried an equal amount of respect. We would compare stories about our high school years having a ‘Skates’ in our class. That’s what every parent in this town wanted; to have their child be classmates with someone from your family.”

Sam was taken by her words and slid back in his chair.

Ella had more to say. “Your dad was written up in the papers many times,” she said. “He even won a championship for us; just like you did.”

Ella was hitting home with the boy.

“That’s not why this town looks up to your family, though,” she expressed. “Skates aren’t viewed as great baseball players who are great men; they are known as great men who are also great baseball players…”

Sam froze like a statue, absorbing the tidbit.

Parenting skills now came out of Ella. “Why do you think those boys out there hang out with you?” she questioned; giving the answer. “It’s because they want your image.”

Sam looked off to the side realizing that she was right.

Ella had more. “They act completely different when they’re here without you,” she confided. “Tonight, they did things differently; they got you to be like them.”

Sam tensed up and turned ‘beet-red’. It dawned on him what really happened that night. He slowly looked up with the foolish expression of a child caught in a lie.

Ella would now in drive the final stake. “Now about “Elmo,” she said. “Is he possibly someone out there who knew that the Skates family lived in this town..?”

That triggered Sam. He sat up straight and knew what to do. “I have to go now,” he said looking at her. “Thank you.”

“You are very welcome,” she said. “I have faith in you, Sam,”

Sam Skates got up and left the kitchen with his friends anxiously waiting for him. He quickly walked up to the booth, picked up his jacket and started to leave.

It occurred to Ryan that he was now top seed. He yelled out, “What’s the matter; are you going to kiss Elmo?” Sam didn’t have to prove himself. He simply walked out the door without saying a word. The other boys remained quiet.

Sam was on a mission to righten what was wronged. This would however, require breaking a few eggs to make the omelet. On more than one occasion his father reminded him that at night he had boundaries. One of which being the last stretch on Main Street that led to the freeway ramp. “It’s poorly lit with cars and trucks driving too fast,” would be his reasoning. There was a bit more to it then that, but Ben justified leaving some things out. Until that evening, Sam never challenged his jurisdiction.

Sam couldn’t forgive himself until he would come face-to-face with the dressed up panhandler and give his apology. From there; he would offer what he could.

He was two blocks from Elm street and entering forbidden territory for the second time that night. Sam quickly spotted what he came to see- with something being peculiar, The weary figure had left its corner and was straggling across the street. This gave him the impression that the homeless man actually had a place to go to.

How right he was.

Sam walked down Main Street as ‘Elmo’ disappeared going down Elm. The teenager walked fast to the corner of Elm Street just in time to watch something that added to the confusion. The midnight hobo entered The Men Of Minor Fellowship Hall, closing the door behind him. This was another place expressively forbidden by his father. Sam was well behind enemy lines and went for broke. It was as if he was answering a calling.

He walked to the edge of the illuminated plate glass that exposed the entire hall and peered inside. What he saw was a cluster of his dad’s friends surrounding the man in the outfit. He held his breath as the black gloves came off and set on the empty table next to him. Strong hands that seemed familiar were exposed. The suspense mounted as the hat came off next and placed with the gloves. Now came the grand finale: it was time to see who Elmo was.

The mighty hands reached up and grabbed the black ski mask. In one motion it was pulled off exposing an unmistakable bushy beard with graying hair. Sam was in shock with his whole world changed forever.

He found out who Santa Clause is.

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Bingo Is A Great Way To Unwind Online

Bingo
More and more people play online games today, it’s a worldwide phenomenon that is increasing all the time. There are lots of reasons why people choose to play online games like bingo, lotto, roulette and blackjack and slots, but one of the main attractions is that it’s a great way to unwind and de-stress after a busy day at work.

If you’ve never tried online gaming before, you may be wondering what the fuss is all about, and why people are interested in it. You may also have been put off trying the games as you see it as a waste of money. However, there are lots of games now available where you don’t even need to pay to play, giving you a perfect opportunity to have a go without making any kind of financial commitment. For example, you can play free bingo games from bgo and similar websites. At bgo, all you need to do is register on the site, you don’t even need to place a deposit, and you can be playing free bingo games within minutes. It’s a great way to try out the games for real.

Other sites like Chitchat bingo have similar offers, and pretty much all of the bingo sites offer a welcome cash bonus when you make your first deposit, giving your starting balance a boost. And you don’t even need to register with a bingo or casino site to play – you’ll also find bingo games on social networking sites like Facebook.

Bingo is a great place to start if you’ve never tried online gaming, as it’s an easy game to play, with no strategy required. And when you play online, the game is even easier than its land-based version. As the software marks the numbers off on your card for you, you don’t even need to concentrate on them as they’re being called out. This leaves you free to enjoy the other side of online bingo – the socializing.

Many confirmed online bingo players aren’t really playing in the hope of winning a big cash prize. Of course, that’s always a possibility – even when you’re playing a game that only costs pennies to play. But the main appeal is that you get to chat and spend time with other players in the bingo chat rooms. These can be lively places, with banter flying around the different rooms between the players and the chat moderators. The chat hosts will help you if you get stuck and also initiate different chat games, where you can stand to win small cash prizes and tickets to other bingo games.

So when you’ve had a busy day with too much to do at work, or your children have been running around the house crazy until bedtime, playing bingo can be a nice way to take five, with a cup of tea or a glass of wine. The convenience of playing online, of course, is that you don’t have to go anywhere, you don’t need to dress up, book and pay for a babysitter or anything like that.

You can simply take some time to have some easy entertainment and catch up with some players – who you’ll soon get to know in the chat rooms.

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Savings on Father’s Day Gifts

In America, Mother’s Day is always in May and that is the biggest holiday of the year for florists. Sending flowers is almost always a great choice for a Mother’s Day gift. Everybody has a mom; some even have more than one! So ordering flowers is a sure bet and an easy way to let your mother know she is loved.

But June has Father’s Day in store and sending your dad flowers is not usually the best received gift. For a good Father’s Day gift, we need to get a little more creative and practical at the same time. Don’t resort to buying your dad another tie. Go to the internet to find a good gift for Father’s Day!

With a little advance planning and smart shopping, buying a Father’s Day gift online is easy to do and there is an easy way to save money on the purchase by using coupon codes and looking for site that offer free shipping.

If your dad is a car fanatic, think about getting him something to bling his ride. It can be something ornamental, like a new hood ornament; something extravagant, like an upgraded stereo or speakers; or something practical, like new seat covers or replacement floor mats.

When looking for something for your dad’s car, try the Auto Anything web site. When first visiting the site, a dialogue box pops up that asks for the make, model and year of the vehicle being shopped for. That makes it so easy to filter out the items that don’t work with your dad’s car and show you only the things that do work on that particular car. That saves a lot of time and you can save money by using an AutoAnything promo code.

If a gift for dad’s car is not what you want, consider getting a nice knife for him on father’s Day. Owning a knife and knowing how to sharpen a knife are manly essentials. There are many different kinds of knives for a variety of purposes, such as:

·  Pocket Knives

·  Hunting and Camping Knives

·  Martial Arts Knives and Swords

·  Tactical-Military and Survival Knives

·  Fishing Knives

·  Kitchen and Carving Knives

·  Self Defense Knives

·  Collectible Knives

Knives are essential items for outdoor activities as well as in home use, and most men appreciate the gift of a good knife. In all fairness, some mom’s like knives as mother’s Day gifts, too. The Smoky Mountain Knife Works is my go-to web site for anything that has to do with knives. SMKW carries all the major brands, including:

·  Buck Knives

·  Case Knives

·  Browning

·  Cold Steel

·  Colt

·  J. A. Henkels

·  Leatherman

·  Remington

·  Schatt & Morgan Cutlery

·  Victorinox

·  And over 200 other specialty brands of knives and gear.

If your dad is an outdoorsman, a gift of a knife or accessory might be the perfect Father’s Day gift for him. Ordering online is easy, and there are SMKW coupon codes that can help save a little cash when you shop. If you aren’t going to be able to visit your dad in person on Father’s Day, ordering his gift online will mean it gets delivered to his door, without any extra handling or expensive postage from you, so it’s a win-win!

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Never A Dull Moment With Online Bingo

Wherever you are, whatever you’re up to, as long as you have a smartphone or tablet with you, you need never be bored anymore. There are so many online games to choose from and so many different online gaming sites – or apps that you can download to play.

Whether you like to play for free or whether you prefer to put a little cash down to make the games that little bit more interesting, there’s a massive choice of entertaining games out there today. One game that has bounced back up the popularity charts is online bingo. No longer just the playing choice of older ladies, online bingo games are equally popular with a younger crowd who have seen just what amazing prizes are up for grabs for very little player input.

Not only do you not have to pay much to play bingo online, with some sites even offering free bingo games, but you don’t need to have a cunning strategy to play bingo either. Whether you’re going to win or not is simply down to the luck of the draw, as all you need to win is to have all the right numbers on the card you buy. You don’t even need to concentrate as the numbers being called – as you do in the traditional version of the game – as the computer marks off the numbers for you, ensuring that you never miss a call or miss out on a win because you’re not as quick as the next person to spot the numbers.

For many people, online bingo is the game of choice because of the lack of effort that is involved in playing. It’s a great game to play if you want to wind down on the bus or train on the way back from work, or once you’ve got the kids to bed and have a quiet five minutes to yourself. Lots of players only keep one eye on their games as the real appeal of playing bingo online is meeting friends and other players in the chat rooms on the different sites. For them, online bingo is more about the socializing than the possibility of winning a cash prize but, of course, those are always welcome when they come along!
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The Strange World Of Spirits

The Strange World Of Spirits

The human race is obsessed with ghosts! It seems you can’t turn on the TV or open a magazine without seeing some programme or story about an experience with the occult, an encounter with the spirit world or a meeting with a medium. It’s no wonder really, when we’re talking about something as unexplainable as what happens after death. Do we go to a better place? Do we come back as something else? Or do we simply cease to exist forever more? No one can know the real answer, but it’s certainly true that many people report strange and fascinating experiences with what they see as the spirit world. And what’s also true is how the spirit world seems to be of great help and comfort to a great many people.

If you have ever talked to a psychic by phone then you are certainly not alone. There are many reasons why people turn to psychics. Sometimes it is nothing more than simple curiosity. People want to find out the answers to deep questions which simply cannot be answered through any other means, and so someone with a connection to the spirit world offers a different take on things.

For other people, events in their past or present trouble them and a psychic offers clarity and reassurance in a way that someone they know may not be able to. Psychics help people in various different ways, depending on their particular abilities. For instance, they might interpret the meaning of tarot cards in order to provide people with answers and advice, or they might make contact directly with the spirit world if they are mediums.

This brings us on to one of the most common reasons for people contacting psychics, which is that they have lost someone close to them and they wish to make contact with them on the ‘other side’. Of course, there is nothing to prove or disprove categorically that this is possible, but for many people it is a great comfort. If you seek help from a psychic just make sure they’re trusted and reputable and, if possible, seek personal recommendations from friends.

Have you had any psychic experiences or strange encounters with the spirit world…?

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4 Ingredient Yogurt Pie – Diabetic Friendly

Easy 4 ingredient yogurt pie which is diabetic friendly.

Diabetics run rapid in our family. Diabetes is not a disease to really mess around with and most of my family takes this pretty serious, however, they do know that you can splurge once in awhile. All in moderation right? Diabetic or not this is a good motto to live by.

My Grammy made yogurt pie for every family function because it was a safe dessert for her to eat along with plenty of others around the table. With over 40 people gathered for a Friday night dinner we were guaranteed to have at least 5 diabetics present.

To make yogurt pie diabetic friendly sub out full sugar jello, yogurt and cool whip for sugar free versions. Perfecto (is that really a word? It is in my life) you have a diabetic friendly dessert that took minutes to make and doesn’t require special ingredients.

Coulter enjoying his yogurt pie

My favorite flavor is strawberry banana so that is what I have used below. However you can make this pie work with any jello/yogurt combination. My uncle’s favorite flavor is lime. Think Key Lime pie made simple. My brothers favorite flavor is raspberry and my oldest son’s is orange. The combinations are really endless with the amount of yogurt and jello flavors you can combine.

The Cast Of Yogurt Pie

1 3 oz box of strawberry banana jello powder
1 6 oz strawberry banana yogurt
1 8 oz of cool whip (this is equal to a small tub of cool whip)
1 10 inch pre-made graham cracker crust or make your own

The Directions

1. Combine jello, yogurt and cool whip. Mix well.

Ingreidents for yogurt pie mix

2. Fill graham cracker crust with strawberry banana mixture and freeze for a minimum 30 minutes.

This is a great pie because you can make in advance of a party or get together. It can be frozen for up to a week or more if needed. Pull your yogurt pie out of the freezer 45 – 60 minutes before you serve. Add a little whip cream and some sweetened strawberries for decoration and your guests will be wowed.

About The Author Of 4 Ingredient Creamy Yogurt Pie

Brandy blogs over at Giveaway Blogdom (soon to be a Farmer’s Wife Rambles). She loves reading, cooking and chasing her two boys around the house.

Is This The End Of The Good Old Fashioned Letter?

Once upon a time, snail mail was one of the most common forms of communication. That anticipation of waiting for the postman to deliver a special letter or card was all part of the appeal. But now, texting and emailing has taken precedent and the handwritten message has been pushed to the backburner.

It’s a sad fact of life that people just don’t seem to have the time or the inclination to send a letter when they can communicate instantly using the internet or their mobile phones. We have such hectic lives that taking the time to send a letter is no longer a priority. Even as we approach Christmas, many people are doing away with the traditional Christmas card and are instead opting to send an E-card to spread the festive cheer. While these methods may be much more convenient, are they also more impersonal? Is it more satisfying and meaningful to receive a handwritten message than a quick text message?

Perhaps the excitement of letters and cards just needs to be revived a little. The advent of personalised cards has brought many people back round to the idea of sending birthday and Christmas cards. People can now customise their cards with text, images and even voice recordings allowing them to tailor their cards for special people or occasions.

This little bit of novelty brings an element of fun back into the process of choosing, writing and sending a card. However, it’s a shame that letters and cards are only reserved for special occasions; it would be disappointing if we were to lose such a long-standing and personal mode of communication.

The Best Places to Shop as of 2012

The Best Places to Shop as of 2012

Malls have become an inevitable place wherein almost everybody goes to; and for nearly every reason as well whether it is shopping, meeting someone, taking a walk, eating and so on. If you find yourself looking for a mall to go to, you may consider going to these malls.

Mall of America

The Mall of America or MOA has and is everything that you want. Hotels, restaurants, department stores, a mini theme park, events, zoo and so on; you name it, MOA’s got it. So if ever you find yourself in Bloomington Minnessota or anywhere near, you should consider going to this amazing place.

King of Prussia

We can say that the king of Prussia is MOA’s number one rival. But compared to MOA’s all-around approach to consumers, the King of Prussia mall is more focused on shopping and boasts over 400 stores that occupy over 3 million square feet. The King of Prussia Mall is te largest in the east coast and is located at Philadelphia.

The Galleria

If you find yourself craving to spend some money or getting some high end stuff and designer lines, you should check the Galleria; where only the best is sold. Located in Houston Texas, the place has outposts for Macy’s, Cartier, Gucci, Luis Vuitton, Versace, Tiffany & Co, Marks and Spencer and so on.

 

WalMart

From the elite, we go to the masses. You can say what you will about Walmart but it still is one of the best places to shop if you consider variety, location, and affordability. Walmart is located at a 5 kilometer radius of every major location in the US, a perfect place for everyday shopping especially if we consider the prices and everyday sale on different items though Walmart coupons available throughout the internet.

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