Just one more cup…Coffee with Debora Dennis

20140821_075156To say I have a coffee problem would probably be among the understatements of the year. Anyone who knows me, knows you don’t come between me and my daily dose of caffeine. 🙂

Even on the hottest summer day, my day starts with a steaming cup of coffee.

I can’t walk by a Starbucks in the mall without stopping.

I stop at Dunkin Donuts at least twice a week on my way to work for a seasonal cup of Joe.

My cabinet at home is filled with a dozen different kCup varieties.

And if you invite me to your house for dessert and DON’T serve coffee…there’s a good chance I’ll make an early departure to get my fix.

I like the flavored varieties, but I’ll drink regular if that’s all that around. I won’t drink decaf if I have choice. I drink it light, no sugar…but load up on the sugar-filled, probably toxic, flavored non-dairy creamers (recently finding myself lactose intolerant, I don’t know what I’d do without them!) My family calls me the “coffee diva” and sadly I can’t argue.

There is always a coffee cup sitting next to my computer – and I will drink it cold too.

2014-07-12 14.47.10 But, I also can’t walk by the Godiva store in the mall and not come out with one of these. 😉

What’s your food addiction?

 

About Debora Dennis

A believer in second chances and that time should never be an obstacle to finding love, Debora writes time travels with modern snark and spice! When she's not writing, she's spending time with her family, reading, or trying to figure out a way to get chocolate into every dish she serves.

I’m Late, I’m Late…for a Very Important Date

Clock-TracksOr maybe…I’m a day late and a dollar short?

Whatever the saying, I’m here, hanging my head in shame that I missed my scheduled post.

*smack*

Last week was Spring Break around my house, though sadly we didn’t go away. I still got up at the usual time, wrote new pages in the morning, then trudged off to the day job – while the kids stayed in bed and lounged around the house all week.

I remember being a teenager and looking forward to those lazy days of hanging around with my friends and having nothing to do, nowhere to go.

Lately it just seems there aren’t enough hours in the day to get my whole to-do list tackled, and man, am I ever stressed.

So, tell me…when Spring Break rolls around, do you de-stress with the kids or is it just another date on the calendar?

 

About Debora Dennis

A believer in second chances and that time should never be an obstacle to finding love, Debora writes time travels with modern snark and spice! When she's not writing, she's spending time with her family, reading, or trying to figure out a way to get chocolate into every dish she serves.

Lucky Charms

2014-03-17 07.08.12March hasn’t been good to me.

This month at my house my oil burner went on the fritz TWICE, my cesspool backed up and my son lost his brakes while driving a few miles from home (he’s fine!).

I guess you could say we lost our lucky charms somewhere along the way…maybe the Easter Bunny will drop a few off when he makes his rounds next month?

Then I started thinking about those lucky charms and realized I don’t really have anything I’d consider “lucky” at all. Sure, my hubby has his lucky flaming boxer shorts he wears when we go to the casino (Not that we’ve ever won big while he was wearing them, but I guess since we’ve never lost big either there’s something to be said for keeping them around. LOL) But, I don’t keep a rabbit’s foot in my bag, or have a lucky talisman sitting on my desk guiding my words.

Do you?

As I count down the last few days of March, I’m thinking about heading out to find myself a four-leaf clover. Now what to do with it if I’m lucky enough to find one, that’s the question.

May the luck of the Irish smile on you, whether you have a lucky charm or not!

 

About Debora Dennis

A believer in second chances and that time should never be an obstacle to finding love, Debora writes time travels with modern snark and spice! When she's not writing, she's spending time with her family, reading, or trying to figure out a way to get chocolate into every dish she serves.

Yes, I write romance!

CupckaesandCupid 200x300Last month, during an informal interview of sorts, a man asked me, “so, you write romance…why?”

It would have been easy enough to answer with the standard canned response, “because everyone loves a happy ending.” But honestly, it’s so much more than that.

There is no such thing as your average, run of the mill, romance novel, no matter what the critics of the genre spout. Stories range from sweet to scorching hot and can take place in any time…even in the future or a paranormal world of the authors creation.  There is truly a romance for every taste. Like shapeshifters and vampires? We’ve got you covered. How about a cowboy or a pirate? Yup…they’re here too.

But at the heart of every romance is a story anyone can relate to, they are stories about the human condition, about being accepted and loved. Romances have the ability to cross cultural lines, they transcend social classes, and they have the ability to strip even the most alpha hero down to his soul. A romance can warm you heart and make you believe that good really does exist in a world that can often feel cold. (And I ask you, who wouldn’t want to make people feel good?)

The exhilaration of falling in love, of being loved, and sharing love, is a universal emotion, it’s part of being human. Young or old, looking for first love, hoping for a second chance at love or holding the hand of the love of your life after sixty years of marriage…don’t we all really want the same thing – to find someone to share our world with?

And isn’t that worth celebrating everyday?

That’s why I write romance. I may never be a household name, I may never win any awards or top the NY Times bestsellers list, but if I’ve made someone smile and spread a little bit of joy…that’s success enough for me.

Happy Valentine’s Day. May love be your journey not just your destination. 🙂

About Debora Dennis

A believer in second chances and that time should never be an obstacle to finding love, Debora writes time travels with modern snark and spice! When she's not writing, she's spending time with her family, reading, or trying to figure out a way to get chocolate into every dish she serves.

It’s only a number…

PartyToday’s my birthday. It’s a milestone birthday for me, it’s a number that in some ways has intimidated me and seemed a little scary not all that long ago.

Somewhere between the birthday wishes, the cakes and the presents…I’ll probably find a quiet little corner to reflect on the number of years that have gone by. I keep telling myself, “It’s just a number.”

I’ve spent more than half those years happily married. I have three wonderful children. I’ve moved across country from the east coast to the west and then back again. I’m blessed to have friendships that have lasted since elementary school and I’ve also been blessed with the pain of letting of some friendships go – they’ve all made me who I am today, so I’ve made my peace with that.

I’ve had successes and failures. I’ve had money and been broke. I’ve had my share of fights and wonderful memories that could fill dozens of scrapbooks. And every single moment becomes the threads of a rich tapestry that defines ME.

Those moments in time shape my characters, weave through plots and allow me to tell a tale that is uniquely mine.

It’s my voice. So tonight, while I sit at my dining room table surrounded by my family, I’ll attempt to blow out my candles before the fire department needs to be called to douse the blaze. Today I celebrate not only a number, but all the moments I am grateful for that have crafted the life I love.

“I am more and more convinced that our happiness or unhappiness depends far more on the way we meet the events of life, than on the nature of those events themselves.” ~ Baron Alexander von Humboldt

  So what do you think? Do the big number birthday’s scare you or do you embrace them?

About Debora Dennis

A believer in second chances and that time should never be an obstacle to finding love, Debora writes time travels with modern snark and spice! When she's not writing, she's spending time with her family, reading, or trying to figure out a way to get chocolate into every dish she serves.

Thanksgiving Corn Souffle

2013-11-21 07.03.01Like most American families, Thanksgiving at our house revolves around traditions, family and FOOD.

Years ago, when my boys were 3 and 1, I found these adorable “shelf-sitter pilgrims” at a craft fair in San Diego…and for the last 19 years they’ve had a place of honor somewhere in my dining room. They make their appearance each year the day after Halloween and there’s just something oddly comforting in unpacking them. (I know…I’m a sentimental fool.)

Being a history girl, those pilgrims remind me year after year to give thanks for the simple joys that fill our days. Granted, some years there’s more to be thankful for than others…and this year hasn’t been an easy one in our house. Even with the hardships, there is so much to be thankful for as we look around the table.

Another Thanksgiving staple in our house is the Corn Souffle. This was a recipe my small boys gobbled up at a friend’s house the same year the pilgrims came to live with us and has had a place on our holiday table every year since. It’s definitely not a low-cal veggie dish, and that’s probably why all three of my kids love it, but hey, it’s a holiday…indulge!

Corn Souffle

4 12 oz. cans of corn – drained

1 Cup butter

3/4 Cup sugar

2 Tbs flour

2/3 Cup evaporated milk (NOT condensed milk!)

4 eggs – well beaten

3 tsp baking powder

Heat butter and sugar in a saucepan until melted. Blend in flour and remove from heat. Gradually whisk in milk, add beaten eggs and baking powder. Mix well. Fold in corn. Pour into a casserole dish and bake at 350 uncovered for approximately 40 minutes – should be golden brown on the top. Let settle a few minutes before serving.

*Can be made early in the day and warmed before serving.

What’s the one dish is always on your Thanksgiving table?

 

About Debora Dennis

A believer in second chances and that time should never be an obstacle to finding love, Debora writes time travels with modern snark and spice! When she's not writing, she's spending time with her family, reading, or trying to figure out a way to get chocolate into every dish she serves.

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