#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Tuesday Chatter

Remember when I said I stopped dictating what time I wanted to get up and asked God to decide, when I said my prayer before bed?  Well, this morning, He must have wanted to sleep in.   :)Which means I’m getting a late start on just about everything, including this blog.  What with all my new energy, though, I don’t anticipate having any problem meeting my word quota.  Exercise, healthy meals and bio-identical hormones are literally changing my life, day by day.

I had a good, productive writing day yesterday and will write Chapter 15 today.  Good Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise, I will write the final chapter of “Big Sky Wedding” tomorrow.  Of course there are always revisions–usually minor–and some tweaking to do after my editor, Joan, reads through the ms., but once a manuscript is drafted, my mind hurries right along to the next project.  I’m taking off a few days to clear clutter, as previously mentioned, but I’ll soon be back at it, tackling the final Big Sky book, “Big Sky Secrets”.  (Which is not to say you won’t see some “Big Sky” Christmas stories, about the ancestors of the Barlows and the Carmody’s, the Taylors and the Parrishes, and all the rest of the crew, because I’m sure you will.)

We’ve almost reached Wednesday, when last week’s contest ends, and let me say here and now that I’ve been greatly impressed with all your comments.  You really are an interesting bunch, and I’m glad we’re riding for the same brand.

I’ve been thinking about Lent.  As a child, I always observed the tradition, but I must admit I’ve slacked off during my adulthood.  I have no idea what to give up–there’s an agenda behind anything I might consider, like going to the casino or having that glass of wine with supper–so I’ve asked God what He would like me to do.  I hope there’s an answer soon, because tomorrow is Ash Wednesday.  :)

Are you giving anything up for Lent?

On a more mundane level, does anyone have a good, low-cal/fat recipe for stuffed green peppers?  Mine sucked. (See yesterday’s blog.)

These questions, by the way, are not for this week’s contest.  You’ll have to wait until tomorrow for that.

Be kind, and stand up for some person or critter who’s getting a raw deal.  It’s the cowgirl way.


23 comments to “Tuesday Chatter”

  1. Renae kinsey
      · February 12th, 2013 at 2:18 pm · Link

    I forgot about Lent….which makes me think…what should I give up? Gambling would normally be tough for me too! But I won’t be heading to vegas soon…wine? Hmmm…I like wine but I’m wondering what I enjoy on a daily basis that’s “bad” for me?,,,
    I guess I’ll give up bad carbs!!! Potatoes, breads, corn, pizza, pasta…ouch!!!! See you and Jennifer soon!!! Xox

  2. Sherry Wallace
      · February 12th, 2013 at 2:31 pm · Link

    My mother used to say that a special task, like reading in chapters of the Bible, would bring her closer to God than giving up something, so that’s what we would do. Besides Jesus, of course, who I would pester with zillions of questions, I would love to go back in time to visit with my grandparents. My paternal grandfather was born in 1880 – just think of the worlds changes in his lifetime!! He lived to be 95, & never quite believed anyone walked on the moon; thought it was just a trick done in the movie industry! We called him Jimbo, & in many ways Angus reminds me of him.

  3. Sherry Wallace
      · February 12th, 2013 at 2:35 pm · Link

    PS – BIBLE – basic instructions before leaving earth!

    • Gloria
        · February 12th, 2013 at 3:29 pm · Link

      I like that Sherry. I remember reading it somewhere before but forgot about it. The Bible is THE ONLY INSTRUCTIONAL MANUAL we will ever need for anything.

    • Norma Stanforth
        · February 12th, 2013 at 4:30 pm · Link

      Yes Sherry, the Bible is what we are to go by. God’s words are truth.

  4. Teresa
      · February 12th, 2013 at 3:05 pm · Link

    this is a good recipe – please read reviews – love that is can be made with ground turkey/chicken – I don’t like fungus so left them out!

  5. sam
      · February 12th, 2013 at 3:34 pm · Link

    Well, I have decided to give up chocolate for lent.(It was a decision I made last week) I enjoy reading your blog and gain inspiration every time you have got on your exercise bike or talked about a healthier lifestyle. Your zest for a healthier life has travelled right across the pond to me ;)

  6. Kristie Wilson
      · February 12th, 2013 at 3:35 pm · Link

    I’ve never observed Lent (our Baptist church never did), but about five years ago, I gave up caffeine (except what’s found in chocolate – I’m not completely nuts!) and two years ago next month I gave up soft drinks and any form of artificial sweetener. I didn’t really do it to lose weight, but knew neither were particularly healthy for me and I wanted to see if I could. It hasn’t been too hard, but I LOVED Diet Dr. Pepper and I miss that so much!

    I’ll be checking back to see if anyone comes up with the recipe you’re looking for – stuffed peppers sound really good!

  7. Gloria
      · February 12th, 2013 at 3:45 pm · Link

    As far as giving up anything for Lent, I don’t even know if you have to be a certain denomination to observe the tradition, but I think I’ve given up about enough to satisfy God and fellow-man. I pray so, anyway.

    I already think gambling is a sin, as well as drinking…I say as I get ready to go buy a two dollar Lottery ticket. So, I guess I could give up being a hypocrite.

    But, is Lent just for certain churches?

    I just finished reading Willow and it was good. Thank you Linda and Sam.

    On page 259, you used the expression…”Rabbit beans”. Does that mean what I think it means?…and if it does, I like it. It sums up a lot of things, although I never heard it before, and I thought I’d heard about every thing in my time.

    After all, I always say I’m older than dirt, and now…I can borrow the expression…”Two years older than dirt”.

  8. Rosemary
      · February 12th, 2013 at 3:53 pm · Link

    Lent…I live each day making adjustments based on my Christian foundation and improving my life. Some days I’m successful and some days I’m not however, each day I count my blessings! The thing I struggle with the most is deciding _what I want to be when I grown up_ – so for Lent, I plan to “give up” all limits and let my mind consider all possibilities! :)

    • Gloria
        · February 13th, 2013 at 1:04 pm · Link

      Great idea, Rosemary. I wish I’d thought of that.

  9. Billiesue Sanders
      · February 12th, 2013 at 4:07 pm · Link

    What is wrong with Diet Dr. Pepper?

    I’m sure it is not terrific for you, but among all the negatives out there, it seems pretty innocuous.

  10. Norma Stanforth
      · February 12th, 2013 at 4:17 pm · Link

    Our church never observe Lent. But there is lots of churches that does observe Lent. That is great that you only have one more chapter of “Big Sky Wedding”. My mom would say she would do something if the Lord was willing and the creek don’t rise. Again i appreciate everyone on this blog. God bless each and everyone and take care.
    Norma stanforth

  11. Hilda
      · February 12th, 2013 at 4:28 pm · Link

    We never observed Lent either. I think it’s a Roman Catholic and possibly an Episcopalian thing? But I think it’s a good idea. I’m not sure giving up the few vices that I have would really be such an advantage for me. I would probably end up being mad because it’s Lent and I have to give up something. :-D
    P.S. I used to say I was giving up s*x for Lent, but for me, that would be the same as saying I am giving up skiing – the last time was around 1982, which totals to one VERY long Lent season! (insert laugh here)

  12. Linda
      · February 12th, 2013 at 5:06 pm · Link

    I make a very simple stuffed peppers which I do not believe is high caloric. I never figured the calories.
    1 lb lean ground beef or ground turkey (I use beef)
    5 medium sweet peppers (1/2 of 1 diced to add to beef)
    1 medium onion
    1/2 cup uncooked rice
    1 large can of diced tomatoes
    1 large can of tomato juice
    salt & pepper

    Mix ground meat with diced onion and 1/2 diced pepper. Add rice. Season with Salt and Pepper. Separate the mixture into 4 parts. Clean, top off, and remove the seeds and ribs from the peppers. Stuff the meat into peppers and place pepper tops on the meat. Place in dutch oven and pour diced tomatoes over the top of all the peppers. Cut the remaining 1/2 pepper into julienne strips and add to pan. Pour Tomato Juice over everything. Cover pot with lid or foil. Place in 350 degree oven for 1 hour.

    This steams and bakes the peppers which keeps them moist. You can add any of your favorite vegetables like garlic or herbs. I prefer them simple

  13. Sue Mccormick
      · February 12th, 2013 at 5:21 pm · Link

    I agree with those who believe that approaching Lent with “doing more” (more Bible reading, increase your giving, increase your attendance, and so forth) is more meaningful to me than giving up something. That is the approach that fits me. But God has made us to be varied; if giving up is what strengthens others, then they should take that approach.

  14. Linda
      · February 12th, 2013 at 5:22 pm · Link

    Since I am Catholic, I give up meat on Fridays and Ash Wednesday during Lent. All year long, I will often go a whole week without eating any meat. During Lent, however, I find it really hard to consciously avoid meat on the mandated days. It is all psychological. Give up something little that you eat or do regularly, and you will find that you begin to crave it like never before. Every time you pass it up, you will remember why you gave it up which is to think of Christ’s sacrifice for us. How often (otherwise) do we actually think of the events of Good Friday? My sister (who is no longer Catholic) gives up Chocolate and Computer games every lent. It drives her crazy. I give up Donuts which I don’t eat much, but during Lent I will wake up dreaming of them.

  15. Jeanne
      · February 12th, 2013 at 5:42 pm · Link

    Hi Linda. I make stuffed peppers with ground turkey and brown rice. I loathe ground turkey – the smell just puts me off. I add turkey Italian sausage to the regular lean ground turkey. I brown the meat in a little olive oil. Then I brown chopped onions and garlic. I roast the peppers in the oven (after a light brush with olive oil) while I’m browning – I want them semi -soft. I use either leftover brown rice or the pouch (cooked). I mix the turkey, rice and aromatics. I add a can of drained, petite diced tomatoes usually the seasoned ones, and some parmesan. I stuff the peppers, put them in the oven and bake. Don’t know how low fat it is but it is tasty. You can throw in Italian seasonings if you like. When your herbs are ready, Greek oregano, fresh parsley and a bit of rosemary enhance it as well.

  16. Crystal
      · February 12th, 2013 at 5:49 pm · Link

    I enjoy this blog so much!!! I always considered Lent to be a Catholic tradition but 2 years ago my fellow employees and I were talking and they give something up not considering which religion they are, so i decided to try and do it as a sacrifice to God, setting my flesh aside so that i may be closer to him. I can’t wait for the next book. I hope everyone has a wonderful day! Oh and PS Linda…… in my opinion…. there is NO help or recipe that can make quiona tastes good! Tried it once and I practically DRY HEAVE every time i hear the word!!

  17. Joanie gonsalves
      · February 12th, 2013 at 6:43 pm · Link

    Wahoo wedding almost done grrreat but have to say the big sky SECRET sounds intriguing !!! We love LLM

  18. Kathleen O
      · February 12th, 2013 at 7:08 pm · Link

    I ask that of God each night too… Sometimes I get an extra hour… Then I lay there as long as I can, then turn on the light and read. then I fall back to sleep and wake up again. this goes on every night. I always go to bed thinking this will be the night when I will get at least four hours sleep.

    I am so glad you got your prayers answered..

  19. Lois Rotella
      · February 12th, 2013 at 7:33 pm · Link

    I plan on giving up fatty food for let and reading my bible more. I do try my best because it is only 40 days and I think I can do it.
    I can’t wait to read the other Big Sky stories. I would love more mckettrick stories or O’Ballivan stories. I really enjoyed reading about them. Thanks for all your books. :lol:

  20. Pam Brewer
      · February 12th, 2013 at 11:02 pm · Link

    I see other people have made the same comment, but growing up we were always told to give something up because it is a sacrifice, to remind us of the ultimate sacrifice. But, in high school a very wise religion teacher told us we didn’t have to give something up, we could give of ourselves. I try to do both, in the hopes that the good that I do sticks and I keep living my lenten sacrifice :)

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