Monday, November 21, 2011

Reflections on an Evening Well Spent

     Last evening my family sat down and watched a movie with popcorn and honey baked apples with custard sauce (I made them and they were delicous).  It was great just relaxing in this manner, especially with the great movie we were watching- Life With Father, which I highly reccomend.  I suppose that having your siblings quoting half the movie as it is playing can be quite annoying, but I also found it made it just that much better.  It made me remember why I loved that movie so much.  It also reminded me what those movie lines were from that I kept quoting, but couldn't recall the origin of.  That's what happens when you quote so many movie lines; they all get jumbled up.  Looking back on my evening spent with family and good food, I must say it is a wonderful precurser to the Christmas holiday.  With everyone in school at work it has been hard to pull us all together in one spot for a few minutes.  That taste of family togetherness was marvelous and I am hungry for more.  With the Christmas holiday looming on the horizon, I look forward to more family time spent eating Christmas goodies and watching old favorites. 
     What are you looking forward to with the Christmas holiday coming up?

Lois Johnson, avid writer, tea drinker, and reader but first and foremost, avid Christian.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

For a Change... A Recipe!!!

I am sure you are all sick of my novelette, so I am going to post a recipe today instead. (Don't tell anyone but the real reason why I am doing this is because I ran out of time to write more on the novelette.) 

The recipe is for peanut butter cookies. It is really easy and quite helpful when you have to make something last minute.  One of its bonus features is its small number of ingredients.  So anyways, here is the recipe and enjoy!!!

Peanut Butter Cookies
1. One egg
2. One cup of peanut butter (crunchy or creamy it doesn't matter)
3. One cup of sugar
Beat egg and then add peanut butter and sugar.  Mix and then drop onto greased pan. Back at 350˚ for 10-12 minutes.  Let set on the pan a couple minutes before taking off so they don't go SPLAT. ;)  Then you may eat them. :)
Makes: 30 Cookies

Lois Johnson, avid writer, tea drinker, and reader but first and foremost, avid Christian.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


Good description in a novel slips in almost unnoticed but very much appreciated.  It gives you pictures in your mind that may never be forgotten.  In a fantasy the writer will have worked even harder to portray its strange and mythical creatures to his reader in a way he will understand, making the picture so much more unique.  Description helps the novel to flow, like a river.  Whether the river will be smooth and memorable or choppy and confusing, depends on the description's quality.  Like the current of the river, good description pulls the book through, creating a timeless classic. 

Lois Johnson, avid writer, tea drinker, and reader but first and foremost, avid Christian.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Another Book Review- This Present Darkness Series

Recently I finished re-reading (for the umpteenth time) Frank Peretti's two novels- This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness.  I will say right off that I do not agree with everything Mr. Peretti presents in his two novels.  This stated, let me go in to what I do like about his novels.  These two books depict a very real picture of what a spiritual battle looks like.  They have demons, and they have angels.  While I wouldn't say that the spiritual battles depicted in the series is exactly what happens, they give a very eyeopening account that really makes you think about the reality of demons and angels as depicted in the scripture.  The two books really make you think about the power of prayer and God's command for us to "pray with out ceasing."  If you have not previously read these two books I highly recommend them.  They are well written, riveting, beautiful, and thought provoking.  I have not read any of his other novels so I cannot recommend them, though I have heard that others of his works have some odd theology. So grab a cup of tea and enjoy!  God bless!

Lois Johnson, avid writer, tea drinker, and reader but first and foremost, avid Christian.
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