Monday, November 25, 2013

Authorgraph Explained

Everyone enjoys getting autographs. Whether you are getting a DVD, tee shirt, photo, or your favorite book signed, it’s always fun. The problem nowadays is many of us have our books contained on our ereaders. Until a few years ago if we wanted our favorite author’s signature, unless we went to a book signing, and had our Kindle written on with a marker, we were out of luck. Now, with the introduction of Kindle Graph renamed to Authorgraph that has changed. The new name reflects that fact the digital signature work on a variety of readers in addition to the Kindle.
Many of you may have noticed the “authorgraph” square on this page and on my Facebook. First, let me confess that I didn’t put it on the pages because I thought that I’d be inundated with requests for my digital autograph! I was required to have one to join a particular author site. I figured that if I was going to sign up for it, then what the heck, I might as well offer it to my readers.
To be honest with you, I wasn’t sure how it worked so I decided I’d better try it. Here’s how it works: There are over 5,000 authors registered so you have a lot from which to choose. You request an authorgraph from your favorite authors listed and receive a personalized note along with their signature. You will get an email when the authorgraph arrives. Simply click to download the attachment and choose which ereader you where you want it delivered. It appears on your Kindle or the device you’ve chosen in a few seconds. It is very cool, absolutely FREE, and extremely user friendly. I’m glad that I gave it try and now I’m happy I can offer it to my readers. I am going to start a collection on my Kindle to see how many I can get.
If you would like to try it, just click on the square located on the left of this page and start your collection today!

**Recipe of the Day**

Vanilla Peach Coffee Cake
From my Yummy Pinterest Board courtesy of


For the batter
3 cups all- purpose flour
3 eggs
3 peaches, large size
½ cup sour cream
½ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ baking soda
8 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ almond extract
¼ teaspoon salt

For the topping

¾ cup flour
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ cup light brown sugar
5 tablespoons melted butter

The butter (8 tablespoons) is whisked for 5 minutes with the regular and the brown sugar. The eggs with the vanilla- almond extracts are mixed in and added the sour cream. In another bowl, the flour is combined with the baking powder, the baking soda, and the salt. The flour mixture is poured into the mixed composition and beaten until incorporated. In a different bowl, the topping ingredients (sugar, flour, cinnamon) are added, mixed, and then blended well with the 5 tablespoons of melted butter. A 9-inch size springform pan is greased and the batter is spread on the bottom. The peaches, peeled and thinly sliced are evenly placed on the batter surface. The topping mixture is evenly sprinkled on top of the peaches. The cake is baked for 45 minutes in the preheated oven (350 degrees F). When baked, the peach cake is removed from the oven and set to cool for a few minutes. The side of the springform pan is removed and the cake is cut when is completely cold. Enjoy!

**Pet Tip of the Day**

A personal note: We had quite a weekend. Our Basset Hound, Bentley got an ear infection that was causing him a tremendous amount of pain. As it always happens, it started bothering him around 1:00 a.m. Sunday morning. I keep Otic drops on hand because even though I am ever vigilant with his ear cleaning, he still gets the occasional infection. Why I didn’t notice it until he was in so much pain, I’m not sure but my guilt is heavy! We stayed up trying to make him comfortable and he was feeling a little better today. It looks like we will be visiting the vet first thing Monday morning though. He may need a s-h-o-t and some antibiotics. I just don’t want him hurting anymore. Our dogs are just like our babies and as all parents; we’d rather take their pain ourselves than see them suffer. I told my husband last night that it would be nice if he could really talk as he does in my books so he could tell us the problem. I’ll let you know how he is doing. Useful Tips and Odd Facts are from the terrific website:
1. Using metal water dishes outside in winter may be a risk, because your pet's tongue could stick to the frozen metal. In the summer, metal bowls can get very hot and burn your dog.
2. If you have a puppy that pees on your carpet: After soaking up most of the mess with a paper towel, sprinkle a generous amount of bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) over the area and leave it to absorb both the traces of urine and the odor.
3. If your dog runs away from you and you finally catch up to it, no matter how angry you are at the dog, do not yell or smack it or your dog will never come to you when called for fear of being punished.
4. Do not leave your dog unattended on a choke chain. The chain could get caught and strangle the dog.
5. Do not leave your dog in the car unattended on hot days. Even with the windows open, temperatures in cars WILL reach deadly levels. It only takes five minutes! If you see a dog locked in a very hot car, do something to try to help it before it's too late.
6. Do not make your dog walk on extremely hot or cold asphalt, cement, etc. The pads of their paws are not made out of steel. If it is too hot for you to walk barefoot, then chances are that it is too hot for your dog also.
7. To keep your dog busy, buy toys with little holes in them (such as a Kong), put both big and small pieces of kibble in the toy, and give it to your dog. This will keep him busy for quite a while, presuming he has a few small ones that he gets out quickly. You can also wedge dog biscuits in the holes with a smear of peanut butter.
8. When your dog is teething, instead of have him chewing on couches, walls, etc., buy a few (cheap) washcloths. Soak the washcloth with water and put it in the freezer. When fully frozen, give it to the dog to chew. It will thaw out so have another one ready in the freezer. (Be careful when doing this with very small dogs, as they may get a chill. I have heard of small dogs getting too cold too quickly when chewing on ice.)
9. For teething puppies, mix chicken or beef broth (look for low fat, low sodium brands) with 1 ½ cups of water. Pour the mixture into ice cube trays to made broth ice cubes. They are tasty treats on hot days. (Be careful when doing this with very small dogs, as they may get a chill. I have heard of small dogs getting too cold too quickly when chewing on ice.)
10. Do not leave your pet in an area with dangling phone cords, drape cords or other items that it might be able to strangle itself. Be aware of electric cords that may be chewed by the pet.
11. I have a dog that used to love to dig. When I'd fill the hole and re-seed, he'd just dig it up again. One day I was watching him wander around the yard, and I noticed he took extra care not to step in his droppings. So, the next time I filled up a hole, I buried a little dung at the bottom and left some dung on top. He avoided the freshly seeded grass, and his droppings made excellent fertilizer. This won't work for all dogs...I also have another dog that loves to dig. This trick does not work on her, as she does not care where she steps.
Please note: the feces of dogs or any other meat-eating animal are NOT SAFE to use as fertilizer on plants that will be eaten by people, such as veggies, fruits, or herbs. The feces can spread disease, even if it comes from a healthy dog.
12. Is your dog digging? Try putting cayenne pepper in the holes—they don't like the sensation when they go back to dig again.
13. Does dog urination burns your lawn? Try giving them some tomato juice every day (either in a bowl or on their food) and it should solve the problem.
14. After soaking up the majority of urine or picking up the poop, baby wipes do a great job and pick up all smells with no stains left behind.
15. Male guide dogs always squat to urinate. This is so the handler can quickly determine whether the dog is urinating or defecating during potty breaks by feeling down the length of its back. This assists the handler in determining where the poop will land so they can clean up if the dog is hunched up to defecate.

1 comment :

  1. The dessert recipe will be on trial. Thanks for sharing.
    I found your great blog through the WLC Blog Follows on the World Literary Cafe! Great to connect! Here's mine;


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