Saturday…eh…Sunday Six

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I’m playing along with Patrick’s Place while I’m on vacation in California.  So, please forgive the delay.

1. Do you do a newsletter or email subscription for your blog, and why or why not?

I don’t do a newsletter for my blogs.  I have a hard enough time keeping up with the both of them and definitely don’t have time to do a newsletter too.

2. Of the people you recall who have commented on your blog some time in the past six months, how many have you met in person?

I’ve met probably 1/3 of them in person.  I’ve had some contests, so there are a lot of people that I don’t even know visiting and commenting on the blogs.

3. Of that same group of people, how many have you ever spoken to by phone?

Probably the same, 1/3.

4. Do you feel that your blog has helped build your social media network, or that your social media network has helped build your blog?

I would say that my social media network has helped building my blog.  I’ve worked on building it with a lot of groups that help each other build their blog numbers up.

5. How many people in your social media network do you know from a face-to-face conversation?

That’s probably a pretty small number.  I’m amazed at how large my network is now and it’s no where near some bloggers.

6. If you had to guess, what percentage of people in your social media network would you say have ever set “virtual foot” on your blog?

I would have to say that would be a small number.  With Google+ and Twitter, most of those people don’t ever get over to the blog and that’s where my largest numbers come from.

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One Pot Meat-free Meal

Have you ever seen this picture?

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I’ve seen it on Pinterest and Facebook and wondered what it tasted like.  So, I stopped by the store this afternoon after work and bought the ingredients.

Here’s what’s in the pot…

16 ounces uncooked linguine
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes with liquid ( I used an Italian basil & oregano flavor)
1 large white onion, cut in strips
4 thinly sliced garlic cloves
2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
4 1/2 cups vegetable broth
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 bunch chopped fresh basil
shredded Parmesan cheese for garnish
You can add 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, if you like a little heat.

Place pasta, tomatoes, onion, and garlic in a large stock pot. Pour in vegetable broth, sprinkle on the pepper flakes, basil, and oregano, and drizzle with the olive oil.

Cover the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and keep covered, cooking for about 10 minutes.  Stir every 2 minutes. Cook until almost all liquid has evaporated.  This leaves a nice creamy broth at the bottom of the pot.

Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Stir the pasta to evenly distribute the liquid from the bottom of the pot as you serve. Serve with the shredded Parmesan.  It serves about 4 or 5 people.

It was a hit with my son (who doesn’t eat vegetables) and my husband.  I poured myself a glass of wine and ate up.  I liked the ease of the preparantion and it tasted really good.  I think the red pepper flakes would have added some interest to the pot.

And here’s the final product…

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Life Application Study Bible Giveaway on Facebook!

I wanted to let you know about a great giveaway happening over at the New Living Translation Facebook page.

Here are the NLT Facebook page giveaway details:

Starting on November 29th until December 24th at the New Living Translation Facebook page they’re giving away lots of great prizes.

By visiting the giveaway entry page (located on the NLT Facebook page, the link is under the profile picture) and entering your name and e-mail address you’ll be entered to win the following prizes:

  • One random person each day will win a Life Application Study Bible Family Pack (Guys Life Application Study Bible, Girls Life Application Study Bible, Student’s Life Application Study Bible, Life Application Study Bible, Life Application Study Bible Large Print).
  • One Random person each week will win an Apple iPad 2!

Everyone that signs up gets a free download copy of the Life Application Bible Study – Book of Luke!

I strongly recommend the NLT Life Application Study Bible.  I have found it to be the easiest translation to read and understand.  I’ve been told that the translation is very close to the original writings as far as the meanings of words.  So, if you’d like to try to win some Bibles and an iPad 2, please sign up on their Facebook page.