Essay — Cooking with instructions

Image source: Dreamstime Stock Photos, ©John Johnson

 

On Monday, the pair of us donned our Chef and Table Setter hats to sear two steaks on the table grill. Without much fanfare, the grill was set up on a bench on the front porch and plugged into the outlet. As it was heating, the Chef asked, “Where are the papers and notes with temps and times for cooking steaks?”

The Table Setter said, “I’m not sure. Probably in the box where everything else that goes with the grill is stored. I’ll go look.”

“I’ll help you while the grill is heating.”

“Okay.” The Table Setter headed inside.

After a thorough search of the box, the pantry, and all the other cook books in the house, no pamphlet with notes attached was found.

By now the grill was hot and since the Chef remembered cook times were about eight minutes and temps should be 400 degrees, she decided to put the steaks on the grill.

The Table Setter went back inside to do her chores. Eight minutes later, when she returned to the porch, the grill was smoking and the steaks were done.

Lunch was delicious…though both Chef and Table Setter still wondered where the recipe booklet might be.

An hour later, the Chef went out to the porch to bring in the cooled grill for cleaning. As the grilling plates were removed, small scraps of paper flew into the air, showering the countertop like black confetti.

In one voice, we said, “The pamphlet!”

Yep…the pamphlet was under the top grill plate. We’d grilled the instructions and the notes along with the steaks.

Luckily, we didn’t burn down the porch.

 

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***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR *****

HL Carpenter is the pen name of a Florida-based mother/daughter duo who writes from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity.

Also by HL Carpenter:

Jack and The Fountain of Youth. Some people say the Fountain of Youth is a myth. Jack Ponsi Dileonardo Thomas knows better.

The SkyHorse. Fourteen year old Tovi thinks finding a flying horse is fabulous luck–until a mysterious stranger says finders aren’t always keepers.

Dream Stealer. Is stealing a dream better than losing your own?

Pirate Summer. When her brother disappears, Josey is sure she knows where he’s gone. And the only way to bring him home is to travel two hundred years into the past with a boy she can’t trust.

A Cause for Murder. Someone at Happy Haven is a killer. Septuagenarian sleuth Emma Twiggs navigates madcap mayhem, multiple mysteries, and murderous motives to discover who has a cause for murder.

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Essay — Crepey, Crepey Images

After days of rain, crepey beauty exploded in Carpenter Country this week.

Crepe Myrtle – Image Source: HL Carpenter

 

Mushrooms – Image source: HL Carpenter

 

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***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR *****

HL Carpenter is the pen name of a Florida-based mother/daughter duo who writes from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity.

Fiction by HL Carpenter:

Jack and The Fountain of Youth. Some people say the Fountain of Youth is a myth. Jack Ponsi Dileonardo Thomas knows better.

The SkyHorse. Fourteen year old Tovi thinks finding a flying horse is fabulous luck–until a mysterious stranger says finders aren’t always keepers.

Dream Stealer. Is stealing a dream better than losing your own?

Pirate Summer. When her brother disappears, Josey is sure she knows where he’s gone. And the only way to bring him home is to travel two hundred years into the past with a boy she can’t trust.

A Cause for Murder. Someone at Happy Haven is a killer. Septuagenarian sleuth Emma Twiggs navigates madcap mayhem, multiple mysteries, and murderous motives to discover who has a cause for murder.

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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 60

JACK AND THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
by HL Carpenter
ISBN: 978-0-9884095-1-4
Ebook ISBN: 978-0-9884095-0-7
Copyright (c) 2012 by Top Drawer Ink Corp.

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Continued from Audio Installment 59
(New here? Choose an installment or start at the beginning)

 

Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 60

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Read along with us!
Below is the text version of the audio.
(Show notes are beneath the text.)

 

Doubt flickered across Nessa’s face. Again.

The pain of her disbelief cut into Jack’s heart. He had told her things about his past he had never revealed to anyone. He wanted her to trust him. He would give anything to have her trust him.

But how could he blame her for doubting? If he hadn’t experienced what the Fountain could do, his reaction would be the same as hers.

He clutched his colgante. Once he escaped from the Fountain’s spell, whether she believed him would no longer matter.

Right. Forget that. What she thought would always matter to him.

“I believe you,” Nessa said.

He whirled. The medal jingled against the broken chain. “You do?”

She nodded and smiled. “My heart knows.”

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SHOW NOTES

We’re new to the Audacity, the sound program we use for our audio recordings, and to sound effects in general. These are our thoughts on the current episode.

Recording. We recorded this segment in two takes, after one practice run with the microphone off.

Technical. Using the acoustic foam and sound blanket means we’re hyper-aware now of outside noise. We’re learning what hours are best for recording to take advantage of quiet times.

Comments. Voice warmups are a must, as is reading the text through silently before beginning to record.

Story changes. No changes to the written version this week. The sentence structure and words worked well in the switch from text to audio.

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***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR *****

HL Carpenter is the pen name of a Florida-based mother/daughter duo who writes from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity.

Also by HL Carpenter:

The SkyHorse. Fourteen year old Tovi thinks finding a flying horse is fabulous luck–until a mysterious stranger says finders aren’t always keepers.

Dream Stealer. Is stealing a dream better than losing your own?

Pirate Summer. When her brother disappears, Josey is sure she knows where he’s gone. And the only way to bring him home is to travel two hundred years into the past with a boy she can’t trust.

A Cause for Murder. Someone at Happy Haven is a killer. Septuagenarian sleuth Emma Twiggs navigates madcap mayhem, multiple mysteries, and murderous motives to discover who has a cause for murder.

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Top Drawer News — The pear of us

Image source: Public domain image; National Gallery of Art

 

We like to bake here in Carpenter Country. So we were delighted when author friend and talented cook Sloane Taylor featured our pear crumble recipe on her blog.

We were even more thrilled when Sloane proclaimed the recipe “delicious!” Thanks, Sloane!

If you try out the recipe, let us know in the comments what you think.

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***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR *****

HL Carpenter is the pen name of a Florida-based mother/daughter duo who writes from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity.

Fiction by HL Carpenter:

Jack and The Fountain of Youth. Some people say the Fountain of Youth is a myth. Jack Ponsi Dileonardo Thomas knows better.

The SkyHorse. Fourteen year old Tovi thinks finding a flying horse is fabulous luck–until a mysterious stranger says finders aren’t always keepers.

Dream Stealer. Is stealing a dream better than losing your own?

Pirate Summer. When her brother disappears, Josey is sure she knows where he’s gone. And the only way to bring him home is to travel two hundred years into the past with a boy she can’t trust.

A Cause for Murder. Someone at Happy Haven is a killer. Septuagenarian sleuth Emma Twiggs navigates madcap mayhem, multiple mysteries, and murderous motives to discover who has a cause for murder.

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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 59

JACK AND THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
by HL Carpenter
ISBN: 978-0-9884095-1-4
Ebook ISBN: 978-0-9884095-0-7
Copyright (c) 2012 by Top Drawer Ink Corp.

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Continued from Audio Installment 58
(New here? Choose an installment or start at the beginning)

 

Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 59

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Read along with us!
Below is the text version of the audio.
(Show notes are beneath the text.)

 

“After she fell sick, while we were searching for the Fountain again, Tia Bella and I learned another part of the legend. There are two ways to invoke the spell of immortality. You can drink from the spring or bathe in the water. Whichever way you chose, the other reverses the curse permanently.” Jack paused. “Maria drank, then turned to speak to me. The edges of the spring crumbled under her feet, and she fell in.”

He sounded so sincere. Just like the caballarius she’d compared him to when they’d first met.

Nessa wanted to believe him. But no one lived forever. The Fountain of Youth was fable, not fact. No matter how convincing he was, no matter how she felt about him, he had to be here because of Bradley.

Yet what reason did he have to make up such an incredible story?

Should she trust her heart or listen to her fear?

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SHOW NOTES

We’re new to the Audacity, the sound program we use for our audio recordings, and to sound effects in general. These are our thoughts on the current episode.

Recording. We recorded this segment in one take, after one practice run with the microphone off. That sounds impressive, though the reason is due to already having recorded a few chapters of our cozy mystery before tackling the work on Jack.

Technical. So many thanks to the generous members of the Audacity community, who provide the program and the plug-ins to make corrections. This segment made use of the automatic adjustments for creating an audio-book-ready file.

Comments. What a difference a bit of acoustic foam makes! The recording is so clear! Now to work on the narrator’s squishy sounds.

Story changes. No changes to the written version this week. The sentence structure and words worked well in the switch from text to audio.

*****

***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR *****

HL Carpenter is the pen name of a Florida-based mother/daughter duo who writes from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity.

Also by HL Carpenter:

Jack and The Fountain of Youth. Some people say the Fountain of Youth is a myth. Jack Ponsi Dileonardo Thomas knows better.

The SkyHorse. Fourteen year old Tovi thinks finding a flying horse is fabulous luck–until a mysterious stranger says finders aren’t always keepers.

Dream Stealer. Is stealing a dream better than losing your own?

Pirate Summer. When her brother disappears, Josey is sure she knows where he’s gone. And the only way to bring him home is to travel two hundred years into the past with a boy she can’t trust.

A Cause for Murder. Someone at Happy Haven is a killer. Septuagenarian sleuth Emma Twiggs navigates madcap mayhem, multiple mysteries, and murderous motives to discover who has a cause for murder.

*****

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