Launch Party Recap

Randy Lindsay asked me recently about my launch party last month for Marriage is Ordained of God, but Who Came Up with Dating?, and I realized I hadn’t blogged about it. I make the excuse that it was in the middle of one of my nonblogging months, but that doesn’t really hold water, so I’ll just say I’m a little slow and mention it now.

It was a blast! We didn’t have enough people to unbalance the earth’s magnetic pole, but I was so glad people came, and some even bought books.

We had it at the Fairview museum and had balloons (in the color theme of the book), cake (see above), cookies (also color themed like the book), games, tables, chairs, books, pens, giveaways, music download cards, a woolly mammoth, and tons of Doritos,

I wish I’d gotten more pictures, because it really was a cool setup, and I think those who came had a great time. Thanks to all of you who made it, and especially all you who bought books! You keep me writing!

You can’t tell from the photo, but the cake was a half-sheet, which means it was massive. Kudos especially to my mom for decorating it. Didn’t she do awesome?

Just a couple weeks later I attended Michael Young’s launch party for his book, The Last Archangel, and had a great time! He had all kinds of angel themed games and activities. Even my kids had fun coloring, though I couldn’t get them to wear my crafty multicolor pipe-cleaner halos I made them for more than a few seconds. Plus my son loved going home with a glow-in-the dark pitchfork prize.

So how do you all do launch parties? How have they gone for you? Have you seen cool things (or not-so-cool things) at other’s parties that you would recommend?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Party Game: Three Part Stories

One of my family’s major hobbies is inventing games.  This is a party game we came up with called Three Part Stories.  It’s one of those games that guarantees some great laughs, and takes a little bit of creativity.

If you’ve ever done chain stories, where one starts a story, and then the next person continues it, and so forth, then you have GOT to try the story game.  It is hilarious to the extreme!


If you cannot see the video, you can watch in on Youtube.

Now for the fun part:  Here are the finished stories: Continue reading

Recipe: Strawberry Must (MUsh with cruST)

Strawberry Must

I was once given a fabulous original recipe invented by my sisters called “Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake. When my birthday came, Jenni and I thought it would be nice to make this cheesecake in place of the traditional birthday cake. When the time to make it came, we were a little short on time and ingredients, so we made a few minor alterations. The result was our own original recipe, which we call “Strawberry Must (MUsh with crUST)”.

Strawberry Must: (MUsh and cruST)

A variation of Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake
Title: Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake
Ingredients:

Cheesecake:
1 package (8-ounce size) cream cheese, softened

1 1/2 eggs

8 oz. Yoplait vanilla yogurt

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 tbsp. lemon juice

1/2 cup sugar

3/4 cup water

1/2 cup flour

Raspberry Sauce:
1 pint raspberries

1 tbsp. lemon juice

1/8 cup water

1/8 cup sugar

2 tbsp. flour

A favorite chocolate sauce

1 Graham Cracker pie crust (10-inch)

That’s the recipe, and rather than giving you the real directions, I will give you the directions that WE followed.

Directions:

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Begin by making crust from the following recipe (since you forgot to buy graham crackers at the store):

Perfect Pie Crust
1 cups shortening

3 cups flour

1 Tb. vinegar or lemon juice

5 Tb. cold water

1 egg, beaten

2 pie tins
Bakes in 10 minutes

Directions:
Since you don’t have all these ingredients, don’t bother measuring anything just estimate. Mix flour with a bunch of vegetable oil (since you don’t have stick butter to substitute for the shortening that you also don’t have). Throw in some lemon juice and an egg (unbeaten since you didn’t read the recipe through). Cut with pastry blender and then press into 9X13 pan.
Bake for half of an hour or until very crispy and freshly brown.
While crust is cooking, mix filling.
Since you only have hour left before you have to eat it, combine with the following no-bake recipe ingredients:
8 oz. Cream cheese

14 oz can sweet condensed milk

c. lemon juice

1 t. vanilla

Graham cracker crust

Topping (21 oz. can pie filling is enough for 2 cheesecakes)
Combine the 2 8 oz. cream cheeses with 16 oz. of yogurt. Mix in somewhere around 1 Tb. Lemon Juice. Whip.
In a saucepan, mix about 2 Tb water with about the same amount of corn starch. Mash up a package of strawberries and toss them into the pan. dump in enough sugar to make it sweeter. Let boil on stove for about 10 minutes on medium heat.
Mix strawberry mixture into cream-cheese mixture, and poor onto crust when crust is ready. Chill in freezer for 1 to 2 minutes.
Serve immediately, but do not eat. It will be too mushy, so just let it sit at the park for a few hours before returning home. Then place in freezer for a day. Take out the next evening to let it thaw, and then serve and eat. Serves about 10 people.

If this recipe makes ANY sense to you, you’re probably a great cook, because it certainly didn’t make any sense to us at the time. Though I do recommend trying the recipe from which our Strawberry Must originated. You should have no problem having more success than we did.