Genevieve Angelique

Blusher, Writer, Star-Goggles Wearer


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Pitch Wars & Gator Boys. Who Knew.

Today my family celebrated.

First (ahem), new episodes of Gator Boys began. Yep. My family is obsessed. Well everyone in the fam but me. I usually retreat to my hobbit hole and write while my son and daughter watch and parallel play the catch and release of live gators. I *think* my husband only watches.

Gator Boys

Second (flap excited hands), Pitch Wars started! Run by the talented Brenda Drake, author of the anticipated book Thief of Lies, it’s a contest of sorts where aspiring authors hope to 1) be matched with super cool mentors 2) pitch their books to amazing agents & 3) make life-long writerly friends.

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It’s dreamy and nerve-wracking and completely awesome (like the Lego Movie). Also a lot of work, especially if you get selected. But this is the real deal. Like really. 

Part of the Pitch Wars fun is a blog hop called Pimp My Bio. Which I did last year and am doing again. Because, why not?

So a little about me . . .

I’m totally into kindred spirits. I believe in signs and serendipity and fate. You can argue with me all you want (my husband does), but I’m a sucker for believing the universe places the right people in your life at the right time. And then magic happens.

Serendipity definition

I ultimately chose my top five mentors because of just that. I felt like they could be the onesOk. Fine. I also selected my mentors by genre. I had a YA fantasy, so I chose mentors who explicitly requested YA fantasy. Will I find a mentor (aka kindred spirit) this way? I hope so.

Kindred spirits

I haven’t settled on a preferred writing approach. I was a complete pantser with my first YA novel. My second book, a YA F, was written using a combo approach: Pants it, plot it. Pants it, plot it. You get the idea. It was a five-year beast in the making (also the novel I submitted to Pitch Wars). I plotted my third novel, a YA SF, using The Plot Whisperer by Martha Alderson and The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler. But funny thing. I ended up pantsing most of the first draft.

Pantser vs Plotter

Fantasy, fairy tales, historical, soft science fiction, and contemporary all hold a place in my heart. I generally don’t do cookie cutter mysteries or horror (does anyone else get crazy nightmares from creepy R movies?!?). Some of my favorite books include Beauty by Robin McKinley, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, Twilight by Stephanie Meyer, The Giver by Lois Lowry, Holes by Lois Sachar, The Notebook by Nicolas Sparks, Redeeming Love by Fracine Rivers, The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and pretty much anything written by Lord Bryon, John Keats, and Shakespeare.

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I don’t watch a lot of television, but I love movies. I go nerdy over Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. Pride and Prejudice gets my heart fluttering. So does You’ve Got Mail. I’ve seen them a bazillion times. I have to watch Ghost Busters, What About Bob?, & Groundhog Day once a year because Bill Murray is hilarious. Last of the Mohicans is epic. So is its soundtrack. And when I’m sick, I break down and watch tv. The Office to be specific. I own the first three seasons. That’s all I need. I have to watch Pam and Jim get together. Then I’m good. Their love heals me every time.

Pam and Jim

Many thanks to Ms. Brenda Drake and the mentors who donate an unfathomable amount of time and energy into Pitch Wars. You are changing lives. Probably through serendipity (wink).

And best of luck to all the aspiring authors and future mentees (more bios here!). With or without a stopper of Felix Felicis.

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Frosting: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Fructose Free, Low FODMAP Friendly

Cinderella Cake with Low FODMAP Frosting, Fructose Free, Dairy Free

My daughter’s Cinderella cake. Made with a Low FODMAP frosting. Design inspired by Bubbly Nature Creations.

For anyone sensitive to fructose, white sugar, or dairy, eating special occasion desserts is a big no-no.

Today that changes. Because you can make your cake and eat it too!

I created this recipe after missing out on all my family’s special celebrations. Now I, too, can enjoy a decadent slice of cake without breaking out in dermatitis or suffering from muscle spasms & GI upset.

This frosting contains no fructose and can be tailored to fit a dairy free diet. 

Low FODMAP Frosting, Dairy Free, Fructose Free

Since dextrose powder’s consistency is much like confectionary (powered) sugar, it works great for frosting recipes.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 c shortening (I use Spectrum’s Organic All-Vegetable Shortening {Non-hydrogenated})

1/2 c salted butter (If opting for completely dairy/lactose free, add another 1/2 c shortening)

1/4 tsp salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 c dextrose powder/fructose-free sugar (or 1/2 c more or less to taste)

4 tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk or unsweetened almond milk

Low FODMAP Frosting, Fructose Free, Dairy Free

DIRECTIONS

1. Beat shortening and butter together in a mixer. 

2. Add vanilla extract and salt. Mix.

3. Add 1 cup of dextrose powder at a time to shortening mix, then 1 tablespoon of milk. Whip on high. Repeat pattern until you have your desired taste and texture. 

4. Use to frost {Low FODMAP} cakes, cupcakes, and desserts.

5. Now you really have something to celebrate!!! Enjoy!

Low FODMAP Frosting, Fructose Free, Low FODMAP Friendly


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Dill Dip: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Fructose Free, & Low FODMAP Friendly

Dill Dip: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Low FODMAP

A colorful dish for picnics and potlucks.

A healthy afternoon snack for kids & grown-ups alike.

An easy alternative to store bought veggie dip. 

INGREDIENTS

1/2 c mayo (I use Hellmann’s Canola)

1/2 c dairy-free cream cheese (I use Tofutti’s* Better Than Cream Cheese)

1/2 c dairy-free sour cream (I use Tofutti’s* Sour Supreme)

1 tablespoon lemon juice**

1/2 teaspoon parsley (dried)

2 teaspoons dill (dried)

1/4 teaspoon salt

pinch of pepper

Helenas Mayo, Tofutti Sour Cream & Cream Cheese

DIRECTIONS

Mix ingredients together. Chill until ready to serve. 

Safe Low FODMAP veggies would include: cucumbers, carrots, red peppers (for some), & raw green beans. 

Low FODMAP Dill Dip

* Allergen info: contains soy

** Lemon juice in moderation is tolerated by most people on a restricted fructose diet.


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Poppy Muffins: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Fructose Free, & Low FODMAP Friendly

Poppy Seed Muffin: Low FODMAP Friendly, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free

This has become a staple as baked goods go in my household. So easy to make. Even easier to enjoy. I hope you do too!

INGREDIENTS

1 & 3/4 c gluten free flour (for a winning combination, try 3/4 c white rice flour, 3/4 c millet flour, 1/4 c almond flour, 1 tsp xanthum gum)

1 c dextrose baking powder (this is fructose free sugar) or 1/2 c maple syrup* or 1/2 c regular sugar**

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 tablespoon poppy seeds

1 beaten egg

3/4 c unsweetened coconut milk or unsweetened almond milk

1/4 c cooking oil

optional: 2 T lemon juice*** if you are desire lemon poppy seed muffins

optional: butter, if tolerated

Poppy Seed Muffin: Low FODMAP Friendly, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free

DIRECTIONS

preheat oven to 400 degrees F

1. Grease twelve 2 & 1/2-inch muffin cups or line with paper bake cups (I like the tin foil kind); set aside.

2. In medium bowl, mix flour(s), sugar, baking powder, and salt. Make a well in center of flour mixture; set aside.

3. In small bowl, whisk egg. Combine beaten egg with milk and cooking oil {& any opted lemon juice and/or maple syrup if not using dextrose or regular sugar}. Add wet mixture all at once to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened. Batter should be lumpy.

4. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling each two-thirds full. Bake in a 400 degree F oven for 16-20 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in muffin cups on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Remove from muffin cups.

5. Serve warm {perhaps with a favorite cup of tea} and enjoy!

Poppy Seed Muffin: Low FODMAP Friendly, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free

* maple syrup is tolerated in moderation by most people on a restricted fructose diet, but should be added to the wet ingredients first.

** white sugar is tolerated by some people on restricted fructose diets–but extra sensitive fructose-malabsorbers (like me) will not tolerate regular sugar.

*** lemon juice is tolerated by most people on a restricted fructose diet in moderation.

Recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook “Muffins”


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Lemon Maple Bars: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Low Fructose, & FODMAP Friendly

Lemon Maple BarsSweet. Tart. Refreshingly light.

The perfect dessert for spring parties and summer barbecues.

A special treat for anyone sensitive to gluten, wheat, dairy, sugar, fructose, & fructans.

INGREDIENTS

for the crust:

1 c shortening (I use organic Spectrum brand)

1/2 c maple syrup

2 c gluten free flour (I use 1 c white rice flour, 1 c millet flour)

1 tsp xanthum gum

1/2 tsp saltLemon Maple Bars

for the top filling:

4 eggs

1 & 1/2 c maple syrup

1/3 c + 2 T gluten free flour (I used half millet/half white rice)

1/3 c lemon juice (about 2 ripe lemons)

1 tsp lemon zest

optional: dextrose powder (fructose free sugar)

DIRECTIONS

preheat oven to 350 degrees F

1. In medium bowl, mix flour, xanthum gum, and salt. Blend flour mixture with shortening. Add maple syrup and mix.

2. In 9 x 13 pan, press dough to bottom of pan. Bake crust for 20 min @ 350 degrees F or until lightly golden brown. Remove and let cool while you begin making lemon filling.

3. In small bowl, whisk eggs. Add maple syrup, lemon juice*, and zest. Mix in flour. Pour mixture over baked crust. Bake 20-25 minutes or before the top edges harden. Top filling will firm as it cools.

4. Optional: to keep the traditional dusted look, sprinkle 2+ tablespoons of dextrose (fructose free sugar) on top.

5. Chill, share, & enjoy!!!

* Microwave lemons before squeezing to get more juice out. Bottled lemon juice also works, but then you won’t have any zest to add that extra citrus punch to your bars.

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Recipe adapted from Patty Schenck’s “Best Lemon Bars” @ allrecipes.com

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Twilight (Series)

Twilight Book by Stephanie Meyer

Author: Stephenie Meyer

Genre: YA (Paranormal) 

In a Snapshot: When Bella moves to Forks, she falls for the beautiful Edward Cullen. But a happy ending isn’t guaranteed. Their love must survive the ultimate test. That being, Edward wants to kill her. 

Why I picked it up and why I couldn’t put it down:

This was the first book I picked up after my baby started sleeping through the night. And oh, what a perfect YA novel to choose. I became obsessed! 

First, Bella’s teenage persona–soft bodied, clumsy, a bit socially awkward–was totally me some odd years ago. Second, I am a complete sucker for Victorian-minded gentlemen (like Edward). Third, theirs is a forbidden love story that sweeps you off your feet and leaves you breathless for more–ok, that’s a bit cliché, but I really mean it.

Fun Fact: This is the book that motivated me to (finally) start writing toward publication. Seven years later, I’m still at it. 

Who will like this? 

Paranormal fans. Romantics.

A Favorite Passage: 

“About three things I was absolutely positive. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him-and I didn’t know how potent that part might be-that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.”

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