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NWTK: Pretzel Cheesecake Jello Dessert

Well, it's been awhile since the last New West Test Kitchen post. I ended up going to an editing retreat and then on vacation to Vegas, and then November just got away from me. Plus, my counterpart was moving into her brand new house, so we decided to take a small hiatus. But now I'm back. We'll resume the regularly [...]

A New View From Here

It's Monday, so it's "View From Here" time at rlsyme.com. That means I try to dig in to what's going on in my writing life, at my writing desk, etc. Well, a couple Mondays ago, a friend of mine posted this on his web page. Five Things Super Successful People Do Before 8am. It's a Forbes article on the habits [...]

NWTK: Pumpkin Dump Cake

I'd never heard of dump cake until I started seeing it in every single community cookbook out there. Come to find out, dump cake is a thing. The essential concept is, you want to open packages, dump them, and bake, and make a cake. Skeptical? I was, too. Turns out, it kinda works. And in some cases, it works really [...]

Have a Life Already

Since June, I've been trying every day to make the full-time writer thing work. Some of it has been uphill (manuscripts to finish, manuscripts to edit, classes to teach, authors to coach) and some of it has been downhill (social media, chapter leadership, conferences). But regardless of how easy or difficult it's been, it's been a great journey. I've done [...]

New West Test Kitchen: Campfire Bundles

Montana in the late summer and early fall is all about being outside. And let's face it, it's the most beautiful weather we have, so we have to savor it. But I figured, since we're all doing all this camping, it might be fun to try something you could theoretically make outside on a campfire. Kristy tried one recipe, and [...]

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