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And no, this is not a plea for any Rob Ford jokes … or jabs at Hizzoners late unpleasantness.

No, this started out as merely an homage to the fact that caffeinated beverages have been wonderful to this writing participant in NaNoWriMo this month.

drink_coffee_and_nano_on_mugsAs a matter of fact, I have three writing mugs to aid me in this effort.

There is the one I designed myself that I have an “ad” for over there to the left of this blog post.

It showed up in the mail last week, I think, and has been serving me faithfully ever since.

mugThen there is the mug that I got this past spring, I think.

The one with the fancy quote on the side.

Please do not annoy the writer. She may put you in a book and kill you.

I took this one up to the Lake with me this past summer … and got a lot of stares from the folks there when they saw me out on the porch … looking wistfully at the lake, or typing furiously into my laptop.

script_frenzy_2011_merch_130x211_v3 sf_11_bistro_mug_main2And last but surely not least … the original Writers Mug.

This is the one I got from Script Frenzy … the late great sister program to NaNoWriMo.

This is, I am afraid, the one I like the most.

It inspires me. It encourages me. It holds the most coffee.

I mentioned it once a while ago in another blog post … before last year’s NaNoWriMo … in which I decided I was neither a pantser, nor a planner … but instead was a percolator. A consumer of coffee … in the proud tradition of other writers.

So today I was going to do an homage to that greatest of all drinks … non-alcoholic drinks … which so delights and inspires and sustains us.

Then I discovered crack.

No, not that crack.

Writers crack.

While out wasting time on Facebook doing invaluable research for my writing, I came across this recipe from a fellow writer who goes by the screen name of Hannah Catherine.

She not only is actively involved in this month-long writers pursuit here, but she also owns a bakery in Michigan. With really good stuff in it.

I will include a copy of her public post here.

All I am going to say is … it goes well with coffee. Really, really well.


I posted it on the page somewhere but sometimes it goes off and wanders away so here you all go .

Writers Crack Recipe:
1 cup salted butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 sleeve of saltine crackers
ALSO DARK CHOCOLATE (optional but definitely recommended)

You will also need a jelly roll pan or at least a pan that has sides.

Preheat oven to 350 F. Line the bottom of your pan with the saltine crackers- only one cracker deep. Put sugar and butter into a pot and stir gently until it begins to boil. Take off the heat after its boiled for a few moments, pour and spread evenly over the layer of crackers. Put in the oven for 12 minutes approximately – until it’s been bubbling for a few minutes and has turned a darker brown. Take out of the oven and cover with a thin layer of melted dark chocolate.

Now we come to the hard part. You have to let it fully cool before eating it. Sad. I know. I often put mine into the fridge or freezer to speed up the process.

Now eat and enjoy! Warning: You will be severely tempted to eat it all in one sitting. DO NOT GIVE IN. Unless you enjoy getting sick. SAVOR THE CRACK. Also eat while you’re writing, I’ve found it very enjoyable… and sometimes inspiring.

If you’re not sure it’s done, it’s okay to overcook it just to be sure, as long as it doesn’t get mud-ish brown you’re still fine.