Savory Sunday: Sandwiches June 25, 2017

Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

1 package (3.35 lb) boneless skinless chicken thighs (about 14 thighs)
1 3/4cups Frank’s™ RedHot™ Buffalo Wings Sauce
1 English (seedless) cucumber
12 large sandwich buns, split
3/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
Spray 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Place chicken in cooker. Pour 1 cup of the Buffalo wing sauce over chicken. Cover; cook on Low heat setting 7 to 8 hours.
Remove chicken from cooker; place in medium bowl. Place strainer over another medium bowl. Strain juices from cooker; skim fat from juices. Reserve 1 1/2 cups juices. Stir chicken to separate into pieces. Return chicken to cooker; stir in reserved juices. Increase heat setting to High. Cover; cook about 15 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
Meanwhile, cut cucumber in half crosswise. With vegetable peeler, cut 1 strip of peel lengthwise from 1 cucumber half; discard strip that is mostly peel. Continue cutting thin strips lengthwise from cucumber, making about 18 strips. Repeat with other half of cucumber. Set strips aside.
Fill each bun with 1/2 cup chicken mixture, about 3 strips of cucumber, 1 tablespoon of the remaining wing sauce and 1 tablespoon blue cheese.
 Carful sandwich may be hot, remember to blow. 😉
This sandwich is one that I have made personally minus the tomatoes and lettuce, although next time I might need to add the lettuce. It also is one of the recipes that I put in my book A Fighter’s Heart.
Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Turkey
2 Slices of bread
(your choice)
2 slices of cheese
(your choice)
2-4 slices of turkey
(or any other lunch meat)
Any veggies of your choice
Cooking Spray or Butter
Assemble your sandwich with the slices of cheese on the bread.
Warm your frying pan, spraying it with your cooking spray or the butter and wait for it to melt.
Place the sandwich inside the pan, letting the side brown. Once browned, flip to other side and wait for it to brown.
Keep flipping if you want your cheese to be completely melted. (That’s the way I like it.)
After cheese has melted plate.
Eat and enjoy.
Carful sandwich may be hot, remember to blow. 😉

A Fighter’s Heart Blog Story

This would take place right before Dom’s charity match with Zachery.

“Dom, we have thirty minutes to get out the door and to the doctor’s office,” Riley called out as he grabbed Emilia to take her to the truck.

“Adba da bebe.” Emilia smiled at Riley.

“I’m here.”

Riley sucked in a sharp breath at the sound of Dom’s voice directly behind him.

“Dang it, Dominic,” Riley growled turning to glare at Dom. “How many times do I need to tell you not to sneak up on me?”

“And how many time do I need to tell you, you shouldn’t say my full name with ill intent?” Dom said with a grin.

“Oh bite me.”

“Dada, dada,” Emilia chanted as she reached for Dom.

“Hey, beautiful girl. You ready to go to the big bad doctor?” Dom asked as he bounced Emilia in the air causing her to laugh in joy.

“Oh, hush. Going to the doctor is not that bad.”

“What if she needs to get s-h-o-t?” Dom whispered.

“Dom, she can’t spell. You can say the word.” Riley laughed.

“Still, you’re going to be the one to hold her if she does have to get shots.” Dom shuddered as he said the last word.

“You aren’t seriously afraid of needles? You get punched in the face for a living.”

“There is a big difference between taking a hit to the body, and getting stabbed with a pointy object,” Dom declared.

“Wow. Okay, you big baby let’s go.” Riley smiled to himself at the glare Dom threw him before turning to walk out to his truck.

Riley got into the passenger seat as Dom put Emilia into her car seat before getting in the driver seat.

“Are the guys coming over this weekend?” Riley asked Dom when he passed through the gate.

“I think so, but we both know Xavier and Zach will pop up at any given moment.”

Riley chuckled because Dom was right. They sat in silence, apart from when Riley hummed along to the songs that came on the radio. Soon they were pulling into the parking lot of the doctor’s office.

Riley took Emilia into the waiting room while Dom checked her in. Riley sighed in relief when there was only another man and woman sitting there. He hoped that meant they wouldn’t have a long wait to get in to see the doctor. Riley took Emilia from her stroller and was bouncing her on his knee when a deep voice spoke behind him.


Riley looked up to find his lover walking toward them. The smile on his face slipping.


Dom groaned when he spotted Roy sitting behind Riley. With how happy he was with Riley, and before then, Dom had forgotten to give his old lover a call to let him know everything had worked out for him.

Dom’s eyes moved from Roy to Riley. Riley had raised an eyebrow at the stunned look; Dom was sure he was sporting. Dom looked back at Roy who had gotten close to them.

“So what brings you here sexy?” Roy asked with a hint of lust in his voice.

Dom held in another groan as he caught the glare Riley shot his way. “I brought my daughter in for a checkup.”

“Nice,” Roy stated with a nod of his head. “I see you got everything settled. I’m a little hurt; I thought I would have gotten a phone call by now.”

“Oh really?” Riley questioned.

Roy must not have heard him or decided to ignore him because he continued to talk. “Where is she?”

“Yes, Dominic, where is she?” Riley growled.

Oh, fucking hell.

“Oh.” Roy startled, looking down at Riley before his eyes moved to Emilia.

“She’s cute. I hadn’t gotten a good look at her that night she was dropped off.”

“Thanks.” Dom cleared his throat. “This is my partner Riley.”

“Oh … oh.”

“I would say it’s a pleasure, but I’m on the fence about that,” Riley greeted with a fake smile.

Roy looked shocked for a moment before he spoke. “I don’t poach on anybody’s man. A phone call would have been great, but I get it,” Roy stated before looking back at Dom. “It was great seeing you. I’m glad you have somebody.”

“Thanks, Roy.”

Riley huffed as the other man moved back to his seat. Dom sat next to Riley, who had turned to look the other way. “Come on Ry, that was in the past.”

Riley turned back to glare at Dom. “I know that, but it doesn’t mean I have to like it.”

Dom understood that. He hadn’t like Gabriel, and that was only one past lover. Dom knew he wouldn’t like anybody that had been intimate with his partner.

“How about I make it up to you tonight?”

Before Riley could answer a nurse called out, “Emilia Bennett?”

“I’ll hold you to that,” Riley whispered as he walked pass Dom, pushing Emilia’s stroller.

With a lecherous grin, Dom followed Riley. He knew of the perfect way for his lover to know that he was the only one for him.


Copyright © Vanessa Sims, 2017

The Journey to Their Sanity: Brian and Kade 1

“Babe, don’t forget I’ll be running late tonight.”

Kade looked up from the note he was making to himself to buy milk and eggs, at his husband Brian’s words. “I know you have interviews for a new bartender tonight. See I remembered,” Kade stated with a grin. His smile grew as the sound of Brian’s deep chuckle made it to his ears.

“You can’t fault me for making sure. It’s better to remind you then to have you plotting my death.”

“I only did that twice in the ten years we’ve been together and none of them in the past five since we’ve tied the knot.” Kade laughed when Brian only raised an eyebrow at him. “I’ll never tell how many times I’ve truly plotted.”

“I know love.” Brian leaned down, giving Kade a kiss on the forehead. “What do you guys have planned for today?” Brian asked as he straightened before sitting down next to Kade on the bed.

“Josh has practice tonight, then after since you won’t be home until late, we’ll probably go out for pizza and ice cream,” Kade answered as he absently toyed with Brian’s fingers.

Brian groaned before stating, “Now I feel bad. I didn’t know Josh had practice. I should reschedule.”

“Love, don’t worry about it, you’ll be there for the game on Saturday, and that’s all Josh cares about,” Kade tried to sooth his husband.

“I don’t know maybe Beth can do the interviews.”

“No, you do the interviews, and come back home as quickly as possible, and then Josh can tell you how practice went. We both know how particular you are when it comes to who works at the Naked Lunch.”

Brian sighed to himself. “You’re right. I’ll figure out a way to make it up to both of you guys.”

Kade knew there wasn’t any point in arguing with his husband. Once he had an idea in his head, Brian was like a dog with a bone. And if he felt like he let his family down, he would be more determined to make amends.

“Okay, enough with the chitchat. It’s time for you to get going. It’s not okay for one of the owners to be late for work,” Kade informed Brian.

“Hardy har har. If you wanted me gone, that’s all you had to say.”

Kade tilted his back when Brian leaned forward to give him a goodbye kiss. “Have a good night at work,” Kade whispered across Brian’s lips. His husband gave him one last kiss before standing from the bed.

“Have fun at practice, and if you meet a hot young man, tell him it’s a package deal, and I’m not talking about the kids.” Brian winked.

Kade chuckled while swatting at Brian. “Of course we’re a package deal.” Kade smiled to himself as he smacked his husband’s butt when he turned to leave. He loved that they were secure in their relationship and able to joke, without the other getting jealous.

“I’ll call you tonight to let you know how things are going,” Brian called over his shoulder.

“Sure thing, love.”

Kade heard the front door open and close, followed by the sound of Brian’s motorcycle roaring to life.

“Dad, Kristina keeps taking my action figures and saying they’re hers.”

Kade fell back onto his bed and groaned as tiny feet rushed toward him following Peyton’s words.

“And so it begins,” he mumbled to himself.


Brian took a moment to take a few deep breaths after he parked his motorcycle in the back of the Naked Lunch. He hated missing out on practices, plays, school activities, or family time. To him, it felt like he was letting them down, and he never wanted to do that, but Kade had made a valid point.

Brian took another minute to collect himself before getting off his bike and entering the Naked Lunch. The bar was his and Kade’s pride and joy. Although Brian was the one who worked the day to day of everything to do with the bar, they were still equal partners.

Brian was happy to take care of everything because it gave Kade the chance to be home with the kids.

“Hey boss man, you made it right on time, your first interview will be here in thirty minutes,” Beth called from the bar.

“Thanks, I’ll be back in the office. Come get me when they get here.”

“Sure thing boss man.”

Brian headed toward the back where his office was and took a seat behind his desk. He couldn’t shake the feeling that he needed to make tonight up to Josh. Even though Brian knew Josh wouldn’t make much of a fuss about Brian missing his practice, it still weighed heavy on him.

He needed to shake his mood before the first interviewee came in. He already hated conducting them, and to add on that he was missing something important didn’t help matters. Not for the first time, Brian wished he wasn’t about to lose Beth to medical school, but he wouldn’t begrudge anybody a better chance at life and doing something they loved.

Brian took one last deep breath before powering up his computer. Maybe he could find something for the family to do together on Sunday.


Copyright © Vanessa Sims, 2017

The Journey to Our Sanity: Intro

Come follow our journey as we try to navigate through life and find a little bit of clarity. As we navigate through running our businesses, parenting, and relationships. This will be The Journey to Our Sanity.

Couple One:
Brian-32 and Kade-34
Children: Josh-10, Peyton-7, and Kristina-4

Couple Two:
Children: Faith and Hope-3

Couple Three:
Jasmine-31 and Rachel-29
Children: Selena-8, and Isaiah-2

A Fighter’s Heart is live!

A Fighters Heart E-Book Cover

A Fighter’s Heart is now live on Amazon and if you have KU you can read free with your subscription!

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Dominic “The Animal” Bennett
Dom is currently the MMA’s World Heavyweight Champion and is on top of the world. His world is rocked when an ex comes into the picture with a surprise that will change his life forever.
As Dom adjusts to being a fighter and father, he will learn what is important in his life when the chips start to stack against him.

Riley Hall
Riley loved his job at Manny Services until one of his best friends took a client from him behind his back. And to top everything off, his year-long boyfriend decided to call it quits.
Riley confused, and angry decided he will start new, and find his forever family. Riley hits the jackpot when he answers an ad as a live-in nanny for a new father.
Now all he needs to do is stop fantasizing about the father, and he could have his happily ever after.

“Dom, I brought the nanny applications for you to look over today.”
“How long has it been since you posted the ad?” Dom vaguely remembered Holly saying something about needing to find a nanny for Emilia but wasn’t sure exactly when she’d decided to move forward.
“I knew you weren’t paying attention! Figures,” she sighed, shaking her head. “You’re helpless without me.”
“Okay, okay.” He figured he needed to say something before she decided he wasn’t listening again.
“Because I’m awesome, I’ve narrowed it down to four people. They’re stopping by for interviews today. You’re welcome.”
“Wait… what? Interviews?” Dom looked up from cleaning Emilia’s face. “I don’t even know what kind of questions I’m supposed to ask. Can’t we do it tomorrow?”
“No. Because I know you’ll keep putting it off until it’s too late. Need I remind you that you’re scheduled to start training for your next fight in less than two weeks?”
Damn it, she was right. Dom’s training schedule was grueling the closer he got to each match. “Okay, okay, but do I have to do it? Can’t you talk to them for me?” he pleaded, trying to sound as pathetic as possible so Holly would take pity on him.
“No, I can’t do it for you. You need to decide who’ll be taking care of Emilia yourself, especially since they’ll be living with you.”
“What the hell do you mean, living with me?”
“Language, Dom,” Holly chastised. “We both know how crazy your schedule gets. You’ll need someone who’s available twenty-four seven.”
“Can’t we hire someone to be on call?” Dom didn’t feel comfortable having someone he didn’t know living in his home. His feelings contradicted leaving the same person to watch Emilia while he was gone, which caused him to cave with Holly’s suggestion of a live in nanny. “Alright, alright. How long do I have until the first person arrives and do you have their resumes or something, so I don’t look like a complete idiot when I answer the door?”
“The first appointment is in thirty minutes. I’ll keep an eye on Emelia while you look these over.”
Dom glared at Holly before taking the resumes and nondisclosure forms she handed him. He knew she left it to the last minute on purpose.
“Don’t look at me like that. Honestly, how you can be a MMA bad boy but are afraid to talk to people is beyond me.”

3 x 3 WiP and Tag, You’re It

I’ve made some new author friends, and Addison Albright, my new friend, has tagged me in the 3 x 3 WIP tag-around. I’ve been seeing a version floating around Facebook where just the first line of each of the first three chapters is shared, but this version calls for the first three lines of the first three chapters, so that’s what you’re getting.

So I don’t know how many authors friends I need to tag, but I will tag Carly Rose, Ashley John, and Dean Frech.

This is from my current wip, A Fighter’s Heart, who is with the lovely Carly, looking for a release really, really soon.

Chapter One:

Dominic “The Animal” Bennett stumbled back, shaking his head after taking an elbow to the face from his opponent. He needed to get his head in the game if he wanted to beat Jeffrey and still keep his MMA Heavyweight title. After they traded a few kicks, punches, and elbows, the bell finally rang ending the five minute second round.

Chapter Two:

Dom had forgotten that Summer had text him earlier letting him know that they needed to talk.

“Is this a bad time?” Summer asked adjusting the baby on her hip as she began to fuss.

“No, come in.” Dom moved out of the way and tried to process when Summer had, had a kid.

Chapter Three:

Riley Hall looked at his watch for the fifth time in the past twenty minutes. Gabriel, his boyfriend of one year, was late for their dinner date again. Riley tried to hold in his sigh as he realized only two minutes had passed.

“Sir, would you like some more wine?”

Flash Fiction Friday: May 27, 2016


“Is it supposed to steam that way?” I ask, as I blow on the soup.

“Oh my God, just taste the soup.” My boyfriend tells me.

“Mmm… it can do with a little more salt, I say with a straight face.

“Seriously?” He asks as he reaches for the salt.

“No, love it tastes perfect.”

“I swear this will be the last time I cook for you. Next time we’re ordering in or you’re going to be the one doing the cooking. I swear everybody’s a critic.”

“Awe, I  love you too.” I chuckle as he storms out of the kitchen.

Savory Sunday: May 22, 2016


Creamy Ham Fettuccine

1 package fettuccine (12oz)

3 Tbsp finely chopped onion

3 Tbsp butter

2 Tbsp + 1 tsp all-purpose flour

3 cups heavy whipping cream

2 cups fresh broccoli florets

2 cups cubed fully cooked ham

1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided

1/2 tsp garlic salt (or to tasting)

1/4 tsp pepper

1/4 dried oregano

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

Cook fettuccine according to package. While that’s cooking, in a large saucepan, sauté onions in butter until tender. Stir in flour until blended. Gradually stir in cream, bring all to a boil over medium heat. Stir constantly.

Add broccoli, and reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered for 7-10 minutes or until broccoli is crisp and tender. Stir occasionally. Stir in ham, 1/2 cup of cheese, garlic, salt, pepper, oregano, and nutmeg.

Drain fettuccine; serve with sauce. Sprinkle remaining cheese.

Best with Italian Cheese Bread. Will be extremely hot, remember to blow. 😉


Italian Cheese Bread

1/4 cup butter, softened

1 loaf French bread, halved length wise

1 cup shredded Italian cheese blend (4oz)

1 tsp dried oregano

1/4 – 1/2 garlic salt (to tasting)

Pre-heat oven 350 degrees

Spread butter over cut sides of bread. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. In bowl combine cheese, oregano, and garlic salt. Sprinkle over bread.

Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

Slice and serve warm.

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