Mmm…Beer Roast

Are you hungry? Well, if you are, I have the perfect recipe for you. And if you’re not, get ready. Beer Roast! It’s soooo delicious. I’d never lie to you, so you know I’m telling the truth:) I recently re-released my book, Sunrise Awakening. Made a few changes to it, but nothing huge, mind you. And since you know I like to add real meals to my stories, then you probably figured out that my characters had beer roast in Sunrise Awakening. It’s a family favorite of Jake’s family…mine, too. *wink*

Let’s eat!

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Beer Roast

1 roast

1 cup of ketchup

1 can of your favorite beer (You probably can use pop if you want to, but beer really makes the flavor pop.)

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 onion

Pull out your crock pot and set to low. Dice the onion and mix the ketchup and brown sugar together. Place the roast into the crock pot and pour in mixture. Then, add the beer. You could probably mix the beer with the mixture before you add it to the crock pot, but I like to pour the beer right over the roast. Cook 4-5 hours on low. If it doesn’t fall apart, then turn it up high until the roast falls apart. Trust me, it’s delicious. Go make it right now!

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Oh, and I forgot to mention, I put book two in the One Taste series up for pre-order.

One Taste of Love

Honey-Mustard Chicken

Yum! Yum! Time to share a delicious recipe. And it’s delicious. I just made it tonight (hahaha, so I could share a picture) and it’s all gone and I’m sad there were no leftovers. *starts to cry*

If you didn’t know, I’m releasing a new romantic suspense this Sunday, January 8, 2017, One Taste of You. One thing, maybe you noticed, that I like to do is share the recipes of the meals and/or goodies mentioned in my books. Well, in One Taste of You, Zeke’s mom makes this wonderful meal that includes honey-mustard chicken. So I’m gonna share it with you:)

(Oh, and One Taste of You is currently available for pre-order. Only $.99. I might have forgot to mention it will go up to $3.99 when it goes live, so don’t delay on nabbing your copy.)

Let’s eat!

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Honey-Mustard Chicken

1/2 cup Dijon honey mustard

1/2 cup honey

3 tsp olive oil

1/2 small yellow onion

2 cloves garlic, minced

2-3 chicken breast

sprinkle rosemary

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a small bowl, combine the mustard, honey, and 2 teaspoons of olive oil. Now, I use French’s Honey Dijon Mustard. You don’t have to use that obviously, lol, but I’ve made this recipe several times and have used several different types of mustard. It makes a difference. A huge difference. Certain brands have a certain taste and I find that French’s is the best for this recipe. But it’s up to you. *smile*

In a pan, add 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Add the onion, diced, and saute over medium heat until golden and tender, about five minutes. Add the minced garlic (which I use the stuff in a jar, not fresh) and saute for an additional 1 to 2 minutes, until fragrant.

Put onions in an oven safe dish and add the chicken on top. Salt and pepper the top of the chicken, if you wish. (I never do this. Hahaha. And it still tastes delicious.) Pour the honey mustard mixture on top of the chicken. Sprinkle rosemary on top of it all.

Bake the chicken for 20 minutes, covered. Then, remove the cover and baste the chicken with the sauce and continue to cook for an additional 20 to 30 minutes uncovered, (Depends on you oven. Seriously, they are all finicky.) or until the chicken is browned on top and cooked through.

Wah-lah! And now you have a delicious chicken meal. We had broccoli and mashed potatoes with ours and, mmm, mmm, good!

Enjoy!

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Cheese Ball

Are you getting ready for Christmas? Are all the presents wrapped and under the tree? Is your food list prepared? Wait! Do you have a cheese ball on that list? Well, you’re in luck. I have a great recipe for you. It’s delicious. Yummy in the tummy. To-die-for delectable. I could keep going on and on and on, so I’ll just share the recipe. *grins*

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Cheese Ball

2 (8 oz) pkg of cream cheese

1 (8 oz) pkg of shredded sharp cheese

1 envelope of dry onion soup mix

1 tsp of fresh lemon juice

Dash of pepper

1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped

1/2 cup chopped parsley

crackers of your choice

Soften cream cheese and combine with shredded cheese. Mix well. I normally end up mixing it by hand because it’s just easier that way. Add onion soup mix, lemon juice, and pepper. Mix well. Shape into two balls. Mix walnuts and parsley together, then roll the cheese ball in the nuts and parsley mixture. Wah-lah, you have a delicious cheese ball.

Trust me, you gotta try it.

Have a very merry Christmas! 🎅🎁🎄

 

Sugar Cookies

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It’s time for more yumminess in your tummy! Sugar cookies!!! If you’ve read Merry Me, then you know that Lynn made sugar cookies several times. I’m going to share the recipe she used. It’s super easy, although rolling out the dough can get tricky because the dough will be a little sticky at first. Adding flour will help contain that. If you haven’t read Merry Me, then you’re in luck. It’s only $.99 right now.

Let’s bake! Oh, and the pretty picture above are the sugar cookies my girls and I made today. They did such a lovely job of decorating them.♥

Sugar Cookies

2 1/4 cups sifted flour

1/4 tsp salt (Although, I normally just sprinkle a little in. And today, I actually didn’t add any and the cookies still taste amazing.)

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup shortening

1 cup sugar

2 eggs, beaten

1/2 tsp vanilla

1 tbls milk

To color the cookies:

1 egg

1/4 tsp water

Paint brushes

Food coloring

Sprinkles (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Sift flour, salt, and baking powder together. Set aside. Cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla, then add sifted ingredients and milk. Stir well. (You might have to mix by hand at the very end.) Sprinkle some flour on your counter and on your rolling pin, then roll out the dough and cut with desired cookie cutters. It’s up to you how thick you want your cookies. Mine aren’t that thick.

Place cut outs on a cookie sheet. To make the coloring to paint the cookies, mix one egg and 1/4 tsp of water and split into 4 separate bowls. (You might need to double the recipe if you want more than four colors.) Add desired food coloring to each bowl. Stir.

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My girls wanted to color coordinate with the paint brushes. I did double the egg mixture and we also made the color orange.

Paint your cookies. Add sprinkles if you wish.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. This is what my original recipe calls for, but today when I baked the cookies I only baked them for 6 minutes and they were perfect. Our oven is old, but cooks things very fast. So I suggest checking your cookies around 6 minutes and add more time if necessary. They should look golden brown. (Or like the picture above.)

And there you have it! Sugar cookies! Enjoy.

🎄 Merry Christmas 🎄

Popcorn Balls

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One of my favorite parts about Christmas is all of the yummy goodies you get to bake. Popcorn balls are on the top of my list, and super duper easy to make! Those are the latest batch my girls and I made a few days ago. I’ve been trying to share. I really have. *chuckles* But I’m definitely going to share the recipe I have. So let’s do some baking!

Popcorn Balls

1 cup Light Syrup

1/2 cup Sugar

1 box Jello (any flavor you prefer)

13 cups of popcorn (per color of Jello)

1 stick of Butter

Wax paper

First, pop your popcorn. Once finished, slowly go through the entire batch to make sure you remove all the unpopped kernels. I normally pick up a handful at a time and sift it carefully from one big bowl to another. Next, count out 13 cups of popcorn. I do use a 1 cup measuring cup, but I do a big scoop where it is overflowing. So it’s actually a little more than 1 cup. Set that aside.

Bring syrup and sugar to boil. Stir constantly. Take off heat. Add Jello and mix it well.

This part might be a two person job. (I did do it myself because I didn’t want my girls handling the hot mixture. Slowly pour mixture over the popcorn and mix with two wooden spoons. (Okay, it doesn’t have to necessarily be wooden spoons, but they work the best. *smile*) Make sure it is mixed well. If you think you have too much mixture compared to popcorn, then just toss in some more popcorn.

Grease your hands with butter. Lots of butter! Lots and lots of butter! Lol. Actually you will periodically grease your hands with butter as you make the balls. Grab some of the popcorn mixture and form into a ball. Don’t press it too hard because it’ll be hard to eat, but press it hard enough that it stays in the form of a ball. hahaha Not to difficult to do that, right? *grins* Place ball on wax paper to cool down and harden.

And that’s it. Keep making popcorn balls until the mixture is gone. Now grab a popcorn ball and eat it! Yum, yum!

Have a very merry Christmas! I might be back next week with a delicious cheese ball recipe…

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Apple pie

Let’s bake! That time of the season is upon us. Fall colors. Fall weather. Fall food. Apple pie just fits right in, doesn’t it? *smiles*

I adore this recipe and it’s super simple. It also happens to be Zane’s favorite pie. Ava always makes it for him, just because it’s his favorite. She’s not the world’s greatest baker, but she sure tries. (Psst…in case you’re wondering who Zane and Ava are, they’re from Protecting You.) Austin, Zane’s brother, his favorite pie is Grape Nut pie. I’ll give out that recipe (a family favorite) at some point too. So delicious. Both of them.

So, let’s get baking…

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Apple Pie

-1/3 to 2/3 cup sugar (I’m partial to more sugar. *grins*)

-1/4 cup all-purpose flour

-1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

-pinch of salt

-8 medium sized apples (a medium apple = about 1 cup) I always use Granny Apples. Yum!

-2 tbls margarine

-2 pie crusts   (I’m sure there are some delicious crust recipes. I like to go the easy way and buy pre-made pie crusts.)

Heat oven to 425°. Peel, core and slice the apples. I use a great device where you put the apple on one end and then twirl the handle and it peels the apple while cutting it into pieces and de-cores it. So cool and easy. If you don’t have that, that’s fine too. Do try to keep the size of the slices even.

Mix sugar, flour, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt in large bowl. Stir in apples. Line a pie pan with one crust. Pour mixture into pastry lined pie pan. Add the margarine in tiny dots around the top. Cover with the top crust and seal the edges pressing them together.

I like to brush the top with a little bit of water and sprinkle some sugar on top. Then, cut slits in the top.

Optional: Cover the edges of the pie with a 3 inch strip of aluminium foil to prevent too much browning. Remove the foil during the last 15 minutes of baking.

Bake 40 to 50 minutes, or until crust is brown and juice begins to bubble through the slits in the crust.

Done! Now go eat that delicious pie:)

Until next time…

 

 

Cake Time!

This past weekend was great. I celebrated my youngest daughter’s fourth birthday. So much fun and now it’s over. *tears streaming down my face* Every year, for both my girls, I always make their birthday cakes myself. I’m no expert, but I do have fun doing it. This year my daughter decided she wanted a My Little Pony cake. Here’s the awesome design I decided to create for her. I used the Equestria Girls, instead of the Pony’s.

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I had to take the picture at a funny angle (At least it looks funny to me.) because the figures wouldn’t stand. They were too heavy. That’s why they are sitting down.

If you wanna know how I made this and what I used, then here you go:

My Little Pony Cake

2 – 8 inch round cakes (I alternated mine with chocolate and white cake)

2- 6 inch round cakes

2 boxes of cake mix

Icing

Cake decorating tools: Spatula, decorating bags, Wilton 789 tip, Wilton 4 tip, Wilton 1A tip

Sprinkles

Wilton Gel Food Colors

 

First, bake your cake. I did this the night before because they need to be cool to decorate. I also made the icing the night before. Do you want the icing recipe too? Okay, here you go:

Ingredients: 1 cup solid white vegetable shortening, 1 tsp Wilton Flavor Vanilla (clear), 7-8 tsp water, 1 lb. pure cane confectioners’ sugar.

Directions: Cream the shortening, water, and vanilla. Add your dry ingredients and mix on medium speed until thoroughly mixed and creamy. (Note: To use for icing a cake and writing, add 2 tsp of water for each cup of icing. The original mixture will be stiff.) This recipe makes 2 1/2 cups of icing.

I tripled the recipe to have enough icing for this cake. Put a small layer of icing on one 8 inch cake and smooth out. Add the other 8 inch cake on top of it. Now you have a nice thin layer of icing between them. Then, grab the Wilton 789 tip and ice your cake. It’s a really big tip that makes it easier putting the icing on. I made two layers, one above the other and then smoothed it out with a cake decorating spatula for the sides. Next, I put a few rows on top of the cake and smoothed that out with the spatula. On a separate platform, ice your 6 inch cake like the first one.

Before I added the 6 inch to the 8 inch I took my sprinkles and sprinkled all around the 8 inch cake. Yes, it made a huge mess! But it was kinda fun to go crazy and sprinkle, sprinkle, sprinkle:)

Once done, and this part was really tricky, put the 6 inch cake on top of the 8 inch. Reminder: I’m no expert!!!! I’m sure there is an easier way to ice a cake, maybe even with them layered together already. But I did it separately and then put them together. I had to re-smooth a few areas after adding the 6 inch.

Next, I grabbed the Wilton 1A tip and made the dots for the borders. Make one dot at a time very slowly. Sometimes the dot will come out with a sharp point. If you put a dab of powdered sugar on your finger and lightly press down, it will smooth out your dot. Don’t worry, the powdered sugar melts away.

When I finished the borders, I added the figurines. Again, it was a trial and error thing. They wouldn’t stand for me, so I ended up sitting them down. After you have everything positioned right, grab the Wilton 4 tip to add your writing.

There you have it! A My Little Pony cake. Simple, but cute:) I’ve never been a professional cake decorator. This is all in fun. If I did something wrong (that you know is right) forgive me:) I enjoy making birthday cakes for my beautiful little girls. And I’ll continue to do so every year. I like trying new things. It’s fun. Your turn! Go try it:)

Have a great week….Until next time.

 

#NationalWaffleDay Mmm…mmm…good

Guess what day it is? Yeah! It’s National Waffle Day. Thanks Twitter for letting me know. What’s really funny is, I just bought a waffle maker earlier this week. I had a craving for one. So, of course, I just whipped up some waffles for lunch since I felt like I should celebrate this awesome day. I decided to try something new and added some chocolate chips in them. Oh, boy, they were delicious. Never had that before. I thought I would share the awesome recipe for some waffles with you, so you can enjoy some yummy waffles on this joyous day!

Some of these ingredients are optional, and I’ll make a notation next to which ones are.

Let’s cook!

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Waffles (Chocolate Chip)

3 eggs

1 cup milk

1/2 cup melted butter or margarine

1 Tbsp. Vanilla (optional)…I added it:)

2 cups flour

1/2 tsp salt (Seriously, though, I only put a few shakes in.)

1 Tbsp. baking powder

2 tsp. sugar

1/2 tsp. cinnamon (optional)…really adds a yummy flavor

1 cup chocolate chips (optional)…super, duper delicious

 

Preheat the waffle maker.

Beat eggs in a bowl until thick. Add the milk, melted butter and vanilla with the eggs and beat again. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder, sugar and cinnamon. Gradually stir the flour mixture with the egg mixture. Mix well. Fear not, there will be a few lumps in there. That’s okay, don’t panic. *wink* Don’t stir too well. If you over stir, the waffles become tough. Add the chocolate chips last, if you so desire. But, seriously, try it once. So gooooood!

Add mixture to your waffle maker. Depending on the size of your machine is how much batter you put in. Bake according to your waffle maker’s instructions. Mine normally takes 3-5 minutes. And maybe I have a big machine, but this recipe made 3 waffles. I probably could’ve gotten four out of it if I hadn’t poured so much batter in.

And there you go. Waffles!…with chocolate chips:)

Happy National Waffle Day!