The Cereal Murders

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The Cereal Murders (Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery #3) by Diane Mott Davidson

Things are going well for Goldy. She had to change her name, but since then she has a contract with her son’s school, Elk Park Preparatory school, providing refreshments for the senior college advisory events.

Julian Teller, the boy that Goldie is caring from since her last adventure in Dying for Chocolateis a senior and involved in all these events. He is having a particularly hard time competing with all these other kids who are striving for Ivy League, while he wishes for culinary school.

The first event is a tired affair, as the parents are insufferable. To make things worse, her assistant’s child is also a senior so she has to hear “my kid is best” in the kitchen and in the hall.

The child who is getting the prized scholarship is Keith Andrews, “Saint Andrews” to others. He gives a speech, but upsets many people.  When the event continues with no problem, other than the wiring being bad and the lights going out.

Goldie is in a hurry to get home as it is snowing ferociously outside. As she prepares to leave she spots something in the snow. It looks like a coat and she goes to pick it up when it turns out to be a body.

Keith Andrews.

It turns out old Keith wasn’t any Saint. He was a blackmailer with something on everyone, had lied about his resume and who he was, and had a newspaper story that is rumored to blow the top off “something.”

Hmm…

No one liked him which means there are a numerous amount of suspects out there.

Goldy tries not to get involved, but soon finds herself a target; from broken windows, iced walkways, threatening calls, and Arch being victim of some extremely creepy pranks. (So creepy I would have sued the school for not doing anything.)

But the body count doesn’t stay with just one. Others are killed in gruesome ways in order to help a child continue to their Ivy League Dream. But which child? Or which parent?

Hmm…

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Thoughts After Reading:

It was an extremely compelling mystery, although the “college” and “my kid is best” talk gets very boring.

However, the rest of the novel kept me turning pages as I just had to know who the killer was.

The end, fantastic. I loved it.

For more Goldy Bear Culinary Mysteries, go to Dying for Chocolate

For more blackmail mysteries, go to Secrets Can Kill

For more mysteries, go to The Butterfly and the Violin

Dark Choco Almond Butter Cookies

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Dark Choco Almond Butter Cookies

Thoughts before baking:

So my cubicle at work was the kind of placeholder for objects, until I was hired. Subsequently I have a broken printer, an out of date phone, and a ton of boxes throughout the space. One day I was going through the boxes, looking for the perfect one to store some things and I found this recipe on a Vitacost box. They sounded good and are gluten-free, dairy-free, and low in calories. So I thought, let’s make them!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup of Almond Butter
  • 3/4 Cup of Natural Sweetener (I used Agave Nectar)
  • 1 Large Egg (or 1 tablespoon of flax and three tablespoons of water)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 3 oz of Dark Chocolate Pieces or Chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Combine the almond butter, natural sweetener, egg, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Stir.
  4. Add chocolate.
  5. Drop rounded tablespoonfuls onto parchment lined baking sheets.
  6. Let them cool, then enjoy.

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DarkChocoAlmondButterCookies

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Thoughts after baking:

They were delicious!

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I thought they tasted great and ate a bunch. My niece didn’t like them as she thought they weren’t sweet enough and the texture of the almond butter was strange, but I loved them. I will definitely be making these in the future.

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For more low-calorie recipes, go to Cinnamon, Banana, & Peanut Butter Rice Cakes

For more cookies, go to Butter Berry Cookies

For more dessert, go to Strawberry Shortcake

For more recipes, go to Broccoli & Tortellini Salad with Pesto