Matcha Green Tea Blast Smoothie

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Happy New Year’s Eve!

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As tradition, we always end the year with a drink!

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This year it is a smoothie I borrowed from JaneAustenRunsMyLife.

Smoothie

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Tsp of Matcha Green Tea Powder
  • 1 Cup of Milk (your choice)
  • 1/2 Cup of Plain Sorbet
  • 1/2 Cup of Frozen Vanilla Yogurt
  • 1 Cup of Ice

Directions:

  1. Place ingredients in blender and blend.

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Thoughts After Making:

It was delicious, just like the ones they make at Jamba Juice (but cheaper)!

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For more drink recipes, go to Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal Smoothie

For more smoothies, go to Apple Pie Smoothie

For more from JaneAustenRunsMyLife, go to Matcha Latte (Hot or Cold)

For more holiday posts, go to King Arthur Fudgy Brownies

For more New Year’s Eve posts, go to Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie

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So be sure to drink responsibly! Unless you are making this smoothie-then drink as much as you want, LOL! Have a safe and fun New Year’s Eve!

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Apple Pie Smoothie

It’s the 4th of July so that means apple pie!

But it is too hot to bake and have your oven on…unless we are making a smoothie:

So this recipe I found on pinterest, but originally comes from The Lemon Bowl. I did change it a bit, but not too much.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 Apple- Peeled, Cored, and Quartered
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Cup of Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4 Cup of Oats
  • 1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Nutmeg
  • 1/8 Teaspoon of Ground Cloves

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.
  2. Pour into a glass and serve.

Thoughts After Reading:

Make sure you peel the apples. The recipe doesn’t tell you to peel it, so I didn’t. But of you do not peel them, the smoothie does not work.

It was very good, I would definitely make it again.

For more 4th of July recipes, go to Flag Cake

For more smoothies, go to Earl Grey Infused Blueberry Smoothie

For more Pinterest recipes, go to Spinach Tortellini Soup

For more apple pie recipes, go to With the 4th of July comes Apple Pie

Frijoles Moledos y Fritos (Refried Beans)

I know I posted on Friday, but you know me! I can’t resist posting on a holiday!

So this recipe came from a Mexican cookbook was given to my mom by my abuela, and she passed it on to me. It has a great and easy recipe for refried beans. All you need is cooked pinto beans, such as the ones from Slow Cooker Pinto Beans recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups of Cooked Pinto Beans
  • 2 Tsp of Oil
  • 1 Tbsp of Chopped Onion
  • 1 Crushed Garlic Clove or 1/2 Tsp of Minced Garlic
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 3/4 Cup of Shredded Cheese

Directions:

  1. Heat oil and add beans.
  2. Mash beans thoroughly, add a little water, garlic, onion, and salt.
  3. Cook beans until they are well heated.
  4. Add cheese and cook until it melts completely.
  5. Serve hot as a side dish or as a dip.

Thoughts After Cooking:

It might not photograph well but it’s delicious!

Party Time!!

For more Cinco de Mayo recipes, go to Arroz (Mexican Rice)

For more holiday posts, go to Easy Northumberland Pan Haggerty

For more Mexican food, go to Chorizo Breakfast Burrito

Easy Northumberland Pan Haggerty

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Thoughts Before Baking:

So every 17th I try to make an Irish recipe in honor of the day. Usually I make some Irish Soda Bread and something else to go with it. The last two years I have done sweeter recipes, so this year I decided to go with something savory and made out of an Irish staple: Potatoes.

I was planning on doing one recipe, but discovered I purchased the wrong potatoes. I scoured the internet and found this one on The Spruce Eats.

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz of Butter, divided
  • 9 oz of Onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 4-6 Potatoes, Peeled and very thinly sliced
  • 4 ounces of Cheddar Cheese
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Directions:

  1. Slice the onion.
  2. Peel and cut the potatoes.
  3. Heat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  4. Over medium heat, melt 1 oz of butter in a large, oven safe, frying pan.
  5. Gently cook the onions until soft, but not browned.
  6. Melt half of the remaining butter.
  7. Remove pan from heat.
  8. In the pan, arrange a layer of potatoes.
  9. Add a layer of onion.
  10. Sprinkle on a layer of cheese.
  11. Season with salt and pepper.
  12. Repeat steps 8-11, until all ingredients are used and the top is layered with potatoes.
  13. Place the pan over medium heat and cook on stovetop for a few minutes, or until the bottom layer of the potatoes are brown.
  14. Dot the surface with the rest of the butter and place in the heated oven, baking for 30 mins.
  15. Remove from oven and increase the oven temperature to 425 degrees F.
  16. When the oven’s temperature has risen, return the pan to the oven and cook for 15 more minutes.
  17. To serve, loosen the edges of the potato cake from the frying pan with a spatula.
  18. Flip the pan over onto a  plate or breadboard.
  19. Cut into wedges and enjoy.

Thoughts After Cooking:

So I didn’t have an oven safe pan, after cooking on the stove I flipped it into my pie pan. So I had mixed feelings about this. The potatoes on top and bottom cooked very well, and were delicious. However, the ones in the middle didn’t all cook through.

I sliced my potatoes extremely thin, so I don’t think that was the problem. If I were to do this again, I would do less potatoes; maybe 2 or 3. Or try it with the yukon gold or red potatoes.

But the parts that were cooked, were so good. Yummy:

For more Saint Patrick’s Day posts, go to Irish Blueberry Scones

For more potato recipes, go to Grilled Sausages, Potatoes, & Carrots with Salsa Verde

For more holiday posts, go to Creamy Sour Cream Lemon Pie

Let Me Call You Sweetheart

Happy Valentine’s Day!

So today we celebrate with a romantic murder mystery!

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Let Me Call You Sweetheart by Mary Higgins Clark

This is the first Mary Higgins Clark book I had ever read, so it is special to me. Years back I was just watching TV shows and movies on Youtube on my phone while I was working on something on the computer. The movie Let Me Call You Sweetheart came on, and I started watching it.

I got so into the film, I decided to read the book.

Kerri McGrath is a divorced mother and works for the D.A. Her ex-husband left her to trade up for a new wife/partnership in a law firm and has been pretty absent in Kerri and their daughter Robin’s life.

One day he was taking Robin out and she didn’t have her seatbelt on. They were in an accident and she gets her face damaged. Kerri takes her to the best plastic surgeon, Dr. Charles Smith. While they are waiting, Kerri sees a beautiful woman that looks so familiar to her, but she can’t remember where or why. She asks about her name, but doesn’t recognize it.

It sticks with her, and she keeps thinking of roses. It continues to trouble her until one day it hits her like a flash! The woman was a dead ringer for Suzanne Reardon! The Sweetheart Murder!

Eleven years ago, Suzanne Reardon was found dead in her home, sweetheart roses thrown everywhere. Her husband was arrested for her murder and the case quickly sewn up. It bothers Kerri that Dr. Smith would make a lookalike, and not one but TWO, as she discovers another woman done over the same way. She calls for the old files and begins to research into the case.

Geoff Dorso is pleased she is interested, as he is the defense attorney for Skip Reardon, Suzanne’s husband. He never believed that Skip was guilty and has been trying for the last eleven years to find something that proves it and help him get his freedom. He eagerly goes over the case with Kerri, hoping they find something new, along with falling head over heels for her.

But not all are happy that Kerri is looking into it. Her boss Frank Green made his career on that case and he is up for promotion, one that could go away if it turned out he sent an innocent man to jail. He encourages Kerri to let it go as she has a ton of current cases that are in need of looking into.

State Senator Jonathan Hoover, and friend of Kerri’s, is not interested in her dragging this up as he and the party were interested in elevating Frank Green and appointing Kerri to judgeship, but that won’t happen if she keeps looking into this.

Don’t mess with it

Jimmy Weeks, Mafioso, is dead set against any investigation into the Suzanne Reardon case. Right now he is going on trial, Kerri’s ex-husband, Bob, being his defense attorney. He tells Bob in no uncertain terms that he needs to get his ex-wife to quit or else bad things will happen.

Kerri is waffling between looking into the case and letting it go, especially with the threats against her, her job, and her daughter. But then she uncovers something and believes that the real killer is still out there. Will she be able to figure it out in time? Or will this be her last case?

Hmmm…

Thoughts After Reading:

I love this book. I enjoy it so much that I reread it a lot. I definitely recommend it to anyone.

For more Valentine’s Day posts, go to This Pen for Hire

For more on Mary Higgins Clark, go to Voices in the Coalbin

For more mysteries in retrospect, go to The Disappearance of Edwin Drood

For more Not in a Series Mysteries, go to The House on Foster Hill

Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie

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So every year I post on New Year’s Eve, it being one tasty drink recipe.

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So here we go!

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Thoughts Before Cooking:

So you know you me and smoothies, I love them! Especially as I have some bananas that need to be used before they go bad.

I found this recipe on pinterest, but it originally comes from Gimmie Some Oven

Ingredients:

  • 1 Large Banana, Peeled
  • 1 Cup of Ice Cubes
  • 1/2 Cup of Milk
  • 1/4 Cup of Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp of Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 Tsp of Vanilla Extract

Directions:

  1. In a blender, combine all ingredients.
  2. Blend until smooth and serve.

Thoughts After Cooking:

Great! A nice addition to our smoothie recipes.

For more drink recipes, go to Healthy Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

For more smoothies, go to Blueberry Earl Grey Tea Smoothie

For more pinterest recipes, go to Slow-Cooker Bread

For more holiday posts, go to Braided Candy Canes

For more New Year’s Eve posts, go to Festive Pink Lemonade

 

 

Healthy Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Happy Thanksgiving!

With all the cooking and baking and everything you will be doing today, why don’t you take a few minutes and make this smoothie for breakfast. Or make tomorrow before you do Black Friday shopping. I found this recipe on pinterest, but it originally comes from Shugary Sweets.

Ingrdients:

  • 1/2 Cup of Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 Large Banana
  • 6-8 Ice Cubes
  • 6 oz Vanilla Yogurt
  • 1/2 Tsp of Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 Tsp of Agave Nectar or Honey
  • 3 Tbsp of Milk
  • Pinch of Nutmeg
  • Whipped Cream

Directions:

  1. In a blender combine pumpkin, banana, ice, yogurt, pumpkin pie spice, nectar or honey, and milk.
  2. Pulse until smooth.
  3. Serve with Whipped Cream and a pinch of nutmeg.

Thoughts After Reading:

I did not like it.

Ugh!

It was not good with a weird aftertaste. Forget what I said in the beginning DO NOT make it.

For more holiday posts, go to Flag Cake

For more smoothies, go to Blueberry Earl Grey Tea Smoothie

For more pinterest recipes, go to Crock-Pot Potato & Kielbasa Chowder

For more pumpkin recipes, go to Harvest Pumpkin Scones

Flag Cake

Thoughts Before Baking:

We reviewed a 4th of July mystery on Tuesday and we have another coming Wednesday, on the actual 4th. I thought the best way to celebrate is with a recipe I made a few years back and really enjoyed. I found it in a magazine and it comes from Betty Crocker.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Box of Betty Crocker or Other Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 1/4 Cups of Water
  • 1/3 Cup of Vegetable Oil
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 Container of Vanilla Frosting
  • 1/3 Cup of Blueberries
  • 1 Pint of Fresh Strawberries, pits removes and sliced in half

Directions:

  1. Cook cake mix according to box directions..
  2. Cool 10 mins and remove cake from pan.
  3. Cool for an hour.
  4. Place cake on try and frost top and sides.
  5. For flag design, arrange blueberries in the upper left corner to create stars.
  6. Arrange strawberries in rows to create stripes.
  7. Serve immediately. (Store covered in fridge)

Thoughts After Baking:

I loved this cake and thought it was absolutely delicious. You should add it to however or whichever way you choose to celebrate the festivities.

For more 4th of July recipes, go to Happy 4th of July Triple Berry Salad

For more Betty Crocker recipes, go to Fresh Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

For more holiday recipes, go to Fajitas

For more cake recipes, go to Irish Apple Cake with Custard Sauce

For more desserts, go to Chocolate Whoppers

Fajitas

Thoughts Before Cooking:

Happy Cinco de Mayo! I thought this would be the perfect time to share this recipe! It comes from McCormick

Ingredients:

  • Chicken Breasts or Chicken Thighs Cut into 1/2 inch thick strips
  • Onion, Sliced
  • 1 Bell Pepper, sliced into thin strips
  • 1/4 Cup of Water
  • 1 Package of McCormick Fajita Mix
  • Flour Tortillas
  • Oil

Directions:

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in large skillet on medium-high heat.
  2. Add chicken; cook and stir 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from skillet.
  3. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in same skillet. Add onion and bell pepper; cook until soft, about3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Return chicken to skillet.
  5. Add water and Seasoning Mix; cook and stir 3 minutes or until heated through.
  6. Warm up tortillas on comal.
  7. Serve chicken and veggies together, with tortillas on the side.

Thoughts After Cooking:

They came out great and were easy to make.

For more Cinco de Mayo recipes, go to Crazy Cantina Chili

For more McCormick recipes, go to Italian Wedding Soup

For more holiday posts, go to Simple Charoset

For more recipes, go to One Pan Italian Sausage and Veggies

Simple Charoset

Thoughts Before Cooking:

So in youth for bible study we have been reading about Moses and just reached the Passover meal-right on the week of passover. In order to have it hit home for the kids, I decided to try my hand at making a Seder meal.

It was  lot of fun as we read the scripture and talked about the importance of it and the food. Afterwards, I thought it would be good to post the recipe of one of the dishes I made.

This is a Martha Stewart recipe of charoset, although I did tweak it a bit as I was making it for kids.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 Cup of Walnuts
  • 1/4 Cup of Grape Juice
  • 2 Granny Smith Apples
  • 2 Tablespoons of Sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place walnuts on lined baking sheet. Toast until lightly browned and fragrant (about 10 mins)
  3. Set aside. When cool, chop coarsely.
  4. Peel, core, and finely chop the apples.
  5. Add grape juice, sugar, walnuts, and apples together. Stir to combine.
  6. Serve.

Thoughts After Reading:

I burned some of the walnuts.

But otherwise it was really good and the kids all enjoyed it. I loved how easy it was and the great taste.

For more holiday posts, go to Irish Blueberry Scones

For more relishes or dressings, go to Green Goddess Salad Dressing

Exodus 12:1-30

The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, “This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year. Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household. If any household is too small for a whole lamb, they must share one with their nearest neighbor, having taken into account the number of people there are. You are to determine the amount of lamb needed in accordance with what each person will eat. The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats. Take care of them until the fourteenth day of the month, when all the members of the community of Israel must slaughter them at twilight. Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs. That same night they are to eat the meat roasted over the fire, along with bitter herbs, and bread made without yeast. Do not eat the meat raw or boiled in water, but roast it over a fire—with the head, legs and internal organs. 10 Do not leave any of it till morning; if some is left till morning, you must burn it. 11 This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the Lord’s Passover.

12 “On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn of both people and animals, and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord. 13 The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.

14 “This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord—a lasting ordinance. 15 For seven days you are to eat bread made without yeast. On the first day remove the yeast from your houses, for whoever eats anything with yeast in it from the first day through the seventh must be cut off from Israel. 16 On the first day hold a sacred assembly, and another one on the seventh day. Do no work at all on these days, except to prepare food for everyone to eat; that is all you may do.

17 “Celebrate the Festival of Unleavened Bread, because it was on this very day that I brought your divisions out of Egypt. Celebrate this day as a lasting ordinance for the generations to come. 18 In the first month you are to eat bread made without yeast, from the evening of the fourteenth day until the evening of the twenty-first day. 19 For seven days no yeast is to be found in your houses. And anyone, whether foreigner or native-born, who eats anything with yeast in it must be cut off from the community of Israel. 20 Eat nothing made with yeast. Wherever you live, you must eat unleavened bread.”

21 Then Moses summoned all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go at once and select the animals for your families and slaughter the Passover lamb. 22 Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it into the blood in the basin and put some of the blood on the top and on both sides of the doorframe. None of you shall go out of the door of your house until morning. 23 When the Lord goes through the land to strikedown the Egyptians, he will see the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe and will pass over that doorway, and he will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down.

24 “Obey these instructions as a lasting ordinance for you and your descendants.25 When you enter the land that the Lord will give you as he promised, observe this ceremony. 26 And when your children ask you, ‘What does this ceremony mean to you?’ 27 then tell them, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice to the Lord, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes when he struck down the Egyptians.’” Then the people bowed down and worshiped. 28 The Israelites did just what the Lord commanded Moses and Aaron.

29 At midnight the Lord struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn of the prisoner, who was in the dungeon, and the firstborn of all the livestock as well. 30 Pharaoh and all his officials and all the Egyptians got up during the night, and there was loud wailing in Egypt, for there was not a house without someone dead.

 

Irish Blueberry Scones

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Thoughts Before Baking:

So every 17th I try to make an Irish recipe in honor of the day. Usually I make some Irish Soda Bread and something else to go with it. I needed a recipe and I love scones, so when I found this recipe on pinterest, I had to make it.

This recipe comes from Kathy Strahs of  Sunny Days, Good Food: Living the Tasty Life in California, who was inspired by her Irish friend Una O’Connor

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 Cups of All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 Tablespoons of Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon of Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 4 Tablespoons of Unsalted Butter, sliced into pats
  • 1/2 Cup of Dried Blueberries
  • 5 Tablespoons of Milk
  • 2 Eggs, one for the batter and one to brush the tops
  • Sugar to sprinkle (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl.
  4. Rub in the butter with your fingers until it’s all worked in.
  5. Mix in the dried blueberries.
  6. In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk the milk and one egg together.
  7. Pour the milk mixture in with the dry and gently mix until the liquid is fully incorporated.
  8. Transfer dough to lightly floured surface. Knead the dough a few times and pat it into a disc about 3/4″ thick.
  9. Slice the dough into 8 equal wedges, and transfer the wedges to the prepared baking sheet, leaving spaces between each scone.
  10. Brush with egg and sprinkle with sugar (if you so desire).
  11. Bake the scones for 15-20 mins or until the tops are lightly browned.
  12. Serve warm with butter or clotted cream.

Thoughts After Reading:

I loved these! They were absolutely wonderful and great breakfast, snack, or dessert!

For more Saint Patrick’s Day posts, go to Irish Apple Cake with Custard Sauce

For more scones, go to Harlem Tea Room Cheddar-Thyme Scones

For more holiday posts, go to Pão de Queijo

For more Pinterest recipes, go to Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage & Spinach

For more blueberry recipes, go to Blueberry Spinach Smoothie

 

Pão de Queijo

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Happy New Year!

I hope you all have a blessed year!

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So it is time for our tradition of New Year’s Day breakfast food recipe!

Thoughts Before Baking:

My friend Quinn loves to try out all kinds of new recipes whenever we get together. She is also a world traveler so I wasn’t surprised that she wanted to make a Brazilian dish. This recipe comes from Olivia’s Cuisine

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups tapioca flour (We couldn’t fine it so we used regular flour)
  • 1¼ cups milk
  • ½ cup water
  • 6 tablespoons oil
  • 1½ cups grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F degrees with a rack in the middle.
  2. Combine the milk, water, oil and salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium high heat.
  3. Add the flour to the bowl of a stand mixer and, once the milk mixture boils, pour it over the flour. Turn the mixer on and mix it well.
  4. With the mixer still on, add the eggs, one at a time.
  5. Once the eggs are incorporated, add the cheese, a little at a time, until fully incorporated.
  6. The dough is supposed to be soft and sticky. However, if you’re worried it’s too liquidy, add some more flour.
  7. To shape the balls, wet your hands with cold water and, using a spoon, scoop some of the dough to shape balls that are a little smaller than golf-sized.
  8. Place the balls on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
  9. Top with shredded cheese.
  10. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until they are golden and puffed.
  11. Serve them warm! 🙂

Thoughts After Baking:

These were really good. I wasn’t sure what to expect but they came out a cheesy and delicious biscuit.

For more breakfast recipes, go to Flæskeæggekage

For more New Year’s Day posts, go to Potato Chip Omelet

For more holiday posts, go to Festive Pink Lemonade

In other news, let’s have a quick year review.

So last year I published 109 posts!

Out of those 109 posts, I’ve reviewed 73 mysteries. Which you should definitely check out.

Abby Sinclair and Tess McCallum Series (1 book), Bess Crawford Mystery (1 book),  Carter House Girls (1 book), The Cats and Curios Mysteries (1 book), The Cat Who…(3 books), Eleanor Roosevelt Investigates (2 books), Emilie Adventures (2 books), Emma Frost Mysteries (3 books), Everybody’s a Suspect (2 books),Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery (1 book), Hannah Swensen Mysteries (2 books), Inspector Alan Grant Mysteries (1 book), Jane Jeffry (1 book), Kinsey Millhone Mysteries (1 book), Kovac and Liska Mysteries (1 book), Laurel McKay Mysteries (1 book), The Lightkeepers (2 books), Nancy Drew Files (1 book), Potluck Catering Club (1 book), Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (1 book), Psycho (1 book), Reed Ferguson Mystery (1 book), Sam the Cat Mystery (1 book), Sherlock Holmes Mystery (1 book), The Society of Steam (1 book), Southern Sewing Circle (1 book), Steven Wade Mystery (1 book), Stoney Ridge Seasons (1 book), Sunset Reads (2 books), Texas Dreams (1 book), and Up2u Adventures (1 book).

And the following stand alone mysteries: The Dashwood Sisters Tell All: A Modern Day Novel of Jane AustenThe Disappearance of Edwin DroodDracula (Graphic Novel), The Madwoman UpstairsThe Manchurian Candidate, Murder at Oklahoma, The OathWhistling in the DarkThe Undoing of Saint Silvanusand The Yellow Room

And the following non-fiction: Ghost of the Hardy Boys, The Girl in Alfred Hitchcock’s Shower, and High Road to the Stake: A Tale of Witchcraft

And the following short stories: The Murders in Rue MorgueThe Red Headed LeagueA Scandal in BohemiaThe Tell-Tale Heart, The Utterly Perfect Murder, and The Veldt

And the following Children’s books: Binky Brothers, Detectives, The Chocolate Chip Mystery, The Secret of the Three Teardrops, The Silver Deer and The Turquoise Trail Mystery

And the following little extras: Archie Andrews: A Real Foul BallBetty and Veronica: Stranger Than Fiction 11 Famous Murder Riddles, and Little Betty & Veronica: The Buried Treasure Mystery

With cooking I reviewed 36 different recipes:

Breakfast: FlæskeæggekageHerbed Eggs with Sour CreamPotato Chip Omelet, and Twin Sun Toast

Drinks: Blackberry Mint Infused WaterBlueberry Spinach Smoothie, Festive Pink Lemonade, London FogNature’s Own Cocktail, Power Smoothie, Strawberry MilkshakeTriple Green Protein Smoothie, and Yoda Soda

Salads: Arugula Salad with Olive Oil, Lemon, and Parmesan Cheese and Spinach Pasta Salad

Entrees: Baked Potato SoupChicken Cashew WrapCrazy Cantina ChiliEggplant Tomato Bites, Ham and Cheese Monte CristosKielbasa Bowtie Pasta, Spanakopita Penne BakeToo Easy HotdishTwo-Cheese Roasted-Veggie Pasta

Desserts: Aunt Neal’s Old-Fashioned Tea CakesBlueberry Sour Cream Pie, Cherry-Pistachio Tea CakesChocolate Oat Crackles, French StrawberriesIrish Apple Cake with Custard Sauce, REESE’S PIECES Peanut Butter CookiesRice Krispies CookiesVanilla Crackle

Extras: CrostiniGreen Goddess Salad Dressing, and Healthy Caesar Salad Dressing.

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The busiest day of the year was June 3rd with 79 views and the post Eggplant Tomato Bites

The top five posts of this year were:

5) Apple Orchard Bars from Fudge Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke

4) Italian Flavor Fused Popcorn

3) Fudge Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke

2) Miss Polly Had a Dolly by Willow Rose

1) “The Tell-Tale Heart” from Ten Great Mysteries by Edgar Allen Poe

So what will the next year hold? You’ll just have to follow me to find out!

Festive Pink Lemonade

"Times Square's New Years Eve Ball - 1978 Technicians eye the new improved New Years ball. This version, which had halogen lamps for higher visibility, replaced a six-foot ball that had ordinary light bulbs. The lowering of the ball, which takes one minute, is down a 77-foot flagpole on top of One Times Square. (Photo by Chester Higgins Jr./The New York Times Photo Archives)"

“Times Square’s New Years Eve Ball – 1978

So I’ve decided to start the tradition of always posting on New Year’s Eve, and including one tasty drink recipe.

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So here we go!

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Thoughts Before Cooking:

So this recipe comes from my sister blog theCatWhoWroteaBlog.wordpress.comNow my big sister blog TheCatWhoWroteaBlog usually does this with all the recipes in one post. I prefer doing one at a time so I won’t be reposting the whole thing.

However if you are interested in all the recipes pulled from the second book, The Cat Who Turned On and Off, just follow this link.

Ingredients:

  • 8 Cups Water
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 Cup of Maraschino Cherry Juice

Directions:

  1. Bring two cups of water to a boil.
  2. Add sugar to the water and stir over a medium heat until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Add the lemon and maraschino cherry juice to the sugar-water.
  4. Pour juice mixture and remaining water into a pitcher.
  5. Stir and chill.
  6. Serves 10-12.

Thoughts After Reading:

This was really good lemonade.

I can’t wait to make it again.

For more The Cat Who…Cookbook Recipes, go to French Strawberries

For more drinks, go to Triple Green Protein Smoothie

For more New Year’s Eve posts, go to B is for Blueberry Smoothie

For more holiday posts, go to Crazy Cantina Chili

The Hyde Park Murder

Happy 4th of July Everyone!

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Typically I post a recipe, but as I stumbled upon a book that not only takes place on the 4th of July but features a president, I thought I would post on this instead.

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The Hyde Park Murder (Eleanor Roosevelt Investigates #2) by Elliot Roosevelt

Neighbor Adriana van der Meer comes to Eleanor Roosevelt for help. She was engaged to Bob Hannah, but her parents no longer want her to see him. His father, Alfred Doolittle Hannah, has just been accused of a multi-million dollar stock swindle.

But before the case can go to court, Bob’s father dies by suicide.

Not only are the upcoming nuptials on hold, but Bob is convinced that not only did his father not participate in the scam, but that he did not die by suicide but:

Bob sets out to investigate, going undercover as a lowly employee in his father’s former company. He also gets assistance from a call girl, Miss Moira Lasky.

On the case!

Eleanor decides to assist, bringing in the Securities and Exchange Commissioner, Joseph P. Kennedy, Mayor Fiorella La Guardia, Supreme Justice Brandies, and congressman Sam Rayburn.

It turns out that what they stumbled on is more than just a con, but masking who is really behind it all; the growing German Nazi Party.

Seriously?

Will they be able to stop them before they take America’s money to fund their war?

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Thoughts After Reading:

It was okay.

I didn’t think it was as bad as the first one, but it was pretty boring and bland.

They go on and on about stock information I really did not care to know about.

 The only interesting character was Moira but she wasn’t in the book enough.

So pretty much:

For more Eleanor Investigates, go to Murder and the First Lady

For more 4th of July posts, go to Happy 4th of July Triple Berry Salad

For more holiday posts, go to Crazy Cantina Chili

For more books based on real people, go to The Alchemy of Murder

For more on mysteries with embezzlement, go to Murder Well Done

God Bless America,
Land that I love.
Stand beside her, and guide her
Thru the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless America, My home sweet home.

Happy 4th of July!

Crazy Cantina Chili

So today is:

As I am part Mexican, this is a holiday I celebrate every year. I haven’t posted anything for this day yet as haven’t made anything that would be perfect for any Cinco de Mayo celebration. But today I have something:

Chili

Thoughts Before Cooking:

So a friend of mine entered me in a chili competition and I was at a loss of what to do. I’ve never really cooked chili, but then I decided to do a recipe from The Star Wars Cookbook:Wookie Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes by Robin Davis.

Ingredients:

  • 1 16-0z Can of Kidney Beans
  • 1 16-oz Can of Black Beans
  • 1 16-oz Can of Garbanzo Beans
  • 1/2  a Large Onion
  • 2 Tablespoons of Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons of Chili Powder
  • 1/8 Teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 28-oz Can of Crushed Tomatoes with Juice (I used the Diced Tomatoes with Chiles as I like my food HOT!)
  • 1 Cup of Tomato Juice
  • 1 lb of Ground Beef or Turkey (Optional)
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Sour Cream or Plain Yogurt

Directions for Vegetarian Chili:

  1. Open the cans of beans. Drain off the liquid from the cans in the sink. Rinse and set aside.
  2. Chop the onion and set aside.
  3. Put the oil in a large saucepan and set the pan on medium heat.
  4. When the oil is hot, add the chopped onions and stir with a wooden spoon until tender, about 5 minutes.
  5. Add the chili powder and cayenne pepper and stir for 30 seconds.
  6. Add the beans, tomatoes, tomato juice; and stir well.
  7. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  9. Serve Chili with cheese and/or sour cream

Directions for Meat Chili:

  1. Cook meat in a pan on the stove.
  2. Follow the directions above, adding the meat during step 7.

Thoughts After Cooking:

I thought the original recipe was good, but wasn’t as hot as I liked it so I added the chiles. I also included meat as I thought it would be more appealing.

I didn’t win the contest, but I had fun trying.

For more recipes to help with your Cinco de Mayo, go to Best Guacamole Ever! (Plus Make Your Own Tortilla Chips!)

For more from The Star Wars Cookbook, go to Twin Sun Toast

For more holiday posts, go to Yoda Soda

For more soups, go to White Bean and Barley Soup with Tomatoes and Greens

For more vegetarian recipes, go to Two-Cheese Roasted-Veggie Pasta