Monthly Archives: August 2014

Just Desserts Meet Sadie’s Dad–Paul Maxon

radishes by missy

Sadie’s dad–Paul Maxon–spent most of his adult life in Ireland where he met the love of his life, Kate. His Irish roots were transplanted and his love for Jameson Whisky, potatoes and meat have remained steadfast. When he returned to the States with his beautiful and pregnant wife he changed and when Sadie was born he became a different man. A doting and loving “Pop” for Sadie.

Paul and Kate took over the diner that belonged to his grandparents in their home town of Lake Geneva. As the culinary genius, Kate turned Ms. Katie’s Diner into an organic hot spot for Chicago and Wisconsin foodies. She introduced Paul to organic and one way or another slipped vegetables into his diet.

A radish lover — this potato salad is Paul’s favorite …


Potato Salad With Bacon, Olives, and Radishes

  • 5 potatoes
  • 1 pound bacon
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 4 small green onions
  • 12 stuffed green olives
  • 5 radishes
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Wash and peel the potatoes. (Kate used organic russets) Cut into 1/2 to 3/4 inch pieces and put them into a pot of salted boiling water. Cook until tender but firm…about 10 minutes. Watch out! They can turn to mush quickly.

On the skillet cook the bacon until crisp.

Chop up the celery, green onions, stuffed olives and radishes. Drop in a large bowl and put in the potatoes and bacon. Add the mayo and lemon juice to taste. Refrigerate to chill for a couple hours.

The Maxon specialty–hard boiled eggs sliced and laid on top with a sprinkle of paprika for a deviled egg effect!

August is Read-a-Romance Month

love for sadie and Quinn





I fully agree with Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Life’s too short to read depressing books.

The last days of summer are perfect for reading a romance. There’s a choice for every reader out there looking for a story that will suck us in, make us laugh or shed a tear. The heart of a romance is the beauty of the romance and it’s all about the emotion. There’s nothing more satisfying than following a heroine or hero and feeling their trials and tribulations on the road to happiness. My personal choice is the happy ending, but I’m good with a satisfying one as well. This summer I found some fun contemporary romances that I have to shout about…


plumb crazy

It was tough to do, but I had to finish it and I’m still craving more…Plumb Crazy by Molly Blaisdell. The story of Elva Presley Hicks and her summer job as a plumber’s helper, hooked me in. Elva and a few other quirky characters all had heart. Elva’s adventure in writing fan fiction around Star Trek and the boys she had to choose from for her first kiss — Chase, the pig farmer, Wyatt, the plumber with wandering hands or the electrician, Mitch. Elva’s devotion to her friends and her pet goats were as endearing as her first kiss and first love.


cake by lauren dane

Cake by Lauren Dane is steamier than a hot August day. Art student Wren Davis pursues what she wants and what she wants is Gregori Ivanov, rock star of the Seattle art scene. The bad boy sculptor has a soft spot for cake and champagne and only Wren gets close enough to share them with him. Cake is a novella that’s sizzling hot.



gina maxwellI couldn’t turn the pages fast enough in Seducing Cinderella by Gina L. Maxwell. Reid Andrews is a hero that I had to root for until the end. He’s a mixed martial arts champ and has to reclaim his title, but his chance is shattered when he’s injured before the rematch. To make sure he heals in time, he recuperates under a professional’s care—his best friend’s little sister, all grown up Lucie Miller. Chapter by chapter Reid grows closer to Lucie. Following their love story is kick-ass fun and lots of sparks!


burn me by shelley

Burn Me by Shelley Watters is an appropriate read for August. It’s a firefighter romance. I’m thinking that in the calendar of firefighters, the month of August usually offers up the hottest firefighter. In Burn Me, heroine Katrina Hale is determined to prove she’s as strong as the rest of team at the fire station. Kat knows how to work hard and stay a head of the other guys in the department, but focusing on her work gets harder as she fights the undeniable attraction she has for another firefighter, Greyson Neal. The tension between Kat and Greyson scorches the pages. Hot is an understatement.    These two offer the best of a contemporary romance–sizzling action on and off duty!


This summer I’ve been fortunate to find time to read some terrific romances. My TBR pile is still sky high! Check out these websites for more suggestions–


Sweet Corn for Just Desserts

There’s nothing like cobs of sweet corn drenched in butter and glistening with chunks of rock salt. At Ms. Katie’s Diner it’s a dish that’s almost better than dessert, but not quite!

Sadie buys the corn she serves at the diner from her good friend Lindy Parker. Lindy runs an organic farm with exceptional standards. Lindy’s corn must be knee high by the 4th of July.

Barely 24-years-old Lindy has been CEO of her  family’s farm since a teen and has learned to take zero gruff from anyone in the farming business or in life.  Which  includes her oldest and dearest friend, Sadie. Lindy’s protective. Sadie’s the big sister that Lindy never had and Kate Maxon was like another mom to her. Lindy and Kate shared the same passion for food. 

When Quinn Laughton and his devilish good looks start to make the moves on Sadie, there’s a chance that Lindy might have to interrupt. Quinn has a bad reputation. Lindy’s boyfriend, Eddie, has been working with Quinn rehabbing one of the Lake Geneva mansions. Eddie knows many stories about the dude from Chicago.  

Quinn will have to survive Lindy’s test. And with her high standards, he’ll have to pass before he can get any closer to Sadie…


lindy's corn


“Your loyalty’s admirable.” Quinn said to Lindy. “Don’t worry. I have no intentions of getting near Sadie.”

Lindy snorted. “Liar, liar pants on fire.”

Quinn’s brain scoffed at his bald-faced lie. He still smelled raspberries and wanted to kiss Sadie, again.

Lindy patted him on his cheek and spun around on the heel of her garden Croc. “Eddie or I will come find you Quinn. Sadie is our town’s valedictorian. Anyone who messes with her will ride out of Lake Geneva on the end of a pitchfork.”

 Just Desserts