Yearly Archives: 2014

December 4th, 2014 | Filed under: Musings

Romancing the Holidays

Instead of running around and battling crowds in the mall how about sitting back in your comfy home, relaxing with a cup a tea, firing up your laptop and shopping for the perfect gifts for everyone …books. A story. A good book. It can offer an hour or two or more of complete escape. The best gift ever in my opinion. It’s so fun to ship a book to someone’s front door or drop it into their Kindle or Nook. December 4-7 I’m touring around onto other writers’ blogs to give you gift ideas. Relax and click around. You’ll find, …read more…

November 28th, 2014 | Filed under: Musings, Recipes

For the Love of Cranberries and Margaritas

    Yesterday, our Thanksgiving dinner was simple. I made turkey and amazing mash potatoes (lots of butter and no milk). I had to make the green bean casserole for myself as my crew prefers their green beans without any crunchy onion bits. The dressing I mixed up from Trader Joe’s. All in all the meal was delish. But, for me it’s all about the leftovers. Now the fun starts. What am I going to make with the leftover cranberry sauce? There’s just a bit of cranberry sauce left. I had cooked the cranberries on the stove top with raw …read more…

November 14th, 2014 | Filed under: Musings, Recipes

Pear Caramel Charlotte

  Pear Caramel Charlotte Charlotte au Poire is a poire (or pear) mousse cake with a biscuit base. The name of this cake comes from its elegant look–like a lady’s hat. Sadie’s version is a bit of work but so elegant: Vanilla Cake Layers 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature 3/4 cup  granulated sugar 2 large eggs 1/4 cup vegetable oil 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 3/4 cups cake flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup (240 ml) milk Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Grease 2 …read more…

November 9th, 2014 | Filed under: Musings

Sunday Sunday Sunday

    Just Desserts, my debut novel, is a month old. It’s been a flurry of fun witnessing the birth of my “first” story. Also, it’s been a huge relief to see that Sadie and Quinn’s romance has been taken in and embraced by readers. I’ve been lucky enough to have a fan base of support within my community of family and friends–from around the world. Thanks to you all who have made this dream of mine come true. It’s time to get back to work. Sadie and Quinn are characters that have been a fave of mine for a long …read more…

November 2nd, 2014 | Filed under: Musings, News

Halloween Hangover

It’s over. No more tricks. The treats are gone. And the costumes from all the parties are discarded in the laundry room. Or,they’re in a pile waiting for a recycle next year. Not complaining. Since, forever, Halloween has been my fave holiday. Finally though, I have time to finish what I had no time for earlier this week…some baking. They turned out sort of cute and I had to race to take a pic or two. The boys inhaled these sweet sugary jack o’lanterns. Hope you all had a boo-tiful Halloween!    

October 13th, 2014 | Filed under: Musings, News

Sweetest Day – Fact or Fiction?

    There’s some whisperings around town that Sweetest Day isn’t a real holiday. In my mind, it’s as real as the air we breathe, and like air, a little hard to see. Still, it’s a day that promotes the good stuff : candy, cards with romantic messages, flowers, kisses (chocolate as well as the smooch-type) and above all, love. It’s a day on the calendar that gives us a good excuse to think about the loves in our lives. Sweethearts, lovers, parents, grandparents and kids. Family. Since the majority of days we step onto a hamsters wheels, spin, come …read more…

October 8th, 2014 | Filed under: Musings, News

Just Desserts- A Recipe for Romance

  Just Desserts is available to buy, peruse and read. Here’s the bad news, there are no recipes. No biggie, but I don’t want to create any false expectations. There’s a diner, a kitchen, and lots of heat, but no recipes. The only recipe is one for romance! Just Desserts…Enjoy!  

October 6th, 2014 | Filed under: Musings, News

Just Desserts–October 7, 2014

  Today is the big day. My debut novel, Just Desserts is available to buy, peruse and read. Here’s the bad news, there are no recipes. No biggie, but I don’t want to create any false expectations. There’s a diner, a kitchen, and lots of heat, but no recipes. The only recipe is one for romance! Just Desserts…Enjoy!

September 29th, 2014 | Filed under: Musings

Just Desserts: Interview with Sadie and Quinn

“Sadie and Quinn sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-ing. First comes loves than comes…”  “Quiet, Dad. Quinn and I have to answer some questions.” Is your character fictional or a historic person? “Quinn has more history than I do.” Sadie jabs him with her elbow. “Ow, sweetheart. There’s nothing ancient or fictional when we’re driving to Wrigleyville in the Porsche.” “My mother was born in Ireland? Does that count?” Quinn sips his coffee. “Not unless there are some deep dark secrets you want to reveal, Sadie.” “Nope, your well-to-do family has a treasure trove, I’ll bet. Enough to fill Wrigley Field.” …read more…

September 7th, 2014 | Filed under: Musings

Just Desserts Cover Reveal

It’s here! Tuesday September 9th the cover for Just Desserts will be revealed. It’ll be fun if you can join the reveal at: In the meantime let’s talk covers. Who can’t talk about covers? Not many. Especially writers. And just so you know most covers that are splashed on the interweb and what not, have NOT been chosen by the author. So it’s best not to judge the writer, writing or story on the cover. But we can peruse covers and talk books. I love dishing about covers. It’s all about the cover … right? Not really, but you …read more…

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