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Slow Simmered Beef Bourguignon

Slow Simmered Beef Bourguignon   Print Author: adapted from Taste of Home Serves: 6 Ingredients 3 pounds stewing beef ¾ tsp salt ¾ tsp pepper 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour 1-1/2 cups beef broth 1-1/2 cups dry red wine or additional beef broth, divided ¾ pound med fresh mushrooms, quartered 1 large sweet onion, chopped 2 medium carrots, sliced 1 thick-sliced bacon strip, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 Tbsp Italian …Read More

Do We Still Need Pen Names?

Back in 2011 I blogged about What’s In A Pen Name and I find I’m still getting responses to it (some I don’t publish because, well…I don’t need arguments or derogatory comments to be listed here). At lot has changed since 2011 in the realm of publishing. So much that if you’re still reading blog posts dating back to 2011, you should realize that they are old and outdated. The publishing …Read More

Easy 100 Calorie Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

100 Calorie Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cups   Print Author: adapted from Cooking Light Ingredients ⅔ cup dark chocolate chips 4 tbsp. creamy peanut butter 2 tsp. coconut oil, warmed 1 mini muffin tin Directions Step 1: Melt chocolate in the microwave, or in a double boiler. Watch closely and stir occasionally to ensure it melts smoothly and doesn’t burn. Spray a mini muffin tin with cooking spray. Evenly distribute …Read More

It’s Never Too Late For A Sweet Return

There’s a soft side to me that loves sweet romances and because of that – and that is why I’ve decided to create the Love So Sweet series. There’s something about lost loves, true love, sweet surrender and soul mates that touches our hearts…and when you add in chocolate, well…can it really get any better? Sweet Return is the story of soul mates and lost love and was originally published under …Read More

I found the PERFECT Trip Planner to Europe! #travelholic

Are you a #travelholic like me who is constantly dreaming of vacations to Europe, of taking chocolate tours, of walking the streets of history, of drinking authentic coffee and pastries and seeing the amazing sights? I’m in the middle of planning another trip to Europe this year where I’ll be traveling from London to Rome and I’m constantly searching various websites, taking notes, buying trip guides…and then I came across …Read More

When Do Writers Need To Escape?

Every once in a while it’s important as a writer to run away. To escape. To go somewhere by themselves without any distractions. Why? To finish a novel that is due any day. I know of several author friends who have done this and I used to be envious. I used to think it would be wonderful and amazing to just get away, to escape from all of the demands …Read More

Polynesian Meatballs

Polynesian Meatballs   Print Author: Adapted from Better Homes & Gardens cookbook Ingredients 1 beaten egg ¼ cup find dry bread crumbs 1 Tbsp snipped fresh parsley or cilantro 2 cloves of garlic, minced ¼ tsp salt ⅛ tsp ground red pepper 1 Lb lean ground beef ¼ finely chopped peanuts 1 fresh pineapple, peeled then cut into bite-size chunks, or 20oz can pineapple chunks (juice pack), drained 1¼ Cups …Read More

A Thank You Gift from Me to You

To start off the new year, I wanted to say THANK YOU to you, my amazing readers and what better way than to give you deals on some of my favorite books and give you the opportunity to win some sweet treats! return to halfway I’m excited to announce that the latest in the Halfway Series is now available! Rediscover Halfway and be ready to fall in love all over …Read More

Cardamom Shortbread, dipped in Chocolate

Here’s a delightful sweet recipe that makes a perfect gift too! Cardamom Shortbread, dipped in Chocolate   Print Author: adapted from Sweat Peas and Saffron Ingredients •1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature •½ cup granulated sugar •1 tsp vanilla extract •¾ tsp ground cardamom •2 cups all purpose flour {250g} •1 cup chocolate chips (white or milk is chocolate preferred, but semi-sweet can work as well) •½ tsp shortening •⅓ cup …Read More

January is Soup Month! 10-Minute White Bean Soup

The entire month of January is SOUP MONTH! 10-Minute White Bean Soup   Print Author: adapted from The Food Network Ingredients ½ cup dry white wine 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, about 6 inches long each 2 sprigs fresh thyme 2½ cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth Two 15-ounce cans of cannellini or other white beans, strained and rinsed 1 small shallot, peeled, trimmed and halved 1 small garlic clove, peeled, …Read More