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Living in the Moment Before It All Ends

On Facebook and Twitter, I’m seeing countless posts from parents welcoming the end of summer and the start of the school year. For some, school has already started and you’re well into your way of establishing routines, but for others, we’re getting ready for the sound of school bells to ring. Normally, you’d catch me being happy for summer to end. With three kids – I’m one of those parents …Read More

This is what happens when family gets together…

Laughter. Laughter is what happens when a family my size finally gets together again after too many years apart. Growing up, I remember yearly family bbqs where over one hundred members of my very large family came, pitched their tents, brought their food, played some baseball and sat around a firepit until the wee hours of the morning. As a child, I couldn’t wait for everyone to drive up. I …Read More

German Chocolate Cake

This delicious recipe was submitted by reader, Cathy Contino!  Thank you Cathy, for sharing this mouth-watering recipe with us. German Chocolate Cake   Print Prep time 30 mins Cook time 25 mins Total time 55 mins   Recipe type: Dessert Serves: 12 Ingredients CAKE: 4 ounces German sweet chocolate, chopped ½ cup water 1 cup butter, softened 2 cups sugar 4 eggs, separated 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2-1/2 cups cake flour …Read More

Emma’s Chicken Dish

Each month Secret Society members are asked for help with recipes and this month we needed one for the monthly Emma story that can be found only in the newsletter (didn’t get it? Don’t worry, it’ll be coming out in ebook format in December). This month Emma is helping to make dinner and who doesn’t love good old comfort food like Chicken Pot Pie! Emma’s Chicken Dish   Print Prep time 30 …Read More

Homemade S’mores!

It’s National S’mores Day! I have fond memories of making s’mores. I grew up around a fire pit on our property and it seems like my mom always had chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows around the house. We’d sit outside by the fire in the summer, roast marshmallows, stick them on the chocolate and wait for it to melt a little. I remember gooey hands, chocolate smeared lips and fond …Read More

Celebrating with Cheesecake!

Not only is it National Cheesecake Day…but we’re also going to be celebrating my birthday (it was last week but I was away and my kids always love an excuse for cake! wait…who am I kidding…so do I). One of my favorite cheesecakes of all time is a chocolate chip recipe that I made by mistake years ago. Fun fact – as a child, I swore upside and down that …Read More

Reading List for August

One thing I love about attending book signings with multiple authors is that my book list expands with some awesome finds! Right now I’m immersed in the Outlander series and I can’t wait for the series to start on TV! Who else is with me on this? I’ll admit, it’s been years since I last read these books and they are NOT how I remembered them at all – which …Read More

Review Team Openings

With so many releases out this year, I’d love to invite you to be part of my review team. Just fill out this form below and expect an email from Melissa (assistant@steenaholmes.com)! List of upcoming releases: Return to Sender - August 12th Before the Storm – October 7th Halfway to Somewhere – TBA Stillwater Rising – November 11th    

Can Anyone Self Publish Successfully?

I get so many emails from authors wanting to know if they can self publish and how. First off – YES – anyone can self publish. My eleven year old has and I know of a ninety-year old great grandmother who recently self published her own collection of quilt designs. I don’t think that’s really the question though that I’m being asked. I think – and I could be wrong …Read More