Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Recipe of The Week: Beefy Tortellini Skillet

Do you want something quick, easy and good for supper, but you don't have a lot of time, this is the recipe for you.

The recipe comes from Taste Of Home


Ingredients
1 pound ground beef
1/2 teaspoon Montreal steak seasoning
1 cup water
1 teaspoon beef bouillon granules
1 package (19 ounces) frozen cheese tortellini
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Italian cheese blend
Directions

In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat 5-6 minutes or until no longer pink, breaking into crumbles; drain. Stir in steak seasoning. Add water and bouillon; bring to a boil. Stir in tortellini; return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 3-4 minutes or until tortellini are tender. Remove from heat; sprinkle with cheese. Let stand, covered, until cheese is melted. Yield: 4 servings.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Receipe: Porcupine Balls

Porcupine Balls are one of my favorite comfort foods.

I spent all day trying to find a recipe that tasted as good as my mum's but was a little simpler. I've tried so many recipes for this dish. I'e liked many of them, but none of them came out the way my mom made them until I found this one.

Ingredients

1 1/4 ground beef
1/4 cup rice uncooked (I highly recommend using River Rice)
1 egg slightly beaten
1/2 T parsley
1/2 tsp salt
dash of pepper
2 cans of tomato soup divided
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp Worchestershire sauce

Directions

1 Combine ground beef, rice, egg, parsley, onion, salt, pepper and 1/4 cup of tomato soup. Mix well.
2. Shape mixture into large balls my recipe made 10 -12 meatballs or 20 small ones
3. Mix remaining soup, water and Worchestershire in a small bowl and pour over meatballs.
5. Bring to a boil.
6. Reduce heat and simmer 40 minutes or until meatballs are cooed and rice is soft, stirring often. If you use the cheaper rice, it will take longer.

Serve with mashed potatoes and your favorite veggie

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Goddess Fish Promotions Book Review: Once Upon A Scandal



Once Upon A Scandal
by Julie LeMense

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BLURB:

Caught up in a scandal of her father's making, Lady Jane Fitzsimmons is now an outcast in the society that once prized her refinement. So when Lord Benjamin Marworth offers to help redeem her good name, she leaps at the chance.

Too bad his plan requires her very public demise.

Marworth, society's darling, is actually a spy for the crown, and important war communiques have been stolen. If Jane can carry off her disguise as the mysterious Madame Lillianne Fauchon, with close ties to Napoleon, she just might tempt the thief out of hiding.

If only Marworth didn't find her so tempting himself...

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Excerpt:

“Suffice it to say that in the wrong hands, the missing dispatches could change the course of the war. But I think you may be uniquely qualified to help find them.”

Jane pondered Lord Marworth’s statement for a long moment, replaying the words, hoping she’d misunderstood. But only one conclusion was logical. A dark one. “You are obviously having a bit of fun at my expense, although I fail to see the humor in it.”

“I’m quite serious, Miss Fitzsimmons.” He was staring at her intently now. “It is absolutely vital they be found.”

“And you are ... what?” she mocked. “Some sort of agent for the crown, I suppose? Sent here to enlist me for service?”

“You could say that.”

A burst of anger, hot and devastating, surged through her. “It is one thing, Lord Marworth, to amuse yourself by imagining international intrigue,” she said, her voice rising. “But it is quite another to involve someone else in your fantasy. I’m afraid I haven’t the time for it. If you will excuse me … ”

She stood, intent on rushing from the room.

“This is no fantasy.”

She spun to face him. “You’ll forgive me, of course, for not believing you. Given your busy schedule of idle amusements and seductions, it’s hard to imagine you’ve the time for anything substantive. Like saving the country from Napoleon. That sort of thing.”

“Appearances are not always what they seem, Miss Fitzsimmons … ”


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Review:  I haven't read a regency in awhile. They were the genre that got me started on romance.

This book reminds me why I loved this genre. The historical detail is wonderful and I'm always the type that ends up googling things to check on accuracy. Why? Because I love history, and I like to see it done right, and that happened here.

Jane and Benjamin have a fantastic romance. There's always a few villains that are out there to wreck the romance and well that's done here, but in a wonderful way.

This is a great regency, I can't wait to go back and read Julie's first book!

Rating: 5 stars



AUTHOR Bio and Links:

A Georgetown University graduate with a degree in English Literature, I’ve loved the Regency romance genre since my first deliciously bad Barbara Cartland novel. These days, I prefer the complex characterizations and plotting of Julie Anne Long, Sherry Thomas, Meredith Duran, Courtney Milan, and Sarah MacLean. A member of the Romance Writers Association of America, I am currently working on my next novel, as the ghosts who live in my haunted, gilded-age home try to sneak their way into my stories.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Goddess Fish Promotions Book Review: Center Of Gravity



Center of Gravity
by Laura McNeill

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BLURB:

Her whole life, Ava Carson has been sure of one thing: she doesn’t measure up to her mother’s expectations. So when Mitchell Carson sweeps into her life with his adorable son, the ready-made family seems like a dream come true.

In the blink of an eye, she’s married, has a new baby, and life is grand.

Or is it?

When her picture-perfect marriage begins unraveling at the seams, Ava convinces herself she can fix it. It's temporary. It’s the stress. It’s Mitchell’s tragic history of loss.

If only Ava could believe her own excuses.

Mitchell is no longer the charming, thoughtful man she married. He grows more controlling by the day, revealing a violent jealous streak. His behavior is recklessly erratic, and the unanswered questions about his past now hint at something far more sinister than Ava can stomach. Before she can fit the pieces together, Mitchell files for divorce and demands full custody of their boys.

Fueled by fierce love for her children and aided by Graham Thomas, a new attorney in town —Ava takes matters into her own hands, digging deep into the past. But will finding the truth be enough to beat Mitchell at his own game?

Center of Gravity weaves a chilling tale, revealing the unfailing and dangerous truth that things—and people—are not always what they seem. 


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Excerpt:
When your children are stolen, the pain swallows you whole. Logic fades, reason retreats. Desperation permeates the tiniest crevices of your mind. Nothing soothes the ache in your wounded soul.

Right in front of me, my sweet, charmed life fell to pieces. Everything destroyed; a hailstorm’s wrath on a field of wildflowers. All I’d known—gone. Foolish me, I’d believed in magic, clung tight to false promises. The lies, spoken from tender lips, haunt me now, follow me, and whisper into my ear like a scorned lover.

What’s left is emptiness.

Give up, a voice urges. Let go.

No! I argue back. My children aren’t gone. Not yet. Precious and delicate, tiny fossils, they exist in glass-boxed isolation. Hidden. Protected.

And so tonight, I run. Blood pulses through my legs, my muscles protest; my lungs scream for more oxygen. Thick storm clouds brew in the distance. The rain falls in blinding sheets. The force of it pricks my skin like needles, but the pain only makes me push harder.

I will rescue them.

Lightning flashes across the wet driveway. The bulk of his truck looms large in the black night. I skid to a stop and catch my breath, pressing a hand to my heaving chest.

They’re here. My children are here.

Thunder booms and crashes, nearer now, the wind whips my hair. A gust tosses tree branches to the ground. Birds cry and flutter to safety. An escaped sandbox bucket spins, clattering on the blacktop.

I grasp the railing and pull myself up the steps. At the top, the door’s shiny-slick with water and humidity. Mother Nature howls and drowns out my knocking.

“Hello! Can you hear me?” With my palm open wide, I slap at the barrier, willing it to open. I will rescue my children. I will rescue them . . . or I will die trying.


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REVIEW: 

There are some books that just make you say WOW! This is definitely one of those books! It is just unbelievable.

This book focuses on a very controlling relationship. I'm hard pressed to decide what genre this book belongs in.  Let's call it a psychological thriller, and then add that it may be one of the most emotionally draining books you'll read this year.

That actually is a very good thing, because it keeps you caring about what happens next. 

At the being it was a little hard to like Ava who is dealing with a husband who controls everything she does, and when they separate he makes the divorce hell too.

Words can't begin to describe how good this book is. This isn't a book about domestic abuse, though the way Mitchell treats Ava is abuse. He's a total SOB and that term is about as nice as you can go to describe him. He even does his best to turn the kids against their mom.

That is the lowest of the low in my book.

If you want to read a book that you will get emotionally invested in. This is definitely it.

Rating: 5 stars

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

After six years behind the anchor desk at two CBS affiliates, Laura moved to the Alabama Gulf Coast to raise her family. Her accolades in broadcasting include awards from the Associated Press, including Best News Anchor and Best Specialized Reporter.

Laura works at Spring Hill College as the school’s web content and social media manager and​ is active in her community—participating in fundraisers for the American Cancer Society, Ronald McDonald House, and Providence Hospital’s Festival of Flowers.

Laura was recently awarded a 2-book deal with Thomas Nelson Publishing, a division of HarperCollins. Her novel, Center of Gravity, set in Mobile, Ala., will be published in July of 2015. Laura is represented by Elizabeth Winick Rubenstein, president of McIntosh and Otis literary agency in New York.​ Her writing awards include those from William Faulkner-Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, Writer’s Digest, RWA, and the Eric Hoffer competition.

She holds a master’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She is currently pursuing a second master’s degree in interactive technology from the University of Alabama. She is a native of Upstate New York and currently resides near the Alabama Gulf Coast with her two children.

Author's Website: http://lauramcneill.com/


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Saturday, August 8, 2015

Dear Food Network

Dear Food Network,

I used to love your channel. I loved finding recipes that "NORMAL" people could make. You know before you kicked off Paula Deen and then made your channel all about competitions.

Oh and while we're at it...can you keep the lives of your current food network stars out of their shows.  I really don't care about Ree Drummond's family or what Giada's up to in Italy. I want recipes that I can make.

How about a show about making good food in a small kitchen on a budget. Not everyone can afford the fancy ingredients that the likes of Bobby, Giada etc use. A cooking show for real people would be awesome.

Oh and while we're at it. What the hell is up with has been tv stars getting cooking shows these days.

Sincerely,

Someone that would just like some good recipes

Friday, August 7, 2015

Jon Voyage

Words cannot express my great sadness at Jon Stewart's departure from The Daily Show.

But sadness isn't the only emotion that I'm feeling. I'm also feeling anger, that he could leave right before a presidential election, when the clown car of one political party is filling up with crazies, and only Jon could wade through the BS that they spew and make it palatable.

How will we get through this election without him?

Sadly I don't have that much faith in Trevor Noah.

That said, I totally respect his desire to spend more time with his family and even their desire to spend more time with him.

Heck, who wouldn't want to spend more time with Jon?

He's smart, funny and attractive.

Dude!

He's the perfect man.

And in his 16 years on The Daily Show he really made a difference. He got people paying attention to politics and he made it easy to do. The other thing that always impressed me was how well he carried out interviews. Even if he was interviewing people whose views were in line with his, he was always professional and courteous.

So Jon, yes, I'll miss you. I wish you well. But I hope you aren't out of the spotlight for long.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Goddess Fish Promotions Book Review: Victorian Scoundrel



Victorian Scoundrel
by Stephanie Burkhart

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BLURB:

It's 2011 and compressed natural gas has taken over from the coal producing steam machines of the Victorian Age. Alice Windsor, Princess of York, follows her mischief-making cousin, Edmund of Wales, back to 1851 where Prince Albert is hosting Britain's Great Exhibition.

Alice soon finds herself over her head in trouble. Edmund is determined to help Prince Albert build a dirigible and the prime minister appears intent in preventing her from stopping Edmund. Alice knows it's too early for the massive flying machine to take to the air. Complicating matters is the passionate Grayson Kentfield, Earl of Swinton. Alice can't stop her pulse from pounding when she's near him.

Can Alice give her heart to a man from the past while working to stop Edmund from changing history?
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EXCERPT


Tired and thirsty, she finally made it to the courtyard. Edmund was nowhere to be found. She should have expected it, really. No doubt he was in the palace filling their great-grandfather's head with forward-thinking ideas. She crossed her arms, staring at the steps. Several carriages waited nearby. No one in their right mind would let her into the palace looking like she did -- like she had just stepped out of the gutter.

"Excuse me, who are you?"

Alice spun around to find herself face-to-face with two gentlemen who stood near one of the waiting carriages. One gentleman was older, Alice guessed in his fifties, one younger. The older gentleman stared at her like she truly was a guttersnipe, but the younger one -- he was tall, with chiseled cheeks and sensitive hazel eyes. His broad chest filled his suit well and he measured her with a cool, appraising look that hinted at... appreciation. An uncomfortable feeling washed over her. Never had a man's stare made her feel so... warm.

"Well?" asked the older gentleman.

Alice straightened her posture with her usual royal dignity and took off her glasses as she always did when she introduced herself. "I am Her Royal Highness, Princess Alice of York."

The men looked at each other, at her, then back at themselves. She wasn't sure if they were befuddled, confused, or wanted to laugh. Finally, the older gentleman spoke. "Princess Alice is seven years old."

Alice bit the inside of her lip, realizing she had totally forgotten where she was due to the younger gentleman's attention. She slid her glasses back on. "Simply call me Alice -- Alice Windsor."

"And you may call me Prime Minister."



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Review: I read the second book in this series a few years back. It was full of wibbly wobbly timey whimey goodness, so when I got the chance to review the first book in the series, I was thrilled.

This book is a quick steampunk read and a great start to the series. I love Alice and Edmond Windsor. It was great to finally see how the story started.

The story combines all the wonderful things that make steampunk such a great genre, while adding a touch of romance between Edmund and Keira, the prime minister's daughter and Alice and Grayson. 

The mixture of present day and Victorian times makes the book all the more interesting. Something about this series reminds me of the Doctor Who epis set in Victorian England. I expect to see Strax, Vastra and Jenny at any given time. Maybe its just the time frame, or maybe its the time travel element of the story or maybe I still love working Doctor Who into everything I can.

But back to the story, Edmund is making mischief in Victorian times and Alice is trying to make sure he doesn't succeed in messing up the timeline. Burkhart really pays attention to detail in this book in regards to The Great Exhibition and The Crystal Palace.

If you are looking for a great way to get into the steampunk genre, this is a good series to start with and I can assure you the second book is just as good.

Rating: 5 stars

AUTHOR Bio and Links: 

Stephanie Burkhart is a 911 dispatcher for LAPD.  She was born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire.  She served 11 years in the US Army and currently calls Castaic, California her home. Stephanie was married in Denmark in 1991 and has two young sons. She adores chocolate and is addicted to coffee.  She writes paranormal, contemporary, and steampunk romance and has two children's books published with 4RV Publishing.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

5 Ingredient Mexican Pasta Bake

This has to be one of the best 5 ingredient recipes that I've ever made

The 5 ingredients

1 lb ground meat
2 - 2.5 cups of Mexican/Taco cheese
1/2 lb of rotini
32 oz of your favorite salsa. (I used more, because I buy those huge jars of salsa at Aldi)
1 can of black beans rinsed and drained.


Directions

Preheat your oven to 350
Prepare pasta according to the package directions
set aside.
Brown ground meat, drain fat.
Combine meat salsa and beans in a large bowl.
In a 9 x 13 pan layer pasta, meat mixture, cheese and repeat.
Cover and bake 30 - 40 minutes.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Book Blast: Hungry As A Wolf


HUNGRY AS A WOLF
by Elizabeth Einspanier

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BLURB:

Wolf Cowrie is back in his second adventure! In the Black Hills of the Dakota Territory in 1865, tensions run high between white settlers looking for gold and the Sioux people who consider this region their holy ground. When Wolf is hired to find out what happened to the workers of a mining outpost in the area, the general theory in Goldwater is that they were slaughtered by the Sioux. Wolf discovers something far more sinister lurking in the Black Hills, an ancient evil whose unending hunger drives sane men to ghoulish extremes.

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Excerpt :

An emaciated figure lay curled in the corner of a cell to Wolf’s left, facing away from them. It was all skin and bones, and deathly pale, half-naked but for the rags of what might have been trousers at one time. Its bone-thin arms were bound behind it so tightly that its elbows almost touched, and a leather strap bit into the back of its scalp.

“That him?” Wolf whispered. The thing stirred sluggishly.

Stark nodded, running a nervous tongue across his lips.

“That…” Ferris croaked. “That looks a lot like Peters did when he…” He trailed off.

Wolf nodded slowly. “Watch yarself,” he whispered. “We don’t know what it can do yet.”

He edged forward, one cautious step at a time, his nerves wound tighter than fiddlestrings while his instincts screamed at him to run run run get away from that thing—but he had to know. He was a step away from the cell door when the thing within exploded into savage life, catapulting onto its feet and leaping at Wolf, slamming face-first into the bars with its teeth gnashing around the wooden dowel that had been bound between them. Wolf leapt back from the thing with an exclamation, his back hitting the opposite wall. He stayed there for a few seconds, his heart in his throat and his lips peeled back from his teeth. His fangs and nails had lengthened in sheer instinct, getting ready to defend himself, and he forced them to retreat as he studied the thing that still strained to bite him.



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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Elizabeth Einspanier is the self-published author of the Weird Western novella Sheep’s Clothing and the upcoming sci-fi romance novel Heart of Steel. Her short stories have been published in Down in the Dirt and Dark Fire Fiction. She is a member of the St. Louis Writer’s Guild and an associate member of the Horror Writers of America. She lives in St. Louis, but frequently spends extended periods in worlds of her own creation.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Don't Judge Me By My Skin Color, Judge My Music Collection

I saw this on Facebook the other day, and I have to say I totally agree with it.

I'd rather judge you on what you listen to rather than who you sleep with or what color you are.

Why do I think that way? Because I think what we listen to reflects our personality.

Now, I'm not going to hate you for what is in your CD collection or mp3 player, but if your collection only consists of Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, I may have to reconsider our friendship.

I'm not saying that you shouldn't listen to either of these two artists, because there music is fun and lighthearted. Everything has its place.

I have more trust for people that have diverse tastes in music. If you are open minded with your listening habits, most likely you'll be open minded in other areas of your life, which is always a good thing in my book.

Here's a sampling of the artists in my collection

ABBA, Crowded House, Duran Duran, Erasure, Glass Tiger, Gordon Lightfoot, Elvis Costello, The Moody Blues, The Beatles, The Monkess, Herman's Hermits, Matchbox Twenty, Imagine Dragons, Owl City, Celtic Thunder, Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum.....

So what's in your collection?

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Recipe: 5 Ingredient Meatloaf

Are you looking for a quick meal to assemble? One that will likely have ingredients you already have and is delicious?

Well this meatloaf is wonderful.

Ingredients
2 lbs ground beef
1 package chicken stuffing mix
1/2 cup bbq sauce (divided)
1 cup water
2 eggs

Directions

Preheat oven 375

Combine all ingredients with 1/4 of the bbq sauce and shape in a greased 9 x 13 pan. Pour remaining bbq over the loaf and bake for 50 minutes

The result is yummy and the leftovers make great sandwiches!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Recipe: Chicken Enchilada Bake

If you are looking for a great tasting recipe with minimal ingredients but maximum taste, look no further than this Enchilada Bake

Ingredients
1 rotisserie chicken
28 oz green enchilada sauce
10 oz sour cream
corn tortillas
4 cups of shredded cheese. I used Mexican cheese and colby.

Directions

Preheat oven to 375
Grease a 9 x 13 pan
Layer ingredients chicken, sauce, sour cream, tortillas and cheese. I did 2 layers.
Cover bake 40 minutes and uncovered 10 minutes.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Goddess Fish Virtual Book Tours Book Blast: Everywhere It's You



EVERYWHERE IT'S YOU
by C.B. Salem

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BLURB:

Legal investigator Kristina Andersen has been drugged.

It started when she came into work and was tasked with finding the firm's biggest client: the intense, enigmatic pharmaceuticals billionaire Landon Tatum.

She'd just had a sexy encounter with him while working a birthday party undercover at a seedy strip club the previous night. Now he's missing, and she needs to find him.

Problem: the drug coursing through her veins makes it so every man she sees looks like the man she's looking for.

And that's just the start of it.

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Excerpt :

Her last-night’s-self walked to the front of the room, balancing gracefully on very high heels as the first guest arrived. Then another bout of nausea washed over her, fogging her mind. Her eyes had to be lying.

Landon Tatum had just entered the room.

This was wrong. He’d come in later, she knew it. Fifteen minutes before the birthday boy, maybe twenty. There had been more than a dozen people there. Even Fordelli, the man she had come to watch, had arrived first. She’d been watching very carefully and this wasn’t the kind of thing she’d forget.

He wore a black suit, black shirt and a silver tie. That wasn’t right either. But the clean-cut, brown hair, the thin-lipped mouth, the dark eyes, they were as she’d remembered. The perfect, sharp cheek bones with a slightly crooked nose that looked like it had been broken in a fight once and never fixed. It was the kind of “blemish” she couldn’t take her eyes off of.

She breathed shallowly. This was wrong. When had she become this attracted to him? Until recently, she’d thought of him as an attractive guy. Not mouth-watering can’t-take-my-eyes-off. That hadn’t happened to her since high school.

She watched herself approach to offer him a drink. Then the next guest came in, to the right of where her eyes had been focused.

Tatum again. Sharp cheeks. Slightly crooked nose. Dark, perceptive eyes.

Another black suit, black shirt, but this time a blue tie. She flicked her eyes between the two of them. They were both there. She was seeing two of him.



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Author Bio:

C.B. Salem lives, writes, and dreams in Chicago. When she isn’t reading or plotting the next scene in her book, she enjoys cooking new dishes and having quality cuddles with her two dogs: Murphy and Oliver.

Website: www.cbsalem.com
Twitter: @cbsalem
Facebook: www.facebook.com/cbsalem

Buy On Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Everywhere-Its-You-C-B-Salem-ebook/dp/B00UXK9HQU/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8


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Friday, July 3, 2015

Butter Maid Bakery = Yum



I discovered Butter Maid Bakery on Facebook last week, and I quickly went to the website to see the goodies they made.

NUTROLL!

My mom used to make these every year at Christmas, but as she got older and our house got colder, they were hard to do. (Its that whole yeast rising thing)

This bakery has more flavors of nutroll than I have ever seen.

One of there limited edition is a raspberry walnut roll.

I had to order it.

I didn't really care that with shipping the tasty treat cost $22.00

And you know what?

When I took my first bite, it was pure heaven. It was better than any other nut roll I ever had.

The roll came wrapped tightly for freshness sake and there was even a thank you card enclosed.

So if you are ever looking for a great nut roll, or if you are in Boardman,OH, you have to grab some goodies at Butter Maid Bakery.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Recipe In Progress: Philly Cheese Steak Stuffed Peppers

I saw a recipe for cheese steak stuffed peppers on Facebook and I had to try them.

This is really a recipe in progress because the creator had a great idea, but it does't come out quite the way you'd like it to.

Ingredients
9 oz. Steakumms

8 slices provolone or swiss or american cheese for purists.

2 large green bell peppers

1 medium sweet onion, sliced

6 oz. baby bella mushrooms, sliced ( used a whole box of sliced 'Shrooms)

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon garlic, minced

salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

Slice green peppers and clean out seeds. Add a slice of cheese in the bottom


Caramelized the onions and then add the mushrooms.

Cook until mushrooms are browned and soft.
Add Steakumms and cook until they are done.

Stuff peppers with meat and mushroom mixture.
Top with cheese
Bake at 400 for about 20 - 30 minutes

I suggest after making these to roast the peppers while you're making the meat mixture because if you follow the recipe as is, those peppers will be quite crunchy!

So with a few changes, this recipe is a total winner.


Sunday, June 28, 2015

Political Rant

I'm so sick of everyone saying that Obama has destroyed this country in his two  terms in office. That's basically depends on whose side you are on.

No president is perfect because no person is perfect, but I really hate that everything gets blamed on him, especially after the last bozo who held office.

If we really want to talk about who destroyed this country, let's talk about Sarah Palin and her tea party cronies. If it weren't for McCain's lack of vetting when it came to his VP candidate, she could have gone quietly away.

Instead we have this whack job who divided the republican party and then joined them making them ultra conservative and ultra Christian and ultra hate filled.

Before the tea party the two parties could sometimes work together. I'm not saying they were best buddies, but it was possible for them to work together, which is something that hasn't happened at all since Sarah's tea party loonies came to bed.

There has been more hatred and division in the last few years than ever before and the blame seems to be misguidedly placed.

Now if only we could deport Sarah to Russia, which she can apparently see from her house.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Top 10 Shows Of My Childhood

I've been feeling really nostalgic lately. Maybe it is because of my impending move. There's something about leaving the house you've live in for 41 years that makes you think of the past.


10. The Monkees: I discovered this show and the band long before Mtv brought them back in the mid-80s. Like most young girls from the 60s, I had a huge crush on Davy Jones, and I still haven't quite gotten over his death.


9. Red Dwarf; I picked up on this show between high school and college. I even have an mp3 of the Tongue Tied song, sung by Cat, Rimmer and Lister from Parallel Universe. It's smegging brilliant.



8. Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiago: I was hopelessly addicted to this PBS kids show, when I was probably too old to be watching stuff like this. The show started airing when I was a junior in high school. It was a geographical game show. And Rockapella were in it, and thus came my crush on Scott Leonard!


7. Wishbone: Another PBS favorite of mine. I even have a plush Wishbone. I just loved this show. It combined my love of books with my love of cute animals.

6. Solid Gold: Before there was Mtv there was Solid Gold an their slutty dancers bringing music into my world



5. Mama's Family: How can anyone not love this show? I don't know why it didn't last longer than it did. Vicki Lawrence and Carol Burnett...oh and Betty White too! Such a fun show!


4. Alf: How can you not love Alf? I've had a thing for aliens for along time it seems. I could never keep Alf around these days though, since he likes to eat cats!


3. The Facts Of Life: What girl didn't want to go to school with Jo, Blair, Tootie and Natalie at Eastland? I know I did!



2. The Jeffersons: A spin off of All In The Family, the Jeffersons was one of my favorite shows from the 70s and 80s. I still love watching reruns today.

1. Full House: I was totally in love with Danny Tanner from the time this show started until it ended. I have to admit I liked the earlier years before Jesse and Becky got married

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Taco Skillet

Taco Skillet

This is one of my favorite easy recipes. I usually make it according to the recipe that you can find on the Campbell's website.


1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion (I like the frozen kind)
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell’s® Condensed Tomato Soup (Regular or Healthy Request®)
1(16 ounce) jar Pace® Picante Sauce  water
1 jar green chilis
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained.
6 each flour tortillas, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup shredded Mexican Cheese

Directions


Cook the beef in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat until well browned, stirring often to separate meat. Pour off any fat. 2Stir the soup, picante sauce, water, chilis, beans and tortillas in the skillet and heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Cook for 5 minutes. Stir the beef mixture. Top with the cheese.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Top 10 Songs By The Monkees

Dave Swanson did a semi impressive list @ Ultimate Classic Rock but I think it could be improved on.

First of all, lets all agree that there are three songs that are synonymous with The Monkees and must be on this list.

1. I'm A Believer - which is a pure Neil Diamond classic. If you think of The Monkees, this is one song that likely will pop into your mind.

2. The Last Train To Clarksville - Boyce and Hart at their finest.

3. Daydream Believer - Davy's best song for the band hand's down and he had quiet a few great songs

4. Papa Gene's Blues - Papa Nez wrote the best songs.

5. The Door Into Summer - Another one by Papa Nez, country with a touch of psychedelia.

6. Randy Scouse Get - Another summer of love tune.

7. Shades Of Gray - And we don't mean 50 shades either. This song gives Peter a chance to shine, which he was seldom able to do.

8. Pleasant Valley Sunday - This is probably the most relevant song by the band. "Rows of houses that are all the same, and no one seems to care...."

9. The Porpoise Song - There was a lot of brilliant music on the soundtrack for the film, Head, but this song was by far the best of the bunch.

10. Someday Man - Not a huge single and often a forgotten track, this is another gem of Davy's that shouldn't be missed.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Mmm Egg Salad

You get bored with the same old same old recipes sometimes.

Granted I'm all for the tried and true, eggs, mayo, and dijion mustard version, but I had a lot of hard cooked eggs and I wanted to try something different.

I want to thank Taste of Home for this great recipe that I only modified slightly.


Ingredients

3 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup mayonnaise (1/3 of a cup worked better for me)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped green or sweet red pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped celery
1/4 cup sweet pickle relish
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley (I omitted the parsley and added about 1 Tbsp of Dijon mustard)
8 hard-cooked eggs, chopped



Directions
In a bowl, mix cream cheese, mayonnaise, salt and pepper until smooth. Stir in green pepper, celery, relish and parsley. Fold in eggs. Refrigerate, covered, until serving. Yield: 3 cups.

I usually like my egg salad on a nice roll or bun, but I had melba round crackers from Aldi and it was yummy.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Super Book Blast: The Likelihood Of Lucy


THE LIKELIHOOD OF LUCY
by Jenny Holiday

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BLURB:

London, 1815
Trevor Bailey is on the cusp of opening the greatest hotel in London. His days as a gutter snipe are behind him, as he enjoys a life of wealth, society, and clandestine assignments as a spy in the service of His Majesty. Until one tumultuous night churns up the past he'd long left behind...

Turned out by her employer for her radical beliefs, Lucy Greenleaf reaches out to the man who was once her most beloved friend. She never expected that the once-mischievous Trevor would be so handsome and gentleman-like and neither can deny the instant attraction.

But Lucy's reformer ways pose a threat to the hotel's future and his duties as a spy. Now Trevor must choose between his new life and the woman he's always loved…

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Excerpt :

Who was this man? He was the Trevor of her youth, yet he was not. The boy would not have touched her like that. Would not even have noticed her face long enough to bother with a dab of pudding gone awry. The boy had reserved that sort of intense scrutiny for lock picking and cake filching.

The man, by contrast, was causing her stomach to feel like little wings were fluttering inside it.

It was almost as if she wasn’t in the room, which was ridiculous because of course she was. It was her lip he caressed. But he stared so intently at her mouth that the encounter seemed somehow to be unfolding between him and it without her presence mattering at all.

She lifted herself onto tiptoes, and the tiny birds inside her took off, a great flapping flock of them. They were propelling her toward him, and she wasn’t in charge anymore. She pressed her lips against the spot of chocolate near the corner of his mouth. If she’d thought the chocolate
tasted sinful before, she’d been naive. The tang of his skin magnified it, made it magnetic.

“Lucy,” he rasped, his lips moving against her skin as he spoke her name. She waited for more, for him to cry halt. He did not. So she remained where she was, her lips pressed against the corner of his mouth but not moving, the roar of blood in her ears a rushing waterfall.

Beneath her mouth, his jaw clenched, became hard like iron, and his breath, already short, took on a ragged quality. Warmth pooled low in her belly like that chocolate, liquefied and hot. Every second they stood there, unmoving, something coiled more tightly inside her. It was almost painful, but it was impossible to imagine stepping away.

He moved only an inch. Less than an inch. His lips grazed hers, and though they barely touched hers, the warmth in her belly became fire. How was that possible? They weren’t even kissing, not really, and yet she felt as if she were at the gates of Bedlam.

A thought crept in. She tried to push it away, but it persisted. This is why Mary had fallen victim to her bouts of suicidal behavior. This—this unnamable compulsion—would grow and grow until it took over, displacing everything else, everything that made her herself. Unlike Mary, she
wasn’t capable of producing great works of philosophy with the potential to change the world, but she did have a life. A hard-won life she’d made for herself through sheer force of will. Trevor was helping her—she’d had no choice but to permit it given his logical argument that their arrangement would benefit them both. But she needed to remember why she had agreed to stay only for six months. Because men were dangerous—even him. Even Trevor. Perhaps especially him.

So she stepped away.




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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Jenny Holiday started writing in fourth grade, when her awesome hippie teacher, between sessions of Pete Seeger singing and anti-nuclear power plant letter writing, gave the kids notebooks and told them to write stories. Most of Jenny's featured poltergeist, alien invasions, or serial killers who managed to murder everyone except her and her mom. She showed early promise as a romance writer, though, because nearly every story had a happy ending: fictional Jenny woke up to find that the story had been a dream, and that her best friend, father, and sister had not, in fact, been axe-murdered. From then on, she was always writing, often in her diary, where she liked to decorate her declarations of existential angst with nail polish teardrops. Eventually she channelled her penchant for scribbling into a more useful format. After picking up a PhD in urban geography, she became a professional writer, and has spent many years promoting research at a major university, which allows her to become an armchair astronomer/historian/particle physicist, depending on the day. Eventually, she decided to try her hand again at happy endings--minus the bloodbaths. You can follow her twitter accounts @jennyholi and @TropeHeroine or visit her on the web at jennyholiday.com.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennyholidaybooks
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