Sunday, August 27, 2017

The Certifiable Wench Bakes: Zucchini, Cheddar, Chive Bread


Its zucchini season again and we are faced with an abundance of zucchini in my garden.  I found this fabulous recipe for a savory zucchini bread at A Pretty Life and my sister loves it. I've made it for her 2 times already.

Its a very simple recipe and it comes out perfectly every time.


Ingredients


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tspbaking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 shredded cheddar cheese 
  • 2 tbsp chopped chives  (fresh or dried..I've used Lighthouse Dried Chives and they are fabulous)
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini (You definitely want to squeeze out as much of the moisture out as possible)

Instruction


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and egg.
  4. Whisk the melted butter into the buttermilk mixture.
  5. Add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mix, and gently combine. Don't over mix the batter.
  6. Stir in the shredded cheese, shredded zucchini and chopped chives.
  7.  Grease your 9x5 bread pan. I like to use baker's joy on mine

Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Certifiable Wenches Easy Kung Pao Meatballs

I am always looking for dinners that come together in an hour or less, cos that's how I roll. I'm lazy, but I like good food.

I'm also usually on a budget and I feed 4 people, so there needs to be enough.

I wanted something different and I had some meatballs. (This time the Sam's Club Angus meatballs, but whatever frozen meatballs you have will work)

Here's what I came up with for this super easy, and super tasty dinner


Ingredients:
1 bottle Panda Express Kung Pao Sauce
1 large green pepper chopped in chunks
1 medium onion chopped in large chunks
1 jar of chunk pineapple and about half the juice
1 large container of fresh sliced mushrooms
1 can 8 oz of water chestnuts


Directions
Saute onion and pepper until both are soft and onions translucent.
Add sauce, meatballs, water chestnuts and pineapple w/juice and give a stir.
Cover cook for 20 - 25 minutes.
Add mushrooms and cook an additional 5 minutes
Serve over rice and enjoy!



Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Hallmark Movies and Mysteries

OK, I'm a sucker for cozy mysteries.

When I was growing up my mother loved watching Diagnosis Murder, Murder She Wrote, Matlock and Father Dowling. So it is easy to see where my love for this genre has come from.

I love that Hallmark plays these shows, as well as Monk, which is one of my very favorite shows, along with Psych. Oh how I miss good mysteries that weren't all cops and detectives all the time.

I started watching some of the new movies that Hallmark is doing. Some are quite good and others, well they are pretty bad.

I like Lori Loughlin's Garage Sale Mysteries. I really wish there were more books to the series that this set of movies is based on.

I'm up in the air with the Aurora Teagarden Mysteries, cos I really dislike Candace Cameron Bure.

Then there's Murder She Baked, which is based on the awesome Joanne Fluke novels feature the character Hannah Swenson. I could go one for hours about how bad these are. I've read most of the books and everything about the casting is off, as well as The Cookie Jar. I can't even watch these, they are so painful. (Well at least to anyone that has read the books)

I think I like the shows that don't have a series of books attached to them, because like movies the books are always better.

What's your favorite Hallmark Mystery?

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Blurb Blitz: Tales of Yosemite


Tales of Yosemite
by Jonathan Williams

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GENRE: Fiction

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BLURB:

A land of vast beauty and constant change, Yosemite National Park never ceases to amaze and inspire its visitors. And fiction writer Jonathan Williams, an avid camper and fan, is no exception. In four charming short stories, he captures the Park’s diverse landscape and unique wilderness, using it as backdrop in all its glory to tell his tales.


The Condor Suit” tells the story of Tim whose life-long dreams of flying prompts him to move to a small town in the foothills of the Sierra to pursue his quest: building a bird suit and flying into the Park. In “Dog Lake,” a young boy on a Yosemite camping trip falls into the lake and disappears, only to discover another world lurking beneath its surface, and the lake magically comes to life. “The Rescue” tells the story of a hiker, and the unusual relationship he forms with a bear and her cub in the park. And with “The Old Man in the Sierra,” visitors in Yosemite National Park encounter a strange man leaving them wondering if he is the Park’s notorious mystery man? Does he exist, or is he the stuff of everyone’s imagination, and simply part legend, part ghost?

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EXCERPTS:

Condor Suit:"Tim was about twenty four miles into the flight and passing the main Park entrance when he noticed something strange.  His vision became clearer, and things became brighter."

Dog Lake:"Nathan found himself in a large empty room surrounded by water.  He carefully touched one of the glass walls, and his fingerprints smeared."The Rescue:"Instinctively, I made as much noise as possible, and blew my whistle but the mountain lion continued toward me."The Old Man and the Sierra:"The Old Man stood drenched, his outback hat offering little protection. His eyes closed, he faced the gales, the rain striking his weathered face, and he opened his mouth to the downpour."

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Jonathan Williams has worked in Information Technology for over twenty years. He has spent most of his career working in the Financial and Pharmaceutical \ Biotech sectors. He specializes in Database Management Systems.








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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Goddess Fish Promotions Blurb Blitz: Her Leading Man





Her Leading Man
by Maggie Dallen

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GENRE: Historical Romance

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BLURB:


An avid knitter and manager of a yarn store in New York City, Caitlyn finds herself at loose ends after getting dumped by her long-time, live-in boyfriend. What better way to move on then to find a man like the old-school movie stars that she dreams about? But her first attempt at online dating is a disaster. Especially when the date turns out to be the new renter of a room in her apartment.


Wall Street powerhouse Ben needs a place to crash while his condo is being renovated. Love is the last thing on his mind since he’s just getting over a breakup. But he can’t resist a challenge, especially one like his prim and proper new roommate. A do-gooder with a heart of gold, Caitlyn is spearheading a fight to save an old theater, while Ben is working for the developer trying to tear it down. Sparks will fly, but they may not be enough to ignite big-screen romance . . .

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EXCERPT:


Ben was living his worst nightmare. His worst fear come true—he’d gone and hurt Caitlyn, the one person he never wanted to see in pain.

But she was standing before him now and pain was clearly written all over her pretty features. He’d done that. Way to go, asshole.

She was waiting for him to say something. Anything. But for the life of him, he couldn’t think of anything to say. Nothing sounded right. His brain had temporarily shut down along with the rest of his body, and he stood there in the center of the kitchen like he was shell-shocked.

Because he was!

The L-word. She’d used the L-word. That was all he could think, over and over, as the paralysis spread. Why would she do that? They weren’t supposed to feel anything for one another. Friendship, maybe, but not this. And why the hell would she want a relationship with him?

Because she loves you.

No, because she thinks this is love. Could she really not see how wrong he was for her? She couldn’t have forgotten about their first date, not to mention all the other times he’d managed to drive her insane over the past few weeks.

He didn’t do real relationships. Not with her, not with anyone. She knew that. Or he’d thought she’d known that. It was obvious. They’d spelled out the rules.

A groan escaped his frozen chest, and he saw Caitlyn flinch as though he’d struck her. Gregory was right; she was too na├»ve and too sweet for this kind of relationship. He should have known she would read more into it than was there. She was a woman who screamed commitment and destiny, not fuck buddy and short-lived fling. Of course she would confuse intimacy with emotions. And that’s all this was. It explained his

own confusion, too—why he was so confused over what should be a simple business deal. Why he was jealous of Mr. Perfect tonight. They’d both let themselves get carried away. But he at least knew the difference between this short-term connection and the type of relationship that Caitlyn wanted and deserved.

He would destroy her in the long run. How could she not see that?

This was his fault. He should have seen this coming. He should have

listened to Gregory and put a stop to it earlier. Hell, he shouldn’t have started anything in the first place.

But none of that mattered now. It was too late to turn back the clock and

do the right thing. He had to make the best of the situation. Caitlyn was still staring at him with impossibly wide eyes, tears threatening to spill.

He couldn’t think of any way to make this right. What would Gregory do? Oh hell, what would Cary Grant do? They would never have gotten themselves into this situation. He was on his own.





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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Maggie Dallen is a huge fan of happily-ever-afters. She writes contemporary and YA romance and has been known to rewrite the endings to classic love stories to ensure that they end on a happy note. In Maggie's version, Ingrid Bergman does not get on the plane. She lives in Northern California and works at a yarn store to support her knitting addiction.

Author Links:
Website: http://www.maggiedallen.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Maggie-Dallen/871611042878073
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Mag_Dallen
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Monday, February 13, 2017

TV Review: An Uncommon Grace

I'm not usually a Hallmark movies and mysteries kind of girl, but when you toss Amish into the mix, well, I had to watch, and hey it was Sunday night and the Grammy Awards were the only thing on.

Sean Faris stars as the super hunky Levi Troyer, the Amish man that's questioning his super conservative Amish faith.

Jes Macallan plays Grace, who drove me crazy because she reminded me of Mary McCormack from In Plain Sight. Everything about Jes' portrayal of Grace reminded me of Mary Shannon.

She was kind of badass, but in a nice kind of way. She's home from  the Army and contemplating re-enlisting while her grandmother is recovering from a heart attack.

Levi comes home to discover his stepfather murdered and his mother shot. He rushes to his neighbors where he meets Grace, who is an Army nurse.

Grace saves his mother's life and soon becomes a part of Levi's life and his family while the police search for the killer.

There's definitely a huge mystery here with a lot of clues pointing you right to who the killer was along with the red herring that might send you attention elsewhere.

Then there's Levi's church. Oh what a hateful bunch of Amish. The bishop was evil and you could only describe his daughter as a bitch. She had a smug look on her face in every scene, like she was entitled to marry Levi. (Although who wouldn't want to marry Levi)

The movie was enjoyable, but there were a lot of things that were off, if you are someone that knows something about the Amish. If you don't, well then this is just a very sweet movie.

The romance seems more on Levi's side. So when love is declared its amazing to find that the feelings are returned.

I found Levi to be the real star of the show. His conflicted feelings for his religion and for Grace really deepened your feelings for his character.

Grace was...well...Mary McCormack.   She was smart, caring and just the kind of person you want to have your back.

She has her sister's back when she gets involved in something that's a lot over her head, which leads to some tense moments at the end of the film.

This movie was based on a book, which I had to order as soon as I knew it existed.

I recommend this film if only to look at Sean Faris for a few hours.