M&M Cookies

I love M&M’s and I enjoy adding them to dessert recipes.  These cookies are always a treat at my house.  Great with a nice cold glass of milk.

M&M Cookies

• 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
• 3/4 cup granulated sugar
• 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 2 large eggs
• 12 oz. bag M&M’s


PREHEAT oven to 375° F.
COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in M&M’s. Drop by rounded tablespoon or a scoop onto ungreased baking sheets.
BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.


REVIEW- From Exes To Expecting (Sutter Creek, Montana)

TITLE: From Exes To Expecting (Sutter Creek, Montana)

AUTHOR: Laurel Greer

  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Special Edition (March 1, 2018)
  • Publication Date: March 1, 2018
  • ASIN: B073P6K9FH

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Source: I received this book as a gift, I choose to review it.

Author Website: https://laurelgreer.com/


Dr. Lauren Dawson knows her brief marriage to footloose photographer Tavish Fitzgerald ended for a reason. That doesn’t mean their undeniable chemistry isn’t as potent as ever. And when Tavish returns home to Sutter Creek for his sister’s wedding, the sparks between them turn into a blaze. But when Lauren finds herself pregnant, these exes have nine months to build a forever family together…


Lauren, a Dr.  trying to head home for the day, just wanted to get home in a hurry.  That’s when another patient shows up.  But not just any patient she can tell by that body that it was her Ex, just the man she didn’t want to see.  Tavish her Ex was looking great but she was not expecting to see him until it was closer to her brothers wedding.  Lauren couldn’t stop thinking of her Ex Tavish, but she hadn’t expected to see him again, with her family, at her house.  But she did see him and she wanted him as much as he wanted her.  The attraction was still there even after the divorce.  They couldn’t resist each other, but would he leave? Again.

This book was a great read.  I didn’t want to put it down.  To me, reading this book was like listening to a friend tell you her life story.  It was so believable, the things that happen in this book just seemed real and down to earth.  I love all the characters they felt like friends.  This book is a romance with a hint of spice, but in my opinion not too much.  I would definitely recommend this book!!



Review: Broken Trust By C.B. Clark

Title: Broken Author

Author: C.B. Clark

  • Print Length: 253 pages
  • Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc (March 5, 2018)
  • Publication Date: March 5, 2018
  • Genre: Romantic Suspense

Source: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.


After five years of hell with an abusive husband, Natasha Hartford vows never to trust another man. Then she stumbles onto a murder scene and meets sexy, stubborn Homicide Detective Chase Brandon, a take-no-prisoners tough guy who’ll settle for nothing less than the truth. Sparks fly, but Chase’s suspicions and Natasha’s innate distrust block the way to happiness.

The detective struggles with his own troubled past and is determined to find the truth behind the shadows dimming Natasha’s eyes. As more murders occur and a possible connection to her ex-husband appears, Chase fears her life is in danger.

Natasha and Chase race to find the killer before he strikes again. Their survival depends on their willingness to overcome their mistrust of one another. Will they overcome their fears and find love again?


Natasha Hartford an artist was at an interview for her dream job.  Only she made a grave mistake by going into the office without permission, she never thought she would get caught, and she never thought she would be accused of murder.  Natasha would find herself being questioned by hunky detective Chase Brandon.  Natasha has been burned before and even though he was the police she couldn’t bring herself to trust him.  When her ex-husband shows up she realizes she needs to trust her self and get out of harms way.  But her Ex had other plans and Natasha knew she was in danger.

I am really enjoying the romantic suspense genre and have read a book or two from this author.  I love the characters and emotions you feel from reading these books.  And the suspense, you really are kept guessing throughout he book.  These are stand alones I believe and you are left with a feeling of fulfillment after reading this book.  All of the questions are answered and your not left with a cliff hanger.  Although I would love to hear more from about these characters if it were made into a series.  A great read,  I highly recommend.


AJ’s Chocolate Filled Soft Pretzel Bites

Cooking with AJ is a special post that features recipes that I make with the kiddos.  I love making pretzels with them and they thought of a fun addition to the recipe.  We bring you AJ’s Chocolate Filled Soft Pretzel Bites!!


1 1/3 cups warm water (110 degrees) (see note)
2 tablespoons warm water (110 degrees) (see note)
1 (1/4 ounce) packet dry yeast
1/3 cup brown sugar
5 cups flour (may only need 4cups)
KOSHER SALT (see note)

Chocolate chips for center, you can also use chocolate kisses.


In a large bowl for your mixer, mix 2 Tablespoons warm water with yeast to dissolve.
Stir in remaining warm water and brown sugar.
Using the dough hook, gradually add the flour until it forms a ball.
Turn out onto a work surface and knead until smooth.
Preheat your oven to 475 degrees
Spray 2 baking sheets with non-stick spray.
Bring 2 quarts water and the baking soda to a boil.
Cut dough into golf ball-size pieces, press the ball in your hand, add a few chocolate chips to the center and then cover the chocolate with dough, roll into a ball
Boil for 30 seconds, then drain and place on baking sheet.
Sprinkle with kosher salt.
Bake for 8 minutes or until golden brown.
TIPS: after making this recipe many times. I found I like to put an egg wash on the pretzels for a better color.

* I also take 2 TBSP. of butter melt it and add about ½ tsp. table salt mix and put on pretzels with a pastry brush after they come out of the oven. I don’t keep kosher salt on hand so this works fine as a substitute.

* water temp needs to be 110 for the yeast, it can’t be too cold or too hot, 110 degrees is just right.


Blog Tour: Oath Forger #5

Oath Forger #5
The Oath Forger Series – A Reverse Harem Sci-fi Romance 
By Nia Mars
Nia has a fantastic giveaway on her website for the books on your Amazon wishlist up to $100. Go here to learn more https://niamars.com/wishlist-giveaway

Each book in the series is featured for three days. Be sure to follow along to read more about each book. You may find the tour stops hereAbout the Book:
Thank you for sticking with Ava and her Five and being part of the adventure!

You are cordially invited to Merim to celebrate Earth officially becoming a Federation planet.

See you at the Oath Forger’s palace!

Book Links:

Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/226815-oath-forger

Other Books in the Series:
Oath Forger #2 Amazon Buy Link

Oath Forger #3 Amazon Buy Link
Oath Forger #4 Amazon Buy Link

About Nia Mars:
ABOUT ME: Books. Reading. Writing. Playing with the dog. That’s my life, in a nutshell. I love discovering new authors and new trends. Hello Reverse Harem novels!!!! Where have you been all my life? I love everything sci-fi, paranormal, and fantasy. I eat enough chocolate that at this point, I’m probably made of chocolate. OK, chocolate and coffee.
WHAT’S NEW: I’ve just published OATH FORGER, a soon-to-be bestselling, post-apocalyptic, reverse harem, sci-fi romance serial. Ha! Say that three times fast. 🙂
WHAT ELSE: If you’d rather try a standalone sci-fi romance from me, grab WARLORD. And make sure you don’t sit near anything flammable while reading it. Because it’s HOT. Whatever level of heat you’re thinking right now? Double it. (Not recommended if you don’t have AC, or at least a ceiling fan.) You’ve been warned.
IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A DRAGON: Check out DRAGON LORD, my upcoming dragon-shifter romance. And be prepared to lose your heart to a sexy, grumpy dragon. The best kind!
MY WISH LIST: (In case my fairy grandmother is reading this.)
1. For the OATH FORGER series to find readers who love these stories as much as I do.
2. Finishing my Master’s Degree in (what else) Writing Creative Fiction. (When I’m not writing books, I’m doing homework.)
WARRANTY: Your satisfaction is very important to me. If you have a complaint, please write it on a box of 50-piece Assorted Godiva Chocolate Truffles, and mail it to my office. I promise to personally see to all complaints.

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Twitter: @niamars_author

Review: Purell Multi Surface Disinfectant

 I was recently watching a YouTube video about cleaning. After the woman finished cleaning she disinfected her house with Purell Multi Surface Disinfectant. I was intrigued with the product so I called the company. I was told you can only buy it online right now and possibly in stores this summer. So I headed over to Amazon and got two bottles at a sale price.

     The first thing I noticed when opening my package is that it comes sealed with a top and it comes with the sprayer which is easy to attach. I liked it sent this way to avoid spilling. This is a disinfectant not a cleaner. So I suggest clean the area first then come back to disinfect. The time is listed on the bottle and it’s a very reasonable wait time 30 seconds to 1 minute. This product kills 99.9% of bacteria viruses and mold (see bottle for details). This is a no water rinse required product that is safe for pets, kids areas, kitchen appliances, children’s toys etc.  according to the bottle.

I decided to give it a try on my cleaned countertop. I didn’t get a strong scent when spraying. I let sit one minute and wiped off. I was noticing a slight scent the same as you scent as Purell hand sanitizer. It wiped up nicely and left no residue. My counters felt nice after using it and it didn’t leave a strong odor.

I was happy to see this helps kill flu virus among others. I feel confident using this around my pets and family. I am glad to see a product like this exists and I will definitely purchase this again.

I purchased this product. This is not a sponsored post. I am not affiliated with Purell or Amazon.