Chocolate Reese’s Pieces cookies

This recipe is my go to recipe for Family Movie Night.  My movie recommendation E.T..

Enjoy!!!

 

Chocolate Reese’s Pieces cookies

Ingredients
• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• 3/4 cup baking cocoa
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1-1/4 cups (2-1/2 sticks) butter, softened
• 2 cups granulated sugar
• 2 eggs
• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
• 2 (4oz.) boxes Reese’s Pieces

Directions:
Heat oven to 350°F.
Stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda, set aside.
Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with mixer until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Gradually add flour mixture, beating well. Stir in Reese’s pieces. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake 8 to 9 minutes. (Do not over bake) Cool slight, remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.
These are a great chocolate cookie, you can switch out the Reese’s pieces for peanut butter, mint, white chocolate chips or even M&M’s.

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Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Most everyone loves Buffalo wings, but we don’t love all of the calories, here is a great alternative.

 

BUFFALO CAULIFLOWER BITES

 

1 large head of cauliflower, cut into bite-sized pieces

1 tablespoon flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

2 tablespoons oil

¼ cup Franks Red Hot sauce

1 tablespoon butter

 

Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees.

Place foil in a cookie sheet and spray with cooking spray, set aside.

In a large bowl add cleaned and dried cauliflower along with 1 tablespoon of flour mix well to coat cauliflower.

In the same bowl add 2 tablespoons oil and coat evenly.

Place cauliflower on cookie sheet in a single layer.

Bake 10 minutes.

While baking clean & dry the bowl you used for the flour & oil mix.

In the now clean bowl, microwave franks hot sauce and butter for 30 seconds, if butter is not melted mix in hot sauce until it melts. Add spices.

When cauliflower has cooked for 10 minutes, remove from pan & place in sauce bowl mix very well to coat.

Place cauliflower back on cookie sheet, bake 5 minutes.

OPTIONAL: Serve with ranch dressing or blue cheese dressing and celery.

 

Enjoy!!!

Rae

Blog Tour: Out If Goodbyes by Gen Ryan



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Author: Gen Ryan
Title: Out of Goodbyes
Series: Hopelessly Devoted, #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer: Claire Smith
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Just when Rainey finally gets her life together, her high school sweetheart, Parker, decides he’s ready to fight for her. His promises threaten to tear apart all that Rainey has fought for. Her happiness and heart included.
Levi Hayes has fought hard for Rainey’s trust. When he finally wins her heart, he fears it all might be taken away. But he’ll fight for Rainey, even if doing so threatens to bring up memories he’d rather forget.
For Rainey to make her choice, she must let go of a past that took everything from her and hope she can finally live for herself, and find her forever happiness.
It’s not over yet! 
More Than Words, the first in another character’s story, is coming in March 2018!

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True love.
Something many people thought about. I knew some people who would say they never have, and that their life didn’t revolve around finding a soul mate. I called bullshit.
Maybe they didn’t sit and look at every man and woman that crossed their path and think “this is the one.” That the person who walked into the coffee shop, or stared at them a bit longer as they stood in the supermarket line, was the one they would spend the rest of their life with. But deep down, everyone strove for a connection. A person who would never give up on them even when they wanted to give up on themselves. A connection so strong that even when they were hundreds of thousands of miles away, love really knew no distance. Love conquered all.
When I first laid eyes on Parker, I knew it was true love. I couldn’t get him out of my head all summer. His broken soul stole my heart with a look and a smile. I held him in my arms, and that day I found my soul mate seemed so long ago. So foreign. So forgetful.
Truth was, I was out of goodbyes. I was out of strength. Once, I would have waited while this man who was my everything walked out the door. I’d have held on to every second with bated breath, waiting for a call, a letter, an e-mail. Not anymore. I had fallen out of love with my soul mate.
How did that happen? It was years of heartache and giving my all to a marriage into which he never once put the same amount of effort. The crumbs he threw me now and then were enough to keep me sustained, but now I was starving for love, attention, and companionship. What he was currently offering seemed wonderful, something that maybe a year ago I’d have jumped on. But all I heard were promises that would be broken. Parker was my soul mate that once was.
Releasing him from the hug, I stepped back and looked down at the man who had once been my everything, who was now nothing but a ghost of the man I once loved.
When We Were Young
Book 1

 



You can find Gen curled up reading paranormal romance and romantic thrillers or frantically typing her stories on her laptop.

Forensic psychology is her trade by day, teaching and molding the minds of college students. Her interest in psychology can be seen in her books, each including many psychological undertones. Although she loves teaching, her passion, her true love, lies in the stories that roam around in her head. Yes, they all come from her mind–the good, the bad, and the totally insane.Gen Ryan is an international best-selling author in multiple sub genres within romance. She lives in Massachusetts–no, not Boston–with her husband, daughter, and American Eskimo dog named Chewbacca. With each story she shares, she hopes her love for writing and storytelling seeps through, encompassing the reader and leaving them wanting more.

 

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Onion Rings

I made Fried Green Tomatoes last September and I had left over batter.  I had onions and figured why not make onion rings.  These taste really good on tomatoes or onions.  Enjoy!!

 

Onion Rings

About 4 onions, cut into rings

1 cups flour
1/4 cup corn meal
1/2 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
milk, start with about 1/4 cup, add more as needed to make a pancake like batter (I use skim milk)
dash of chili powder

You will also need vegetable oil for frying

Directions:
In a medium size bowl, mix together flour, cornmeal, salt, pepper and chili powder. Add enough milk to create a thick batter. Try a few tablespoons at a time.
Heat oil in a large fry pan. enough to cover the rings when frying about an inch deep in the fry pan.
Dip onion rings in the batter, making sure it is covering the entire onion, Let any excess batter drip off.
Place onion ring in 350 degree oil, careful not to splatter oil. Brown on both sides.
Drain the finished onions on a paper towel lined plate.

Enjoy!

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REVIEW Boneseeker by Brynn Chapman

TITLE Boneseeker

AUTHOR Brynn Chapman

Paperback: 286 pages
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc. (Crimson Rose) (January 10, 2018)
ISBN-10: 1509218726
ISBN-13: 978-1509218721

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

BOOK DESCRIPTION FROM AMAZON

Aspiring scientist Arabella Holmes doesn’t fit the role of a 1900s lady. Her father, Sherlock, landed her a position at the Mütter Museum to pursue her dream of becoming a purveyor of abnormal science, or what her father calls a “Boneseeker.”

Henry Watson’s two-fold mission at the Mütter Museum is to join their team of forensic anthropologists in unearthing unusual antiquities and to watch over Arabella. If only he could get her to speak to him, instead of hurling knives in his general direction. Assigned to a most secret expedition to investigate a mysterious skeletal hand discovered in upstate New York, Arabella and Henry are soon caught in a scientific debate, and the search for the truth may have deadly consequences for those involved.

Are the bones from a Neanderthal? Or are they living proof of fallen angels known as Nephilim?

Watson and Holmes must put aside their differences, trust their instincts, and rely on one another to survive to uncover the truth.
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MY THOUGHTS

Arabella (Bella) Holmes, daughter of Sherlock Holmes is not like other girls.  While most young women her age are looking for suitable husbands, Bella is concentrated on her career.  Unfortunately, much like today’s feelings about women in the work place in the 1900’s it was much more difficult to get respect from the men in the field.  Bella had to fight for her place to go on expedition to find the bones she seeked.  Bella was not alone in her quest, she had long time friend and son of John Holmes, Henry.  Henry had a reputation with the ladies, but it was Bella that he wanted by his side.  The pair face many obstacles during the search for the bones that may be Neanderthal or  Nephilim, fallen .

I enjoyed reading this book and hearing both voices of Henry and Bella.  It made the book even more exciting, I enjoyed getting two sides of one story in a single book. The subject matter was fun to read and I would love to read more or this developing relationship.  I also have to say I love the cover on this book, it was one of the reasons I wanted to read it.  A recommended read.

 

Recipe: Fastnacht (Fat Tuesday donuts)

fastnacht-kuechels

Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras is celebrated Tuesday February 13, 2018 this year.  I love to celebrate by making King Cakes, Fastnachts (donuts) and other gold, purple and green themed desserts and food.  A must have on Tuesday is definitely the Fastnachts.  The tradition started many, many years ago when my mother would make them only once a year for this special day.

As years pass I have kept the tradition going.  It’s just not Fat Tuesday unless I am handing bags of these fresh wonderful smelling fastnachts to friends and family.  There are three ways you can make these.  You can put powdered sugar on them or cinnamon and sugar or my favorite glaze.  All three are tasty and I make all three.  I make two batches per year since the family and friends list has grown.  This is easily doubled, especially when using a big Kitchen Aid mixer.  I hope you try these and enjoy as much as I do!!

This recipe is a Fat Tuesday tradition.  Fry up these tasty donuts and earn your beads!!

FASTNACHT KUECHELS (Fat Tuesday Donuts)

3 TO 4 CUPS FLOUR

1 PACKAGE DRY YEAST

½ TEASPOON SALT

¼ CUP SUGAR

1 EGG

¼ CUP COMBINED SOLID SHORTNING (CRISCO) AND BUTTER

1 AND ¾ CUP MILK

  • MIX 1 ½ CUP FLOUR, DRY YEAST, SALT AND SUGAR IN A LARGE BOWL
  • HEAT MILK AND 1/8 CUP BUTTER AND 1/8 CUP CRISCO, IN A SAUCE PAN UNTIL LUKE WARM, 110 DEGREES ON A CANDY THERMOMOTER IT IS NOT NECESSARY FOR CRISCO TO MELT, ADD TO DRY INGREDIENTS IN BOWL.
  • BEAT IN MIXER 2 MINUTES MEDIUM SPEED.
  • ADD EGG AND ½ CUP FLOUR OR ENOUGH TO MAKE THICK BATTER, recipe calls for up to a total of 4 cups, you have already added 2 so you can add up to 2 more cups.
  • BEAT HIGH SPEED 2 MINUTES
  • STIR IN ENOUGH FLOUR TO MAKE A SOFT DOUGH
  • KNEAD LIGHTLY, ADD DOUGH TO BOWL COVER BOWL WITH KITCHEN TOWEL, LET RISE IN A WARM PLACE UNTIL DOUBLED IN BOWL, ABOUT 1 HOUR,
  • PLACE DOUGH ON LIGHTLY FLOURED SURFACE KNEAD LIGHTLY, ROOL TO ½ TO ¾ INCH THICKNESS
  • CUT INTO SQUARES, APPROX 3 INCHES SQUARE, LET DOUGH SIT A FEW MINUTES, ALWAYS KEEP DOUGH COVERED WITH KITCHEN TOWEL.
  • HEAT OIL TO 370 DEGREES,
  • FRY A FEW AT A TIME, BEFORE FRYING PULL THE DOUGH A BIT SO DOUGH IS THIN IN CENTER, BROWN AND THEN FLIP AND BROWN OTHER SIDE

DRAIN ON PAPER TOWEL, SPRINKLE WITH POWDERED SUGAR OR CINNAMON/GRANULATED SUGAR MIX, I PUT MINE IN A BAG AND SHAKE.  I also make a glaze of 1/2 teaspoon almond extract and 1 tablespoon milk, I start out with 1/2 cup confectioner sugar and add until I get the proper glaze thickness.  Dip donuts in glaze and let set on a piece of foil or wax paper.

ENJOY!

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Release Day, Special Price: HIS Series Box Set Vol. 2

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Title: HIS Series Box Set Vol. 2
Author: Sheila Kell
Genre: Romantic Suspense
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Romantic Suspense BEST-SELLING Author • In Sheila Kell’s passionate novels of heat, desire, and suspense, prepare to meet the hot-bodied men of Hamilton Investigation & Security (HIS) as they do whatever it takes to protect the women who have stolen their hearts.
HIS CHANCE – Devon Hamilton
What happens when one hot night in Vegas irrevocably changes his future? In HIS book four, a red-hot computer nerd and a stubborn former FBI agent are drawn together by an undeniable attraction and the chance to save lives.
HIS DESTINY – Trent McKenzie
What happens when his destiny leads him into the arms of the woman he doesn’t think he deserves? In HIS book five, a damaged man and a broken woman are connected by heartbreak and danger… and the heat of possibility.
HIS FAMILY – Blake Hamilton
What happens when a man used to being in control has to call in his family to rescue the woman he loves? In HIS book six (novella), a charismatic U.S. Senator and an assertive CEO are connected by the love they share. A love about to be ripped out from beneath them.
HIS HEART – Matt Hamilton
What happens when a man is called to protect the woman who captured then crushed his heart? In HIS book seven, two people are connected by a painful past and a love that is threatened.
If you like thrilling, edge of your seat reading with sizzling sex scenes, then you’ll love each installment of Sheila Kell’s best-selling series. 
Continue the adventure with the hot-bodied men of HIS today!
Books do not have to be read in order, but you’ll get the whole picture if you do!
HIS Series, Vol I (Books 1-3)
Book 8: HIS FANTASY (Brad & Madison)
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  HIS CHANCE 
One night in Vegas will change everything
His hand froze and the tantalizing goose bumps that had been sprouting over her skin, as his hand lightly grazed her shoulder, disappeared. His voice commanded her attention. “Look at me, Rylee.”
Slowly, she raised her eyes and fell headfirst into his warm expression.
“I’d rather you were wearing it.”
“I—”
“It’s okay. We’ll figure it out later.”
“I—” What the hell was wrong with her? She couldn’t get a word out of her mouth. Worse, she had a guilty twinge stealing through her.
He settled back to toying with her hair again. “I have some tapes to show you of us.”
Rylee jumped up, panic flooded her. “We made—” She wrung her hands. “We made sex tapes?” she asked, full of fright at the idea. Good God, she’d been even drunker than she’d thought.
Sheila Kell is an award-winning author who writes smokin’ hot romance and intrigue. She secretly laughs when her mother, in that stern voice, calls it, “nasty.” As a self-proclaimed caffeine addict nestled in north Mississippi with three cats, she wears her pajamas most of the day and writes about the romantic men who leave women’s hearts pounding with a happily ever after built on a memorable, adrenaline-pumping story. When she isn’t writing, she can be found visiting her family, dreaming of an editor who agrees her work is perfect, or watching cartoons.
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