Recipe: Lemon Cake for National Lemon Day

Lemon-Cake-Cream-Cheese-FrostingToday is National Lemon and Orange Day.  To celebrate I am sharing a semi-homemade Lemon cake with cream cheese frosting. Enjoy!!

SEMI-HOMEMADE LEMON CAKE WITH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

 

Ingredients

  • 1 box Yellow cake mix, plus the eggs, water and oil that is listed on cake mix
  • 1 lemon

For the frosting

  • 2 ½ cups confectioner sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, cold from fridge
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened

Directions

  1. Prepare cake mix as directed.  Then, add zest and juice of one lemon.  It gives a slight lemon flavor, add more or less to your liking.
  2. Bake cake as directed on box.
  3. Cool cake, then prepare frosting.
  4. Whip cold cream cheese with softened butter.  Add vanilla, then confectioner sugar about ½ cup at a time.  I used 2 ½ cups, use 2 cups to start and add more to get the consistency you like.
  5. Frost cake.  I store my cake in the fridge due to the frosting being cream cheese.

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RECIPE: HUMMINGBRID CAKE with CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

HUMMINGBIRD CAKE

Spring is here and this recipe screams spring to me. I love the pineapple and pecans in this recipe along with the cream cheese frosting. This is great for a family get together that you may be having. This looks like it takes work, but its worth it.

Hummingbird Cake

Ingredients

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 large eggs, beaten
11/2 cups vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained
2 cups chopped bananas
1 cup chopped pecans
Shortening
Cream Cheese Frosting
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Preparation

Preheat oven to 350°. Whisk together flour and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl; add eggs and oil, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Stir in vanilla, pineapple, bananas, and 1 cup chopped toasted pecans. Spoon batter into 3 well-greased (with shortening) and floured 9-inch round cake pans.

Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes our clean. Cool cake layers in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks, and cool completely (about 1 hour).

Place 1 cake layer on a serving platter. Spread 1 cup Cream Cheese Frosting over cake layer. Top with second layer, and spread 1 cup frosting over cake layer. Top with third cake layer, and spread top and sides of cake with remaining frosting. Arrange toasted pecan halves in a circular pattern over top of cake.

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www.lisareneejones.com  this site has recipes and giveaways every other week or more.

reviews by Crystal  Crystal has book posts and many contests.  She also has a family emergency now and has info on her blog on how you could help.

The Reading Addict I have had a lot of luck on this blog.  There are contests usually a few a week and all you need to do is comment and/or fill out a quick rafflecopter.  A lot of great authors on this site sharing new releases.

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Coming Soon: COWBOY JUSTICE 12-PACK 2016 + GIVEAWAY

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Texas Justice – Cynthia D’Alba

Cowboy’s Best Shot – Lexi Post

Badge and a Saddle – Randi Alexander

Texas Lone Star – Sable Hunter

Laying Down the Law – Becky McGraw

Cowboy Lawe – Donna Michaels

Protect and Serve – Sabrina York

Justice Burning – Elle James

Cain’s Law – Delilah Devlin

Lazarus – Beth Williamson Blind Sided – Lindsay McKenna

Justice for Laine – Susan Stoker

 

Protect and Serve by Sabrina York

The last thing officer Charlie Dunham expects when he returns to his hometown is to tangle with his high school crush, Claire Silver, right off the bat. He’d planned to ignore her entirely—the way she’d always ignored him. But when a mysterious threat puts her in danger, he must step in and save her. It doesn’t take long for him to realize that he’s been lying to himself about his feelings for Claire. He wants her…no matter the cost.

READ AN EXCERPT:

Un-fricking-believable. Claire Silver, in his arms, letting him kiss her.

And what a magnificent kiss it was. He caught her by surprise, so her lips were parted. When he pressed his mouth against hers, she sighed, or something like it, and her essence filled his being.

Damn, she tasted good.

He yanked her closer, tipped his head and deepened the kiss. Loved that she responded. Slowly, tentatively at first, but then with increasing passion. She looped her arms around his shoulders and cupped his nape with her palm. Stroked him with her thumb as he delved deeper.

She was a tiny thing, but the full package. Her body was soft and fit him in all the right places.

And yeah. All the times he’d fantasized about kissing her…not one of them even came close to the reality.

His passion rose and he couldn’t help pressing against her belly. She made a sound like a moan and reciprocated, arching into him and curling her fingers against his skin.

The parted by mutual consent—though an ache rose as he lost the connection—and he sighed.

She stared up at him, her eyes damp, lips parted. And yeah, they were damp too. Her tongue swept out and he nearly lost it, right then and there.

“When did you get so tall?” she asked in a contemplative tone, one almost devoid of prickles.

“When did you get so short?” he asked. “You’re practically a runt.”

She hit him with her fist, but only in jest. He barely felt it. “I’m not a runt.”

“You’re short. I have to bend down to kiss you.”

“You could always kiss someone else,” she said in a defiant tone.

“You could stand on a box.”

“I’m not standing on a box.”

He tsked at her. “You’re being unreasonable.”

“Am I?” she said on a laugh. It was hard to maintain his dour demeanor. They turned and strolled over to Main Street, as though neither was ready for this interaction to end.

“Yes. Lots of women throughout history have stood on a box for their men.”

“Name one.”

“Queen Victoria.”

“I don’t believe that for a minute.”

“It’s true. Google it.”

“I’m not going to Google it. I have better things to do than worry about how Queen Victoria climbed Prince Albert.”

“There are more.”

“Oh dear.” She gusted a sigh. “Do tell.”

“Cleopatra. Joan of Arc. Mother Teresa.”

“Balderdash. Mother Teresa never kissed a man.”

“How do you know?”

“She was a nun.”

He waggled his brows. “She wasn’t always a nun.”

“This conversation is pointless.”

“It is not. It is very important that we work this out. I would like to kiss you again, at some point.” Like now.

“Wouldn’t you rather kiss Cleopatra? She was very beautiful and passionate and, from what I understand, was willing to stand on a box.”

“Ah, but you’re forgetting the asps. I try to avoid women who keep vipers as pets.”

“Well, yes, I suppose that is a good idea.” He took her hand as they wandered toward the park, and she let him. In fact, she interlaced their fingers, which he found encouraging indeed. The night air was sweet and cool and riffled gently through her hair. Her beauty was only enhanced by the glow of the moon. “If you could kiss any of them, which would you choose?” she asked after a moment.

“Hmm.” He pretended to ponder this conundrum. “I can’t think of any other short woman I would rather kiss than you.”

She stopped and looked up at him, torn between outrage and humor. “I’m not short.”

They were next to the merry-go-round—which was providential—so he lifted her up on it. Finally they were face-to-face. “That’s better.”

“What’s better?” she said, but her voice had softened and she leaned into him in a delicious way. He rocked the merry-go-round, just a bit, just enough to make her clutch him in her surprise.

“And better still.”

“Good sir, I do think you intend to debauch me.”

Debauch her? Hmm. Not a bad idea. “I was planning to kiss you, but hey, who am I to deny a lady?”

She stilled as their gazes clashed. Her smile faded. In its place was something even more lovely. Desire. He pulled her closer and breathed in her scent.

“Did you know I had a crush on you when we were kids?” He wasn’t sure why he admitted it. He’d sworn he never would.

“You did?” Her eyes widened.

“Couldn’t you tell?”

“No. You were so mean to me.”

“Only because I wanted your attention.”

She scudded her palm over his short hair. It felt divine. “Do you want my attention now?”

“Oh, absolutely.”

“Are you going to be mean?”

“Never.”

“Well, then,” she said, but she didn’t finish the sentence, unless she meant to express herself in a more tactile fashion. She tipped her head to the side and pressed her mouth to his. It was tender and soft and clinging and it incited him to respond. He nudged her lips apart with his tongue and tasted her. She groaned and her fingers curled; she raked her nails over his scalp.

And damn, it was good. A shiver danced up his spine.

Unfortunately, bracing on the merry-go-round was a bad strategy, because it kept moving, so he whipped her up into his arms and sat, cradling her on his lap. He leaned her against one of the poles and used that for leverage in his kiss.

He tasted her, reveled in her and she reciprocated. He had no idea how long they kissed, explored, exulted in each other, but it wasn’t nearly long enough. Forever would be good, he supposed. Not asking much.

This was too wonderful to even think of stopping. Protect and Serve is a Stripped Down Cowboy Prequel Novella!

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Her Royal Hotness, Sabrina York, is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of hot, humorous stories for smart and sexy readers. Her titles range from sweet & snarky to scorching romance. Visit her webpage at www.sabrinayork.com to check out her books, excerpts and contests. Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/bj8tKb.

 

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Interview with Vanessa Vale author of Their Kidnapped Bride + FREE BOOK!!!

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Welcome All.

Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Vanessa Vale author of Their Kidnapped Bride.

Hi Vanessa, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself.

 

Title of book you’re promoting: Their Kidnapped Bride

What have you written?

I write mostly erotic historical westerns with a smattering of other genres thrown in for fun. Their Kidnapped Bride is the first book in the Bridgewater Menage series. The tag line for the series is: One cowboy is never enough. So if you like cowboys, and more than one at a time, then this series is for you!

To get to the links for ALL retailers, go to: freemenagebook.com

Where can we buy or see them?

This book is FREE!!! on Amazon, Apple, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and All Romance eBooks!

What genre are your books?

Historical erotic westerns (this series specifically is menage)

What draws you to this genre?

I lived in Montana for 5 years and love cowboys! I love the history of this part of the country and I love to daydream about it. Writing this type of historical fantasy is so much fun!

What is your favorite movie and why?

I love A Room With A View. It is historical and witty and lovely. The clothing, scenery and humor is spectacular. If you like to see barely clad men, then that’s a perk, too!

Since this is a book & recipe blog, do you have a favorite recipe you would like to tell us about or even share?

My favorite recipe involves a pressure cooker, but this could be done without one, just cook the noodles regularly.

Pressure Cooker Macaroni and Cheese!

3 cups elbow noodles

3 cups water

1 can evaporated milk

several handfuls of your favorite shredded cheese

salt and pepper

Add noodles and water to pressure cooker and cook at full pressure for 5 minutes. Quick release the lid. Add the can of evaporated milk and the cheese and stir. Let the noodles suck in some of the milk so it thickens over a few minutes. Then season (and possibly add more cheese) to taste.

THAT’S IT! ** I like to add cubed ham and chopped broccoli too!

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Website: http://www.vanessavaleauthor.com

Blog: Facebook: http://facebook.com/vanessavaleauthor

Twitter: @iamvanessavale

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/vanessavale1

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Vanessa-Vale/e/B00PGB3AXC

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9835889.Vanessa_Vale

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vanessavaleauthor@gmail.com

Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview.

 

 

Recipe: Manna Cookies

Manna Cookies, Easter cookies-Rae

Today I have a Easter recipe that is good for bible class or religion, or just for families and individuals that are looking for a way to celebrate Easter from a Catholic point of view.  The Ten Commandments is on at 7pm eastern time on ABC this Saturday March 26th.  This would be a great treat to make while watching the movie.

What is Manna?  “When the people of Israel saw it, they said to one another, ‘What is it?’ For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, ‘It is the bread that the LORD has given you to eat’” (Exodus 16:15). The Hebrew word translated “manna” literally means “what is it?”

MANNA COOKIES

1/2 cup softened butter

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

2 tablespoons honey

1 cup granulated sugar

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

2 eggs

2 cups flour

dash salt

Cream butter, adding sugar gradually, until light and pale.  Add eggs and beat thoroughly.  Add honey, salt and vanilla.  Combine baking powder and flour, add to butter mixture.  Drop by 1/2 teaspoon onto a greased cookie sheet (or silpat) Bake in a 400 degree oven for 8 minutes or until done.  Cool on wire racks.