Fastnacht (Fat Tuesday Donuts)

 

Fat Tuesday is not complete without Fastnachts.  This tradition of making them once a year on Fat Tuesday has been passed down to me. I love making them and feel happy to be able to continue the tradition. These seem difficult but they really aren’t that hard once you make them once. These taste great and I hope you give them a try.

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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Review: Lyrical Embrrace by Amber Daulton

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Out-of-work violinist Erica Timberly decides enough is enough. She leaves her abusive boyfriend and flees the big city, but then her car breaks down in the middle of the night. Though wary of men, she accepts help from Dylan Haynes, a stranger driving by on the road, and soon recognizes him as the sexy former drummer of her favorite indie rock band. Maybe, just maybe, her run of bad luck is finally turning around.
Music teacher Dylan Haynes knows Erica is in trouble, and her black eye is only the first clue. The stubborn yet vulnerable woman needs a friend, but he’s determined to give her everything she deserves.
Will Erica listen to the music in her heart and trust Dylan, or will her past always threaten her future?

MY THOUGHTS

Stranded on here way to escape her abusive boyfriend, Erica meets the a man driving by that she doesn’t trust because of her bad luck with men.  Erica finally realizes the handsome stranger is Dylan Haynes a drummer and her crush from her favorite band.  Dylan helps her forget her past, but is her past coming back to haunt her.

I enjoyed reading this book because the characters are like able and relatable.  The story gives realistic relationships that aren’t far from true to life romances.  You find yourself rooting for the characters and the town, which becomes a character in itself.  A little added spice to make it a exciting read.  I would definitely recommend.

Source: I received a copy of this book to review.

Loaded Fries

I have had loaded fries at many restaurants.  Because most come with a chili or tomatoes and other things that people in my family choose not to eat or can’t  eat due to seeds I decided to make up a batch of my own using ingredients we all love.

Loaded Fries

1 bag frozen french fries, amy variety will do I use Wegmans brand crinkle cut.

4 slices bacon, cooked until crisp then cut into small pieces

1 green onion, cut

4 ounces cheddar cheese

sour cream, about 1/2 cup or more per your taste

salt and pepper

Directions:

In an air fryer cook your fries based on your model directions, if no air fryer bake in oven per directions,  cook until done. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

In the cake pan of your air fryer add the cooked fries, or leave fries on baking dish but mound them up together.

place cheese on top of fries.  air fry about 3 minutes or broil about 3 minutes or until cheese is melted.

once cheese is melted add bacon, onion and sour cream dolloped on top.  Eat and enjoy.

 

Blog Tour Past Due For Murder


Past Due for Murder:
A Blue Ridge Library Mystery
by Victoria Gilbert

 

About the Book


Past Due for Murder: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Crooked Lane Books (February 12, 2019)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1683318749
ISBN-13: 978-1683318743
Digital ASIN: B07D2GYM25

Has a curse fallen on the small town of Taylorsford, Virginia? After a young woman goes missing during a spring bonfire, library director Amy Webber must wade through the web of lies only to find a truth that she may not want to untangle.

Spring has sprung in quaint Taylorsford, Virginia, and the mayor has revived the town’s long-defunct May Day celebration to boost tourism. As part of the festivities, library director Amy Webber is helping to organize a research project and presentation by a local folklore expert. All seems well at first—but spring takes on a sudden chill when a university student inexplicably vanishes during a bonfire.

The local police cast a wide net to find the missing woman, but in a shocking turn of events, Amy’s swoon-worthy neighbor Richard Muir becomes a person of interest in the case. Not only is Richard the woman’s dance instructor, he also doesn’t have an alibi for the night the student vanished—or at least not one he’ll divulge, even to Amy.

When the missing student is finally discovered lost in the mountains, with no memory of recent events—and a dead body lying nearby—an already disturbing mystery takes on a sinister new hue. Blessed with her innate curiosity and a librarian’s gift for research, Amy may be the only one who can learn the truth in Past Due for Murder, Victoria Gilbert’s third charming Blue Ridge Library mystery.

About the Author

Raised in a historic small town in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Victoria Gilbert turned her early obsession with books into a dual career as an author and librarian.

Victoria’s first cozy mystery series, the Blue Ridge Library Mystery series, garnered her a three-book deal with Crooked Lane Books, which has since been expanded to five books. The first two books in the series have been optioned by Sony Pictures Television, and the first three were or will be produced in audiobook by Tantor Media.

Victoria also just inked a 2-book deal with Crooked Lane for a new cozy series, the Booklovers B & B series, set in historic Beaufort, NC.

A member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and Sisters in Crime, Victoria is represented by Frances Black at Literary Counsel.

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Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Wafers

I enjoy making easy or semi-homemade treats for holidays.  These are easy to make and take to school parties or to be enjoyed by family members and friends.  I like using the Goya brand because I feel it has the best strawberry flavor.  Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Wafers

INGREDIENTS:

1 Package Goya strawberry wafers

1 cup milk chocolate morsels

1 teaspoon vegetable shortening

Valentines theme sprinkles

DIRECTIONS:

In a microwave safe bowl add chocolate morsels and vegetable shortening.  I use a Pyrex glass measuring cup  its easier to dip in a cup.  Microwave for 30 seconds, stir and microwave for an additional 30 seconds.  It should be melted now  but if its not repeat melting 30 seconds and mixing until completely melted. Dip each wafer half way up.  Let harden on a sheet of Reynolds wrap.  Immediately add sprinkles.  Let harden and enjoy!!

Add any leftovers to an air tight container.

 

 

Book Tour: The Novel Art Of Murder

 


The Novel Art of Murder
(Mystery Bookshop)
by V.M. Burns

About the Book


The Novel Art of Murder (Mystery Bookshop)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Kensington (November 27, 2018)
Paperback: 256 pages
ISBN-10: 1496711858
ISBN-13: 978-1496711854
Digital ASIN: B07B7B4C8Q

Mystery bookstore owner Samantha Washington is trying to keep her grandmother from spending her golden years in an orange jumpsuit . . .

The small town of North Harbor, Michigan, is just not big enough for the two of them: flamboyant phony Maria Romanov and feisty Nana Jo. The insufferable Maria claims she’s descended from Russian royalty and even had a fling with King Edward VIII back in the day. She’s not just a lousy liar, she’s a bad actress, so when she nabs the lead in the Shady Acres Senior Follies—a part Nana Jo plays every year in their retirement village production—Nana Jo blows a gasket and reads her the riot act in front of everyone.

Of course, when Maria is silenced with a bullet to the head, Nana Jo lands the leading role on the suspects list. Sam’s been writing her newest mystery, set in England between the wars, with her intrepid heroine Lady Daphne drawn into murder and scandal in the household of Winston Churchill. But now she has to prove that Nana Jo’s been framed. With help from her grandmother’s posse of rambunctious retirees, Sam shines a spotlight on Maria’s secrets, hoping to draw the real killer out of the shadow

About the Author

V.M. Burns was born in Northwestern Indiana and spent many years in Southwestern Michigan on the Lake Michigan shoreline. She is a lover of dogs, British historic cozies, and scones with clotted cream. After many years in the Midwest, she went in search of milder winters and currently lives in Eastern Tennessee with her poodles. Her debut novel, The Plot is Murder was nominated for a 2017 Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Valerie is a member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and a lifetime member of Sisters in Crime. Readers can learn more by visiting her website at vmburns.com

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