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Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Win a book? Yes, please!
Check out the cozy mysteries you could win from GoodReads!
(Use the link below the blurb of each book for a chance to enter it's giveaway.)
Not much this week.
I threw the last title in for fun.
The books I've listed are just some of the titles you can win!
There are not only more mysteries (of all types) but books in just about any genre you can think of.
What are you waiting for? Go enter!!!
NOTE: The giveaways on GoodReads are for both Print and eBooks copies. Make sure to enter only for the ones you want.
PS . . . While you're there, I'd love for you to friend me and check out my reviews! If you enjoy them, please make sure to Like them. Thanks!
Monday, November 29, 2021
Once in a while I like taking a look back at posts that I've had on the blog. I found the following feature that I ran for a short time. Let me know if this is something that should come back as a regular feature.
Christmas is coming!
So many things come to mind when thinking of Christmas, and they all bring a smile to my face.
One of the things that brings the biggest smile?
Dessert, parties, cookie exchanges . . .
Cookies play a big part in the holidays.
Every Tuesday, now until Christmas, I'll be sharing some amazing cookie recipes from some of your favorite cozy authors and books!
by Cleo Coyle
I shared this recipe back in May of 2015, but I think it's worth repeating!
(Glazed Lemon Cookies)
Makes 3 to 4 dozen, depending
on size and shape of cookie
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest (grated from rind)
1/8 teaspoon salt (pinch or two)
3 large eggs
1/4 cup whole milk
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (sifted)
4 teaspoons baking powder
Lemon Glaze Ingredients
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons lemon extract
2 cups confectioners' sugar (sifted)
With an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together with vanilla and lemon extract, lemon zest, and salt.
Add eggs and beat for a minute or two until light and fluffy.
Add in the flour and baking powder, blending well with the mixer until you have a dough (be careful not to overmix the dough or cookies will be tough). Dough should be soft and sticky.
Chill for at least an hour---could dough is easier to work with.
Preheat the oven to 350° F.
Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone sheets or spray surface with cooking spray.
With well greased hands, shape bits of dough into small ropes (about the thickness of a woman's wedding ring finger), make a ring with the rope of dough about 2 inches in diameter, and press ends together on the baking sheet. Or for lemon drops, simply roll pieces of dough about 1 inch in size and place on baking sheet. (If you really want to go rustic, then don't even bother chilling the dough. Simply drop teaspoonfuls of the sticky dough onto the baking sheet.)
Bake about 10 to 15 minutes. Don't over cook. Baking time may vary, depending on your oven.
Let the cookies cool before glazing and decorating.
In a nonstick saucepan, place the butter, water, and lemon extract over low heat. Stir until butter melts.
Add confectioners' sugar, a little at a time, stirring constantly. Wait until sugar dissolves before adding more. Continue until all sugar has been added. Stir or whisk until your glaze is smooth.
Use pastry brush to glaze your cooled cookies. (Optional: If you wish to add decorations to your cookies, such as nonpareils or colored sugar, be sure to sprinkle while glaze is still warm. I (Cleo Coyle) actually prefer the cookies without decorations, just the lemon glaze.)
I can smell the lemon. Yum!
Perfect for a cookie exchange!
Check back next Tuesday for another yummy cookie recipe!
What do you think? Should Cookie Jar Tuesday make a come back? I'd love to hear what you think!
Sunday, November 28, 2021
I hope you all had a beautiful Thanksgiving.
I sure did. Great food, ugly sweater cookie decorating contest, and a game called 5 Second Rule that had me laughing so hard my stomach hurt and I couldn't breath.
I went shopping for a bit on Friday.
No! Not Black Friday shopping. No way!
I went thrift store shopping for treasure for my eBay.
I found some great things and I can't wait to get them listed!
I know this was a boring post. I'm sorry about that. Thursday and Friday caught up to me. LOL
Have a great day my friends!
Friday, November 26, 2021
Cozy Food Friday
Thanksgiving leftover version!
If you're anything like me, you can't eat another bite. Well, maybe some leftovers. What do you do to change that leftover turkey? Give this a try!
Thursday, November 25, 2021
Can you believe it's Thanksgiving Day already?
I know it's hard in today's world to feel grateful for much, and I do cry for the way things are today. However, I'm grateful for many things, and you my friends are of course the first of those at the top of my list.
Now, go stuff your bellies!