Wednesday, December 1, 2021

 


Did you know you can win a ton of great prizes at WriterSpace? 
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At Writerspace you can win books (not just cozies), Gift Cards, and other great prizes from dozens of authors!

Check these out!

Sabrina Jeffries is giving away gorgeous seasonal goodies including a Buckingham Palace teacup and teapot ornament set. The winner will also receive an audiobook version of 'TWAS THE NIGHT AFTER CHRISTMAS to listen to while preparing for her holiday celebration. Enter to win!

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Jayne Ann Krentz is giving away a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card (winner's choice), to celebrate the release of Jayne Castle's GUILD BOSS.

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Laura M. Baird is giving away a $25 Amazon gift card to one winner.

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Pam Binder is giving away the goods to make a gingerbread house in a special contest this month to celebrate the launch of her new eBook, GINGERBREAD KNIGHT.

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Kylie Brant is giving away a $50 Amazon gift card to one winner.

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Marie Ferrarella is giving away a book related prize to one winner!

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Carolyn Haines is giving away a hardcover copy of ROCK-A-BYE BONESSarah Booth Delaney Mystery Book 16, to one winner.

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Dallas James is giving away a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card (winners choice).

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Heather Long is giving away a $50 Amazon gift card.

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Roxanne Rustand is giving away an eBook copy of A LONDON CHRISTMAS to one winner and a diamond and sapphire necklace to a second winner.

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Sherryl Woods is giving away a $50 gift card to Michael's for one of you serious crafters! Now's the time to work on all those Christmas decorations that make the holiday season so special.

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These are just a few of the wonder giveaways over at Writerspace! Head over and start entering!


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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.

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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.

GOOD LUCK!

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!



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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.

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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?

COOKIES!!!

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!  

ESPRESSO SHOT
by Cleo Coyle


I shared this recipe back in May of 2015, but I think it's worth repeating!

Anginetti 
(Glazed Lemon Cookies)


Makes 3 to 4 dozen, depending 
on size and shape of cookie

Cookie Ingredients

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) 


Make Cookies

   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. 


Make Glaze

   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!

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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

 

It's 

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!

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THANKSGIVNG LEFTOVERS RING

Ingredients

(8-oz.) tube crescent rolls

1 cup 

leftover mashed potatoes

1 cup 

leftover stuffing

1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1¾ cups 

shredded leftover turkey

1 cup 

leftover cranberry sauce

1 tbsp. 

melted butter

4 tbsp. onion powder

1 tbsp. 

garlic powder

Freshly chopped parsley, for garnish

Leftover gravy, warmed, for dipping

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Directions
Preheat oven to 375°. 
   Unroll crescent rolls, separating each triangle. Arrange triangles on baking sheet in a a sunburst with pointy ends of triangles facing outward and bases of triangles overlapping.
   Spread mashed potatoes over triangle bases, forming a ring. Top with stuffing, cheese, turkey, and cranberry sauce. Fold triangle tips over filling. Don't worry of they don't close tight. You want them to have openings like in the photos.
   Brush crescent dough with melted butter, mixed with garlic powder and onion powder.
   Bake until golden, 17 to 20 minutes.
   Garnish with parsley (your choice) and serve with gravy for dipping.
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I don't know about you, but I'm hungry all over again! 
Leftovers here I come!


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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. 

Happy Thanksgiving!
Now, go stuff your bellies!