Friday, July 4, 2014

Cozy Food Friday!

That means it's time to share a recipe from 
another great cozy mystery!
Today's recipe comes from Kathi Daley's seventh book in her 
Zoe Donovan Mystery series, MAUI MADNESS.
A special thank you to Dawn Frazier for suggesting this recipe.

Banana Macadamia Nut Muffins

1 1/4 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3 large)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1/4 cup milk
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 cups macaamia nuts, toasted, chopped

Preheat oven to 350°F

Grease twelve muffin cups or line with muffin papers.

Combine bananas, both sugars, butter, milk, and egg in large bowl.

Mix in flour, baking soda, and spices. Fold in half of nuts.

Divide batter among prepared muffin cups. 

Sprinkle tops of muffins with remaining macadamia nuts.

Bake until muffins are golden brown and tester inserted into center comes out clean...about 25 minutes.

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You can find MAUI MADNESS at Amazon in both 
print and Kindle formats.

Zoe and the gang go to Maui and become involved not only in a treasure hunt for a sunken ship, but in a murder mystery with more twists than a mountain road. Join the gang as they dine in popular restaurants, go shopping, try surfing, and make new friends only to have to decide who they can trust and who may be hiding more than it would appear.

Learn a little more about MAUI MADNESS below

Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted by Rose City Reader

Keeping my theme going my... 
Book Beginnings this week is also from 
MAUI MADNESS, A Zoe Donovan Mystery by Kathi Daley. 

 Thursday , June 26

There are some things you should never do.

Not even if you are on vacation and you adhere to the adage what happens in Maui stays in Maui. 

Not even if you're able to make your boyfriend laugh and your best friends smile for the first time in weeks. 

Not even if you're sipping your third Mai Tai in less than two hours and any inhabitions you may have at one point possessed have gone the way of your common sense. 

Unfortunately, I didn't stumble across this very important piece of insight until it was too late. Much, much too late. 

The Friday 56 is a meme hosted by Freda's Voice

Continuing with the Maui Madness theme...
My Friday 56

The police didn't want anyone to leave until everyone had been interviewed, so it was well into early morning by the time Zak, Levi, and I returned to the house in Maui. 

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  1. I love that you feature a recipe! I'm always wanting to try one of the delicious looking recipes in the back of the books. This looks like a fun mystery series. I don't think I've come across it yet. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Maui Madness sounds like a terrific mystery. I'll be anxious to read it!

  3. This sounds like a fun story. I love the opening lines and the Page 56 selection, and the Maui setting makes it even more appealing. I'll read this book for sure. Thanks for the muffin recipe. I've added it to my collection.
    Here's the link to my Friday post: SIX MONTHS IN MONTANA.

  4. I must read this book. The excerpts brought back lovely memories of my trip two years ago to Maui. I'd go back in a heartbeat. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  5. I've actually never heard of this series. Thanks for featuring it.

    1. Mark, Kathi Daley writes light, fun, fast-paced Cozies! She has a couple of different cozy series out, and another in the works!!

    2. Mark, Linda is right. Kathi's books are a lot of fun. Also, not your typical "cookie cutter" type of cozy. And she's an awesome person.

  6. I think my mind is still with the muffins, yum :D But the book seems nice too ;)

    my BB and 56

  7. I enjoy this feature on your blog! Kathi Daley writes fun, fast-paced Cozies!!

  8. I see that so often in mysteries and cozies. The police want every person to stick around. I would have to find a nice cushy couch and lie down or I would fall asleep on my feet.

  9. Sounds like a great mystery! That recipe I am totally gonna try too! I love muffins, bananas and macadamia nuts!

    Happy weekend!

  10. Those muffins look so yummo! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Sounds so good! And thanks for sharing the yummy looking muffins.

  12. Thank you everyone for your comments! You know I love them! If any of you were tempted enough by the muffins to make them, take some pics while you do and send them to me at I'd love to share them here!