Friday, April 20, 2018

Cozy Food Friday!

That means it's time to share a recipe from 
another great cozy mystery!
Book 1 in the Food Blogger Mysteries
by Debra Sennefelder

Leaving behind a failed career as a magazine editor and an embarrassing stint on a reality baking show, newly divorced lifestyle entrepreneur Hope Early thought things were finally on the upswing—until she comes face-to-face with a murderer . . .
Hope’s schedule is already jam packed with recipe testing and shameless plugs for her food blog as she rushes off to attend a spring garden tour in the charming town of Jefferson, Connecticut. Unfortunately, it isn’t the perfectly arranged potted plants that grab her attention—it’s the bloody body of reviled real estate agent Peaches McCoy . . .
One of the tour guests committed murder, and all eyes are on Hope’s older sister, Claire Dixon—who, at best, saw Peaches as a professional rival. And suspicions really heat up when another murder occurs the following night. Now, with two messy murders shaking Jefferson and all evidence pointing to Claire, Hope must set aside her burgeoning brand to prove her sister’s innocence. But the closer she gets to the truth, the closer she gets to a killer intent on making sure her life goes permanently out of style . . .
Includes Recipes from Hope’s Kitchen!


Debra Sennefelder and is an avid reader who reads across a range of genres, but mystery fiction is her obsession. Her interest in people and relationships is channeled into her novels against a backdrop of crime and mystery. When she’s not reading, she enjoys cooking and baking and as a former food blogger, she is constantly taking photographs of her food. Yeah, she’s that person.

Born and raised in New York City, she now lives and writes in Connecticut with her family. She’s worked in pre-hospital care, retail and publishing. Her writing companions are her adorable and slightly spoiled Shih-Tzus, Susie and Billy. Find out more about her at her website,


On To The Recipe!


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Your finished dish will vary in appearance.

These bars are easy to make and are perfect for breakfast, snack, or even dessert. The recipe is flexible, so you can add what you love such as nuts or other dried fruit. You can also decide on how many servings you want based on how big of a bar you cut. Enjoy!

Makes nine 3-inch-square bars.


2 cups old-fashioned oats
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup packed brown sugar
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup dried cherries
½ cup dark chocolate chips
½ cup canola oil
2 eggs

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1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Spray 8-x-8-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray
3. Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl. Add in canola oil and eggs. Mix well. Add in cherries and chocolate chips. Stir to combine. 
4. Spread batter in prepared baking pan and bake for approximately 25-30 minutes until bars are cooked all the way through.
5.Let bars cool completely in pan before cutting. 

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I think these have got to be tasty!
I would trade the cherries out for raisins.
What do you think?


Please keep reading to check out my 
installments of 
Book Beginnings on Fridays
The Friday 56

Both the BB and 56 are from


Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted by Rose City Reader
Share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading.

The Friday 56 is a meme hosted by Freda's Voice
Rules: *Grab a book, any book. *Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that's okay.) *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grab you. *Post it.

My Book Beginnings

"Thank you, Hope Early, for joining us and sharing all of your tips for spring cleaning."

My 56

"Tell me about it. Seeing her there . . ." Hope's words trailed off as her throat tightened.

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  1. Yum! Thanks, Lisa, and happy Friday!

  2. My first line -
    A shrill voice grated from across the room. “Prudence Edith Gifford!”
    By Rachael Anderson

    My 56 –
    Brian released her hand and move to retrieve his horse, knowing he couldn’t answer that question in the way she wanted him to.

    1. Love it. With a name like Prudence Edith, I wouldn't want people shouting my name! LOL

  3. I love a good cozy, especially one with delicious treats! Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “LET ME LIE”

    1. Thanks for stopping by Laurel-Rain. I stopped by your blog a few minutes ago! Have a great weekend!

  4. I like how the mystery is set up. And the bars look delicious. Chocolate and cherries is a perfect taste combination. I'd leave them in.

    1. It's a good mystery, and a fun read! I've never been a fan of cherries or dried fruits, but for some reason I can do raisins. And if I want to be really bad, I may leave the fruit out altogether! ;-)

  5. This sounds like a nice cozy. The recipe sounds good too. Almost tempts me to bake. This week I have a thriller - What You Want to See by Kristen Lepionka. Happy reading!

    1. Thanks for visiting, Kathy! I just stopped off at your blog. Your thriller sounds good!

  6. Once again, I came for the book and got excited for the recipe. I am pinning this so I can get it when I have all the ingredients. My Friday Quotes

    1. That's part of my evil plan, Anne! LOL Thanks for stopping by. I've already stopped by your blog. Your books sounds awesome! I have to read it!

  7. The 56 has me intrigued!! Sounds like a good read! Happy weekend!

  8. Those oatmeal-cherry chocolate bars looks delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe. :-)

  9. This book sounds so good! It's on my wishlist. And that recipe looks delicious! Hope you have an awesome weekend! :)

  10. This sounds like a fun cozy, Lisa :) That recipe looks good too! Have a great weekend!


  11. The Oatmeal Cheery Chocolate Bars sound scrumptious!! I'll forward the recipe to my husband. Thank you, Debra and Lisa.

  12. I love that cover and the recipe sounds so delicious. :)

    Lauren @ Always Me