Friday, November 8, 2019

Cozy Food Friday!

That means it's time to share a recipe from 
another great cozy mystery!
This week's recipe is from
Book 1 in the Cider Shop Mysteries
by Julie Anne Lindsey

Apple Cider Slaying (A Cider Shop Mystery Book 1) by [Lindsey, Julie Anne]

Apples are at the core of the family business run by Winona Mae Montgomery and her Granny Smythe. But this year’s crop is unseasonably ripe with murder . . .
Blossom Valley, West Virginia, is home to Smythe Orchards, Winnie and her Granny’s beloved twenty-five-acre farm and family business. But any way you slice it, it’s struggling. That’s why they’re trying to drum up business with the “First Annual Christmas at the Orchard,” a good old-fashioned holiday festival with enough delicious draw to satisfy apple-picking locals and cider-loving tourists alike—until the whole endeavor takes a sour turn when the body of Nadine Cooper, Granny’s long-time, grudge-holding nemesis, is found lodged in the apple press. Now, with Granny the number one suspect, Winnie is hard-pressed to prove her innocence before the real killer delivers another murder
Includes Recipes!



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There isn't anything simpler than dump cake, and it's guaranteed to bring folks running. So, next time you're in a hurry to whip up something sweet, grab these four ingredients from the kitchen, and you'll be the hit of the party. 
Note: You can use any combinations of pie fillings and cake flavors to suit your fancy. Granny loves cherries and chocolate cake. Winnie likes pineapples and cherries. The recipe's so simple you might as well try all three! 


1 21-ounce can of cherry pie filling
1 16-ounce can of crushed pineapple
1 boxed white cake mix
1½ sticks of butter

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees

   Mix cherry pie filling and pineapple together in a medium bowl.
   Pour into a 9-by-13-inch baking dish.
   Sprinkle cake mix over fruit.
   Add pats of butter evenly across the top. 
   Bake 45 to 60 minutes, until top is brown and bubbling.
   Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped topping.

Happy eating, y'all!

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I think this is a perfect dessert for Thanksgiving and/or Christmas!

Apple Cider Slaying (A Cider Shop Mystery Book 1) by [Lindsey, Julie Anne]


I loved the thought of this book when I first heard about it. Everything from the cover to the setting had me sold. When I found out the author, using pen names, writes two of my other favorite series, I couldn’t get my hands on it fast enough! It lived up to everything I hoped for and more!

APPLE CIDER SLAYING is the first book in the Cider Shop Mysteries. Having started and finished this book in October, it was exactly what the doctor ordered for cozy fall reading. Filled to bursting with mystery, great characters, a beautiful setting, and a bushel full of everything I look for in a book, I didn’t want it to end.

Author Julie Anne Lindsey has delivered with APPLE CIDER SLAYING a delicious story (speaking of delicious, there are recipes included) that is one of my favorite picks of the year, and is sure to be just the beginning of a delightfully wonderful crop of books!


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

Both the BB and 56 are from

Apple Cider Slaying (A Cider Shop Mystery Book 1) by [Lindsey, Julie Anne]



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

"Welcome to Smythe Orchard," I said, smiling brightly at a group of holiday shoppers stepping off a shuttle bus. "I'm Winona Montgomery, but you can call me Winnie. I live here on the farm with my granny, who you all know as Granny Smythe." 

My 56

My head pounded. My neck, back, and legs ached. The scrapes on my hands and knees were puffy, red, and partially scabbed.

Apple Cider Slaying (A Cider Shop Mystery Book 1) by [Lindsey, Julie Anne]

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  1. Love seeing holiday books starting to make rounds! This one sounds fun and that recipe sounds delicious!! I added you to the linky. Happy weekend!

    1. Hey, Freda! I love the holiday books as well! Thank you for adding me to linky!

  2. BB: Sara Linton leaned back in her chair, mumbling a soft "Yes Mama" into the telephone. She wondered briefly if there would ever come a point in time when she would be too old to be taken over her mother's knee.

    My 56: Four weeks of morning sickness later , a doctor finally gave her the diagnosis. She was pregnant.

  3. That cake looks absolutely delicious. I haven't made a dump cake in a while, and I like the flavor combination used in this recipe. Thanks for mentioning it.

  4. Apple cider is my favorite beverage this time of year!

  5. The book sounds great, and the recipe is awesome! Thank you for this chance!

  6. These recipes always sound so good! And those kitties on the cover are so cute. ;)