Friday, January 31, 2020

Cozy Food Friday!

That means it's time to share a recipe from 
another great cozy mystery!
This week's recipe is from
by Gayle Leeson

That's the last time Amy agrees to do a favor for a stranger...
Down South Cafe owner, Amy Flowers is in over her head. Operating a cafe while hosting the first Farmers' Market in Winter Garden has her swimming in apples. And when an elderly woman calls the cafe, pleading for a delivery for her upcoming party, Amy relents, feeling compelled to help the desperate customer. But when she arrives, the woman is slumped over her kitchen table, and Amy is catapulted into the middle of a small town crime. Guilt-ridden for not arriving earlier to save the woman, she sets out to unravel the mystery surrounding the woman. Now, between running the cafe and dealing with the chaos of the farmers' market, Amy is squeezing in a murder investigation, a run-in with her boyfriend's mom, and her own mother's quirky life decisions. Life can't get any worse...or can it? This cafe owner needs a break--in the case.



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12 oz can of Diet Cola
1 bow of brownie mix (Galye used Betty Crocker Low-Fat Fudge Brownie Mix)

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   Empty brownie mix into a large bowl. Add 12 oz. diet cola. Using a handheld mixer or whisk, combine until batter is free of lumps. 

   Pour mixture into a 9 x 9 pan treated with nonstick cooking spray.

   Bake according to brownie mix instructions, adding an additional 5 to 10 minutes baking time.

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Does it get much easier than that?


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

Dilly Boyd stuck her head inside the door of the DOWN SOUTH CAFÉ and called, "Big Harry Ostermann needs a bandage! He got a splinter from his apple crate!"

My 56

"Someone needs to tell us what's going on here," Mom said.

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  1. Love simple and this recipe also sounds delicious.

    Can't wait for the opportunity to read "APPLES AND ALIBIS" by Gayle Leeson from my TBR list.

    My book beginning -
    At 6:4 A.M. , Mia Carina woke up to Frank Sinatra singing “New York, New York” from the alarm on her phone, a happy reminder that she was in Queens, not Florida, and no longer a “person of interest” in her adulterous husband’s disappearance.
    My 56 –
    Mia liked the “young beauty” part. But she was most determined than ever not to provide Dianopolis and his poorly written books with an ending that pegged her father – or her – as the villain.
    HERE COMES THE BODY by Maria DiRico
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

    1. The best part of that recipes is, if you want to go crazy, you can use regular coke instead of diet! Also, though I'm not a fan of the drink, I bet Dr. Pepper who added an interesting flavor.

      You book sounds really good! Thank you for sharing your BB and 56!

  2. I agree, Lisa, don’t think a recipe could get any easier. Happy Friday!

    1. Right? I mean, it's the prefect last minute thing to make for a party or a dinner. Heck, it's perfect if you have a craving for something sweet. And think of them with regular Coke instead of diet! Yum! Hmmm...people like the taste of chocolate and orange together, I wonder if orange soda would work?

  3. Great snippets, it sounds like a fun read! I added you to the linky. Happy weekend!

    1. Thanks Freda! I wasn't home most of Friday, so I made my rounds on Saturday.

  4. I have my favorite brownie recipe that I make all the time, but the one you shared is one of the simplest ones I've seen to date. Thanks for mentioning it and the book. Enjoy your current read!

    1. Breana, I'd love your go-to recipe. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Sounds very good thank you

  6. That book looks so good. I've made those brownies before and they are really good. Have a great week!

  7. Hi Yvonne! Now I'm going to have to try them for sure!