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.


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.


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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.


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?


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!  

by Cleo Coyle

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

(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!


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



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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(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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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!

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Welcome to Wednesday my lovely friends!
Happy Thanksgiving Eve to my fellow USAers!
And to the rest of my friends around the world, please remember, I give thanks for you as well. 💕

Let's get to the Thanksgiving titles!

(Forgive me please for not adding the synopsis' with the these titles. I wanted to get up as many books as I could for you.)

Do you now of anything Thanksgiving Cozies I missed? I'd love to hear about them!

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

It's Tuesday my friends! And I'm still thinking about all of the authors I love to read and the books they love to write. Like these!

Zoe becomes entangled in a complex murder case involving a dead miser, tipsy turkeys, and an eclectic cast of edacious heirs, when she agrees to help Jeremy in his temporary job at a nearby turkey farm two weeks before Thanksgiving.

When the cat lady of Ashton Falls is found dead in her home just days before Thanksgiving, Zoe must track down a killer while dealing with
 a house full of socialites who have come to Ashton Falls to bid on Zak 
in a high class bachelor auction.

When a long dead ghost leads Alyson to a treasure map days before Thanksgiving, she enlists the help of her friends to follow the clues. As they dig into the century old mystery, they discover a legend regarding a relic that many believe once possessed life sustaining power.

The search for the relic leads Alyson and the gang deep into the system of caverns that exists beneath the small town of Cutter's Cove. They face huge obstacles and must overcome personal fears to follow the clues they find along the way.

Meanwhile, Alyson tells Mac the truth about her past. She reveals the reason she is involved with witness protection and the danger she continues to live with every day of her life.

A murder, a wedding, and a holiday feast converge in this 
warm and memorable Thanksgiving Mystery.

The entire Thomas family takes a Thanksgiving trip to a mountain cabin after Tess learns that her father visited the area every autumn to hunt and fish before his supposed death in a fiery truck accident. After arriving at the cabin, Tess and Tony, along with Mike and Bree, team up to investigate a suspicious death, while Tess and Tony secretly talk to people who live in the area and once knew her father. Hoping to finally find answers for her unanswered questions regarding her father's current whereabouts, Tess widens her search which lead her to a startling realization.

Meanwhile, a stray dog seems intent on adopting Mike in spite of Mike's insistence that there is no way he has room in his life for an energetic and mischievous puppy.

Check back tomorrow for more Thanksgiving titles! 

Monday, November 22, 2021

It's another day to give thanks for the authors we love and the cozy mysteries they write. Check these out!

When a body is found on Jim Qwilleran’s property, he and his cats Koko and Yum Yum will have to determine who committed the fowl deed in this mystery in the bestselling Cat Who series...

The good people of Moose County are in a fever of excitement. It’s almost time for the gala groundbreaking for the Pickax bookstore—and the town of Brrr is preparing for its bicentennial celebration. All the festivities, however, are spoiled by the discovery of a man’s body on James Qwilleran’s property. Could it be the work of the killer who used the same MO in northern Michigan? To solve the case, Qwill and his feline pals, Koko and Yum Yum, will have to prick up their ears to find the thankless killer...

In this charming Cat Who mystery, a misused mansion sets the stage for a strange caper for Jim Qwilleran and his cats Koko and Yum Yum.

Qwill’s moved into the old Gage mansion—and the cats are on a treasure hunt. The house’s fifty closets are crammed with several generations of junk, and while Qwill investigates two recent deaths—those of the mansion’s former occupant and a local potato farmer—Koko investigates the contents of the closets. Qwill and the cats wind up unearthing some surprising skeletons—and bringing long-buried secrets to light...

No visit to Paradise, Colorado, is complete without a stop at Divinity Candy Shop for a taste of heaven. Owner Abby Shaw inherited Divinity from her Aunt Grace—and took the opportunity to leave corporate law and her cheating husband. Now she spends her time serving up delectable treats—and performing the occasional deductive feat…
When Abby Shaw witnesses a stranger gunned down on the highway, she's convinced that she's seen a murder.  The only problem is, when she returns to the scene with the police, there's no body.  Even elbow-deep in hot syrup, Abby still gets chills thinking about it, and is determined to find out the truth—yet when a body does turn up, days later, wishy-washy witnesses make things sticky. It’s not as if Abby can take her sweet time figuring it out—she’s busy running Divinity, training a new employee, and assistant-coaching her nephews’ basketball team, not to mention reconnecting with an old friend. But she discovers things aren’t always as they seem, especially when it comes to keeping deadly secrets…
Includes Candy Recipes

After an English professor-and old friend of her mother-is found dead in a cider house, orchard owner Meg Corey starts to wonder: Could her own mother have committed murder?

Whipping up Thanksgiving dinner can be stressful for anyone, but that goes double for the Field family. Everything has to be perfect, or they risk getting cut out of dominating patriarch Monty's lucrative will. That's where sisters Bernie and Libby's catering company, A Little Taste of Heaven, comes in. Surely with their lumpless mashed potatoes and to-die-for gravy, even the super-dysfunctional Fields can get along for one meal. But no one can dress up disaster when the turkey goes boom right in Monty's scowling face, sending him to that great dining room in the sky.

With everyone harboring their own cornucopia of secrets, discovering who wanted to carve up Monty won't be easy. Worse, the Field Mansion is draped under a snowstorm, trapping them with a killer determined to get more than his piece of the pie. Bernie and Libby will have to find out who the culprit is, fast, before the leftovers--and their chances of surviving--run out for good. . .

Meet Dani Greene—a fourth-generation maple syrup maker dealing with a first-class troublemaker…
The annual pre-Thanksgiving pancake-eating contest is a big event in Sugar Grove, New Hampshire. It’s sponsored by the Sap Bucket Brigade, aka the firefighters auxiliary, and the Greene family farm provides the syrup. But when obnoxious outsider Alanza Speedwell flops face first into a stack of flapjacks during the contest, Greener Pastures’ syrup falls under suspicion.
Dani knows the police—including her ex-boyfriend—are barking up the wrong tree, and she’s determined to pull her loved ones out of a very sticky situation. The odds may be stacked against her, but she’s got to tap the real killer before some poor sap in her own family ends up trading the sugar house for the Big House…

Check back tomorrow for more Thanksgiving titles!