It looks as though the baking aisle in every grocery store in Charlotte has exploded onto my kitchen island. I think I have more chocolate chips than Nestle and Hershey’s combined. I have nibs, pieces, chips, sprinkles, icings, and drops. I have flour, flour, and more flour. Sugars and spices and butter and eggs and a 2 quart jar of homemade vanilla extract. (more…)
I have spent a lot of time in the kitchen the last couple days and it doesn’t look to be ending until sometime tomorrow after I get done baking some cookies. I am in the mood for some giant molasses cookies. Or maybe some sugar cookies. Chocolate chip? See, I haven’t decided yet. And yes, even though I have 3 different pies in the house right now, I have a hankering to bake cookies. It’s kind of a transition between Thanksgiving and Christmas for me, I guess.
On the topic of Thanksgiving…
There are only 4 of us in the house so a whole turkey didn’t make sense in a lot of ways. For a few years now, I’ve done turkey breasts. Once, I roasted it in the oven, but last year and this year I cooked it overnight in the slow cooker. Oh. My. Goodness. Yum city! There are a variety of websites and blogs that have slow cooker turkey breast recipes, but the one I used this year is from Six Sisters Stuff… (more…)
Two things I love. Two things that make me happy. Throw in some coffee and I’m over the moon.
So, once a month, on the 3rd Thursday, I’ll be showcasing something I’ve baked and what I’m reading, or writing.
December might get more posts in regards to this, but that’s only because I bake up a storm for the holidays.
If you want to join in, you can do so on a blog if you have one, or send me your information in an email and I’ll post it here on my blog. I know I’m not the only one who likes to play around in the kitchen for fun… Am I?
Okay. Let’s talk something sweet, gooey, easy, not very messy, but very very tasty. It’s called Sticky Bun Breakfast Ring. I adapted my version from the original post which can be found on The Jones Way.
Sticky Bun Breakfast Ring
1 1/2 tubes Pillsbury Grands buttermilk/Southern style biscuits
3 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
1/2 C. maple syrup (I used Pure Maple Syrup, but you can use any kind you like)
1/3 C. packed light brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 C. chopped pecans, optional
1/4 C. chopped almonds, optional (more…)
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Blurbs and buy links are listed below.
Go forth, and shop. And if you’re in one of the areas where you’re snowed in, now is most definitely the time to fill your e-reader with these romances!
The Duke’s Lady by Brenda Jernigan
A MYSTERIOUS BEAUTY
An American spy with a British birth, Adam Trent, the Duke of Cornwall, is consumed with gathering information to use against England’s navy. But, despite the intrigues of war, the mystery of the lovely young woman washed ashore near his Cornwall estate is one he cannot resist. With the ragged remains of a treasure map concealed in her chemise and no memory of who she is and how she got there, the dark beauty is an alluring puzzle he must solve.
A LOVER’S SECRET
Fighting her powerful desire for the man who has sheltered her, Jewel Bona struggles both to remember her past and imagine what her future might hold. But when a British officer claiming that he is her uncle threatens to expose her to terrifying danger, she turns to Adam for protection … and passion.
A PIRATE’S GOLD
Fleeing to America aboard Adam’s ship, the two cannot deny all that they feel in each other’s embrace. But the shadow of war and a scandalous connection to an infamous pirate loom like a powder keg over their dreams of love–a love each will risk everything to keep alive…
Public Affairs by Cassandra Carr
Nate O’Halloran is a PR superstar, an expert in crisis management for his image-conscious celebrity clients. When his college roommate, now a hospital director in Buffalo, calls to beg for his help– a cancer researcher on staff has disappeared with millions of dollars’ worth of government research funds– Nate agrees to help right away, though this situation is pretty small potatoes for him.
Val Chase, the hospital’s PR director, is none too thrilled when Nate shows up; does it mean her boss doesn’t trust her to handle this mess herself? Against her better judgment, Val decides she and Nate have to work together to save the hospital’s reputation, though the explosive attraction they feel is making any actual “work” difficult…
The EX-Files by Cat Johnson
A thirty-year-old single lawyer looking for love. A twenty-something bartender who can serve up mind-blowing cocktails and orgasms. A match made in heaven.
As “Plain Jane” Dolan—what an ex once called her—makes her way through her little black book and the men from her past searching for the Mr. Right who got away, there’s another man who makes his way into her little black panties. She can’t deny he feels oh so right.
Gorgeous and much too young Damian serves up both tongue-tantalizing cocktails and mind-boggling orgasms and Jane finds her post-date sexual encounters with the tempting bartender completely irresistible.
But her soulmate is waiting and there are still more men from her past to re-date—or are there?
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Olympus by Cat Johnson
Four stories of the naughty immortals of Mt. Olympus
Welcome to Mt. Olympus, where erotic pleasures reign supreme and the ancient Greek gods engage in games that have no rules.
In vino veritas… The very wine that brings Dionysus his true love, also takes her from him. Will he interfere in the affairs of mortals to get Ariadne back, or will Theseus, his rival for her affections, betray the woman who saved him? Sometimes love is a labyrinth all its own.
Welcome to Mt. Olympus, where erotic pleasures reign supreme and the ancient Greek gods engage in games that have no rules. When the lowly muse Erato is unwittingly used as a pawn in Aphrodite and Eros’s vengeful quest against Apollo, can he emerge the winner of their battle? More importantly, will he lose his heart to the unsuspecting nymph Acantha in the process?
When the god of love and sexual desire finds himself bored with both, can a Valentine’s Day trip to the mortal realm and one woman cure him of his malaise and remind him of passions long forgotten?
Psyche, Adelfa, and Bliss. Three beautiful sisters. Upon gazing at Psyche’s beauty, Eros, the God of Love, demands she be brought to his bed. Psyche has her own feelings about whose bed she’d rather be brought to, and it’s not that of the mysterious being who summons her. Led by Bliss, the three sisters hatch a deception. The truth will be revealed in the end, but will they all survive it?
Fall into Winter by eden baylee
In Fall into Winter, a provocative collection of novellas, four women seek pleasure in unique ways and are swept up by lust, seduction, and obsession.
Ella Jamieson trades self-control for a stolen moment with a younger man in “Seduced by the Blues.”
In “Act Three,” Stella Christy’s fantasy of a ménage à trois with two men comes true, yet she’s terrified when the rules of the game change.
Leah Jones isolates herself in a winter cabin to complete her latest book in “The Norwegian” but is soon distracted by a man from her past.
Ten years after Elena Lee’s torrid love affair in Austria, she returns to the land of Mozart in “The Austrian and the Asian.”
With locations in New York, Canada, Thailand, and Austria, these four women will make choices that lead each of them on an unforgettable journey to ecstasy.
Hot Flash by eden baylee
Hot Flash is a collection of erotic flash fiction and poetry. The themes of love, lust, adultery, and regret are told in different voices, sometimes with an irreverent sense of humor.
Frost Bitten by Eliza Gayle
Resistance may be possible, but who are they kidding?
While on a search and rescue mission in the middle of a snowstorm, Seth and his twin Trent catch the scent of an unfamiliar shifter. Drawn to locate the source they hike deep into the woods to an abandoned cabin where they find an enticing little jaguar in the throes of heat.
Tired of being smothered by her five brothers and the pressure to mate, Daisy wanted nothing more than a week alone in the middle of freaking no where. The last thing she needed was a run in with two sexy as sin—and totally off limits—cougar shifters. Unfortunately, she’s not the kind of woman to leave them out in the cold.
Faced with the misery of unmet sexual desire or hot, no strings attached sex with two men… What’s a girl to do?
Hidden Passions by Emma Holly
Sexy fireman Chris Savoy has been closeted all his life. He’s a weretiger in Resurrection, and no shifters are more macho than that city’s. Due to a terrible tragedy in his past, Chris resigned himself to hiding what he is—a resolve that’s threatened the night he lays eyes on cute gay werecop Tony Lupone.
Tony might be a wolf, but he wakes longings Chris finds difficult to deny. When a threat to the city throws these heroes together, not giving in seems impossible. Following their hearts, however, means risking everything . . .
Marked by Lauren Dane, Vivian Arend, Kit Rocha
Three stories of passion, possession, and ink.
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lauren Dane takes you into a brand new world in ALL THAT REMAINS. Summer Killian falls fast and hard when Charlie arrives in Paradise Village. But the heat turns all the way up when she learns Charlie is also with Hatch – the man she loved three years before. While she’s not sure she’s cut out for a triad, neither man is going to give her up.
Take a ROCKY RIDE with New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Vivian Arend as she leads you back to the Six Pack Ranch. Anna Coleman might be the law around Rocky Mountain House, but bad boy Mitch Thompson knows that under the stiff RCMP uniform is a woman with a passion for speed and pleasure that matches his own, and he’s not giving up until she’s his.
Kit Rocha returns to Sector Four in BEYOND TEMPTATION. A promise to a dying friend backfires when Noah Lennox finds that the girl he was supposed to rescue is all grown up–and wearing O’Kane ink. He wants to protect her from the secrets of their past, but she wants him. And an O’Kane woman always gets what she wants.
15 Shades of Pink! 15 Romantic Short Stories by Lisa Scott
Fifteen sassy, funny, romantic shorts, includes all the stories from: Flirts!, Beach Flirts!, and Fairy Tale Flirts! (That’s five stories in each volume. Each short is 8,000-13,000 words long.) But fair warning: the only cheeks that turn pink in these stories are the ones above the shoulders.
Love and Tattoos by Lissa Matthews
A few years ago, Brax traded in his suit and law degree for part ownership in his best friend’s tattoo parlor, Love and Tattoos. He hasn’t looked back. Inked from head to toe, full of business smarts, and an affinity for classical music and hard sex, he’s got life right where he wants it.
Until the woman he can’t stop craving comes home. She’s full of luscious curves, looks a little unsure of herself, and has taken to acting a little odd around him. Brax can’t help but wonder why.
The corporate advertising firm in Philadelphia that Annie buttoned up her carefree personality for has laid her off. Now, back in North Carolina, she’s trying to find her sparks again. Her career is changing direction, her sex life is nearly dead, and the one thing worth having in the midst of it all is supposedly off limits.
Brax’s cockiness and Annie’s own desire to for the tattoo artist, dares her to believe he might know her better than she thinks he does. And when he promises that he can help her find what’s missing in her life, she agrees to his little after-hours game.
The challenge he lays out comes with a few strings, the suggestion of stripping, confessions, and the temptation of ink. But, they’ve never been that close, so how could she possibly lose?
Stormy Weather Collectors’ Edition by Selena Blake
After centuries of solitude the stars are finally aligned just right. The handsome Deveraux men of Louisiana are going to meet their match this Hurricane Season.
This amazing paranormal anthology includes: The Cajun’s Captive, Bitten In the Bayou, Seduced by a Cajun Werewolf, Mated to a Cajun Werewolf and Stranded with a Cajun Werewolf.
Sebastian Deveraux is the Alpha of his pack and like all the Deveraux men, he’s sexy as pure sin. He’s waited for decades for just the right woman. For his mate. And ten years ago he’d been sure he’d found her in Amanda St. James. But she’d run from him.
Now she’s back. He’ll do anything to keep her. Even if it means tying her to his bed.
His brothers and cousins will finds their mates in the most unlikely of places. They’ll prove that Mother Nature can’t keep a good wolf down.
The Collectors’ Edition also includes two bonus stories: More Than Attraction and A Cajun Werewolf Christmas
The Collector’s Edition includes over 15,000 words of bonus content including an interview with the author, questions for the characters, the official soundtrack, behind the scenes and the making of the Stormy Weather series. Inside you’ll find 450 pages of content for the die hard Stormy Weather fan!
Ask For It by Selena Blake
Trevor Wyatt has lusted for journalist JJ Fairchild since before he retired from the NFL. Now she’s back in his life and he’s not going to miss the opportunity to show her just how good they could be together.
Words may be JJ’s tool of trade, but when it comes to the bedroom, words escape her. Trevor’s an excellent teacher and before she knows it, she’s asking for what she wants.
But when outside forces threaten to expose dark secrets from Trevor’s past, can he overcome his suspicions and trust the woman in his bed?
Snowed in with the Tycoon by Shoshanna Evers
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With foreclosure on her home looming and the Geddes Animal Rescue at risk, Sarah Geddes will do anything to save her land from being destroyed for handsome tycoon Mike Cavender’s multi-million dollar real estate development.
Sarah has learned the hard way after escaping an abusive relationship that she can’t trust men. But when Mike is snowed in with Sarah on the very piece of land they are both fighting for, she can’t deny the electricity coursing between them.
As for Mike, well, he has no intention of falling in love again after losing his wife in a car crash four years ago – especially not with the one woman who stands between him and his life’s work. Still, something about Sarah Geddes has him realizing that even when they’re snowed in, things can heat up quickly…
Their desire keeps them hot even in the cold of winter, and this time, she won’t be saying no… Soon Sarah realizes it’s not just her home she is in danger of losing to Mike Cavender – it’s her heart.
Snowed In With The Tycoon is a full-length erotic romance novel from bestselling romance author Shoshanna Evers. Sexily *Evers* After…
Below the Belt by Skye Warren
Martial arts champion Abe Montgomery is dead-set on winning gold at Nationals.
Paris Rivera has sworn off men and martial arts.
When these two meet, the chemistry is explosive.
Abe may dominate on the mats, but he’s fallen hard for Paris. The fight of his life looms ahead, not only for his dreams but for the sexy woman he soon can’t live without.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe, and prosperous 2014!