Thursday, October 23, 2014

Let Me Share Some Cookies With You!

Holly Sinclair (aka Southpaw) has been planning this Blog Tour for quite some time now, and I've been looking forward to blogging about her cookbook, The Cookie Tray. She graciously provided a copy to me to test out her tasty treats. I started thinking about the holidays when I got a glimpse of The Cookie Tray, and I had to try out some of the recipes. I'm not the type of woman to stand in the kitchen baking, or cooking for that matter, so I wanted to try out some easy recipes so that this year I'd actually bring something edible to the family gatherings. I'm happy to report, I'll be baking up a storm this year, because there are too many tasty desserts to make (I need to add that I'll also be exercising to keep off all the added pounds I'll put on, too). Holly so generously allowed me to post one of my favorites, so read through and discover her recipe for Peppermint Meltaways. Yum!

One commenter on this post will win a free digital copy of this cookbook. To enter, just leave a comment. If you want to leave a comment but don't want to enter, add "I hate food" to your comment. The winner will be announced on October 31st on Holly's blog.

The Cookie Tray
Fill your cookie tray with an assortment of delicious and decadent treats. In this book, you’ll find over 150 cookie recipes, over 30 brownie and blondie recipes, and over 30 candy recipes.

Cost: $14.95 print | $2.99 ebook
If you buy the print version of the book from Amazon, you get the digital version free.

Where to get it:
Amazon (print)
Amazon Kindle (ebook)

Holly Sinclair, who goes by Southpaw on the Interwebs, finds cooking cathartic. The recipes she's created and collected grew into cookbooks. Holly's trying her hand at fiction and food seems to creep into most of her books.

Join Holly on the rest of her Blog Tour, each stop features a different cookbook and a chance for a free ebook!

You can join in the fun by signing up for the End of Tour Foodie Blog Hop!
Talk about a fond food memory, describe your disasters in the kitchen, post your favorite recipe or pictures of food, or do anything food related. Sign up here

Peppermint Meltaways 
oven: 350°F 
bake: 12-15 minutes 
makes: 2 dozen 
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 cup butter, softened 
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract 
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour 
1/2 cup cornstarch
1-1/2 cups powdered sugar 
2 tablespoons butter, softened 
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract 
2-3 drops red food coloring 
1-2 tablespoon milk 
peppermint candies or candy canes, crushed 

Cream sugar, butter, and peppermint extract until creamy. Stir in flour and cornstarch. Cover and refrigerate until firm, 30-60 minutes. Shape dough into 1 inch balls and place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake until edges are lightly browned. Let stand 1 minute, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Combining powdered sugar, butter, peppermint extract, food coloring, and enough milk to reach a spreading consistency. Drizzle over cooled cookies, and immediately sprinkle with candies.

My tip: I added in some crushed peppermints into the dough before baking, and it came out deliciously crunchy. 

Hope you all enjoy Holly's cookbook as much as I did. I can't wait to check out the other posts and see what others have cooked up. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Vitamins and Death Cover Reveal

YA Contemporary, Prizm Books
Release Date December 10, 2014

Deidra Battle wants nothing more than to be invisible. After her mother, a public school teacher, engages in an embarrassing teacher-student affair at Lincoln High, they relocate to a different neighborhood and school. Being her mother’s briefcase, Deidra joins her mother at her new workplace, Hodge High.

Since her mother has reverted to her maiden name and changed her appearance, Deidra thinks no one will figure out they’re the Battles from recent news and that they’re safe. Neither of them is. Hodge brings a fresh set of bullies who discover details about the scandal that changed her life.

Feeling trapped at home with an emotionally abusive, pill-addicted mother and at school with hostile classmates who attempt to assault and blackmail her, Deidra yearns for freedom, even if she has to act out of character and hurt others in the process. Freedom comes at a price.

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I just want to say I absolutely love the cover and premise of this story and can't wait to get my hands on a copy!