What Are You Reading Thursdays

This week I started a very funny book Trouble in Mudbug by Jana DeLeon. I got it as a #free read on Amazon. It is the first in the Ghost-in-Law Mystery Series. The opening scenes are funny and I have laughed on every page. So if you like a funny read this is turning out to be one I am really enjoying. Since I just started I’m not going to give a full review, just telling you what I’m reading and that so far this would be a keeper if I had the print copy. It was originally published by Dorchester in 2009.

A little about the book: Scientist Maryse Robicheaux thought that a lot of her problems had gone away with her mother-in-law’s death. The woman was rude, pushy, manipulative and used her considerable wealth to run herd over the entire town of Mudbug, Louisiana.

Unfortunately, death doesn’t slow down Helena one bit.

DEA Agent Luc LeJeune is wondering what his undercover assignment investigating the sexy scientist has gotten him into – especially as it seems someone wants her dead. Keeping his secrets while protecting Maryse proves to be easier than fighting his attraction for the brainy beauty.

When I checked out DeLeon’s website I saw she writes for Harlequin Intrigue so if you are into romantic suspense be sure to give her a look.

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Rumor Has It Wednesday

I will be guest blogging at Manic Readers on Friday, June 1

Like Regency Romance? Like Christmas stories? Then you will be in for a treat. #Free download this weekend June 2 & 3 The Secret Christmas Ciphers by Carolynn Carey.

There’s only one more day left to participate in the Diamond Jubilee Blog Hop. Click on the Queen’s picture on the right and join in the drawing to win books and other great prizes.

 

 

Recipe Tuesday

Coconut Cake

  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. coconut flavoring
  • 1 cup milk (if you can get coconut milk this works good too)
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3 (12 oz.) packages of frozen fresh grated coconut

Preheat oven to 350° and grease and flour  8 or 9 inch cake pans (2 or 3 depending on the number of layers you desire).

Combine eggs and sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add flour and baking powder and beat on low until smooth. Add coconut flavoring. In a saucepan, on low heat, combine milk and butter, heating until butter melts. Fold into other mixture until stirred together. Pour batter into prepared cake pans. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool and remove from pans.

Thaw the packages of coconut.  Squeeze each opened package over the cooled cakes so that the coconut “milk” is sprinkled over the cake and soaks into it.Set aside and make the frosting.

Seven Minute Frosting

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract

Combine the sugar, cream of tartar, salt, egg whites, and water in a large mixing bowl or double boiler of at least a 2 quart capacity. Set over simmering, not boiling, water, heat level should be moderate. Beat with a hand electric mixer at high speed for about 5 to 7 minutes, until the frosting stands in definite peaks when the beater is lifted. Remove from water and continue beating for several minutes, until the frosting has cooled and no longer feels hot to your finger, and stands in soft, billowy peaks. Beat in vanilla. Ice cake. Sprinkling the coconut over it and between layers.

Memorial Day

Who are you remembering today? Do you have a fallen soldier to remember? Or maybe you reflect back on all those who gave their all so we could be free. Whomever you celebrate, whether silently or verbally. I prayer that you have a blessed day. Enjoy the beautiful weather we have been graced with today.

God Bless America!

Sunday Sundaes

Blooming Tiger Lilies along the roadside is something we normally don’t see here until the second Sunday in June. But we’ve had such a mild winter and early spring this year that the orange Tiger Lilies have bloomed.  Growing up, the second Sunday in June was Homecoming at the church where we went. For those who may have not grown up where churches did this let me explain. Homecoming was when the women cooked covered dishes. A visiting preacher would be called in to bring the service.   And singers from area churches would come for an afternoon of gospel singing.

The church where I grew up had a covered shed where we’d have lunch. Two long tables that ran the length of the shed held the food from fried chicken, chicken ‘n dumplings, pots of green beans, pinto beans, macaroni and cheese, pot roast, baked ham, dish after dish of deviled eggs, cole slaw, corn. Deserts upon deserts like strawberry pies, coconut cakes, chocolate cakes, chocolate pies, coconut pies, stacked fruit cakes, and the list would go on. As a child it seemed like we would eat forever and there would still be food left over to eat again. I know we’d take over enough food to have left overs.

This day also would mark when we would turn on our air conditioner for the first time because it had finally gotten hot enough to need it. We didn’t have central heat and air in the house at that time. We had a window air conditioner unit in the living room that dripped water into a bucket outside on our covered front porch. Thank goodness this changed and we got central heat and air. I’m so thankful for that.

Today it was as hot as a Sunday in June and it isn’t even the end of May yet. We’ve had our air conditioner on all month.  I guess this is another reason the Tiger Lilies are already in bloom.

Play Date Saturday

Today is another exciting Saturday. My son is getting a hair cut whether he likes it or not. I’m meeting up with two of my writing friends and we’re going to compare promo items we’ve ordered and make some decisions on an upcoming book signing.

Then and this is the most exciting part. I’m throwing a small retirement party for my mom. Today is her last day at work. It isn’t going to be big, but all she knows is I’m coming to her house to cook dinner because I need to use her grill. Of course I had to tell her what I was fixing and why I needed to use her grill (easy enough since I have a mini George Foreman® that is good for one or two people). The big question is whether I can sneak the cake into the house without her seeing it. Of course she may think something is up when my brother shows up out of the blue. (Sister-in-law & niece are going to a wedding and nephew has a date so he might not get to come.) But I know she’ll be pleased.

So if you see my mom today, don’t mention this. Mums the word. 😉