Tuesday, October 21, 2014

#TastyTuesday - Wisconsin Cheese Soup

Time for another Tasty Tuesday recipe - last Saturday it was a blustery day here on the NorthCoast, and I think blustery always calls for soup! So I made my Wisconsin Cheese Soup and, man, was it delish! That's it right over there...doesn't it look yummy?

Okay, here are the ingredients:

2 Cups of Chicken Broth (you can sub Vegetable Broth if wanted, it tastes just as yum)
1 Cup of Beer (optional, but I do think it adds a little something)
1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
2 minced garlic cloves
1 tsp. Cumin
12 ounces of sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (don't sub Velveeta, pleeeeeeeze, it won't taste the same...and don't sub mild cheddar. For this recipe it's sharp or nothing
1 Cup of Milk

Cooking Directions:

Turn your crockpot on low if you have 5 hours, high if you have less time, and then combine the broth, beer, onion, cloves and cumin. Cook for 4 hours on low; add in the cheese and milk and cook another hour. Voila! Serve it up, you're ready!

**Note: If you only have a couple of hours, put the crockpot on high and cook the broth mixture for about 90 minutes and then add the cheese and milk. Continue cooking until the cheese is melted and serve.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

#CoverReveal - The Daughter He Wanted!

Hi, everyone! I'm super-excited today because I get to show you all my very first Harlequin SuperRomance! As most of you know I signed a 3-book deal with Harlequin last spring ... the first of those books is coming out in January! I can't believe how fast this has happened.

I love Harlequin and I love SuperRomance...and I'm so excited to be a part of the SuperRomance family. So, without further ado, here's my very first cover for my very first SuperRomance:


And the blurb:

The Daddy Surprise

Since the loss of his wife, Alex Ryan has been living a half-life. But with one phone call, Alex discovers he's the biological father of a four-year-old girl, and everything changes.

Single mom Paige Kenner preferred to have a family without the man. Now suddenly there's Alex, who desperately wants to be a father to her little girl. A gorgeous, kind and committed father. Letting a stranger into their lives is far too dangerous, especially if his presence stirs a part of Paige that she longs to forget. . .

*pets* Isn't it pretty? I just love it! You can add it to your GoodReads shelves now ... or pre-order the E-copies from the retailer of your choice...and it will be in stores - GAH! in STORES - come January! 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

#TastyTuesday - Yummy Banana Muffins!

bebe and I love bananas, but we apparently don't love them as much as I always think while we're in the store. Case in point: last week I picked up a bunch of bananas. Eight, in all. But eight is more than bebe and I can eat in a week (RadioMan hates bananas with a fiery passion). The beauty of this is banana bread, which is probably why I still don't really count the bananas in the bunch...I just pick up the prettiest ones and see where we end up.

This time we had four left over - the perfect amount for banana muffins! - even if they did turn out a little flat. lol they taste great, even though they look a little weak. Which brings me to today's Tasty Tuesday recipe...for yummy banana muffins!

Ingredients:

1 cup of Miracle Whip salad dressing
1 cup of bananas, mashed up
3/4 cup of brown sugar
2/3 cup of whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Directions:
Pre-heat the oven to 350 and spray your muffin pan with PAM or whatever cooking spray is your favorite. In a large mixing bowl mix the bananas and sugar; then fold in the miracle whip, flour, baking soda and salt. You'll mix this entire mixture just until it's moist. Fill the muffin cups about 3/4 full with the mixture and then cook for 25-30 minutes or until a golden brown around the edges.

Serves: 12-16 muffins, depending on cup size