Saturday, June 15, 2013

Congratulations to the Winner of Ladies' Night

Faith won the copy of Ladies' Night by Mary Kay Andrews.  She has 48 hours to claim your prize.  Thank you everyone for participating. 

Chill Out with us for Tales From the Laundry Pile!

Product DetailsHave you ever felt overwhelmed by your daily routine?  Does motherhood sometimes feel like the hardest job, yet most rewarding job you ever had?  If you answered yes to either of these questions, then Tales From The Laundry Pile by Kathleen Kole is a book with which you can relate and relax.
Claire Jaimeson, her husband, and their twin boys have recently moved back to Boxwood Hills.   After four years of living in the city, Claire and her husband have decided that the slower lifestyle of a small town is preferable for raising their boys than the fast pace of the city.  However, the move back to Boxwood Hills is not without its complications.  Moving and setting up house is stressful enough when you are single, but when you are married and have twin four year old boys to look after the "to do" list is never done. Additionally, there is the tightrope of dealing with their in-laws who both live within walking distance of Claire and Jake's new home.   The stressors in Claire's life are increasing daily, and a full blown breakdown seems eminent.  Will she survive? 
My Thoughts:
Tales From The Laundry is the first book I have read by Kathleen Kole.  It is a lighthearted, fun, and easy to read book.  While I do not characterize this book as a page turner or a book I could not put down.  It is a perfect read for relaxing at the beach, or by the pool, or even getting your hair done.  Then character development is a bit slow, but the characters are interesting enough to keep the reader reading.  I look forward to reading more books by Kathleen Kole.

By Celeste Thomas

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

And The Winner Is....

We have a winner for the 100 Follower Giveaway.  She is Kathleen Kelly  you have 48 hours to claim your prize.   We didn't  quit meet our goal, but I wanted to thank everyone for your support.  Don't forget the Ladies Night giveaway is still going on. 

Dishing it Up with Sarah Pinneo!

Today we are welcoming Sarah Pinneo at Writer's Corner.  I am excited to share her debut of Julia's Child.  


What would you do if you suddenly decided to start your own business?  How would you provide for product development and the staffing to start your business? 

Julia Bailey runs a business Julia’s Child which makes food for toddlers and others.  She has been working with her business associate Marta who helped her develop the business from the ground up.  Julia’s goal is to make her product reach Whole Foods grocery store shelves. Will she be successful?  In addition to starting her own business she has two children Jasper, Wylie, and Nanny Bonnie who can rarely be counted on.  How she can make this work?

My Thoughts:

I had fun with this novel.  Sarah Pinneo’s debut was very enjoyable.  I love reading about cooking so she immediately had me hooked.    I felt very involved in the story.  I wanted to help Julia reach her goal.  I did find the novel to be slow in spots.   Over this novel leaves you rooting for Julia to be successful.   

One of the main themes throughout the novel is starting your own business.  If you have ever tried to start your own business, it is a huge task.   The author demonstrated Julia's struggle with her business well through out.  She also contrasted the wishes of choosing the family or the business.  Who hasn't had to make those choices?

Sarah would love to hear from you.  You can check out her facebook page, website, or twitter.


Here is a recipe from Sarah Pinneo:
                      Apple and Cheddar Muffets

That Lizzie Hefflespeck Declares
“Absolutely Not Gross”
1 very large apple or two small ones
2 tablespoons butter
2/3 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
2 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg lightly beaten
1/3 cup whole milk
1 cup sour cream
1 1/2 cup grated cheddar, divided
“Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Generously grease and flour twelve muffin cups. 

       Peel and core the apples and dice finely.  If your toddler is helping, peel and slice an extra one to share.  If you play your cards right, he or she will be busy eating the apple slices while you’re measuring out the dry ingredients.
       In a small skillet, melt the butter and sauté the apple until tender and just beginning to brown, about 7 minutes.  Remove the pan from the heat and set aside to cool. 
       Meanwhile, combine the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking pow-der, and salt in a large bowl.  In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, the sour cream, and 1 cup of the cheese.  Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and then add the apples and the butter.  Stir just to combine. 

      Spoon mixture into the prepared tin, and top with the remaining ½ cup of cheese.  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until very brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffets comes out clean.  Cool for 10 minutes on a rack.  Loosen muffets by rimming their edges with a plastic knife. Turn them gently onto a plate.  Serve warm or at room temperature.”