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Ruth’s Pot Roast for Ry by Kate Pearce


1 whole (4 To 5 Pounds) Chuck Roast
2 Tblspoons Olive Oil
2 Onions
6 Carrots (Up To 8 Carrots)
Salt (optional)
Pepper to taste
1 cup Red Wine (optional, You Can Use Beef Broth Instead)
2 -3 cups Beef Stock
3 sprigs Fresh Thyme, or dried
3 sprigs Fresh Rosemary, or dried

First and foremost, choose a nicely marbled piece of meat. This will enhance the flavor of your pot roast like nothing else. Generously salt and pepper your chuck roast.

Heat a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Then add 2 to 3 tablespoons of olive oil (or you can do a butter/olive oil split).

Cut two onions in half and cut carrots into 2-inch slices When the oil in the pot is very hot (but not smoking), add in the halved onions, browning them on one side and then the other. Remove the onions to a plate. Continue reading “Ruth’s Pot Roast for Ry by Kate Pearce”

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Delicious Sponge Cake by Lisa Jones Baker

This second novel in the Hope Chest of Dreams series introduces readers to Annie Mast, one of three young Amish women, each gifted with a hand-carved hope chest to hold her treasures. Baking delicious sponge cakes are Annie’s specialty and a source of comfort for her. The recipe is one she learned from a good friend, Esther, who has since passed away.  After she died, Annie decided to keep on Esther’s baking tradition to honor her memory. Healing, therapeutic, and calming, there is nothing that restores Annie’s faith more than seeing someone enjoy her baked treats.



1 cup cake flour
6 medium eggs, separated
1 cup sugar
1tsp. vanilla
½ tsp. lemon extract
¼ cup cold water
1 tsp. cream of tartar
Frosting (optional)



Set oven to 325 degrees ten minutes before baking. Use a 10-inch tube pan—do not grease.

Sift flour, measure, resift 3 times.

Put egg whites into a mixing bowl. Continue reading “Delicious Sponge Cake by Lisa Jones Baker”

National Devil Food cake day

Lisa Everyday Life

Hi  Friday – Today is National Devil Food Cake Day & Look what I found – and a lot less calories . Enjoy   Lisa  

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The USA Today Bestseller Guaranteed to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth!

Hannah Swensen has to admit life is pretty sweet. Things are going well in the romance department and her bakery’s delectable confections are selling as fast as she can bake them. Even her good friend Claire is head over heels with her new husband, Reverend Bob Knudson. If only they could find time to take their honeymoon!

When Bob’s childhood friend, Matthew Walters, comes to town, it seems like divine intervention. Matthew, like Bob, is a Lutheran minister with a stubborn sweet tooth. Since he’s on sabbatical, Matthew is happy to fill in for Bob while he and Claire take that long-awaited…

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Review of Live And Let Growl


Live And Let Growl

A Melanie Travis Mystery, Book #19

Laurien Berenson

5 Stars


“If you like dogs, you’ll love Laurien Berenson’s Melanie Travis mysteries!” –Joanne Fluke, New York Times bestselling author

When her Aunt Peg lands a gig as judge at a Kentucky dog show, Melanie Travis welcomes the opportunity for a road trip. Too bad a killer has planned a deadly detour . . 

For a dog lover like Melanie, the opportunity to attend the Kentuckiana Dog Show Cluster is not to be missed. Fortunately, the timing coincides with her spring break from teaching, so she heads for central Kentucky with her sister-in-law Bertie and Aunt Peg, who’s accepted a week-long judging assignment. Once there, Aunt Peg reconnects with an old friend, Ellie Gates Wanamaker, a former Standard Poodle exhibitor and a member of a well-heeled Kentucky family. Miss Ellie has been out of the dog show…

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Pasting up a Vision

Wicked Cozy Authors

Edith here, during the busy month of May! The Saturday night activity at the recent Wicked Cozy Authors retreat was to create a vision board, so I thought I’d share how that went for me.

I’d never made a vision board, but several others among us had, and reported that they’d had success in having certain visions come to fruition. So I said, Sure! We each brought a stack of magazines to cut words and pictures out of. Liz, Jessie, and Julie brought boards, markers, glue sticks. Barb had a collection of stickers.

I wasn’t quite sure what to do, but Julie said, “Cut out what speaks to you.” Okay, I could do that. It was fun to see the wide array of magazines we each brought to the table, from self-help to mystery publications to the newspaper’s Sunday magazine to a community college catalog (admittedly on nice paper with cool…

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Grandma Sophie’s Banana-Walnut Muffins by Peggy Jaeger

When private investigator Joshua Keane is hired to protect chef-lebrity Kandy Laine from a stalker, it’s a recipe for home cooking…and hot loving! Mix a dash of The Bodyguard with Top Chef Masters, toss in a handful of colorful and scrumptious relatives, add a cup of heart-stopping danger and a pound of delicious, romantic tension, and you’ve got Cooking with Kandy, the first book in Peggy Jaeger’s Will Cook for Love romance series.



1 ¾ cups all purpose white flour, sifted
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup milk (whole is best for baking)
¼ cup vegetable oil
1 large egg
1-2 overripe bananas, mashed (should yield ¾ cup total)
1 cup chopped walnuts for topping



Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray, preferably a brand used for “baking.”

In a mixer, combine all the dry ingredients, then add the wet.

Mix until moistened completely- the batter will not be smooth. Continue reading “Grandma Sophie’s Banana-Walnut Muffins by Peggy Jaeger”

Guest: Lynn Cahoon

Wicked Cozy Authors

Edith here north of Boston, enjoying some actual May weather, finally. We have H&H jpegwritten about writers’ retreats several times on this blog, and the core Wickeds just returned from our annual Maine retreat. Let’s welcome guest Lynn Cahoon back on the blog, and hear about when she took herself on a retreat. She also has a new mystery out, Hospitality and Homicide, which sounds fabulous, and she’s giving away one e-copy to a randomly chose commenter here today!

Lynn: Thanks for having me over today! I got to meet several of the Wicked Cozys at Crime Bake last year. Such a fun event!

The Writer’s Retreat

I write a lot about writers. And readers. And bookstore owners.  People I like to hang out with as a person.  And when we hang out, we talk about setting up a magical event called a retreat. I know people who do this. (One…

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5 Ways to Support Your Local Library by Susan Mann

Libraries are integral contributors to a vibrant, thriving community. And yet, in times of funding cutbacks, libraries are often at the top of the list of services to be trimmed. Additionally, in our information-glutted society, the need for at all libraries is called into question. In truth, it’s because of this glut of (oftentimes wrong) information that libraries and librarians are required more than ever. Given these realities, how can you support your local library?


  1. Use It

Libraries are more than books. Most offer audiobooks, DVDs, and CDs for check out, as well as access to online journal, reference, and newspaper databases. E-books and e-magazines are often available, too. Then there’s story time for little ones, literacy programming, interlibrary loan, reference help… The list goes on.

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