Wife For Hire by Janet Evanovich

01/02/2012

I finished my first book of 2012 on January 1st.

Wife For HIre by Janet Evonovich- Audio Book

Hank Mallone knows he’s in trouble when Maggie Toone agrees to pretend to be his wife in order to improve his rogue’s reputation. Will his harebrained sceme to get a bank loan for his business backfire one Maggie arrives in his small Vermont town and less the gossips take a look?

Maggie never expected her employer to be drop-dead handsome, but she’s too intrigued by his offer to say no…and too eager to escape a life that made her feel trapped. The deal is strictly business, both agree, unitl Hank turns out to be every fantasy she ever had.

 

 

My 2012 challenge reads for a to be read challenge

12/29/2011

Original 12
Hero, Come Back Various Authors
The Last Detective Robert Crais- finished
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Delivery Room Various Authors
The Knight Before Christmas Jackie Ivie
Candy Girl Diablo Cody
74 Seaside Avenue Debbie Macomber
Just A Tease Deirdre Martin- currently reading
State Of Fear Michael Chrichton
Fulk The Reluctant Elaine Knighton
Dead End Dating Kimberly Raye
Ordinary Girl In A Tiara Jessica Hart
A Light In The Window Jan Karon

Alternatives
Between Sisters Kristin Hannah
The Scarlet Thread Francine Rivers
Forever Isn’t Long Enough Val Daniels
The Last Sin Eater Francine Rivers
On The Way To The Wedding Julia Quinn
The God Chasers Tommy Tenney
Wizard’s Daughter Catherine Coulter
The Surrender Toni Bently
Heart Of Courage Kat Martin
On What Gronds Cleo Coyle
Wyoming Brides Debbie Macomber
The Quilter’s Apprentice Jennifer Chiaverini

Cranberry-Apple Coffee Cake

02/10/2011

Cranberry-Apple Coffee Cake Recipe 

 Quick Info:

Servings Contains Wheat/Gluten Contains Dairy Contains Egg

Vegetarian

Heart-Healthy

Diabetes-Friendly

Nutritional Info (Per serving): Calories: 257, Saturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 112mg, Dietary Fiber: 3g, Total Fat: 8g, Carbs: 44g, Cholesterol: 25mg, Protein: 3g Carb Choices: 3

Prep Time: 45 mins

Cook Time: 50 mins

Rest Time: 20 mins

Total Time: 1 h 55 mins

Ingredients 1/2 cup(s) sugar, brown, light, packed

1 dash(es) cooking spray, to coat pan

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, ground

1/2 cup(s) cranberries, fresh or frozen, thawed, chopped

1 1/2 cup(s) apple(s), tart, finely chopped and peeled

1/2 cup(s) cranberry juice, or orange juice, apple juice

1 cup(s) flour, all-purpose

1/2 cup(s) flour, whole-wheat

1 teaspoon baking powder

 1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon baking soda

 1/4 cup(s) oil, canola

3  tablespoon butter, slightly softened

3/4 teaspoon lemon zest

3/4 cup(s) sugar, granulated

1 tablespoon sugar, granulated, for sprinkling

1 large egg(s)

3/4 cup(s) milk, lowfat (1%)

2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a 9-inch springform pan with cooking spray. 2. To prepare topping: Whisk brown sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon in a medium nonreactive saucepan until combined. Stir in cranberries, apple and juice. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring. 3. Continue to cook, stirring, until the mixture thickens and the berries soften, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool. 4. To prepare cake: Whisk all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl. 5. Beat oil, butter and lemon zest in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, first on medium speed, then on medium-high, until well combined, about 11/2 minutes. 6. Gradually add 3/4 cup sugar, beating until the mixture is light in color and well blended. 7. Add egg and beat until the batter is smooth, about 1 minute longer. 8. With the mixer on low speed, beat in half the flour mixture until just incorporated. Gradually beat in milk and vanilla until just incorporated. Add the remaining flour mixture and beat until a smooth batter forms, about 1 minute, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. 9. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan, spreading to the edges. Spread the topping in an even layer over the batter; do not stir. 10. Bake the cake on the middle rack until the top is puffed in places and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (the fruit topping will still be moist), 40 to 50 minutes. Sprinkle the remaining 1 tablespoon sugar over the top. Transfer the pan to a wire rack; let stand until cooled to warm, about 20 minutes. To serve, run a knife along the edge of the pan, remove the pan sides and cut the cake into wedges.

Tender Savage by Iris Johansen

01/22/2011

Lara Clavel knows that her mission to the war-torn Caribbean island of Saint Pierre is fraught with danger. But she is determined to rescue the imprisioned rebel under Ricardo Lazaro–if only to prevent her twin brother from rejoining his revolutionary army. What she doesn’t expct is the poweful attraction she feels for the legendary poet-warrior. Adn the heat is mutual. From the instant they meet inside the confines of his jail cell, Ricardo seems bound and determined to possess Lara. But is love possible with a man whose every waking moment is spent is the crosshairs of some would-be assassin’s rifle? Even after Ricardo is freed, Lara will find her feelings for him put to the ultimate test, as she fights to tame a savage rebel skilled in the arts of combat and seduction.

Almost Perfect by Susan Mallery

01/22/2011

Back in high school, Liz Sutton was the girl from the wrong side of the tracks. Then she’d stolen the heart of the most popular boy in town, and their secret romance helped her through the worst of times. Until Ethan Hendrix betrayed her and everything they’d ever meant to each other. Devastated and pregnant, Liz left Fool’s Gold, California forever, she thought…

 ow Liz must return to town and face the man who doesn’t know of their son’s existence. And this time she won’t have the option of making a quick getaway. Ethan and Liz can’t deny their passionate attraction, even after all these years. But will their desire be enough to spark a second chance at love?

Twisted Creek by Jodi Thomas

01/19/2011

Bad luck’s been biting at Allie Daniels’s heels all her life, so when she inherits a tiny cafe in a small Texas lake community she is sure there must be a catch. But Allie brings her grandmother along, and the cafe gives Nana a chance to do what she loves best–cook. As Allie settles in and tres to make the best of what surely must be a mistake in an old man’s will, the people of the lake drop by. Lonely folk discover there’s always a table available, with down-home food to warm the soul. An old main, a shy young man, and a drifter who races the moon across the lake slowly become the family Allie never had. When trouble comes, Allie finds she’s not alone anymore–and that, sometimes, the only cure for bad luck is the courage to love.

Books I checked out from the library

01/19/2011

Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum

Emerald Garden by Andra Kane

Murder Most Frothy by Cleo Coyle

Strawberry Shortcake Murder by Joanne Fluke

The Counterfeit Countess by Cheryl Bolen

Holiday Affair by Lisa Plumley

Daddy’s Girl by Barbara Bretton

The  Julius House by Charlaine Harris

Mending Fences by Sherryl Woods

Poppy Done To Death by Charlaine Harris

Express Male by Elizabeth Bevarly

Latte Trouble by Cleo Coyle

Danger In a Red Dress by Christina Dodd

Mother In The Making by Lilian Darcy

White Lies by Linda Howard

Tall, Dark, And Fearless by Suzanne Brockman

Tender Savage by Iris Johansen- Currently Reading

You’ve Got Male by Elizabeth Bevarly

Overnight Male by Elizabeth Bevarly

Ready & Willing by Elizabeth Bevarly

I Kissed An Earl by Julie Anne Long

Luck Be A Lady by Cathie Linz

Whiskey With A Twist by Nina Wright

Burning Wild by Christine Feehan

Murder Of A Wedding Belle by Denise Swanson

Love Me If You Dare by Carly Phillips- Audio Book

Through The Grinder by Cleo Coyle

The Land Of Mango Sunsets by Dorothea Benton Frank-Currently reading

Glitter Baby by Susan Elizabeth Phillips-Audio Book-Currently listening to

Tamed By A Laird by Amanda Scott

Navy Baby by Debbie Macomber

Almost Perfect by Susan Mallery- Currently reading

The Goddess Rules by Clare Naylor- Audio Book- finished reading

The Red-Hot Cajun by Sandra Hill- Currently reading

Twisted Creek by Jodi Thomas- Currently reading

Breakfast Parfait

01/17/2011

24 ounce(s) yogurt, fat-free, Greek-style, plain, divided

4 cup(s) cereal, flax, such as Nature’s Path

1 cup(s) blueberries, fresh or defrosted frozen

1 cup(s) strawberries, fresh or defrosted frozen

8 teaspoon honey

12 teaspoon nuts, almonds, slivers

1 medium orange(s), peeled and thinly sliced

Preparation In 4 small bowls or large cups, place 3 ounces of yogurt to line the bottom. Layer 1/2 cup cereal, 1/4 cup of each berry, 1 teaspoon of honey, and 2 teaspoons of almonds. Cover with another layer of 3 ounces of yogurt, 1/2 cup of cereal, 1 teaspoon of honey, and 1 teaspoon of almonds. Top each parfait with 2 to 3 orange slices.

Breakfast Burrito

01/15/2011

Breakfast Burrito

Ingredients 5 slice(s) turkey bacon, nitrate-free

cooking spray, 1/3 second spray

6 egg(s), whites only, beaten

1 small tomato(es), cored, seeded, and chopped

 1/2 cup(s) cheese, cheddar, reduced-fat, shredded

4 tortilla(s), flour, reduced-fat, low-carb, six-inch

Preparation Place the bacon between two paper towels on a paper plate. Microwave on high 4–5 minutes, just until the bacon is crisp. Break into pieces. Spray a skillet with nonstick cooking spray and heat on medium. Scramble the egg whites in skillet until almost done. Add the tomato and bacon.

Cook 30 seconds to 1 minute. Heat the tortillas for 10 seconds in the microwave, or you can warm them in a pan for a minute or two. Spoon the egg scramble equally into center of tortillas. Sprinkle low-fat cheese on top. Fold burrito style. Serve immediately with salsa to taste.

Reading Cove Theme Potluck Challenge

12/29/2010
Jan- Chill- An Ice Cold Grave by Charlaine Harris- I hope this one counts
Feb- Sweet- Sweet Revenge by Diane Mott Davidson
Mar- Green- Evergreen by Belva Plain
Apr- Flower- Spring Flowers, Summer Love by Lois Richer
May- Mystery- The Picture Perfect Mystery by Carolyn Keene
Jun- Summer- The 2nd Summer Of The Sisterhood by Ann Brashares
Jul- Humor- A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Delivery Room by Various Authors
Aug- Animal- The Cat And The Curmudgeon by Clevland Amroy
Sept- Fantasy- Fantasy by Various Authors
Oct- Horror/Thriller- State Of Fear by Michael Crichton
Nov- New York- Dancing On Sunday Afternoons by Linda Cardillo
Dec- Christmas- This Christmas by Jennifer Colburn and Liz Ireland