Following His Heart #99cents for Kindle Nook Kobo iBooks

It's a Spring Sale!


I've reduced the price of the ebook version of Following His Heart, Book 1 of the Ocean City Boardwalk Series, to $0.99 at these stores: 


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Following His Heart was the winner of 
the 2015 Readers' Choice Award for Best Romance.


Grilled Vegetables - #Recipes for #Foodies

Spring means long walks in the park, smelling those newly-bloomed hyacinths… and pulling out the grill! One of my favorite springtime meals is a simple plate of grilled vegetables. It doesn’t matter if you use a grill pan or a hinged basket or simply place the veggies directly on the grill’s grate. The key is in slicing the vegetables to the same thickness and size so they cook evenly… and don’t over cook. You want a little scorching for flavor, but you also want to keep some of that fresh crispness.  

This recipe is delicious, and so easy! Just choose your favorite veggies, season well with oil and spices, and toss them on a hot grill. What are you waiting for?

Ingredients

4 Portabella mushrooms, stems removed
1 eggplant, sliced into 1/2 inch slices
1 sweet onion, peeled and sliced into 1/2 inch slices
2 red peppers, cut into quarters, seeds removed
2 zucchinis, sliced length-wise into 1/2 inch slices
1/4 cup olive oil
Spice mix (recipe below), to taste


1.     Wash vegetables and pat dry.
2.     Slice/cut into uniform pieces. (Mushrooms can be grilled whole.)
3.     Brush with oil and season on all sides.
4.     Place on hot grill. Grill to desired doneness, about 3-5 minutes per side. (Whole, large Portabellas will take a little longer.)

Spice mix:
1 teaspoon each: salt, pepper, basil, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder

Place all spices in a glass jar, cover, and shake to combine. Keeps several weeks in an airtight container. Try swapping out the spices listed for those you like—cumin, smoked paprika, lemon pepper, cayenne, etc—or spice blends such as Italian Seasoning or Seasoned Salt. With spices, the sky is the limit!





Two Announcements! (Is Anyone Listening?) @DonnaFaz

Hello, there! I have two announcements for you, both of which make me VERY happy! Read on:

First Announcement: A New Release!

A Secret Made in Paradise

Her child is alive! For ten years Amber has believed her child was lost to her forever. Then an unexpected inheritance leads the lovely doctor back home… to the man she’s always loved. There she discovers her beloved Jon is a bachelor father, and the little girl he is raising is their daughter!

Jon has vowed to protect and cherish his child, yet he opens their lives to let Amber in. But this dedicated father is no longer the young lover Amber remembers. Can she uncover the tender man she has never forgotten, and convince him to take a chance on their newly formed family, and their own true love?

This is a sweet romance novel and you an find it in these fine stores:

US Kindle        UK Kindle





Coming soon in paperback

Also part of the A Family Forever Series:
A Beautiful Stranger – Available Now
A Reason To Believe – Coming Soon

Second Announcement: A 99¢ Sale!

My romantic comedy/contemporary romance THE MERRY-GO-ROUND is on sale for under $1! Save $3! This book is only available in the Kindle Store. Readers have called this book "engaging" and a "must-read." The Wilmington News Journal calls it "funny and realistic." If you haven't read it yet, now's your chance to enjoy this cute story AND save some money.



Rich Applesauce Cake by @DonnaFaz #Recipe for #Foodies

Yesterday, I fiddled with my applesauce cake recipe and came up with this delicious confection. I hope you’ll try it. If you don’t have coconut oil on hand, just double the amount of vegetable oil.

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1 1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup molasses
2 eggs
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1. Pre-heat oven to 350ยบ. Spray a 13” x 9” baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.

2. Stir together the flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom.

3. In a separate bowl, stir together the sugar, applesauce, water, coconut oil, vegetable oil, molasses, and eggs. Mix until well combined.

4. Mix the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients, beating only until flour mixture is incorporated. Do not over mix.

5. Add the raisins and the nuts and stir to combine. Scrape batter into cake pan, smooth into an even layer, and bake for 55-65 minutes. At 55 minutes, poke center of cake with a wooden toothpick. Keep checking every 5 min. When toothpick comes out clean, the cake is done. Let cool.

I topped this cake with a simple cream cheese icing. I had a 4 ounce package of cream cheese that I brought to room temperature. I combined the cream cheese with a heaping cup of powdered sugar and added a splash of milk to make the mixture a spreadable consistency. This cake is perfect with a cup of hot tea or coffee.



May the Luck O' the Irish Be With You! @DonnaFaz #StPatricksDay

All my life, I have heard the phrase "luck of the Irish." On this St. Patrick's Day, I decided to do a little research. Here's what I discovered:

Ireland has a tragic past, yet the Irish people--through determination, hard work, and a dash of luck--have continued to prevail through every struggle.

Luck actually originated in the Middle Dutch language; the word luc means happiness and good fortune.

The phrase "luck of the Irish" was first used in the United States during the California Gold Rush to describe Irish immigrants who found their "pot of gold" while mining. Some people say this was a derogatory term to insinuate that the Irish needed luck rather than skill to find their fortune.

The Irish have a great sense of humor and an awesome pride in their country. They are loved by nations all over the world.

Green is the color of choice for St. Patrick's Day because Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle. Hmmm... wait a second. I also read that wearing green makes one invisible to leprechauns, and everyone knows those pesky fairy creatures pinch everyone they can see! 


Wherever the phrase comes from--and whatever you choose to wear today--go out and have fun!



Beautiful Buttermilk Biscuits by @DonnaFaz #Foodie #Recipes

Few people would use a word like 'beautiful' to describe these easy homemade biscuits, but that's just the way I roll. (Pun intended!) You see, I have an on-going love affair with food so it's easy for me to see any type of bread as beautiful (as well as delicious)!

Today, I'm sharing my Buttermilk Biscuit recipe. Mmmmmmm!

Ingredients:
2 cups all purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
2 tablespoons shortening
1 cup cold buttermilk

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. (Preheating the oven is important.)

Measure out the flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl. Work in the butter and shortening until you've got a crumb-like consistency. (I use my fingers, and I work fast so the butter and shortening won't melt.) Add the buttermilk and stir just until the dry ingredients are moistened. Dough will be sticky.

Turn dough out onto a floured surface and fold it a few times. Pat into an oval that's about an inch thick. I use a drinking glass to cut the biscuits into rounds. Gently reform the 'scraps' and cut into rounds. Place the dough rounds on a cookie sheet. If you like soft-sided biscuits, let the rounds touch. If you like crisper sides, give each biscuit some room on the sheet. Bake for 15-20 until they're tall and golden brown.

Alton Brown has a similar recipe, but suggests using a little less salt. Even with all those cookbooks and cooking shows under his belt, what does he know?

Here are some other delicious biscuit recipes I've found on the web:

Paula Deen offers a great recipe for Garlic Cheese Biscuits. Yum, y'all! Yum!

These Mayonnaise Biscuits look interesting, although I haven't tried them. Yet.

And for those who feel biscuit-challenged, here's a neat video from the Joy of Baking website. (Please note, I never add sugar to my biscuits.)

If you're looking for fast and easy, the Betty Crocker website has a recipe using Bisquick, that very well-known all purpose baking mix. I've added chopped herbs and a 1/2 cups of cheddar cheese to this recipe to make dumplings for chicken stew. Everyone knows a dumpling is simply a steamed biscuit!

Whether they're slathered with butter, honey, or jam - or steamed on top of a pot of thick, luscious chicken stew - there's nothing quite as delectable as a fluffy biscuit!

If you enjoyed my Buttermilk Biscuit recipe, or any of the recipes I've linked to, please use the buttons below to share this post. Thanks, and happy eating!


Falling for a Single Mom #99cents through March 5

It's A Birthday Sale!

If you haven't read these books, now's your chance.
Get this 2-book bundle for under $1. On sale through March 5th only.
Happy Birthday to me!


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