Please Welcome #RRBC Spotlight Author, Jan Sikes!

I’m thrilled to host a stop on  Jan’s Spotlight Tour! She  has written a very personal series of books about her life with her musician husband. Today, she tells us a little bit about the last one. 

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‘TIL DEATH DO US PART

 The fourth and final book of the series has been my slowest seller of all. Perhaps it is because people don’t want to read about death.

But, the book is not about death. It is all about living and grabbing the most out of every moment. It is a reality, that if we all live long enough, we’ll face a time when our health deteriorates as did Luke’s. But, what we do with the time we have left is perhaps one of the most important decisions we’ll ever make.

Luke grew more determined to leave behind something lasting with each setback. He forged ahead and accomplished amazing feats even when he was confined to a wheelchair.

As I watched him, I would often be amazed at how each time a new obstacle arose, he found a better way around it. From building a recording studio, to making custom guitars and teaching children how to play guitar, he never stopped.

I don’t care how you slice it, that is inspiring. I can only hope to have his fortitude as I face the final years of life on earth.

He always told me, “When I leave this earth, you’ll hear two sounds. You’ll hear a train whistle and an owl hooting.”

If you read the book, you’ll discover this prophecy came true.

Here’s the back cover blurb:

Veteran Texas musician, Luke Stone, has cheated death more times than he cares to remember. He’s been everything from a simple farm boy to a rowdy roughneck, a singing star to a convict and finally a husband and father whose goals consisted of building a home and raising a family…which he did.
Now, with a chance for a second music career, he knows the sand in his hourglass is running thin. His anchor in life and true love, Darlina, stands at his side determined to help make the dream a reality. But, his aging body is sabotaging every effort and the only thing that keeps him going is sheer will-power and the love he has for Darlina.
When faced with being confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life, Luke draws on every resource to continue to function and contribute to their home and to society.
This is a story of inspiration, endurance and most of all undying love. When Luke and Darlina face life-altering situations that would destroy a lesser man and woman, they draw on each other’s strength and determination to face them.
Will fate allow Luke to sing his last song?

 

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Again, thank you for taking this RRBC SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR tour with me. I appreciate your company and comments! See you at the next stop.

 

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Welcome #RRBC Spotlight Author, Jan Sikes

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I’m thrilled to host a stop on Jan’s Spotlight Tour! She has written  a very personal  series of books about her life with her musician husband.  Today, she tells us a little bit about  the last one.  

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‘Til Death Do Us Part

The fourth and final book of the series has been my slowest seller of all. Perhaps it is because people don’t want to read about death.

But, the book is not about death. It is all about living and grabbing the most out of every moment. It is a reality, that if we all live long enough, we’ll face a time when our health deteriorates as did Luke’s. But, what we do with the time we have left is perhaps one of the most important decisions we’ll ever make.

Luke grew more determined to leave behind something lasting with each setback. He forged ahead and accomplished amazing feats even when he was confined to a wheelchair.

As I watched him, I would often be amazed at how each time a new obstacle arose, he found a better way around it. From building a recording studio, to making custom guitars and teaching children how to play guitar, he never stopped.

I don’t care how you slice it, that is inspiring. I can only hope to have his fortitude as I face the final years of life on earth.

He always told me, “When I leave this earth, you’ll hear two sounds. You’ll hear a train whistle and an owl hooting.”

If you read the book, you’ll discover this prophecy came true.

Here’s the back cover blurb:

Veteran Texas musician, Luke Stone, has cheated death more times than he cares to remember. He’s been everything from a simple farm boy to a rowdy roughneck, a singing star to a convict and finally a husband and father whose goals consisted of building a home and raising a family…which he did.
Now, with a chance for a second music career, he knows the sand in his hourglass is running thin. His anchor in life and true love, Darlina, stands at his side determined to help make the dream a reality. But, his aging body is sabotaging every effort and the only thing that keeps him going is sheer will-power and the love he has for Darlina. 
When faced with being confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life, Luke draws on every resource to continue to function and contribute to their home and to society.
This is a story of inspiration, endurance and most of all undying love. When Luke and Darlina face life-altering situations that would destroy a lesser man and woman, they draw on each other’s strength and determination to face them.
Will fate allow Luke to sing his last song?

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PURCHASE LINK

CONNECT WITH JAN:

TWITTER    FACEBOOK    BLOG    WEBSITE    LINKEDIN   PINTEREST

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 Thank you so much  for  stopping by on this beautiful Friday. I plan to be back soon, although I have no clue yet what I’ll be writing about.  

 

RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB’S “SPOTLIGHT” Author, Maretha Botha!! #RRBC @MarethMBotha ‏#BlogTour

Meet talented author, Maretha Botha!

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Maretha Botha is an Italian National born in South Africa. She and her family now live in Lancashire, United Kingdom, where she writes and illustrates animal and bird adventure stories, based on her experiences while growing up in South Africa. Her love for the southern African landscape, its environment, animals, birds and people shines through in her series of books which she entitled, “Fauna Park Tales”. She has completed the first four books in this series.

She and her family lived in Botswana for a few years before immigrating to the United Kingdom. This series, Fauna Park Tales: An African Adventure” is set against this background. Many of the stories are based on fact – things which she observed while living on the outskirts of a game reserve as well as the lives of her family’s pets – dogs, cats and birds, even birds of prey such as martial…

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Cream Cheese/Cinnamon Roll Puffs

This fun little recipe is perfect for brunch, but also delicious anytime you want a sweet treat.

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Start with two tubes of cinnamon roll dough.

For the filling you will need:

8 oz of cream cheese. I’ve used both soft and firm, and the little blocks seem to work better.

1/4 cp sugar (+/- depending on how sweet you like it)

1/2 cp milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

You can also add finely chopped walnuts and raisins, if you like. I’ve used both from time to time and they’re a great addition.

Mix the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla together in a bowl until blended. Add the milk and stir until it’s smooth, with no lumps.

Stir in additional ingredients now, if you’re going to use them.

Put the bowl in the freezer until the mixture is frozen, but not too hard. In my freezer, it’s roughly 45 minutes.

Once the filling is ready, preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Take the cinnamon rolls out of the tubes and press them out until they are flat.

Place a large dollop of the filling in the center of a cinnamon roll and bring the edges up over the sides of the filling.

Place a second roll over the top and tuck the edges underneath to make a ball. Sometimes, I use a small spatula to help with this.

Do the same with the remaining cinnamon rolls and filling.

Place the balls upside down in a baking pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until they are golden brown and puffy.

Turn them right side up, drizzle the cinnamon roll icing over the tops, and serve while warm.

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Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do.

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Books

Shadow of the Drill
Born of Circumstance, Bred for Revenge.
https://t.co/QzD2ODjvKk

A Perilous Thirst
A different kind of vampire story.
http://goo.gl/4HSpxu

One Dyke Cozy
“HAVE A NICE DAY”
Mr. Happy
goo.gl/QTS6Xq

Contact Info

Email: rhanidchae@gmail.com

Twitter: @rhanidchae @rhanidchaaebooks

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/rhanidchaeauthor/

John and I went to the movies

This past weekend was time for my friend John to make his monthly visit up to Tacoma. We both love movies and spent a great deal of time at our local Regal.

We saw a total of 7 films, and I thought I would share our opinions with you.

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The first movie we saw was Truth or Dare, which starred a talented young cast that I’ve never heard of before. Lol The three main roles went to Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey, and Violet Beane. The film was very reminiscent of the Final Destination franchise.

A group of kids played a game of Truth or Dare, not knowing that there was an ancient demon involved. They had to continue the game in the order that they originally played.

There are some twists in the film, and some revelations that are rather surprising. All in all, it got 5 stars from both of us.

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A Quiet Place was a different kind of concept, and a pretty good film. And not a lot of action, and only a couple of times when the giant bugs interacted with the human cast. It was a bit slow on more than one occasion, so from us, it gets 4 stars.

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The third movie we saw was Pacific Rim Uprising. It was a good movie, with lots of action, but John had a hard time following everything that was going on. I have to say that casting Jon Boyega in the lead was a good choice.

I gave this movie 4 stars, and John gave it 3 stars.

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The last movie that we saw on Friday was Acrimony, which was an incredible look at a woman’s descent into Crazyville. Everything that I knew about the movie before we went told me that she was a woman who was burdened by a lying, cheating husband. And I’m not saying that the man was perfect, but it was interesting to see him through her wildly distorted viewpoint. Taraji P Henson was absolutely phenomenal as Melinda, and Lyriq Bent was equally amazing as her husband, Robert.

This film was an easy 5 stars from both of us, and I highly recommend it.

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We started Saturday with Chappaquiddick. It was interesting, but it didn’t do much to really hold my attention. I’m not saying it wasn’t good, because it was, but it just seemed very dry and slow. Jason Clarke was excellent as Ted Kennedy, but I just felt there was something missing. I may have to see it again.

Chappaquiddick gets 3 stars from me and 4 from John.

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Or second movie on Saturday was Ready, Player One. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect, but wow, what a thrill ride it was! A great ensemble cast came together to make this probably my favorite film of the weekend. If you have the time, you should absolutely go see it. This is one you just don’t want to miss. 5 stars from me, and 4 from John, because he got lost and couldn’t find his way back. 😃

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The last film we saw was Rampage, and I was hesitant about going. I never played the video game, and had never even heard of it until this movie was made. I just didn’t know what to expect.

I needn’t have worried because this movie is fantastic! Dwayne Johnson heads a phenomenal cast which includes Jeffrey Dean Morgan and a few minutes with Joe Manganiello. And, of course, George. There was a lot of humor between Dwayne Johnson’s character and George. Yes, there were some sad moments, but overall it was a great film and was probably my second favorite of the weekend. John and I both give it 5 stars.

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I hope you enjoyed these movie reviews. I can honestly say there were no bad ones, but some were definitely better than others.

I plan to be back on Wednesday with another great recipe, so I hope you will join me then. In the meantime, enjoy your Sunday. 😃

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Books

Shadow of the Drill

Born of Circumstance, Bred for Revenge
https://t.co/QzD2ODjvKk

A Perilous Thirst
A different kind of vampire story.

http://goo.gl/4HSpxu

One Dyke Cozy

“HAVE A NICE DAY”
Mr. Happy
goo.gl/QTS6Xq

Contact Info

Email: rhanidchae@gmail.com

Twitter: @rhanidchae @rhanidchaaebooks

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/rhanidchaeauthorhor/

Bundt Pan Pizza Bread

This is an easy-to-make, versatile pizza bread that’s a favorite at my house. Hmmm…easy and versatile. That’s right up my alley!

Here’s what you’ll need:

2 tins of biscuit dough

2 or 3 cups of finely shredded cheese. I usually use mozzarella and/ or Colby-Jack, but any cheese is fine.

1 cup of finely shredded parmesan

Assorted pizza toppings. Ground beef, small pieces of pepperoni, vegetable pieces – pretty much anything that will hold up to being baked.

1 or 2 tbs of Italian seasoning

1 tsp each of salt and pepper

1/3 to 1/2 extra virgin olive oil. The amount depends on how many ingredients are used, because they need to be fairly evenly coated.

Preheat the oven to 350

Cut the biscuits into quarters

Put all ingredients into large bowl and stir together. Add the biscuit pieces and toss until everything is mixed and coated with olive oil and seasoning.

Spoon it into a greased bundt pan, and top with more cheese, if desired.

Bake for about a half hour, until dough is cooked & cheese has melted.

When done, invert the pan while the bread is hot.

Serve with marinara, ranch, or any other dipping sauce.

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Thank you for stopping by my blog on recipe day. I hope you enjoy this pizza bread. I hope to be back on Sunday with something fun to read.

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Books

Shadow of the Drill
Born of Circumstance, Bred for Revenge.
https://t.co/QzD2ODjvKk

A Perilous Thirst
A different kind of vampire story.
http://goo.gl/4HSpxu

One Dyke Cozy
“HAVE A NICE DAY”
Mr. Happy
goo.gl/QTS6Xq

Contact Info

Email: rhanidchae@gmail.com

Twitter: @rhanidchae @rhanidchaaebooks

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/rhanidchaeauthor/

Do you like potatoes?

We sure do! So today, I’m sharing a fun and easy way to bake potatoes to accompany a meal, or as a snack.

Start with a fairly large potato, and slice it across the top from side side to side, without cutting all the way through. Make the cuts as close or as far apart as you like, depending on how thick you want the potato slices.

Drizzle the top with melted butter, a little olive oil, some sea salt, and pepper. We have also topped it with things like bacon bits and cheese.

Bake the potatoes for about 40 minutes at 425 degrees.

Sometimes, I bake the potato with just the butter, oil, and salt. Then, when it’s done, I top it with ketchup and goat cheese. This may sound a little strange, but it tastes fantastic!

This is another very simple and versatile recipe. You can do whatever you like with it, which is what makes it so much fun.

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Thank you so much for stopping by my blog on recipe day. I plan to be back on Sunday with another post, although I’m not sure yet what it will be. Hopefully, it will be something fun. 😃

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Books

Shadow of the Drill
Born of Circumstance, Bred for Revenge.
https://t.co/QzD2ODjvKk

A Perilous Thirst
A different kind of vampire story.
http://goo.gl/4HSpxu

One Dyke Cozy
“HAVE A NICE DAY”
Mr. Happy
goo.gl/QTS6Xq

Contact Info

Email: rhanidchae@gmail.com

Twitter: @rhanidchae @rhanidchaaebooks

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/rhanidchaeauthor/

ALL ABOUT THE #RRBC SPONSORS BLOG HOP!

Welcome to the first ever ALL ABOUT THE SPONSORS BLOG HOP! These kind members of the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB (RRBC) donated their support during the 2017 conference, in the way of gift card and Kindle e-book donations for our Gift Basket Raffle. They supported us and now we are showing our support of them by pushing their book(s).
We ask that you pick up a copy of the title listed and after reading it, leave a review. There are several books on tour today, so please visit the HOP’S main page to follow along.
Also, for every comment that you leave along this tour, including on the HOP’S main page, your name will be entered into a drawing for an Amazon gift card to be awarded at the end of the tour!
Blurb:
How do you choose when both options have dire consequences?

Sofia is a 17 year old who is quite content with her life. She has a caring boyfriend who also just happens to be her best friend since birth. She has a loving mother. She is successfully completing her last year of high school and enjoys her part-time job. She can’t imagine wanting more from her life…until Ar’ch (pronounced Ar-rick) enters her dreams, sparking a burning flame inside of her that she can’t seem to extinguish nor does she want to.

Ar’ch is a Diasodz (Die-ah-sodz), a species created by the Goddess back when God created humans. Diasodz were made to heal and protect humans, but when the Diasodz turned their backs on helping humans and left Earth to live in their own world, the Goddess abandoned them. Since then, their powers and their very lives have been fading. A prophecy foretold that a young girl born on Earth would be the Diasodz’s savior. Ar’ch and his brother, Angel, travel to Earth to retrieve her and bring her back to their world before her death day in order to save their kind. Ar’ch knows the drill: find the target, capture her, and safely bring her home. But what happens when the target captures his dormant heart?

Choices create action. Actions have consequences. When faced with the truth, what choice will Sofia make? Will she be able to accept the consequences that follow?

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Author:

Yvette Calleiro

This blog hop sponsored by: 4WillsPublishing

Please Welcome Patricia Guthrie

Today, it gives me great pleasure to welcome #RRBC author, Patricia Gthrie to my blog. I hope you enjoy reading a little bit about her and her work.

Patricia Guthrie

“ALL ABOUT ELENA DKANY”

“Do not speak badly of the devil, because you cannot know to whom you will belong.”

If you’d just inherited a castle in Romania, wouldn’t you expect to visit? So does young Elena Dkany, last member of an ancient, noble Romanian family. But, somebody doesn’t want her to reach her destination, and of the two people who can keep her safe, one is the ghost of her deceased husband, and the other the very live presence of the one man she wants to avoid at all costs.

As they make their way into the mountainous regions of the Carpathian Mountains, deadly accidents, explosions and murder follow them wherever they go. Someone seems to know their every move.

An abandoned castle, a damsel in distress, international hitmen, ghosts, a little boy in a dream a priceless, silver cross and an ex-boyfriend. What do they all have in common with Elena Dakany? And, why does someone want her dead?

And so, lies the brief blub of Legacy of Danger. I’d like to give you and your reading audience a treat and meet the heroine of the story, Elena Dkany. I hope you can get some insight as to what makes her tick, without giving away the story. Elena sat with me this morning and gave me facts she could release, but unfortunately wouldn’t give out everything. A little secret—I wrote a “tell all” book. She’s non-too-pleased.

Elena says hi to everyone and has settled down and is ready to answer my traditional interviewer to interviewee questions. We’re sitting outside the cottage enjoying the Dkany Rivers and the Carpathians in the background. She told me she’s willing to answer many questions, but nothing that will “give away” her story. So, I promised.

Elena is twenty-seven years old college student, who’s about to start her doctorate in European language. If you were here looking at her, she has long, almost black hair, white skin and eyes that sometimes shine blue and at others, you could swear they were violet. Does Elena act twenty-seven? Sometimes yes, sometimes no, just like the rest of us. Sometimes she acts like she had the wisdom of the ages banged into her head and she’s mentally one-hundred, at others she can throw temper tantrums that make her seem more like a teen-ager. I have to say, she could be me.

Did she have a happy childhood? I’d say—as would Elena, yes. A very happy childhood. She lost her parents at an early age. Her mother died of pneumonia and her father died, shortly thereafter of a broken heart. Elena was brought up by her grandmother, Magda Dkany in Evanston, Illinois. The family is highly Romanian Orthodox; with a patriarchal—turned matriarchal family structure. Despite the age differences Magda and Elena adored each other. When Magda was killed by a hit-and-run driver, Elena was devastated, and when her grandmother’s ghost appears at her own funeral, Elena couldn’t believe her eyes or, for that matter, any of her senses. (first chapter)

Her relationships have been, for the most part, pretty happy. The Dkany family has strong ties to the Brancusi family (the families had close ties since the 1300’s—pretty unusual for these days) Marina Brancusi is Elena’s best friend and Marina’s brother Alex was a childhood friend turned sweetheart, then estranged, but Elena said I couldn’t tell you why. The rest of Elena’s relationships have been happy and successful with many college friends and acquaintances turned friends along the way. Her past relationship that weren’t so successful was Alex Brancusi, but that shall wait for another day. She had a close relationship with her brother Frederick Dkany, until he died from a heroin overdose. There’s the family solicitor Gregory Balough and Sandor Inn keeper Stephan Baklanov and his grandson Mikhail. Then there’s Elena’s deceased husband, Janek Ivanov. As you will see, some relationships never die. They just seem to pop up at the nick of time.

What does Elena care about? Elena cares about her grandmother’s death. Ah, you say, you thought she was killed by a hit and run driver? Yes, she was. It’s just, Elena doesn’t think it was an accident. She thinks it was done on purpose. Elena wants to uncover the truth. She also cares about getting to her family’s castle in Dkany, Romania in the heart of Transylvania and possibly the reason so many of her family have died. Her grandmother was supposed to have taken her there, just before she was killed. Now, Elena wants to go and see if she can fulfill her grandmother’s dream—turning the castle into a school. Such a simple goal for such a complicated plot.

In fact, this dream has become somewhat of an obsession, until Magda’s ghost tells her to find her son. Son? Elena’s son was killed in a home invasion in Bucharest when he wasn’t even a year old. Elena lost her husband, Jan at the same time. The obsession? Go to Romania, Investigate the castle. Investigate her son and Jan’s death. And, keep herself alive.

This obsession has now turned into Elena’s biggest fear. She’s attacked by an international hit man and more follow. Now, her ex-boyfriend Alexander escorts her to Romania. Is her biggest fear an attack from some outside source or from him? If he only knew the extent of her fear and what she doesn’t want him to know.

Alex was the best thing that ever happened to Elena. This was high school love—puppy love or a crush? Or, the real thing? After nine-years, Elena is still not over him. It appears he’s not over her either.

But there’s a secret that Elena’s not willing to share with Alex or anybody. And, like Elena, Alex is tenacious. When he decides to find something out, he sticks to and doesn’t let go. Elena is equally stubborn, she can clamp her lips together like a two-year-old and not divulge anything. She’s also inquisitive and when cornered she’ll walk out of a conversation or a situation. That can be annoying, it can also be deadly.

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Legacy of Danger by Patricia Guthrie

LEGACY OF DANGER – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M1024Y8/

Book Blurb:

Inheriting a castle, Elena Dkany travels to Romania, a land dipped in Myths, Folklore, and as legend has it, the Walking Dead.

From the onset of her arrival, hearing a local proverb: “Do not speak badly of the Devil, because you cannot know to whom you will belong,” she soon understands the importance of adhering to this warning in this mysterious land.

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Author Bio:

Patricia A. Guthrie is the author of romantic suspense novels, mysteries and short stories. She resides in the Chicago area and has taught in the Chicago Public School system.

Guthrie’s current published novels ‘In the Arms of the Enemy,’ ‘Waterlilies Over My Grave’ and ‘Legacy of Danger’ are available in online bookstores such as Amazon.com. She also has short stories published in Amazon.com, Skyline Magazine and Affaire de Coeur and non-fiction articles in the Collie Cassette and the online ‘Nature Journal.’ She’s currently working on a mystery novel that she hopes to have published in 2018.

Guthrie is an accomplished musician: opera singer, church soloist and music teacher. After leaving the opera, Guthrie became a music therapist in a school for children with special needs and then went on to teach music in the Chicago Public School system.

She’s an avid animal lover and advocate.

You can find her books on Amazon.com, as well as other online booksellers.

Follow Patricia on Social Media:

Blogspot –www.paguthrie.blogspot.com

Facebook – https:///facebook.com?LegacyOfDanger

Twitter – @paguthrie1

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“This tour sponsored by 4WillsPublishing.wordpress.com.”

Super Easy Fruit Cobbler

I’m sorry this post is a couple of days late, but I’ve been sick and just haven’t wanted to do anything more than I absolutely had to. Lol

I don’t know about you, but I love cobbler. Especially blackberry or apple cobbler. I also love this recipe because it gives me my cobbler without a lot of work. Don’t get me wrong, I love to bake. I just never seem to have the time to do much of it.

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Start by melting 1 stick of butter and pouring it into a baking pan. I use the standard cake pan, but you can divide it between two square pans, if you want to make two different kinds.

In a bowl, stir together 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup milk. Add 1 tsp baking powder, and a little bit of salt. Once it’s all mixed up, pour it into the pan on top of the butter.

Now comes the fun part. Dump 3 or 4 cups of sweetened fruit, whatever kind you like, evenly over the top of the batter without stirring it in. If I’m doing apple cobbler, I like to throw some oatmeal and brown sugar on top of the apples.

Bake for about an hour at 350 degrees. Top with ice cream or whipped cream. I like it warm, but it’s also good right out of the fridge.

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Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. I will be back on Sunday with another peek into the Drill series.

Books

Shadow of the Drill
Born of Circumstance, Bred for Revenge.
https://t.co/QzD2ODjvKk

A Perilous Thirst
A different kind of vampire story.
http://goo.gl/4HSpxu

One Dyke Cozy
“HAVE A NICE DAY”
Mr. Happy
goo.gl/QTS6Xq

Contact Info

Email: rhanidchae@gmail.com

Twitter: @rhanidchae @rhanidchaaebooks