Friday, December 7, 2012

Kit Kat Cookies

I needed a quick, easy cookie yesterday for a 4H meeting and didn't have time to run by the store.  I typically have the basic cookie ingredients around the house, but since we were donating a dozen to a local home for single moms and their children, I wanted to make something a little more "fun" than just chocolate chip (even though that's the one cookie my boys BEG for).
I knew I had a couple of cake mixes on hand and also knew that cookies can be made with said cake mixes. So...I found my old "Holiday Cake Cookie" recipe card, grabbed some leftover Halloween candy and got to cookin'.

Kit Kat Cookies

1 box yellow cake mix (yes, I use cheap mixes, all cake is good to me!)
1/3 cup oil
2 Tbs water
1 egg

Mix the above together then add:
10 mini kit-kats, crushed (I used my chopper to break them up into small pieces)
1/8 cup toffee bits (I had some leftover and threw them in for good measure, never a bad idea)

Stir and place on baking pan with small scooper or spoonfuls.

I found that you need to press them down a bit to flatten or else they will stay as round balls. Bake for 12-15 min at 350.   Using the small Pampered Chef scoop provided approx. 3 doz cookies.  And since the cake mix and candy gives them a pretty rich flavor you really don't want large cookies.

The fun thing about these cookies is the endless variety of flavors available to you...Peppermint flavored with candy cane pieces, choc cake mix with peanut butter chips, add toffee bits to any of them, any candy bar cruhsed and mixed in.   Enjoy!

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Monday, December 3, 2012

No Safe Harbor - Book Review and 2 GIVEAWAYS!!!! (one from ME!!)

Cara, who lost both parents, travels alone to America in search of her twin brother whom she also thought was dead...until she received a letter stating just the opposite.  With the help of the ship's captain, she finds a place to live, a job and friends.  However, she is leary of sharing any information about herself and keeps the secret of having a brother because of his warnings.  

Slowly secrets begin to come to light as she hunts for her brother.  Her greatest help comes in the form of Rourke, a man who is actually wanting to carry out his revenge on Cara's sister once they find him.  She must begin to decide who she can truly trust.  And will she find her brother?
  This book was a very enjoyable read.  Romances based in early America have always been interesting to me and this one did not disappoint.  Cara, Rourke, Amelia and other characters were well developed and easy to get to know.  You could almost imagine yourself on the early streets of New York and the author did a good job of incorporating the difficulties that followed the Irish immigrants over to America.  Plus, she's from my neck of the woods!  Very cool ;-)

I suggest you pick up this book for a light but fun historical romance to read over the holidays. You will not regret it :-)  And if you keep can enter to get a copy from me for free!!

About the Book:
She came to America searching for her brother. Instead all she's found is a web of danger.
Cara Hamilton had thought her brother to be dead. Now, clutching his letter, she leaves Ireland for America, desperate to find him. Her search leads her to a houseful of curious strangers, and one man who claims to be a friend-Rourke Walsh. Despite her brother's warning, Cara trusts Rourke, revealing her purpose in coming to New York.

She's then thrust into a world of subterfuge, veiled threats, and attempted murder, including political revolutionaries from the homeland out for revenge. Her questions guide her ever nearer to locating her brother-but they also bring her closer to destruction as those who want to kill him track her footsteps.

With her faith in tatters, all hope flees. Will her brother finally surface? Can he save Cara from the truth about Rourke... a man she's grown to love?
Link to buy the book: 

Meet Elizabeth:

Elizabeth Ludwig is an award-winning author and an accomplished speaker and teacher. Her historical novel Love Finds You in Calico, California earned four stars from Romantic Times. She is the owner and editor of the popular literary blog The Borrowed Book. Along with her husband and two children, Elizabeth makes her home in Orange, Texas.

Elizabeth Ludwig is celebrating her new book with a Kindle Fire Giveaway and connecting with readers at a Facebook Author Chat party on 12/6.

One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • No Safe Harbor by Elizabeth Ludwig
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on December 5th. Winner will be announced at the "No Safe Harbor" Author Chat Facebook Party on 12/6. Connect with Elizabeth, get a sneak peek of the next book in the Edge of Freedom series, try your hand at the trivia contest, and win some great prizes—gift certificates, books and a Book Club Prize Pack (10 copies for your book club or small group)!

So grab your copy of No Safe Harbor and join Elizabeth on the evening of the December 6th for a chance to connect with her and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun, RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 6th!

Blog Tour Schedule
Here is a link for the whole blog tour schedule!  If you have been enticed by my review, I encourage you to check out some others :-)

And now for MY Giveaway!  
I have a new copy of No Safe Harbor that I would LOVE to give away to a fellow reader :-)   
Four ways to enter...follow the Rafflecopter entries below! 

Disclosure : I received this book free from Bethany House through Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review, the opinions expressed above are my own.

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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Desktops...the little things

Sometimes, it's the little things in life that can make us smile. Ok, if I'm being truthful, it's almost always the little things because they are like small gifts, blessings that you don't always expect.

Computer desktops are just one of those little things in life I take the 7 minutes to add to my computer each month. I LOVE the desktop background/calenders from LeeLou. Her designs are scrappy, fun and always have atleast photo spots.  In fact, if I don't have it changed by the 10th of the month, both my oldest son AND my hubby have been known to remind me that I'm a bit late.  They even enjoy seeing what pics are up each month :-)

You can also download one without photos if you don't have a program that will add photos for you such as Adobe Photoshop, etc... They just add a bit more than the typical blue screen, floating fish, etc...

Here is our year in review.. (well, all but Feb, July and Aug b/c I can't find them!)

Who doesn't need an extra calendar?  Visit LeeLou around the 1st of each month and get her FREE desktops, or do a google search for others more suited to your taste.  It will brighten your day :-)  (and don't forget to be making your beds every morning and dusting two items in your home each day!)
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