Hot Cocoa Recipe

Hot Cocoa Recipe

Testing recipes for my culinary mysteries can be half the fun of creating the books--and this hot cocoa recipe is no exception. This one came out of my fourth Sweet Bites Mystery book, Eggnog & Extortion. It definitely takes longer than opening up a packet of...

Unbelievably Simple Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Unbelievably Simple Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Thanksgiving is less than a week away and I've slipped into preparation mode. We're celebrating with friends this year so I won't have to make a full meal for just my husband and myself, but I'll still have a few things to take with us. Every year my husband requests...

Turkey, Veggie Sloppy Joes

Turkey, Veggie Sloppy Joes

A Big thanks to my friend Christina Dymock for sharing her delicious and healthy slow cooker recipe--a perfect meal for this busy holiday season! This week is a busy week. Between the release of Echo Ridge, the start of the holiday season, and the candy high the kids...

Delicious crock-pot recipe to make dinner easier

I don't know about all of you, but I'm always struggling to balance my career, church responsibilities, community activities and my family and home. Some days eight o'clock rolls around and I realize we still haven't eaten dinner. If you've made a goal to have family...

New from my kitchen: baking with natural yeast

I don't know about all of you, but I'm always struggling to balance my career, church responsibilities, community activities and my family and home. Some days eight o'clock rolls around and I realize we still haven't eaten dinner. If you've made a goal to have family...

Brownie recipe and book excerpt

Brownie recipe and book excerpt

It's been a busy spring with more craziness coming as summer really gets into gear. As I turned over all of the  LDStorymakers conference responsibilities to the new co-chairs, I've been working to turn over a new leaf in my own life--eating healthier. I've...

Orange-Cardamom Cupcakes

Orange-Cardamom Cupcakes

Last week I promised a taste (ha,ha) of my new book so below you'll find the first two chapters of Brownies & Betrayal, at this link, and the recipe for Rocky Road Brownies below--it's super delish. This started out as a family favorite brownie recipe that was...

A Camping Themed Cake With Strawberry Mousse Filling

A Camping Themed Cake With Strawberry Mousse Filling

If you know me at all, you know how much I love to bake, and cake and cupcakes in particular, so when I found this gourmet cupcake flavor as I looked through offerings as cupcake shops, I thought it was perfect for my book, and even more perfect to develop a version...

Pasta with a Mexican flare

It's been ages since I've taken the time to decorate a cake for fun--working full time, writing, preparing for the conference this weekend (Yay! Can't wait!) and my various other responsibilities have meant fun stuff like this has had to take a back seat. But this...

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