I’m popping on to tell you about a new serialized fiction platform called Kindle Vella I’m hooked! When it first launched last week, there were only 7 Cozy Mystery Authors on the platform, and now there are over 30!
Personally, I read more than cozy mystery, and I know many of you do to. Here is a link to a Kindle Vella promo. The first three episodes of each series is FREE and Amazon gives you free tokens to read on.
I hope your summer is going well. I can hardly believe that it’s already mid-July! Did any of you see the frenzy online earlier this week about the Kraft Macaroni and Cheese ice cream? Well… GUESS WHO SCORED A PINT?
I couldn’t stop myself. The site crashed a million times, and I didn’t think that my order had gone through, but it did!
I know some of you might be grossed out, but others might be like me and are curious. So for those of you who were wondering, it tastes exactly like Kraft Cheese sauce, only creamier and frozen. I couldn’t eat more than one bite of it.
Speaking of Macaroni and Cheese, I’m including my recipe for baked macaroni and cheese below.
Books 1-3 of the Pembury Acres Mystery Series are on sale now for $0.99! (US only)
Jennifer Temple, the main character in the Pembury Acres Mystery series isn’t much of a cook. She’s learning, but the people of Pembury Acres would be very surprised to know that Jennifer’s “famous” baked macaroni and cheese dish really comes from Costco! Between sleuthing and raising a toddler, Jennifer takes all the help she can get.
While I appreciate and take advantage of store-made foods on occasion, I LOVE making my own macaroni and cheese. I choose to use Gruyere for its meltiness, and Cheddar for its flavor. Feel free to experiment with your own cheese combinations.
My kids enjoy it, and I hope you do too!
1lb Macaroni of your choice. I like using Cavatappi or Medium Shells
1.5 cups Gruyere Cheese (shredded)
1.5 cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese (shredded)
1 cup Half and Half
4 Tbsp. Butter
¼ cup flour
¼ Tsp. Nutmeg
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 cup Panko Breadcrumbs
½ cup parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp. garlic
4 strips thick cut bacon cooked until crispy and chopped into bits. (Optional)
2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
¼ cup cheddar cheese
¼ cup Gruyere cheese
¼ cup fresh parsley chopped (for garnish)
1. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease bottom and sides of a good size casserole dish.
2. Cook pasta. Make sure to drain the pasta 2 minutes before the recommended cooking time.
3. Make rue. Melt the butter (on Medium-Low) in a saucepan and add the flour. Cook stirring constantly until slightly brown and bubbling.
4. Add half and half to rue. Whisk until fully incorporated.
5. Add the Gruyere and Cheddar cheese to the hot milk mixture stir continually until fully melted.
6. When pasta and cheese sauce are done, mix them together, and pour into prepared baking dish.
7. Mix all topping ingredients together, (except parsley). Sprinkle on the macaroni and cheese.
8. Bake at 325 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until topping is a golden brown.
9. Let sit for 5-10 minutes before serving. Top with parsley and serve!
If you celebrate, I hope you enjoyed your holiday weekend. We (finally) have family visiting and I’ve been taking a staycation. Pool, beach, repeat. I’m going to get back to work on my new series next week!
In the meantime, I have some awesome cozy deals for you.
I personally just love those spreads in magazines with an all white background, and pictures of cute outfits or things that some fabulous featured person “recommends” or are their “go to” products. While I’m not a fabulous person, here are some of my “go to” products!
I’ve been busy working on outlines and designing covers for my next series. Depending on how things go with another super secret project I’m hoping to participate in, I should have some details about the next series VERY SOON.
The kids and I are thisclose to finishing school for the year. I can’t wait! (I’m sure they are eager as well, Haha)
Other than the impromptu pizza party we had last night with our friends and neighbors (which was super fun, and much needed) this week has been otherwise uneventful.
On another note, I’m in a recipe rut. My friend texted me the other day asking for elevated lunch ideas for guests she was having this weekend. The best I could come up with was a “fancy deli platter.” Now, it was after 10PM on a weeknight, but that’s no excuse. If you have any easy lunch recipes to send to my friend, please let me know!
I’m participating in a Mystery Thriller and Suspense promo this week. Click below to check it out. There are some cozy reads included. I’m also a fan of thrillers as well, so I picked up a few.
As I type this, we are getting ready for our first summer barbecue of the year. We have a family that we’ve been in a pod with for a few months, luckily (they live right across the street) so while it’s not going to be the large gatherings that we’re used to, we’re excited to have a little bit of normal just the same.
After a recent camping trip, I’ve reached my limit for burgers and dogs. So, we’re serving ribs, chicken legs, Brats & macaroni salad! I’m also making a cherry pie with the cherries that we picked earlier this week.
The pool is ready… and actually that’s about it..Ha-ha. I have a day of food prep ahead of me. (Oh, and cleaning for Father’s day, teaching the boys, writing the words, and much more!)
Next week, I’m hoping to make it to the lake with the kids while reading on the beach is mostly wishful thinking these days, I’ve loaded my kindle up with a few books from this amazing promo!
I had originally planned to take a brief writing hiatus, but those pesky little plot bunnies kept after me. This week, came up with titles, and storylines for my next series! The series will star my favorite little rescue pup, Daisy Mae.
Although homeschool is still in session here, summer is in full swing. We’re spending our days by the pool, visiting farms to pick fruits and veggies, and tending to our little garden.
I’m aiming to publish book one in the new series this fall!
In the meantime, I am participating in a Free and $0.99 promo on book funnel. Many of you expressed interest in sales and deals only. Ask and you shall receive!
I’m wrapping up a very busy month! I’ve started my next series, published book four in my current series, as well as released a collection of books 1-3! I’m took the time this weekend to enjoy time with my little family, catch up on some house projects, and read. I hope all of you are doing what makes you happy this weekend.
I’m also excited to announce that I’ve been featured on not one, but THREE sites this month! (I’m feeling kinda famous LOL)
I hope all is well with you. I’ve been busy in the garden, and things are coming along quite nicely. The baby chicks are adjusting to their new coop quite nicely. Little miss Daisy Mae has reached her rebellious stage, and has needed a little extra time and attention.
I’ve also gotten back into cooking which I haven’t really done in awhile… I mean, I’ve cooked but it’s mainly just been simple meals. I haven’t made anything complex and involved for quite some time. 1. My kids are picky, and 2. My husband and I have been on restrictive diets so there wasn’t much wiggle room. However, there’s just something about the nice weather, and the ability to eat out on our porch that makes me crave a big bowl of linguini and clams. My 5 & 8 year old LOVED it, and my hubby had two bowls. What are your spring/summer must have dishes?
I’ve taken a breather from writing a bit to regroup for the new series. Mark your calendars, for those who have not yet read the books in my series, the collection goes on sale tomorrow morning (5/13) at 8AM EST!!!
I know that I typically post on the weekends but this couldn’t wait.
First off, thank you to everyone who read and reviewed Death at Rugosa Bay! Those reviews made my heart soar.
Secondly, I have an exciting giveaway opportunity for you! I recently started a reader’s group on facebook, join and comment for a chance to win a signed copy of Come Homicide or High Water by New York Times bestselling author Denise Swanson!