Where did the time go?
Wow! Not only did summer fly by, so has the year (especially when it comes to blogging). I haven’t had a post since January! How can that be!??!! It’s not like I haven’t been writing away!
We’ve settled into life here on the peninsula, and I’m definitely looking forward to fall! Right now it’s raining ash from all of the fires. It’s coating everything from cars to window screens. I’ve never seen anything like it before. We’ve had an extremely warm summer here in Washington. Instead of the usual seventies and eighties, we sat in the nineties quite a few times, and I’ve come to realize how much I enjoy rain and cloudy skies. I’m really looking forward to autumn weather, warm apple cider, baking and more baking! (And RAIN)
Buttercup, our youngest English bulldog (9 years old), was diagnosed with lymphoma in May, and she’s been undergoing chemotherapy. It has been such a rollercoaster of emotions, but her little happy spirit always lifts ours. Any thoughts and prayers you can send her way are much appreciated. She’s such a little sweetie and a huge part of our family.
Going forward, my plan is to include at least one recipe per blog post. We love to cook and bake at our house, and it’s always fun to share a success! So, the first recipe I’ll be sharing is for homemade english muffins that my husband, Jon, made. They were delicious!! He got the recipe from the King Arthur Flour website.
The photo probably doesn’t do them justice, but they were so yummie! Recipe is at the bottom of the page or you can click on the link above!
Now to all the books released since January! Many of my books have been moved over to Kindle Unlimited!
Another fun Island County book came out in February, which I had a blast with and I can’t wait to release Billy’s next!
After all the girls for a girls’ weekend jump ship, Brooke Sahler is left alone to spend a makeshift spa weekend in the mountains of Washington. As she’s happily wrapping herself in plastic wrap and smearing mud on her face, a freak spring snow storm leaves her stranded in the cozy cabin she rented. But not to fear, she’s got plenty of food and cable television to indulge in until the snow melts.
When the owner of the property stops by to check on her, she’s shocked to see her first crush standing on the other side of the door. He’s sinfully sexy, and every sizzle and tingle returns with a vengeance.
Funny how Aunt Hildie never mentioned who owns the lodge. . .
Kyle North always had a thing for his friends’ little cousin, Brooke. He remembers spending summers in Colorado tromping around with her and his best friends, Jake and Chance Harlen. She had a knack for getting them into plenty of trouble and daring him into the most intimate adventures. They shared a lot of firsts, and he’s never quite forgiven himself for taking one of them.
By the look in her eyes, it’s safe to say she remembers that night and is less than pleased to see him—even if he’s holding an armload of wood to keep her warm. When she invites him in, every single emotion he felt when he was a teenager slams into him. She’s gorgeous, smart, and completely uninterested.
Too bad she doesn’t believe in second chances. . .
All books in the Island County Series can be read as standalones!
Devin also came out during my absence and it’s the second book in the V Mafia Series! The third (Jaxson) will be out in the coming weeks!
The moment I took the undercover assignment, my world turned upside down. I can’t trust anyone and there is nowhere to run because they will find me. I won’t fool myself into believing Devin Volkov suddenly has a heart of gold. He doesn’t. It’s not in him.
Instead, I’m faced with falling deeper into a world where there is no way out, where the thin line between good and evil doesn’t even exist.
The only way to survive is to take down Devin Volkov, the one man who hasn’t turned his back on me when everyone else has.
When Avery Hill came into my world, nothing else mattered. For once, I didn’t want to be the man I’d become. I stopped drinking, stopped chasing women, and let myself pretend that I could have a normal life.
An ordinary life, where there is no arguing how thin the line is between good and evil.
But that isn’t my life. I was born into the V Mafia, and everyone wants a piece of me, except Avery Hill. . .
All books in the series can be read as stand-alone novels. There are no cliffhangers.
And finally, the start of a brand new series released in June! The Happy Truth About Love is one of my favorites (although I seem to feel that way about every release!) and is the first in the Silver Ridge Series. As with all books in this series and the Island County Series, it can be read as a standalone!
After receiving a rather odd inheritance from an uncle she barely knew, Autumn Tucker decides to do something she’s never done before. Instead of overthinking what’s right in front of her, she embraces the freedom of the unknown and the thrill of leaving everything behind and moves to the small mountain town of Silver Ridge.
It isn’t until she arrives at her late uncle’s Bed and Breakfast that she begins to doubt her newfound ability to throw caution to the wind. From the moment she opens the barely hanging front door and steps inside to see peeling wallpaper and a broken banister, she realizes this inheritance might not have been a gift at all. Her uncle had to be using the term Bed and Breakfast loosely in his will because it was more of a deathtrap than anything.
But she does love her new town.
And the overly helpful Joel North, who is exactly everything she’s told herself to stay away from. He’s gorgeous, somewhat mysterious, and he’s sprinkled with the power to make Autumn blush off just one look, which is completely unacceptable in the real world, but she just can’t help herself.
What Autumn doesn’t expect to uncover are secrets that change everything she’s known about her family and the life she’s led. It doesn’t help that Joel seems to hold the answers to some of her darkest questions and there’s one he just won’t answer.
As she rebuilds the old mansion, she realizes her uncle’s real gift wasn’t the B&B, but the truth that rested behind its walls.
I hope you find a story that interests you! Keep scrolling for the english muffin recipe, and I’ll be back in a few weeks with release information for Jaxson and another recipe!!
ENGLISH MUFFINS (KING ARTHUR FLOUR RECIPE)
- Note: Thanks to reader feedback, this recipe has been amended as of 1/08/13, as follows: the amount of flour has been increased to improve the dough’s consistency; and the cooking time has been increased.
- Combine all of the ingredients (except the semolina or farina) in a mixing bowl, or the bucket of your bread machine.
- This is a very soft dough, so you’ll need to treat it a bit differently than most yeast doughs. If you have a stand mixer, beat the dough using the flat beater paddle until it starts coming away from the sides of the bowl, and is satin-smooth and shiny; this will take about 5 minutes at medium-high speed. When you lift up the beater, the dough will be very stretchy. If you have a bread machine, simply use the dough cycle.
- Scrape the dough into a rough ball, and cover the bowl. Let the dough rise until it’s nice and puffy; this will take 1 to 2 hours or so.
- Prepare your griddle(s). Using two griddles allows you to cook all the muffins at once; but since you probably don’t have two griddles, you’ll need to cook the muffins in shifts. Whatever you use — an electric griddle, stovetop griddle, frying pan, electric frying pan — sprinkle it heavily with semolina or farina. If you’re using a griddle or frying pan that’s not well-seasoned (or non-stick), spray it with non-stick vegetable oil spray first, before adding the semolina or farina.
- Gently deflate the dough, and divide it into 16 pieces. Shape each piece into a smooth ball, then flatten the balls until they’re about 3″ to 3 1/2″ in diameter.
- The easiest way to handle and cook these muffins is to lay them right onto the cold surface you’ll be frying them on. That way, you don’t have to move them once they’re risen; and they won’t mind cooking very slowly as you fire the griddle up to its desired heat. If you don’t have enough griddle space to do this, sprinkle a baking sheet heavily with semolina or farina, and place the muffins on the sheet; they can be fairly close together. Either way, sprinkle the tops of the muffins with additional semolina or farina.
- Cover the muffins (a piece of parchment works well), and let them rest for 20 minutes. They won’t rise like crazy, but will puff a bit.
- Cook the muffins over low heat for 7 to 15 minutes per side, until their crust is golden brown, and their interior is cooked through. When done, the center of a muffin should register about 200°F on an instant-read thermometer. If you find the muffins have browned before they’re cooked all the way through, no worries; simply pop them into a preheated 350°F oven for about 10 minutes or so, or until they’re thoroughly cooked.
- Remove the muffins from the griddle (or oven), and let them cool thoroughly before enjoying. Remember: use a fork to split, not a knife to cut. Fork-split muffins will have wonderful nooks and crannies; knife-cut ones won’t.
- Yield: 16 large (3″ to 3 1/2″) English muffins.