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Karen’s Killer Diary Drop-In ~ 3-14-13 ~ The Deadline Challenged

 

[[Welcome to my weekly writer’s diary where I’ll share my “Woot Woot!” moments and the not so “woot woot” moments of my writing world. And, yes, I might even share the occasional musing or two about reading and writing, two of my favorite things!]]

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Dear Diary,

            It’s Thursday ~ 03/14/13 ~ and…

I’m setting new deadlines!

I was reminded a couple of days ago that RomCon 2013 is right around the corner.  I do know that. I’m helping to organize the romance convention being held in Colorado Springs, Colorado, June 20-23rd, after all.  But what didn’t quite hit me until now was how close that event date was as it pertained to me.

For those who don’t know what RomCon 2013 <http://www.romcon.com/> is, it’s an annual romance lovers convention. It’s a fun-filled weekend where romance authors and readers can mingle, play games, chat, have breakfast, lunch, and dinner together, dress to the nines, and simply immerse themselves in their love for the romance genres. All of the genres. The food and events are excellent, the company even better.

I attended my first two conventions as a reader. It was wonderful to hang with the authors whose writing I’d loved and admired for years, authors who’d inspired me along my own writing journey.  Of course, I’m still an avid romance reader as I mentioned last week when I talked about the books I’m currently judging. However, I now have the pleasure of riding both sides of the fence at the convention and that’s so much fun.  I can hardly wait to attend RomCon this year.

But wait!

When my critique partner reminded me of the looming deadline for author promotion, it hit me like a ton of bricks.  I’m not ready!  At the back of my mind, I’d envisioned attending the convention with my new romantic suspense, Killing Secrets, in hand.  I’d convinced myself that I had plenty of time to finish the book, get it published, and sitting in a box at my feet ready for signing. After all, I had until June. Right?

“Not hardly!” as my favorite actor, John Wayne, “The Duke”, is famous for saying.  The truth is, I need to publish this book in the next 60 days or forget my plans to effectively unveil it at RomCon.  60 days…that’s all the time I have to get it ready to share with readers. I not only have to finish the book, but take care of all of the publication chores that surround it’s release, including formatting, promotion, creating swag, etc. Etc. Etc.

This is a relatively new self-publishing challenge for me.  Not something I’ve had much experience with to date. It’s so easy as a self-published author to not set deadlines.  “No one’s waiting for it, so no worries if I don’t write today!” I’ve been guilty of this mindset in the past but I was doing pretty well at writing regularly until my surgeries took over my life before the holidays. Those surgeries and the subsequent recovery difficulties did a number on my personal writing deadlines.

What’s interesting is that it isn’t really the writing deadline that’s throwing me for a loop.  I know I can finish this book in 60 days, despite the fact I’m still fighting to recover from this most recent knee surgery. I also have a vacation coming up soon which will cut into my time. I’ve analyzed my expected novel length and know that I can meet the minimum daily word count I need to finish.

It’s the business end of my career where I hiccupped.  I’m still feeling my way as a self-employed writer and don’t know all the ins-and-outs of what I need to do outside of my writing. So, when these new challenges come my way, I’m not quite as prepared as I’d like.

It’s a good thing I’m a fast learner, huh?  Lesson learned.  Challenge accepted.  New deadlines set. Killing Secrets will be in my suitcase when I leave for the convention.

Oh! Two last things before I go.

I’m celebrating my birthday by giving away two Amazon gift cards in the amount of $10 to two lucky readers who comment on my Novel Gems ~ Satin Pleasures Birthday Bash blog, Tuesday, March 12th.  Stop by that blog and leave a comment. I’ll announce the two winners on my actual birth date Monday, March 18th. Good luck!

For those who haven’t read my romantic comedy release, Satin Pleasures, my hero and heroine’s first kiss is being highlighted at Amorous Avenue at www.romcon.com today. Don’t be put off by the Over-18 cover page.  Yes, some of the shared excerpts can be spicy, even erotic. My first kiss excerpt, however, is not.  Happy Reading!

See you next Thursday for another rousing entry in Karen’s Diary Drop-In….

Karen’s Killer Fixin’s: Peppermint Stick Pie

It’s time for Karen’s Killer Fixin’s!

Over the years, I’ve filled two 4-inch, 3-ring binders with my own creations as well as recipes my family and friends were willing to share with me. I simply love to cook and want to share that love with my readers.

So every Friday, I share one recipe I think you and your family might enjoy. It might be a main course recipe. A cookie or baked item. Candy. Salads. Whatever strikes my eye and fancy…which today is PEPPERMINT STICK PIE!!

I know that most of us associate peppermint recipes with Christmas but this is a refreshing pie for every day…or a special event. I love that it can be made ahead of time and it’s easy to throw together.

I hope you enjoy today’s Killer Fixin’s. Happy eating!

Karen

P.S. We’re at 81 recipes and counting with this posting. Hope you find some recipes you like. If this is your first visit, please check out past blogs for more Killer Fixin’s. In the right hand column menu, you can even look up past recipes by type. i.e. Desserts, Breads, Beef, Chicken, Soups, Author Specials, etc.

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PEPPERMINT STICK PIE
[Serves 6-8]

4 ½ cups crisp rice cereal
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted
2 quarts peppermint stick ice cream, softened
Chocolate syrup or Fudge topping
Crushed peppermint candies

Combine cereal and chocolate; mix well.  Press into bottom and up the sides of ungreased 10-inch pie plate.  Freeze for 5 minutes.  Spoon ice cream into crust.  Smooth and freeze until ready to serve.  Garnish with chocolate syrup (or fudge) and peppermint candies.

NOTE: Pie may be made ahead and frozen.  Remove from freezer 15 minutes before serving.

Karen’s Killer Drop-In Diary ~ 03-07-13 ~ Judging for the Pleasure of It

 

[[Welcome to my weekly writer’s diary where I’ll share my “Woot Woot!” moments and the not so “woot woot” moments of my writing world. And, yes, I might even share the occasional musing or two about reading and writing, two of my favorite things!]]

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Dear Diary,

            It’s Thursday ~ 03/07/13 ~ and…

I’ve been reading a lot the past couple of weeks.  I wish I could say it wasn’t necessary to prompt me to read.  I should be reading every day.  It’s too easy to get completely immersed in my own work, and reading regularly helps me to keep my writing fresh.  And, like many writers, I love to read.  However, the truth is that I don’t seem to find enough time these days unless I’m judging a contest.

I judge two kinds of contests, those that are geared toward the writer where I analyze the writing itself, and those that are aimed at reader preferences.  The contest I’m currently judging is a reader contest. I really do enjoy the excuse to read for the pure pleasure of it.

So, what do I read? That’s easy. Romance. If there’s a romance in the story, I read it. Paranormal. Historical. Romantic suspense. Young Adult. Contemporary.  SciFi. In fact, I enjoy most of the genres.

What is it about the genre that I love most? Everything! That may sound facetious but it’s the truth. Yes, I love the heroes. What woman doesn’t want to read about a sexy man who falls desperately in love with the woman of his dreams, despite himself? I want to see that happen, experience it as it happens, alongside the heroine who deserves to find that one man who can love and cherish her for the person she is inside.

I wish I could say that every book I read in one of these contests is a gem just looking for space on my Keeper Shelf.  I’m often surprised at how many times I do find one of these books. I have discovered a lot of new authors this way.  On the other side of the coin are the books, and authors, that disappoint me.

I know that every book is not for every reader, and that’s okay. It’s why we have so many genres to choose from as readers.  There’s something for everyone.  When I judge writing contests as a writer, it’s relatively easy for me to remain objective and analyze the structure and elements of a story rather than my enjoyment. That’s not the case when I’m judging as a reader.

I judge reader contests based on my enjoyment of the whole experience.  It’s subjective because it’s personal.  Finding a sexy hero between the pages isn’t enough for me if the heroine is TSTL (Too Stupid To Live) or the writing style keeps me at a distance. I can love a heroine, her feisty nature, her desire to make her own way in the world but, match her up with a jerk I wouldn’t give the time of day to or have her do something that conflicts with the character you’ve drawn in my head, and you’ve lost me. I need to relate to a character’s actions, understand and accept them, on a personal level.

Still, I’m constantly amazed at how many authors do capture me on that personal level. The most difficult part of judging these contests is when I find all five books in a panel worthy of the highest score I can give them. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve ended up looking at a panel of books I’ve scored all 5’s, and then been forced to decide a tie-breaker list. I gave them all fives! How do I decide which of those books is my top favorite down to my least favorite of my favorites?

It’s a dilemma I love because it means that I was able to enjoy five books in a row, without a stinker in the bunch, and that’s why I read books in the first place.

See you next Thursday for another rousing entry in Karen’s Diary Drop-In….

Karen’s Killer Fixin’s: Artichoke Dip on Bread Croutons

It’s time for Karen’s Killer Fixin’s!

Over the years, I’ve filled two 4-inch, 3-ring binders with my own creations as well as recipes my family and friends were willing to share with me. I simply love to cook and want to share that love with my readers.

So every Friday, I share one recipe I think you and your family might enjoy. It might be a main course recipe. A cookie or baked item. Candy. Salads. Whatever strikes my eye and fancy…which today is ARTICHOKE DIP ON BREAD CROUTONS!!

I don’t know how I grew up never tasting an artichoke.  Well, yes, I do.  I don’t think I even saw one in a grocery store until I was an adult and started shopping on my own and, even then, they were “exotic”…which translates to expensive. My husband introduced me to artichokes and I fell in love…for a second time. 🙂  When we lived in California near where most artichokes are grown, we couldn’t get enough of them. We’d go with the kids to a vegetable stand near our favorite beach and buy cases of “culls” — marred or otherwise difficult to sell — and eat artichokes for breakfast, lunch and dinner until they were all gone. Needless to say, I still can’t get enough artichokes even though we’re no longer in California. All of my favorite party dips include artichokes. I could make an entire meal out of this recipe!

I hope you enjoy today’s Killer Fixin’s. Happy eating!

Karen

P.S. We’re at 80 recipes and counting with this posting. Hope you find some recipes you like. If this is your first visit, please check out past blogs for more Killer Fixin’s. In the right hand column menu, you can even look up past recipes by type. i.e. Desserts, Breads, Beef, Chicken, Soups, Author Specials, etc.

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ARTICHOKE DIP ON BREAD CROUTONS

1 can chopped artichoke hearts
1 cup Parmesan cheese
8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
½ cup mayonnaise
¼ tsp. dill
1-2 cloves garlic (crushed)
Splash of Worcestershire Sauce
Splash of Tobasco Sauce
1 tsp. lemon juice (leave out if using marinated artichoke hearts)

**NOTE: I prefer using marinated artichoke hearts for the additional zip of flavor.

Mix by hand.  Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Serve with party sized bread croutons or toasted French bread wedges.

Karen’s Killer Drop-In Diary ~ 02-28-13 ~ Back In The Saddle Again

 

[[Welcome to my weekly writer’s diary where I’ll share my “Woot Woot!” moments and the not so “woot woot” moments of my writing world. And, yes, I might even share the occasional musing or two about reading and writing, two of my favorite things!]]

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Dear Diary,

            It’s Thursday ~ 02/28/13 ~ and…

As you read this diary entry, I’m back in the saddle of my Just Write sessions with my best friends and critique buddies. Today on Just Write day, I plan to make a serious inroad into Killing Secrets which has languished long enough.  At the very least, I need to figure out where I am in the story so I can move on to the next scenes.

I’ve been missing my sessions with the ladies. We all tend to get so overwhelmed with outside stuff in our lives that turning one day a week over to our writing just makes sense…and keeps us sane.  It’s tough when we run into those times when we have to stop meeting altogether.  We haven’t met since before the holidays for the obvious reasons.  I even added two major surgeries into the mix this year! I admire any writer who can actually accomplish something in December.  January was tough because we’d lost our fifth member, Jan.  Our hearts just weren’t in it.  This will be our first session without our number one cheerleader.  I have no doubt she’ll be with us.

Yesterday, I was surprised to see the number of people who are now following me on Twitter. Over 8,000!  I’ve been a bit remiss in my Twitter posts during recent weeks thanks to my surgeries, although I have tried to dip into the Twitter pool every day, so this was a nice surprise. I guess I didn’t disappear as completely as I thought!  I can set my “guilt” card aside for now.  🙂

I’m chompin’ on the bit to move my office out of the dining room and back into my office downstairs now that I’m beginning to navigate the stairs again, but I’m going to force myself to wait another week. If I can get through this next weekend without hitting my husband with a “Honey Do” list to move everything, I might actually succeed in putting it off. I know I’m not in the position to carry all of this stuff back down there and put it all together again. I have all I can do to carry myself around! 🙂

On the other hand, I’m tempted to keep my office in the dining room until I finish painting the last partial wall/shelves so I don’t have to move everything around again but have a feeling I’m not going to be able to wait that long. I do miss my office and the “energy” I’ve created there that helps me to write. I’m ready to toddle slowly up and down the stairs, but painting walls and getting down on the floor to take care of the baseboards isn’t on my immediate agenda.  Must walk before I dance, right?!  My inner organizational goddess rails at this notion though.

Before I go, I’d like to introduce you to a new writing buddy. I received this cute pal from a great friend to help me with my convalescence. Thank you, Kally!! I named him “Bees Knees” and he’s been sitting to the right of my laptop for a couple of weeks. When I move back downstairs to my office, he’ll keep my writing dragon, Goldilash (also sharing in case you haven’t seen the writing buddy my daughter made for me), company on my desk.

Bees Knees Bear         Goldilash small

One other exciting thing that’s happening in the Docter household? Check out what my canaries are doing!  Photos on my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Karen-Docter-Author/112017712223396.

See you next Thursday for another rousing entry in Karen’s Diary Drop-In….

Karen’s Killer Fixin’s: Busy Day Cookies

It’s time for Karen’s Killer Fixin’s!

Over the years, I’ve filled two 4-inch, 3-ring binders with my own creations as well as recipes my family and friends were willing to share with me. I simply love to cook and want to share that love with my readers.

So every Friday, I share one recipe I think you and your family might enjoy. It might be a main course recipe. A cookie or baked item. Candy. Salads. Whatever strikes my eye and fancy…which today is BUSY DAY COOKIES!!

Sometimes, you simply don’t have time to make cookies…which is why I love this recipe.  Takes less than 15 minutes to make, everyone likes them, and it’s another vehicle for chocolate. And we can’t have enough chocolate recipes, right?! 🙂

I hope you enjoy today’s Killer Fixin’s. Happy eating!

Karen

P.S. We’re at 79 recipes and counting with this posting. Hope you find some recipes you like. If this is your first visit, please check out past blogs for more Killer Fixin’s. In the right hand column menu, you can even look up past recipes by type. i.e. Desserts, Breads, Beef, Chicken, Soups, Author Specials, etc.

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BUSY DAY COOKIES

2 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup powdered cocoa
1 stick (1/2 cup) margarine
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 tsp. salt
3 1/2 cups oats
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla

Measure sugar, margarine, salt, milk and cocoa into saucepan.  Stir until sugars are dissolved.  Bring to rolling boil.  Remove from heat.  Stir in peanut butter and vanilla.  Mix well.  Add oats.  Mix until oats are covered.  Spoon onto waxed paper, cool and store.

Karen’s Killer Drop-In Diary ~ 02/21/13 ~ Keep On Drifting

 

[[Welcome to my weekly writer’s diary where I’ll share my “Woot Woot!” moments and the not so “woot woot” moments of my writing world. And, yes, I might even share the occasional musing or two about reading and writing, two of my favorite things!]]

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Dear Diary,

            It’s Thursday ~ 02/21/13 ~ and…

I’ve been drifting through a busy week.

For those who didn’t check in last week, I went into the hospital last Wednesday to get my right knee replaced and didn’t get home until Friday afternoon. I’ve been playing catch up since then.

I wish I could say this right knee experience was exactly like the left knee I did in December, but I can’t.  The docs were right when they say knee surgeries are like having babies. No two are alike.  For some reason, the pain medication I used successfully last time isn’t cutting it now. Pain levels right now are rather distracting and I’m sleepy all the time. I know my body is simply reacting to a series of traumas but I was hoping to be more on top of things this time around. After all, I did it once, right?

I need some crackers to go with this whine, ya think? I’d go get some but they’re in the kitchen and that would require me getting out of this chair and toddling across the house. Hmmm, beginning to see the low calorie benefit to my dilemma!

I know I need to take my time and let my body heal but my brain’s getting antsy. I want to finish Killing Secrets because Killing Proof, the second in the Thorne’s Thorns series, is already beginning to jerk on my mental chain. The last thing I need to do is write two books at the same time. Talk about a train wreck. Ack!

I know a lot of authors who can write more than one story at a time – they’re waiting in the wings as the next set of victims I need to kill off in my novels 🙂  – but I’m not able to split my attention like that. Since I do try to never say “never” I did try it once. After all, I’m an organized Type-A personality. How hard could it be to wrestle two stories with a handful of characters each? Let me just say, it was not pretty.

It would appear that I’m as monogamous with my stories as with my romances. So, when new characters start talking to me when I haven’t sent the last pair off on their honeymoon, I know I need to get a move on and wind up whatever I’m working on. I did break open the file this week, fiddled with one of the scenes I’d completed earlier in the month, but that’s crawling and my muse wants to fly. The cheeky, demanding thing!  Each day is another chance to soar, so I’ll keep plugging.

I did have three successful, SATIN PLEASURES giveaway days last week to celebrate Valentine’s Day. I launched the giveaway on February 12th, and ran it through February 14th. It was great to check in from my hospital bed to see so many new readers had downloaded the book.  With any luck, a few will be inspired to write a review.

It is the best way to thank a writer and share their story with other readers!

I also participated in Kim Scott’s Fabulous Valentine’s Day Giveaway over the holiday. The giveaway highlighted 32 Books of Romance, and I gave away two copies of Satin Pleasures. Congratulations again to readers Jennifer Hibshman of Vandalia, MO and Heather Andrews of Fairfield, VT! Happy reading!

I made my hotel reservations for RomCon 2013! For anyone who hasn’t been to RomCon, you have no idea how exciting it is to know where I’ll be June 21-23rd!  I attend every year because it’s just so much fun to hang out and “play” with so many other readers and writers. I’ve been fortunate enough to run into a few of my cyber friends this way. Always fun!!! Even better, this year I’ll be running around the hotel on my own two legs.

Can anyone say motivation? 🙂

See you next Thursday for another rousing entry in Karen’s Diary Drop-In….

Karen’s Killer Fixin’s: Million-Dollar Pound Cake

It’s time for Karen’s Killer Fixin’s!

Over the years, I’ve filled two 4-inch, 3-ring binders with my own creations as well as recipes my family and friends were willing to share with me. I simply love to cook and want to share that love with my readers.

So every Friday, I share one recipe I think you and your family might enjoy. It might be a main course recipe. A cookie or baked item. Candy. Salads. Whatever strikes my eye and fancy…which today is MILLION-DOLLAR POUND CAKE!!

I don’t eat a lot of cake…well, depending on what kind of cake! The one I cannot resist is pound cake.  I remember buying Sara Lee pound cake in college and sitting down to eat the entire thing in one sitting…my version of Chunky Monkey ice cream when I was down in the dumps. Anyway, entirely too much information! 🙂 I’ve learned not to be greedy in adulthood (okay, maybe I’ve learned to moderate my greediness) but I still list pound cake as my #1 favorite.  Of course, I had to have a good recipe that I can make whenever the mood strikes me.  This is the best I’ve ever found.  It’s dense and moist and richly flavored.

I hope you enjoy today’s Killer Fixin’s. Happy eating!

Karen

P.S. We’re at 78 recipes and counting with this posting. Hope you find some recipes you like. If this is your first visit, please check out past blogs for more Killer Fixin’s. In the right hand column menu, you can even look up past recipes by type. i.e. Desserts, Breads, Beef, Chicken, Soups, Author Specials, etc.

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MILLION-DOLLAR POUND CAKE
[Serves 20]

¾ cup milk
6 lg. eggs, room temperature
1 tsp. almond extract
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 lb. butter, softened
3 cups sugar
4 cups unsifted flour

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Grease and flour 10-inch tube pan.  In small glass mixing bowl, combined milk with almond and vanilla extract.  In large bowl, at high speed, cream butter with sugar until light and fluffy.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Alternately add one fourth of flour with one third milk mixture; place in prepared pan.  Bake 1 hour and forty minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.  Cool on wire rack in pan, 15 minutes.  Remove from pan.  Cool thoroughly on rack.  Serve plain or sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Karen’s Killer Diary Drop-In ~ 02-14-13 ~ A Romance Writer’s Life

 

[[Welcome to my weekly writer’s diary where I’ll share my “Woot Woot!” moments and the not so “woot woot” moments of my writing world. And, yes, I might even share the occasional musing or two about reading and writing, two of my favorite things!]]

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Dear Diary,

            It’s Thursday ~ 02/14/13 ~ and…

I’m wishing you a HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY from my hospital bed where I’m sporting a brand new knee! I had thought to skip my Diary Drop-In this week since I’m not really online today. I don’t dare try to write anything new with pain meds muddying my brain — who knows what might come out of my mouth!  🙂  However, it occurred to me that you might enjoy a blast from the past considering the special nature of today’s date.

Valentine’s Day has always been special to romance writers. After all, love and romance is what this day, and romance writers, are all about. So, while I’m untangling my pink feathered boa from my IV, let me give you a peek into the glamorous life of a romance writer.

Heart-20&-20Bow-201  ======================= > Love-20Pen

 “We cannot choose our external circumstances, but we can always choose how we respond to them.” ~ Epictetus ~

Know what a romance writer’s life is truly like?  Just ask around.  You’ll get variations on a theme.

We write in an office the size of a small barn.  It contains at least one elegant sofa designed for brainstorming comfort, not to mention the leather-bound executive chair where we cheerfully sit and dash off our word count each morning before heading off to lunch with our eager publisher.  We’re surrounded by carefully organized, dusted bookshelves displaying our many writing awards, maybe a family photo or two mixed in.   Life-sized posters of our heroes, muscular chests gleaming down on us like manna from heaven, hang on our walls providing heroic inspiration.

Maybe there’s soft music wafting from speakers cleverly hidden out of sight, while we leisurely pen our tomes on the uncluttered tabletop of our antique cherry wood desk.  There’s the requisite dog or cat sitting at our feet staring up at us with undemanding adoration, and the kiddies make their own snacks when they come home from school to avoid disturbing Mommy’s creative “zone”.  And, since all authors live in warm climates we can move outside and write poolside while a cabana boy – okay, an understanding significant other – keeps us fed and watered because we’d surely starve or die of thirst without someone to take care of us.

Hmmm, when did I start writing fantasy?

The reality is most authors don’t live this beautifully organized, bucolic scene of creativity, much as we may long for a smidgen of it.  We’re often lucky to have an office.  Some of us write at the kitchen table we may have had time to wipe clean of peanut butter.  We carve space out of our living rooms, jam a battered desk in the corner, and block out Spongebob’s maniacal laughter as he runs through the jellyfish fields with his butterfly net.  [That last sounds vaguely familiar!]  We pull out a secretary’s pad in the lunchroom at our day jobs and jot down a thought or, if we’re lucky, a scene before we rush back to work.

We might have book shelves….but dusted?  Trade that executive chair for the front seat of a car that carries you and half a dozen ball players to three different fields across town from each other at the same time.  And where in hell is that cabana boy when your significant other and kiddies are sitting around the dining room table with empty bellies and expectant expressions on their faces?

I don’t know about yours but mine is scrubbing the toilet while I lounge in the gazebo with my laptop eating bon bons.  It’s so difficult maintaining creativity when the toilet doesn’t sparkle, isn’t it?

[Reprint Newsletter, July Musings, July 2009]

See you next Thursday for another rousing entry in Karen’s Diary Drop-In….

Karen’s Killer Fixin’s: Traditional Southern Biscuits

It’s time for Karen’s Killer Fixin’s!

Over the years, I’ve filled two 4-inch, 3-ring binders with my own creations as well as recipes my family and friends were willing to share with me. I simply love to cook and want to share that love with my readers.

So every Friday, I share one recipe I think you and your family might enjoy. It might be a main course recipe. A cookie or baked item. Candy. Salads. Whatever strikes my eye and fancy…which today is TRADITIONAL SOUTHERN BISCUITS!!

There seems to be more than one “traditional” southern biscuit recipe out there so I guess it depends on where you live in the South.  So, if this isn’t the “traditional” you’re used to just chalk it up to my Yankee upbringing.  🙂 I’m not sure where I picked up this version.  I just know I’ve had this recipe for ages and these biscuits are pretty darned tasty.

I hope you enjoy today’s Killer Fixin’s. Happy eating!

Karen

P.S. We’re at 77 recipes and counting with this posting. Hope you find some recipes you like. If this is your first visit, please check out past blogs for more Killer Fixin’s. In the right hand column menu, you can even look up past recipes by type. i.e. Desserts, Breads, Beef, Chicken, Soups, Author Specials, etc.

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TRADITIONAL SOUTHERN BISCUITS

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 T butter, cold
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
½ cup solid vegetable shortening, cold
1 ½ teaspoons salt
1 cup milk

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt.  Mix well.  Add 1 T of the cold butter and the cold shortening and work into the dry ingredients, using your hands, until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  (I use a pastry cutter, or you can use a couple of forks and cut it in.) Stir in milk.  Dough will be sticky.  Dust work surface with flour.  Turn dough onto floured surface.  Gently fold each side toward center.  Pick up the dough and dust the work surface with additional flour.  Return dough to floured surface and fold each side towards center again.  Turn the dough over and press it out to 1” thickness.  Cut biscuits, straight down, do not twist the cutter, with a 2 ¼-inch round cookie cutter.  Melt remaining tablespoon of butter and add to 10-inch round cake pan.  Place biscuits in pan, turning once (to coat both sides with butter), about ¼-inch apart.  Let biscuits rest 15 minutes before baking. Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes.