Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special** with FINDING MY FAVORITE, The Lake Effect Series Book 1, #Friendship #Fiction by Rue #recipe ~ Rachel’s Sinfully Sweet Cinnamon Rolls

Karen’s Killer Fixin’s
with RUE!

Welcome to my Friday bonus feature called Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special**!! Today, in lieu of one of my own recipes, I’m going to introduce you to a new author who will share one of her favorite recipes. Not only will you and I occasionally learn how to make something new and delicious, but we’ll get a chance to check out some wonderful authors. Introducing author, RUE, and her favorite recipe for RACHEL’S SINFULLY SWEET CARAMEL ROLLS!!


The Lake Effect Series Book 1
Inspired by True Events



Breakups. Family secrets. Stumbling toward independence.

A thought-provoking, complex story of a dysfunctional family and two unstoppable sisters . . . inspired by true events.” Told with Rue’s trademark blend of humor, sarcasm, and honesty.

A riveting and humorous exploration of love, secrets, and sisterhood, Finding My Favorite is the poignant story of two sisters who discover they must confront their past, let go of their religious guilt, and summon everything in their power to escape their arrested development.

Gwenn Hutchinson runs her own company by day and bails her little sister out of emotional quicksand by night. Between that distraction and the full-time job of creating a vivid fantasy life for herself, she can almost forget her disastrous love life.

Rachel Hutchinson is known for her scrumptious baked goods and her terrible luck with women. She’d give anything to get her hands on the secret recipe for true love. She has to hide her sexuality from her judgmental parents, Pastor Ed and Shirley, but she’s sick of living a lie.

Just when it seems things can’t get worse, Gwenn finds a pack of old photographs that may uncover a dark family secret. Will these pictures lead to the truth, or bring them face-to-face with the reality they’ve worked so hard to avoid?

Finding My Favorite is the first book in the heart-warming, romantic comedy trilogy, The Lake Effect Series. If you like snappy dialogue, travel adventures, and memorable, quirky characters, then you’ll love Rue’s humorous saga.

Buy Finding My Favorite and join the Hutchinson sisters as they struggle to embrace adulthood today!

The Lake Effect Series Book 1
Inspired by True Events



Gwenn sat in her plastic chair in room 128, hunched over the blue booklet that held her answers to the Advanced Psychology 301 final exam. The hairs on the back of her neck lifted with a chill a moment before the classroom door opened.

She pushed her chair back before the professor said her name. Tears streamed down her face as she walked to the front of the room.

“There’s been an accident. Your sister’s being airlifted to St. Luke’s . . .”

The rest of the message disintegrated and her ears filled with white noise. Gwenn dropped her unfinished blue booklet on the professor’s desk and sprinted to her car.

She broke every posted speed limit from Minneapolis to Duluth—daring the police to intervene.

By the time she screeched to a stop against the red curb in front of the emergency room her heart was beyond the breaking point.

For the second time in her life she accosted the nearest nurse and begged to be taken to her sister.

Over eight years had passed since that horrible day when Rachel’s limp body had been pulled from the woeful waters at Clear Lake Bible Camp, and Gwenn had sworn never to let anything like that happened again.

Meet Author Rue…

Rue is an award-winning author, who graduated from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, with a degree in Journalism. Her intimate knowledge of the Midwestern United States, the inordinate amount of time she spent in its churches’ pews and her unique parentage make her an expert on life after religion. Having moved 17 times by the time she graduated from high school Rue has seen more than her share of the Great Plains. She never stayed in one place long enough to make lasting human friends. Her best friends were all characters from her beloved books; and the love of reading led to a lifelong passion for writing.


Links to Rue’s website, blog, books, etc.

PURCHASE LINK – getbook.at/FindingMyFavorite







I hope you enjoy the recipe Rue is sharing today on Karen’s Killer Fixin’s. Happy Eating!


P.S. We’re at 440 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.




1-1⁄2 cup raisins
1⁄2 cup dark rum
3 loaves frozen sweet or white bread dough, thawed but not double
1⁄3 cup vegetable oil or melted butter
2⁄3 cup packed brown sugar
1-1⁄3 Tbsp cinnamon
2⁄3 tsp nutmeg


1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2⁄3 cup heavy whipping cream
1-1⁄2 tsp vanilla
1-1⁄3 cup coarsely chopped pecans

Non-stick cooking spray for pans

Rachel’s Tips & Tricks:

Using frozen loaves from your grocery store’s freezer section is a time saver. If you’re a baker like me and you have a favorite sweet bread recipe—use it!

If you are allergic to nuts, just leave out the pecans.

If you want to avoid dairy, use vegetable oil instead of butter and substitute thick, rich canned coconut cream for the heavy whipping cream.


1. In a small bowl, soak raisins in dark rum. Cover and set aside.

2. Prepare the topping: In a mixing bowl, stir together sugars, whipping cream and vanilla until blended.

3. Spray three 9 x 1-1⁄2-inch round cake pans with non-stick cooking spray. Evenly divide the topping mixture into pans and sprinkle with chopped pecans, if desired. Set pans aside.

4. Prepare the rolls: On a floured surface, roll each loaf into a 12 x 8 x 1⁄4-inch rectangle. Generously brush each sheet of dough with vegetable oil or melted butter.

5. In a small bowl mix together brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Sprinkle each sheet of dough with mix and top with rum-soaked raisins.

6. Roll up rectangles, jelly-roll style, starting along the 12-inch edge. Pinch dough to seal. Cut into 12 equal slices, roughly 1-inch thick.

7. Place rolls, spiral side down, in prepared cake pans. Cover with wax paper and then a towel; let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes or until doubled in size.

8. Preheat oven to 375°F. Bake uncovered for 25 to 30 minutes. *The last 10 minutes of baking cover with foil to prevent over-browning.

9. Cool in pans for 8 minutes. Invert onto a serving plate. Best warm. Makes 36 rolls.


**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY**: Rue is giving away a signed paperback (U.S. Only) of FINDING MY FAVORITE to one lucky reader who comments on her Karen’s Killer Fixin’s blog. Good luck!

Thanks, Rue, for sharing your book with us!

Don’t miss the chance to read this book!

15 thoughts on “Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special** with FINDING MY FAVORITE, The Lake Effect Series Book 1, #Friendship #Fiction by Rue #recipe ~ Rachel’s Sinfully Sweet Cinnamon Rolls”

  1. The book sounds very interesting – thank you for sharing. I read about not making friends and will say it’s always been a difficult thing for me, so I can relate. AND…thank you for sharing the recipe and giving options for non-dairy. I might have to try that this Christmas.

  2. The book sounds as delicious as the caramel rolls recipe.
    I’m intrigued by the author’s willingness to address current social issues, as well as take on the taboo of religion.
    I sounds like a wonderful read!

  3. Oh my goodness. What a setup for a book! This is going to be a great read.
    Follow it up with that recipe and its a winning combination!
    Thank you, Karen and Rue.

  4. Good morning, Rue, and welcome to Karen’s Killer Fixin’s. What an intriguing setup for the series. So relatable. We all have family challenges but it sounds like Gwenn and Rachel have more than their fair share. Thanks for the wonderful recipe. I love cinnamon rolls! Thanks, too, for sharing your book with us today!

    1. Thank you! Sorry I didn’t get over here yesterday – had a deadline with my editor… Which I made! So today is all about celebrating 🙂 Maybe I’ll make some cinnamon rolls!

  5. Thank you for sharing your book and recipe. The book sounds interesting and that recipe is sinful. Again, thank you.

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