Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special** with THE AWAKENING, Book 1 of Valkyrie’s Curse Series #Mythology by Ellie Mack #Recipe ~ Manicotti

Karen’s Killer Fixin’s

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, ELLIE MACK, and her favorite recipe for MANICOTTI!!


Book 1 of Valkyrie’s Curse Series


Helena Eskildson is obsessed with Vikings and Norse Mythology. Neither Helena nor her sister knows they are Freya’s daughters – Valkyries, the shield maidens to Odin.
When her obsession leads her to a remote site at Roskilde and it’s two monolithic rune stones, her destiny is awakened.

While the team wages a battle between a cursed site and a sociopathic killer, time is ticking closer to Ragnarok.

Will her friends be able to save her before the gjallerhorn sounds?

The Awakening: Book 1 of Valkyrie’s Curse Series
Author: Ellie Mack
Release date – June 20, 2018
Cover Designer: Shannon Nemechek with Nemo Designs
Model: Savanna Rundel
Available for Preorder NOW on Amazon for 99 cents!
Link: http://a.co/f8RPq9D


Book 1 of Valkyrie’s Curse Series


He felt he had the favor of the Norns, the three goddesses associated with destiny, that were akin to the Greek gods of fate.

Having the favor of the gods meant success in his goals. He was destined to be Lif, the last man standing, the lone man that would repopulate the earth after Ragnarok. In essence, he would become the new Adam.

The rituals were necessary, an integral part of the process before using the key. Unfolding the linen handkerchief carefully, the ancient bronze key looked nothing like what most would think of as a key. A circular piece, about six inches in diameter spanned from his thumb to the tip of his middle finger. Runic writings along the outside edge written within the form of the great serpent Jormungand, the great dragon conquering the gripping animal grouping in a circular band about two inches wide, the design in the eternal triskell pattern. Inside of that, written in runes was the location of the gjallerhorn. At the center were nine swords pointing to an amber stone, nine strands over an open area, the stone center raised with a square notch in the back. It had to be positioned precisely at the solstice.

Meet Author Ellie Mack…

Since leaving the corporate world for the title of MOM, Ellie Mack has pursued her writing dreams. This former columnist is using her sassy opinions to shape her writing in novels. She lives near St. Louis, MO with her husband and two daughters. Ellie is a breast cancer survivor and wants to encourage others who are going through this battle.

When she’s not writing she can be found bullet journaling, crocheting, or cooking. You can find her musings on her blog: https://quotidiandose.wordpress.com


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Quotidiandose: 30 Days of Sass
Roxy Sings the Blues
Tempting Fate: Charity anthology


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

The Awakening, Amazon https://amzn.to/2Ehc4sB

Amazon Author pageEllie Mack author 

It’s fun and easy, and you’ll never miss out on meeting new authors or having a chance to win great prizes. Here’s the link – https://www.bookbub.com/authors/ellie-mack



Twitter @Mack_Ellie

Pinterest Ellie Mack

Blog https://quotidiandose.wordpress.com

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


P.S. We’re at 401 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 pkg manicotti noodles, 1 16 ounce container of ricotta, or 2 8 ounce, 2 eggs, garlic, parsley, italian seasonings, 8 ounces mozzerella

1 jar of spaghetti sauce – I use Prego.

Parboil noodles – I have to do this in 2 batches. You want the noodle al dente. Take out of pan with tongs and place in bottom of baking dish (9 x 13)

In medium bowl, combine ricotta and 2 eggs, garlic – either garlic powder or minced garlic –  I use minced- 2 tsp. plus one tsp Italian seasoning and 1 tsp parsley. Stir together until evenly combined.

Take a gallon storage bag and fill it with the ricotta mixture. The noodles should be cool enough to handle by now. squeeze the gallon storage bag as if it were a pastry bag. Note: if you have a pastry bag,  feel free to use it.  I find the convenience of the gallon bag being disposable better than worrying about cross contaminating my pastry bag with raw egg.

Once the noodles are filled and you’ve used all the ricotta mixture ( I fill till it’s oozing out the ends) Top with spaghetti sauce, then top with mozerella cheese and  sprinkle with parsley.

Bake in 375 oven for 30 minutes.  I often serve with Italian salad and Cheese garlic bread!


**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY**: Ellie will give away an amazon gift card for $10 and an e-copy of ROXY SINGS THE BLUES to one lucky reader who comments on her Karen’s Killer Fixin’s blog.

Thanks, Ellie, for sharing your book with us!

Don’t miss the chance to read this book!

20 thoughts on “Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special** with THE AWAKENING, Book 1 of Valkyrie’s Curse Series #Mythology by Ellie Mack #Recipe ~ Manicotti”

    1. I’m grateful to Karen for allowing me the spot to share. I love to cook and I love to write. It’s been with her guidance that I’ve been able to write better!

  1. I have a few kidlets (in their 20s) who love this type of book. I will he sure to pass it along. Love the recipe idea. Than you.

    1. I think a lot of younger adults and teens like the fantasy and mythology. With the Marvel movies, and the movies of Lord of the Rings, I think there has been a resurgence of interest. Hope you enjoy the recipe and the book!

    1. Super simple and filling! You can make it ahead for 2 or 10, just adjust the amount of noodles and filling. Hope you enjoy!

  2. Good morning, Ellie, and welcome to Karen’s Killer Fixin’s. I love manicotti but haven’t thought about it for years. I’m going to have to make this for a change of pace. I love stories wrapped around mythology! Sounds like a fun book. Thanks for sharing it with us today!

    1. Thank you Karen, it was the chats with you that helped me to make a better plot and your course. I hope it’s better, it’s definitely more intriguing than my first book – LOL.

  3. Thank you Karen, for allowing me to share my recipe and my book! I hadn’t made manicotti for several years, but when I got my blood glucose level straightened out, my dietician said that I could add back in some pasta and filled pasta like manicotti was a good choice. I thought about it all the way home, then had to buy the stuff to make it that weekend. The family loves it, it’s super simple – I mean the hardest part is squeezing the filling into the noodles – which is why you want them al dente so they hold their shape. You know I love to cook, I often pop in to read your recipes and have copied a few down – even gave you credit when the hubs said – this is new. Thank you again for allowing me a spot on your blog!

    1. You’re welcome, Ellie. Like you, I love to cook, although I’ve cut back on that lately. I love that this recipe can be made just for me and my husband. Now that the kids are gone, I’m struggling to make smaller portions of everything.

      I’m glad your hubs is enjoying some of the recipes!

  4. This is amazing. I already own the books but the new recipe is fantastic! I’m beyond the moon happy for you with your writing journey.

    1. Thank you, Misty! I hope you enjoy the recipe and I look forward to challenging each other in our writing journey for next year!

    1. Anytime! I hope you enjoy it! Feel free to leave a review. (If it’s a 2 star or lower, maybe a head’s up though?? Please?) So far the reviews have been good. This is more my style than my first book.

  5. Thank you for joining us. Your manicotti recipe looks just like mine, except I never thought about using the storage bags, I’ve struggled with pushing the mixture in with spoons until I became frustrated enough to switch to jumbo stuffed shells, using the same mixture.

  6. Ooh, I love manicotti but have never tried to make it myself. Thank you for the recipe and thanks for sharing info about your book!

    Happy Holidays…

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