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 authors, RL ASHLY, LEEANN BETTS, TONI SHILOH, and DAVALYNN SPENCER, and DAVALYNN’S favorite recipe for BACON-WRAPPED WATER CHESTNUTS!
ALWAYS A WEDDING PLANNER
4-in-1 Romance Collection
BY RL ASHLY
Love Is Only Business for 4 Wedding Planners
Discover how keeping secrets from each other threatens four women’s friendships, wedding business, and own ability to find love in Loveland, Colorado.
Business partners Felicity Anderson, the cake baker; Kiki Bell, the seamstress; Cassie Blackthorn, the coordinator; and Chef Saffron Fare are best of friends in a town that is a romantic wedding destination for many couples—who work together at Weddings by Design to make every bride’s special day perfect. Could each falling into their own romance be the key to working out their differences and learning to trust each other—and God—with their futures?
ALWAYS A WEDDING PLANNER
4-in-1 Romance Collection
BY RL ASHLY
Food for Thought
When I was first presented with the opportunity to join the Always a Wedding Planner collection, I immediately jumped at the chance to have a character who was a wedding cake baker because . . . cakes! Although I have no experience baking on that level, I do love to bake. So, I delved into the world of cake baking and pinned way more cakes than was necessary on my Pinterest board for inspiration.
Hemmed In is not a story with mouthwatering recipes and drool worthy descriptions. However, Bing Kelley, the firefighter, is an inventive cook. He creates a mean grilled cheese with a kitchen torch. He specializes in fire after all. It takes a lot of talent to open a bag of chips and pass out bananas. His culinary specialty—prepared sandwiches from the deli.
Kiki Bell, the leading lady, knows her way around the kitchen and is content to leave the gourmet stuff to her colleagues Felicity and Ronnie. It is not beyond her on those incredibly busy mom days to pop a frozen pizza in the oven.
During Kiki and Bing’s first lunch, his aunt prepares a delicious soup. Bing and Kiki share a pitcher of lemonade. But one must read the story to discover how that turns out.
A full tummy is important, but who wants to spend hours in the kitchen when there are projects to stitch, fabric to stash, and sewing machines to drool over?
Cassie, like me, doesn’t cook. At least, not unless forced to. Dining out is her go-to. She likes most food, but prefers steak, French fries, and dessert. Veggies are a nice addition, such as asparagus, brussels sprouts, and her personal fave (and mine), corn.
The good news is that Brady cooks a mean steak over the charcoal, and also prefers dessert and anything fried.
Coffee is at the core of most of Cassie and Brady’s discussions, and it is while she’s in search of a late-date pick-me-up, that she observes Brady in a most unusual circumstance. No spoilers here—you must read the story for the rest.
Food had always been more than mere sustenance to chef Saffron “Ronnie” Fare. Her grandmother and mother had taught her that presentation and preparation were equally important. All the senses should be pleasantly affected by a meal, appetizer, dessert, or beverage. Well, all except maybe hearing, unless one included the oohs and aahs of wedding guests enjoying skillfully prepared delectables.
However, Ronnie’s favorite thing to make was cinnamon rolls – something rarely if ever requested by a bride or groom. But she had no problem coming up with variations for her newly acquired cowboy handyman, Ty Ellicott, who fairly drooled over anything she offered him. She kept a close eye on him as her unofficial taste-tester because her eyes and hearing were about all that worked like they were supposed to.
Ty, a long-time bachelor by choice knew more about cattle and nylon ropes than anything else, but he also knew a thing or three about barbecuing. His solitary way of life left him most often with a microwaved store-bought burrito for dinner, but on occasion, he’d fire up the grill and demonstrate what could be deliciously done with a choice beef steak.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS…
TONI SHILOH is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.
Blogs I’m part of: www.inspyromance.com ; http://diversitybetweenthepages.wordpress.com
R.L. ASHLY is a master seamstress with a Master of Arts degree in Literature (May, 2019). She hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Literature in the near future. A mother and grandmother, she is active in her local writing community, never says never to a home improvement task, and strives to one day write the Great American Novel.
RL Ashly writes on the run. She enjoys a good mystery with a complicated plot. Iced tea is her beverage of choice. Hemmed In is her first traditionally published novel.
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LEEANN BETTS writes contemporary romantic suspense, while her real-life persona, Donna Schlachter, pens historical romantic suspense. She has released nine titles in her cozy mystery series and together she and Donna have published more than 25 novellas and full-length novels. They ghostwrite, judge writing contests, edit, facilitate a critique group, and are members of American Christian Fiction Writers, Writers on the Rock, and Sisters in Crime. Leeann travels extensively to research her stories, and is proud to be represented by Terrie Wolf of AKA Literary LLC.
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DAVALYNN SPENCER is a Publisher’s Weekly and ECPA bestselling author with novellas in three Barbour collections, The 12 Brides of Christmas, The 12 Brides of Summer, and The Cowboy’s Bride. She won the Will Rogers Gold Medallion for Inspirational Western Fiction and is the author of ten additional titles, both contemporary and historical. She blogs monthly for Christian Authors Network, Heroes, Heroines & History, contributes to the American Christian Fiction blog, and writes her own weekly inspirational blog. She appears on an area radio broadcast, Write Time Radio, and teaches writing workshops when not wrangling Blue the Cowdog and mouse detectors Annie and Oakley.
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I hope you enjoy the recipe Davalynn is sharing today on Karen’s Killer Fixin’s. Happy Eating!
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Note from Davalynn: I first tasted bacon-wrapped water chestnuts at a Christmas-party potluck. They were prepared by my friend Hidemi Sakamoto, the Executive Chef who served as one of my story advisors. Below is his strategy for making this delicious hors d’oeuvre of which I ate way too many!
Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts
2 cans whole water chestnuts, drained
1 pound bacon, thick slice
Cut the bacon strips in half. Wrap one half around a water chestnut and skewer it with a toothpick to keep it in place. The bacon will be wider than the chestnut, so it creates a pocket into which you spoon brown sugar and pack securely. (Pack in as much as you can, Hidemi says!) Repeat with all the chestnuts, then place them onto a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 375-degree oven until the bacon is cooked (approx. 20”).
Let them cool slightly so any caramelized sugar on the foil will lift off with the wrapped chestnut. Serve warm.
WARNING: There will be no leftovers. 😊
Thanks, RL, Leeann, Toni & Davalynn for sharing your stories & recipe with us!
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