Today’s Cosy Author is J.R.Ripley

Continuing on with the themed cosy mystery genre, today I’m introducing you to another favorite of mine.

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This is the Bird Lover’s Mystery Series. Book 4 will be out July 11th and you will see that review soon. Amy and her merry band of friends run Birds & Bees in Ruby Lake, North Carolina. I love the characters in this series. They range in age from teens to retirees. And I wasn’t that much of a bird person before, but I’m turning into one!

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Welcome to Table Rock, Arizona, the place where folks who aren’t too keen on the ‘mainstream’ move to. Maggie Miller has come here to forget about her dead husband. OK, so he isn’t really dead. That’s just what she tells everybody. Recently divorced, Maggie flees Phoenix and the sight of her husband and his new wife and moves to Table Rock to be closer to her own family. She’s also planning on opening her own beignet and coffee business, Maggie’s Beignet Café. The Maggie Miller Mystery Series is just funny. The characters in this town are outrageous, but in a good way!

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Pet chef Kitty serves gourmet meals to pampered canines, cats, birds, snakes (ugh), Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs and most any other pet belonging to her wealthy and quirky L.A. clientele. This is a town where pets have their own psychologists, psychics and masseuses, so why shouldn’t they have their own chefs, right? A Kitty Karlyle Mystery!

J. R. Ripley

J.R. Ripley is the critically acclaimed author of multiple series and currently pens A Bird Lover’s Mystery Series, the Maggie Miller Mysteries and the Kitty Karlyle gourmet pet chef mysteries. J.R. is a member of the American Birding Association, the American Bird Conservancy, and is an Audubon Ambassador with the National Audubon Society. Before becoming a full-time author, J.R. worked at a multitude of jobs including: archaeologist, cook, factory worker, copywriter, technical writer, editor, musician, entrepreneur and window washer. You may visit jrripley.net for more information or visit JR on Facebook at facebook.com/jrripley.

Although written under different pen names, they all come from the mind of this genius of a man who is passionate about birds, writing and the planet in general. I always know  I’m going to get a good read with one of his books.

So we have, Birds, Dogs/Cats, and Beignets in the desert. Give him a try! And if you are a Netgalley  member, check it out on the site. You may get the latest copy of one of these! Thank you to Lyrical Underground, Penguin Random House, Severn House for keeping me stocked!

Caramel Crush( A Cupcake Bakery Mystery) by Jenn McKinlay

Caramel Crush (Cupcake Bakery Mystery, #9)

After the near miss at the altar in Vegas, Mel knows she still wants to marry Joe, but Angie is the only bridezilla they can handle at the moment! And that is a full-time job.

When an old roommate from college shows up and asks Mel for a favor, because apparently Mel owes her for some mysterious event in college, of course she says yes. Diane is a bit vague on the break up but wants Mel to deliver a batch of Caramel Crush cupcakes to her soon to be ex, with an  It really is you, not me theme.

When Mel finds the intended, he isn’t in any shape to be eating cupcakes or anything else as he is now dead. As Mel tries to find out who killed him and why, she is still having to deal with Angie, who is about to have a total melt down over the wedding.

Along the way Mel has to deal with all of the mean girls from Freshman year at college and they have only gotten worse over the years. I felt so bad for her. I mean we all know Freshman year is awful. But when you are carrying around an extra 75 pounds or so, it is even worse. Even though Mel has blossomed into a beautiful woman, the memories and the barbs still hurt, but Diane keeps reminding her that she owes her big, so on she goes with her investigating!

I love all of these characters. And now I’ve read the latest one and will have to wait for more bakery goodness. The recipes in this one are super easy but oh so good!

I hope you enjoy it too! And what better to have a Caramel Cupcake with than Bigelow’s Salted Caramel Tea!

 

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xx Patricia

Checking Out The Cosy Mysteries! With a snack…

Grab a cuppa and get ready to meet some talented cosy mystery authors and their books!

Today  we are looking at the different types of cosy mysteries and what draws a reader to a certain author, their characters or the subject matter. Most cosy mystery writers have more than one series going at once. How they do that I don’t know, but they do.

Today’s spotlight author is Jenn McKinlay. She has three different series going! And all of them I love. The books above are from her Library Lover’s Mysteries.

The ones above are from her Cupcake Bakery Mysteries. Including recipes! I’m reading the latest one Carmel Crush now. So if you are into cupcakes, this may be for you!

And here we have the Hat Shop Mysteries. How one author can come up with three of my favorite things is a mystery to me, but I’m so happy to have found her!

Here’s some stuff about Jenn:

 Jenn is the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, and USA Today bestselling author of several mystery series and will be debuting her women’s fiction series on May 30, 2017, starting with the title About a Dog. She lives in sunny Arizona in a house that is overrun with kids, pets and her husband’s guitars.

Jenn McKinlay

Grab a book and some tea and enjoy the sunshine!

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Peaches, Cobblers and Mysteries!

Feeling all peachy this morning! So I’m going to share a recipe with you!

This is my Momma’s Peach Cobbler recipe, which if you are in the south may be your Momma’s recipe also. This is the only recipe I know by heart. And last night I baked a cobbler. Yes, yes I did. And it was delicious and now I have a tummy ache, because my mouth is basically a whore and my tummy is a nun. They fight. It’s not pretty.

That juicy cobbler in the second row, first picture? That’s it. There is no rolling out of crust or dough of any kind, It is easy peasy and delicious! We had it with Harney&Sons Paris Tea and it was a party in my mouth!

Momma’s Cobbler:

1 stick of butter ( don’t use fake butter)

3/4 cup of flour

Dash of salt

2 cups granulated sugar

2 cups of sliced peaches

2 tsp. Baking powder

3/4 cup of milk

*One thing I have changed about this recipe is I also toss in a few drops of Almond Extract. It’s a whole different experience!

First set the oven to 350 degrees. Plop that entire stick of butter in a glass baking dish and stick it in the oven to melt.

Take the peaches and mix 1 cup of the sugar and let them hang out for a few minutes

Now mix everything else together and whisk. It should be thin. Now, take that bubbly butter goodness out of the oven and pour the batter over it evenly. Now, be nice with the peaches and lay them across the batter. ​DO. NOT. STIR. NO. NO. NO.  Leave it in there for around an hour. When it’s not jiggly remove it and try not to burn your tongue!

You don’t stir it because the butter and the batter are magic and they combine and fold right over the fruits and Voila! A cobbler to die for! And I use this same recipe on Blueberries, Blackberries and I guess you could use most fruit.

Susan Furlong writes the  Georgia Peach Mysteries, so check her out. I hope you enjoy !

xx Patricia

Vanilla Beaned (A Cupcake Bakery Mystery) by Jenn Mckinlay

Vanilla Beaned (Cupcake Bakery Mystery, #8)

In the eighth in the New York Times bestselling series by the author of Dark Chocolate Demise, the Fairy Tale Cupcake crew goes double or nothing in Vegas…
 
Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura are taking a gamble by opening their first franchise of the Fairy Tale Cupcakes Bakery, so where better to hit the jackpot than in Vegas? Business manager Tate Harper has lined up a meeting with Holly Hartzmark, a former showgirl who’s looking to bring Mel and Angie’s sweet treats to Sin City, but Mel isn’t so sure she’s ready to hand her recipes over to a complete stranger—especially one as brash as Holly.

But after the potential bakery location gets blown up, Mel begins seeing another side to Holly—one that reminds her very much of herself. Determined to help a kindred spirit, Mel sets out to discover who is trying to keep the bakery from cashing in. But with a murderous mischief-maker on the loose, the odds are stacking up against a happy ending for Mel and her friends…

I’ve been looking for more cosy mystery authors and series lately. Mainly because I normally read horrendous serial killer type things and I wanted some lighter reading to balance that out and I do no like romance stories.

Imagine the shock and awe in the shock and awe that happened when I stumbled across this series. A Cupcake Bakery Mystery?? With Recipes?? Different people click with different cosy mysteries. I really dislike the ones where the girl is always schlumping around looking disheveled and not being able to decide between men, or the ones that have the main character doing everything but making coffee/tea/pastry.

This group of colorful characters, Mel, Angie and Tate are great characters. I read all the way up to this one, because I have the one that comes next, and reading it was a joy. The characters are all believable, well-developed and smart. And boy can they bake a cupcake! I spent every chapter whining about wanting a cupcake! So imagine my joy when the recipes were in the back of the book!!!

Jenn McKinlay has found herself a home on my shelf and in my blog!

 

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Give them a read and let me know what you think!

It’s Time For The Weekend!

Good Morning fellow people of the page! I woke up to a man on a ladder outside my window this morning. He was changing out an upstairs window but good grief man it’s Saturday! 9 a.m. or so would have been just fine!

Last night was the final Reign. I’m not even going to lie. I cried like a 3 month old getting his first shots! And The Originals wasn’t much better! I’m still not sure what happened at the end there. So if someone can explain that to me, please do!

OU Boy showed up with dinner last night, so I didn’t have to eat cereal at 10 at night. Thank you kind sir! However the sweets fairy was nowhere to be found. She is such a stingy bitchy thing sometimes.

I’m making a pitcher of Tazo Passion tea this morning for later. If you liked it hot, you’ll love it over ice! It’s a burst of happy for your mouth!

We are under another Heat Threat today so make sure you stay hydrated and please for the love of all that is holy, dress for the body you have, not the one you want. Please. (Lady next door).

xx  Be Kind and Be Calm5ef7878b0fbf3afdf2e4b161bcf6652e

 

He’s Breaking Up With Me…Send Tea!

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Yes, you read that right. Someone is breaking up with me. I’m shocked, stunned and thrilled all at the same time.

Tuesday was Therapy Day. And half way through my 52 minutes, he said, I think next week should be our last visit. After I picked my jaw up off the floor, I asked, “Are you breaking up with me?” ” No one has ever broken up with me!” He laughed and told me that yes, as a patient he was breaking up with me. As a person, he wants me to be on the board of the mental health center. To be the voice at the state capitol and with the legislators. To advocate for funding and awareness.

I couldn’t really be mad at him after that pitch. And it is my greatest quality. Getting money out of people. So here goes a new chapter to my story. Changing the way people think of mental illness, of anxiety and depression and the crippling effects.

Am I cured of mine? No. I’ve just found something that works for me. CBT. It’s something my overly logical mind can relate to.  Maybe I can round-up all of the legislators and ply them with some Zen tea and Macarons!

As soon as I left I told OU Boy. Me: “Can you believe it?” Him: ” Of course, you’re hot.” Seriously dude? That man has a one track mind, however he was still on pain medication for his back injury, so he could have just been high.

Today it is hotter than Kate Upton so I plan on enjoying it in my pink chair.  For today, at least, Anxiety -0  Patricia – 1!

Image result for tazo zen tea     Enjoy this one over ice…mmmmm!

The Blue Sky Award

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Thank you to Tina over at  Kristabella’s Hodgepodge for nominating me for this! You must go check out her Blog! She is a crochet goddess. I mean, I crochet, as long as it’s something square, but she knows what she’s doing over there!

So I’m supposed to tell you a few random things about myself….which is appropriate since I’m very random. So, here we go!

HI, my name is Patricia, and I’m a tea addict. I like my tea with cupcakes. Or Macarons. Or Pie.

And the contrast to that is that I am a plant based eater who doesn’t eat meat, dairy, gluten, sugar or soy. 

And yet I bake the crap out of some sweets. I just don’t eat them. I can pretty much always find an alternative flour and other ingredients that make my goodies tasty and work with my style of eating.

I am a deep south lady. From Georgia to Mississippi to Oklahoma, after Katrina.

I despise cats.  I’m good with all the rest of God’s critters, but I am way too cat like to ever get along with a cat. And I’m allergic.

So the rules of this lovely award are  say Thank you to whoever nominated you. Spill some random stuff about you and nominate some other folks.

Cynthia over at Making Peace With The Wrong Side of 40   She inspires me everyday!

J-Dub over at J-Dubs Grin and Bear It  who makes me laugh and think!

Garfield over at Garfieldhug’s Blog  who is so supportive and interesting as well!

Dippy Dotty Girl over at The Traveling Diary of a Dippy Dotty Girl who takes me places and makes me laugh!

Truthfully there are so many of y’all that have made this past year of struggling with blindness and then the corneal transplant and now trying to recover, nowhere near as horrendous as it could have been. I’ve learned so much about the rest of the world and am truly grateful to each and every one of you!

xx Patricia    1493663888675

 

 

Sweet! Celebrations: A My Cupcake Addictiton Cookbook by Eliese Strachan

 

Sweet! Celebrations: A My Cupcake Addiction Cookbook by [Strachan, Elise]

The creator and host of My Cupcake Addiction—one of the world’s most widely viewed online baking shows—shares her most dazzling and delicious dessert recipes and ingenious entertaining tips so you can throw the perfect party.

Whether you’re putting together a simple snack or an over-the-top extravaganza, bringing sweets to the office or planning a trick-or-treat to be remembered, Sweet! Celebrations will be your go-to book in the kitchen.

Organized around special occasions throughout the year—from Valentine’s Day to Christmas—the book includes Elise’s favorite recipes for a rustic wedding, a game-day celebration, an elegant afternoon tea, a colorful children’s birthday bash, and many more. Get the party started with the centerpiece cake—such as a Jack O’ Lantern Smash Cake or whimsical Tree Stump Cake—and pair it with Elise’s tasty drinks. Her easy, innovative small bakes and “no bake” options are great for filling out your display and giving every get-together that extra “wow” factor.

The double-page photographs are beautiful and I love Elise Strachan, who has become a household name int he world of sweets, with tons of fans on her YouTube channel, My Cupcake Addiction. My kind of girl!

I love the drip cakes and the naked cakes the best. Here are some shots from the book and my own try at fancy cupcakes. Enjoy!

It’s Thursday! Have a cupcake! It will feel like Friday!

xx  Patricia