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Lauren Linwood: A Sweet Summer Treat

The Texas weather has been so fickle lately, but summer is finally here! Summer to me means fruit, and Lauren Linwood is here with a terrific blueberry pie to share with family over the long Memorial Day weekend. Don’t forget to check out the giveaway at the bottom of the page!


Lauren Linwood's Blueberry PieLauren:

When warm weather hits in Texas, I simply must have fresh blueberries—in my morning Greek yogurt, topping off homemade vanilla ice cream, and especially in a pie or tart. I love the mix of sweetness with tartness together, especially if the pie crust has a hint of cinnamon in it.

In my medieval historical romance A Bit of Heaven on Earth, King Edward III calls upon widowed Elizabeth of Kentwood. She knows the mercurial king has a fondness for tarts, so she has two of his favorites—pear & plum—prepared for his visit. Edward wouldn’t have had an opportunity to taste a blueberry tart from the Kentwood kitchens. They were only known to the Western Hemisphere at that time. He didn’t know what he was missing!

Here’s a simple recipe for a blueberry pie from my friend Mel. How do I know it’s simple? Because I’ve made it! When my engaged daughter got a pie dish at a bridal shower last month, she wanted to give it a spin. What better recipe than this one? Her first effort was so successful, we begged her to bring it again next time we had a family dinner. Hope you’ll test this easy-peasy dessert recipe—and give A Bit of Heaven on Earth a try! Continue reading

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Amanda C Stone: Cole’s Candy Bar Pie

Amanda has ditched us but I’m not complaining. She sent along Cole from The Adventures of Cole and Perry and he brought PIE! You can get away with a lot around here if you come bearing pie.

This is a great, easy dessert that let’s you experiment with your own favorite flavors. Enjoy!


 Cole

Good morning everyone and a very happy Friday to you! My name is Cole and I was invited to the lovely Irene’s blog to share my favorite recipe. It’s not much of a secret how much I enjoy sweet treats and desserts. This recipe is easy to make and something you whip up quickly if you’ve got company.

Here’s what you’re going to need to make this yummy dessert!

Ingredients for Candy Bar Pie Recipe

Here’s what you need!

Candy Bar Pie Recipe:

  • 1 tub of cool whip (8 ounce size)
    1 package of instant pudding (4 serving size)
    1 premade graham cracker pie crust (6 ounce size)
    2 cups of milk (if your package of instant pudding calls for a different amount use the amount listed on the package)
    2 cups of candy pieces, seperated (either chopped up candy bars or bite sized candy like M&Ms)

Directions:
Dump package of instant pudding into a bowl along with the milk. Whisk milk and pudding together until you have pudding consistency. Continue reading

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Maggie Le Page: Life’s Uncertain. Eat Dessert First

Maggie Le Page is here today. With ice cream. And chocolate. And a motto after my own heart.

Oh, and a giveaway! Make sure to comment below to enter and don’t forget to check out her latest book, The Trouble with Dying. I’m told it has nothing to do with ice cream and chocolate, but I plan to enjoy it, nonetheless.


Maggie:

I live in New Zealand—y’know, that cute little country people think is part of Australia; where Kiwis, jandals, and rugby fanatics abound. And ice cream.

Oh, the ice cream. Creamy, delicious, one-scoop-is-never-enough, ice cream.

Summer ended here last week. I know it because my fingers and toes are suddenly cold. And suddenly we were all pining for hot chocolates instead of beer, roast dinners instead of barbecues, heat pump instead of air conditioner, puddings instead of ice cream.

Okay, maybe not the last one. Where there’s a Le Page there’s always a tub of ice cream. Summer, winter, rain or shine, you won’t go short of a bowl (or tub) of ice cream in our house—and if you do, it’s an all-out emergency.

Because when winter sets in, we add a special ‘extra’ to our bowls of ice cream: my grandma’s hot chocolate sauce. {swoons}

Grandma Maggie, after whom I was named, passed away a few years ago but her hot chocolate sauce lives on (as do the hips that come with said sauce). It’s so easy to whip up, uses everyday ingredients, and is ready to serve in less than two minutes. It suits my chaotic life perfectly.

Grandma Maggie was forever telling me, “In your mouth for a moment; on your hips for a lifetime.”

And I always responded with, “Life’s uncertain. Eat dessert first.”

Because, actually, life is uncertain. That’s what my latest release, The Trouble With Dying, is all about. And that’s what Grandma Maggie’s Hot Chocolate Sauce is all about, too. So keep reading, because today I’m giving you the opportunity to taste both!

BOOK GIVEAWAY! Maggie is giving away five free digital copies of her latest release, The Trouble With Dying, to five lucky commenters. To be in to win, answer this question:

Do you have a family recipe that’s been passed down the generations? What is it? Dare you to share!

Maggie's Homemade Chocolate Sauce

Maggie says sorry. She’s not a great photographer. That’s why she sticks to writing.

Recipe: Maggie’s Hot Chocolate Sauce

Ingredients

This is for two people – double/triple/quadruple for more people (or serious piggy factor LOL)

½ Tablespoon butter

½ Tablespoon sugar

½ Tablespoon Golden Syrup*

½ Tablespoon water

½ Dessertspoon cocoa

Few drops of vanilla essence Continue reading

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