A cupcake… it always starts with a cupcake, doesn’t it?!
Want to read more about the redheaded Kenzie Swayne and her quest for the right date (It is totally Ramon Torres)?
1- I’m rethinking my life as a writer. Damn, she can write.
2- I’m still midway through it … listening to it while running errands, cooking and washing dishes. Last night I was in the kitchen when Iris & August step out of the closet and Caleb is there.
I was Ralphie and my kids were the dad.
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Remember the old skit Eddie Murphy did about his mom making him a hamburger rather than going to McDonalds? Yea… I’m now that mom except this is about swag. My author friend/#GirlCrush Kassanna showed me some cool sites for swag. Since I’m signing at #RWA19 this year for #Harlequin… I didn’t want to be the only person not giving away stuff….so I brainstormed and got crafty. There will be tradition swag.. but these were too cute to not do….
I’m signing Southern Seduction. If you haven’t read it.. you can find it here at one of these many many wonderful sites.
Hope to see you there…
Christmas in July means Christmas movies on Hallmark and HMM! I am still going through my list of movies saved on my DVR. Check out my reviews over on my FB page if you’re interested. It’s exciting.. but what’s most exciting is the countdown to the 2019 Holiday movies. I am totally looking forward to it. It seems everyone is getting wise with the diversity. This year there’s going to be a Hanukkah one (maybe 2)! So far there isn’t a time and date for the 2019 list but this is what I’ve found so far.
Clearly I’m on a deadline because I have taken the time to even research how many movies these repeat offenders has been in.
I can’t help myself. I have goals I tell ya!
|2019 Christmas Movies||Xmas Movie Repeat Offender||Reason to watch||Diverse story||Diverse Cast|
|2nd Chance for Christmas||AA characters||Vivica Fox|
|Merry & Brite||Andrew Walker|
|The Christmas Song|
|Christmas Wishes & Mistletoe Kisses|
|Holiday for Heroes|
|A Very Vintage Christmas||Tia Mowry-Hardrict|
|A Merry Christmas Match|
|Christmas Town||Candace Cameron Bure|
|Christmas in Rome||Lacey Charbet|
|A Christmas Wish||AA characters||Pam Grier,|
|Five Cards for Christmas||Chad Michael Murry|
|A Very Country Wedding||Harlequin Book|
|A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby|
|Christmas in the Wild|
|Holiday Rush||African American||AA Cast|
|The Knight Before Christmas||ehh|
|A Family Under the Christmas Tree (WIP)|
|Christmas Duet||African American||Rome Flynn|
|Two Turtle Doves|
All this Christmas talk gets me all in the mood for some holiday romance books. I feel like I just might be a Christmas Repeat Offender #DebbieMacomberGoals
PS… there are 23 weeks and 5 days until Christmas.
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I love to add food into my books. I wouldn’t call myself a “foodie” but I do like to eat…a lot. If you’ve read any of the Once Upon a Tiara series you visited The Cupcakery. Each season this bakery develops a cupcake to die for. Yes, as the author, I have made all of these cupcakes at one point in my life. Since this series is winding down, I thought I’d share the tiara for the hummingbird cupcake. By the way… did you know that this particular cake originated in Jamaica? #DessertHistory
Maggie Swayne, a one-time-beauty-queen, tops her hummingbird cupcake with a pineapple tiara. It’s fitting of course. No matter what Maggie’s going through…which right now is being cut off from the family-funds, she’s going to make her way….one way or another.
How did she make the pineapple tiaras you ask.. Well let me show you!
1-Let’s start with an apron… this can get messy.
2-Find a not-so-ripe pineapple. The firmer.. the better to slice.
3-Trim off the outside of the pineapple.
4- using the tip of a potato/carrot peeler,
dig out the “eyes” until it looks like this
5- Turn the pineapple on its side and slice super thin slice through the core and then lay flat on a paper towel
6. bake at 250 degrees for an hour. Flip after 30 minutes. When the hour is up, you may need to flip again. If they’re still wet, continue baking at 15-minute intervals. These are going to be sticky to the touch and that’s okay. You don’t want them juicy. Once they’re crispy/dry enough, pull them out and push them into a cupcake pan. While they’re drying, this will give them that upright crown appeal.
7. Let them dry over night.
8. Once they’re dry, crown your cupcakes!
Cool note.. they’re totally edible.. but don’t expect that candied-dried taste that comes from a trail mix.
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