Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Microwave Monkey Bread

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It's Too Yummy Tuesday!

On select Tuesdays I share delicious recipes either inspired by my books or that are just plain delicious!


When all the kids were still home, I used to make special weekend breakfasts at least twice a month. As weekends could be just as busy as the rest of the week, I would sometimes turn to a fast and easy recipe that quickly became a family favorite--and one of the first things my daughter Amanda learned to cook on her own.

MICROWAVE MONKEY BREAD


Ingredients:

1 can of refrigerator biscuits (the round shape, not croissant)
3 tbsp. butter
1/3 c. brown sugar
1 tbsp. water
1 tsp. cinnamon
Optional: a handful of raisins, craisins, nuts, or chocolate chips

Directions:

Add butter, brown sugar, water, and cinnamon to a microwave-proof dish (I use an 8 or 9 inch glass pie plate for this). Microwave about 45 seconds to 1 minute until everything melts together; stir. Sprinkle nuts/raisins/etc around the mixture if using, avoiding center. Separate biscuit dough and cut each circle into 4 pieces. Arrange in a circle on top of butter mixture, leaving center empty. Microwave for 2- 2/12 minutes until no longer doughy. Let cool cool minutes. Turn upside down onto plate and serve. 


Serves 4
Enjoy!

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J. Rose Allister is the author of more than twenty-five books, primarily romance and erotic romance. A former editor and submissions director, she now works as a mild-mannered hospital secretary by day, naughty writer by night. Connect with her on Twitter or Goodreads. She loves talking to people!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

PB and Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

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It's Too Yummy Tuesday!

On select Tuesdays I share delicious recipes either inspired by my books or that are just plain delicious!


I mentioned recently that I've been indulging my sweet tooth, so here's another recipe that fits the bill! These babies offer up a combo of sweet and salty that sends me straight to heaven!  And pretty easy too...few ingredients that you can whip together and keep in the fridge for when you have the urge to slice-n-bake.

Today's recipe comes from a blog called The View From Great Island. I'm posting a link to the recipe rather than posting it here because I haven't altered it. The original is perfection on its own.  Granted, I have monkeyed with substituting vegan chips or sunflower butter, but I prefer to go whole hog with this (and limit it to a rare treat). Truth be known, the photos she's posted of these delights are reason enough to click the link, even if you don't plan to make them!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies


Enjoy!

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J. Rose Allister is the author of more than twenty-five books, primarily romance and erotic romance. A former editor and submissions director, she now works as a mild-mannered hospital secretary by day, naughty writer by night. Connect with her on Twitter or Goodreads. She loves talking to people!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Sweet Potato Brownies

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It's Too Yummy Tuesday!

On select Tuesdays I share delicious recipes either inspired by my books or that are just plain delicious!


Let me tell you, I've been half off the rails lately when it comes to my diet. In general, I try to avoid processed foods and sugar. Except when I don't. Still, there are times when a recipe comes along that is delicious enough for me to feel like I'm being naughty when I'm really not. Today's recipe definitely fits the bill. I found and tweaked the one HERE on My Paleo Life...click on the link to go to the original, or follow below:

SWEET POTATO BROWNIES


Ingredients:

4 oz dark chocolate, melted
2 sweet potatoes, medium sized and cooked/peeled/squeezed to remove excess liquid. (Don't get the usual orange kind! use white or purple for best results)  
1/4 cup organic maple syrup
3 eggs
1/4 cup cocoa powder, sifted
1 Tbsp maple extract
1 Tbsp almond flour
1 Tbsp coconut oil (olive oil will work, but I prefer the flavor of the coconut)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 handful of chopped walnuts or pecans, optional

Directions:

Mash the sweet potato in a medium bowl until nice and smooth (a food processor/magic bullet helps with this). Let stand 3 minutes and pour off any liquid in the bottom of the bowl. Stir in chocolate. Add remaining and stir well. The batter should be free of lumps. Pour into a greased baking dish (I use an 8x8).

Bake at 325 degrees for 30 – 40 minutes until a wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean. Let cool and cut into squares.

Enjoy!

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J. Rose Allister is the author of more than twenty-five books, primarily romance and erotic romance. A former editor and submissions director, she now works as a mild-mannered hospital secretary by day, naughty writer by night. Connect with her on Twitter or Goodreads. She loves talking to people!

Monday, March 2, 2015

New Blog--and a Writing Experiment

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I've launched a brand new blog! Experimental Positivity is a blog project where I will challenge myself to replace something negative with a positive every single day for a full year. Among a number of reasons why I decided to start this experiment is to get myself into a very small, yet manageable daily writing habit and put myself into a better mindset to get creativity flowing.

I'll still be over here posting as well, most likely with Too Yummy Tuesday, and will hopefully resume work on some fiction projects before long. But battling a number of personal challenges over the past year took the wind out of my writing sails, and I feel I need to focus on this positivity endeavor to put things back in perspective.

I hope you'll support my return to writing by checking out the new blog and sharing it on your social media sites!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

I've Followed You Since The Days of Magic -Snippet Sunday

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~~Warning: mature themes~~

On Sundays, I share tidbits of my works in progress as part of Weekend Warrior’s 8-Sentence Sunday


This snippet is another from Brigid's Awakening, a short erotic fantasy from a series I'm working on called the Sons of Herne series.

Last time, Brigid had been waiting out a storm in a strange barn when a man crashed in, acting as though he'd been expecting her...


“I’m not who you think I am,” she said, clutching the quilts tighter against her.
“On the contrary, I know you most fully--Brighid.”
Her mouth fell open. His pronunciation was off, yet the way he said it with a long e at the end rolled most appealingly off his lips.
“It’s pronounced Bridge-id where I come from,” she said. “But how do you know my name--were you following me?”
“I have followed you since the days of the Tuatha de Danann, when hillsides marked Imbolc eve with bonfire light and magic flowed as freely as the fiery hair spilling down your back.”
His speech held an odd dialect, as strange as his appearance--wild layers of hair with narrow braids throughout, circlets of reeds crowning his head, wrists, and ankles, and bare-chested with cross-shaped streaks over his pectorals and on his forehead.


So, what do you think?

FYI, I was hoping to keep rolling with snippets on Sunday, but the truth is I've been struggling with writing for some time now. I'm starting up a new blog called Experimental Positivity, a venture I hope will help me come around and beat the writer's block I've been facing. Wish me luck!

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I'm J. Rose Allister, wife, working mom, and the author of over twenty-five books. Somewhere in between one and the next, I love hanging out here on my blog and over on Twitter. Give me a comment or follow-I love chatting with people!




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