Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Happy New Year READS!

It's a New Year, and I'm sure many of you need something new to read. So here you go…two brand new novels. 

Shadowed by Grace by Cara Putman (a WWII story that's an excellent read!), and a novella collection, A Match Made in Texas, from four of my favorite authors Regina Jennings, Mary Connealy, Carol Cox, and Karen Witemeyer. 

Simply follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter Box below
Due to postage costs, only U.S. mailing addresses

NOTE about the winners (added on 1/17/14): 
Congrats to Judith who won the giveaway for the two novels above, as well as to Anne and Amanda who won EXTRA copies of Shadowed by Grace, courtesy of Jeane Wynn of Wynn-Wynn Media. Thanks, everyone, for entering, and blessings on your weekend.

The only mandatory entry that must be completed is to leave a comment on a blog post (which you'll find the link to inside the box). 

There are several other easy entry chances to win, if you're so inclined. Do as little or as much as you like!

And before you go, a little about my newest novel releasing in April! Thanks for visiting, friends.

Pink was not what Eleanor Braddock ordered, but maybe it would
soften the tempered steel of a woman who came through a war––
and still had one to fight.

A Beauty So Rare (April 2014)
A Belmont Mansion novel


  1. LOVE to cook and bake! Have a great recipe given to us recently for Poppyseed Chicken Casserole. Made it once while the family was here, but not with enough chicken. Made it a second time the next week because Erik requested it...more chicken...and tasted even better!! Yummy!!

    1. I love poppyseed anything! : )

    2. That sounds yummy, Catherine!

  2. I don't love to cook, but can generally follow a recipe! I do love to bake, cookies especially. One favorite recipe is pineapple drop cookies.

  3. I love to bake. Breads especially. I am always trying new recipes and variations on old recipes. Here is my favorite white bread rolls recipe: http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-soft-amp-tender-dinner-rolls-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-187478

  4. Thank you for this awesome giveaway Tamera!! Kimberly S

  5. I love to cook and bake! I don't really have a favorite recipe, but I do find that I enjoy baking Christmas cookies. ;) My mom and I have Celiac, so we both eat gluten-free and are always enjoying new recipes to try. =)

    Thanks for the great giveaway! These books look great!


    1. Wish you had left a recipe Elyssa because there are so many of us that are having to eat gluten-free more and more. God bless you!

      Denise in FL

    2. Denise, hello to a fellow gluten-free eater! I couldn't think of a recipe off the top of my head before, but my mom reminded me of coconut macaroons- which everyone, gluten or non-gluten free eaters, love. =) Here you go:

      1 can sweetened condensed milk
      1 bag of shredded coconut
      2 tsp. vanilla extract
      chocolate chips to your liking

      Preheat oven to 350. In a bowl, mix all of ingredients together, and drop onto parchment-lined cookie sheets (about a tablespoon-sized portion). Bake until golden brown, and enjoy!

      I hope that you're able to try this recipe, and that you like them! And if you have any favorite recipes that use regular flour, it's pretty safe to say that you can use a gluten-free flour blend (which comes already made in boxes that you can find in the grocery store). Hope this helps!

      God bless!

    3. I'll have to try this out for my dad and brothers who have wheat allergies.
      Thanks for sharing!

  6. I love to make Spaghetti and also Beef Stroganoff.

  7. Love it or not I cook and bake constantly. My family differs from many allergies (especially gluten) so I cook outbid necessity. Our favorite dinner is Rosemary Chicken. Boneless skinless chicken breasts, carrots, onions, broccoli, and potatoes. Places in a casserole dish drizzle with olive oil. Add seasonings - salt, pepper, and crushed rosemary. Squeeze a lemon over it, bakeat 350* for 2 hours. Serve over rice.
    Tonja. tissakay at aol dot com

    1. Oh yummy, that sounds wonderful Tonja! I'll have to tell my friend about this so we can buy the ingredients & she can cook it in my oven.


    2. DELICIOUS sounding, Tonja! Thanks for sharing!

  8. I love to bake but I only cook because I want to eat :) Here is a shortbread recipe that is super easy and is super yummy! http://www.allysongofton.co.nz/recipe/Aunt-Jeans-shortbread/?r=2682

  9. I love to bake, cooking, not so much. Although I did try my sister in law's home made pasta meat sauce over the holidays. It took 5 hours and made 2 1/2 crockpots! It's so cold in Minnesota that I can freeze extra batches in the garage! Here's a recipe for a fun popcorn salad. It feeds a crowd and everyone loves it! This is so good, easy and makes a huge tupperware bowl.

    2 C. celery chopped
    2 C (two cans) water chestnuts (chopped)
    1/2 onion (chopped)
    1 1/2 C (I used whole 8 oz bag) chedder cheese
    3/4 # cooked bacon crumbled
    big bag pop corn(Old Dutch12 oz)

    Mix together the following ingredients
    2 C miracle whip
    1 C sugar
    1T vinegar
    I mixed miracle whip, sugar, vinegar then added celery and onion. At the last minute put popcorn, cheese and bacon in a large bowl and pour dressing over it and mix.

  10. I like to cook and bake. Over Christmas I had a Downton Abbey/Christmas Cookie baking marathon - it was a great way to re-visit the series before it restarted this past Sunday and my family and small group loved the treats! :) Thanks for the chance to win the books!

  11. Thank you for doing this giveaway!

  12. Cynthia Bish (clb836@yahoo.com)1/07/2014 3:14 PM

    I don't enjoy cooking like I use to. Now I cook out of self-defense. I frequently throw a crockpot of chili together because it's so easy and freezes well. To make my chili you throw a big can of kidney beans, a big can of black beans, two little cans of tomato paste, one chili seasoning packet, one large bottle of tomato juice, and a pound or so of seasoned (I generally use onion powder, garlic powder, and a touch of seasoning salt) ground beef. Simmer in crockpot for a few hours and presto. Cook once and have many meals. Have had a hankering for pumpkin bread...might have to go do some digging...

    1. LOL, love the cooking out of self-defense, Cynthia!

  13. I enjoy baking more than cooking. Right now I don't have a lot of time for either. Thanks for hosting this and including Shadowed by Grace, Tamera!

  14. I love to cook and bake! Here is my favortie recipe: French Macaron http://www.tarteletteblog.com/2010/02/recipe-raspberry-mascarpone-macarons.html Thank you for the great giveaway!

  15. Great giveaway Tamera.

    I like to cook/bake but don't do much of it now because of health problems. But do try to bake some Christmas cookies for my family. One easy recipe I found for a crockpot breakfast casserole or anytime is Bacon Tater Crockpot Breakfast Casserole.

    Blessings, Tina

    Bacon Tater Crockpot Breakfast Casserole

    1 pound package frozen tater tot potatoes or hash-brown potatoes
    1/2 pound Canadian bacon, diced
    2 onions, chopped
    1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
    1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    6 eggs
    1/2 cup milk
    2 Tbl flour
    salt and pepper to taste

    In a 4-5 quart crockpot, layer ingredients in this order:
    One third of tater tots, bacon, onion and cheeses
    Repeat layers two more times, ending with cheeses

    In a medium mixing bowl combine:
    Eggs, mild and flour
    Beat with whisk or egg beater until combined
    Season with salt and pepper to taste

    Pour mixture over layers in crockpot
    Cook on low 6-8 hours

    1. That sounds delicious! Probably not the best meal for myself Type 2 Diabetes but would try it if I had help w/the whisking part. I LOVE Crock Pot meals!

      Thanks for sharing!

      Denise from FL

    2. YUM!!! Thanks for sharing, Tina! I'm drooling.

    3. This looks fantastic! Must try!

    4. This sounds yummy!! I love crock pot meals!!

  16. I like to cook and bake in the winter because it can be UNBEARABLY hot in the summer.
    We had crockpot black-eyed peas for New Year's. Delish. http://weelicious.com/2013/12/27/slow-cooker-black-eyed-peas-for-good-luck-this-new-year/

  17. Love cooking (hate the cleaning up part, though), but not sure I could really name a favorite. Use the crockpot a lot (roasts from our own beef cattle); make a pretty good taco casserole; homemade pizza; used to make a mean chili, but stopped because my tummy couldn't take it any more; homemade cookies at Christmastime; cranberry salad (an annual event for our family, making multiple batches and freezing). Love trying out new recipes...Facebook is fun currently for finding new ones, also love finding free cookbooks for my Kindle and finding new stuff there!

  18. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

    I love to cook. Baking is my favorite, by far! I love trying different chocolate cake recipes. I haven't figured out one that is my absolute favorite yet, so I've made a lot of different chocolate cakes.

  19. I love to cook! I am in college so I'm always on a mission to find inexpensive recipes that are healthy and delicious! I made Kale chips recently and they turned out great! Kale+olive oil+ salt in the oven at 325 until crispy. You can also add apple cider vinegar and make them taste like salt and vinegar potato chips!

    1. Victoria, I'd never thought of doing kale chips. Sound interesting.

  20. Love your contest Tamera! Use to LOVE cooking & baking but due to Neuropathy in my hands /wrists it's very difficult so I use my Crock Pot a lot. I enjoy Stuffed Peppers the most and use 4-5 yellow, orange or red peppers. 1 pd of ground Lamb cooked then mixed with rice (I use Uncle Ben's instant brown rice) and can tomato sauce, plus diced onions (already diced fresh or frozen). Then Put in Crock Pot on High for 3-4 hours.

    Denise from FL (a Gator not a 'Nole)

    1. Those sound delish! making notes....

  21. I like to bake, but like to eat other people's cooking.

  22. First, I LOVE every one of your books and am really looking forward to the new one in April! Second, I hate to cook. If I could afford a personal chef, I would hire one in a heartbeat! If God hadn't brought my husband into my life and blessed me with children, I would literally starve - or consist on eating cereal and milk! Baking is okay during the holidays - but I don't do that regularly either! My poor daughter - she'll need to take cooking lessons from someone else!

    1. LOL, Shannon. Too funny. Made me smile. Thanks for the kind words about my books and for reading! Hugs from Nashville!

  23. Thanks for this giveaway!
    cps 1950@gmail.com

  24. Katherine Domrese1/07/2014 4:25 PM

    In general, I prefer baking to cooking but l love both! I especially enjoy baking cookies. At Thanksgiving time, I make several kinds of cookies and give boxes of cookies to close family and friends. One of my favorite cookies is chocolate chip cookies. I have made them so often that I have the recipe memorized. The recipe I use is from my grandmother. Here's the recipe:

    2 1/2 cups of flour
    1 teaspoon of baking soda
    1 teaspoon of salt
    1 cup of white sugar
    1/2 cup of brown sugar
    1 cup of shortening (Crisco)
    2 eggs
    2 teaspoons of vanilla

    Cream the white sugar, brown sugar, and shortening together. Sift the flour, soda, and salt in a separate bowl and then add these ingredients to the creamed mixture. Then add the vanilla and eggs. Place balls of cookie dough on a greased or parchment-paper-lined baking sheet. Flatten the tops of the cookies with your fingers. Bake for approximately 10 minutes in a 350 degree oven. (The baking time will vary slightly depending on the oven.) Enjoy! :)

    1. I love cookies. Every kind. Thanks for sharing your grandmother's recipe with us!

  25. Yes I love to cook and bake. Unfortuntely I haven't been able to do a lot of it lately. I used to enjoy catering some too. But it seems to be a stress release for me. Due to a back injury and surgery I haven't been able to do as much in the kitchen as I used to. Here's the recipe I learned to cook with as a kid. Still a favorite of my family's and one my girls can easily cook.
    G.A. Cookies
    1 c. Peanut butter
    1 c. Sugar
    1 egg
    1 tsp. Vanilla
    Roll into 1 inch balls and place on a cookie sheet. Press down with a fork and bake for 8-10 mins.

    1. Definitely trying this! Thanks, Nancy!

  26. One of my favorite things to cook in the morning for breakfast are german pancakes.
    3 eggs
    1/3 c milk
    1/3 c flour
    Mix it all together, then I cook them in silicon muffin cups for about 20 mins. They slide out real easy and don't make a mess! Serve with syrup and whipped cream! Yum!

    1. Yum! German pancakes! Thanks, Heidi!

  27. I love to cook but I have been having severe pregnancy induced nausea so I have not been in the kitchen. I cook fried rice from memory and it doesn't have exact measurements but here is the gist: cooked rice (usually I cook it the day before and let it sit in the frig so it is not as moist). I put olive oil and a scoop of garlic in and put the rice in. I begin to fry that. Then I add nutritional yeast flakes, and soy sauce to taste. Once I get the right taste I let it cook until it is as crispy or soft as I want it. Then I add in frozen peas and cook them just until they are warm. I think it is yummy :)

    1. Oh, bless you, Beth-Anne, praying the nausea goes away very soon! I love frozen peas when they're still crunchy, too. Not cooked to mush. Appreciate your comments!

  28. Thanks, everyone, for commenting and entering the giveaway. And for the kind words about my books. I loved reading through your recipes. Such a treat! Now back to writing for a while longer...

  29. I don't mind cooking, I just am not a fan of the dishes.

    However, I LOVE baking. I baked and frosted about 300 sugar cookies this holiday season.

  30. My favorite thing to bake is cookies. I also enjoy other cooking and baking when I have the time. Thanks for giving away these two books; they are both on my want-to-read list.

  31. I've been collecting cookbooks for years and enjoy reading them almost as much as I enjoy reading fiction. In a way, maybe they are fiction also since I will never have time to make all the recipes I have marked. I love making cookies with my grandchildren (almost any recipe) but I have to say that decorating sugar cookies with my three year old grandson and then on another day my three year old granddaughter was an exercise in patience and sweeping skills!

  32. I don't cook or bake all that often, but two of my specialties are enchilada casserole and cornbread with chili!

  33. I enjoy cooking and baking, but don't do either enough ;)

  34. I love to bake more than cook but do both. I love to read your books too!!! Donna d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

  35. I love to cook and bake. I collect cookbooks and spend lots of time online looking up recipes. I tried a new recipe recently. In a microwaveable bowl melt 3/4 cup peanut butter with 2 cups of chocolate chips. When they are melted stir in 4 cups of miniature marshmallows. Pour into a foil lined 9 x 9 inch pan. Refrigerate. When set cut into bars and serve. Bet you can't eat just one. Next time I will make it with Nutella instead of peanut butter.

  36. I enjoy cooking Assyrian food. Making Dulma is fun and so is making Assyrian pizza.

  37. I used to love to do both, but not that I work full-time, fast is best for me or I have little time to do things that I really love to do. But between cooking and baking, right now I would say cooking. One of my favorite recipes is German Rouladen. If you get a good butcher to cut the meat perfectly thin, it almost melts in your mouth. And the flavor is dynamic!

  38. I really enjoy baking. My dad's a huge carrot cake fan. So, after reading Tamera's book "To Whisper Her Name," I got the Belle Meade Plantation Carrot Cake recipe from Tamera's recipe page and made it. It was wonderful and is now a family favorite. Yum! Thanks for sharing, Tamera!

  39. I didn't always love to cook, but after I got married that quickly changed. It's fun cooking for the hubby and trying out new recipes. Pinterest is great for that!! :) My husband is a vegetarian so that has made cooking a bit more interesting. A new favorite of ours is roasted garlic vegetable spaghetti squash. Mmmmm, it's good! :) Thanks for the giveaway!

  40. Not much of a cook but I LOVE to read!

  41. I love to collect new recipes - I enjoy cooking, and love baking. One of my favorite easy recipes is: Cherry Salad. Mix together - 1 (#2) can cherry pie filling, 1 (#2) can crushed pineapple (drained), 1 can sweetened condensed milk, 1 (8 oz.) Cool Whip, thawed, & 1/2 cup nuts (I use pecans), keep in refrigerator, & let set several hours, or overnight, before serving.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win the 2 books, Tamera, both are on my TBR list!


  42. Hey Tammy~
    The giveaway looks great! I love to cook and bake...I just don't get to be as adventurous with it as I used to. I found out my youngest is allergic to eggs and peanuts this year, so I've had to adapt, especially with baking. I wanted to stop buying the processed stuff anyway, but now I really don't buy it because little guy can't eat it. I think it's been a blessing for our family. BUT...I wanted to share a special recipe with you, friend! I took some cooking classes when I was in Thailand from a guy that was was from Denmark who owned a restaurant there! : ) It was so much fun and he shared some of his recipes with us. I have so many, but thought I'd pick one and share with you. It's kind of tricky and you actually use some raw eggs in the final product, but it is delish!
    Chocolate cake
    (280 grams=about 10 oz or 1 1/4 cups...might want to double check the conversion)
    *280 g chocolate--(the kind in the baking section that are bars--I think they look like candy bars?) 1 milk, 1 dark...the best quality you can find
    *280 grams of butter
    ---melt the butter and chocolate together
    *whisk 280 grams of sugar (about 1 1/4 cup) with 9 egg yolks
    *beat 11 egg whites until stiff

    Mix the yolk mixture and the chocolate together. Make sure the chocolate is not too warm. Fold in the egg whites. Bake in a buttered pan for about 50 minutes at 325 degrees.

    ---I baked a little over half of the mixture and used the other half as a topping. If I remember right, it looks a little like a souffle, but it's been a long time since I made it. Not your traditional directions, but that's how I have it written down : ). If you try it, I'd love to know if it worked! I just remember it being out of sight!

    Hope you have a great week and the writing continues to go well! Hugs, Stacey

  43. I retired so that we could live a healthier lifestyle. I have really enjoyed cooking healthy meals rather than eating out so often. This week I made the recipe below, and we loved it. Can't wait to make it again - soon! Claudia grams1819[at]hotmail(dot)com
    Kale and Pasta

    1/2 (16 ounce) packagewhole-wheat angel hair pasta

    2 tablespoons olive oil

    1/2 large onion, sliced

    2 cloves garlic, minced

    1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

    1 cup canned diced tomatoes, undrained

    2 cups coarsely chopped kale

    1 (4 ounce) can sliced black olives, drained

    grated Parmesan and Feta cheese, to taste
    1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
    2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Cook and stir until the onion has softened and begun to turn golden brown, about 5 minutes. Stir in diced tomatoes, and bring to a simmer. Stir in kale, and simmer over medium-low heat until wilted and tender, about 10 minutes.
    3. Once the pasta has cooked and been drained, stir into the sauce along with the black olives. Toss and sprinkle with grated Parmesan and/or Feta cheese before serving.

  44. I love to Bake - I recently resurrected my gmas recipe for Persimmon Banana Nut Bread .. So Super yummy! I had never tried a persimmon before and was excited to discover a new food --

    Persimmon Banana Nut Bread -

    2 cups flour
    1 tsp soda
    ½ tsp salt
    ½ cups butter
    1 cups sugar
    2 eggs
    2 bananas, mashed
    2 persimmons, peeled, mashed
    1 tsp. vanilla
    ½ cup chopped nuts
    Sprinkle a little cinnamon into the mix

    Mix flour with soda and salt.
    Cream butter and sugar.
    Add eggs one at a time, mix thoroughly.
    Add mashed bananas and persimmons to flour mixture.
    Add all to creamed mixture and mix well. Add nuts.
    Pour into well greased loaf pans.
    Bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes or until done.
    Remove from oven and let stand in pans awhile.
    Remove from pans and cool completely

  45. I love to bake. Cookies are my specialty. My favorite cookies to make are called No Bakes.
    These are made on top of the stove, no need to bake. I like to make cookies in general. Like to try new recipes.
    No Bakes

    2 c. sugar
    1/2 cup cocoa
    1/2 cup milk
    1 stick butter (1/2 c.)
    1 tsp. vanilla
    1 c. peanut butter
    3 1/2 c. quick cooking oats

    In medium saucepan bring butter, sugar, cocoa and milk to a boil. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Add vanilla, peanut butter and then the oats. Mix well. working quickly, drop by spoonful onto wax paper. Let stand until firm.

    This is a quick and easy recipe to make and they are so good. I find it works better if you have everything measured out and your wax paper ready. Try them. You will love them. They are one of the most requested cookies when we have a bake sale at our church. My children and grandchildren love them too.

  46. I love cooking and baking! Hardly a day goes by without me in the kitchen making something! I don't know if I really have a favorite recipe... but I love baking scones! :)

    aeputney [at] liberty [dot] edu

  47. I love to bake! I like to cook. I don't have a favorite recipe. Thanks for the chance to win!
    Beth Gillihan

  48. I'm not much of a baker, but I love to cook. Pasta is my favorite. I don't really have a favorite recipe though...

  49. My family much prefers I cook to going out. I love to do it. Here is my families favorite
    Sinfully Delicious Chocolate Cake
    Box chocolate cake mix(I prefer chocolate fudge) make as directed into 3 layers

    1-8 oz cream cheese soften
    2 cups confection sugar
    12 oz cool whip
    1 tbs vanilla
    mix together and spread on layers , on top and outsides of cake
    ( I put in frig so icing can get stiff)

    1 can chocolate icing( I use chocolate fudge if I have time use home made)
    Ice entire cake
    I put in freezer to make moist
    Susan Underwood

  50. Cooking stresses me out :-b But I do enjoy making this particular recipe. It was given to me as "Asian Slaw" and all my Asian ESL students think it's the best thing they've ever eaten so ... who knows. lol.

    1 package cabbage slaw
    2 packages beef flavored ramen, crushed up (set the flavor packets aside for the dressing)
    1 cup sliced almonds, lightly toasted

    3/4 cup canola oil
    1/2 cup white sugar
    1/3 cup white vinegar
    beef flavoring packets from the ramen
    (I put into a shaker bottle and mix that way but can also put into a bowl and whisk if you are going to serve right away)

    Mix dry ingredients together with the cabbage and stir well. If you are taking the slaw somewhere, I would recommend waiting until you get there to add the dressing. Otherwise, the "crunchies" are less crunchy :-)

  51. I love trying new things for cooking and baking, but I hate the clean up.

  52. I'd love to win!

  53. Ugh, I don't like to cook but I enjoy baking. Always looking for new cooking recipes but always end up with baking recipes instead, especially cookies! Think I'll try that Asian slaw recipe that a previous commenter mentioned. Thanks for the giveaway!

  54. I absolutely love to bake! I rarely, if ever, follow a recipe exactly. I'm always tweaking to make good things great. :) My most popular item is banana bread. I'll have to post my recipe as a reply after I type it up.
    As for cooking, I don't enjoy it as much, but there are some dishes that my family specifically asks me to make - chicken and roasted spiced potatoes. Yum! Maybe I'll post that recipe too.... ;)

  55. I used to love to cook and bake, but not so much anymore. The recipes you include in your books sound wonderful although I haven't yet tried the ones I've seen. Thanks for including them when you write.

  56. I love reading your books and I am sure I would enjoy any books you recommend!

  57. don't really cook or bake

  58. I enjoy baking, but cooking - not so much. I love the holidays, when I have the excuse to bake all kinds of sweets and cookies. :-)

  59. Ozark Grandma1/13/2014 10:22 AM

    Love your historical fiction books. I love to cook and bake, like to try new recipes but my husband prefers plain "meat and taters" and our kids are grown so I don't cook as much as I used to. I am "partly retired after" 25 years in food service. I had not ever heard of Beaten Biscuits and I thought I knew a lot of southern recipes! I love making cinnamon rolls and chocolate chip cookies.

  60. LOVE to cook and bake...I was raised on The galloping Gourmet and Julia Child! I wanted to attend the CIA, but it was financially impossible ta the time. My current boggle is ever since moving from NJ/PA to the Rocky Mountains, my baking skills have declined. :-) And since my math skills were always non-existent, I can't ever figure out that "high altitude" stuff. I'd love to be able to bake luscious, whole grain breads again. My pizza dough recipe never fails, though.
    2.5 tsp yeast
    1-ish c warm water
    2 tbsp honey
    mix that all together and let it sit a few minutes, then add
    1 c flour (i use white/whole wheat mixed)
    2 tbsp Italian seasonings (basil, parsley and oregano)
    1.5 tsp salt
    2 tbsp olive oil
    mix that all together well, then keep adding flour till a soft dough forms (about 3-4 more cups)
    knead for 3 or so minutes, then let rise in an oiled bowl...makes 2 18 in crusts. :-)

  61. Denice Weatherholt1/14/2014 8:45 AM

    I love to cook and bake. My favorite recipes change, but right now it is homemade Mac and Cheese.
    8 oz macaroni cooked and drained
    1 cup sour cream
    3/4 cup mayonnaise
    16 oz velveeta cheese
    shredded cheese.
    Cook macaroni and drain. Mix macaroni with sour cream, mayonnaise and velveeta cheese. Bake at 325 for 30 minutes. Top with shredded cheese bake for another couple minutes. Enjoy.

  62. I love to cook and bake. Unfortunately, I hate the dishes and clean-up. Therefore, I have taken an hiatus.
    Sophisticated Meatballs
    Start here : 1-1.5 lb. Hamburger; 2 cans cream of mushroom soup (Campbell’s); 1 8 oz. cream cheese (Philadelphia); 16 oz. wide Egg Noodles
    1. Roll hamburger into small balls. Fry gently. Drain
    2. Boil Water for Egg Noodles
    3. In another pot or skillet, soften cream cheese to consistency of toothpaste.
    4. Add 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup to cream cheese; Mix thoroughly.
    5. Boil Egg Noodles according to pkg. instructions.
    6. Combine meatballs to cream cheese mixture; mix thoroughly.
    7. Serve Noodles; Top with meatball mixture. Enjoy!
    Approximately 6 servings
    Recipe can be doubled for larger servings
    Recipe created By Elaine Jordan
    Passed on By Aunt Francis Jordan Justice
    Enjoy! Thanks!

  63. I love to cook and bake. It's too hard to pick just one but Bacon Wrapped Chicken is pretty amazing and easy.
    Ingredients: 6 chicken tenderloins, 6 strips of bacon, 1 cup brown sugar, 1-2 Tbsp chili powder
    - Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 8x8 baking dish.
    - Mix together brown sugar and chili powder in pie plate. Set aside.
    - Wrap chicken tenderloin with a strip of bacon and dreg in the brown sugar mixture.
    - Bake for 20 minutes.


  64. I used to enjoy cooking and trying new recipes. It got to the point that whenever I tried making something new my husband could never say that "That was good" or "Let's have it again sometime". It was always."Maybe next time you could try adding this or that to it" like he's some kind of cooking expert- which he is not!

  65. I can cook and follow a recipe but I find a lot of joy out of baking. My usual request is for oatmeal walnut cookies from my dad and when I make them I'll make a double batch and add some chocolate chips too. But I also love to make banana pecan bread. I just got a brand new KitchenAid mixer for Christmas so I've been trying it out as much as I can!
    Can't wait to read A Beauty So Rare Tamara!!! :)

  66. Cooking is NOT my favorite thing but I do have some favorite recipes that I do cook from time to time: Potato Cake which gets it's name from the cup of mashed potatoes added for moisture. It also has chocolate, nutmeg, and cinnamon. My mother's chocolate pie recipe and also Tea Cakes. My aunt always kept a cookie jar full :) Happy Memories. Hope to win one of the great books!

  67. Thanks for the opportunity to win either of these books.
    Yes, I love to cook and to bake (not so much the cleaning up).
    I don't get the opportunity too often - (I'm "older" and live with family! And that has its benefits too.) Sometimes I'm asked to do a specialty, such as my Christmas Eve Split Pea soup, which is more like a stew than soup.

  68. Thank you for the lovely opportunity to share! I enjoy cooking and baking and when I was a school I had a reputation of always making something...original..or new! ;) I would have to say that one of my favorites would be Speculaas. I first made them when I did my homeschool report on Christmas in the Netherlands. :)

  69. Love to bake chocolate chip cookies from the bag!

  70. I love to bake everything, cookies, cakes, ect.. and use any excuse to do so. I've probably made my elderly neighbor gain a few pounds from taking her pieces. lol

  71. I cook & bake both. Don't have one favorite recipe but I make spaghetti a lot. My sauce though is butter, Tastefully Simply spinach & herb dip & spinach preferably fresh but will use frozen in a pinch.

  72. I used to love to bake, but my body can't tolerate all the sugar and fat, so now I try to find and make healthy foods like kale with cashew sauce or kale chips--tear in small pieces and rub a cookie sheet or two with olive or coconut
    oil, then place the pieces of kale (potato chip size)on the sheet and flip
    over so both sides are coated then sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt and
    bake at 350 for 4-5 min. or so--have to watch carefully so they don't burn,
    just get crisp.

  73. Baking is one of my favorite things to do. Cheesecakes are my favorite thing to make but my aunt's chocolate chip cookies are a close second. Here's the recipe -

    Cream 1 cup Crisco, 1 cup of white sugar, 1 cup of Brown sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla, and 2 eggs- Beat well. Add 1 and a half cups of Flour, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp baking soda, 3 cups of rolled oats and 1 bag of chocolate chips. Form into balls and bake at 350 for 10 minutes.

  74. Does leaving a smiley face count as a comment? :) lol

  75. I like to bake. The last thing I baked was a cream cheese pound cake. So yummy!

  76. I enjoy both cooking and baking. I am also enjoying that my daughter (13) is doing a lot of baking. She makes an amazing Peanut Butter Bread. I need to get the recipe from her!
    Brittany McEuen

  77. Love to cook! My favorite is my granny's recipe for chicken & dumplins.
    Mary Tullila

  78. I love to bake!! Cookies and cakes and pies, oh my! I love them all!

  79. I love to cook and to bake. I seem happiest when I am in the kitchen and when I am happy or excited about something - I am usually in the kitchen. One of our family favorites is a recipe that I found on a box of macaroni (Mrs. Skinner) We were living in Lawton, Oklahoma will my husband spent his last 6 months at Fort Sill. I am always passing this recipe to newlyweds for an easy recipe. Another plus - you can clean everything up but the casserole, before you eat.
    Macaroni and Ham Casserole
    3 cups of elbow macaroni, cooked
    2 cups cooked ham, cubed
    2 tablespoons minced onions
    1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
    1 cup water
    1 cup grated American cheese (we did not have a grater and could only afford cheese slices and we like it that way now)
    Cook the macaroni as directed on the macaroni package, drain. Combine macaroni, with ham, undiluted soup, water and onion.

    Arrange in greased 2 ½ quart casserole. Sprinkle top with cheese. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Uncover for last 10 minutes.

  80. I love to make soup. Sometimes I use arecipe for inspiration and sometimes not. I use s lot of love when I cook and I believe you can taste it. If you are not a soup cook, but love homemade soup, ttry this easy recipe I call Fake Soup:
    2 pkg of ramen noodles (any flavor yyou are not using the flavor pkt)
    3 qts chicken broth
    1 16 oz pkg frozen mixed vegetables
    2 cans chicken breast
    Salt pepper to taste
    1/2 tsp rosemary or italian seasoning
    Bring broth to boil, add frozen veg. Bring to a boil again and add chicken liquid and all. Breaken ramen noodles into smaller pieces (I just whack them into fourths still in the pkg), add to broth. Do not use flavor pkt! Too much sodium. Add rosemary, salt & pepper. When noodles & vegs are done it's Soup! Beth Wyland, auntbeth54@yahoo.com

  81. I used to love to cook and bake.. But it is hard to cook for just one since I no longer have anyone to cook for. Would love to win your books you are giving away. If they are anything like your books, they're great.

    Sara Criswell

  82. I really am not the cook in the family. My husband loves to cook and I love to encourage him...lol

  83. Wow, thanks for the giveaway. I'm not sure why everyone is talking about cooking, but I do like to cook if I feel like it. LOL. Now everyone is making me hungry :)

  84. Judy Gordon Morrow1/16/2014 5:58 PM

    I love to cook and bake, but I enjoy baking the most. I make a braided Finnish sweet bread every Christmas that my sons love to this day--and that their wives now bake for them. The books look wonderful; thanks for this opportunity to win them!


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