Posts made in June, 2017

Bready or Not: Maple Krispy Treats

Posted by on Jun 21, 2017 in Blog, Bready or Not, maple, no-bake dessert | 0 comments

Regular Bready or Not readers know that I espouse that everything is better with maple. Case in point: Rice Krispy Treats, now with maple.

Bready or Not: Maple Krispy Treats

I had to make this several times to get the right flavor and balance. An onerous task, I assure you. In the end, I created an original recipe that’s perfect for maple lovers.

Bready or Not: Maple Krispy Treats

This recipe can be made in the microwave or on the stovetop. Just make sure you’re using a large bowl or pot, as you need room to stir in a lot of cereal, and take care when heating. Burned marshmallows are a bad, bad thing.

Bready or Not: Maple Krispy Treats

If you do this in the microwave, which is my preference, you will have ready to eat treats in under 30 minutes.

Even more importantly–for people in hot environs like me–you won’t heat up the house when it’s already a zillion degrees outside. That makes this the perfect summer recipe.

Bready or Not: Maple Krispy Treats

Did someone scoff at that because of the maple flavor? Pfft. Maple flavor knows no season. If it’s tasty and you like it, make it, no matter what the calendar says.

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A Bready or Not Original: Maple Krispy Treats

Bready or Not: Maple Krispy Treats

These goodies have the scrumptious chewy texture of Rice Krispy Treats with the bonus sweetness of maple. A Bready or Not original.

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 Tablespoons maple sugar (or use brown sugar and more maple flavor)
  • 2 teaspoons maple flavor
  • 10 ounces miniature marshmallows (1 bag)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies or similar puffed rice cereal
  • more maple sugar and kosher or pretzel salt for the top (optional)

Line an 8-inch square pan with aluminum foil then coat the surface with butter or non-stick spray. Stage the maple sugar, maple flavor, and marshmallows so they are ready to add quickly.

These treats can be made in the microwave or on the stovetop. Either method: on low, gradual heat, melt the butter in a large bowl.

Once the butter is melted, remove from heat and stir in the maple sugar and maple flavor. Add marshmallows and stir. This will just barely start to soften the mix, so continue to heat gradually until the marshmallows become smooth goop; in the microwave, use 20 second zaps and stir well between each pass. Stir until no white streaks remain. Remove from heat again, if needed.

Add the cereal and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Mix until everything is coated, then pour into the prepared pan. Quickly spread it to the corners and evenly press it down with a rubber spatula. (If the goop sticks to the spatula too much, quickly use nonstick spray on it or rub it with butter.)

When the cereal mix is even, sprinkle coarse salt and maple sugar on the top, if desired.

Let the pan cool for at least 15 minutes. Slice into bars while everything is still in the pan, then use the foil to lift them all out at once. Store for up to two days in a sealed container, with waxed paper between layers to prevent sticking.

OM NOM NOM!

 

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Sunday Quote extends Happy Father’s Day wishes

Posted by on Jun 18, 2017 in Blog, Quote | 0 comments

“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.”

~ Joseph Brodsky

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Bready or Not: Cinnamon Twist Cookies

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in Blog, Bready or Not, cookies | 0 comments

These Cinnamon Twist Cookies give you an opportunity to play with cookie dough.

Bready or Not: Cinnamon Twist Cookies

You divide the dough in half and mix cinnamon into one half. Then you twist the doughs together, creating delicious braided cookies!

Bready or Not: Cinnamon Twist Cookies

This would actually be a great recipe to involve kids or grandkids! Just keep in mind that the cookies spread as they bake, so you don’t want them too large.

Bready or Not: Cinnamon Twist Cookies

This is one the first cookie recipes I claimed as “mine.” I found it on the Betty Crocker website back in my newlywed days when I was hunting for new cookies that would please my husband.

Bready or Not: Cinnamon Twist Cookies

I made these cookies all the time for about five years, and then the recipe became buried in my growing collection of clippings and print-outs. I was stunned to realize recently that I hadn’t made these cookies in years.

Bready or Not: Cinnamon Twist Cookies

These cookies keep well for several days and they’re durable to pack and bring with you places. They have a kind of snickerdoodle vibe going with that kick of cinnamon, but they’re not messy at all.

Most importantly of all, they are delicious.

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Bready or Not: Cinnamon Twist Cookies

Bready or Not: Cinnamon Twist Cookies

This simple recipe creates tasty two-color cookies with a lovely boost of cinnamon! Modified from a Betty Crocker recipe.

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven at 375-degrees.

In a large bowl, mix the butter, sugar, vanilla, and egg. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt.

Divide dough in half. Stir cinnamon into one half until it's mixed in and brown.

Grab equal pinches of both kinds of dough, place them side by side, and gently twist into a short rope. Place on cookie sheet, with several inches around each to account for expansion. Repeat with remaining dough.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes, until the cookie is set with the pale dough just tinted brown. Let cookies cool on wire rack. Store in a sealed container for several days.

OM NOM NOM!

 

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5 Tips to be a Prepared Panelist at an SFF Convention

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in Blog, writerly advice | 0 comments

So you’re going to attend a genre convention as a panelist. Whoo hoo! If this is your first time, it’s normal to be nervous. If this is your thirtieth time, it’s normal to be nervous.

Here are some tips to get you geared up, regardless of the content of your panel(s).

5) Know your schedule before you get there.
Carry a notebook or Post-It pad. Make sure your entire schedule is in there–panels you’re on, panels you want to attend, or any other important events during the con. Why? The paper-bound con guide can be very unwieldy to carry or poorly organized. Sure, the con may have an app or allow you to save your schedule online, but the internet can and will go down. Some convention centers get absolutely horrid reception.

PostItschedule_smI like to use Post-It notes. If my badge is in a plastic sleeve, I will slip the sticky notes right inside the back so I can reference my schedule at a glance without having to dig into my purse in a big crowd.

4) EAT. Seriously.
Food is kinda important, but the very nature of conventions can make it hard to eat. Your schedule might have you booked solid, or the venue might not have restaurants close by, or you’re on a restricted diet. You need to take care of yourself. The last thing you want is to have low blood sugar in the middle of your panel and be listless or feel faint… or for your stomach to be growling like a caged werewolf.

Bring a stash of snacks–granola or energy bars, nuts, jerky, something safely portable. Use Google Maps or Yelp to map out nearby eateries ahead of time; you can focus the online map and search for places right nearby!

If you’re feeling weak and hungry, don’t be afraid to ask for help, either. I bet someone will have some food on their person or be willing to dash for the nearest snack bar for you.

3) Know the layout of the convention.
Large convention centers were surely designed the same folks who create video games dungeons. There are dead ends, winding corridors, nonsensical room numbers, boss monsters. Sometimes the maps shown online or in the con booklet aren’t that useful, either, because they don’t clearly show where floors connect to different levels or across streets.

Reserve some time right at the start of the convention to walk the grounds. Find where your panel(s) will be, and also where you might find the nearest water fountains or bathrooms.

2) Read up on your fellow panelists.
If you have time, read a book or two by your fellow panelists, or at the very least, read their biography, know where they are from, and where they have been published. Maybe there is someone you want to get to know more, so you want to sit beside them to chat; or maybe there is someone you know you want to sit far, far away from.

(Note: A lot of conventions will have a space in their initial questionnaires about “who I do not want to be on a panel with.” You should also feel free to turn down a panel if you think it’s a poor fit or that you’ll clash with another panelist.)

1) Jot down notes during the panel.
I like to use a pen and paper. Some folks use their phone instead. Whatever the medium, it’s nice to have a way to jot down quick notes during a panel. Why? Sometimes questions are long and convoluted, or maybe a fellow panelist will babble on so long that you forget the original question. Maybe someone will mention a book or author that sounds really good. Maybe you need to keep score of something, or need to preserve a neat tip or research morsel. Don’t trust yourself to remember anything during the low-sleep high-craziness action of a convention.

All of these tips revolve around a central concern: YOU. Take care of yourself. A little work to prepare will make for a less-stressful, happier time during your convention!

Reposted from Novelocity.
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Sunday Quote has a giveaway ending soon

Posted by on Jun 11, 2017 in Blog, Quote | 0 comments

“Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.”
~ Francis Bacon


Goodreads Book Giveaway

Call of Fire by Beth Cato

Call of Fire

by Beth Cato

Giveaway ends June 13, 2017.

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