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Sunday Quote is ready for winter

Posted by on Jun 24, 2018 in Blog, Quote | 0 comments

“I believe that all the best faculties of a mature human being exist in the child, and that if these faculties are encouraged in youth they will act well and wisely in the adult, but if they are repressed and denied in the child they will stunt and cripple the adult personality. And finally, I believe that one of the most deeply human, and humane, of these faculties is the power of imagination.”
~ Ursula K. Le Guin

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Four Months Until ROAR OF SKY is Out–and I Need Help!

Posted by on Jun 23, 2018 in Blog, breath of earth, call of fire, roar of sky | 0 comments

 

Four months from today, Roar of Sky will be released. As you likely know, Amazon is (for better or worse) the biggest bookseller in the world, and reviews and ratings on there matter. The higher those numbers, the more that Amazon’s algorithms will favor the books.

That’s where you, my awesome readers, can be a huge help. Breath of Earth and Call of Fire need more ratings and reviews on Amazon. Have you read one or both? Are they in your to-read pile–and can you get to them soon? My hope is that in the next month, by July 23rd:

Breath of Earth will reach at least 50 reviews

Call of Fire will reach at least 20 reviews

Please note that I’m not asking for 5-star reviews. I want honest feedback from people who have read the books. Judge them as you will. If you share your reviews on Facebook or Twitter, tag me, and maybe I can share them in turn!

Thank you!

#SFWAPRo

 

 

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Bready or Not: High Fiber Muffins

Posted by on Jun 20, 2018 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, healthier, muffin | 0 comments

These High Fiber Muffins are a delicious way to start your day!

Bready or Not: High Fiber Muffins

When I was challenged to make high-fiber muffins, this turned out to be more of a challenge than I anticipated. I wanted them to be delicious but to include ingredients I already had in the kitchen.

Bready or Not: High Fiber Muffins

In other words, I didn’t want to order some fancy high fiber mix-ins that I would never use again.

Bready or Not: High Fiber Muffins

I found a good base recipe from King Arthur Flour and set to work modifying it. Instead of Hi-Maize Fiber, I tried almond flour. I switched in white whole-wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour.

Bready or Not: High Fiber Muffins

When the topping portion of the recipe made way, way too much, I tested out reduced amounts in my next attempt. I judged how well the muffins held up after being frozen for weeks.

Bready or Not: High Fiber Muffins

The end result in a higher-fiber muffin recipe that’s light, cakey and delicious.

Note that the muffin tops will get soggy after about two days at room temperature. Make them last a lot longer by freezing them! Remove the paper liners and set muffins on waxed paper to freeze, then store them in a gallon bag or other freezer-safe container.

Bready or Not: High Fiber Muffins

Modified from King Arthur Flour.

Bready or Not: High Fiber Muffins

Bready or Not: High Fiber Muffins

These high-fiber muffins are light and cakey and packed with good things! Store them at room temperature for a day or two, or freeze to make them last longer.

  • Muffins:
  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon King Arthur Flour Cake Enhancer, optional
  • 1/3 cup milk or half & half
  • 3/4 cup (one standard single cup) Greek vanilla or fruit-flavored yogurt (not nonfat)
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup (half stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup dried fruit such as golden raisins
  • Topping:
  • 2 Tablespoons white whole wheat flour
  • 2 Tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/4 cup old-fashioned (rolled) oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted softened butter

Preheat oven at 400-degrees. Place muffin liners in pan and apply nonstick spray.

In a big bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, almond flour, baking powder, salt, and cake enhancer (if using). Mix in the milk, yogurt, eggs, and vanilla, followed by the melted butter. Stir in the dried fruit until just distributed.

Using a muffin scoop or heaping spoonfuls, fill muffin cups until mostly full.

Combine topping ingredients. Spoon onto the top of each muffin and lightly press in with fingertips.

Bake muffins for 16 to 18 minutes, until lightly domed and center muffin passes the toothpick test. Immediately remove them from the pan to cool on a rack.

Store in a sealed container at room temperature for up to two days; after that, tops will start to get soggy, though muffins will still taste good. To freeze, remove paper liners and place on a wax-paper lined pan in freezer. Then place in gallon freezer bag or plastic container to store in freezer up to several weeks.

OM NOM NOM!

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Sunday Quote agrees with Lloyd Alexander

Posted by on Jun 17, 2018 in Blog, Quote | 2 comments

“Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it.”
~ Lloyd Alexander

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Bready or Not: No-Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Fudge

Posted by on Jun 13, 2018 in Blog, Bready or Not, chocolate, fudge, no-bake dessert | 0 comments

These easy-to-make No-Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Fudge pieces are basically like homemade candy bar bites.

Bready or Not: No-Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Fudge

They are a fantastic combination of savory, salty, sweet, and crunchy. They have it all going on.

Bready or Not: No-Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Fudge

Plus, you don’t even have to turn on the oven–just a food processor, microwave, and maybe a stand mixer. The fridge does all the lengthy work.

Bready or Not: No-Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Fudge

These went over so well at my husband’s work that a guy immediately logged onto my website via his phone to try to find the recipe. Uh, sorry, dude. There is quite a lead time between the initial baking/making and the online post.

Bready or Not: No-Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Fudge

However, by his enthusiasm, maybe he’ll find this post is worth the long wait.

Bready or Not: No-Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Fudge

Modified from America’s Test Kitchen, Christmas Cookies 2013.

 

Bready or Not: No-Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Fudge

Bready or Not: No-Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Fudge

These no-bake fudge bites are kinda like candy bars with an incredible combination of savory, salty, sweet, and crunchy. They require almost no labor, but will need several hours of chill time in the fridge.

  • Fudge:
  • 5 ounces salted thin pretzel sticks broken into pieces (2 cups, divided)
  • 12 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • Chocolate Ganache:
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 1/2 ounces bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 Tablespoon light corn syrup

Line an 8x8 or 9x9-inch pan with aluminum foil and apply nonstick spray.

In a food processor, process 1 cup of broken pretzels until finely ground. Stir together the pretzel crumbs and melted butter in a large mixing bowl and let sit to cool a few minutes.

Add peanut butter, vanilla extract, and salt to the butter mixture, and mix until the peanut butter is smooth. Slowly mix in the confectioners' sugar until it all comes together. Add the additional 1 cup of pretzel sticks and stir to combine.

Transfer the mix to the prepared pan and spread into an even layer. Cover surface directly with plastic wrap or waxed paper and smooth out more, then stash in fridge for 30 minutes.

Microwave the three ganache ingredients at 50% power, stirring often, until melted and smooth. This will total about 1 minute or so. Let cool slightly.

Remove plastic cover from atop the fudge and use an uneven spatula to spread ganache on top.

Chill pan for about 4 hours. Use the foil sling to lift contents from pan and onto a cutting board to parcel into bars.

Keeps well in fridge for days in a sealed container.

OM NOM NOM!

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Sunday Quote has a Peanut Butter Pretzel Fudge recipe up on Wednesday

Posted by on Jun 10, 2018 in Blog, Quote | 0 comments

“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”
~ Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

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