Wednesday, March 14, 2012

St. Patrick's Day is Coming

I've been traveling, and I have some deadlines to meet, so I apologize. I'm going to repost a few of the recipes that we have shared that honor the Irish because St. Patrick's Day is coming! 

Now, I know that not everyone out there is Irish, but around this time, everyone thinks she...he is. So get in the spirit.  Erin go braugh!

Also, this should remind everyone that we have a recipe catalogue...see it on the right? And it's packed with recipes for you to try!

Lesa, Kate, Earlene and myself
So where did I go? I went to a book festival in sunny, delightful Tucson, Arizona. There were over 200,000 people there. Authors, vendors, kids, animals. Like most festivals, I found that people were walking around smiling, but they were distracted, looking from booth to booth seeing if this might be the destination they desired.

Paige, Avery, Rebecca
There were giveaways---I really wanted a turtle hat but I needed to have a kid in tow to get one---and yes, I thought hard about borrowing a child for the purpose. I'll have to go online to see if I can find a foam turtle hat. Too cute.  Ooops, forgot to take a picture of that!

Avery & Beth
Kate, modertor Patti, Jenn
I shared time with fellow authors Jenn McKinlay, Kate Carlisle, Rebecca Hale and Paige Shelton. We signed at many of the publishers' venues: Poisoned Pen Press, Mysterious Galaxy, Clues Unlimited, and Mostly Books. I moderated a panel with the ladies and it was so much fun! And Paige and I had a delightful time talking to a crowd at the University of Arizona Bookstore.

I was also on a panel with the delightful Lesa Holstine as moderator, Kate Carlisle, and Earlene Fowler.

Avery & Alyssa White
And I got to meet some special fans. Beth (above) had won Clobbered by Camembert in a contest and came to meet me.  Alyssa, (on right) a FB pal, also came to meet all the authors. Yay!  We love readers!



BY THE WAY, the tastiest icing for cupcakes? In my humble opinion:

Cream Cheese Frosting

1 cup powdered sugar
¼ cup butter, softened
1 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Blend all together until smooth.
*Note: leftovers may be placed in sealed container and refrigerated. Bring to room temperature to re-use.

[For fun, tint the icing green!]

Irish oatmeal cookie muffins from Cleo

Irish Reuben Sandwich from Avery

Shamrock Pistachio Muffins by Cleo

Burgers &Blue (using Irish Cashel Blue) by Avery

Irish Soda Bread by Jenn McKinlay

Irish Stew by Sheila

Lamb Stew by Avery

May you have length with your days,
and strength with your step,

and may each season have a reason
to celebrate your faith in mankind!

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Say cheese!



  1. Oh honey, I am so jealous! I am still stuck in bed without a firm diagnosis. It sounds like so much fun, meeting the other authors, your fans and getting to see all the other booths. Sorry you missed out on a turtle hat, would've grabbed a kid and gotten it! I am so glad you were able to go and have a good time. You deserve it!

    Happy St. Pat's Day to you, Erin go Braugh!

  2. Maureen, so sorry you are laid up!! Feel better soon.

  3. Happy St. Patrick's Day to you, Avery! You look like you're having way too much fun!

    ~ Krista

    1. Krista, fun? Yep, absolutely. And it was work, too. :) It's amazing how hard it is to smile all day. Just kidding. LOL


  4. So Many Recipes, So many filled tummys!

    I actually just made Black and Bleu Burgers on Monday. YUM. Now I want to make both the Oatmeal Cookie Muffins AND the Pistachio Muffins. Oh who am I kidding, I am making them all and soon.

    I think I plan some meals according to the Mystery Lovers Kitchen!

    1. Shawn, I know I plan my meals according to MLK. LOL. Why shouldn't you?