Sunday, March 8, 2015

Guest Laura Bradford Brings Blondies and Books! #recipe #giveaway


Mystery Lovers Kitchen is delighted to welcome bestselling author Laura Bradford to our kitchen! We think you will love both her white chocolate peppermint blondie recipe and her new Amish mystery, SUSPENDERED SENTENCE. To be entered in today's drawing, make sure you leave a comment, including your email. Welcome Laura!

LAURA BRADFORD: Over the last decade or so, I’ve developed quite a love affair with white chocolate. But it took my daughter pairing it with peppermint in a to-die-for hot chocolate over the holidays to send me into the kitchen with a mission of my own: to create a white chocolate peppermint blondie. 

If the reception I received from my husband and kids is any indication, I think I pulled it off.  Now, if I can get Aunt Diane (from my Amish Mysteries) to serve it to her guests at Sleep Heavenly, I’ll know I truly got it right…

White Chocolate Peppermint Blondie

Preheat oven to 345 degrees. Grease a 9 x 9 pan.

Ingredients:

* 8 ounces white chocolate
* 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
* 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
* 1/2 Cup butter
* 1 ¼ Cups all-purpose flour
* 2 eggs
* 3/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/3 cup white sugar
* 1/2 Cup white chocolate chips
* 1/2 Cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Topping (optional):

* 1/2 Cup white chocolate chips
* Crushed candy cane


Directions:

1.    Melt the 8 ounces of chocolate with the butter in a double boiler. Stir constantly until smooth. Allow to cool.

2.    In a large bowl, beat eggs well. Add vanilla, peppermint, and sugar. Mix.

3.    Add melted white chocolate to mixture. Mix.

4.    Combine the flour and salt and then add to the white chocolate mixture.

5.    Fold in chips.

6.    Spread the batter into the prepared pan.

7.    Bake for 20-25 minutes.

8.    Sprinkle the remaining white chocolate chips and crushed candy cane across the top of the blondie and let cool on a wire rack.


The national bestselling author of Shunned and Dangerous returns to the Amish community of Heavenly, Pennsylvania, where shop owner Claire Weatherly has come to appreciate a simpler, more peaceful way of life. But dark secrets are about to complicate things—and lead to murder…

After the Stoltzfus barn catches fire, Claire is awed by the response of the community. Hundreds of Amish men gather together to raise a new barn for the family in a matter of days. But in the midst of the work, a human skeleton is unearthed. Found with the remains is half of a friendship bracelet last seen on Sadie Lehman, an Amish teen long believed to have left her strict upbringing for the allure of English ways.

Now Detective Jakob Fisher—once a member of the Amish community himself—is determined to solve the young woman's murder. With Claire's help, he must dig into the past and bring to light long-buried secrets—secrets that someone is willing to kill to protect.
Laura Bradford is the best-selling author of the Amish Mysteries and the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries (written as Elizabeth Lynn Casey) with Penguin Random House.  A third cozy mystery series will be added to the mix in 2016. Laura is a former Agatha Award nominee, and the recipient of an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award in romance.  SUSPENDERED SENTENCE (the 4th Amish Mystery) is now available. WEDDING DURESS (the 10th Southern Sewing Circle Mystery) will release April 7th.

In her free time, Laura enjoys making memories with her family, baking, playing games, and catching up with friends.

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To be entered in our drawing for a copy of Suspendered Sentence, Laura’s new Amish Mystery, and this “Amish Mysteries” tote bag, leave a comment including your email.

68 comments:

  1. Sounds so yummy! Love the title and cover! Thanks for the chance! angelhwk68@yahoo.com

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  2. Blondies + white chocolate = baked good perfection! Two of my favorites. And, of course, the book sounds like an excellent read! EMS591@aol.com

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  3. White Chocolate Peppermint Blondie looks so yummy! Thank you for a chance to win a copy of Suspendered Sentence. :)

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  4. The book looks fantastic; thank you for the chance to win it and I hope to get a chance to read it soon :)
    jslbrown2009(at)aol(dot)com

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  5. Mmm, this sounds delicious! I am a big fan of white chocolate, so when I see it in a recipe I am automatically on board

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  6. I love this series and can't wait to "go to Heavenly Pa" again.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    MarshaMysteryreader@yahoo.com

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  7. This recipe sounds great, so does the book. I love this series. Thank you for the chance.
    Moonbay7399@gmail.com

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  8. I am so looking forward to reading this book. My library doesn't have it yet. Would love to have a copy of my very own!

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  9. I'm always amazed when people tell me they don't like peppermint. For me, it's such a wonderful flavor! Thank you for the recipe, Laura. I'm anxious to read Suspendered Sentence ~

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  10. Love this series. I'd be thrilled to get the book now.
    Recipe sounds good. thanks
    txmlhl@yahoo.com

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  11. thank you for the giveaway!!!
    I already have the bookmark to go with the book..........*hint hint...........

    cyn209 at juno dot com

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  12. Looking forward to reading this!
    dmskrug3(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  13. Thanks for hosting me here, today.

    And thank you, to all of you, for stopping by!

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  14. The brownies look delectable and your book captivating and special. Thanks for this great feature and giveaway. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  15. Thank you for the recipe and the book looks like a fun new cozy for me to try! Lilflynracer at msn.com

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  16. The recipe is delightful. The book intriguing. Many thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. I love reading Amish mysteries. Would love to win and read this book. Thank you for the chance.
    kmgervais(at)nycap)dot)rr(dot)com

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  18. Another recipe that I'll have to try since I like chocolate, but not overwhelming chocolate---and the mind sounds delightful. Thanks for the contest.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  19. I'm not crazy about white chocolate but I love peppermint.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  20. Yum! Congratulations, on "Suspendered Sentence"! I have read nothing but rave reviews and look forward to reading it. patucker54 (at aol dot com)

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  21. Thank you for sharing your recipe~looks so yummy! Your book sounds like a terrific read~I love the title and the cover! That tote is awesome! Thank you for a great review and contest!
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  22. The Amish are fascinating
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  23. Mmmm, the recipe looks yummy, and your book looks good. I'll have to check them out! Thank you. pamela.priest at yahoo dot com

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  24. Hi Laura! So nice to see you here. Your title makes me smile every time I see it and the story sounds very interesting! Love those decadent brownies, too!!!

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  25. This sounds so good - the brownies and your novel! Can't wait to read it after following the rave reviews! jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

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  26. I love reading Amish mysteries. Ive read earlier ones in series. Would love to win and read this book. Thank you for the chance. I enjoy the Southern Sewing circle mysteries, too!
    Tennisace50(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  27. I like the white chocolate but I'd forego the mint part. Your book sounds wonderful. I'd love to read it.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  28. I read Amaish books all the time as we are friends with a few and also we go to a city that we shop alot as we like the things that Amish make. The book sounds so good can't wait to read and review for you I would say from the comment that it is great. Good luck,.,,,

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  29. Recipe sounds great. Would love to win this gift
    Bobntoni@aol.com

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  30. Thank you for this chance! The book and the recipe sound wonderful! areewekidding@yahoo.com

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  31. Thanks for the chance to win! The book and receipe sound good, will have to try and make the blondies.
    steeletrukin@yahoo.com

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  32. I have really enjoyed the Amish Mystery series and look forward to reading the newest one. dbahn@iw.net

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  33. Sharon Baker slpetera@yahoo.comMarch 8, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    Some of my best entertainment is reading and to have great recipes to try makes them extra special. slpetera@yahoo.com

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  34. I love this series. Definitely need to try the recipe. Sounds yummy. Awesome giveaway ! Love the bag!
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  35. Looks like a great book. Would love to read it.

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  36. This books like a great read, thanks for the chance to win it. lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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  37. I can't decide which is more delicious - the new book or the blondies! How about both together?
    davisel1830@hotmail.com

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  38. The recipe sounds delicious! I can't wait to try it and read the new book! cking78503@aol.com

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  39. I can't wait to read this title! Zeta@iwon.com

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  40. Hi Laura ~ It's great to see you here! Those peppermint blondies sound fabulous, and so does your latest release. xo

    lola777_22 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  41. Sounds yummy! Thank you for this chance. dm_richards@yahoo.com

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  42. I love making my mother's old fashioned blondie recipe, but this one sounds delicious too. And the book sounds wonderful as well. Thank you for this chance to win! rencw@verizon.net

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  43. Love the series! Can't wait to read this newest one. greenvegan4life@gmail.com

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  44. Laura, welcome to Mystery Lovers Kitchen, and congratulations on your new book.

    ~ Cleo

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  45. I love this series, and the blondies look delicious

    kaye dot killgore at comcast dog net

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  46. I love this series, and the blondies look delicious

    kaye dot killgore at comcast dog net

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  47. I don't think my first comment got published. I love the series and the blondies look really good.

    kaye dot killgore at comcast dot net

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  48. Love this series, and there's always room for a blondie! lkleback@hotmail.com

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  49. A huge thank you again to everyone for stopping by today. I hope you enjoy the dessert...and the book!!

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  50. Yum! Different style of buggy from what I have seen. Cool! Bobbipad @gmail.com

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  51. Sounds like a really tasty recipe and mystery.
    Pamela Jo
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  52. OMG, I have to try that recipe....and the book.
    dotkel50@comcast.net

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  53. Looks like great cozy mystery.

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  54. The blondies look amazing, the peppermint is a nice twist. I have been looking forward to the nee book. Thanks for the chance to win! JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  55. I have been so hooked on cozy mysteries again! Thankfully I was given gift cards for my birthday and Christmas so I can stock up while I am near a bookstore or two. I have had such great fun!

    ElaineE246atmsndotcom

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  56. Last year our family spent a remarkable and beautiful trip from MA to Lancaster County to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. Our daughter and I loved going to all the quilt shops and we felt it was a unique location to show our grandchildren an area very different from their hometown. The children were fascinated with the horse and buggy carriages among other things. I read as many Amish books as I can and hope to read yours very soon. White chocolate is lovely to use in desserts and as a fruit dip. Thank you for the really great information and the contest.
    Cynthia. ceblain(AT)tmlponline(DOT)net

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  58. Love this series

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  59. I'm going to show my wife the recipe. The blondes sound delicious. Thank you for the chance to win Suspended Sentence. j_mazur@msn.com

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  60. Ruth Lyons MazurMarch 9, 2015 at 1:40 AM

    The white chocolate peppermint blondies sound very tempting. And I would love to read Suspended Sentence. Thank you for the chance to win it. ruthmazur46@gmail.com

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  61. Book and recipe both sound terrific!
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  63. I love the title of the new book and look forward to reading it!
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  64. Can hardly wait to read. Used to go to Lancaster twice a year and lived about an hour from Plymouth Indiana. Used to have fabulous meals at Amish Acres. Miss those times.
    Oneponychick66@hotmail.com

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  65. Love Amish books. I also love blondes

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  66. I've always enjoyed Amish novels. This one sounds like a winner!
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