Showing posts with label Amanda Flower. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Amanda Flower. Show all posts

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Welcome, Amanda Flower!

Please join me in welcoming Amanda Flower, author of the Magical Bookshop Mysteries. Her latest book, Prose and Cons, debuts on December 6th. Don't miss her generous food pantry project at the end of this post. Psst, and she's giving away a book, too!


La Crepe Jolie Lemon Madeleine Recipe
By Amanda Flower

In Prose and Cons, Grandma Daisy and Violet Waverly want to provide refreshments for the Poe-try Reading, an event they are hosting to celebrate the works of Edgar Allan Poe. The event will be held at their magical bookshop, Charming Books, during the Cascade Springs Food and Wine Festival, the most anticipated event in the village each autumn. Grandma Daisy enlists the help of La Crepe Jolie, the French café down the street from the bookshop, and among the many treats that café makes for the event are lemon madeleines, Grandma Daisy’s favorite cookies. She says nothing is better with a cup of tea than a lemon madeleine. Enjoy the recipe!

La Crepe Jolie’s Lemon Madeleines
1/2 cup sugar
2/3 sticks of unsalted butter
2 eggs
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 lemon, juiced and zested
Powder sugar

1)    Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and butter and flour madeleine molds.
2)    In a large bowl, mix sugar, eggs, and butter. After these three ingredients are well blended add flour, baking powder, lemon, vanilla.
3)    Spoon batter into molds 3/4 full. Bake 10 minutes at 375 degrees F.
4)    Remove from molds and cool on a rack.
5)    While still warm, dust with powder sugar if desired.

Buy a mystery and help feed a community! Purchase any edition of Prose and Cons book, between now and Tuesday, December 20, 2016, and Amanda will donate $1 for every book sold to a food pantry, The Landing, located in Akron, Ohio. The Learned Owl is also making a $1 donation to the Landing for every copy the bookstore sells and is selling PERSONALIZED AND SIGNED copies on the novel. They can ship anywhere.

Amanda Flower, a national bestselling and Agatha Award winning mystery author. She also writes mysteries as USA Today bestselling author Isabella Alan. In addition to being an author, Amanda is librarian in Northeast Ohio. Follow Amanda on Social Media at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

Amanda is giving away a copy of CRIME AND POETRY.
Leave a comment with your email address to enter!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Welcome our guest Isabella Alan aka Amanda Flower

Amish Breakfast Casserole

In Murder, Served Simply, the third book in the Amish Quilt Shop Mystery Series, the story opens in the middle of a progressive dinner. A progressive dinner is an old Christmas tradition where each house serves a different course and the diners move from house to house for their meal. In my Amish novel, the Amish community of Rolling Brook is having a progressive dinner to bring more attention and business to the small town. One of the dishes found at the dinner is Amish Breakfast Casserole. It’s one of the most popular Amish dishes and is served at breakfast as a main dish or as side dish at dinner. Vegetarian readers can leave out the sausage, and it’s still delicious.

I’m pretty sure both Angie and her Frenchie Oliver would approve of this recipe. I hope you will too! Merry Christmas!

Anna Graber’s Amish Breakfast Casserole


1 pound sausage
1 medium sweet onion, chopped
6 eggs, lightly beaten
4 cups frozen shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
1-1/2 cups (12 ounces) 4% cottage cheese
1-1/4 cups shredded Swiss cheese

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Brown onions and sausage in a skillet until cooked through. 
 Combine other ingredients in a large bowl and add the onions and sausage. 

Pour mixture into a greased 13x9 baking dish. Bake uncovered for 35-40 minutes. Let cool for five minutes and enjoy!

Today, Isabella is having a giveaway. Leave a comment to win a copy of Murder, Simply Served. Remember to leave your email address so she can contact you!

National Bestselling Author Isabella Alan is the pseudonym for Amanda Flower. Amanda Flower, a two time Agatha-nominated mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making
people laugh with her words. Amanda is an academic librarian for a small college near Cleveland.

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Welcome our guest, Amanda Flower

Please welcome our guest, Amanda Flower!! 

Amanda is the author of the Appleseed Creek Mystery Series, which are set in Ohio’s Amish Country. Her newest novel is A Plain Scandal and fictionalizes the 2011 true crime Amish haircutting scandal. She also writes mysteries as Isabella Alan for NAL/Penguin and children’s mysteries under her own name for Zondervan/HarperCollins. Amanda is an academic librarian for a small college near Cleveland.

Amish Blueberry Cake

The Amish are famous for their baked goods, especially their pies. However, I find the idea of making a pie from scratch a little daunting. I may write about expert bakers in my Amish mysteries, but I am not among them. Sometimes I find simple drop cookies to be taxing. When Daryl asked me to stop by Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen to share an Amish mystery, I knew I want to do something simple and tasty.

I not only chose Amish Blueberry Cake because of my personal skill level but because it demonstrates one of the keys to Amish baking and cooking: simplicity. The Amish use simple and accessible ingredients in their food. Amish blueberry cake is no exception. Everything an Amish cook needs for the recipe can be found in her kitchen with the addition of seasonal fresh blueberries picked from her garden or received from a neighbor. Make this recipe for your family, and you are sure to have a treat that both children and adults will just plain love. Enjoy!

Amish Blueberry Cake

½ cup softened butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 cups all-purpose
3 teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 cup blueberries

Cream sugar and butter. Add eggs. Add some of the four sifted with salt and baking soda, blend slowly adding milk and the rest of the flour. Add washed blueberries to batter.

 Pour in a 9x12 baking pan and bake at 325F for 45 minutes. 

Let cool, cut to size, and enjoy!


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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Welcome Guest Blogger Amanda Flower

A note from Wendy ....

I honestly don't remember how, exactly, Amanda Flower and I came to be friends, but it happened ... and, yay for me! Amanda's a lovely person, and her India Hayes mysteries are a real treat for cozy fans.

Amanda's "Maid of Murder" is an Agatha nominee for Best First Novel. It's a wonderful book, well-deserving of this honor. I'm so happy to host Amanda and can't wait to see her at Malice Domestic in just a few weeks. So join me in welcoming Amanda to the Kitchen!


Thank you to Wendy and the other ladies on Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen for allowing me to share a recipe with you today!

Just like my protagonist in Maid of Murder, India Hayes, I’m not much of a cook. India survives on cereal, ice cream, and dinner at her parents’ house. To give you an example of my complete lack of culinary skill, I once blew up an egg while trying to hard boil it. How I did this remains unclear. Another time, I made redskin dirt potatoes. Ummm… I didn’t know you were supposed to wash the potatoes before cooking them. Both of these are examples of times I regretted taking Electricity in middle school instead of Home Ec. The only thing I accomplished in electricity class was electrocuting my teacher. He was fine but a wee bit upset. I sat in the hall the rest of the period.

On the bright side, I am a fair baker. I can bake because baking has strict rules and step-by-step instructions. I can read directions pretty well. I’m not good with anything I have to watch while it’s on the stovetop or have to season. That takes way more culinary judgment than I have.

With permission, I’m sharing a recipe from my church’s cookbook. The cookbook is packed with tasty Midwestern treats and meals. This is the only one I’ve ever attempted. However since nothing exploded and dirt wasn’t involved, I might try another. Enjoy!

Chocolate-Covered Banana Cupcakes

(Adapted from Doris Smith’s Recipe for Banana Cake in the Goodyear Heights Presbyterian Church Cookbook)

  • 1 ½ c. sugar
  • ½ c. shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 bananas, sliced
  • 1 c. sour milk or buttermilk
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 ½ c. flour
  • Chocolate glaze*

Cream sugar and shortening; add eggs.

Add bananas and beat well.

Add sour milk and vanilla alternately with flour, baking soda and baking powder.

Insert cupcake cups into cupcake pan, and add batter. Makes 18 cupcakes.

Bake at 350°F for 30-35 minutes.

Place cupcakes on cooling rack. After they have cooled, dip tops of cupcakes into chocolate glaze.

* Note from Wendy: Amanda uses Duncan Hines chocolate glaze, which you can usually find with the canned frostings. They look so beautiful and glossy in the picture, I'd be inclined to do the same. However, if you must make your own, any chocolate ganache recipe would work. I'd suggest adding a tablespoon or so of shortening to your ganache to give the finished product that lovely shine.


Amanda Flower writes the India Hayes Mystery Series. The first novel in the series, Maid of Murder is an Agatha Award Nominee for Best First Novel. To learn more about Amanda and Maid of Murder visit her online at You can also follow Amanda on Facebook and The Little Blog of Murder.