Showing posts with label Lesa's "Creative Writer" Blogger Award. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lesa's "Creative Writer" Blogger Award. Show all posts

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Who's Who at Mystery Lovers' Kitchen & Blondies!

Thanks to everyone for your congratulations and support this week. It's always exciting to have a new book out, but your wonderful enthusiasm about The Diva Paints the Town made it that much more special for me.

And now, to the question that has been torturing some of you -- who is who in the pictures?

Lesa, thanks again for awarding us your "Creative Liar" -- oops -- "Creative Writer" award. What fun! Now for my truths --

1. I began ballet lessons at the age of three and danced in a production of Peer Gynt at the Kennedy Center.

I did begin ballet lessons at the age of three. I am however, not particularly gifted at dancing! I danced as an imp in a high school production of Peer Gynt. The only dancing I have done at the Kennedy Center is waltzing in the lobby on New Year's Eve.

2. I was assistant manager of the largest convention hotel in Washington, DC.

True! I was an assistant manager of the Sheraton Washington Hotel (now the Washington Marriott Wardman Park.). It covers 16 acres, has 1300 guest rooms, and convention halls so massive that trucks can drive into them. The sprawling complex includes the historic Wardman Tower, home to the likes of Presidents Hoover, Eisenhower, and Johnson, Marlena Dietrich, socialite Perle Mesta, and at least one spy. It was one of my very favorite jobs. Every day was different. I learned a lot about people at that job, which comes in handy for inventing interesting characters!

3. I have a Masters Degree in Library Science and owned a bookstore for six years.

This is a total lie, though I was honored that Lesa thought it might be true! : )

And last, but not least, every Super Bowl party needs something sweet! In The Diva Paints the Town, Sophie bakes Blondies. I had a tough time finding just the right recipe for Blondies. After several attempts and serious tweaking, I settled on this recipe, which is chewy and flavorful.


2 cups dark brown sugar
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter
4 tablespoons heavy cream 

2 large eggs, lightly beaten 

1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
pinch salt
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup large semisweet chocolate chips or chocolate chunks.

Preheat oven to 350. Butter a 9x13 baking pan.

In a medium size pot, melt the butter with the cream and the brown sugar over medium heat. (It does not need to boil.) Set aside and let cool for about 10 minutes.

Drop a spoonful of the mixture into the eggs and whisk to temper them, then add them to the warm mixture and mix well.

(You can stir the remaining ingredients in by hand but Sophie gets better results using her mixer at this point.) Pour the mixture into a mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer, stir in the baking powder, baking soda, and salt until thoroughly mixed. Stir in the flour and the vanilla. It makes a fairly thick batter.

Pour half of the batter into the prepared pan and smooth. Sprinkle the chocolate bits over the batter. Pour the remaining batter over top to cover the chocolate and spread. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. For easiest cutting, cut while still warm, but leave in pan to cool.

Makes about 35 blondies.


Don't forget about Jenn's fun new contest. Enter your suggestion for the name of a fictional cupcake and have your name and cupcake written into the mystery novel BUTTERCREAM BUMP OFF! (The sequel to SPRINKLE WITH MURDER, which just received a *Starrred Review* from Publishers Weekly!). Send proof of your pre-order of SPRINKLE WITH MURDER, along with your name and cupcake name to Jenn at

IRON CHEF WINNER! Congratulations to Helen K. who suggested our next Secret Ingredient for the Mystery Kitchen’s Iron Chef contest! Helen won a $25 chocolate gift from Fannie May Chocolates. What was the secret ingredient? Find out during our next Iron Chef week in late February! And keep reading our posts to find out how to enter our next contest!

~ Krista

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Creative Writers Having Fun

We're delighted to have been awarded Lesa's "Creative Writer" Blogger Award! Created by Lesa Holstein, this has to be one of the best and most fun blogging awards around! The rules are simple.

1.Thank the person who gave this to you.
2.Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3.Link to the person who nominated you.
4.Tell us up to six outrageous lies about yourself, and at least one outrageous truth.
5.Allow your readers to guess which one or more are true.
5.Nominate seven "Creative Writers" who might have fun coming up with outrageous lies.
6.Post links to the seven blogs you nominate.
7.Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know you nominated them.

Thanks for nominating us, Lesa!

Below you'll find two lies and one truth for each of us. Can you guess which statements are true?

We've taken it a step further by adding pictures of ourselves. Can you match the pictures to the authors?

We hope you'll have as much fun with this as we did. Our seven nominees are scattered through this blog post. Watch out -- you might be the next recipient of Lesa's "Creative Writer" Blogger Award!

Avery Aames

1. I played the murderess on a mystery cruise.

2. I attended the American Culinary Institute.

3. I did a skit on stage with Robin Williams.

I nominate The Lipstick Chronicles for Lesa's "Creative Writer" Blogger Award!

Jenn McKinlay

1. My genealogy has been traced back to the 1400's
and I had relatives that came over on the Mayflower.

2. At six feet tall, I played basketball all through school and was recruited by several Universities but blew my knee out in my senior year.

3. My favorite mode of transportation is my Sector 9 mini-longboard (a skateboard).

I nominate Killer Hobbies for Lesa's "Creative Writer" Blogger Award!

Cleo Coyle
1. While working as a cub reporter for The New York Times I interviewed an interfaith group of peace activists heading to Nicaragua. When they were taken hostage by Nicaraguan rebels, my interviews were grabbed out of the Metro file by the Times Foreign Desk and run in a special box in connection with their major page one story.

2. When my sister was the Community Health Director for Bethel, Alaska, I spent a year living and working in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, and I trained with a seasoned female musher to compete in their famous Kuskokwim 300 sled dog race. I didn’t even place, but I did finish!

3. While still a student at Carnegie Mellon, a university known for advanced computer science, I participated in a media internship that involved developing creative concepts for science fiction movies. As a result, one of the minor characters in the cutting-edge movie Tron actually has my nickname!

I nominate Mason Canyon's Thoughts in Progress for Lesa's "Creative Writer" Blogger Award!

Krista Davis

1. I began ballet lessons at the age of three and danced in a production of Peer Gynt at the Kennedy Center.

2. I was assistant manager of the largest convention hotel in Washington, DC.

3. I have a Masters Degree in Library Science and owned a bookstore for six years.

I nominate The Cozy Chicks for Lesa's "Creative Writer" Blogger Award!

Julie Hyzy

1. I swallowed a goldfish in order to pass initiation into my fraternity in college. I had named him B-D when I bought him (we had to provide our own goldfish), because it was my birthday.

2. I am afflicted by a condition known as synesthesia, meaning that I "see" letters of the alphabet, numbers, days of the week, etc. in certain colors. Monday, for instance, is red.

3. I didn't get to be an extra, but I met and took a picture with Christian Bale when he was in Chicago filming Batman. What a sweet guy!

I nominate Poe's Deadly Daughters for Lesa's "Creative Writer" Blogger Award!

Elizabeth Spann Craig

1. Elizabeth’s grandmother was an extra in Gone with the Wind during the Atlanta fire sequence.

2. Elizabeth won $100 playing Bingo at the Cloister in Sea Island, GA, when she was 4 years old. All she wanted with the money was a Donald Duck coloring book.

3. Elizabeth’s years of experience as an assistant funeral director at the Amazing Grace Funeral Home was the inspiration for her murder mystery writing.

I nominate Meanderings and Musings for Lesa's "Creative Writer" Blogger Award!

And last, but far from least, our seventh pick for Lesa's "Creative Writer" Blogger Award
(drum roll, please)
The Grill Guy from My Year on the Grill!

Lesa, thanks again for coming up with this clever award. We've had a lot of fun! We hope our readers have as much fun figuring out the truth!
Each day next week, one of us will reveal which of our three statements was true and which two were lies. On Saturday, Krista Davis will reveal who is who in the photos. In the meantime...
Can you guess which statements are true and which are lies?
And who is who in the photos above? Hint: the placement is scrambled!
Try your luck and leave a comment...