Sunday, June 29, 2014

Summer Strawberry Recipe from Victoria Hamilton

Muffin But Murder, 
goes on sale July 1st!
Learn more here.

Please welcome author Victoria Hamilton as our special guest today. 

Victoria is sharing a healthy recipe that's perfect for summer strawberry season. She also has a generous prize package and one lucky commenter will win it has won it! Learn more at the end of this post. Take it away, Victoria!

~ Cleo




It’s That Time of Year
For…Strawberries!
by Victoria Hamilton

This blog post started with a friendly chat between neighbors. 

I live in a nice, working class urban neighborhood, and I have for many years. In fact, it’s the same neighborhood I grew up in, just a block away. The other day I spent a few minutes chatting with my across-the-street neighbor, just back from walking her dog. 

The next day I was coming back from shopping when my wonderful neighbor came over carrying a beautiful big container of strawberries, fresh from her garden! Well, it so happens that I am trying to eat healthier: lots of water, more fruits and vegetables, salad every day. In that attempt I have switched from toast for breakfast every morning to smoothies. 

There are lots of recipes out there, and I know this is super easy, barely a recipe at all, but I thought I’d share one of mine, and as a bonus, I can tell you how many Weight Watchers Points Plus™ it is.



This makes enough for two!

Ingredients:

2 bananas, frozen or fresh 

2/3 cup vanilla fat-free no-sugar-added yogurt (I use a probiotic yogurt.)

1 Cup Strawberries, fresh or frozen


1 Cup unsweetened almond beverage


1 Tblsp. organic honey


Almond or vanilla extract, if desired. (I forgot to add it this time and it tasted just fine!)

Directions: 

All ingredients go into a blender and voila, you have breakfast for two at 2.5 Weight Watchers Points Plus™ each!

Some of my notes:

Frozen fruit will make a thicker, milkshake like consistency. I always have bananas in my freezer that I usually use for muffins or banana bread, but they work awesome in this. I let them thaw for an hour just to make it easier on my blender. You do have to let it blend for a while to break down all the chunks of banana.

I usually use regular 2% milk, but lately I have switched to unsweetened almond beverage for smoothies for the fat savings and health benefits. It’s great! I’m thinking of trying coconut water for a plain fruit smoothie.



So…I know a lot of you out there
 probably do the same. 

What do you use in YOUR
morning smoothie?


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About Muffin but Murder

When Merry Wynter unexpectedly inherited a castle in the wilds of upstate New York, she took some time to adjust. After living in New York City it was culture shock to wind up in a castle a few miles away from small town Autumn Vale. However, far from being lonely, as she first feared, her best friends Shilo Dinnegan (a former model) and Pish Lincoln, (a retired financial advisor who now writes books on financial scams and con artists) have joined her at Wynter Castle.

It is clear that she can’t afford to keep such a huge building, even if it is her ancestral home. It must be sold! She has an upscale party to promote Wynter Castle to would-be buyers who may be able to take the place and turn it into a hotel or inn, but the post party clean-up reveals an awful discovery; one of her "guests" turns up dead in a most gruesome fashion. With Pish holding back secrets, her exasperated attraction to Virgil Grace, (the broodingly handsome sheriff of Autumn Vale) growing stronger, and a supposed cousin with a possible claim on the inheritance plaguing her daily, Merry has her hands full.

But murder comes first. Who killed the guest, and why? And how is she going to keep Virgil from arresting Pish?

*With recipes! There is one muffin recipe in Muffin but Murder for what I call "Fit For The King Muffins" and they are wonderful!



Bestselling mystery author Victoria Hamilton writes the Merry Muffin Mysteries and The Vintage Kitchen Mysteries. As Amanda Cooper, she also writes the Teapot Collector Mysteries.

Victoria's long time love of mystery novels started at age twelve when her mom handed her an Agatha Christie book and said "Read"! Thousands of novels later, Victoria is still reading. And writing.

Besides those two favorite pastimes, Victoria also enjoys collecting vintage kitchenalia, old books, teacups, teapots and other ephemera. Perfume is her secret addiction. She likes to cook, hates to clean, and enjoys time spent with friends chatting over wine or tea. She loves crafts, loathes boredom, and her guilty pleasure is "reality" TV, which she knows is largely fake, but she enjoys it anyway.

Victoria thinks that people are the most interesting study of all, and more than anything, she loves to hear from readers, not just about her books but about anything and everything.




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Victoria's Giveaway


This wonderful contest is now over.
Thanks to everyone who left such
kind comments.


And our winner is...

Michelle of Brockton,
Massachusetts!


Michelle won the...

* Cozy Mystery Book Tote 

* Cozy Mystery Pen

* Muffin But Murder

* Tempest in a Teapot,
written by Victoria as
 Amanda Cooper



101 comments:

  1. I just finished reading " Tempest in a Teapot" and really enjoyed it. Looking forward to reading your other books.
    Mary, Ladylotion@msn.com

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  2. Just finished reading the first muffin book and loved it. Can't wait to see what happens with the castle. Ronnalord(at)msn(dot)com

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  3. You have a lot of my likes and dislikes. I have read and truly enjoyed your books. Keep writing!

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  4. Mmmmmmm..the smoothie recipe sounds good.

    littleone AT shaw DOT ca

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  5. Fit for a King Muffins? My mouth is already watering. And the smoothie sounds divine as well.

    carstairs38 at gmail

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    1. Oh, the muffins are seriously awesome! My favorite I've made so far.

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  6. Not too fond of bananas but love strawberries. I like to mix them into my lo-fat yogurt. Looking forward to your latest books.

    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  7. your smoothie recipe sounds good! truthfully? I'd rather eat muffins!! I know. not as healthy. I haven't started this series, but will have to. Sounds like my kind of read!

    Anne

    mysandycat@aol.com

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  8. Lately I've been blending strawberries, blueberries, fat free vanilla yogurt, a little apricot juice and a couple of ice cubes. I've been having on of these for lunch sometimes during the week. I like the sound of your recipe too. And the books look like so much fun!
    rencw@verizon.net

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    1. That sounds awesome, Renee... apricot juice? Where do you buy it, just the grocery store? Sounds like it would add sweetness?

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  9. This sounds like it has it all, a castle, a body, secrets and romance. I can't wait to read it.

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  10. I enjoyed Merry's first mystery, and the muffin recipes. Looking forward to reading about her next adventure at the castle. I love berry smoothies, and using almond milk is a good idea. grace(dot)koshida(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. Strangely, my comment isn't showing up. Going to see how my mom likes this smoothie recipe.

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  12. Thais series sounds interesting. Looking forward to reading it.

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  13. What a great giveaway....definitely looking forward to reading this series.

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  14. Your smoothie recipe sounds so good and I love bananas and strawberries! Definitely going to try. Love your series and look foward to each new book.
    rjprazak6@gmail.com
    Becky Prazak

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  15. I love all your different series, you are such a diverse writer ! Really looking forward to muffin but murder :)
    kathambre@yahoo.com

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  16. Terrific giveaway! And, thanks for the smoothie recipe.

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  17. Love all of your series! I must check out the teapot mysteries next!
    gingermom25@gmail.com

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  18. Your latest book sounds like a fun read! All you really need is one good muffin recipe.
    ncroessner@comcast.net

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  19. I have the first book in the Merry Muffin series and also 2 of the Vintage Kitchen books.. . I love both worlds and their lead detectives..

    My better half is on the Dr. Fuhrman diet so I maker her smoothies using almond milk, banana, frozen blueberries (which I actually buy fresh) and strawberries when I have them in the house. I would love to win the wonderful gift pack you are offering as a prize... I have a magic bookshelf stretcher so there's always room for more books.

    NoraAdrienne(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. The story sounds great. I love smoothies and muffins, too. I don't have smoothies for breakfast. I go to Juice It Up and get one for dinner. I know I should just make them for myself but I'm lazy and they have all the ingredients there.

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  21. Smoothies are a wonderful afternoon snack. Bobbipad at gmail.com

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