Sunday, October 4, 2015

Guest Laura Childs, serving Cream Scones and a #bookgiveaway


Leslie here, delighted to welcome my cousin---really, truly; I'm not being metaphoric---the fabulous Laura Childs, New York Times best-selling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Cackleberry Club Mysteries, and Scrapbooking Mysteries, and next summer, a new thriller series under her real name, Gerry Schmitt. And it's wonderful that she's talking about her dogs. Dogs play a role in many of her books, and family collie, Duke, was the first dog I ever loved!

Leave a comment to be entered for a chance to win a signed, harcover copy of PARCHMENT AND OLD LACE, the newest Scrapbooking Mystery!

A funny thing happened to me in the kitchen the other day. My dogs decided to watch me make scones. These are two snooty, deign-to-even-take-notice Chinese Shar-Pei named Asia and Moosha. Yet they seemed delighted when I measured out all the ingredients, transfixed when I mixed the flour and butter with my fingers, and sat – staring and immobile – while my scones baked in the oven.  What was the result of all this kitchen love? A great pan of scones that was enjoyed by all!  (See photo of them noshing away.) And because I manage to slip tea drinking and scones into pretty much every mystery I write, I thought you’d enjoy my basic cream scone recipe. 


Basic Cream Scones
 2 cups all-purpose flour
½ cup brown sugar, packed
1 Tbsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
½ cup (1 stick) butter, chilled and diced
½ cup cream
1 egg

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 

Combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Add butter and, using fork or fingers, mix until ingredients form a coarse meal.  hisk egg and cream together in a separate bowl and then add to flour mixture. Knead gently to thoroughly moisten and form dough. Add more cream if mixture is too dry. Drop dough (about a ¼ cup’s worth) onto lightly greased baking sheet, spaced about 1 inch apart.  

Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.  Yields 1 dozen scones.  

Note:  This is a basic recipe, so you can always toss in a cup of chocolate chips or butterscotch chips if you prefer your scones a little sweeter!



Leave a comment on this blog post by Sunday, October 11, for a chance to win a signed, hardcover copy of PARCHMENT AND OLD LACE.

Here's the scoop on the newest Scrapbook Mystery, PARCHMENT AND OLD LACE: 

In this cozy-thriller from Laura Childs, scrapbook maven Carmela Bertrand tries to track down the killer of a young bride-to-be who’s been brutally murdered in a New Orleans cemetery. Could it be the conflicted groom, stalker attorney, jealous bridesmaid, or crazy mother-in-law to be? As Carmela sorts through this dysfunctional group of suspects, snippets of antique lace and parchment become critical clues in the case. And it all comes to an enormous head at a raucous casino party that ends with a frantic chase through an abandoned theme park. Scrapbooking tips are included along with recipes for Pecan Pie Muffins, Sweet Potato Casserole, Big Easy Butter Chicken, and more.


Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. 

Little Girl Lost, the first in her new hard-edged thriller series written under the name Gerry Schmitt, will be out in June, 2016.

Learn more at www.laurachilds.com Buy the books at Amazon, B&N, BAM, IndieBound, or your local mystery or independent bookseller. 

104 comments:

  1. Love the dogs, the recipe, and the book plot! EMS591@aol.com

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  2. Oh, yes, I would have to add butterscotch chips to the recipe; thanks for the chance to win the book :)
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

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  3. Thank you for sharing your scone recipe for they look great! PARCHMENT AND OLD LACE sounds like a great mystery book. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. I love Laura's Tea Shop Mysteries in Charleston, and now Scrapbooking in New Orleans? I'm in! Cream scones...ooooh, yeah! Thanks for hosting a great giveaway! kat8762@aol.com

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  5. I have always wanted to try a scone. I love this title. I have seen Arsenic and Old Lace as a play many times and also the movie with Cary Grant. I find cozy mysteries tend to have such clever titles. thanks for the giveaway. eeyore722@gmail.com

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  6. We're so delighted to have you visiting our kitchen today Laura! thank you for the scones and dog stories.

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  7. I look forward to this new scrapbooking mystery! I love all of your books and enjoy the characters and settings of each of the series. The scone recipe looks great.

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  8. Would love to read this. :)
    pmettert@yahoo.com

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  9. Looking forward to reading Parchment and Old Lace. Thank you for sharing your scone recipe ... they look great!
    peggyhyndman(at)att(dot)net

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  10. The scones and the book look delicious!

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  11. I like scones but have never tried making them.
    sgiden at verizon(.) net

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  12. I love scones and always made them in my food processor. It's been forever since I have made any. llcejka at g mail dot com

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  13. I have read all of the Tea Shop mysteries and loved them. Looking forward to reading these. Would love to win!

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  14. Della Will have to give this recipe a try. As for the book? Looks interesting. I look forward to getting to know your work. deepotter@peoplepc.com

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  15. My son likes scones. I think I will try to make some for him. I'd love to read your book, too. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  16. I just made these. So quick and east. I had some cinnamon chips that I added and we both ate way too many. :)

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  17. The cream scones sound wonderful. And I love this series! lkleback@hotmail.com

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  18. I'd love to get my hands on a copy of this book.

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  19. I'd love to get my hands on a copy of this book.

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  20. Welcome, cousin Laura! Sunday morning is perfect for scones -- for dogs OR humans!

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  21. I love all of her series, but I am partial to the Scrapbooking series because it is set in my favorite city, New Orleans. I have actually used one of them like a cookbook so much that I had to get a new one for my shelf, because I keep them all. Carmela's crab cake recipe is awesome. dr(dot)oldsmobile(at)icloud(dot)com

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  22. I love your books and look forward,to trying the scone recipe. I'll probably add some berries to them. The new series sounds wonderful and can't wait to pre-order it! Jenndian at gmail dot com.

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  23. I adore all your books, have read every single one of them!!!! Can't wait for the new series.
    sharonquiltsatyahoodotcom

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  24. I love the title of this book. I love mysteries, and this series look great.
    bluedawn95864 at gmail dot com

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  25. Have never tried making scones. pwtish171@gmail.com

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  26. I love this book, the delectable scones which are my favorite treat of all, and this great series. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com