Sunday, January 22, 2017

Welcome guest author Tracy Weber + book #giveaway!

Tracy Weber is the author of the award-winning Downward Dog Mysteries series.  The first book in the series, Murder Strikes a Pose, won the Maxwell Award for Fiction and was nominated for the Agatha award for Best First Novel. 
A certified yoga therapist, Tracy is the owner of Whole Life Yoga, a Seattle yoga studio, as well as the creator and director of Whole Life Yoga’s teacher training program. She loves sharing her passion for yoga and animals in any way possible. 
Tracy and her husband Marc live in Seattle with their crazy new German shepherd pup, Ana. When she’s not writing, Tracy spends her time teaching yoga, trying to corral Ana, and sipping Blackthorn cider at her favorite ale house. 
Her most recent novel, A Fatal Twist, was released in January, 2017 by Midnight Ink. For more information on Tracy and the Downward Dog Mysteries, visit her author website:

“Aunt Marcia’s” Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’m absolutely delighted to be here today on Mystery Lover’s Kitchen, surrounded by posts from many of my favorite authors. 

There’s only one problem:  I don’t cook.


I don’t cook.


I had a minor panic attack when Daryl Wood Gerber asked me if I wanted to contribute.  The answer was, of course, a resounding yes!  But how?

Then I remembered my mom’s famous chocolate chip cookies.  To be honest, her cookies were never my favorites, but I was in the minority.  Everyone who knew her loved her cookies. She gave them out by the dozens. Mom’s cookies were so adored that they were mentioned in the eulogy at her funeral.

There was only one problem:  I didn’t have the recipe. Thankfully, one of my cousins, Valarie, did, and I was able to get it from her.

Problem solved.  Right?

I told my husband that I was going to bake cookies.  He looked at me drolly and said, “That seems highly unlikely.” I rolled my eyes and made my plans, only to discover that I lacked most of the basics.  I didn’t have flour. Or sugar. Or baking soda. Eggs? Not in this vegetarian’s refrigerator.  Vanilla?  Nope. Margarine or butter?  Not that either.

Chocolate I could manage.  Score one for me.

Then I realized I didn’t have a mixer.  Or cookie sheets. Or the fabled Tupperware containers that made them so fresh.  I have a Viking oven, but I’m not allowed to use it without supervision.
Sheesh!  What’s  a  girl to do?

I came up with a brilliant solution. I hired one of my yoga students. Hollie made the mistake of volunteering in yoga teacher training that she had a fantastic mixer, which got my addled mind to thinking.  Maybe she could make the cookies for me?

A short negotiation later, you have the result of this blog article.  Soft, chewy, milk chocolate chip cookies that will make your mouth water.  If Mom’s fans were any indication, these cookies are sure to be a crowd pleaser.

If you make them, please let me know what you think.  Heck, send me a dozen!  Starving yoga teachers (and their husbands) appreciate good food….

Photo by Hollie

Aunt Marcia’s Cookies


1 1/3 cup Gold-n-Soft margarine
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
3 cups Flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
12 ounces milk chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 375 degrees

In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In large mixing bowl, cream together Gold-n-Soft, sugars, eggs, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture. Mix well. Stir in chocolate chips.

Drop rounded spoons of dough on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake for 8-10 minutes

Store in Tupperware container.

According to my cousin, the secret is to not over bake them and to store them in an air tight bowl as soon as they are cool.  Mom used to put a slice of white bread (Wonder bread, at the time) in with them, claiming it kept them fresher.

Photo by Hollie


I am offering a giveaway today. Any of the four in the Downward Dog Mysteries—winner’s choice. Leave your email and let me know if you’re a cook or if you do yoga?

In addition to my website, you can find me here:
Twitter: @TracyWeberTypes


  1. I actually got a blue ribbon in 4H at the county fair when younger for chocolate chip cookies. I'll make yours too!

  2. I'm more of a baker than a cook, but love both. And I'm definitely a yoga enthusiast! Vinyasa is my favorite style.

  3. I loved this post! I am like you, I don't cook, and if I did, it would be under my husband's supervision! Lol.

  4. I used to cook in my younger days. Now that I am retired and there is only me at home, I seldom cook. I have never tried yoga. I did buy a mat and signed up for a class. But not enough signed up, so the class did not make. I'm hoping to try again. elainehroberson(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. Girl!! You cook! You cook up a lot of mystery and a lot of mischief with Ana pup ;) xoxo Love chocolate chip cookies!

  6. I do cook and love it. As for yoga, I love reading about it in your mysteries ;-). The cookies look great.

  7. Not much of a cook but love to bake, especially cookies!

  8. I'm not a cook/baker either. Whenever I visit family I give my cousin a list of sweet treats for her to make me (& the rest of the family).

  9. I'm not much of a cook. I cook enough for my daughter and me to survive. I don't do yoga yet but thinking about starting. I really love your books! Thanks for a chance to win one!

  10. As a mother of 5, I had to cook and bake. I have a rhubarb dessert I have created and made since the kids were little. They are adults now and I still make it with the rhubarb from my garden. The slice of bread is interesting. I have done yoga in the past.

  11. I plan to try these as I am always looking for different chocolate chip cookie recipes.
    Your book sounds delightful, thank you for the chance.

  12. Great post! My sister hates to cook so her and her hubby always eat out, or take out. I cook, bake, whatever, in the kitchen. As for chocolate chip cookies. It is one of the all time favorite cookies along with sugar cookies and peanut butter cookies. Used to do yoga in years past. My name drawn I would love to get "A Killer Retreat". Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc ((dot) com

  13. I would rather bake than cook, but I can do both. I loved your post! I have not read your books but would like the opportunity to win one. crossxjo @hotmail. com

  14. I love cooking and baking! Cleaning up afterwards, not so much. I have tried yoga and definitely liked it.

  15. I am an avid cook and baker, and a novice at yoga but I like it.
    grace dot koshida at gmail dot com

  16. This post made me smile. Would love to win, "Karma's a Killer."
    I love baking and cooking. My favorite is trying out new recipes. I tried yoga years ago, but didn't enjoy it. I think it's time for me to take the plunge and get back at it again. Think I'll start with your chair yoga lessons. Thanks for the great post.

  17. I females we were expected to learn how to cook. But I hate it! I will admit to enjoying baking some what, but not the constant repetition of having to cook and plan meals day after day. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

  18. Hi all! Thanks for reading my article, and thanks, Daryl, for hosting me here today on Mystery Lover's Kitchen! Since this article was written, I've had to start cooking--for the dog! ;-) I'm working most of today, but will check in as I can to read your awesome comments. Good luck on the giveaway!

  19. I don't cook much as I live by myself, but I can cook. I even made a hummingbird cake from scratch which is quite an undertaking.

  20. I cook, but not very well, and I don't do yoga. These cookies look delicious!

  21. Missy Cook VanHooseJanuary 22, 2017 at 12:47 PM

    I love to cook but baking is a whole completely different still counts if it come out of a ready to bake package right??? �� Thank you for the great article and the chance to win.

  22. I love the interview! I love cooking, but I can't bake. I took a yoga class years ago, but it wasn't one of my finer moments. :) I love this series. Thank you for this chance.

  23. I liked the interview, love your books, don't like chocolate. Thanks for a chance at winning one of your books.

  24. I'm a cook, and I also do yoga. I got some Ghirardelli milk chocolate chips at the grocery store and made Toll House Cookies (Nestle's chocolate chip recipe), and they turned out really awesome -- I sprinkled some sea salt on the top of some of the cookies before I baked them, and those are the best! I loved Fatal Twist -- it's such a great book!

  25. I am a baker more than a cook. Yes I do yoga, not great,but I do it! mommatoodle at msn dot com