Monday, September 23, 2019

Welcome Misty Simon!

A warm welcome to Misty Simon, who, can you believe it, was trying to get her daughter to school at a southern coastal town during Hurricane Dorian! She deserves the mom of the year award. Don't miss Misty's book giveaway at the end of this post!

Hello all you lovely blog readers! Thanks so much for stopping in today. I appreciate your time and your interest.

It’s almost Fall and in Pennsylvania, and especially in my family, that means pink applesauce! I look forward to this tradition every year, and then enjoy it for the next few months since this recipe yields a ton of yumminess if you quadruple it (like my mom does) and freeze for future enjoyment.

In my Tallie Graver Mystery series from Kensington, Tallie is usually the first one to reach for a cruller, whoopie pie, or most often a snickerdoodle. But there is always time and room for some good old-fashioned pink applesauce. While she’s cleaning houses, figuring out nefarious deeds done in town, and keeping up with her boyfriend Max, and simultaneously irritating and helping the local police, she’s always on the lookout for the perfectly made snack. She’s one of those women who knows her flaws and owns them, then uses them to her best amateur sleuthing advantage. And if in the process of sorting clues and figuring out who’s lying and who’s just that sinister, she needs to munch her way through the thought process, then she’s ready, willing and hungry. Bring on the snacking and the sleuthing!

Pink Applesauce – Makes about 6 good-sized portions
Ingredients, or ingredient in this case:
10-12 Cortland apples (seriously, that’s it! I promise!)

Preparing this awesomesauce:
1.     Wash and core apples
2.     Cut away any blemishes and remove any stray seeds (leave the skin on, that’s how it gets pink)
3.     Place apples in stock pot and heat on medium, stirring frequently
4.      Cook apples down to a mushy, soft consistency
5.     Pour apples into sieve and grind down to the kind of applesauce that delights you – there’s no wrong way, if you like it chunky go for it, it you like it smooth, that’s possible too.
6.     Enjoy!

As an added dash of sass you can also throw in several Red Hots candies and melt them in with the apples as you’re stirring. They’ll turn your awesomesauce even pinker and give it that kick that will make your mouth go WOW!

Bio: Misty Simon is the author of the Tallie Graver Mystery series. She loves a good story and decided one day that she would try her hand at it. Eventually she got it right. There’s nothing better in the world than making someone laugh, and she hopes everyone at least snickers in the right places when reading her books. She lives in Central Pennsylvania where she is hard at work on her next novel or three. She loves to hear from readers so drop her a line at

Live and let dust . . .
Now that Tallie Graver’s cleaning business is starting to shine, she’s ready to go squeegee to squeegee against Audra McNeal for a major contract at the Astercromb mansion. Tallie’s not afraid of a little friendly competition from the new cleaner in town. In fact, Tallie likes Audra, though she wonders how her glamorous rival manages to clean house and maintain her fancy manicure. Tallie has her rubber-gloves full staying one step ahead of her nemesis. Until she finds a well-polished hand poking out of a rolled-up carpet, rendering her competition . . . dead.

Though it lands Tallie the big job, there’s nothing tidy about Audra’s death. So
between polishing and scrubbing, Tallie’s determined to find the killer. Hopefully the police chief doesn’t mind her cluttering up his investigation with the filthy dealings she discovers. Turns out Audra was not as squeaky clean as she appeared. And confronting her killer could bring Tallie to a very foul end indeed . . .

I will be giving away a copy of Carpet Diem to a US winner. To enter, please leave a comment with your email address. Good luck!


  1. Welcome, Misty. Lovely to have you on the blog. ~ Daryl

  2. Fresh applesauce. What a treat!
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  3. Love the cover & this sounds like good reading

  4. I love to make homemade applesauce, especially with apples from our own trees.

  5. Homemade applesauce has always been a family fav. And it never ceases to amaze me at using different brands of apples make such a difference. Thank you for the chance to win your book.

  6. I can almost smell the applesauce cooking. The smell of Fall. thank you!

  7. I used to make applesauce and include a little lemon juice to keep the color.
    Your book looks like a fun read!

  8. Wow! Don't you always know it - simple and easy CAN be the best. :) Love the idea of throwing in the cinnamon red hots too.

    Thank you for the chance to win a copy of "Carpet Diem"! Definitely on my TBR list and can't wait for the opportunity to read it.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  9. Great cover. This sounds like a great read. Thanks for the chance.


  10. Thank you for the yummy recipe and the giveaway! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

  11. This homemade apple sauce sounds amazing!! I may have to try it. Thank you for the chance😍😍

  12. Welcome Misty. Thank you for this recipe. Looks wonderful. My best recipes are simple ones. LOL I love that it is pink. woohoo. When my kiddos were in grade school, one year for st. patricks day, I make green eggs, green butter on toast, green apple sause, green orange juice (this turned out looking like mud) and the kids would not eat any of it. They ate the sausage. Fortunately they had time for a good bowl of oatmeal before they left. LOL Lesson learned.
    quilting lady 2 at comcast dot net

  13. The last thing I’d ever want to do is clean someone else’s house. I don’t even want to clean mine. More power to those people who do this work. suefoster109 at gmail dot com Thank you for the opportunity and the recipe.

  14. The cover is so eye-catching and inviting. Your recipe made me drool. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Carpet Diem. As a former house cleaner, it is hard to stay ahead of competition. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

  15. Love the recipes and the book looks amazing. Thanks for your great generosity.

  16. Your applesauce is enticing and special. I have been making applesauce for many years. Each fall when the new crop of apples is available I go for it. Spy's, Mac's and Rome beauty's make the best applesauce which we enjoy. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  17. I like the idea of adding Red Hots to the sauce.
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  18. Love homemade apple sauce. I make a delicious apple crisp.

  19. Thanks for your delectable applesauce recipe which is a real treat. Applesauce is a staple in our house every autumn since apple picking and the tradition is important. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  20. I also make applesauce but I peel the apples and I add cinnamon. And I really enjoy your books!

  21. Something my kids would eat! Love it!

  22. I didn't know that the applesauce gets pink from from leaving the skin on the apples. Your series sounds amazing, looking forward to reading the books.

  23. I just love applesauce & this time of year. I also love your punny book titles. Thanks for the chance to win this book.
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  24. I love applesauce but have never tried to make it myself. Thank you for the recipe. And thank you for this chance to win. 1cow0993(at)gmail(dot)com

  25. So glad to see your new book! It definitely Peaks my interest for a new author To Read. I would love to be added to your list. Movietime 195969

  26. I have tons of apples right now, good time to try this. This book sounds really good, thanks for the giveaway.