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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Recipe Saturday - Cheesy Potato Fries

 Hi All,

I don't know if you guys know this about me or not, but I love the website Pinterest. I have found some great recipe's, quotes, cleaning solutions, home ideas, and books on that site. The recipe I chose this week is Cheesy Potato Fries. I found this recipe on Pinterest via Oh So Delicioso's blog , and they are awesome! I made two batches for my family last night, and they totally demolished them, and begged me to make more. I hope you will give this recipe a try, and be wowed like I was.

Cheesy Potato Fries
4-6 Potatoes
1/4 cup olive oil
Sea Salt, Fresh ground pepper, your favorite seasoning salt

Sour Cream/Ranch Sauce:
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup ranch dressing 
1/4 cup milk

1 cup (or as much as you like) Shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup real bacon bits
1/4 cup green onions
Cut potatoes into "steak french fries" size. 
{I like them thicker...but that means it will also take a little longer to cook than skinny ones.}

Place on foiled baking sheet. 
Drizzle with olive oil and lightly toss with tongs. 
Sprinkle salts and pepper over the potatoes. 
 Bake 400 for 40 minutes or until fork tender

in separate bowl mix:
 sour cream, Ranch dressing and milk.
Whisk Together

on a separate platter smooth out 3/4 of the sour cream sauce.
place hot potatoes on sour cream sauce.
drizzle remaining sour cream sauce on potatoes
Sprinkle toppings. 

Place under broiler for a few seconds to re-melt cheese.
It's going to be messy and delicious.
No matter what cheese or spices you use DON'T forget to add the sour cream/ranch sauce. It makes or breaks these fries. 
well, OK, the cheese is pretty important.
  Other Seasoning suggestions instead of seasoning salts
A. Jonny's seasoning salt, garlic, onion, sea salt etc
B. Fresh herbs (or dried) thyme, seasoning salts, garlic salt, Rosemary, basil
c. Lipton Onion Soup Mix
D. cumin, chili powder, garlic, peppers, onion -For a Southwest Flare
E. Curry and cumin for Eastern Flare
OK you get the point- season the potatoes how you would like it. Potatoes are pretty bland you can go crazy!



Tuesday, June 19, 2012

New Release Tuesday

Hi All,
Here are some E-books that are releasing today that I can't wait to get my hands on. I love New Release Day! I usually go broke, but I love it anyway. I hope you will find something that catches your eye, and pick it up. Happy Reading!!

Cynful by Dana Marie Bell
Genre: Paranormal, Shape-shifters
Length: Novel, ISBN: 978-1-61921-159-9, Series: Halle Shifters
Price: $5.50 Limited time sale-priced for $3.85

 To save the woman he loves, he must push his gifts to the brink.

Halle Shifters, Book 2

Julian DuCharme, a rare Spirit Bear with legendary healing powers, is finally free from the threat of death, finally free to claim his mate–but she's not having it. While his Bear screams it's time to mate, the love of his life wants to date.
Holding his Bear in check while convincing her he's not out to control her won't be easy. She's stubborn and a closeted geek–in other words, perfect for him.
Cynthia "Cyn" Reyes, owner of Living Art Tattoos, thinks Julian is the hottest thing on two legs. That doesn't mean she's going to roll over for his masculine charm. She watched her mother flounder when her father passed away, and she's determined to never lose herself to someone else. Not even a man who would jump the moon for her, if she asked that of him.

When the women of Living Art are targeted by a killer, Julian doesn't think twice about pouring out his last drop of power to keep Cyn safe. But it's Cyn who'll give up everything–her independence, even her humanity–to keep a terrifying vision from coming true.
One of his death.

Product Warnings: This novel contains explicit sex, graphic language, a tattooed heroine and the Bear who loves her. Maybe he'll finally convince her to tattoo him with "Property of Cyn".
Read an excerpt and BUY at Samhain!

 In Pursuit of Prey by Savannah Jordan
Genre: Paranormal, Red Hots!!!
Length: Novella, ISBN: 978-1-60928-929-4, Series: Of Gods and Consorts
Price: $3.50 Limited time sale-priced for $2.45

Her prey is within her grasp…but this one has a few tricks of his own.

Of Gods and Consorts, Book 1
Sekhmet is on the prowl for a new consort. Over the course of an eternity, the Egyptian goddess has filled her divine bed with easy sexual conquests, but each encounter has left her heart more hollow and empty.
Now she's stalking something challenging. Something complicated. Finally, prey that makes her purr with anticipation, prey that's worthy of her predatory nature. A human soul. For his band's success, Mace Reynard made a deal with a succubus, and now she's draining his life away, one screw at a time. After the latest encounter, he needs to recharge and rethink his life…until a goddess drops into it and uses all four of her sexy little cat feet to complicate the hell out of it.

The sexual and emotional kismet between them is more than either of them ever thought possible, but the succubus isn't giving up her meal ticket without a fight. All she needs is one little rift between the entangled lovers to swoop in and erase Mace's heartache–and his memories. Forever.

This book has been previously published.

Product Warnings: Get your towels ready! This story has a sex goddess, a rock singer with a penchant for powerful women, and sex hot enough to make you want to share a shower with them.

Read an excerpt and BUY at Samhain!

June 2012
On Sale: June 19, 2012
ISBN: 0014134225
EAN: 2940014134224
Kindle: B007SNIEMS
e-Book (reprint)

When Professor Miranda O’Shea uncovers the perfectly preserved body (and what a body!) of the legendary Viking known as The Plague of the North, the last thing she expects is that he isn’t quite dead.

Frozen for 9 centuries, Rolf Magnusson awakens to a strange new world, and a woman who is more in need of thawing than he had been. Dark forces conspire to take what is theirs–including his long hidden plunder and their very lives! Miranda seeks to uncover the secrets of her warrior’s past while Rolf works to awaken her wounded, wary heart to the passion she doesn’t know she’s capable of feeling.



Saturday, June 9, 2012

Recipe Saturday - Lasagna Soup

Hey All,

I hope you all are having a wonderful Saturday. The recipe I chose for this week is to die for, really it is. I found this recipe on Pinterest courtesy of A Farm Girl's Dabbles blog. I made this for the family last night, and they devoured it. The soup has a cheesy surprise that makes it oh so good. I hope you will give it a try, its delicious.

Lasagna Soup

Servings: 8
Prep Time: 15 Mins.
Total Cook Time: 45 Mins.



for the soup:
2 tsp. olive oil
1-1/2 lbs. Italian sausage
3 c. chopped onions
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
2 T. tomato paste
1 28-oz. can fire roasted diced tomatoes
2 bay leaves
6 c. chicken stock
8 oz. mafalda or fusilli pasta
1/2 c. finely chopped fresh basil leaves
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

for the cheesy yum:
8 oz. ricotta
1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp. salt
pinch of freshly ground pepper
2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese

Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add sausage, breaking up into bite sized pieces, and brown for about 5 minutes. Add onions and cook until softened, about 6 minutes. Add garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes. Cook for 1 minute. Add tomato paste and stir well to incorporate. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the tomato paste turns a rusty brown color.

Add diced tomatoes, bay leaves, and chicken stock. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Add uncooked pasta and cook until al dente. Do not over cook or let soup simmer for a long period of time at this point, as the pasta will get mushy and absorb all the soup broth. You may even want to consider cooking the noodles separately, and then adding some to individual bowls before ladling the soup over them. This would be an especially smart move if you are anticipating any leftovers. Right before serving, stir in the basil and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper
While the pasta is cooking, prepare the cheesy yum. In a small bowl, combine the ricotta, Parmesan, salt, and pepper.

To serve, place a dollop of the cheesy yum in each soup bowl, sprinkle some of the mozzarella on top and ladle the hot soup over the cheese.


Friday, June 1, 2012

Featured New Releases: Mating Behavior by. Mandy M. Roth & The Unabashed by. Rory Michaels

Here are two new releases by one of my favorite authors. I love Mandy's world building, and her characters set the pages on fire.

Mating Behavior
by Mandy M Roth

Paranormal Shifter Romance

Wolf shifter Alan has a problem—he wants his best friend Katie in the worst sort of way, but Katie's human and for a shifter male to choose a human for a mate is a death sentence—for both of them.

Katie is so in love with her best bud, Alan, that she can’t see straight. Problem is, Alan doesn’t seem to see her that way. All she wants is for him to tear her clothes off and have at her but, sweet, reserved Alan would never… or would he? 

Alan Becker stared over the orange glow of the campfire at the angel before him. She was tired, as he expected she might be when he’d called for a break. With his supernatural strength, Alan’s endurance was off the charts in comparison to that of a human. Katie had no idea he wasn’t like her. Hiding the fact he’d not broken a sweat or gotten the least bit winded on the hike thus far had been hard enough. The angel, who now looked to be on the verge of nodding off, was pushed beyond her limits. It damn near tore his heart out to see it. Katie hadn’t complained once so far on the trip and that made it all the worse. It was his place to take care of her.  
They’d stopped long enough to eat and for her to warm up. As much as he disliked the idea of starting even the smallest of fires, which they would sit by for an hour or two at best, Katie needed a break from the hike.
Her unruly, dark brown hair naturally went to blonde surrounding her face, falling from her knit cap. Katie didn’t seem to notice or care as she tucked her knees to her chest and rested her chin upon them. If Alan didn’t know first-hand how cold Katie got, he would have thought the thick mittens and sweater she wore were overkill considering just how mild the March weather was. He’d been shedding layers most of the day and even now, as the sun hid on the other side of the mountain causing the temperature to drop, he was hot. Hot because of what he truly was—more than human but not quite a complete animal—and hot because of who he was with, Katie.
He grit his teeth as his cock dug painfully at the confines of his jeans. It seemed to be in a permanent state of arousal around Katie. The girl needed only to exist to make his heart flutter and his pulse speed. The urge to leap forth, do a partial shift and claim her as his own reached levels Alan wasn’t sure he could sustain without a meltdown. He swallowed back a lump in his throat, positive his tongue was swelling at almost the same rate his cock was.
Damn her for looking so tempting.
In truth Katie was layered up to the point her sexy, petite frame was unrecognizable, but he could see those big brown eyes reflecting pools of firelight back at him. The very thought of those eyes staring up at him as Katie took his cock in her mouth had Alan biting back a moan. She was passionate about everything in her life and he had little doubt she’d be a pistol in the bedroom as well. He could almost feel her nails digging into his back as he rode her into oblivion.
He clenched his fist, trying to wash the erotic images from his head before he lost control of himself. “Hungry?”
I know I am and it’s not for food.
She nodded. “A little. How much further do we have to go?”
The weary tone of her voice sobered him instantly. “Depending on how long we rest here for,” he ran a hand over his scratchy chin, “I’d say we should be to our campsite a little before nightfall. Unless you want to go straight to the cabin?”
Katie rubbed her mitten-covered hands over her legs. “You mentioned the old wolf dens near the spot your dad used to take you camping.” The slight pull of her mouth told him just how exhausted she was. Katie had been elated at the idea of seeing dens, even ones that were no longer in use. Seeing her weak smile was all the heads-up Alan needed to know she required rest. “I’d love to camp near them.”
“Anything you want,” he said, doing his best to ignore the way she bit at her lower lip.
Anything you want? What? How can I be whipped when I haven’t even sampled the goods?
He groaned and then coughed in a quick attempt to hide it. Alan wasn’t the type of man who followed a woman around aimlessly, bending to her every whim. Well, at least he never thought he was the type to do that. Katie had a way of leaving him tongue twisted and his chest tied in knots at the idea of her being unhappy. Only Katie possessed that certain something that left him longing to touch her, or to even be in the same room with her.
Alan poked the fire with a long stick for a while, unsure how much time had passed, and pretended to be more worried about keeping the fire going than the fact Katie was now watching him closely through tired eyes. She watched him often when she assumed he wasn’t looking. He used to wonder what she was thinking, but anymore he had to fight to keep from tackling her to the ground and sinking his cock into her. She had no idea his feelings ran so deep. Hell, up until he’d caught the scent of another man on her some six months ago, he didn’t even realize what he felt for her was so intense.
Jealousy is funny like that.
Alan had thought she was a fling. Minus the actual sex part, of course. A temporary obsession because she represented everything he couldn’t have—a beautiful, intelligent, human female for his own, to take as his mate, his wife and the mother of his children.
Temporary my ass. I’ve been hot for her for years.
The pack had a strict no-mating-with-humans policy and anyone who didn’t adhere to it found themselves on the receiving end of what they could only hope was a quick death. Not to mention the human involved was sentenced to death as well. Humans were to have no knowledge of their kind.
End of story.
No exceptions to the rule.
The council members had laid the laws of the pack down long ago and each generation followed it to the letter. Any who didn’t paid the ultimate price. He’d seen a werewolf punished for crimes against the pack when he was just a boy and the memory stuck with him. Seeing a man hung naked by his feet from a tree and ripped to shreds by shifted wolves wasn’t something he was ever likely to forget.
While Alan was more than willing to forfeit his own life for a night of passion with Katie, he wasn’t ready to sacrifice her life as well. Granted, he wasn’t heavily active in any pack, not even the one he lived closest to now, but still, going against the grain was deadly. Shifters of any kind were more common than humans would want to believe. In the city he bumped into at least one shifter a week. Hell, he’d even had a house party once and one showed up. The chick had been some sort of cat shifter and looked as if she wanted to gouge his eyes out. Being part wolf left the feeling totally mutual, so Alan didn’t take it to heart. Though, he did have his carpets and furniture steam cleaned to get the smell of cat out of them once she was gone. There was really nothing worse than cat hair stuck to his suit, then his sofa, then his bedding. Sleeping with her would have at least given a good reason for it. As it stood, the bitch just seemed to shed a lot as she'd wandered around his place snarling. 
If he did give in and claim Katie as his own, the risk of another shifter discovering what he’d done was too great. If they caught the scent of his mark, it would only be a matter of time before news of his deed reached the head of the local pack. Within an hour, someone would be sent to eliminate Katie.
I won’t risk her.
Katie’s eyelids drifted downwards and she rocked slightly. Afraid she might fall face first into the fire, Alan drew upon his supernatural speed and moved next to her. Had she been awake, he would have never risked moving even a tenth as fast as he could. There would be no explaining away something like that. It wasn’t like he could slap a pair of glasses on and assume a new identity, or rush through a telephone booth to shift forms.
Real life wasn't like the movies. And secret identities required more than capes. They required never revealing one's self.
Alan pulled Katie into his arms, inhaling her sweet scent and groaning inwardly as his cock twitched. It had been a long hike up the mountain. He could hear her tiny breaths as she'd hiked behind him, smell the light sheen of sweat upon her skin and vividly picture himself licking it off her.
She hadn’t slept well the night before, tossing and turning before waking with a scream lodged in her throat. She then went on to obsess about his safety, doing a complete head-to-toe check over him prior to leaving for their camping trip. It was cute in a “fuck I’m hard again” kind of way.

The Unabashed
by Rory Michaels
  A Macon Valley Ménage Story
M/F/M Contemporary Western Erotic Romance

Logan Kanuho and Albert Hargrove have been friends since Logan moved to Macon Valley from the reservation. For years they’ve talked of little else than finding a woman to satisfy their manly needs and to be a bond between them. Albert found their one perfect woman but hasn’t felt the need to share her until now.
Misty Hargrove doesn’t know what to think when her husband of one year cashes in on her offer of anything he wants for their anniversary. She never expected him to select a threesome with his best friend. Can these three see to their baser needs while also seeing to their hearts?

Warning: This short story contains m/f/m ménage a trois, light bondage, voyeurism, explicit sex, strong/frank language and cowboys who will melt your socks off. The heroine is mild-mannered and eager for a guiding hand sexually. If you’re looking for long drawn out plots and sweeping romances, or women who are tough as nails, this isn’t your book. This story has a very strong willed alpha male in it. This is a short story that won’t apologize to anyone for any reason. If you want hot, dirty, sexy and to the point, you’ve found it. If not, it’s best to move right along, this isn’t the book for you.