Monday, December 5, 2016

Monday News and a Requested Recipe

It was a typically busy day at work being Monday  - but I DID have a meeting I got to use my new laser pointer. (you'll get it if you watched the Austin Powers movies).  Plus I saw the notes from the dog walker and Abby had a lot of fun playing in the snow!

Since tonight I will be busy again with husband arriving home, Abby needing some playtime and dinner to make - but I've got two bits of news.

I talked to my publisher and they lowered the ebook price of my new book Small Town Roads to $2.99 for the holidays and The Book of Barkley and Saving Grace  - A Story of Adoption are only .99 and all monies from all three go to animal rescue. You don't need a kindle to read - there's a free app that allows you to read on your computer (I'm reading Sammy's Mom's mystery novel right now).

Click on the book covers on the right sidebar of the blog to go to the Amazon pages (and the new one is on Nook as well - same price).

Shameless self-promotion now closed for the remainder of the year  - I'm including the eggnog pancake recipe with some tips as one of you emailed me and asked me to post it.  They are almost like pastry, they are so good! My favorite eggnog is from

which is WAY better than my family's secret eggnog recipe which is made out of bourbon and ice cubes.
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Eggnog Pancakes

1 and 1/3 cups flour
1 tablespoon sugar
2 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Small pinch of nutmeg

Mix together and make a "well" in the center of it in the bowl.

Mix in separate small bowl:
1 cup plus 3 Tablespoons eggnog
1 large egg beaten
2 Tablespoons clarified butter

THIS is the secret, clarified butter is butter that's been heated in a skillet until the butterfat and liquid separate a bit, it makes the pancakes extra light and fluffy, just heat the butter until it just starts to bubble and brown and add it to the rest of the liquids and immediately pour the liquid ingredients into the well in the dry ingredients. Mix lightly and cook on an oiled skillet til golden. The batter is fairly thick. If it's too thick to work with, then add a couple tablespoons of milk. Do NOT overmix.

Cook on medium heat. They are thick and take a little longer to cook than regular pancakes so don't let the heat get too high or they will burn before they are done and aim for lots of smaller ones, rather than big ones. Serve with real maple syrup.

With a little practice, you can prepare the batter in less than 10 minutes. This makes about eight 3-4 inch pancakes, enough for 2 or 3 people.


  1. Eggnog pancakes sound interesting but tasty! And I'll look into reading your novels!

    1. Thank you - the first two do talk about losing someone in your family to illness, and a teen pregnancy (I gave my daughter up for adoption). Talk to your parents to see if they think it's suitable for you, but both were read by parents and my husband's grandparents proudly, they are just adult themes. The third book, Small Town Roads, is suitable for ALL ages and there's some humor and heart in it, just not God's plan for us. Enjoy!

  2. Our MOM would prolly be interested in the BOURBON thingys... She made Bourbon Balls Yesterday... They are Chocolate... and the Bourbon was JIM BEAM...
    WE would like the Eggnog Pancakes a LOT...

  3. That is a great laser pointer. Those pancakes looks sooooooooo good.

  4. Thanks for the recipe - they look and sound so good!!!

    Woos - Lightning and Misty

  5. So they have the control over the price huh? Didn't know how that works. We have to make sure mom doesn't see the food though . . . cuz you know . . .

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  6. that sounds like something we call soulfood... love it :o)


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