Monday, January 30, 2012

GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY UPDATE!!!

THERE WILL BE TWO GRAND PRIZE WINNERS! 
The second winner will receive one of KraftyMax's gorgeous beaded bookmarks pictured in the giveaway post (and in the link provided) -- No matter how many people enter.

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/blog_post/KraftyMax/5932/marvelous_monday_1_9_12

You can also find KraftyMax at these different links.

https://profiles.google.com/104472925212023465470
max@kraftymax.com


HURRY! THE GIVEAWAY ENDS 1/31/2012 AT 11:59 PM. 

DON'T FORGET YOUR RECIPE AND TO TELL YOUR FRIENDS TO ENTER!

THE MORE PEOPLE THAT ENTER, THE MORE WE GIVE AWAY! *winks*

Monday, January 16, 2012

GRAND PRIZE DRAWING IS HERE!!!

Well, Goddesses, it's time to do the GRAND PRIZE!!! We have been looking forward to doing this since the beginning of our giveaway.  We know it seems like it's been a little while since the end of our giveaways but we needed to make sure that we contacted all the lucky winners and had responses from them all before we went on to the grand prize section.  We would have hated to have overlooked someone because we tried to get to the other fun stuff!

So, for this giveaway, here is what you're getting!!  WOOHOO Right to the good stuff!!!  THERE WILL BE ONE WINNER! ONE GRAND PRIZE WINNER!!

1.  A cookbook from Gooseberry Patch, All Through The Seasons, Recipes & Crafts.

This hefty, handy-to-use spiral-bound collector's edition is filled with over 175 unique craft projects, over 300 family-favorite recipes, and a wealth of memory-making ideas. All Through The Seasons: Recipes & Crafts, celebrates the simple pleasures of every holiday and special occasion throughout the year, from the first blush of spring to the last snowfall of winter, as well as the memories that come from the little details. 
Step-by-step recipe directions, simple craft instructions, full-size patterns, and over 300 photographs both inspire and make every project approachable. And Gooseberry Patch's signature whimsical illustrations and heartfelt memories shared by its loyal readers are laced throughout to set the stage. It's the only book you'll ever need to create fun and meaningful celebrations with family and friends all year round.

2.  A handmade apron by JillieWillie.com -- ALL TOO CUTE!!!  You can see the apron here at the JillieWillie website  http://www.jilliewillie.com/a_adanew.html  (The tag is in the pocket.  It has never been worn)
 

New Ada Pnk/Aqua/Yel
Ada is a favorite of many. So she's back in this bold floral print! Ada will brighten up a day in the kitchen. The good news is that this apron comes in child and toddler sizes. What fun to have this apron on hand in child size for all of those special little guest visitors. 100% cotton fabric. Made in USA.
3.  A handmade gorgeous (especially made for this giveaway) bookthong by Mandy at Stupid Shiny Designs.


Pretties Right????? OOOOhhhhhLaLa! And you're wondering "What do I have to do to win these FABULOUS PRIZES?"  Well, let us lay it out for you.  We want your best recipe.  It HAS to be a baked good -- that means a dessert.  And Please! Nothing like Open a box of Jello Cheesecake mix (unless it is an ingredient to enhance your recipe).  I mean we all love Jello Cheesecake (well, some of us) but that's not what we're trying to share here.

So, leave your recipe *WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS* (like this johnsmith AT hotmail DOT com so spammers have a harder time swiping it) in the comments section. And seriously....we don't care if you have to BEG, BORROW or STEAL the recipe from someone else because you can't cook; just know that it is a legitimate recipe and it has been made before.

Then, hit the Rafflecopter form below so we will have your information.  Please don't forget, we VERIFY whether you have done ALL the mandatory entries before we announce the winner.

Please tell all your friends to come and enter.  The more recipes we get the better!  We are going to do something special with them for you!  Also, the more people that enter, the more of a chance that we will decide to give another giveaway (not the same as this one) to someone.  Say, if we have 100 people enter, we'll add a special giveaway done by Kraftymax at http://kraftymax.artfire.com - She was so awesome to do some special bookmarks JUST for the Bakin_Goddesses! Want a sneak peak???  Ok...Ok...You twisted our arms!  We have 20 of these gorgeous bookmarks to choose from.  We will randomly choose the color if we get over 100 entrants in the Grand Prize Drawing!! So tell ALL your friends.





Bake on Goddesses! Let's get these recipes rollin'! *yes that was supposed to be a pun*



Sunday, January 15, 2012

Grand Prize Drawing Begins TOMORROW (01/16/2011)!

We know you've been wondering what the heck we've been doing and Where In the World Is the GRAND PRIZE?? Wait no longer! It will post at midnight *well, depending on where you live*! Be ready with your best dessert recipe and bring all your friends.  The more people (over 100) that we have enter, the more we give away!  Good Luck!

Keep Reading (and Baking) Goddesses!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Grand Prize Giveaway Coming Up!!!

Hey Goddesses!
We haven't forgotten about the Grand Prize!  We wanted to make sure that all the winners from this last round were e-mailed and responded so no prize was forgotten to be given out!

The winners had 48 hours to e-mail us from the time of the e-mail I sent them.  We are still waiting on a couple of winners.

We appreciate all of you joining us and hope you will stick with us.  We have more author interviews scheduled soon and I think Shauni has some amazing recipes for you coming up as well.

Keep reading Goddesses!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Just a friendly Reminder

Please make sure you sign up for the give a ways the last day is the 10th when we will pick a grand prize winner.

Thanks for all the congratulations it really means a lot to me I have been cancer free for 6 years and I am truly grateful everyday that I get to wake up and still get to see my kids, family and friends.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

INTERVIEW & GIVEAWAY WITH THE RADIANT JENNIFER LAURENS

Ok everybody! Give an especially warm welcome to Ms. Jennifer Laurens.  She is an especially gracious lady who has written quite a few books under her own name and under a pen name.

Cats or Dogs? ( Hey what about Birds and lizards? ) Both! I have 4 cats and a Dobie/Dane dog.
Salty or Sweet (This of course means when you’re “playing” because this isn’t an adult Goddess site for nothin’)? Chocolate? Salty AND sweet AND chocolate – though rarely those in one combo.
Vampires or Werewolves (Of course you can choose “other” but you have to elaborate *snickering*)? Neither.
Fireman or Cowboy? Fireman!!
Hairy or Smooth (Body hair)? SMOOOOOOTH
Clean Shaven or Stubble? Ohhh, both looks are sexy.
Diet or Regular soda (Or....if you’re like me, Kimberly, you’re stuck on Powerade Zero)? Diet soda!! Rockstar or Pepsi
Fruit or Veggies (Or Chocolate)? Fruit. ( Sounds like I’m a sweetaholic )
Coffee or tea (Or Chocolate)? Decaf coffee
The song that is most annoying when it sticks in your head -- sorry had to do it. Tie a Yellow Ribbon, Hello,
Apple or Microsoft? Not particular in that dept.
Drama or Comedy or anything with Gerard Butler -- What Shauni? He’s Hawt!  What Kim?*wiping drool* I love Gerard but what about Jason Momoa ooooohhh Or Charlie Hunnan?  OOH Shauni! Charlie!!! We Loves Us some Jax! SOA! All the way baby!  I guess we should let the guest answer the question though, huh? (tv, movies)? LOVE Gerard Butler. My latest: Person of Interest Jim Caviezel. CHECK. IT. OUT.
Spring or Fall (Fall -- cuz I can beat him to the floor! *snickering*)? Fall.
Sedan or Sports Car (Hey! I live in Texas! Where’s the truck suggestion???)? SUV.
Tattoos or no Tattoos? No tats. Nooooo.
Favorite splurge food -- Tacos, Pizza, Cheeseburger (Or Chocolate peanut butter swirl FUDGE)???? Again, chocolate, chocolate and MORE chocolate. Donuts are my fav splurge food: specifically Grannies in SoCal.
What dish do you make perfect? Roast.
What dish have you messed up completely by burning or over cooking it? Minnie never burns fried chicken 
Can you give us your favorite Christmas cookie recipe? If not the recipe, your favorite cookie, we’ll find the recipe.
Paradise Sugar Cookies:
1 c. powd. Sugar, 
1c. gran. Sugar, 
2c. butter flav shortening. 
2Tb. Vanilla, 
1 egg, 
4 c. flour 
¾ tsp. b.p, 
¾ tsp. b.s.

Cream short., egg and van. Add dry ingred and beat. Will be crumbly. Scoop out with icecream scooper ( patting into the scoop to form balls ) and roll in granulated sugar.
Bake 375 8 mins. Flatten with bottom of a glass as soon as they come from the oven.

Those just sound just absolutely divinely addictive! I'd have to hire someone to make those and keep them in stock so I have them whenever I want them! *Looking at Shauni* What? *Whispering between the two of us* Ahem Sorry *We both stop whispering and look at all of the readers* We were being terribly rude! But we've come to an agreement that Goddesses do not hire someone to do work for them, they simply tell someone nicely to do it and they do...Isn't it wonderful??? Ok, back to the interview!

Now is the part where we let you do some shameless self promotion of your books.  Please tell the readers something about what you’re currently writing or what has just been released.  We’re shameless when it comes to pimpin’ new stuff!

HEAVENLY is the story of a teenage girl who falls in love with her autistic sisters’ guardian angel. It’s based on my family and our life living with a child who has autism.

My newest releases are: Overprotected – about a sheltered NYC society princess who falls in love with her bodyguard, changing the course of her family’s future.

And A Season of Eden about a teenager who falls in love with her high school music teacher even knowing there will be serious repercussions for them both.

*Can you please show the readers some of your most favorite work? Feel free to shamelessly promote your achievements here because we, as Goddesses, totally would!  I LOVE the term Goddesses. I’m not afraid to call myself the Goddess of FORBIDDEN LOVE – that’s my specialty in all of my books. ( See book descriptions above? ) I’ve also been told Heavenly has the best love triangle out there.

What is one of your most favorite pieces that you have done for yourself? If its something personal and you don’t want to show it, can you tell us about it? HEAVENLY, since it’s autobiographical in so many ways. Our family chose to deal with our daughter who has autism in different ways—drug abuse, alcoholism, rebellion – all of my children have been challenged and affected by our handicapped daughter. I’m told over and over again how ‘real’ HEAVENLY feels. Because it is!!

WHERE TO FIND JENNIFER
All things HEAVENLY: www.heavenlythebook.com
All things Jennifer Laurens: www.jenniferlaurens.com
Jennifer on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/#!/jenniferlaurens
Jennifer on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/jenniferlaurensauthor

I expect to see great things from you Goddesses!!!

Thanks so much for having me.
Jennifer

Isn't Jennifer sweet?  And guess what?  She has been kind enough to give one of you a copy of HEAVENLY and a tote bag!  Above and beyond all of what she has done for the Bakin_Goddesses and this blog party Jennifer is a truly gracious person with a very sweet heart and a beautiful spirit.


Friday, January 6, 2012

THANK YOU

I too want to say thank you to all who has helped make the blog redesign party a great success We have made so many new friends and got alot of new followers I will be posting different recipes each week so make sure you stop by often


Bake on Goddesses Shauni


Strawberry Valentine Cookies 

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup strawberry drink mix
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon shortening

  • FROSTING:
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons strawberry drink mix
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 to 5 tablespoons 2% milk

Directions

  • In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and lemon juice. Combine the flour, drink mix, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-1/2- to 3-in. heart-shaped cookie cutter. Place 2 in. apart on un greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until set and edges begin to brown. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  • In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Spread over cookies; let stand until set.
  • In a small bowl, beat the butter, drink mix and salt until blended. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar. Add enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Decorate cookies. Yield: about 2 dozen.
 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

INTERVIEW & GIVEAWAY WITH THE DELICIOUS HEATHER FROM DECADENT PUBLISHING


Thank you for joining The Bakin_Goddesses for such a HUGE PARTAY! We hope you have as much fun as we do.  We know the readers will enjoy getting to know a little bit about you with these little questions.  It’s all about fun this time so let your hair down, grab your favorite drink, put your feet up on the desk and have some fun with these. (Shauni) *Grabbing a drink looking at Kim* Oh you meant them Sorry *laughing*
Thanks for having me! 
Hey everybody, welcome Heather! She is from a different aspect of your reading world.  We've gone from the authors, to a couple of the cover artists (yummy) but Heather here, works with Decadent Publishing.  She is as crazy as Shauni and I and I have had a lot of fun getting to know her.  Again, just like Belinda, she came through for us and helped us out when we didn't have anybody on the schedule and she came through BIG for you guys!  So, without anymore gibberish from me, let's get to know Heather from Decadent Publishing.

Cats or Dogs? ( Hey what about Birds and lizards? )
I actually like both. Cats are independent and I had an awesome 19lb. kitty named Boba Fet who died of diabetes. BUT dogs are also wonderful companions. Don’t tell hubby, but I’m about to go adopt one!

Salty or Sweet (This of course means when you’re “playing” because this isn’t an adult Goddess site for nothin’)?
Yum to both.
Chocolate?
No. Because I ate too many Lindt balls at Christmas. Darn it.
Kimberly looks at Shauni with a questioning glance? Why the hell would anybody eat lint balls? *Shauni kicks Kim under the table and whispers* "Not LINT balls Kimberly; LINDT balls.  You know, with the chocolate?* Laughing out loud at Shauni "Yes, I know what she meant, I just thought I'd throw a little humor in there.  Don't tell me you all weren't thinking it!"

Vampires or Werewolves?
WHY are these all either/or? We are ‘Decadent’. We like to indulge.  (BOTH! Definitely both!)

Fireman or Cowboy?
Again, chose ‘hot’ and ‘hotter’? I dated a fireman, though, and he was very delish. We’re debuting a Western line in February, Desiree Holt is one of the launch authors (she knows something about dirty cowboys!), as well as Ann Mayburn, Camryn Rhys, and Barbara Sheridan. Spurs are sexy.

Hairy or Smooth (Body hair)?
I like some man-scaping.

Clean Shaven or Stubble? 
Depends on the situation. Ok, stubble.

Diet or Regular soda (Or....if you’re like me, Kimberly, you’re stuck on Powerade Zero)?
Powerade Zero is yummy (I like the blue stuff), but the only diet soda I drink is Zevia. It’s the soda with Stevia in rather than aspartame.

Fruit or Veggies (Or Chocolate)?
Fruit dipped in chocolate.

Coffee or tea (Or Chocolate)?
Regularly I drink coffee, but LOVE a good tea house girl date.

The song that is most annoying when it sticks in your head -- sorry had to do it.
Chi-chi-chi-CHIA!

Apple or Microsoft?
I am Gates and my business partner is Jobs

Drama or Comedy or anything with Gerard Butler -- What Shauni? He’s Hawt!  What Kim?*wiping drool* I love Gerard but what about Jason Momoa ooooohhh Or Charlie Hunnan?  OOH Shauni! Charlie!!! We Loves Us some Jax! SOA! All the way baby!  I guess we should let the guest answer the question though, huh? (tv, movies)? 
UUmmm, you pushed my drool button! Gerard is my screensaver. It was the first picture on my computer and my wonderful husband put it there for me. What? He’s not stupid. He knows what I think about when I see it!

Spring or Fall (Fall -- cuz I can beat him to the floor! *snickering*)?
Fall. Although, in SoCal the colors come in December.

Sedan or Sports Car (Hey! I live in Texas! Where’s the truck suggestion???)?
’67 Mustang Fastback. 
Tattoos or no Tattoos?
Tats are pretty sexy on many men. 

Favorite splurge food -- Tacos, Pizza, Cheeseburger (Or Chocolate peanut butter swirl FUDGE)????
Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. 

What dish do you make perfectly?
German pancakes (apfelpfannkuchen)  Bless you --- oh, I thought she sneezed.
What dish have you messed up completely by burning or over cooking it?
Almost everything imaginable. I’m a decent cook, but easily distracted.

Can you give us your favorite Christmas cookie recipe? If not the recipe, your favorite cookie, we’ll find the recipe.
I have a fudge recipe.

1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk (divided).
1 bag Reese’s peanut butter chips
6oz semi-sweet chips
2 tsp. vanilla (divided)
Put ½ the can of SCM in a bowl with chocolate chips. Microwave for 45seconds, stir, microwave for 30 seconds and stir in vanilla. Chips should be melted. Repeat with peanut butter chips. Pour over top of chocolate layer. Let set for a few minutes, score, and refrigerate. 

Now is the part where we let you do some shameless self promotion of your books.  Please tell the readers something about what you’ve currently planning or what has just been released.  We’re shameless when it comes to pimpin’ new stuff!  

We have several new releases, including everything from a lesbian sci-fi romance in our 1Night Stand series, paranormal novels, contemporary shorts, and more. We publish non-fiction and mainstream, too. We have a wonderful historical novel coming this spring from Bill and Susan Hayes, better known as Doug and Julie on Days Of Our Lives.

On the horizon, Decadent is opening a new imprint for our sweet romance, Young Adult, and mainstream called Bono Books. We’re launching a western romance line (set in the fictitious town of Freewill, Wyoming) in February and hosting a writing contest for it.  http://westernescapedecadentpublishing.blogspot.com/p/shooting-star-writing-contest.html We’ll also be launching a sci-fi romance line a few months later. Both are world-building lines and readers will have the pleasure of immersing themselves in new environments, getting to know characters and experience different authors, some familiar names and some possibly new to them. You’ve got to visit the Freewill blog and see our sheriff. He’s kind of gorgeous. http://westernescapedecadentpublishing.blogspot.com 

Can you please show the readers some of your favorite work? Feel free to shamelessly promote your achievements here because we, as Goddesses, totally would!  
We’re very proud of is the 1Night Stand series. It was conceived by Valerie Mann, Kate Richards and Olivia Starke and has grown from 3 books to over 60 released or contracted stories in a wide variety of romance genres. All are short stories with an HEA or HFN and almost invariably garner 4 and 5star reviews. http://decadent1nightstand.blogspot.com/
One thing we love to promote is our Read For a Cure program. All publisher profits from one book per month benefits the American Cancer Society Relay For Life, something close to our hearts. http://www.decadentpublishing.com/index.php?cPath=90&osCsid=tlpti44s87q0r7d3s8ng3hkkl4
We’ve been nominated by a few different sites for ePublisher of the Year, including Love Romances CafĂ©, Authors After Dark, and Preeditors and Editors. 
You can find our new releases in our usually-bi-weekly newletter. Our latest is here. http://conta.cc/uDSO1s
Find us on Twitter at @DecadentPub
Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/DecadentPublishing
We have a very active blog at
http://decadentpublishing.blogspot.com where we regularly give away prizes.
Of course, our website is
www.decadentpublishing.com . Our books can also be found on Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, ARe, Bookstrand, the iStore, Kobo, and more.

Heather has a special treat for ya'll ONE winner will get a 3 month Decadent subscription....YEP, that's right 3 months.....That's 1 e-book a month for 3 months! Isn't Heather wicked good with a side of awesomesauce??? That's what we're talkin' about!


Keep Reading Goddesses





Tuesday, January 3, 2012

If you haven't read any of Miss Arend's book WTH are you waiting for? These books are HOT!!

Thank you for joining The Bakin_Goddesses for such a HUGE PARTAY! We hope you have as much fun as we do. We know the readers will enjoy getting to know a little bit about you with these little questions. It’s all about fun this time so let your hair down, grab your favorite drink, put your feet up on the desk and have some fun with these. (Shauni) *Grabbing a drink looking at Kim* Oh you meant them Sorry *laughing*



Viv: **snatches Shauni’s drink, takes a sip, adds more rum** Thanks for having me over, guys. Nice decorations. I’ve never seen anyone do that with balloons before. O_o

*Shauni* Makes a new drink adds more rum

Cats or Dogs? ( Hey what about Birds and lizards? )
Viv: Dogs all the way. And if you’re serious? Well, I’m just heading off the Galapagos Islands where I saw iguanas that were THIS BIG, and also saw blue-footed boobies. So I pick birds, because just saying “blue-footed boobies” makes me giggle like a 12 yo.

Salty or Sweet (This of course means when you’re “playing” because this isn’t an adult Goddess site for nothin’)? Chocolate?
Viv: Salty. Potato chips in bed…?

Vampires or Werewolves (Of course you can choose “other” but you have to elaborate *snickering*)?
Viv: Wolfies. Read the Granite Lake series and you’ll find out why wolfies are superior to BOTH your typical vamp and/or were.

Fireman or Cowboy?
Viv: Now you’re getting tough with the questions. The cowboys—I love them as witnessed by my most recent series, Six Pack Ranch. But firemen? Got them on the list of groups to write about someday. Nom nom!

Hairy or Smooth (Body hair)?
Viv: We are talking the guys, right? Somewhere in the middle, please.

Clean Shaven or Stubble?
Viv: Stubble. A little bit of scruff…hmmmm.

Diet or Regular soda (Or....if you’re like me, Kimberly, you’re stuck on Powerade Zero)?
Viv: Used to drink Diet Coke like water, but my hubby asked me to switch to regular. Then I discovered |I like the taste of regular Pepsi better than regular Coke.

Fruit or Veggies (Or Chocolate)?
Viv: Fruit dipped in chocolate, veggies in a stew.

Coffee or tea (Or Chocolate)?
Viv: Cooooofffffffffeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. Add a few vowels at 6 in the morning.

Drama or Comedy or anything with Gerard Butler -- What Shauni? He’s Hawt! What Kim?*wiping drool* I love Gerard but what about Jason Momoa ooooohhh Or Charlie Hunnan? OOH Shauni! Charlie!!! We Loves Us some Jax! SOA! All the way baby! I guess we should let the guest answer the question though, huh? (tv, movies)?
Viv: Honest? I watch very little TV or movies. Loved Sherlock Holmes though.

Spring or Fall (Fall -- cuz I can beat him to the floor! *snickering*)?
Viv: WINTER. Of course, I’m saying that as I look out over a beach and it’s in the nineties. Hey, someone had to go south this winter—I sacrificed myself for all of us. Really. ;)

Sedan or Sports Car (Hey! I live in Texas! Where’s the truck suggestion???)?
Viv: Duuuuuude! Totally the truck. With a huge clearance for going out mud-bogging.

Tattoos or no Tattoos?
Viv: On my guys in my stories? Tatts are fine. Actually, one of the heroines in the upcoming Wolf Line has a tatt!

Favorite splurge food -- Tacos, Pizza, Cheeseburger (Or Chocolate peanut butter swirl FUDGE)????
Viv: Ohh, tough one. I love to eat sushi, but as a splurge? I love all-dressed potato chips. Any kind of potato chips, really.

What dish do you make perfect?
Viv: When I’m not distracted writing, I’m a good cook. I make awesome soups, stews, vegetarian dishes. Lasagna, butterchicken, pies… damn, now I’m hungry.

What dish have you messed up completely by burning or over cooking it?
Viv: See that comment above? When I start cooking and get distracted writing? OMGawd, I’ve burnt just about everything. I burnt hardboiled eggs once- the water all evaporated and the eggs were smoking in the pot. Nasty!

Can you give us your favorite Christmas cookie recipe? If not the recipe, your favorite cookie, we’ll find the recipe.
Viv: My favorite treat at Christmas is ButterTarts, and I had a friend who made them as squares instead of tarts. SOoooooo good!


Butter Tarts
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 30 (2 inch) unbaked tart shells


Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (170 degrees C).
  2. Cream the butter, sugar and eggs well. Add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  3. Pour batter into tart shells, no more than half full. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes. Watch carefully!!--they'll burn quickly. Filling will keep in the refrigerator for 2 weeks or so. Liquid coffee creamer can be used for cream. Use any good pie pastry for shells.
Now is the part where we let you do some shameless self promotion of your books. Please tell the readers something about what you’re currently writing or what has just been released. We’re shameless when it comes to pimpin’ new stuff!

Viv: Back to the cowboys, I’m in the middle of a 3 book release for the Six Pack Ranch. Yes, amoung other things, they grow real nice men out at the ranch. The first book, Rocky Mountain Heat, released in November, and the second, Rocky Mountain Haven is out January 10, 2012. The third, Rocky Mountain Desire is a March 13 release. Look for a lot of close-knit family stories, on the high heat level. In Haven, Daniel and Beth are working to find a HEA that requires a lot of careful planning. Along with the hot times. Did I mention the heat? Lol. If you’d like to know more about the books, take a peek at my website, www.vivianarend.com. I’ve got first chapters and information about all the books I have out. There’s also fun thing happening at my blog.

Thanks Baking Gals for the chance to visit. Lovely place…and the treats are yummy.

All the best! Viv








Vivian has so graciously given 3 wonderful readers 1 book to be chosen from her backlist of books! Yes, you heard us! There will be THREE winners!!! *Doing a little dance around the floor* Isn't she awesome? So start figuring out which book you want because THREE OF YOU will get to choose ONE book each.  

To Find Vivian:

Keep Reading Goddesses

Monday, January 2, 2012

INTERVIEW & GIVEAWAY WITH THE NOT SO BORING BELINDA BORING *TOTALLY CHEESIE RIGHT*?


Thank you for joining The Bakin_Goddesses for such a HUGE PARTAY! We hope you have as much fun as we do. We know the readers will enjoy getting to know a little bit about you with these little questions. It’s all about fun this time so let your hair down, grab your favorite drink, put your feet up on the desk and have some fun with these. (Shauni) *Grabbing a drink looking at Kim* Oh you meant them Sorry *laughing* 
Thanks for having me on your blog today *grins* I hope you don’t mind I brought my cabana boys. I wanted to make sure we were all comfortable and …. well, they’re just pretty to look at *winks*
Shauni grabs the towel from the table to wipe the drool from her chin and says "Why Thank ya!".  Kimberly just sits there, dumbfounded.  What do you say about man candy that pretty?
Ok, Look everybody -- Look how cute she is so ya'll know who we're talking to! 

Cats or Dogs? ( Hey what about Birds and lizards? ) 
I’m a bit of both! I love my little Chihuahua, Odie, and the little kitty that sits at my door and meows. Now if I can only convince my husband to let me keep it!
Salty or Sweet (This of course means when you’re “playing” because this isn’t an adult Goddess site for nothin’)? Chocolate? 
Chocolate! Was there really any other choice? In a pinch, I do enjoy something salty and crunchy like chips.
Vampires or Werewolves (Of course you can choose “other” but you have to elaborate *snickering*)? 
I’m a sucker for both! That’s why there’s seven days in the week - three days each for both to show me some sweet lovin’, and one so I can recover then do it ALL OVER AGAIN! *winks* I don’t think I could ever chose.  I used to be a vamp girl, but then along came Mason. Now I just want them both!
Kim and Shauni both look at each other and then look back at Belinda with that "what are ya? crazy?" kinda look on their faces and say "We know you don't think you're gonna bring summa that junk up in here and not share. Besides, Vamp Girl, we like those Alpha Boys too!" *winking at her and pouring another drink*
Fireman or Cowboy? 
Cowboy … yep, definitely! 
Hairy or Smooth (Body hair)? 
Smooth - I don’t want ANYTHING covering those abs.
Clean Shaven or Stubble? 
Stubble. Nothing beats kissing a man and getting whisker burn. Also, you can’t deny men with a little stubble look UBER sexy!
Diet or Regular soda (Or....if you’re like me, Kimberly, you’re stuck on Powerade Zero)? 
Diet. Too much sugar makes my teeth feel funny. Although, I’m trying to be good and drink more water *sighs* Let’s see how long I can keep that habit!
Fruit or Veggies (Or Chocolate)? 
Fruit dipped in chocolate :D
Coffee or tea (Or Chocolate)? 
Chocolate. Coffee and tea are BLECH!
The song that is most annoying when it sticks in your head -- sorry had to do it. 
Hmmm I can’t think of anything. I know I’ve had Kung Fu Fighting and Pocketful of Sunshine stuck in my head. It’s like having the hiccups … you THINK they’re gone and you relax, only to burst out singing again.
Apple or Microsoft? 
I’ll go with what I know … Microsoft
Drama or Comedy or anything with Gerard Butler -- What Shauni? He’s Hawt! What Kim?*wiping drool* I love Gerard but what about Jason Momoa ooooohhh Or Charlie Hunnan? OOH Shauni! Charlie!!! We Loves Us some Jax! SOA! All the way baby! I guess we should let the guest answer the question though, huh? (tv, movies)? 
What was the question? I kind of lost focus after you mentioned Gerard Butler *swoons* That man is incredible and HAWT!
Spring or Fall (Fall -- cuz I can beat him to the floor! *snickering*)? 
I love Spring because it means the cold is leaving and things will start warming up. Everything’s growing and looking beautiful again, all the trees and flowers!
Sedan or Sports Car (Hey! I live in Texas! Where’s the truck suggestion???)? 
I enjoy riding in my BFFs Mustang so I say sports car. Road trips + a good playlist = HEAVEN
Tattoos or no Tattoos? 
On me? No tattoos. On a man? I love a good tribal arm band.
Favorite splurge food -- Tacos, Pizza, Cheeseburger (Or Chocolate peanut butter swirl FUDGE)???? 
I am a complete fry whore. I’ll drive 30 minutes to Denny’s just so I can get them with ranch dressing. I also LOVE ice cream. Yep, all the foods I need to give up so I can eat healthier *pouts*
Our ears perk up at the word "fry whore." Kim starts dancing around singing "I'm a total ice whore" Shauni grabs her Monster can and breaks out into song (as usual) "I got my Monster Caan.....It's not a Monster Maaaan....But I drink it cuz I hafta otherwise I'll be a total nappar."  We all fall on the sofa laughing at Shauni trying to wrap.  
What dish do you make perfect? 
Chicken enchiladas. I got the recipe from my husband’s aunt and they are SO delicious!
What dish have you messed up completely by burning or over cooking it? 
My first ever attempt at meatloaf was so bad, even my dog wouldn’t eat it. My poor husband had two helpings and you could tell he was trying not to gag. Now that is LOVE!
Can you give us your favorite Christmas cookie recipe? If not the recipe, your favorite cookie, we’ll find the recipe. 
I LOVE Gingerbread cookies! I wasn’t able to get any this Christmas which was so sad. They’ve been my favorite ever since I was a child. I love the taste!


Now is the part where we let you do some shameless self-promotion of your books. Please tell the readers something about what you’re currently writing or what has just been released. We’re shameless when it comes to pimpin’ new stuff! 
2011 was a big year for me … HUGE. I released three stories in the Mystic Wolves series – Without Mercy, Cherished and Blood Oath. What started off as a dream grew into something more and I’m so proud of everything that’s happened since! Each story has gotten bigger, better and swoonier and I’ve loved hearing back from people. Mason, Darcy and Devlin have been whispering in my ear so I can’t wait to continue sharing their story in 2012. I’m also getting ready to release the stories in a print book. Just think … you can hold it, stroke it, snuggle with it in bed! LOL I know I will!! Just in case you haven’t seen my series, here are the cover and blurbs


WITHOUT MERCY
What would you do if a simple errand takes a deadly twist, turning you from cautious prey to dangerous predator?

When Darcy's outing takes a turn for the worst and tests her to the point of breaking, she struggles to maintain her humanity. Where loyalty and pack mean everything, she surrenders to the inevitable and only an act of complete trust can touch her. When all is said and done, with memories flooding her mind, Darcy holds tightly to the only thing that makes sense - it was all a dream. Or was it?


CHERISHED
Can Darcy let go of the shame of failure consuming her or will Mason convince her that after all is said and done, she truly is cherished?

For a moment, Darcy almost convinced herself the last twelve hours didn't happen. As image after image hits her, the sinking realization of all she's lost overwhelms her and all she can think of is to run. Run far away where her shame can't find her, and most of all, where she'll never have to see the look of blame in Mason's eyes. Feeling like a complete failure, she scrambles to make plans. But the voice of her mate-to-be penetrates her frantic thoughts, asking for the chance to show her just how much she is loved.

It hurts Mason deeply to hear Darcy's thoughts, knowing the events of the previous night have completely rattled her. Grieving over the death of his beloved sister Jasmine, Mason knows he has to act fast. Darcy is all he's ever wanted and the idea of life without her is unacceptable. Armed with his unswerving love and wolfish charm, he sets out to remind Darcy just how valuable she is and why there is no one else for him but her.

BLOOD OATH
Someone is trying to send a deadly message to Mason, arranging the deaths of those he loves and it puts the entire pack and Alpha on high alert. Plans are made but when the enemy strikes another painful blow by entering into the heart of pack property and kidnapping Darcy, Mason declares war. There’s nothing he won’t do to keep his future mate and pack safe.

Darcy understands the primal instincts driving her beloved Mason’s commands. With the help of those he sets as protectors, she learns about herself and the things she’ll need to help support her Alpha and pack. When events turn dire however, one truth offers her strength – once given, a blood oath is unbreakable … even if it means risking it all.

*Can you please show the readers some of your most favorite work? Feel free to shamelessly promote your achievements here because we, as Goddesses, totally would! 
I’m currently working on the fourth installment in the Mystic Wolves series called Forget Me Not. I’m really proud of it because I was brave enough to create the cover. I was there at the photo shoot and got the perfect photo from the model. It’s also the first full length novel of the series and I’m GIDDY about sharing it! I’ve been mwahahaha-ing with everyone.
I’m also working on finishing Broken Promises, book one in a brand new series. This was another result from a dream and was my NaNoWriMo story from two years ago. It’s one of my favorites because it was the first time I realized I could write, and where I finally decided to follow my passion. I love everything about the story and the characters – Bree and Quinn are amazing! 

Belinda is awesome isn't she? She is offering up all 3 books, in E-format, Without Mercy; Cherished; and Blood Oath to ONE winner.  They will have the entire series!! Let me tell you a little bit about Belinda.  She is a friend of Deena Remiel's and I went to Deena because we had a couple of authors that did not get back to us but were scheduled for the party.  Belinda has come in with ONE day notice and has done a fantabulous job!  She's puuurrrtttty dayam special in our book!!!  Thank you Belinda for letting us interview you and THANK YOU for being so generous with our readers!  Please Visit Belinda's blog *link below*.  You can also purchase her books using this link: http://www.smashwords.com/books/search?query=belinda+boring

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