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My Favorite Cinnamon Rolls

I know...it's January and everyone's dieting. But every now and then you just need a sweet treat! This is my very favorite Cinnamon Roll recipe. I actually had it for my birthday treat last month. My husband and 11 year old daughter made them and they turned out great, even though they made them way differently than I normally do. I've made this one several ways, I've made it into two dozen rolls, 1 dozen rolls and the original recipe makes 4 dozen rolls. I don't have a big enough mixer to make it that way though! Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think.




Cinnamon Rolls

1 dozen rolls 

For the dough

1 Tablespoon yeast
7 ounces warm water
3 ounces sugar
1 beaten egg
1/4 cup oil (canola or vegetable)
1/2 Tablespoon salt
2 3/4 cup flour

For the Filling

1 Cups Brown Sugar
1 Tablespoons Cinnamon
1/4 cup butter, softened



Proof the yeast in the warm water with the sugar for 10 minutes. I use the bowl of my stand mixer with a lid. When the yeast has grown and is bubbly add th…

Once Upon a Crime

About the book: The first book in the Waterfell Tweed Cozy Mystery series!

Sandy Shaw finds herself torn away from her beloved bookshop and cafe when village eccentric Reginald Halfman is found murdered, just hours after he announced his plans to open a competing bookshop right across the village square. As the city police arrive and make it clear Sandy is under suspicion, she is forced to investigate the murder herself. Can she solve the case before it's too late?

Once Upon a Crime is a novella of around 35,000 words. Light and cozy, the book introduces our female amateur sleuth, the village of Waterfell Tweed, and a whole host of quirky characters! Each book in this series can be read as a standalone (but is better enjoyed if read in order), and is free from swearing, sex, violence and cliffhangers.

My review: This book was a lot of fun! I liked the whole sense of mystery and the way the reader doesn't know who the killer is and finds the clues just like Sandy does.

Sandy is jus…

Blog Tour - #Starstruck

About the book: “You’ve done better.”

With one uncharacteristically sassy tweet to her longtime celebrity crush, Zoe Miller’s life turns upside down. Ultra hot A-lister Chase Covington doesn’t just respond to Zoe’s tweet, he does the unthinkable: he messages Zoe directly. Now she must decide between walking away or meeting her crush in person.

Chase knows better than to trust anyone from the Internet, but Zoe’s saucy challenge has totally caught his interest—and her girl-next-door personality is keeping it. He’s been burned enough to know he needs to keep his heart close. But his feelings for Zoe might be a lot more than just an online flirtation. He just has to convince her…

When the press gets wind of Zoe and Chase’s secret relationship, their romance turns into tabloid headlines. Will they be able to hold on to their Hollywood love story?


My review: This book is so much fun! I loved the whole book from start to finish. The characters, the plot, the romantic situations, everything about…

Book Blast - #Starstruck

#Starstruck by Sariah Wilson “You’ve done better.” With one uncharacteristically sassy tweet to her longtime celebrity crush, Zoe Miller’s life turns upside down. Ultrahot A-lister Chase Covington doesn’t just respond to Zoe’s tweet, he does the unthinkable: he messages Zoe directly. Now she must decide between walking away or meeting her crush in person. Chase knows better than to trust anyone from the Internet, but Zoe’s saucy challenge has totally caught his interest—and her girl-next-door personality is keeping it. He’s been burned enough to know he needs to keep his heart close. But his feelings for Zoe might be a lot more than just an online flirtation. He just has to convince her… When the press gets wind of Zoe and Chase’s secret relationship, their romance turns into tabloid headlines. Will they be able to hold on to their Hollywood love story?
Blog Tour January 22nd – February 2nd Excerpt “You must be Zoe Miller. I’m Chase. Covington.” He added on his last name like I wouldn’t…

Cover Reveal - Veins of Gold

Release date: July 17, 2018


A new historical fantasy novel from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Charlie N. Holmberg:


VEINS OF GOLD

Desperate to save her siblings from poverty, a young woman discovers magic fueled by gold . . . and a love for the man who wields it.

Abandoned by their father for the gold rush, Gentry and her siblings labor to survive alone in the inhospitable west. When bizarre natural disasters begin wreaking havoc on the land, Gentry discovers a world of magic. Desperate for help, she accepts aid from a mysterious stranger.

Winn not only sees the magic, but controls its hunger by feeding it gold—the very thing Gentry’s father left to acquire. But the earth’s unrest only grows worse, and Gentry’s fear leads her to a terrible choice: marry a wealthy man she does not love, or trust in Winn’s unpredictable power to save her family.

Other Books by Charlie N. Holmberg:
The Paper Magician
The Glass Magician
The Master Magician
The Plastic Magician
Followed by Frost
Magic Bitter, …

Blog Tour - My God Hath Been My Strength

About the book: Nephi, that great hero of the Book of Mormon is often viewed as a pinnacle of devotion: steadfastly faithful, profoundly spiritual, and unwaveringly obedient. But the beautiful passage of scripture often referred to as Nephi's Psalm reveals that, like all of us, Nephi faced his own inner struggles in this mortal existence. His heartfelt introspection demonstrates that amid the trials of life, discouragement can burden us all—but it can also be overcome.

In My God Hath Been My Support, author David T. Morgan looks to the words of Nephi's Psalm to offer an inspiring message of hope and a loving call to action. Featuring tools and ideas on how to overcome adversity, increase feelings of self-worth, and endure the ups and downs of mortality, this scripture-based roadmap to a more fulfilling life is a joyous invitation to learn from Nephi how to transform sorrow into joy.

My review: I wanted to read this book mainly because each and every one of us have challenges ari…

Favorite Friday - Exciting News

I'm so excited to let you know about a little something I've had in the works for the last little bit. I'm going to be a contributor on a family travel blog this year. It's called Tips for Family Trips. And my first article about our family trip to Seattle and Canada posted yesterday!

You can check it out here!

Seek This Jesus

About the book: As a Methodist growing up in the Deep South, young Neill Foote felt the desire to commit her life to Jesus Christ. During a sing-along at YWCA camp, she felt a wave of divine love envelop her. She writes: "I cried all the way back to the cabin, stumbling along in the dark, holding on to this most precious of realizations: God loved me. He knew twelve-year-old me. He was real. That certain knowledge bound my heart and soul to Him."

The desire to continue feeling that love kept growing. "Much of my early life was influenced by my seeking for the true and living God," she writes. "I wanted to know the Savior better, to understand His will, to become a true disciple of Christ in my daily life." But how?

Not until David Marriott brought the missionaries to her apartment in Cambridge, Massachusetts, did she understand the joy that accompanies covenants made and ordinances performed by true priesthood authority. After months of studying, she finall…

Delilah's Desserts

About the book: Welcome to Tangerine Street
Tangerine Street is a must-see tourist stop with a colorful mix of one-of-a-kind boutiques, unique restaurants, eclectic museums, quaint bookstores, and exclusive bed-and-breakfasts. Delilah's Desserts, situated in the middle of this charming collection of shops and cafés on Tangerine Street, is a bakery that offers a different variety of desserts each day. The emotions that Delilah bakes into these desserts have a strange effect on customers, sometimes altering the course of their lives . . .
My review: I LOVE these Tangerine Street books! They are so much fun. I love the way the authors weave the three stories together and it was so much fun to see other locations that I loved from the other books pop back up, The Mariposa Hotel, The Fortune Cafe, and The Boardwalk Antiques Shop. It's like seeing old friends again!
Anyway...I'll tell you a bit about each of the three novellas in this one. It doesn't look like any one author i…

The Distance Between Us

About the book: Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she's beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and lo…

Blog Tour - Heart of the West

About the book: Independent-minded women are considered highly unsuitable in Kate Donahue’s wealthy Long Island society. Yes, Kate would lead a proper life should she marry, but her dream of practicing medicine would surely be thwarted by her domineering fiancé. To follow her dream, she must take dramatic measures. So when she reads a newspaper ad seeking a qualified small-town physician, Kate embarks on a new life in the Wild West.

Upon her arrival in the rugged settlement of Craig, Colorado, Kate is disappointed to discover that even in the West, no one wants a woman doctor. As she struggles to establish her practice, she is kept busy fending off the unwanted attentions of a local rancher, a man unnervingly reminiscent of the ex-fiancé she left behind in New York. Romantic entanglements are the last thing on Kate’s mind. That is, until she meets Lucas McCurdy, an Irish immigrant with whom she feels an undeniable connection. But when their relationship inflames a dangerous land battle…

Favorite Friday - Get Ready for Romance Reading Challenge

How many of you have done a reading challenge? I have done several, in fact, I usually do at least one or two a year. I'm starting the year out this year with the Get Ready for Romance Reading Challenge by newldsfiction.com. I love the way she runs these. You get points for reading, this time it's for reading romance novels by LDS authors. And you enter your points into her Rafflecopter and then you win books. You can also join her Facebook group and win more books that way as well. I typically win at least 1 book during these challenges and sometimes more. It's really a fun way to not only keep track of your reading, but to win new books and to find new authors as well. You can check it out here!

The Ambitious One

About the book: Lindsey Asher took the Billionaire Bride Pact at girl’s camp, but she’s never taken it seriously. Her dreams were always about building her own a bakery empire, not marrying a billionaire. Years later and all grown up, Lindsey has poured her heart and soul into Sugarbee’s Sweets in downtown Manhattan. All she wants for Christmas are good reviews from a pair of big-name food bloggers and plenty of customers to enjoy her sweet treats. 

When Eric Kasabov parks his cookie cart in front of Sugarbee’s and starts stealing her customers, Lindsey’s resolve is tested. And when Eric’s partner starts causing trouble, Lindsey has to make a choice. How far will she go to save her store? Can rivalry turn to love? 

Author's Note: The Billionaire Bride Pact series is written to be read in any order without missing any of the story. Jump in any time! You might have some fun spotting crossover characters. 

My review: I really enjoyed the plot on this one! I liked it's originality an…

Blog Tour - Potion Masters

About the book: Twelve-year-old Gordy Stitser is one of the few people who knows the truth about the secret society of potion masters, because not only is Gordy's mom on the Board of Ruling Elixirists Worldwide (B.R.E.W.), but she has also been training Gordy in the art of potion-making.

Gordy is a natural, and every day he sneaks down to the basement lab to invent new potions using exotic ingredients like fire ant eggs, porcupine quills, and Bosnian tickling juice.

One afternoon, Gordy receives a mysterious package containing an extremely rare potion known as "The Eternity Elixir." In the right hands, the Elixir continues to protect society. But in the wrong hands, ti could destroy the world as we know it.

Now, sinister potion masters are on the hunt to steal the Eternity Elixir. It's up to Gordy, his parents, and his best friends, Max and Adeline, to prevent an all-out potion war.

My review: This book is such a great middle grade book for boys! They will love the actio…

Blog Tour - The Fisherman's Daughter

About the book: Eighteen-year-old Marianna De'Angelis has grown up on her father's fishing boat off the picturesque coast of Sicily, Italy. She traverses the nearby countryside on horseback and bicycle and works alongside her mother selling fish at market. It is a simple, happy life. But when WWII erupts and the Nazis overtake the country, Marianna's peaceful world is shattered.

In the midst of chaos, Marianna encounters a handsome, young Italian soldier named Massimo Scalvone. Though she tries to keep her distance, Marianna finds herself powerfully drawn to Massimo. Yet all the while, the man she is growing to love conceals a deadly secret—a secret that ensures that in a world now ruled by politics and greed, Massimo is not free to give his heart. Devastated, Marianna immerses herself in helping her family and neighbors survive the war. But soon, merely helping is not enough, and the young woman undertakes increasingly dangerous missions for the resistance. Although Marian…