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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

10 weeks ...and bake a cake ?

I adore a good story but in my pursuit to empty my brain and read I found Joanna Fluke novels and guess what ...there are recipes ...A LOT of recipes.

The stories are set in Lake Eden and have swedish background and well ...how could you NOT love a book about cinnamon rolls and murder?

Here are some tidbits I found....so read book and grab a bunch of flour for cooking !

 Like Hannah Swensen, Joanne Fluke grew up in a small town in rural Minnesota where her neighbors were friendly, the winters were fierce, and the biggest scandal was the spotting of unidentified male undergarments on a young widow's clothesline. She insists that there really are 10,000 lakes and the mosquito is NOT the state bird.

While pursuing her writing career, Joanne has worked as: a public school teacher, a psychologist, a musician, a private detective's assistant, a corporate, legal, and pharmaceutical secretary, a short order cook, a florist's assistant, a caterer and party planner, a computer consultant on a now-defunct operating system, a production assistant on a TV quiz show, half of a screenwriting team with her husband, and a mother, wife, and homemaker.

She now lives in Southern California with her husband, her kids, his kids, their three dogs, one elderly tabby, and several noisy rats in the attic.



Spring has sprung in Lake Eden, Minnesota, and the mud season is turning Hannah Swensen's life upside down. But Hannah finds herself knee-deep in an even bigger mess when murder makes an unexpected visit to town...

April is a a busy time for Hannah Swensen and her bakery; there's just something about the warm weather that makes folks in Lake Eden crave something sweet. When Hannah hears that the Cinnamon Roll Six jazz band will be playing at the town's Weekend Jazz Festival, she's more than happy to bake up a generous supply of their namesake confections to welcome the band to town.

Before the festival even begins, tragedy strikes when the Cinnamon Roll Six's tour bus overturns on its way into town. Among those injured is Buddy Neiman, the band's beloved keyboard player. At first, Buddy's injuries appear minor, until his condition suddenly takes a turn for the worseas in dead. Hannah's no doctor, but she suspects that the surgical scissors someone plunged into Buddy's chest may have something to do with it.

Once the investigation into Buddy's death begins, a slew of suspicious facts come to light. It turns out that Buddy Neiman isn't the victim's real name. In fact, no one is really sure who he is, or what secrets may be lurking in his past. Hannah also has her eye on a few local suspects. There's Doctor Bev, who seems to know more about the victim than she's willing to admit. And Devon Murphy, the aspiring young keyboard player who wanted a spot in the band so much, he just might have killed for it. Truth be told, Hannah isn't sure just how she'll unravel the mystery, but one thing's for sure: there's nothing sweeter than bringing a killer to justice...

ok here is a recipes
OLD FASHIONED SUGAR COOKIES FOR CHRISTMASDO NOT preheat oven. Dough must chill before baking.
2 cups melted butter (4 sticks)
2 cups powdered sugar (not sifted)
1 cup white (granulated) sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon zest (optional)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar (critical!)
1 teaspoon salt
4 ¼ cups flour (not sifted – pack it down when you measure it)
1/2 cup white sugar in a small bowl (for later)
Red and/or green decorator's sugar (optional)
Christmas candies (for later -- optional) *
Melt butter. Add sugars and mix. Let cool to room temperature and mix in the eggs, one at a time. Then add the vanilla, lemon zest, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt. Mix well. Add flour in increments, mixing after each addition.
Chill dough for at least one hour. (Overnight is fine)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. and place rack in the middle of the oven.
Use hands to roll dough in walnut-sized balls. Roll dough balls in the bowl of sugar. (If you like, you can mix the white sugar 2 to 1 with colored decorators sugar – I usually have 2 bowls of sugar, one with red decorators sugar and the other with green decorators sugar. I alternate the bowls and make half red cookies and half green dough balls. You can also put a piece of soft Christmas candy on top of your cookies before baking. I use the mix with little colored Christmas trees, Santas, and other Christmas icons. Just don’t use anything that will melt when you bake the cookies.
Place the sugar-coated dough balls on a greased cookie sheet, 12 to a standard sheet. Flatten them slightly with your impeccably clean hand and then push the candy down in the middle of the ball.
Bake at 325 degrees F. for 10-15 minutes. (They should have a tinge of gold on the top.) Cool on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling.
Kids love these for Christmas classroom parties. So do teachers, because they’re not too messy.
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