• Appetizers,  Recipe

    French Onion Soup Crostini

    These little bites are pure Parisienne heaven! Inspired by Beth’s trip to Paris, these crostini are covered with caramelized onions cooked down with red wine and beef stock then topped with  and gruyere cheese.  Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google A bite of heaven, Parisian style. If you like this recipe, check out the book that inspired it!   You can buy The Queen’s Gambit here from Amazon or you can also choose to support local bookstores by purchasing it from Bookshop. The Queen’s Gambit Book Review ~ Chess Moves that Moved Me Other Recipes for The Queen’s…

  • Appetizers,  Recipe

    Russian Caviar Baby Potato Bites

    This elegant and decadent black and white appetizer was inspired by Beth’s trip to Russia for the final chess tournament.  Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google Elegant and decadent black and white appetizer If you like this recipe, check out the book that inspired it!   You can buy The Queen’s Gambit here from Amazon or you can also choose to support local bookstores by purchasing it from Bookshop. The Queen’s Gambit Book Review ~ Chess Moves that Moved Me Other Recipes for The Queen’s Gambit The Tranquilizer Chessboard Cake

  • Beverage,  Recipe

    Blazing Cherry Blossom Cocktail

    Created just for BEARTOWN by Frederick Backman, this cocktail recipe will heat you from the belly out. Tart cherry juice and elderberry liqueur are the stars. Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google cocktail with warm cherry juice and elderberry liqueur Beartown Book Review ~ May Leave You Cold “𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘯𝘰𝘪𝘴𝘺 𝘣𝘶𝘨𝘨𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘪𝘨 𝘤𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘯𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘣𝘦 𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵. 𝘞𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘵 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭𝘴 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘯𝘶𝘳𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘢 𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘭𝘺 𝘵𝘢𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘺𝘦𝘳 𝘰𝘯 𝘢 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘴𝘮𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘩𝘰𝘤𝘬𝘦𝘺 𝘵𝘦𝘢𝘮. 𝙇𝙞𝙠𝙚 𝙨𝙚𝙚𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙖 𝙘𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙧𝙮 𝙩𝙧𝙚𝙚 𝙞𝙣 𝙗𝙡𝙤𝙤𝙢 𝙞𝙣 𝙖 𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙯𝙚𝙣 𝙜𝙖𝙧𝙙𝙚𝙣. 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘸𝘢𝘪𝘵 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘴, 𝘢 𝘸𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦, 𝘮𝘢𝘺𝘣𝘦 𝘴𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘭,…

  • Book Review,  Recipe

    Pride and Prejudice Tea Party

    How dare I deign to review Pride and Prejudice?  I am much more comfortable expressing myself through food….. Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google Linzer Playing Card Cookies inspired by all the Whist games Berry Scones and Earl Grey Tea Glaze Herb Garden Tea Sandwiches

  • Breakfast,  Dessert,  Recipe

    Tea and Berry Scones

    Why have I always thought of scones as dry, crumbly, tasteless things that 18th century lords and ladies ate in their stuffy parlors? Goodness, these things are actually heavenly!! As a nod to all the tea times in Pride and Prejudice, I was inspired to make a tea glaze to drizzle over these scrumptious scones. Warm, soft and bursting with berries, they are a tea drinkers delight. Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google “By tea-time, however, the dose had been enough, and Mr. Bennet was glad to take his guest into the drawing-room again, and, when tea was…

  • Dessert,  Recipe

    Linzer Playing Card Cookies

    Fun and delicious, these cookies are the perfect afternoon dessert.  Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google pretty and delicious card inspired cookies for your afternoon game “Elizabeth, who had a letter to write, went into the breakfast room for that purpose soon after tea; for as the others were all going to sit down to cards, she could not be wanted to counteract her mother’s schemes.” Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice Tweet If you like this recipe, check out the book that inspired it! You can buy Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen here from Amazon or you…

  • Appetizers,  Lunch,  Recipe

    Pride and Prejudice Herb Garden Tea Sandwiches

    These delicate little sandwiches are inspired by all the lovely tea and garden  scenes in Jane Austen’s classic novel.  Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google delicate and light, perfect for high tea. “…Mr. Collins invited them to take a stroll in the garden, which was large and well laid out, and to the cultivation of which he attended himself. To work in this garden was one of his most respectable pleasures;” Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice Tweet If you like this recipe, check out the book that inspired it!   You can buy Pride and Prejudice by Jane…

  • Dessert,  Recipe

    Linzer Heart Cookies

    These English tea cookies are adorable and a great base for so many flavors and shapes. Originating in Austria, the oldest known recipe was found in 1653. Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google pretty and delicious heart shaped cookies for your loved ones! He might be right. Maybe we did grow heart bones. But what if the only way of knowing you grew a heart bone is by feeling the agony caused by the break? Colleen Hoover, Heart Bones Tweet If you like this recipe, check out the book that inspired it!   You can buy Heart Bones…

  • Dessert,  Recipe

    Oreo Cheesecake

    This cheesecake is as delicious as it is beautiful!  Filled with Oreos, topped with strawberry roses and sitting on a thick Oreo crust, it’s a perfect and decadent dessert for a romantic night in.  Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google “I severed the end of my cheesecake. “This one’s different, Syl. If I pull this off, I could become the next big name in the business.” “Whatever you do, make it quick. Let’s bury this one and move on to the next.” Elle Cosimano, Finlay Donovan is Killing It Tweet gorgeous and delicious If you like this recipe,…

  • Dessert,  Recipe

    Chocolate, Champagne, Coffee and Raspberry Macarons

    Yes, macarons are a particular dessert to make. They can be finicky but you can do it! They are so delicious and fresh when made at home. Here I have two basic macaron recipes: vanilla and chocolate. With these, the macaron flavors are limitless! Just finish with your filling of choice. Below, I have four fillings to get you started: chocolate, champagne,  raspberry and coffee. Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google with this base, the colors and filling flavors are unlimited!! with this base, the filling flavors are unlimited!! Chocolate “Addie has discovered chocolate. Harder to come by…

  • Beverage,  Recipe

    Little Pink Umbrella Champagne Cocktail

    Fun, pink and bubbly, this is a lovely afternoon cocktail, rainy day or not.  Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google Pink, fun and bubbly! If you like this recipe, check out the book that inspired it! You can buy The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue here from Amazon or you can also choose to support local bookstores by purchasing it from Bookshop although I highly recommend listening to this book! You can buy the audio version at Libro.fm here.  The Invisible Life of Addie Larue ~ An Ethereal Pleasure

  • Beverage,  Recipe

    Girl’s Day Pink Lemonade Margaritas

    Perfectly pink and sweet, these margaritas for señoritas are great for girl’s day out!  Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google Pretty and pink, these strawberry lemonade margaritas are perfect for a friendly celebration! “What would I do without you, Tully?” Tully put an arm around her. “Thankfully you’ll never have to know. Come on, I’m making margaritas.” Kristin Hannah, Firefly Lane Tweet Novel Cocktails Cocktails with a Literary Twist. 21+ to enter. Click Here If you like this recipe, check out the book that inspired it! You can buy Firefly Lane here from Amazon or you can also…

  • Dessert,  Recipe

    Cotton Candy Cupcakes

    Easy and oh so sweet, these are fun cupcakes to make. Loved by kids of all ages, these are especially great for carnival or fair themed parties.  Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google This white cake is as light as air and tastes so fresh! “She wanted a real life, not this perfect, glittery cotton candy one she’d created for herself. But she had no real idea how to go about starting over at her age.” Kristin Hannah, Firefly Lane Tweet If you like this recipe, check out the book that inspired it!   You can buy Firefly…

  • Dessert,  Recipe

    Hard Candy Apples

    These were actually so much easier to make than I thought they would be. The hardest part was getting the wax off of the apples! “Kate tried then to think of a response that would steer the conversation away from her best friend, maybe even reveal her own passionate side, but who was she kidding? She had no passionate side. Tully was candy-apple-red silk; Kate was beige cotton.” Kristin Hannah, Firefly Lane Tweet Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google Pretty and tasty, these are not your typical red candy apples. If you like this recipe, check out the…

  • Dessert,  Recipe

    Easy Sugar Cookies

    Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google Sweet and simple, these cookies are the perfect base for all of your creativity! “For a split second her daughter looked like a little girl again, her dark eyes wide with hope, her “lips curving into a hesitant smile. Years’ worth of parties were between them now, a net of shared memories. “Of course,” Kate said. “I love those cookies.” Kristin Hannah, Firefly Lane Tweet If you like this recipe, check out the book that inspired it!     You can buy Firefly Lane here from Amazon or you can also choose…

  • Beverage,  Recipe

    The Boxer & The Blacksmith Cocktail

    All of the heat and smoke of a blacksmith with the knockout punch of a boxer. This complex yet simply delicious cocktail is a wonderful accomplice to Edie Cay’s Feminist Regency Romance, The Boxer and The Blacksmith. I highly recommend both!  Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google All the heat and smoke of a blacksmith with the KO punch of a feminist boxer. Novel Cocktails Cocktails with a Literary Twist. 21+ to enter. Click Here