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Friday Favorites: Beagle & Wolf Author Festival

Well, it is Friday and I am quite pleased to announce that I AM feeling fabulous! That Italian Wedding Soup really did the trick: I’ve been slurping bowls of it all week and am finally starting to feel like myself again. It got a little dicey there for a while. I lost five pounds in four days–yikes! But don’t worry, I am doing my very best to eat my way back to normal. My appetite has revved up and really am feeling great. Get ready, Park Rapids! Local author coming at ya!

So, besides the return of my good health, here are a few other things that made the Friday Favorites list this week!

Beagle & Wolf Books and Bindery Author Festival!

Next stop on my Seven Stones Book Tour: Park Rapids, Minnesota! This event is quite different than the regular book signing or reading. This is an all-day literary extravaganza! Over 30 other Minnesota authors will be at the festival, doing readings, and signing books! Come at 1:30 to hear William Kent Krueger read from his newest book, and stick around to say hi to me at my table! I’ll be there from 1:30-3:30. So stop by to grab a few books, meet authors, and have a grand time!

Apricot-Ginger Tea Scones

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When I started feeling better, I knew what I wanted more than anything else: a cup of tea and a chewy, fluffy scone. I whipped together a batch of my Earl Grey Scones with Lemon Icing, but added dried apricots and ginger to give it a little kick. Man, am I glad I did! This new version adds a lot of depth to the scones and really brings them to the next level of delicious. I’m definitely making them again and again! And for those of you who may not love traditional dry scones, these have moisture and fluffiness while being dense and not too sweet. They have Shane’s stamp of approval (who is a self-proclaimed scone hater). I only had powdered ginger at the time, but I will use fresh ginger next time! To make my Apricot-Ginger Tea Scones, follow my Earl Grey Scone recipe and add:

1/2 cup chopped dried apricots

2 tsp powdered ginger (1 tsp fresh grated ginger)

Book of the Week: Vegan Cookbooks!

I’ve been playing around with incorporating more plant-based recipes in our diet. We are really good at eating our fruits and veggies, but Shane and I (like most Wisconsinites) tend to go a bit heavy on the cheese and dairy. So, to mix things up and keep meals healthy, I’ve been checking out purely plant-based foods to mix into our weekly meals. The results have been some truly delicious, super healthy foods! Here are some of my favorite vegan cookbooks, along with the recipes we’ve been trying. Whether you are vegetarian, vegan, looking to eat healthier, searching for something new to try, or scrounging for a Meatless Monday recipe, these are my favorite vegan cookbooks:

Oh She Glows by Angela Liddon

The Oh She Glows website has been one of my go-to cooking blogs for a while. When Angela released her cookbook, I knew it would be a winner! Oh She Glows is without doubt the most used cookbook in our house. Here’s a few of our favorite recipes you’ll find inside: Mashed Cauliflower with Mushroom Gravy, Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas, Pumpkin Custard Pie with Coconut Whipped Cream, Grilled Portobello Salad, Roasted Beet & Hazelnut Salad, Gym Rat Smoothie, Pumpkin Pie Smoothie, Avocado-Basil Pasta.

YumUniverse by Heather Crosby

You ever come across a recipe that totally changes your life? That is the YumUniverse recipe for Pad Thai. Game changer. Another completely delicious and new favorite in our home is her recipe for Buckwheat porridge. Sounds weird, but it amazing and simple.

Detoxinista by Megan Gilmore

Usually, when I hear the word “detox,” I cringe. I don’t believe in juice-fasting or any other type of fasting. Your body craves nutrition, and that is exactly what I give mine. Meghan’s approach to “detox” is not what you think. Her cookbook is all about incorporating whole foods into your diet in very easy and tasty recipes. I have been following her blog for years and just got her cookbook. Here are some of my favorites: Chocolate Breakfast Smoothie, Chinese Cabbage Salad, peanut butter cups (from her website), healthier–and tastier–Klondike bars (website).

And, of course, the Thug Kitchen: Eat Like You Give a F*ck cookbook. There are just too many amazing recipes to list, but check out this post for that awesome soup recipe!

So, there you are: my top picks for cookbooks! They all have no-fuss, easy recipes that result in truly delicious food. What are you waiting for? Go check them out and have fun experimenting!

Word Count

2,248. HUZZAH!!!! Next week’s word count goal: 3,000 words!

Happy Friday!



Earl Grey Scones with Lemon Icing

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This past weekend, Shane ran in his first 10K on Saturday in sunny 60 degree weather (and got 3rd place! Woohoo!), and I was out in my garden plot, tilling and prepping the soil for planting. Today, it is snowing. SNOWING. But that’s Minnesota for you.

But the snow isn’t going to bother me. Why? Because I am glowing! My publishers just told me that Seven Stones is going to a second print!!! That’s right, we’ve almost sold out of the first printing, so my publishers need to print more books!!! I feel like doing cartwheels–if I hadn’t thrown my back out ripping up soil. Instead, I’ll just do a mini-happy dance on my couch. YAY!

THANK YOU to everyone who has bought a copy of the novel, told their friends about it, or wrote a review. Word of mouth is HUGE and I just can’t thank you enough. If you’ve read the book, I’d LOVE to know what you think! You can post reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and LibraryThing. Or just send me a message! 🙂

In just a few minutes, I’ll be off to Brainerd for meetings with my publishers, publicist, and a TV interview! I’ll be sure to let you guys know how everything went in my Wednesday post, but until then I’d like to share a delicious spring recipe and my new obsession: Earl Grey Scones with Lemon Icing.

My favorite breakfast is a hot cup of tea and a warm, fluffy scone. One day, I wondered if I could combine my two loves into one delicious pastry. After much experimentation, I bring you Earl Grey scones! They are light, slightly sweet, and are topped with a tangy lemon icing that will melt in your mouth. As an added bonus, my recipe calls for coconut oil and whole wheat flour, so you can feel a little better about indulging in this spring inspired treat. Even if it is snowing outside, you can still have a little spring in your day with these sweet and tart scones!

Earl Grey Scones with Lemon Icing

2 cups white whole wheat flour (soft white spring wheat is what I use)

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

3 tsp loose leaf Earl Grey Tea, crushed (or the contents of 2-3 tea bags)

½ cup coconut oil (or Earth Balance)

½ cup milk (I found that either dairy or non-dairy work perfectly)

2 eggs (or vegan substitute)

1/3 cup Sucanat

2 tsp vanilla

Lemon Icing:

1 cup organic powdered sugar

3 TBSP milk

1-2 tsp lemon extract

*Note: I like mine tangy, so I used 2 tsp. Just keep adding a bit at a time and tasting until it is lemony enough for you!*


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and the Earl Grey tea leaves. Add the coconut oil or Earth Balance to the dry ingredients and mix in with a fork or pastry cutter until the dough is crumbly. *Note: I used my hands to squish it all together. It’s messy, but fun and effective!*

In a separate bowl, combine the milk, Sucanat, and vanilla. Pour into the dry ingredients and stir just until combined. The dough will be very sticky. Scoop the dough out onto a floured surface and pat it into a flat circle, about 2 inches thick. No need to knead. The less flour you incorporate into the sticky dough, the better as moist dough makes moist scones

Cut the circle with a floured knife into eight equal wedges (like a pie). Place wedges on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes, until scones have started to brown and firm up.

Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack. Once cool, drizzle with lemon icing.

Pairing Suggestion: Enjoy with a cup of—what else?—Earl Grey tea

Happy Monday!

What is your favorite spring flavor?