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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Blackberry Crumble...Review

About the book:
Modern Miss Marple: A Magnet for Murder?
by Jane Seeley, feature reporter, The Denver Post
Local "celebrity" Sadie Hoffmiller has been involved in a number of unfortunate situations that have taken her to crime scenes from London, England, to Miami, Florida, and even in her own backyard of Garrison, Colorado. But is she truly an unwitting bystander in all these investigations? Or is she something more? Is she, perhaps, even the cause...?

The word is out about Sadie Hoffmiller's amateur detective work, but it's not the kind of publicity Sadie wants. When Jane's article threatens Sadie's reputation in the community, she accepts her first investigation-for-hire and travels to Portland, Oregon - if only to give herself some space from her whispering neighbors. And from Pete, who is sending her mixed signals about their budding relationship.

Sadie hopes the Portland air will clear her head, and she is eager to get to work for May Sanderson, who has suspicions about her father's untimely death.

Putting her detective skills to the test, Sadie delves into a complicated past that includes a business partnership that didn't end well, several unsavory family secrets, and more than a few motives for murder.

Sadie is afraid she might crumble under the pressure, but in a new place with new recipes, she finds herself more determined than ever to uncover the answers buried in scandal, insatiable appetites, and pure and simple greed. 

Sadie Hoffmiller strikes again!  This time, however, she has accepted her first paid investigative assignment.  That she isn't a licensed detective doesn't matter.  Armed with a lock pick set and a fake ID, she heads off to Portland to put some space between herself and her hometown.

In true Sadie fashion, she gets herself in trouble and has many cringe-inducing embarrassing moments.  But, also in true Sadie fashion, as she uncovers motives and clues she also discovers families that need to be reunited.  And, along the way she discovers some terrific new recipes, some of which sound absolutely delicious.

Simply a fun story.  An easy enjoyable read.

Thanks to Tracee at Pump Up Your Book for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Josi Kilpack here.  Check out Lemon Tart, English Trifle, Devil's Food Cake, and Key Lime Pie. You can find other Blackberry Crumble reviews here. You can purchase your own copy of Blackberry Crumble here.

Read 3/11

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4/5 Stars

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

White Cake

Printable recipe

2 1/2 cups flour (all purpose)
2 cups sugar
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/8 t. salt
1 1/3 cup buttermilk or sour milk
1/2 cup butter (softened)
2 t. vanilla
4 egg whites

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Add buttermilk, butter, and vanilla.  Beat with an electric mixer on low for about 30 seconds.  Scrape the bowl and beat on medium for 2 minutes.  Scraping the bowl occasionally.  Add egg whites, and beat for 2 minutes more.

Pour into greased and floured pans (2 nine-inch square/round pans or one 9x13 pan) and bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes.  I did 24 cupcakes and baked them for about 20 minutes.

Holly's Note:
The original recipe came from my old Better Homes and Gardens cookbook.  My husband and I thought the cupcakes were a bit heavy, not light and fluffy. My son loved them and couldn't get enough.  I think that next time I will change the order for mixing and do it more traditionally:  cream the butter and sugar first, add the egg whites one at a time, etc.