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Cookies, Corpses and the Deadly Haunt by Rachael Stapleton
Haunted House Flippers Inc. #1
House flippers Jack & Juniper agree to lend and help prep their latest purchase—The Doctors House—an old Victorian mansion to act as the eerie setting for the town’s Halloween bash, they’re expecting to find missing floor boards, and pesky bats, not the ghostly specter of the murdered Doctors Wife.
But when the head of the council is found stuffed in a trunk in the attic, it appears history is repeating.
As June and the team, carry on with party preparations, they unravel a century of family secrets, whispers of lunacy—and the number one suspect goes on the run. But the victim’s family insists that the ball must go on, even with a killer on the loose. With Halloween fast approaching, June sees the woman in white and wonders if keeping the killer out was ever really a possibility. Now she’s desperate to unmask the killer before the Annual Halloween Bash turns into even more of a deadly haunt…
GET COZY & FALL IN LOVE WITH YOUR FOOD
Guest Blogger: Author Rachael Stapleton
Are you ready for the holiday cooking to begin? Thanksgiving, Halloween & Christmas are right around the corner and fall is the perfect time to spend with the family baking up some new recipes! As busy parents, sometimes we’re tempted to rush through and do all the prep ourselves, but making sure to include the family is part of the holiday festivities!
Whether it’s apple picking at a farm to make homemade cider, carving pumpkins to make salted pumpkin seeds, peeling potatoes for Thanksgiving dinner or slicing apples for Christmas pies. Everyone should have a job, so you can create memories along with those delicious goodies.
Few things can make a child’s face beam more brightly than seeing their family and friends enjoy a scrumptious holiday feast and knowing that they played a crucial part in the meal’s success!
If you read my cozy mysteries then you know one of my favorite details is the food. In Cookies & Corsets, one of the characters owns a bake shop and she’s always whipping up delicious baked goods. So, in honor of Pike and her spectacular treats I’ve included a few recipes below. One is super healthy and one is super fattening but both are delicious. Enjoy!
Ok, let’s start with my healthy treat. For those of you that follow me on Instagram, you’ll know I do fitness competitions a couple times a year which means creative healthy treats.
Baked Sweet Potato (Cinnamon Rolls)
1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (121 C) and position oven rack in the center of the oven.
2. Rinse and dry your sweet potatoes thoroughly and slice them as uniformly as possible. I like to leave them thick so they’re crispy on outside and chewy on inside
3. Toss slices in a mixture of cinnamon and stevia to lightly coat
4. Remove once crisp and golden brown.
Fake Cinnamon Rolls… Always a crowd pleaser! These sweet potato slices are healthy, nutritious and they taste just like Cinnabon’s Cinnamon Roll.
Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting via The Recipe Critic
INGREDIENTS (MAKES 12)
Chocolate Cake Mix
1 (15 oz) canned pumpkin
3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
Cinnamon Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 (8 oz) cream cheese frosting, softened
½ cup butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
¼ cup canned pumpkin
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12 muffin tin with liners. In a large bowl mix the cake mix, canned pumpkin, eggs, vegetable oil, cinnamon, and nutmeg until incorporated. Fill each liner ⅔ of the way with the batter. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely before frosting.
To make the frosting: Beat together the cream cheese and butter until creamy. Add the powdered sugar, pumpkin, and cinnamon until smooth and creamy. Frost cooled cupcakes.
For more details you can check out the blog where I first learned of the recipe.
About the Author
Rachael Stapleton lives in a Second Empire Victorian home with her husband and two children in Ontario, Canada and enjoys writing in the comforts of aged wood and arched dormers.
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