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Sometimes I even give away my own novels. My Inspirational romances and devotionals are pictured below and are detailed on my Books page. You can always count on a trace of humor in my novels and nonfiction. Whether you're a teen or a woman mature in years, I think these stories will ring true.

Read on, and discover some of today's most appealing Christian novelists, their latest books, and their words of wisdom and imagination. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Tea for Two and Free Books!

Photobucket"Mercy! Does it come with an insulin drip?"

This was the response one of my Tea for Two characters had when she heard about tea shop owner, Millicent Ashford Jewell's, latest dessert, best served with Earl Grey tea.

PhotobucketThe dessert in question was Milly's delicious Malted Chocolate Mousse Cake, which isn't really as sweet as it sounds. The recipe came to mind while I was reading emails on one of my loops--the discussion was about what to serve at a summer dinner gathering.

So I got the idea for today's post and book giveaway, but first, I want to announce that the winner of the drawing for the signed copy of Ronie Kendig's latest novel, Wolfsbane, is:

jchoppes@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll contact you today for your snail mail address, and we'll get your book to you right away. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (below my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways!

Okay, so about today's post. I'm always looking for new recipe ideas, and I thought we'd have a simple little contest this week. Tell us what one of your favorite summer recipes is called, and tell us why you love it. I'm going to pick the one that sounds the tastiest and send that person a signed copy of Tea for Two next week. (If you already have Tea for Two, I'd be happy to switch it out for another of my books.)

But you have to be willing, if your recipe is chosen, to let me post it next week for everyone to try. If you suggest Aunt Hannah's secret family recipe for basil-thyme chicken salad supreme and then can't share it with us, you're gonna have some 'splaining to do, Lucy.

So let's hear it, readers! Which of your recipes do you think we should try, and why? Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my post about Susan Meissner's novel, The Shape of Mercy, below, and leave a comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a copy of her book.

Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer HERE.


Little Lady said...

My family is BIG into coffee! We love Starbucks and totally adore Biggbys...and I drool over Panera's! But who can afford coffee at such a high price? Even when it is delicious! Well, we have found our own way to do it with this amazing coffee punch recipe (GREAT for open houses, parties, and anytime at all!)
12 C. Strong Coffee
1/2 C. Sugar
6 1/2 C. Milk
1/2 Cup Hershey's Syrup
1 Qt. Vanilla Ice Cream
Mix and serve!
Top with Whipped Cream and drizzle with Caramel for best results!


dancealert said...

I can not drink coffee, I'm allergic. But I ahve to tell you the book sounds fascinating. I love the stories about the Salem witch trials.

I posted this to my blog:http://dancealertreads.blogspot.com/2011/08/reading-writing-and-stuff-in-between.html

dancealert at aol dot com

dancealert said...

I didn't understand you needed a recipe. This one is so simple and you can post it whereever. My hubby loves and says my cole slaw is better than anyones. The neighbor loves to come over when we are making fish, he always asks, is Brenda making her cole slaw?

You just need a bag of precut cabbage mix for cole slaw, miracle whip, sugar and milk. Paprika to finish.

I do everything by eyeballing it - get out a dish and mix a couple of table spoons of miracle whip, add sugar stir in some milk and taste it, you can tell when it tastes right! Mix the dressing into the coleslaw mix , after you are all mixed up sprinkle the top with a little paprika and that's it! Put it in the refrigerator to chill until time to serve.

dancealert at aol dot com

Trish Perry said...

Thanks, LittleLady and DanceAlert, for posting those yummy recipes. I don't expect everyone to actually post their recipes (although I'm thrilled for any you all decide to post here!). If you tell us the name of the dish and why it's such a favorite, that will do as an entry.

That said, both of these recipes are sure contenders!! I can't have sugar at the moment, but I'll be trying that coffee recipe VERY soon. And sweet coleslaw is one of my favorites! My dad's recipe also calls for pineapple and (believe it or not) tiny marshmallows. Crazy, right? But oh so yummy!

Looking forward to hearing about other delish dishes!

Anne Payne said...

We like cold veggies but not always with the ranch dip so I make an easy peasy greek veggie salad.

Depending on how much salad you want depends on how many veggies you cut up.

Cut up in small chunks (not diced, too small) cucumbers, onions, sweet peppers (more color is better), tomatoes, and zucchini. Throw in some feta cheese, sprinkle in some basil, salt & pepper (to taste), then add some Kraft Extra Virgin Olive Oil Greek Feta Cheese & Oregano Dressing and chill for a couple hours. We like it as a side dish to burgers or steaks but I've been known to eat it for my meal :)

I would love to visit with Millie again while sipping on some mint tea!


Trish Perry said...

I like that, Anne! I recently discovered an Israeli feta cheese that's fanTAStic in Greek salad (yours sounds much prettier than what I make). The Israeli feta is less goaty tasting, if you know what I mean. Really tasty! I've become a real fan of Mediterranean food!

windycindy said...

Here is a favorite recipe of mine:

Read more about it at www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1913,148164-237202,00.html
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1 devils food cake mix
2 packs (4 oz.) instant chocolate pudding
3 c. milk
6 (1.20 oz.) Heath bars, frozen, then smashed to very small pieces
2 sm. tubs Cool Whip
2/3 c. Kahlua (or coffee liqueur)

Bake Devils Food cake mix as directed in a 13x9 inch pan. Cut into 1 inch squares and pour Kahlua over cake.

Prepare 2 packages of pudding with 3 cups milk and chill. After cake is ready and pudding is chilled, alternate layers of cake pieces, pudding, Cool Whip and crushed Heath bars in a TRIFLE DISH. Make two layers, ending with the Heath bars on top. Keep refrigerated.
Many thanks, Cindi

Trish Perry said...

Oh, my goodness. Kahlua! I haven't had that in years. Yummy stuff, and it would be great with chocolate!

One thing I hadn't planned but will do is post the recipe for the Malted Chocolate Mouse Cake on next Thursday's post, along with naming the winner.

Love all of these recipes so far! Entre and veggie recipes are welcome, too!

squiresj said...

You should try my zucchini cake. My girls did not even love zucchini but when I made this cake, they beg for it now. It is a summer favorite.
jrs362 at hotmail dot com

Trish Perry said...

Mmm, if zucchini cake is anything like carrot cake, I'm in!!

Pam K. said...

A friend in my Bible study gave me some garlic and onions from her husband's garden. Dad gave me some zucchini. I chopped and sauteed those in a bit of olive oil, then added some cooked chicken I had left over. Seasoned with some garlic salt and pepper, and cooked till the zucchini was tender (about 15 min.), this made a quick and easy supper.
I have The Perfect Blend so would love to win a copy of Tea for Two.

Trish Perry said...

Don't you love it when a dish comes together like that, Pam? There's nothing like fresh ingredients to add flavor to a simple dish. I've just recently started to take advantage of my local mid-week and weekend farmer's markets (but I just realized I'm going to miss today's fare, doggone it). No tomatoes for me 'til Wednesday!



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