Apple Fyri’s Cake

It must be snack time again. I’m having a hard time not sharing all the tasty recipes I’m finding.


Apple Fyri’s Cake


1/2 cup butter, melted and let cool

2/3 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 cup all purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

2 tablespoons milk

3-4 apples, peeled and thinly sliced

1-2 tablespoons sugar

1 tsp. cinnamon

Grease and flour 10 inch spring form pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Beat the sugar and melted, cooled butter. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Combine the flour, salt, and  baking powder and add alternately with the milk. Pour into prepared pan.

Arrange peeled apples in a decorative pattern on top of batter. Press gently into batter. Combine the cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle over the top of cake.

Bake on low oven rack for about 30-40 minutes.

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Flour Tortillas

If I had known it was this easy, I’d have been doing this all along.  Click the picture or the link below to find out how to put these ingredients to use thanks to Suzanne McMinn at Chickens in the Road, Farm Bell Recipes.

Difficulty: Easy

Servings: 12 (or the size you make them)

Prep Time: 30 min Cook Time: 1 min per tortilla


3 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup shortening or lard

1 cup milk

via Flour Tortillas – Thick & Chewy | Farm Bell Recipes.

Meet Sophie


Sophie is my two-year-old Papillon mix anti-depressant. In the photo above, we have stopped along our walk to just sit in the grass.  She loves to just sit and sniff the smells in the air and watch the action around her. She is so happy all the time, it’s impossible to be in a bad mood.

In the video below, we are at the dog park playing with some of her friends.  The Shih Tzu is one of her favorites, Gizmo, and the brown puppy is a new friend they are just getting to know.

The Slanted Little House | Chickens in the Road

I found this wonderful website about country living I wanted to share.  There is so much goodness to read here, that I’m afraid it’s going to be a long while before I can drag myself off to bed, but I wanted to call your attention to this post Author Suzanne McMinn writes about why she chose to move to small town West Virginia.

It reminds me of the best things about country living.  Click through the link below to explore more country goodness.

My kids eat sandwiches sitting in apple trees. They jump fully clothed in the river if they want to. They skate on frozen creeks and they know how to pick a hoe out of the shed. They know what a low-water bridge is, and how to set a turtle trap. We don’t worry about burglars at night but raccoons. They eat corn on the cob and know they planted the seed.

via The Slanted Little House | Chickens in the Road.

A Bull By The Horns

Now that Chasing Nightmares is done and available to purchase in ebook or paperback, I need to get writing on my next project: the first book in my new cozy mystery series, Coffman Country Cozies.  Here’s a tidbit of what I have planned.

A Bull By The Horns

Artists and Writers and Murderers, Oh My! You thought living in the country was boring? Then you haven’t read a Coffman Cozy mystery yet.

Somewhere in farm country USA ·

coverideaMurder mysteries solved by mystery writers are boring.  Mystery writers who are murder suspects—much more interesting.  Especially if a poet, composer, artist and irascible old farmer have just as much motive and are equally annoying.

A Bull by the Horns is the first novel in the Coffman’s Country Art Colony series.  Protagonist Carina Coffman has worked hard to fulfill her grandmother’s dream of turning the family farm into an artist’s retreat.  She thought the only obstacles she had left to deal with were a disgruntled neighbor unhappy with her new venture, and training Larry the goat to stop head-butting his companions Curley and Moe.  When one of her guests ends up impaled by the longhorn of Ferdinand the taxidermied bull, however, she has her work cut out for her.


Chasing Nightmares

Chasing Nightmares – Download today!

ChasingNightmaresbrighterDr. Charles Levine despises his younger half-brother with a hate that even death can’t destroy. So why should he let Gordon’s demise prevent him from exacting revenge?  His weak-minded nephew, who resembles his father in so many ways, would serve Charles’ purpose perfectly.

With romance, suspense, and a touch of madness, Chasing Nightmares tells the tale of Anne and Lee as they struggle to conquer the terrors that have haunted their dreams since childhood.  Terrors that Charles exploits with finesse and specially concocted pharmaceuticals.

Will Anne’s nyctophobia keep her from saving herself and Lee from the Doctor’s insane plans?  Can Lee escape the yoke of addiction his uncle keeps pressing upon him? Or will their nightmares become their reality and devour them in the darkness?
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The painting, still not completely dry, should have been one of peaceful beauty—a starlit sky, the moon lighting up the creek. But the night Lee had seen and the one he painted were two different pictures. Instead of the bright clarity of a summer night, Lee had painted an evil moment filled with ghosts of distorted images. The moonlit night took on an air of menace, full of vague, hidden terrors.