Oatmeal Bread or Rolls

I’ll be honest. I haven’t actually made this recipe yet. But I was working at Menno Haven Camp when Betty Detweiler was the head cook and her oatmeal rolls were the best bread I’ve ever tasted. I will, I promise myself, try my hand at these myself someday.

1 1/2 cups boiling water
1 cup quick cooking oats or 1 1/4 cups leftover oatmeal*
1/2 cup brown sugar or honey
1/3 cup margarine
1 T yeast
1/2 cup warm water
2 eggs
1 T salt
6 cups of flour

Mix boiling water, oatmeal, margarine, and brown sugar. Let it cool. Into the cooled mixture add the eggs, salt and yeast. Add flour and knead (use additional flour if too sticky). Form into loaves or rolls and let rise in a warm place until about double in size. Bake at 340 degrees for 40 minutes. Makes 2 loaves or 24 rolls.
*If using leftover oatmeal, reduce boiling water to 1 cup. You may also need less flour than 6 cups.

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Wheat Germ Muffins

In some ways, this is similar to the recipe I posted the other day. It came from friends of mine who lived at Plow Creek Farm in Tiskilwa, and was served with  fresh berries we had picked ourselves.

I like it best when you smother a muffin with plain yogurt and sliced strawberries. While the recipe calls for muffins, you can also just put the batter into a round or square cake pan. Just be sure to test the middle for doneness with a toothpick before shutting off the oven.

1 egg
1/3 cup sugar
1 1/4 cup milk
1/3 cup melted butter or oil
1 cup flour
1/2 t salt
4 T baking powder
1 cup wheat germ

Beat eggs, sugar, milk and butter. Sift flour (although I never bother) with salt and baking powder, then mix in the egg mixture. Fill muffin cup about 3/4 full. Bake for 20 minutes at 425 degrees. Test for doneness with toothpick. Yields about 16 muffins.

Baked Oatmeal

This is the baked oatmeal recipe I use from the old days at Menno Haven Camp, thanks to Betty Detweiler.

1 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
6 cups quick cooking oats
1T + 1t baking powder
1t salt
1 t cinnamon
2 cups milk
2 chopped apples (optional)
1 cup raisins (optional)

Mix oil, sugar and eggs with electric mixer until yellow and glossy. Add remaining ingredients and beat on medium speed until blended. Blend in option ingredients.

Pour into a greased 9×13 pan. Bake at 400 for 30-40 minutes. Serve warm with brown sugar, milk, chopped dates, etc.

I’ve seen this made with blueberries instead of apples, or substitute any kind of dried fruit like apricots, shopped fine. I have also added nuts sometimes. Try serving with yogurt as a topping, plain with fresh fruit.

The First Two Reviews Are In

A Bull by the Horns earned two reviews in September, each with a five star rating. Here’s a couple excerpts from what the readers had to say:a-bull-by-the-hornscover

“Here’s a book you’ll sit up in bed to read or take to work to read on your lunch hour. Once you start it, you’ll look up and be surprised that you’re not in a spacious farmhouse, dealing with the deftly drawn assortment of characters who are guests in Carina’s art colony, or that the weather outside isn’t what it’s doing so realistically in the novel.”

“Set on a farm in Ellendale, it is Donahue’s depiction of Coffman’s Country Art Colony that stuck with me days after finishing the novel. It made me want to sign up for the Coffman’s Art Colony—or not. You’ll see what I mean.”

Word is Getting Around

BullHornsAnyone who lives in a small town knows how quickly word gets around when there’s news to share.  Even without trying, everyone seems to know almost before you do.

That seems to be happening on the internet too, at least for my newest release, A Bull by the Horns.  Just for fun, I Googled the title and my name and found a couple of places where people mentioned the book’s release without my even having to ask.

To thank them, I’m posting links below and inviting you to visit their site.  If you like reading, you’ll find lots to interest you besides my Coffman Country Art Colony Cozy.

Must Read Mysteries posts reviews and lists of new releases.

Omnimystey News is all about mysteries.  You’ll find some good book reviews here.

Novelspot has got a whole slew of helpful links for readers and writers.

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A Bull by the Horns Finally Released

BullHornsI’m breathing a sign of relief, but not for too long.  August 1, all versions of my Coffman Country Art Colony cozy mystery were released.  It took me longer to get this done than I had predicted, but I wanted to make sure it was the best that it can be.  I hope you think it was worth the wait. It can be purchased at the links below. Or if you want to try to win a print version, wait till August 11 and enter the Goodreads contest. Now I need to do my best to get the word out.  Hopefully all my friends and family will help spread the word!

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 Curly 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.

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