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Arancini with Pancetta and Garlic Sauce

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Arancini with Pancetta and Garlic Sauce
Arancini with Pancetta and Garlic Sauce

If you’ve never had arancini, I am glad you are here!

Arancini is a traditional Italian dish consisting of fried rice balls. Made with risotto, sometimes the arancini have peas or mozzarella inside. For this recipe, I included the mozzarella, but omitted the peas.

Crispy on the outside and soft and rich on the inside, arancini is a filling and delicious dish that is best served with tomato sauce.

If you’re stopping by here while searching for recipes, you may not know that the recipes here are all inspired by books! This particular recipe was created after reading The Four Winds.

The Four Winds is Kristin Hannah’s novel about a woman struggling to keep her family farm afloat during the Dust Bowl and her ultimate decision to move to California in hopes of a better future. Reminiscent of the Grapes of Wrath, The Four Winds is an epic tale of survivorship against great odds. If you love reading, check out more about this great book HERE!

This recipe for Arancini combines rich risotto, melty mozzarella, crispy panko, and a delicious garlic and pancetta sauce.

The flavors combine to create a warm and comforting dish that’s absolutely delectable.

Apple Cinnamon Scones with Vanilla Icing

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Apple Cinnamon Scones with Vanilla Icing
Apple Cinnamon Scones with Vanilla Icing

If you’ve never had a scone, I am glad you are here! Scones are one of my favorite foods, but I only started eating them within the last five years.

If you love the flaky goodness of a biscuit with a little bit of crunch on the outside, but you wish for something sweeter like a blueberry muffin, then scones are exactly what you’ve been looking for.

Blueberry scones are my absolute favorite and maybe I’ll make a version to share here someday, but today I’m sharing an equally lovely apple cinnamon scone.

This recipe packed with apples and cinnamon will produce a flaky, but soft scone that will have you reaching for just…one…more.

While most apple cinnamon scone recipes out there just use a bit of cinnamon in the batter, I decided to add cinnamon chips for a twist.

Cinnamon chips are found in the baking aisle next to the chocolate chips and are sweetened morsels packed with cinnamon.

If you can’t find them anywhere, you can try ordering them online (HERE) or leave them out of the recipe. Just increase the diced apples by a 1/4 cup.

Cinnamon Chips

If you’re stopping by here while searching for recipes, you may not know that the recipes here are all inspired by books! This particular recipe was created after reading Picnic in Someday Valley.

If you love small town romances (think Hallmark) with a dose of mystery mixed in, then you’ll love this book. Check out more about this book HERE!

This recipe for Apple Cinnamon Scones combines apples, cinnamon chips, flaky dough, and rich vanilla icing for a delectable treat!

Picnic in Someday Valley Book Club Ideas and More

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Picnic in Someday Valley Book Club Questions and Recipe
Picnic in Someday Valley Book Club Questions and Recipe
Picnic in Someday Valley Book Club Questions and Recipe
Picnic in Someday Valley Book Club Questions and Recipe

Are you a fan of Hallmark Movies & Mysteries? How about Hallmark romances? If so, then you’ll love this new book from the Honey Creek Series by Jodi Thomas.

Picnic in Someday Valley is the second book in the Honey Creek series and combines just the right about of mystery and romance.

Picnic in Someday Valley

Set in a small town with a cast of lovable, but quirky characters, Picnic in Someday Valley offers exactly what you love about Hallmark. With an extra dose of the romance (think PG-13 verses PG), but nothing too erotic, Thomas delivers a novel with several story lines that work together.

If you haven’t checked out the first book in the series, you can see my post on that book HERE. In fact, I recommend you read it first because so many of the characters in the first book return for the second.

And, who doesn’t love that?

I usually don’t do this, but I did want to provide a trigger warning for some readers. The main conflict in this novel arises from a serial rapist on the loose. That said, Thomas only writes books with happily ever after’s and this is no different!

If you are looking for book club food ideas and discussion questions for Picnic in Someday Valley, keep reading!

Sage and Pineapple Margaritas

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Sage and Pineapple Margaritas
Sage and Pineapple Margaritas

With summertime just around the corner, I’m looking forward to whipping up some tasty and fun drinks to cool off after a long day. There’s something about sitting on a patio and sipping a drink during those beautiful evening hours when it’s still warm, but no longer scalding hot. It just feels like summer!

If you’re like me, then you’ll enjoy this delicious twist on a traditional margarita.

Sage and pineapple come together to add a sophisticated depth in this drink. Paired with the typical lime and tequila in most margaritas, the sage and pineapple compliment and then elevate the cocktail. It’s really delectable!

And, if you don’t have a beach vacation planned this summer, this sage and pineapple margarita will make you feel like you’re there even when you can’t be.

If you’re stopping by here while searching for recipes, you may not know that the recipes here are all inspired by books! This particular recipe was created after reading The Rosie Project. If you love reading, check out more about this great book HERE!

Part romance, part comedy, and part quirky–The Rosie Project takes a unique narrator (think university professor with Asperger’s) and tosses him into the deep end as he tries to find a wife through his own carefully calculated survey. That just spells disaster!

I loved the book, so if you haven’t checked it out, learn more about it HERE!

And, as much as I loved the book, I think I loved this sage and pineapple margarita even more! Be sure to whip up a few and treat yo’ self this summer!

Twix Bars with Potato Chip Salt

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Homemade Twix Bars with Potato Chip Salt
Homemade Twix Bars with Potato Chip Salt

Chocolate and potato chips—two of the most loved foods in the snack world. Combine them into a dessert and I’m sold.

Besides, I don’t know about you, but Twix is one of my favorite candy bars. Cookie? Good. Caramel? Good. Chocolate? Gooooood.

I hate to admit it, but I almost single handedly took down the entire pan of these beauties. Yeah, they were that good.

If you are familiar with an old favorite called Millionaire Bars or Millionaire Shortbread, these are basically the same thing.

Sprinkle a little crush potato chips on the tops and you’ve got a hit. Or, leave the potato chips off if you like—they’re still amazing.

If you’re stopping by here while searching for recipes, you may not know that the recipes here are all inspired by books! This particular recipe was created after reading Dear Edward.

The book follows a 13-year-old boy who is the sole survivor of a major plane crash. It’s a heart-wrenching, but ultimately beautiful novel.

If you love reading, check out more about this great book HERE!

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