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3 Make-Ahead Holiday Treats!

Need some go-to recipes when family and friends come to visit? You’ve come to the right place. Today, we’re featuring Holiday treats…some are spicy, some are sweet! 

Being from Georgia, pecans are a Christmas staple at my house. These are a hit at parties and social gatherings! 

Spiced Pecans:
1 egg white
1 t. water
1 C. sugar
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. salt
1 lb. pecans
3 T. butter
Preheat oven on 275*. Bake time: 45 minutes.
In a medium glass bowl, beat egg white and water until foamy. Stir pecans in, coating with egg white. In another bowl, combine sugar, cinnamon, and salt, then pour over top of coated pecans and mix well. Melt butter in 9X13 baking dish.  Pour pecans on top of the melted butter and stir. Place in preheated oven. Stir every 15 minutes (3 intervals during cooking), and stir a final time when they are done or they WILL stick together! Cool completely. Store in airtight container.

These cherry cookies are so festive…and equally yummy! 
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2 C. all purpose flour
1/2 t. soda
1 t. salt
1 C. brown sugar
3/4 C. butter
1 egg
1 t. vanilla
1/2 C maraschino cherries, drained
1/2 C. coconut, shredded
1/2 C. pecans, chopped
Preheat oven to 350*. Bake time: 12-15 minutes.
Cream together brown sugar and butter well. Then add all other ingredients and mix well. Spoon onto parchment paper-lines baking tray and bake. Remove from oven and cool completely. Store in airtight container.
If sweets aren’t for you, we’ve got you covered. For a HOT and spicy snack, these cheese straws are sure to turn up the heat!
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3 C. grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 stick butter, softened and cut into 8 pieces
1 1/2 C. all-purpose flour, and extra for dusting
1 t. kosher salt
1 whole habanero (de-seeded to keep the flavor but tame the heat)
1/2 t. ground cumin
2 T. whipping cream

Preheat the oven to 350*. In a food processor, combine cheese, butter, flour, salt, cumin, and habanero. Pulse until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add cream. Pulse again, until the dough forms into a ball. On a lightly floured surface, use a lightly floured rolling pin and roll the dough into a large rectangle that is 1/8-inch thick. With a sharp knife, cut the dough into long, thin strips, 1/4 to 1/2 inch wide. Stick the knife in flour after every few slices to ensure a clean cut. Gently transfer the strips to an ungreased cookie sheet, leaving 1/4 inch between them. Make the straws any length you want from 2 to 8 inches. Bake the straws on the middle rack for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the ends are barely browned. Remove from oven. Cool on wire rack. Store when room temperature in air-tight container.

Enjoy!

~ Jericha Kingston

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2016 in Jericha Kingston, Recipe, Uncategorized

 

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Getting to Know You

Getting to Know You

Hi! I’m Jodie Wolfe, the new kid on the block. Well, at least the newest member of the Quids. 🙂 I thought I would let you know a little bit about myself. My mother-in-law instilled in me a love of old things, which is probably partly why I love researching and writing Christian historical romances. And no, I didn’t love history as a child. In fact, besides math, it was one of my least favorite subjects in school. But I digress.

I’m happily married to the love of my life and best friend in this world besides Jesus. My beloved and I will celebrate our 29th anniversary come December. We raised and home schooled two sons from their birth until high school graduation. We’ve been empty nesters for a few years, and we find we are enjoying this ‘season’ of our lives. Both our sons are married and we have two granddaughters, with another expected in August.

What’s  interesting about me? Hmm. I’m the youngest in my family, with two older brothers three and four years older than myself. I’ve spent the majority of my life living in PA. My oldest son was born in Germany.

Ever since I’ve been a young girl, I’ve had a desire to be a published author. In fact I started writing my first novel at 13. I have written quite a number of novels since then but have yet to obtain a contract at this point. I have written a column for Home School Enrichment magazine for the past eight years and have had some devotions published with  Christian Devotions.

On May 2nd I have a novella debuting entitled Hearts Tightly Knit. I’m pretty excited about it and have been working hard to get things lined up.

Most days you’ll find me writing or researching, walking, maybe knitting, and definitely spending time with my husband. I look forward to getting to know you. How can I be praying for you today?Jodie 2015 - cropped - reduced

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2016 in Jodie Wolfe, Uncategorized

 

Book Review–The Red Door Inn

Prince Edward Island Dreams #1

The Red Door Inn

Revell Books, 2016

Marie Carrington is broke, desperate, and hoping to find sanctuary on Prince Edward Island while decorating a renovated bed-and-breakfast. Seth Sloane moved three thousand miles to help restore his uncle’s Victorian B and B–and to forget about the fiancée who broke his heart. He wasn’t expecting to have to babysit a woman with a taste for expensive antiques and a bewildering habit of jumping every time he brushes past her.

The only thing Marie and Seth agree on is that getting the Red Door Inn ready to open in just two months will take everything they’ve got–and they have to find a way to work together. In the process, they may find something infinitely sweeter than they ever imagined on this island of dreams.

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Traveling to Green Gables, PEI–whether in L.M. Montgomery’s novels or in director Kevin Sullivan’s classic films–has always been a favorite destination of mine. So when I saw that Prince Edward Island was the setting in Liz Johnson’s contemporary romance, The Red Door Inn shot to the top of my To-Read list. This gripping story of a B&B in need of restoration, a broken woman searching for a place to belong, and a man healing from his

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past was every bit as charming as a trip to Green Gables.

 

I recommend this book to anyone who believes in second chances and the power of finding the way home. Full of historical architecture, antiques, and absolutely lovable supporting characters, The Red Door Inn will not disappoint.

I look forward to the next book in the Prince Edward Island series, coming fall 2016.

I gave this book 5 stars!

~Review by Candice Sue Patterson

Candice is the author of Bright Copper Kettles and Silver White Winters. Her debut novel How to Charm a Beekeeper’s Heart releases November 2016. For more, visit her website at www.candicesuepatterson.com.

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Book Review: Still Surviving Henry: The Untold Stories by Erin Taylor Young

Still Surviving Henry Cover_800pxDescription of Still Surviving Henry: The Untold StoriesThe rogue torpedo of a dog is at it again! Henry hauls author Erin Taylor Young and her readers into mischief, mayhem, hilarity, and heartwarming adventure. Come join Henry, canine catastrophe extraordinaire, as he romps through an all new collection of true life—and near-death—tales. You’ll laugh yourself silly—and maybe even shed a tear or two—as Henry shows that there’s a lot more to life than merely surviving.

For anyone who’s read Young’s first book, Surviving Henry: Adventures in Loving a Canine Catastrophe, it won’t be a surprise to learn that she couldn’t fit all his antics into one book. For readers who haven’t yet met Henry, here’s to your full-tilt initiation.

My review: Erin Taylor Young’s first book, Surviving Henry: Adventures in Loving a Canine Catastrophe, was a delightful and inspiring read, so I couldn’t wait to dig into this new release, and it didn’t disappoint. With her unique take on the world and her witty humor, Young deals with the perils of living with a husband, two growing sons, and a canine catastrophe named Henry. My favorite story involved a lump of a rising bread dough and yet another trip to the vet (where the dog, I think, must be greeted with shouts of “Henry!” reminiscent of those for “Norm” from Cheers.)

I give this book five stars for the superb writing, for the many times I laughed out loud, and for the moments when tears filled my eyes. You’ll love it, and since it’s free, you can pop over to Amazon right now and download it for yourself. I promise, you won’t be sorry.

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ErinErin Taylor Young is an award-winning humor writer living in a comedy with an all-star cast including one well-meaning husband, two polar opposite sons, and a noncompliant dog. When she isn’t writing or rescuing the dog from mortal danger, she works as an acquisitions editor and author liaison for Serenade Books, a publishing company she helped to found. She’s also the co-creater of Write from the Deep, a podcast and website resource to minister to the hearts of writers.

She has a bachelors degree in art and a masters degree in music, which is mostly inconsequential but makes her sound more reputable. She loves football (Da Bears), photography, and hiking in cool national parks. Learn more about Erin at erintayloryoung.com, where she blogs about writing, God, and her aversion to spiders.

Click here to keep up with news about Erin’s new releases.

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Robin Patchen lives in Edmond, Oklahoma, with her husband and three teenagers. Her third book, Finding Amanda, released in April, and its prequel, Chasing Amanda, released in July. When Robin isn’t writing or caring for her family, she works as a freelance editor at Robin’s Red Pen, where she specializes in Christian fiction. Read excerpts and find out more at her website, robinpatchen.com.

 

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the Quid Pro Quills!

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Posted by on March 17, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Bird Nest Cupcakes

birdnest cupcakes

Easter family gatherings are on the way! Spring is in the air and so are fun spring recipes. Bird nest cupcakes is one of my favorites.

Start with the cupcake flavor of your choice, bake, and cool completely.

 

Next, spread sweetened coconut on a baking sheet or baking dish, covering the bottom.

Then add 1/8 tsp of brown food coloring gel and 1/8 tsp moss green food coloring gel. (I use Wilton Icing Color gels- they add rich color without changing the consistency of the recipe.) Using your hand, toss the coconut around, spreading the color onto each flake. It takes several minutes of tossing and rubbing hand fulls of coconut together to incorporate colors.

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“mossy” coconut

Once the color is incorporated as evenly as possible, place dish of coconut in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes. This will dry out the coconut and slightly toast to make a realistic bird nest look. Cool coconut completely before decorating your cupcakes.

Frost cupcakes with the icing of your choice. Using your hand, apply a large amount of coconut on top of the icing pressing it into the frosting so it will stick. Make sure coconut covers as much of the icing as possible to create a realistic bird nest effect.

Place three candied eggs in the middle of the nest and you have now created a “Bird Nest Cupcake.”

~Candice Sue Patterson writes Modern-Vintage Romance–where the past and present collide with faith. Her debut novel How to Charm a Beekeeper’s Heart will release November 2016. When she’s not decorating cakes, Candice is working on a new story. Visit her website at www.candicesuepatterson.com.

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Animals & Authors with Jennifer Uhlarik

Welcome! Today we chat with another exceptional author, Jennifer Uhlarik, who tells us about her faithful writing companion.

QPQ: Hi, Jennifer! Introduce us to the dog you’re sharing with us today.

JU: I have four pets—two dogs and two cats, but one of my dogs is my special writer dog. Her name is Gracie—a beautiful black lab mix whom we adopted from the Humane Society in the summer of 2009. My hubby wanted me to have a special dog, and one Saturday, we went to four different shelters in four counties to search for that special animal. Of course we found her in the last shelter, a half-hour before they closed. But it was love at first sight. She was 8 months old at the time, and the cutest girl I’d ever seen. Black coat with white toes, chin, and chest, huge ears, and a tail that curled over her back.

QPQ: How precious! Since you’re an author and you come up with names all the time, how did you come up with Gracie?

JU: The same way I come up with any character’s name. I search my naming sourcebooks for the perfect name. I make lists of names I like, trying them out until I find that right fit.

QPQ: You definitely found it! How does Gracie help you in your writing?

2011-08-07 18.47.23JU: Gracie is my writing companion. She watches for me to head toward my writing room, and as soon as she sees me turn in that direction, she bounds down the hall and takes up residence in the corner. She keeps me company, listening when I read my writing aloud, and wagging her tail as if she approves. Writing can be a solitary profession, so it helps to have another warm body nearby to keep me company in those quiet hours.

QPQ: She sounds so sweet! Have you ever written Gracie into a story?

JU: I haven’t yet, but I’ve been planning to for some time. Just haven’t found the right story.

QPQ: Tell us three things you and Gracie have in common.

JU: Three things we have in common…hmm. Well, for one, we both like our environments to be quiet. We both find noise to be distracting, so she makes a great companion for me—quiet and sedate most of the time. Second, we’re both sweet and gentle, but can be fierce when someone messes with those we love. Unfortunately in the seven years I’ve had Gracie, we’ve been attacked by neighborhood dogs a few times when out walking. But Gracie and our other dogs have held their own, protecting me and my husband. The last thing—I’m not sure it’s a trait we have in common, but Gracie is uncommonly attuned to my moods, more than any animal I’ve ever met. She can be napping in my writing room while I’m across the house, and the moment she hears my voice elevate into any kind of a passionate tone (be it excitement, anger, fear, cheering for a baseball game, or whatever), she comes to check on me. She’ll approach me slowly and either rest her chin or her paw on my leg, letting me know she’s there if I need her. And she’ll typically stay there until I tell her I’m okay. Then she’ll trot back to her napping spot until she’s needed again.

QPQ: Calm, protective, and loyal. What a girl! Thank you for sharing Gracie with us, Jennifer! We hope you’ll join us again soon. Where can readers connect with you and your books?

JU: I can be found at:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JenniferUhlarikAuthor
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/JenniferUhlarik
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/JenUhlarik
Website: http://www.JenniferUhlarik.com

 

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