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Insects, Ivy, & Investigations is available for preorder!


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I’m so excited Insects, Ivy, & Investigations is available for preorder and will be released on APRIL 29TH!

Grab firewood, s’mores, and camper or tent and let’s head back to Normal, Kentucky where Mae West along with the help of her sidekicks, the Laundry Club Ladies, put on the sleuthing cap as they snoop around in another fun Camper and Criminals Cozy Mystery.

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Sneak Peek: Insects, Ivy, & Investigations


Cozy Mysteries aren’t supposed to have big love or romance plots in them. There is a hint of romance that can be woven in. I love to have a romance between the sleuth and her man as a subplot. So if you’ve read up to date on A Camper and Criminals Cozy Mystery, you’ve met Mae West’s high school love, Kenny Jolly who is now a very successful pharmacist.

He’s back! This time he’s come to visit Mae….And y’all know that Mae has been questioning her relationship with Hank. How will this scene play out in Ivy, Insects, & Investigations?


“It’s nice what you’re doing for Bobby Ray. And Alicia.” He threw in the last part. “I guess it’s okay about Alicia.”

“Bobby Ray deserves to be happy and you met Abby. She’s great.” Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed Dottie staring at us when we walked past them on the way to the office. “Alicia is another story. I’d never hear about her. I had no idea Mary Elizabeth had another foster child after I left. I just goes to show how conceited I was to even think she would.”

“Don’t talk about yourself like that.” The soft tone of his voice penetrated the darkness like a sweet melody. “You’re special. You had reason to act the way you did. You had a loving family that was taken from you. I would’ve acted the same way.”

I took my keys out of my pocket to unlock the door. He playfully kicked my shoe with his foot.

“You were perfect. You gave me a lot of fun and entertainment.” I gulped at his flirtatious tone because I knew it so well. “How’s Hank?”

“He’s good. He’s been promoted to sheriff, so he’s all over the case. He has been great about Alicia and Mary Elizabeth. Very helpful.” I blabbed on out of nervousness.

“Stop.” Kenny put his hand on my arm after we walked into the office. “I know you. Why are you so jittery around me these days?” His warm touch lingered there. “It’s me. Kenny.” He grinned. “Ever thought about leaving this behind and coming home? We were pretty good together.”

“I love it here. I have Mary Elizabeth, Bobby Ray, and Hank.” My mind started to get foggy.

He slide his hand down my arm and took my hand in his.

“I don’t see a ring on this finger.” He brought my hand up and kissed my finger.

Quickly I jerked it away when the door to the office had opened and Hank stood there.

A blank look on his face.


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RECIPE: Easter Egg Petit Fours

Tonya Kappes’s Easter Egg Petit Fours


(All photos are property of  Author Tonya Kappes,  are used  for her personal use.)


This cake recipe makes 12  cookie cutter eggs, which  will make 6 petit fours.

Ingredients for Cake

• 1 1/3 cup flour

• 2 tsp baking powder

• ½ tsp salt

• 3 egg whites

• ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened

• 1 cup sugar

• 2/3 cup milk, room temperature

• Any jam, mousse, or filling you’d like to  use in the middle

Ingredients for Icing

• 3 cups powdered sugar, sifted

• 1 tsp almond or vanilla extract

• 2 T light corn syrup

• ¼ cup water

• Food coloring


Directions for Cake  

1. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. Fixin’ To  Die

2. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form.

3. Cream together butter and sugar. Alternate adding in dry ingredients and milk, beginning and ending with dry mixture.  Fold in egg whites and pour into 9”x9” pan greased and lined

with parchment paper.

Bake at 350F for 20 min.

Directions for Icing 

Mix all ingredients besides

food coloring together Scene of the

until smooth. Divide into Grind

four different bowls and   add different color food

coloring to each bowl.


Take Easter Egg Cookie Cutter  and cut out as many Easter eggs More Recipes as you can from the cake.

Slice eggs in half and spread about  1 teaspoon of choice of filling onto  2 one of the slices (make sure to  3 add filling to the inside not  4 outside of cake slice).

Sandwich the two slices back together. Put the eggs on a cooling rack over  wax paper (the icing will be dripping  down). Pour icing on top of cakes  using a spoon. Let it drip over onto  the sides.

If you want to download the recipe, you can grab that by clicking here.

RECIPE! Cheeseburger Gnocchi- gluten free!


I’d seen on pinterest this amazing look dish. I love using pinterest. Are you over there? I am! Come on over and let’s be pin friends.

Anywhoo, I’m always on the search for a good gluten free recipe. I’m only gluten free because Eddy has to be gluten free. He has an allergy to it and honestly when we discovered it, there was very little information about it out there. We had to come up with our own recipes, tweak old recipes and y’all, I only cook southern! But we have muddled our way through and this was not one to disappoint.

I had to make the recipe my own and make it gluten free. It’s a KEEPER!!!!


1 TBS butter

2 packages of DeLallo Gluten Free Potato & Rice Flour Gnocchi

2 pounds 93% lean ground beef

1/4 cup diced yellow onion

1 tsp minced garlic

1/2 tsp salt

1 TBS Weber Hamburger seasoning

2 cans (14 ounces) diced tomatoes

1.5 cups beef broth

reduced fat shredded cheese or regular fat cheese.


Melt butter in skillet over medium heat.

Add gnocchi to skillet and cook for 5 minutes until it turns golden brown on each side.
Remove gnocchi from skillet and set aside.

Add onions, garlic and beef to skillet.  Add salt and hamburger seasoning and cook until beef is no longer pink.  Drain if necessary.

Place beef mixture, diced tomatoes, beef broth and gnocchi in skillet and cook until it starts bubbling.  Reduce heat to low-medium and cook until liquid is minimal.

Sprinkle as little or as much cheese on top and place a lid over skillet for 2 minutes to melt cheese. Enjoy!!!

Be sure to let me know if y’all make it! I’d love to hear and see a picture!