Friday, January 16, 2015

Jennifer Chambers in Valentine Best Selling Authors Cookbook


I was so pleased to be included in the Valentine Best Selling Authors Cookbook by Books to Go Now. My Valentine's book release is not quite there yet-- but I live in hope (and hard work). I'm working on my next book diligently. The recipes I included in the Valentine Cookbook are a teaser for the ones included my new book, with my Energy Bowl (my dupe for the PNW favorite "Yumm Bowl") Salted Caramel Cinnamon Rolls, and other yumminess that I'll let you find out soon. The Valentine Cookbook will have free days coming up on Amazon, and I'll be sure to post them here. Until then, here's a taste (ba dum dum) with the scrumptious cover.

There are recipes by Sharon Kleve, Jennifer Conner, Angela Ford, Joanne Jaytanie, Jackie Marilla, Tammy Tate, Samna Ghani, Angela Daulton, and me, Jennifer Chambers. Live body love by making yourself great food all the time, not just on Valentine's day!





Thursday, January 8, 2015

#LoveTheMirror

My friends in Body Love, The Militant Baker and Jade Beall, have done it again! Is "fantastic" too gushy? Don't care. It's a gorgeous piece.

#LoveTheMirror is a new campaign to get people to love themselves exactly as they are. No qualifiers. No excuses. Just love.

I joined the group with my picture, below, on Twitter. I couldn't write my full statement on Twitter (darn those 140 characters) but I'd love to put it on here.


This year, I'm going to #LoveTheMirror because I finally get it. Everything else fades away and it's all about love. Too long, too long have I stepped out of the frame. Too many times have I not seen the beautiful mess in front of me because the only thing I was looking for was the perfection of the unattainable ideal. I take up space. I exist. I'm lucky to be here. I used to confuse taking care of, cherishing, myself with neglecting something else. No more. Being kind to myself only expands my capacity for more kindness.


I'm gonna love the mirror because self-love is revolutionary. It's taking off the expectations of others and believing in my own true self. Everyone should be so free. I only wish it hadn't taken so long. It's all about love. Really. It is.

Please take a minute to check out the original post #LoveTheMirror. I did not get a chance to meet Jade the last time I was in Tucson but I am delighted by her work and look forward to seeing her at the next Body Love Conference. I know a few of the models in this campaign and a more beautiful bunch of people, inside and out, I've not often had the pleasure of meeting.

And take your own!! Love the Mirror yourself. Take a chance on loving the person you see instead of picking it apart. Find the #LoveTheMirror and post your own-- I know they'd love to see more Body Love.

Monday, December 29, 2014

2014 Great Books

Here is my by no means exhaustive but interesting list of books that helped boost my own self-esteem in 2014, with explanations. Enjoy, and post some of your own if you're so inclined. Also included are some I'm looking forward to in 2015!

1. WONDER, by R. J. Pelacio. Such an amazing book. I read it for my middle schooler's Oregon Battle of the Books list and was affected enough to think about it for days afterward. Just a lyrical read.

"Summary: I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse."


2. TANGERINE, by Edward Bloor. A similar OBOB read, but about a kid in a Florida suburb who ends up playing soccer and finding himself. Great read.


3. YES PLEASE, by Amy Poehler, and BOSSY PANTS, by Tina Fey. Yes, they are comedian's memoirs. but so powerful in that these are women who fight for what they want: a seat at the table of all funny greats. Both of their stories are not just amusing, but inspirational. And did I say funny as hell? So funny.


4. This one is a read-in-progress, and I have some issues with it, but LEAN IN: WOMEN< WORK AND THE WILL TO LEAD intrigues me. I'm not sure I agree with the author Sheryl Sandburg on every thing but it's a lot to think about.

5. OUTRAGEOUS ACTS AND EVERYDAY REBELLIONS, by Gloria Steinem. Again a read-in-progress, but these essays are provocative and make me want to shake up my daily thoughts and actions.

More books later- time to go finish the ones I'm in the middle of! Happy reading, all.



Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Josey's Christmas Cookie Blog Tour- Sharon Kleve


I'm happy to host Sharon Kleve, a blogger friend of mine, on the blog tour for her heartwarming story Josey's Christmas Cookie. The book is from Books To Go Now. Sharon has some great prizes to give in the rafflecopter at the end of the post. I encourage you to get this Christmas read, and go check out the other books (many!) by Sharon at any of her sites linked to below.


 




BLURB:


In the blink of an eye, Josey lost the most important people in her life, her parents.


Can a hound dog named Cookie, a pair of mourning doves, and a passionate vet bring the holiday spirit back to Josey's life in time for Christmas?


 


EXCERPT:


As I stared at the pathetic dog in his diaper, I realized no one wanted the dog, they were just gawking at him. The sign said his name was Cookie, part Basset Hound and part Redbone Coonhound. I didn’t know anything about either breed. I did know he was very large and he was slobbering everywhere and he should have a diaper around his neck. I turned to continue my search and a felt a tug on my pant leg. I looked down and Cookie had a hold of my jeans. When our eyes met,Cookie's eyes twinkled, just like Clint's.


 


A glob of drool hit the top of my shoe. He let go of my pant leg and licked the goo off my shoe. I wanted to say, "gross," but instead I said,"thank you." I was hooked. His fur was a reddish brown and soft as silk. Not caring about drool or dog hair, I sat down on the floor next to Cookie, wrapped my arms around his neck, and finally felt at peace.


 


Another glob of drool hit the floor next to my butt. He looked sad, like that was a deal breaker and I'd leave him behind. I looked Cookie in his sad eyes and laughed. He pulled back his goofy lips and smiled back.


 


That's when I heard Clint's voice, "Well Josey, it looks like you found your soul mate."


 


He laughed, but not at my expense.


 


 


ABOUT SHARON KLEVE:


 
Sharon Kleve was born and raised in
Washington and currently lives on the Olympic Peninsula with her husband.




Sharon is a multi-published author of
paranormal and contemporary romance. She loves romance. She loves reading
romance, living romance, and especially loves writing about romance. She gets
no greater feeling than watching her characters come alive in each other's
arms. Most of all, she loves giving her characters the happily ever after they
deserve
with a few bumps and bruises along the way.


One of her favorite things to do is
picking up a new book and sinking into the story, immersing herself in the
emotions between the characters. She hopes to inspire her readers the same way
her favorite authors have inspired her.


When not writing, she can usually be found
either curled up in her recliner with her cat and a good book, or in the
kitchen baking sourdough bread or bagels.



 


CONTACT SHARON HERE:


 


























 




 


 


GRAND PRIZES


 


(1)
$5.00 gift card


(2)
Audio books or (2) eBook copies. Winner’s choice


 


 

Cookies, Cookies, Cookies! Gluten-free (but still tasty!)

In preparation for the Josey's Christmas Cookie Blog Tour, which will be coming up tomorrow with a feature from author Sharon Kleve, I'm re-posting one of the most popular recipes on my blog. It was inspired by a recipe from another author. Lucy Burdette, and her recipe on the Mystery Partners website. I made hers gluten-free because I wanted to eat it so badly... maybe I shouldn't admit that.The crowning glory of these for me is the fact that my family didn't know they were gluten free. There is no higher praise for a baker who was formerly proficient than this.


Gluten-Free Peanut-Butter Cookies With a Twist Ending
Adapted from Lucy Burdette

Ingredients:

Step One
1/2 c. Salted Butter
1/2 c. Shortening, butter flavor
1 1/2 c. crunchy Peanut Butter
1 c. packed Brown Sugar
1 c. Granulated sugar
2 Eggs
3 t. Vanilla Extract

Step Two
2 c. Brown Rice Flour
1/2 c. White Rice Four
1/4 c. Tapioca Flour
1 t. Xanthan gum
(You can use 2 3/4 c. Gluten-free flour blend instead of the above flours if you prefer. Make sure to add the Xanthan gum if your flour blend does not include it.)
1 t. Baking Powder
2 t. Baking Soda
1/2 t. salt

Step Three
1/2-3/4 c. granulated sugar
1/2 t. chili powder (if you like the twist ending)

To make:
Cream together the butter and shortening with the brown and white sugars until fluffy; add the Peanut Butter, mix to combine, and then add the eggs. Mix until absorbed and add the vanilla; stir.

If you want to get all fancy, you can mix together the flours, Xanthan gum, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, and Salt in a bowl with a fork before you add to the butter mixture. Lots of recipes tell you to do so. I'm here to tell you it's a good idea and one I stand behind (it blends things well) but yep, I don't do it. Call it my little piece of anarchy. If you're me, toss the flours and dry ingredients on top of the wet stuff in the Cuisinart and give 'er a whirl. Don't worry about how long it takes to mix-- with traditional flour recipes you don't want to make a baked good tough by overmixing. Not the case in Gluten-free baking since there's not gluten to get all stringy. Make sure the flour mixture is blended well. It will be thick and clump together. Divide the well-blended cookie mixture between two large sheets of waxed paper and shape into an approximate log, wrap the ends, and refrigerate for about a hour. I have it on good authority that if you rotate the logs, they won't get a flat spot, but yeah... I'll leave it at that.

When you've waited the requisite hour (or 45 minutes if you're desperate for cookies) remove from the fridge and slice into 1/4 inch slices on a Silpat-lined baking sheet. They will spread, but not as much as traditional cookies, so place them accordingly. Mix the sugar with the chili powder if you wish, or leave it plain, and dip the tines of a fork in the sugar before putting crosses in each cookie. (See my photo above if you need directions but I'm pretty sure you can get it on your own.)

Enjoy! I like Adams' peanut butter, which is available nationally, or the grind-your-own variety if you want to get really decadent. I tend to eschew shortening in recipes but I find that in a refrigerated cookie it hold up well to use a half-and half kind of thing. Please know that an all-butter recipe would work just fine. These logs of dough will keep, refrigerated, for about a week, or they can be easily frozen, which is good if you happen to have any teenage boys living at your house who never stop eating (ask me how I know this!)


Monday, December 1, 2014

Angela Ford's Holiday Hop


My favorite holiday traditions are DIYing gifts for my friends and family. Also, cooking-- but that's a given on the holidays. In all of my books, family and loved ones are an important thread. They are especially so in my two Christmas books, Christmas Miracle in the Mall and Christmas in the Comstock.


I'd love to give away a Christmas ornament to one commenter, and a copy of one of my Christmas books too! Just enter my rafflecopter below. I'm asking you to tell me a DIY Christmas tradition, craft, or recipe of your own. I do a lot of knitting and reading and cooking, as a busy writer mama. I usually listen to Christmas carols until my family can't stand it anymore, lol! You can see some of mine on my Pinterest board here.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


We are celebrating Christmas 2014 by giving away a Kindle and a $25 Gift Card.
Please stop by and visit the authors listed below for more giveaways. Happy Hopping!


Jamie Brumfield Amanda Bennett Michele Mathews Julia Mills Elizabeth Inglee Richards
Carol Ann Kauffman Jennifer Chambers Diane Rinella Angela Ford Terri Carle
Sharon Kleve Melanie James Mariah Dietz Serena Zane Jennifer Conner Amanda Bennett
R.E. Hargrave Ella Medler Aubree Lane Rebecca Sherwin Teri Riggs
Ava O'Shay Andie Lea Dzintra Sullivan Andrea Perno Jennifer Theriot Chris Karlsen
Al Parks L.A. Remenicky Emma Lee Skye A.L. Wood Jayne Hyatt Amber Daulton
Joanne Jaytanie Kelly Cozzone J.D. Hollyfield Patricia Kiyono Elle Klass
T.I. Lowe Tammy Tate Jackie Marilla Casey Harvell Denise Kawaii Natalie-Nicole Bates Kelly Ann Jacobson Moira Keith Michele Gwynn Tracey Alvarez Mary Bernsen

Angela Ford's 2014 Holiday Hop Giveaway Link - Click Here
Here is the direct link for the giveaway raffle http://is.gd/jL5sYV

The raffle directs the entrants to a Pinterest Board called Angela Ford’s 2014 Holiday Hop of Favorite Christmas Stories – each entrant can PIN to WIN! By pinning a picture of their favorite Christmas movie or book to the board and enter their name in the description. Here is the link for the pinterest board.
http://www.pinterest.com/aford1507/angela-fords-2014-holiday-hop-of-favorite-christma/

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Christmas Wonder Giveaway Hop!

Welcome to the Christmas Wonder Giveaway Hop!
Celebrate the Wonder of the Season! Visit all of the blogs to see what they love most about the season and which books have made their Christmas wish lists! There's a giveaway at each stop so be sure to visit them all.

My most-anticipated holiday thing is the time I spend with my family. I like to make my own gifts, mostly, (I have been accused of being crunchy-granola-y before). I don't claim any great skill, but a lot of enthusiasm, which I hope makes up for it, lol!

I'm giving away a knitted scarf similar to this one pictured below. Color will be determined-- no guarantees on color, it's whatever wool I am knitting next from my stash. You could wear it while reading my newest Christmas book, Christmas in the Comstock, or my first Christmas book, Christmas Miracle in the Mall. Become my fan on Facebook for an additional gift option (I will choose from the comments on the site.)




a Rafflecopter giveaway


Here's the grand prize giveaway: