Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Cover Reveal for Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things by Rachelle J. Christensen

Today is an exciting day because I get to reveal the cover of the book behind Adri's story!
 Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things

This is book #1 in the new Wedding Planner Mystery Series by Rachelle J. Christensen and it will be released July 8, 2014, from Shadow Mountain, available in all reading formats.

For those of you who have met Adrielle Pyper and enjoyed following her crafting, recipes, and wedding tips, you'll love reading her story!

And now for the cover reveal...

It's so much fun and the artist captured the mystery, intrigue, romance, and danger lurking in the storyline!
Are you dying to know what this book is about?

About DIAMOND RINGS ARE DEADLY THINGS: Adrielle Pyper knows how to plan a wedding, and she is especially good at pleasing bridezillas. But when her biggest client and best friend is murdered just three days before the wedding, Adri’s world falls apart. She moves to the resort town of Sun Valley, Idaho, and starts from scratch. Thanks to Adri’s impeccable taste and unique style, she lands two celebrity clients, and her business seems headed for success--that is, until someone vandalizes the specialty wedding dresses she imported from overseas. The race is on to uncover a secret hidden within the yards of satin and lace before Adri becomes the next victim. With a delightful blend of mystery, toe-curling kisses, humor, and spine-tingling thrills, Diamond Rings are Deadly Things is a romantic suspense novel that will keep you turning pages long into the night.

The book is on a special pre-order sale right now!
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What people are saying about Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things:

“I love Rachelle J. Christensen’s stories and characters, and Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things is another thrilling mystery to add to my collection. Don’t be surprised if you have to stay up all night to finish he book!”
--Rachel Ann Nunes, author of Before I Say Goodbye

Diamond Rings are Deadly Things pulled me right in from the first page and held me captive until the very end. Great characters, a compelling plot, a surprising twist at the end ... Rachelle Christensen knows how to craft a great mystery.
 - Tristi Pinkston, author of the Secret Sisters Mysteries

A cunningly crafty mystery with just the right mix of romance. Readers won't be able to get enough of Adrielle Pyper, stunning party-planner turned heroine.
--Nichole Giles, author of Descendant

Please add this book to your To-Read List here

About Rachelle J. Christensen: 
Rachelle was born and raised in a small farming town in Idaho not far from the setting of her mystery Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things. She graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in psychology.  She enjoys singing and songwriting, playing the piano, running, motivational speaking, and of course reading. Rachelle has an amazing husband and five cute kids.  
Visit to learn more about upcoming books.

Where Else Can You Find Rachelle?


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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

April Craft Tutorial

Hi all! 
Kristie here, from Kristie Kreates.
I've been absent the last couple months, but I'm back for this months craft tutorial.
Easter is coming quickly and today I'm going to show you how to make a cute Easter basket.

 As you can see in the picture above, these baskets can be made in any size.
When deciding on a size, it would be easiest to choose a size paper that is easily divided by 3
You will need a square piece of paper, the large one I used was 9"x9"
The tiny basket is made with a 3"x3" piece.

Divide the paper into 3 equal parts and score horizontally and vertically.
On the 9"x9" sheet, you would score at 3" and 6" on one side,
 then rotate the paper 90 degrees and score again at 3" and 6"

Using a bone folder, fold on all score lines.

Cut from edge to the score line at 1", 2", 3" 6", 7" and 8"
as shown in the picture above.

Now measure 1/2" as shown above and trim off this 1/2" piece on both sides.

Now it should look like this.

Fold up the center piece and begin bringing up the side pieces
to the center of the large center piece as shown above.

Once you have gathered them all up to the center, it should look like this.
I use a binder clip to hold them all in place, while I prepare the handle.

Cut a 1" x 9" strip of paper for the handle.

Place the handle inside the basket and pierce all layers with a paper piercing tool.
If you don't have a paper piercer, you can use a large needle.

Use brads to hold the basket and the handle together.

You now have an adorable basket to fill with Easter goodies.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and been inspired to make some 
little baskets of your own.
They are great for the Bunny to hide, use as centerpieces, candy 'dishes' or maybe for favors for a party.

Leave a comment and let me know how you would use these little baskets.
And stop over to my blog
to see what else I've been having fun with.

Until next month, have fun creating!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Parmesan Crusted Chicken in Cream Sauce

I tried a new recipe for dinner last night and it was a hit. My mom sent me the recipe, but as usual I tweaked it a bit. I may have been busy cooking for a certain dinner date and I'll tell you that he was very impressed!

 Parmesan Crusted Chicken in Cream Sauce

2 c. brown rice
1 can (14 oz.) chicken broth, divided--I use water and chicken bouillon, much more economical
6 Ritz crackers, finely crushed or Panko bread crumbs. I used a combination of both.
2 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese
4 small boneless skinless chicken breast halves
2 tsp. vegetable oil
1/3 c. cream cheese

Cook rice. I use a rice cooker--love it!--using 1 1/4 c. of the broth and 1/2 c. water. Meanwhile, mix cracker crumbs and Parmesan cheese on a plate. Rinse chicken with cold water, shake off excess water. Dip chicken in cracker mixture, turning to coat.

Heat oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Add chicken; cook 8 to 10 minutes on each side or until chicken is golden brown and cooked through. Place chicken on serving plate. Set aside; keep warm. 

Add remaining 1/2 c. broth and cream cheese to same skillet.Cook on medium heat until mixture just comes to a boil, stirring constantly. Simmer 3 minutes or until sauce thickens. Spoon sauce over chicken. Serve over rice. 

While the chicken is cooking, steam broccoli, cauliflower, and baby carrots. Toss in melted butter and salt to taste. The veggies make a great addition to this meal.

Friday, March 21, 2014

One-Minute Chocolate Frosting Recipe

I found this recipe on and it was so incredibly easy to make and delicious too! I needed a quick chocolate icing to frost my one-year-old's football cake and this worked great. 


I think I'll use it to ice brownies next. Yum!

1 Minute Chocolate Frosting Recipe

Makes 1 1/2 Cups


1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Mix together. Bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute. Add vanilla. Cool partially, then beat with a mixer for 3 minutes or until spreadable consistency.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Pancake on a Stick

A little Farm Girl Food from Adri

Growing up in Idaho, I learned that a hearty breakfast is essential to keep you going on the farm. Last time I visited my Rupert roots, my mom had a new breakfast idea to share. This one is for the kids, but can I just say how yummy it is--and I'm a grownup!
Here's simple directions to create your own pancake on a stick.

Start with some delicious sausages, browning in the frying pan, filling the house with that unmistakable country breakfast smell.
 Then mix up your pancakes and pour out a big rectangle shape of batter.

 Skewer the sausage--we used chopsticks, but you could also use bamboo skewers.

Wrap the rectangle pancake around the sausage and put one or two toothpicks through to keep in place.