Monday, November 2, 2015

The Healthy Family Slow Cooker Cookbook Stops by for Dinner!

I love friends who share great recipes and Christina Dymock is one of my good friends and a co-author of a new book out for the holidays. She writes romance under the pen name of Lucy McConnell. This huge book with 5 new holiday romances is only .99 cents right  now! Grab a copy and purchase one for your friends and family while this deal lasts!

From Christina:
This week is a busy week. Between the release of Echo Ridge, the start of the holiday season, and the candy high the kids are riding after Halloween, we could use some hearty and healthy food. These Turkey/Veggie Joes from The Healthy Family Slow Cooker Cookbook are perfect. They cook the day away in the slow cooker and are hot and ready to serve just in time for my big and busy boys.
Turkey Veggie Sloppy Joes (5)
Turkey, Veggie Sloppy Joe 
Serves 6
1 pound ground turkey
2 celery ribs
1 green or yellow pepper
½ cup chopped broccoli or cauliflower
½ cup chopped carrots
1 green onion chopped
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon cilantro
3 tablespoons no salt added tomato sauce
6 crusty wheat rolls

Directions Place the turkey in the slow cooker. Add the celery, pepper, broccoli or cauliflower, carrots, onion, honey, vinegar, and cilantro. Cook on low for 4-6 hours. Remove the turkey and cut it into ¼ inch pieces. Return it to the slow cooker and combine with veggies. Add the tomato sauce and allow to cook for 30-45 minutes longer. Cut the rolls in half and fill with meat sauce. Top with additional veggies if desired and serve.  You might have noticed that I have a new book coming out and that this one is a group of five Christmas novellas! Christmas Kisses: An Echo Ridge Anthology will release on November 3, 2015 and you can preorder your ebook for only 99 cents here.

Award-winning and Bestselling Author Lucy McConnell

Christina Young Chef Author Photo

Lucy McConnell has always been a reader and a writer. Her mom says that when she was little she would staple pages together to make books. Even at a young age she was thinking about page count. :) Once she's started a first draft, it consumes her thoughts until it's done. Lucy loves Christmas and was part of the Christmas in Snow Valley Anthology that led to Summer in Snow Valley and she's currently working on the Spring in Snow Valley Anthology. Her series, Billionaire Marriage Brokers, has reached number one in seven categories on Amazon and her cookbook, The Hungry Family Slow Cooker Cookbook, written under the name Christina Dymock, won the Utah Best of State Award. You can connect with Lucy at where you can sign up for her newsletter to receive delicious recipes and get the latest news about her releases.

On the Lighter Side

Here are five fun facts about Lucy and her Echo Ridge story:
  1. She has naturally curly hair. You wouldn't know it from her author photo-but her curl is something to reckon with.
  2. She hides York Peppermint Patties in her desk drawer.
  3. She sews her own dresses and skirts. And they are so cute too!
  4. Her 7 year old can ski better than she can--but she'll keep trying.
  5. She's a compulsive baker.

Snippet from The Candy Counter Heiress

Here's a sneak peak and Lucy's book, The Candy Counter Heiress which I absolutely loved!

Reese had a hard time holding up her end of the kiss because she couldn’t stop smiling. And what woman wouldn’t smile when she felt irresistible? Andy did that for her. Not just by kissing her, but by saying the words she needed to hear.

Robyn, a friend and Kenworth’s employee walked by and whistled, and then Andy was smiling as big as she was. “Okay. I’m really going this time.” He brushed his lips across her cheek but didn’t let go of her.

“You’d better.” Reese hooked her hands together behind his neck and pulled him in for another tummy- sizzler kiss.

“I’m headed for the door,” said Andy, never releasing his hold.

“Don’t forget your tie,” replied Reese, hanging on just as tight and returning his kisses between words.

The bell sounded, signaling the opening of the store.

Reese slid her hands down Andy’s neck and chest. She let them rest there for several seconds, enjoying the feel of his chest against her palms, before gently pushing him back, if only so she could catch her breath.

Andy allowed her to put a few inches between them. “Sorry,” he said, though his grin didn’t look at all apologetic or chagrined for instigating the most scandalous PDA Kenworth’s had seen in quite some time. Pressing his lips to her forehead, he pulled his arms back and started walking away backwards. “I’m going to buy this tie.” He held up the red one.

Reese shook her head. “Nope.”

Andy looked down and switched hands. “This tie. And then I have a meeting, and you’re closing tonight and working tomorrow morning, so I will see you at six at your apartment.”

“I’ll be ready.” Oh boy, would she be ready. Andy wasn’t going to know what hit him.

5 Random Facts about Lucy McConnell:
  1. She has naturally curly hair.
  2. She hides York Peppermint Patties in her desk drawer.
  3. She sews her own dresses and skirts.
  4. Her 7 year old can ski better than she can--but she'll keep trying.
  5. She's a compulsive baker.

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