It’s my birthday – so I’m giving Away a Present – to you!
Welcome to another Drea Stein Reader’s Appreciation Giveaway
Ok, so it’s my birthday tomorrow and I usually don’t tell people that, but today I decided to celebrate by holding another summertime giveaway.
Today’s giftie – an awesome picnic basket that you can use for your own romantic (or family) picnics. I’d like to think Darby Reese (from book 1 of the Queensbay series Dinner for Two) would have used this on her picnic with the sexy Sean Callahan.
So... How do you win? Well it’s easy – just enter your favorite place to picnic in the comments below and on Friday I will pick (along with my team of minions…I mean kids) a random winner to give this fabulous picnic basket to! Enjoy!
Now I’m back to editing the 4th book in the series – Lynn’s story…coming soon!
Have a wonderful day
Hi All – I finally feel like summer’s here – maybe because I spent a weekend BBQ and hanging out in backyards and around firepits – yeah! So to celebrate the season, here’s this week’s giveaway – a set of fun plastic tumblers perfect for outdoor entertaining… I think Phoebe (Read about her The Ivy House would approve)
So How Do You Win?
1. Enter a comment below with your favorite summertime salad choice!
Woo hoo summer
Some rules and stuff:
1. Winner will be selected randomly from the comments
2. Winner should have a US Shipping address…
Yup, he looks even better in a bathing suit than in chef’s hat. Sean Callahan is a hot new chef who’s had an amazing career cooking for the rich and famous in New York City. He can do no wrong until he does – getting in a fight with an employee. Abruptly fired, he’s at loose ends until his friend Chase Sanders offers a chance of a lifetime – a chance to own and run a restaurant. Except there’s one little problem…it’s in a small New England town Sean’s never heard of.
He spent a long time trying to get out of the dead-end town where he grew up – and now it seems like his only chance is to go back. But there’s no else offering him a job and desperate times call for desperate measures. But Sean doesn’t intend on sticking around in Queensbay for long – nope – he’ll come in, teach the locals a thing or two about cooking and then be out with the first job offer for the big leagues that comes his way.
That is until he finds that Queensbay is different than what’s expected. He likes the little town on the water, the friendliness. He loves his new restaurant, with its sweeping views of Queensbay Harbor, and working with Chase Sanders is a blast. In fact, Sean hasn’t felt the need to punch someone out or even yell in weeks. Just when he thinks he might be settling in, he meets her.
Something about Darby Reese and her cat-like green eyes are familiar but he can’t place her. Plus his ego is ruined when she gives him the cold shoulder. Still he can’t resist her chocolate chip cookies – even he can’t bake anything this sinfully delicious. Intrigued he decides that he’s going to find out just what makes Darby Reese tick – even if he had to prove he has nothing left to lose.
Read more of Darby and Sean’s story in Dinner for Two
Darby Reese, the owner of the Golden Pear (formerly known as The Dory) is well-known for her chocolate chip cookies…In fact they’ve been compared to sunrises in Paris, sunsets in Key West and are often declared better than you know what…If you can’t make it to Queensbay and The Golden Pear to get one for yourself – try her recipe.
The secret – lots of chocolate chips – don’t be afraid to mix in chips and chunks and a little more brown sugar than white sugar and sea salt – for just a bit more texture than your ordinary cookies. Be prepared to be amazed.
- 2 sticks salted butter, softened
- ½ cup whie sugar
- 1½ cup packed brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- ¾ tsp. coarse sea salt
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1½ tsp. baking powder
- 2¼ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips – you can mix chunks and regular size chips
- Preheat oven to 370 degrees.
- In separate bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder.
- In bowl of mixer, cream butter, sugar, and brown sugar until it is nice and fluffy
- Add both eggs and vanilla to butter mixture
- Add baking soda, baking powder, salt, and flour until cookie batter is fully incorporated
- Finally add chocolate chips until well distributed. The cookie batter should be somewhat thick.
- Use a medium cookie scoop or ice cream scoop and put the batter onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes until the edges are nice and golden brown.
- Remove from heat and allow the cookies to stay on the cookie sheet for an additional 2 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool on the paper completely before serving.
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