Chicken Asparagus Stir-Fry

A few weeks ago I was hungry for something different.  I looked around and found this Chicken Asparagus Stir-fry and thought it sounded good and I just happened to have some asparagus in the refrigerator, so, decision made.

If you try this, please let me know what you think.  I enjoyed it immensely and so did my family.

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It's Valerie Clarizio!

Happy Tuesday. I'm excited to introduce you to Valerie Clarizio.  I met Val when I joined WisRWA and since then I'm proud to call her a friend. Val writes fabulous Romantic Suspense books and is currently including a story in the box set I'm in, Stories of Sun, Sand & Sea - 11 Beaches, Anything Can Happen. Oh, and Val has included a delicious recipe!

Hello everyone! First, I’d like to thank PJ Fiala for allowing me to visit her lovely blog to share my story with her wonderful followers. Today I’m going to talk about the first novella I published. When Melange Books first released Cookies for Santa it was released right before Christmas and had some pretty decent momentum, but then comments started coming in regarding the cover. Here’s some comments we heard:

1.     I almost passed on the book because I thought it was a cookbook and I have plenty of those.

2.     Judging from the cover, I thought it was a children’s book (FYI – you don’t want your kids to reading this!)

3.     I never saw the handcuffs or gun on the cover until you pointed it out. All I saw was milk and cookies.

Here’s the Cover for Cookies for Santa, check it out for yourselves.

After several discussions with my publisher we decided it best to rename and recover the book; hence, Covert Exposure, a Nick Spinelli Mystery was born, and the series has grown into three novellas. Novella number #2 is Craving Vengeance, a Nick Spinelli Mystery and number #3 is Crazed Reckoning, a Nick Spinelli Mystery. Each novella takes manly-man, Detective Nick Spinelli, on a crazy holiday adventure involving chaos, kidnapping and murder. First he’s forced to dress as Santa to save his new love interest, then he’s forced to dress as cupid and then there’s Saint Patrick’s Day…you can figure it out from here. The problem here is that Spinelli is over six feet tall.

Here’s the new cover - Covert Exposure, a Nick Spinelli Mystery:

What do you think?

We all know that cops are supposed to like doughnuts, and though Spinelli does, his real pleasure is cutout cookies and his love interest, Shannon O’Hara, knows just how to make them. Here’s the secret recipe that helped Shannon win Spinelli’s heart:

Cutout Cookies

3 Cups Powdered Sugar

4 Cups Flour

2 Cups butter

2 Teaspoons Cream of Tartar

2 Teaspoons Baking Soda

2 Eggs

Dash of Salt

Dash of Vanilla

Bake at 350 degrees for 5-7 minutes.

 Though I love these cutout cookies, they are not my favorite cookie. I’m more of a white chocolate macadamia nut gal. What’s your favorite cookie? 

 Commenters will be eligible to win a signed copy of the limited edition of Cookies for Santa (Covert Exposure, a Nick Spinelli Mystery).

 Thanks for visiting!


Valerie’s Bio:

Valerie Clarizio lives in romantic Door County Wisconsin with her husband and two extremely spoiled cats. She loves to read, write, and spend time at her cabin in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

She’s lived her life surrounded by men, three brothers, a husband, and a male Siamese cat who required his own instruction manual. Keeping up with all the men in her life has turned her into an outdoors enthusiast, of which her favorite activity is hiking in national parks. While out on the trails, she has plenty of time to conjure up irresistible characters and unique storylines for her next romantic suspense or sweet contemporary romance novel.

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What I know to be true.

This week on Open Book Blog Hop we're talking about what we believe to be true.  For each of us, there are truths that have been ingrained in us from the very beginning of our lives. 

I want to begin with Merriam-Webster's definition of truth.

play\ˈtrüthz, ˈtrüths\1a: archaic :  fidelity, constancy 1b :  sincerity in action, character, and utterance
2a (1) :  the state of being the case:  fact (2):  the body of real things, events, and facts :  actuality (3) often capitalized :  a transcendent fundamental or spiritual reality b:  a judgment, proposition, or idea that is true or accepted as true <truths of thermodynamics> c:  the body of true statements and propositions
3a:  the property (as of a statement) of being in accord with fact or reality. 3b: chiefly British :  true 3c:  fidelity to an original or to a standard
4: capitalized Christian Science: god

As we are mired in and bogged down in this hostile political climate both sides have their own truths. Each side has a system of beliefs and each side believes the other side is lying. Here's what I believe to be true.

1.   We will always have people in opposition to our truths.  There is nothing wrong with someone having an opposite opinion. It's actually very interesting to see what someone on the opposite side of the debate believes.  It makes us more well-rounded and informed.

2.  That while our beliefs/truths are shaped by our up bringing, or our environment, so are those who oppose our beliefs/truths.

3.  That it is wrong to harm or hate anyone just because they don't believe the same way we do.  The killings that have been happening because a certain group believes that those who love differently, believe differently or pray differently are wrong.  I honestly fail to see how a man loving another man or a woman loving another woman affects my life negatively at all.  But, having people around me who are happy and comfortable in their lives and living the way they want to live enriches my life in so many ways.

4.  When we cut those who have different truths out of our lives, we become a very vanilla society.  Part of learning and growing comes from people of differing thoughts and truths.  If I fail to engage those people in conversation or in my life, I lose a perspective I would not have thought of and lose a dimension in my life that makes it fuller.

5.  That each side of any debate believes their truths are the better truth, but that each side should still be able to peacefully co-exist and befriend each other if for no other reason than to live a fuller life.

6.  It's very sad to see people on social media hating or jumping down the throats of people who believe differently because there is a "safe cocoon" around them in the privacy of their own home.  Recently my husband entered a political debate on a Facebook post, simply asking someone who believed in the advantages of the Affordable Care Act why they believed it was helpful because our experience lately has been just the opposite.  A woman who he had never encountered on Facebook was vicious in her attack on his question to the point of name calling.  Why?  Why can't a person ask a question without the fear of being accosted, even on social media?  Why can't this be the beginning of a conversation rather than a fight? It's very sad.

What are your truths?  Please feel free to join in by commenting on this post or by joining our hop by clicking the InLinkz link below!


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