Friday, July 24, 2015

Mail-Order Disaster! A GIFT FOR RHODA #PRPFandango

a single-read
by Jacquie Rogers

A mail-order bride disaster!

Rhoda Johnson is stranded in a lonely cabin without a groom. The townsfolk say she’s better off without him, but her drunken groom sends a message that he’ll claim her as his Christmas bride. Gunman and ex-Confederate soldier Nate Harmon comes to Idaho to make peace with his abolitionist preacher father. When half-frozen Nate reaches the cabin on a snowy Christmas Eve, instead of his parents, he’s greeted by a pretty blonde with a shotgun who keeps calling him Mr. Snyder. Will she shoot him, or melt his heart? **SWEET**

Haley Whitehall, author of the Bayou Pack series:
"Jacquie Rogers is known for her humor, but she shows her more serious side in this short story, and I loved it! This sweet romance is not your typical mail-order bride story. Nate travels to his parents' cabin to let them know he's changed from the wild boy who left home. His parents are not there, and he is greeted by beautiful Rhonda holding a shotgun on him, mistaking him for the no good man she agreed to marry. I thought the prodigal son returning was a nice touch to a Christmas themed story. I only wish it had been longer!"

PRP Christmas in July!

Prairie Rose Publications released 21 stories for their Christmas In July sale, and we're having a Fandango!  Kick up your heels at the PRP Christmas in July Fandango for a wagon-load of prizes and lots of two-steppin' with handsome cowboys.  

See you there!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Blueberries and custard #recipe! ‪#‎lowcarb‬ ‪#‎almondmilk‬. ‪#‎JacquieRogers‬ ‪#‎HeartsOfOwyhee

Our daughter-in-law invited us to dinner, which is always fun, but this was also my son's belated birthday dinner.  She let me know the menu ahead of time because of my dietary requirements.  Here's the menu: grilled chicken kabobs, cauliflower bread sticks (yum!), grilled zucchini (one of my favorites), and for the others, miso rice balls (my husband loved these, but I don't eat rice).  For dessert, she planned on having fresh blueberries that she and my three-year-old granddaughter picked the day before.
I loved the cauliflower breadsticks!

My granddaughter ate at least as many blueberries as she put in the bucket, but her mom managed to make it home with quite a batch.  Fresh, vine-ripened blueberries--who doesn't love them? 

I decided to make dinner rolls because one of my son's favorites and after all, we're celebrating his birthday a month late.  And he loves custard.  Custard is something I can eat--except for the carbs.  So I experimented, using my mom's recipe and substituting almond milk and stevia.  The results were awesome, so I thought you might like to give it a try.

For those of us watching our carb intake, and also those of us who don't eat any grains at all, desserts are few and far between.  But here's one that's delicious and fills both my dietary requirements: grain-free and low-carb.

Low-carb Custard
No, it isn't yellow.  Not sure why, but it sure tastes good!

Low-carb Custard

2.5 cups Almond Milk (unsweetened)
4 Eggs
12 packets stevia
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1 Tbs Cinnamon (or to taste)
Dash of salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Spray light coating of oil into ramekins, then place ramekins into a larger pan. Have a good amount of cold water available in an easy-pouring pitcher.

Heat almond milk to just below boiling (do not boil)

In a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Slowly drizzle in hot almond milk while whisking (I use the whisk on my mixer). Pour into ramekins, put pan in oven, then fill the pan with water to halfway up the ramekins. Sprinkle with nutmeg to taste.

Bake for 50-55 minutes.

Hint: I use a turkey baster to remove the water before taking the pan out of the oven.

Serve cold or warm, just as you would any other custard.  Enjoy!