Sunday, March 31, 2013

Taryn's Snippit Sundays~ She was the Perfect fit. #Excerpt

On the verge of sleep, he heard a moan and the rustle of the blanket as Jasmine’s weight shifted. She turned over and snuggled against him. Derrek let his arm slide around her, her head pressed against his shoulder. Jasmine’s hand came to rest on his chest. The light pressure of her against his body felt gentle and soft. In fact, it just felt right. She was a perfect fit.

Desire pulsed within him, but he fought the temptation. They needed sleep and nothing more.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

The Way to a Man's Heart~ Overnight #Slaw #recipe

Overnight Slaw

(updated to add a pic of the overnight slaw I made)

This is a recipe my mom and grandmother have made before and it's a pretty refreshing twist on an old favorite. I might have to make some soon.

(half the recipe for less)

1st part of Ingredients-
Medium Size Head of Cabbage
2 Shredded Carrots
Small Onion
Green Pepper (optional)
1 Cup Sugar (Combine these ingredients and pour sugar over veggies, set aside)

2nd part of Ingredients
2 Teaspoons Sugar
1 Teaspoon dry mustard (yellow mustard if you don’t have dry)
1 Teaspoon Celery Seeds (optional)
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Cup White Vinegar
¾ Cup Vegetable Oil


1. Combine 2nd set of Ingredients in sauce pan and bring to boil

2. Remove from heat

3. Pour over and stir into 1st set of Ingredients (the veggie list above)

Cover and refrigerate OVERNIGHT

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Taryn's Snippit Sundays~ Keep Your Hands to Yourself #Excerpt

She wasn’t his though, but it did not stop him from wishing she were. Jasmine exuded independence and though she slipped and said something about being his wife, thinking he wouldn’t hear it, he rather doubted she took the thought serious.
As Derrek dosed off, he promised himself he would be good, on his best behavior.
Tonight will be a night of keeping my hands to myself. He wouldn’t touch Jasmine. He would let her sleep. They had a lot to do before leaving out for Indiana and he didn’t want her to think he was trying to take advantage of the situation.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

The Way to a Man's Heart- Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

Normally I would have a picture, but I haven't made Chicken Pot Pie in a while and I thought I had a picture of one I'd made but I can't for the life of me find it. I hope you enjoy this recipe though and Happy Saturday!

1-2 Carrots, peeled and chopped
1 Celery Stalk, chopped
1-2 Potatoes, peeled, rinsed and chopped
1 med-large Chicken Breast
2 Tablespoons of Butter
½ can of Peas (or the small can works well)
1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
Salt & Pepper to taste
Pie Crust for bottom and top


  1. Preheat oven to 400º
  2. Simmer Chicken, Celery, Potatoes, Carrots on low with a dash of pepper, salt and a couple of tablespoons of butter until chicken is done
  3. Drain veggies and cut up chicken into bite size pieces
  4. Mix chicken, veggies (including peas), soups and a little chicken broth until all warmed
  5. Pour into uncooked pie crust Place top pie crust, seal, poke air holes and brush with melted butter
  6. Bake at 400º for approximately 50 minutes, or until crust is golden (I take it out at the ½ way mark to re-butter crust and then continue baking)

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Taryn's Snippit Sundays~ So much has changed... #excerpt

The motion didn’t even disturb her slumber.
Derrek threw a blanket over Jasmine and turned out most of the lights, other than the halogen lamp near the end of the futon. Instead, he dimmed the lighting in case she awoke startled to find she wasn’t in her own bed at home.
He slipped under the remaining bit of throw blanket and stretched his body out. Derrek locked his fingers behind his head and stared at the ceiling, in shock and wonder at the quiet surrounding them.
The situation taunted him.
If I had a girlfriend living with me, she wouldn’t be sleeping in a separate bed on a different floor. She’d be in my bed, in my arms.
Derrek wanted to laugh aloud at how much things had changed in a few days time. He never imagined Jasmine would be asleep beside him in this house.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

The Way To a Man's Heart- Chocolate Fudge Sauce

Old-Fashioned Chocolate Fudge Sauce

This recipe is one I remember my grandmother making for a warm rich chocolate sauce you pour over cake, usually plain chocolate cake. You can also pour it over vanilla ice cream. It takes 10 minutes and makes 1 ½ cups.

¼ cup Cocoa
1 cup Sugar
½ cup Milk (or canned evaporated milk to make it richer)
2 Tablespoons Light Corn Syrup or Pancake Syrup
3 Tablespoons Butter or Margarine
¼-teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon Vanilla


  1. Measure all but vanilla into 1 ½ quart sauce pan
  2. Stir until blended 
  3. Bring to boil over moderate high heat (med high) 
  4. Boil 1 minutes, stirring constantly
  5. Remove from heat and add Vanilla
  6. To reheat, stir in pan 5-8 minutes on low or 2-3 minutes on high in microwave, covered, stirring ½ way through.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Taryn's Snippit Sundays~ Still of the night... #excerpt

The rousing game of pool Derrek and Jasmine were enjoying ended on a quiet note....

As Derrek dropped the eight ball in the pocket, finishing the game, he swiveled on his heel and pumped his fist in the air. Intending to brag about his victory, he was disappointed to discover Jasmine lying on her side snuggled down on his pillow. Her eyes were closed and her breathing steady.
Derrek gathered the cue sticks in the stillness and put them away. He hated to wake her up. They would have a lot to do over the next week before they headed out to Indiana. For one thing, he would have to call the airport in the morning to exchange his single one-way ticket for two for the following week.
Fatigue swept through him. Jasmine would pitch a fit to wake up beside him, but he had no other bed in the house. He flipped the latches on the futon and shifted it until it lay as a flat bed.