What’s Cooking in my Kitchen!

I moved the last month. New place, New year, New stuff. You know how it goes.

Which also  means I am distracted with home decor, organizing and weekly trips to Home Goods, Cost Plus and the local Vintage Mart, so much so  I am delayed in “real work” stuff! (apologies to my editor in advance!)

I don’t know about you, but moving can be hard.

Especially when it changes everything about your world. I moved 9 miles away from my old place, but it feels like a 100 miles away. I have to shop at a new supermarket, find a dry cleaners, discover new running routes, new doughnut shop, coffee spots and parks for me and my son to head out to over the weekend.

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Yeah, moving can make you frazzled, because it’s not just new digs. It feels like a whole new chapter in your life, which can be scary and exciting.

This is why I know I am nesting with all the decorating, baking and cooking I’ve been doing. Moving has thrown me off my routine, which can often be a good thing, but also can make you feel lost. For a while, anyway.  Last night, after tucking in my little guy, I popped some popcorn, watched a few episodes of  Breaking Bad, Season 3 (love you Jesse!) and looked around at my new place that will hopefully soon feel like home.

I’m always on the hunt for great new recipes, so go ahead and  take a look at my Pinterest page and see What’s Cooking in my Kitchen!

Up next in my kitchen:  Cheesecake in A Jar recipe from Thistlewood Farm. Gorgeous!

 

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Reading Really IS Sexy

Last month, in the middle of the holidays, my lovely friend Jennifer Standley asked  for a copy of HEARTBREAK CAKE for a photo shoot she was doing for her awesome lingerie line Georgia J Intimates. If you are looking for sexy, comfortable, girly,  romantic and stylish lingerie, this is it!

It’s made in LA and by a woman who understand that girls like to be comfortable and sexy.   Her new Valentine’s 2014 line is adorable  https://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/pages/Georgia-J-Intimates/356075281163554.

I gotta say, I’m  thrilled that her model is taking a reading break with a copy of my book.  🙂

 

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Cupcakes, Ex-Boyfriends & Zoey Everwood

 EDITORWe are chatting with Zoey Everwood, the heroine from Cat Lavoie’s second novel ZOEY & THE MOMENT OF ZEN who shared  what she’s eating, writing and loving these days.  

Thanks for stopping by Zoey! (Please send a hello to Cat for us!) 

 

EATING  Cupcakes! Is there anything better? I’m not much of a cook, but there’s nothing I love more than trying a new cupcake recipe. My absolute favorite part is the frosting—I could eat an entire tub of vanilla-almond buttercream. When I’m not overdosing on sugar, I love the fresh spring rolls from this little Vietnamese restaurant close to my coffee shop. My boyfriend and I (ummm… ex-boyfriend, I’m still not used to calling him that) used to go there all the time. They have the most amazing noodle soups. And now I’m hungry again!

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READING My friend Owen is an English Literature student so he’s always telling me about the books he has to read for his classes. When he found out I hadn’t read Pride & Prejudice, he ran out and bought me a copy… and a pile of other novels he thought I should read. I don’t think I have enough of a lifetime to get through them all. Right now I’m taking a break from fiction and reading business books because I want to expand the coffee shop soon. Maybe. If I can get my aunt Nessa to agree with my plans.

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LOVING Is it bad if I say I love my coffee shop? Despite all the stress that comes with owning and managing a business, Everwood’s Coffee Shop feels more like home than my own apartment. One of my first memories is sitting behind the counter and watching my parents work. They died when I was five years old but I always feel like a little part of them is still alive when I’m in the shop. And, of course, we have the best coffee in Messina, Connecticut. You should drop by the next time you’re in town!

 

catlavoiecat_lavoid.jpegCat Lavoie was born in the small town of Jonquière in Québec, Canada. At the age of nineteen, she packed up her things (mostly books) and moved to the big city of Montreal where she currently lives with her tempestuous cat Abbie–who is both adorable and quite possibly evil.

An incurable Anglophile since her university days where she studied English Literature, she can often be found daydreaming about her next trip to London. Since she’s an expert at the art of procrastination, Cat is easily distracted by cooking and home improvement shows–even though she’s not particularly good at either.

Cat grew up watching soap operas and legal dramas and–had she not decided to be a claims analyst by day and write chick lit by night–she would have probably become a designer suit-wearing lawyer. Or a character on All My Children (which is what she really wanted to be when she was twelve).

Cat is not sure whether she’s a geek or a nerd–and is afraid she might be both.

Cat blogs about the writing life and posts adorable pictures of Abbie over at the Catenabi Chronicles. Come say hello at: www.CatLavoie.com and follow @Catenabi on Twitter.

Connect with Cat!

Website: http://www.CatLavoie.com

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A Cookbook for Chick Lit Lovers! Cookies not included ….

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EDITOR:  I have an expansive cookbook collection, everything from Cooking with Bacon to Desserts in a Jar can be found in my kitchen. Recently, I added The Chick Lit Cookbook by new author Alicia de los Reyes, who has taken her experience as a writing teacher, journalist and Chick Lit addict to create this easy-to-follow guide with tables, graphs, writing prompts and some recipes for the perfect Chick Lit.

Seemed like an interesting addition to my cookbook collection!

Alicia joined me recently to share what she’s Eating, Writing & Loving!

 

EATING I am (wishing I were) eating molasses ginger gems from Not Martha! The recipe is super easy–no rolling or cookie-pressing or decorating–and the cookies are so festive. I make them even when it’s not Christmastime. I am also eating too many cupcakes from Cupcake Royale, my all-time favorite cupcake shop in Seattle (so far…). I’ve always preferred homemade cupcakes but Cupcake Royale’s are amazing–dense, sweet, and never dry!!

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WRITING I am so excited to see my first ebook, The Chick Lit Cookbook: A Guide to Writing Your Novel in 30 Minutes a Day, in “print” online. I love reading chick lit and I love writing, and this guide was so much fun to put on paper. I wrote it while I was between jobs and getting ready to move across the country. Every morning, I got up and indulged myself in writing a few pages of this guide. It was such a nice break from the other newspaper writing and projects I was working on.

And of course, it’s totally gratifying reading your words once they’ve been all polished up and edited. My editor (and best friend), Kelly Rizzetta of KMR Publishing, did an awesome job. I’m looking forward to reading what my readers come up with–new chick lit heroines, fun plot lines, new settings!

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LOVING I’m loving my new city, Seattle! My husband Andrew and I moved out here in July and we are having fun exploring the city’s many neighborhoods, delicious restaurants, and amazing parks (the other day I saw a seal while I was out running!). I’m also loving my black cat, Mitzi, who we adopted over the summer. She’s really into hunting pretend birds. I haven’t had a pet since I brought “Wormy” the worm to preschool (where he won an award for shyest pet), and now all I do is babble in my “cat voice” to her.

The Chick Lit Cookbook at Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/374647

The Chick Lit Cookbook at Amazon: http://amzn.to/19mtd0h

Book website: chicklitcookbook.tumblr.com

On Twitter: @likesoatmeal

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAlicia de los Reyes drew on ten years of chick lit addiction to compose The Chick Lit Cookbook: A Guide to Writing Your Novel in 30 Minutes a Day. Originally from Fair Haven, N.J., Alicia is now freelance writer and teacher in Seattle where she lives with her husband, Andrew Quinton, and their cat, Mitzi. Follow her on Twitter @likesoatmeal