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Monday, January 10, 2022

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

 My daughter says these are the best she's ever eaten and that I had to post the recipe. So here it is. The biggest secret is to let the dough chill in the fridge for at least 6 hours.

GF Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/2 c. butter, softened
1 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. white sugar
1/2 t. salt
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1 t. vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 c. almond flour
1 1/3 c. GF flour blend (1-to-1 mix, I like the ones that are mostly rice flour)
2 c. milk chocolate chips

Cream butter, sugars, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and vanilla until well blended, at least 2-3 minutes. Add eggs; beat for several minutes until very light and fluffy.

Stir in flours and chocolate chips.

Cover tightly and refrigerate at least 6 hours, better if overnight or even 24 hours.

Remove from the fridge and let stand for about 30 minutes at room temperature.

Scoop out tablespoons of dough, place on greased baking sheet. They will spread a bit so don't crowd them.

Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes, until very lightly browned. Let cool on the sheets for at least 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to finish cooling. Handle gently because they do tend to crumble.

Monday, January 3, 2022

Under the Troll Bridge: An FBI file (Fairyland Border Investigations)

So, I published a short story several years ago introducing Tess, your average small-town cop, and Shondeen, your average 7-foot-tall black elf border patrol agent. The town of Goose Creek is invaded by two red-caps on a murderous rampage and it's up to the police duo to catch them and return them back across the border to Fairyland. It's dark and weird and very silly.

I published a second story in Hadrosaur Productions' anthology Exchange Students, this time featuring SeƱor Howitzer, an immortal talking chihuahua from Fairyland tasked with stopping an invasion by unicorn crime lords.

Now it's time for another installment in the Tess-Shondeen story. Trolls are bringing drugs to Goose Creek, or so it's rumored. And not just any drugs, these are the ones banned even in Fairyland. Who knows what mayhem will ensue if they are imbibed by unsuspecting humans and their pets? Cosmic catnip causes serious side effects in cats - wings, horns, magical powers manifesting, and even cats opening their third eyes prematurely!

Can Tess and Shondeen find the trolls before it's too late? You'll have to read and find out!

Installments 1-3 are free on Kindle Vella, the rest are dropping one a week until the madness is resolved and balance is restored to the border.

Under the Troll Bridge

Interagency Cooperation

Exchange Students