Monday, August 3, 2015

Flipping Pancakes, Burgers, and Murder

Hey, Robbie Jordan here, in South Lick, Indiana. I've been flipping banana whole-wheat pancakes, baking cheesy biscuits, and frying up bacon and sausage all morning. My teenaged helper Danna and I usually get a break before the lunch rush starts up end of the morning. Then we flip beef, turkey, and veggie burgers until mid afternoon, with barely a chance to sit down.

Don't get me wrong, I'm living my dream. Not only do I own a country store breakfast-and-lunch
joint in scenic hilly southern Indiana, the store is also filled with vintage cookware. I even have a classic Hoosier cabinet filled with gadget of all kinds. (Hoosier cabinet seen in Missouri by Sherry Harris; photo used with permission.

But hey, running a restaurant is hard work. And when I get accused of murdering the aide to the mayor? Yikes. Nothing like that ever happened in Santa Barbara where I grew up. 

I've been living in the midwest for four years now, though, and it kind of grows on you. Especially after my mom died suddenly last winter - well, I'll just say I'm blessed both with the love of my aunt Adele, the former mayor of South Lick, and with my mom training me in carpentry. When I bought the run-down country store, it saved me a ton of money being able to do all the renovation work myself. 

I know Mom is watching me from somewhere, smiling down on her daughter. Now if the local police could only figure out who really killed Stella.

The first book in the Country Store Mysteries series, Flipped for Murder, will release in late October and is written under the name Maddie Day. Maddie (aka Edith Maxwell), wants me to tell you the book is available for preorder now!

Readers: What's your favorite breakfast out? The piece of antique cookware you're dying to acquire?





19 comments:

  1. I love eating breakfast out, and head for places that serve freshly squeezed orange juice.

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  2. Cracker Barrel is my favorite breakfast out place. Don't make it there often, except when we're traveling, but it's always enjoyable. Their hashbrown casserole and fried apples are to die for. Already have the antique cookware I love - cast iron skillets - love them. Still have my grandmother's egg beater too.

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    1. I love my cast iron skillet, too, Susan.

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  3. I love French toast & Bacon. it always taste better when your eating it out. Linda May

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  4. For breakfast out I always have either Eggs Benedict, or a combination with pancakes, bacon, eggs, and hashbrowns… I go big! Not a piece of antique cookware, but more vintage inspired, my dream stove is one of those big old-fashioned AGA cookers. :-)

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    1. I'd love to have an AGA cooker, too, Nicole! And I have recipe for California Eggs Benedict in the second book. ;^)

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  5. I can't wait to read this one.

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  6. I love Cracker Barrel. Strangely I live around the bend from one and hardly ever go. This book sounds awesome! Can't wait to read it.

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  7. Love the vintage kitchen ware. Can't get enough of it....

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  8. I love the vintage Hoosier Cupboard. Those are the colors I want to put in my kitchen. Of course my house must sell first and I need to find one I love in my new location. Collect vintage cookware when I can get it, esp. free. ;)
    I seldom eat breakfast out. NOT A MORNING PERSON. If I do I go with French Toast or pancakes.
    This book is going on my TBR list! I am a native Hoosier, back living in Northern Indiana after 8 years of living in Southern IN

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    1. Thanks, Liz. I'm a morning person but rarely eat breakfast out, myself. Welcome back to Indiana!

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  9. I love breakfast meals and feel they can be eaten any time of day. I work hard to try and be a morning person and don't have much of an appetite until I have been up for awhile. :-) I don't really have a favorite because I love eggs, omelets, french toast and pancakes.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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    1. I'm like you, Sherry. I usually don't eat breakfast until 8:30 or so.

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  10. I love it when the breakfast places do sweet potato waffles/pancakes. So Sept/Oct needs to hurry up and get here. ;-)

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