Sunday, August 28, 2016

A Carriage House, a Broom Maker, and a Craft Retreat

By: Cora Chevalier

From: Cora Crafts Mysteries
Author: Mollie Cox Bryan
            Book 1 Title: Death Among the Doilies

My best friend and business partner, Jane Starr, has a daughter that keeps things lively. Just when we think we’ve got it figured out, London adds an extra element in our lives. She’s such a good kid that it kind of freaks me out. I think she’s too smart and mature fro her young—the child has seen way too much of life at five years old. Her father is no longer in the picture because of a drug and alcohol habit and a tendency to violence. But she was very young when all of that went down, we hope she doesn’t remember much.

London and Jane are renovating the carriage house on our new property. The upstairs is finished. They turned it into a charming little two bedroom apartment. The plans for the down stairs include a teaching studio and a shop, which will carry Jane’s fabulous pottery and maybe some of the crafts I make, along with some of our friend’s crafts. The studio and shop won’t be ready for our first retreat—which is coming right up!

Jude Sawyer, a famous boom maker, will be teaching a class. He’s so popular that we already have a full register. He crafts all different kinds of brooms—from the sturdy utilitarian to the artfully rendered, award-winning brooms. Seriously. These brooms are amazing.

While we’re getting ready for the first retreat, I made a huge batch of my favorite protein balls. London calls them cookies. What she doesn’t know, won’t hurt her, right? She likes them and they are good for her. So, there you have it. Here’s the recipe:

Cora’s Peanut Butter Protein Balls

·      1 1/2 cups rolled oats
·      1/2 cup vanilla whey protein powder (about 2 scoops)
·      1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
·      1 tablespoon chia seeds
·      1/2 cup smooth natural peanut butter (or any nut butter)*
·      3 tablespoon natural honey
·      1 teaspoon vanilla extract
·      1/3 cup raisins, chocolate chips, Craisins, or preferred add-in
·      2–4 tablespoons liquid (almond milk, milk, water, etc. . . .)

·      Add oats, protein powder, cinnamon, and chia seeds to a large bowl.
·      Add in peanut butter, honey, and vanilla extract. Stir to combine.
·      Add in raisins (or preferred add-in). Mixture should be slightly sticky but still crumbly.
·      Slowly add in liquid one tablespoon at a time, and using hands (get dirty!), combine until it comes together in a sticky ball that holds together. If mixture is too dry, add in more liquid but not so much that it won’t hold shape.
·      Place in a container to set in the fridge for at least thirty minutes.
·      Store in fridge until ready to eat.
*Make sure its drippy. If not, you may need to add in extra liquid at the end.

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  1. The protein balls sound interesting and the book sounds like fun to read!

  2. Looking forward to reading the book! Thank you for the recipe!!!

  3. Thanks for the great recipe. I am going to try it. The book looks great as well.

  4. Love crafting so this sounds like a perfect series for both my daughter and me.

  5. I'm not a crafter, but series (including this one) that have a crafting setting always sound so interesting.

  6. The recipe sounds amazing & I can't wait to read this book.

  7. These do sound good. Think I will have to give them a try.

  8. These do sound good. Think I will have to give them a try.

  9. Interesting recipe.
    I look forward to reading this new series.

  10. Can't wait to read this book. Really enjoy craft mysteries.

  11. Can't wait to read this book. Really enjoy craft mysteries.

  12. Looks like a fun read and a great recipe, I will try the "cookies" this week. Is this copy and pasted from the book? Uncorrected copy? I'm just wondering because I saw some typos. Not a big deal, I overlook them for good stories.... I am just curious. Food and craft mysteries are my favorites!

  13. I have several miniature doll houses. One is the North Pole with Santa's
    workshop and the reindeers stalls, along with his housing. It was
    my mother's (my husband built it or her) and he brought it home after
    mother passed. This sounds like a book that will be right up my alley.
    thanks. txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com