Friday, October 12, 2018

Grownups Like Treats Too!

by Amy Flowers of The Calamity Cafe by Gayle Leeson

If you're like me, you don't get many strangers trick-or-treating at your house on Halloween. Actually, I don't get anyone trick-or-treating at my house. But on Halloween--or the Saturday before Halloween this year, since the actual day is on a Tuesday when most of the little goblins will be in school--we hand out treats at the Down South Cafe. Naturally, the kids love these sweet goodies, but their parents do too.

At the Down South Cafe, we don't discriminate. We believe you're either a kid or a kid at heart. If you don't believe me, ask Aunt Bess--she's 82 and is the oldest kid I know. And if you don't have a treat for her, you might wind up on her People I've Outlived Pinterest board.

So if you have family or friends--young or old--popping by to show off their costumes, you might want to have something quick, easy, and homemade on hand, like preacher cookies. Your guests will be impressed, and they won't soap your windows. (If, however, someone would like to wash my windows, I'd be much obliged.)

Preacher Cookies

Yield: 18-36 cookies, depending on size

2 cups sugar
1 stick butter
1/2 cup cream
2 1/2 cups quick oatmeal
3/4 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla

For chocolate cookies, add one tablespoon of cocoa.

Mix and boil for 1 1/2 minutes. Spread into greased pan. Refrigerate.

What's your favorite quick and easy go-to snack?

A couple of announcements from Gayle Leeson:

My second Kinsey Falls novel is now available. In PUTTING DOWN ROOTS IN KINSEY FALLS, Joanne Faraday comes to Kinsey Falls to find her birth parents. What she doesn’t expect to find is eccentric Greta Parker and her band of Silver Sleuths. The amateur “detectives” mistakenly think that Joanne is hiding something and start following her all over town. Joanne doesn’t know whether to be amused or horrified, but their antics are a welcome distraction from her own worries. 

Greta Parker is absolutely certain that newcomer Joanne is up to something. Her best guess--and it's backed up by the Silver Sleuths--is that Joanne is planning some sort of heist. Thinking that Joanne might be in dire financial straits, Greta thinks maybe they can lure Joanne away from the dark side with the offer of a fund-raising bake sale.

But when Joanne’s and Greta’s worlds collide in an unexpected way, both women have to take stock of what they really want out of life …

Please see for more information.

You might remember that with HONEY-BAKED HOMICIDE, I began doing subscription boxes with my book launches. This subscription box features your choice of a Wonder Woman or Marilyn Monroe apron, a signed/personalized book, a bookmark, tea candies, a literary-inspired button, and a hibiscus tea bag. You could also order just a signed/personalized copy of the book, a bookmark, and tea candies. They make great gifts (even if it's to yourself)!

Please note: There are only 2 Wonder Woman and 5 Marilyn aprons left. If you're interested, order soon!

Trick-or-Treat with Us!

Mark your calendars! On October 19, several authors will be participating in a blog/web page hop where readers can trick-or-treat with us. Everyone will be offering something different. For instance, I'll have an easy cupcake decorating tutorial and a free ebook for you. Readers will have the opportunity to visit our Facebook pages, follow us on Twitter, etc. for chances to win the grand prize--a $100 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card.

Trick-or-Treat with:

Be sure and visit my page ( on Friday, October 19, for all the details! 


  1. Aunt Bess is a hoot!
    Thank you for the recipe. I love your series and am so glad there are new books to read!
    I am marking my calendar for the blog hop, which is going to be fun!

  2. The cookies sound interesting. I've never eaten boiled cookies before. I have only eaten baked ones. Thanks for the recipe.
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