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Lavender-Lime Soda | The Welcome Home Diner

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Lavender-Lime Soda | The Welcome Home Diner
Lavender Simple Syrup
Welcome to the TLC Book Tours stop for The Welcome Home Diner, the latest food-centric novel by author (and food blogger) Peggy Lampman! This is a novel for all of you foodies out there—it'll make your mouth water from page one with a melange of Polish and Southern-inspired food descriptions, as well as homegrown and locally sourced ingredients and creative recipe ideas.

Spaghetti Bolognese | The Silent Fountain

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Spaghetti Bolognese | The Silent Fountain
Spaghetti Bolognese | The Silent Fountain
Welcome to the TLC Book Tours stop for The Silent Fountain, the latest novel by author Victoria Fox. Chapter by chapter, The Silent Fountain ebbs and flows over a period of four decades, introducing the reader gradually to its two main characters, Vivien and Lucy. Both women experienced life-altering events growing up, and both find themselves in a less than ideal situations at some point in their young adult life.

Hot and Sour Soup | Ghostbusters

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Hot and Sour Soup | Ghostbusters
Hot and Sour Soup | Ghostbusters
I'm sneaking in last minute with a recipe inspired by this month's Food 'n Flix pick, the 2016 reboot of Ghostbusters! Okay, so I'm just gonna go ahead and put this out there...even though I feel like it's probably the unpopular opinion—I like the new Ghostbusters better than the original. I know there are some out there screaming sacrilege, especially since I grew up with the 1984 version, but the truth is, while I always liked it well enough, it never really clicked. I mean, I rollerskated to Ray Parker Jr.'s theme song like it was nobody's business, but the movie never really clicked (seemed like it was aimed more towards guys to me).

Mini Meatloaf | Recipes from Raine’s Roost aka Jillian’s Kitchen | Interview + Giveaway!

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Mini Meatloaf | Recipes from Raine’s Roost aka Jillian’s Kitchen
Mini Meatloaf
You’re in for a treat today. I’m excited to host another blog stop for author, L.G. O’Connor. I’ve featured several of her books over the years both from her paranormal angel romance series, The Angelorum Twelve Chronicles, and her romantic women’s fiction series, Caught Up in Love. Even though her books aren’t ordinarily “foodie reads,” her heroes seem to know their way around a kitchen and you can tell she appreciates a good meal. So imagine my surprise when she told me her latest release was a recipe compilation from Raine MacDonald, the sexy hero in Caught Up in RAINE! (To see my review of the book and the Chicken Marsala recipe inspired by CUIR from last April, click HERE.)

Foundational Fried SPAM | The Walking Dead (cookbook review + giveaway)

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Foundational Fried SPAM | The Walking Dead
Foundational Fried SPAM | The Walking Dead (cookbook review + giveaway)
It's premiere week! Are you as excited as I am? I wasn't to create seven new Walking Dead inspired recipes to lead up to Sunday like I did last year, but I do have something just as fun to share—a review of the just-released The Walking Dead: Official Cookbook and Survival Guide! If you're a regular reader, you know how much I love TWD, so I jumped at the chance to receive not only a review copy, but also a copy to give away to one of my readers! So, let's get to it.

Fusilli w/ Raw Tomato Sauce | The Sweet Life

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Fusilli w/ Raw Tomato Sauce | The Sweet Life
Fusilli w/ Raw Tomato Sauce
Welcome to the TLC Book Tours stop for the latest novel by Sharon Struth called The Sweet Life. This is a sweet story, if somewhat predictable. Mamie Weber is offered the chance to join a bus tour of Tuscany (sound familiar?), and though it's a covert assignment for work, she looks at it as a chance to try and move forward in the aftermath of a tragic accident that took her husband and daughter's lives 5 years ago.

S'mores Brownies | If There's No Tomorrow

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S'mores Brownies | If There's No Tomorrow
S'mores Brownies
Remember when you were 17 and invincible? I do. Plus, I have children that are just on either side of that age. I'm also very sensitive and empathetic, which is probably why I cried my way through a good portion of If There's No Tomorrow, the latest YA novel by author Jennifer Armentrout. It touched me, to say the least.

Spicy, Sweet, & Smoky Barbecue Sauce | The Talented Ribkins

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Spicy-Sweet & Smoky Barbecue Sauce | The Talented Ribkins
Welcome to the TLC Book Tours stop for The Talented Ribkins, debut novel by author Ladee Hubbard! I'll start by saying that after reading the book jacket, there were two initial things that made me want to read this novel. The first being mention of the characters having "superpowers", the second being the reference to W.E.B. Du Boi's essay The Talented Tenth. (Which, if you haven't read it before, I recommend checking out The Talented Tenth just before or after reading The Talented Ribkins.)

Collard Greens w/ Smoked Turkey Wings | To Kill a Mockingbird #FoodnFlix

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Collard Greens w/ Smoked Turkey Wings | To Kill a Mockingbird #FoodnFlix
Collard Greens w/ Smoked Turkey Wings | To Kill a Mockingbird #FoodnFlix
This month, the Food 'n Flix club is watching an American classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, based on the book of the same name by Harper Lee. I should probably start off with an admission...one that I'm actually ashamed to admit, especially afer introducing it as an American classic, but...I'd never actually seen or even read To Kill a Mockingbird until last week.

[Insert collective gasp!]

Homemade Creamed Corn | Secondhand Lions #FoodnFlix

Homemade Creamed Corn | Secondhand Lions #FoodnFlix
Homemade Creamed Corn inspired by Secondhand Lions for #FoodnFlix
This month, the Food 'n Flix club is creating recipes inspired by the 2003 flick, Secondhand Lions. While it was made in '03, it was actually set in 1950's Texas (with flashbacks from years before, most taking place in Morocco). At its core, it's about 14-year old Walter who has been dropped off at the home of his two great-uncles, who have a reputation for being surly recluses, sans invitation.

Orange Muffins w/ Cinnamon Glaze | The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky

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Orange Muffins w/ Cinnamon Glaze inspired by The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky
You must be comfortable with the liberal use of words like vagina, penis, sex, and dildo if you're going to read The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky, the debut novel by Summer Heacock. Really. It's all about Kat's quest to fix her broken lady bits. As long as that doesn't scare you off, you're in for a hilarious...and even a little sexy...read.

Copycat Olive Garden Chicken & Gnocchi Soup | #SoupSwappers

Copycat Olive Garden Chicken and Gnocchi Soup
Copycat Olive Garden Chicken and Gnocchi Soup
It's been several months since I participated (time is not on my side lately) in Saturday Soup Swappers, but I brought a pot of soup to the group this month! I'm also hosting with a theme that I thought would not only produce a variety of delicious soup recipes, but also be a ton of fun for both the bloggers and the readers—COPYCAT SOUP RECIPES!

Peach Iced Tea | The Innkeeper's Sister

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Peach Iced Tea | The Innkeeper's Sister
Peach Iced Tea inspired by The Innkeeper's Sister
Welcome to the TLC Book Tours stop for The Innkeeper's Sister by Linda Goodnight! This is book 3 in Goodnight's Honeyridge Novels series, but the first (and only so far) one that I've read. I actually didn't even realize it was a part of a series until I'd finished it, which means it definitely works as a stand-alone book. When I went to look back at the descriptions for the first 2 books, they are connected by location (Honey Ridge, Tennessee), but focus on different main characters. Those characters also play a part in this book, so I'm looking forward to going back and reading their stories.

I Carried a Watermelon Margarita | Dirty Dancing #FoodnFlix

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I Carried a Watermelon Margarita | Dirty Dancing #FoodnFlix
I Carried a Watermelon Margarita | Dirty Dancing #FoodnFlix
We headed back to the 80's for this month's edition of Food 'n Flix with one of the best coming-of-age chick flicks of all-time, Dirty Dancing! This is one of those movies that I've seen so many times I could recite it in my sleep. I owned it on VHS, I own it on DVD, and I can't resist stopping to watch it when I come across it while flipping channels on TV. Plus, the soundtrack! I had it on tape and remember listening to one side and flipping it over in my walkman...or dual cassette deck stereo with record player...time and time again.