Friday, December 29, 2017

Fun Drink Friday - Chai Toddy



A nice warm drink for the winter months.

From our friends at Midnight Mixologist

Drink Responsibly & Stay Spicy!!

C ~
πŸ’‹
Indulge in the Spicy Side of Romance πŸ’œ

Coming Soon
Zack
January 2018

Friday, December 22, 2017

Fun Drink Friday - FÜNF Wines

FÜNF Wines


When I go for a red wine, I like sweet. The Funf Sweet red is a close second of my favs. 
This wine will also go nicely with the Cannellini Bruschetta from Wednesday, as its light flavors will not over power the flavors of the appetizer.

Now, yes and you know it, if you grab a white wine to drink, I'd go with a Riesling


Again, the flavors will not over power one another.

I do like the 

FÜNF Wines

 and can't wait to try their Moscato!!

Drink Responsibly and Stay Spicy!!
C ~
πŸ’‹

Indulge in the Spicy Side of Romance πŸ’œ


πŸ’—Releasing in January 2018πŸ’—
Zack
Undercover Lover Series




Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Easy Appetizer for the Holidays

Andrew Purcell
Combine 1 drained can cannellini beans, 1 cup chopped drained giardiniera (Italian pickled vegetables) plus a splash of brine from the jar, 1/4 cup diced provolone and 2 tablespoons each chopped parsley and olive oil. Serve on toasted Italian bread.
Who doesn't love an easy appetizer
Trust me peeps, if I can make it, you can! 😁
I'm loving this Food Network, 50 easy appetizers!!
Go check it out!!   Food Network = Yummy!!
Check me out on Friday to see what drink I've matched up with this appetizer πŸ˜‰

Read Lots and Stay Spicy!!
C ~
πŸ’‹
Indulge in the Spicy Side of Romance πŸ’œ


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Book Spotlight & Guest Blogger - A Celtic Heart by: Joseph Scott



A collection of nature themed poetry and prose by Joseph W. Scott. It has a "New Age" feel for an old world tradition of reverence and passion for our environment. A resident of Massachusetts, Joseph W. Scott has published three books of poetry, from which many of these works have been selected, and was nominated for Amateur Poet of the Year in 2003 by the American Poetry Society. A small percent of the proceeds from this book will go toward protecting our wildlife and their habitat.


Good Morning Joseph and welcome to my blog. Can you tell us a little more about yourself?

I grew up on a small farm in Massachusetts.  I am a Veteran of both the Army and the Air Force.  I currently work as an Avionics Technician for the United States Air Force.  Avionics is what we call all the electronic fight systems in an aircraft.  

I studied wildlife and forestry conservation and volunteer for The National Audubon society in trail clean ups.  I’ve been married to my wife Heather for a little more than 15 years and have three children.

That's awesome!! Thank you so much for your service of this great country and continued service in Avionics!

For my readers who are saying, hey you're both from Massachusetts. Yes, Joe and I know each other. We attended the same technical high school and were in the same trade. Electronics. 

Back to A Celtic Heart. Joseph, can you tell us a little more about your book and your inspiration behind the making of it.  

“A Celtic Heart” is a combination of my first three books:  Shades of Summers Past, The Forest Through, and The Romance and the Tragedies. 

I do not want to say it is a “best of” but more a Celtic oriented themed book of me.  I wanted something that summed me up; the essence of my work.  

I am very happy with the result.  It is all three rolled into one: Memories and a nature loving romantic.  

Three is a magic number they say.  It has been my number since, well, as long as I can remember; maybe because I am the third child in my family.  I have worn that number since I was a child in all the sports teams I have played for so I felt it was fitting to roll the three books into one.

I am inspired by the natural world.  The wilderness, the oceans, the mountains, just everything about the Earth is awe-inspiring.  

I find my muse along a brook in the middle of the woods or on the edge of a cliff overlooking the ocean.  I humble myself before the majesty of nature and in the process I find myself.  I’m not sure if it’s my “Scots-Irish” blood that draws me to the traditions of the Celts but in my book “A Celtic Heart”, it was my intent to try and pass along some of that tradition while also helping others to maybe find their own peace.

That is truly inspiring!! Joseph, thank you so much for blogging with me today!! Before you go, can you tell the readers, What is your favorite place to write? On Earth and Off 😊

There is a spot in the woods near where I grew up.  Three fields and a small wooded patch where a brook runs and that makes the most amazing sounds.  There is a crab-apple tree in the middle of one of the fields that is enormous and if you read my book, well there you are.  Many of my poems are from that spot.  

“Off Earth,” the moon.

Cool Beans!! Again, Joe thanks for stopping by!! Say hi to Heather and the kids for me, stay warm up there and Merry Christmas!!







Read Lots and Stay Spicy
C ~
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Friday, December 15, 2017

Fun Drink Friday - Pink Wines

Barefoot Rose

I like my pink wine's. They also go with crab.

         
Ok and I like Barefoot 😊


Drink Responsibly, Read Lots and Stay Spicy

C ~
πŸ’‹
Indulge in the Spicy Side of Romance πŸ’œ

Releasing in January:  The Undercover Lover Series ~ Zach



Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Deviled Crab Appetizer


Andrew Purcell
Deviled Crab Dip
Mix 1/2 pound crabmeat, 3 tablespoons mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon each dijon mustard, lemon juice and chopped parsley, 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, and salt and hot sauce to taste. Serve with crackers.
OMG, I love Crab!! I saw this little gem on Food Network.
Sooo, easy to make!! I have everything in my pantry except the crab.
Hmmmm, what drink would go well with this...
Check back on Friday to find out πŸ˜€
Read Lots and Stay Spicy!!
C ~
πŸ’‹
www.authorcasalo.com
Indulge in the Spicy Side of Romance πŸ’œ

Releasing in January:  The Undercover Lover Series ~ Zach

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Favorite Writing Place


I have an office in my house just for my writing. It was the one thing I asked for when the house was being built. 
(well actually one of three 😁, the other two were an island in my kitchen and a soaking tub. Hubs said ok to all πŸ’–)

That way I can get away from all the hub bub going on and concentrate. Whether it's video game noise or someone's binge watching Star Trek Voyager.😜

I can go in, shut my door, put on my playlist and go to town.

I even have a little sign my mother-in-law gave me that says:
The fairies are in the garden working
= No entrance. πŸ˜‰

And I call my office, 'the office'. LOL. I'll say to puppy, Ok, let's go to the office, and he runs right down the hallway, skids around the corner and up into his chair.

Yes, Elvis has his own chair in the office. Otherwise he'd be sitting behind me all day πŸ˜‹.

I call it 'the office' well, because it is, LOL, and when I leave for the day job, I say, "I'm leaving for 'work'."

Elvis is not a fan of mommy going to 'work'😩

I even brought home an old antique office chair, it needs to be worked on, but it's great!!

When I'm just puttering around and have something on the stove, like today, I'll bring the laptop out to the living room.

But after Sunday lunch and watching my weekly addiction of Naruto πŸ˜€ I'll head to the office.

So, lunch is coming soon and my DVR'd Naruto, Later peeps.

Read Lots and Stay Spicy!!

C ~
πŸ’‹
www.authorcasalo.com
Indulge in the Spicy Side of Romance

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Long hours and Exhaustion


So, this was me, literally at work Friday.

After flying out on a 7 am flight to Tennessee for a conference on Tuesday and back in on Friday morning. I decided to go home and try to get some sleep. LOL.
Yeah not.

I'm sure everyone has been there. 

I'm still exhausted. Saturday was appointments to catch up on stuff and I'm supposed to be heading out here in a few, but I'm not even dressed. 😐 No, seriously, not even dressed. Still in PJ's with coffee #2, and hair flying everywhere.

I just want to stay home.

Not only to rest but I have major announcement coming in January!
πŸ˜€

So I'm pushing my limits to get stuff done.
and
NO, I'm not spilling until January. 😜

But if you want to be one of the first to know...
sign up for my newsletter, they'll find out first. πŸ˜πŸ˜€πŸ’‹

Deadlines, 2 jobs and a board position defiantly take a toll on the home and family life.
But I know it will all be worth it in the end and so does my fam.

My grandfather always said, if you want something, work for it.
No one's going to give it to you.
(Along with, they ain't worth a piss hole in the snow and they're slower than cold molasses in the winter time - LOL, but that's another blog πŸ˜›) 

So, I'm working for it and I will achieve my goals.

Then I'm going to sleep for a week! LOL.

So Stay Spicy and read lots my friends!
C ~
πŸ’‹
Indulge in the Spicy Side of Romance





Sunday, September 24, 2017

Life after Irma


Irma left me without power for 6 days.
Blogging and other power needed items were out.
I was able to get onto FaceBook with my cell and post a couple of times.

I know there are folks still without power and I feel for them!

This hurricane knocked my area of Florida around pretty dang good. 

Thankfully we didn't suffer much damage, hubs was able to fix it right up. 
We did lose about $300.00 worth of food between the freezer and fridge. πŸ˜”
And, I did make a demand on the poor man.

I want a generator. He agreed.

During the last few days without power I took a note from my cat and started sleeping on the kitchen floor. It's ceramic tile and was sooooooo much COOLER πŸ˜‹ 

I hope everyone made it through ok!! no injuries, no loss of life!! 

If you had damages to your home or personal property, was misplaced or without power for 5 days or more, you need to go to:

First put your zip code in and they will tell you if you were in the impact area. If you were fill out the FEMA application!

You may be entitled to some funds to help you get back on your feet.


Read Lots and Stay Spicy!!

C ~
πŸ’‹
Indulge in the Spicy Side of Romance

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Hurricane Irma



Hurricane Irma, here she comes.
We are prepped and prepared.
Staying inside and ready.

I have my water, food, flashlights, candles and radio ready.

When the power goes out, I say when, because I know it's going to happen.
I'll finally get a chance to read some of the books I bought at the RWA conference Pro Literacy Book signing event in July.


To the rest of my Florida peeps.
Please stay safe and evacuate if needed.

Stay Safe! Stay Spicy!
C ~
πŸ’‹

Indulge in the Spicy Side of Romance


Sunday, September 3, 2017

Book Spotlight - From Junk Food to Joy Food - Joy Bauer






So,this is what happens when I'm home sick from the day job.
I watch my food shows πŸ˜‰

I was watching The Chew and saw Joy Bauer come on and cut calories like she had a Samurai sword, yet you still ate very close to what the items where.

So, I bought the book.

This is the first recipe my son made out of it and I have to say, 
It was YUMMY!!!!
 And, we saved on calories!! How is that not awesome!!!!

I'm not going to give you the recipe. You have to go by the book for that. 
But look at the difference in calories!!
Holy Hen S*it Batman!!
And again, YUMMY!!

I bought my book off Amazon, but it's at all major book retail outlets.

Eat Well and Stay Spicy!!
C ~
πŸ’‹
Indulge in the Spicy Side of Romance



Friday, September 1, 2017

Fun Drink Friday - Caramel Candy Apple with Smirnoff


1 Oz. Smirnoff Kissed Caramel
.75 Oz. Apple Juice
.25 Oz. Cranberry Juice

Strain all ingredients and strain into a shot glass

SMIRNOFF® KISSED CARAMEL®

For this and other recipe's go to Smirnoff Vodka USA

Remember to Drink Responsibly and Stay Spicy!!

C ~
πŸ’‹
Indulge in the Spicy Side of Romance

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Caramel Apple Grapes


INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 lb. seedless green grapes
  • 1 c. caramel vodka
  • 1 c. Caramel
  • 1 c. Chopped peanuts


DIRECTIONS

  1. 1. Soak grapes in caramel vodka and refrigerate 1 hour.
  2. Drain grapes and pat dry with paper towels.
  3. Poke toothpicks in grapes, then dip in caramel and peanuts. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet to let set.
  4. Serve.

For this recipe, the video and others go to: Delish

I'm sure this can be done without Vodka, for a more family friendly goodie. If someone tries it, let me know.

Eat well and Stay Spicy
C ~
πŸ’‹
Indulge in the Spicy Side of Romance

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Book Spotlight - A Lady's Challenge



Welcome to Neris, mercenary planet light years from our own Milky Way Galaxy. 

Lieutenant Trea Padame, is not only the second in command of the mercenary warship Catalysts' security division, she's also hiding the truth that she's a Lady. 

She is to take her father's seat as head of her family's house in the Eastern Lowlands unless she can find a warrior to take as her life mate. 

First Commander Daniel Hedden of the Catalyst is a man who's used to men following his every command on duty and Trea following them in bed. 

Can the warrior in him find the way to free his heart of past memories, forgive Trea hiding her identity from him and let an ancient revelation come true? Or will he disregard all and face losing Trea forever to an enemy who's set to take Trea and her village for his own? 

Genre: Erotic Romance /Science Fiction Rating: Erotic Romance - 
Controversial (Contains adult content, language, and graphic sex)


Read Lots and Stay Spicy!!

C ~
πŸ’‹
Indulge in the Spicy Side of Romance

Friday, August 25, 2017

Fun Drink Friday - Mothers' Little Helper with Geoffrey Zakarian


Ingredients


Directions

Combine the iced tea, scotch, schnapps and peaches in a pitcher with ice. Chill for 30 minutes to allow the flavors to mix.
Divide the mixture among 4 highball glasses with ice. Garnish with lemon and mint.