321.0 Simply Mark – Show 56, Season 6, May 31, 2017 – Podcast

“He was determined though, to direct the outcome of this chess game, and not allow the dragon to play to its strengths.  Jonathan had to find a way to gain the upper hand somehow, and play this match to his strong suite – which was being small, and easily able to hide in narrow places where his opponent couldn’t follow.”

Mark reads Ch 6, Pt 5 of his story Book Two ‘Jonathan’s Return (An Adventure Novel)’ ~ suitable for children of all ages! ☼ 🙂

320.0 Simply Mark – Show 55, Season 6, May 30, 2017 – Podcast

“He heard a great splash as the creature flung itself into the water around the fortress’ seawall, and knew it was only seconds before it reached him.”

Mark reads Ch 6, Pt 4 of his story Book Two ‘Jonathan’s Return (An Adventure Novel)’ ~ suitable for children of all ages! ☼ 🙂

Our Adventures In Baking ~ Easy Coffee Cake

My wife made a recipe today called ‘Easy Coffee Cake Recipe – The Best Cinnamon Roll Cake Recipe’ that she found on ‘Eating on a Dime dot com’ ~ and it’s the best!  This coffee cake is absolutely scrumptious, and the perfect treat at breakfast, with a cup of coffee in the afternoon, or as an anytime snack! 🙂 The only change my wife made to this recipe was to add walnut pieces to the cinnamon swirl filling ~ a natural fit for a coffee cake.  I’ll let the photos speak for themselves ~ enjoy! ☼ 🙂

 

Our Adventures In Baking ~ Almond Cream Cheese Shortbread Bars

A new favorite recipe of ours is one called ‘Almond Cream Cheese Shortbread Bars’ that my wife made from a site called ‘Averiecooks dot com’ ~ and it’s certainly a hit in our house!  These are delicious treats, and now that she’s made them a few times, here are her changes from the posted recipe:

– Double the amount of cream cheese filling, which will increase the overall baking time.  Monitor the cheesecake filling closely as it bakes, and cover it with aluminum foil after a while to avoid browning on top.
 
– After the crust has baked for 12-15 minutes and before the cream cheese filling goes on top, spread the shortbread crust with a thin layer of seedless raspberry jam.  About 2 teaspoonfuls should do it.
 
– My wife used her usual frosting instead of the one called for in the recipe, and it’s made with powdered sugar, skim milk and 1 teaspoon of almond extract.  Sprinkle flaked or slivered almonds over the wet frosting.
 
– Cover with aluminum foil and let set over night in the fridge before cutting into slices.  Freeze the leftover slices. Yields 12 slices – enjoy!  ☼ 🙂

Our Adventures In Baking ~ No Bake Piña Colada Cream Pie

My wife’s made a ‘No Bake Piña Colada Cream Pie’ recipe a couple of times now that she found on ‘Mom On Time Out dot com,’ and it’s already a favorite of ours!  This is a luscious cold treat on a hot day, and one that’s sure to be a crowd pleaser!

The variations my wife uses in her recipe omits the rum flavoring and the whipped cream topping, while making the pie in an aluminum pie pan with plastic lid for easy freezing.  Once the pie is frozen, then it’s sliced and topped with toasted coconut around the rim, and two slices are placed on plates and refrigerated before serving.  The rest of the frozen slices are placed back into the freezer to enjoy another day.

As always, my specialties are batting clean-up at the sink, the fine art of taste appreciation, and food blogging.  This pie is indeed a scrumptious treat ~ enjoy! ☼ 🙂

319.0 Simply Mark – Show 54, Season 6, May 26, 2017 – Podcast

“It never crossed Jonathan’s mind that other hideous things may lurk in the dark, choppy waters around Skulvarr Fell, and that the dragon might be the least of their concerns now that they’d arrived at this cursed place.”

Mark reads Ch 6, Pt 3 of his story Book Two ‘Jonathan’s Return (An Adventure Novel)’ ~ suitable for children of all ages! ☼ 🙂

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318.0 Simply Mark – Show 53, Season 6, May 25, 2017 – Podcast

“…but the crows had gained too much valuable information during that period of time, information which would be very dangerous indeed in the wrong hands, or claws…”

Mark reads Ch 6, Pt 2 of his story Book Two ‘Jonathan’s Return (An Adventure Novel)’ ~ suitable for children of all ages! ☼ 🙂

317.0 Simply Mark – Show 52, Season 6, May 24, 2017 – Podcast

“It was only a matter of time, before other prying eyes would know exactly where the two travelers were, and what they were up to…”

Mark reads Ch 6, Pt 1 of his story Book Two ‘Jonathan’s Return (An Adventure Novel)’ ~ suitable for children of all ages! ☼ 🙂

316.0 Simply Mark – Show 51, Season 6, May 23, 2017 – Podcast

“As Jonathan pondered the greater issue of having to outwit and slay the dragon, Sammy paid close attention to the fact that the bow wave had somehow gotten the raft moving again.”

Mark reads Ch 5, Pt 10 of his story Book Two ‘Jonathan’s Return (An Adventure Novel)’ ~ suitable for children of all ages! ☼ 🙂

315.0 Simply Mark – Show 50, Season 6, May 22, 2017 – Podcast

“…it must have been the dragon swimming downstream with the current at great speeds like a crocodile!”

Mark reads Ch 5, Pt 9 of his story Book Two ‘Jonathan’s Return (An Adventure Novel)’ ~ suitable for children of all ages! ☼ 🙂