‘Small Town Hearts’ Blog Tour: Recipe! - Bubbly Booknerd
The official banner for the blog tour was designed by Mana! Welcome back to my little corner of the book bloggersphere! I’ve been off listening to audiobooks, attempting to catch up on ARCs (when my eyes allow), and baking up a storm in the kitchen! I had the honor of receiving an ARC of Small Town Hearts from Lillie Vale when she reached out on twitter for bi readers/reviewers. Then, the wonderful Lili @ Utopia State of Mind invited me to participate in this Blog Tour for STH and I’m so excited to share my post with you today! Every time I pick up Small Town Hearts, I’m transported to the northeastern seaboard… and OMG I’m so in love! While I haven’t been to Maine (yet—it’s high on my bucket list!!), I have been to Cape Cod. If there’s anything that has stuck with me, it’s the to-die-for food, the salty air, and the overall small town nautical vibe and charming locals. (Okay, that was more than one, but who’s counting when we’re having fun?!) Back to the food: Small Town Hearts also inspired me to get into the kitchen! I may not be able to whip up a world class lobster roll in Minnesota, but I can certainly dabble at baking like Babe (the bi MC of STH)!! While I pretend to be Rachael Ray when cooking (lols), I’m more of a Cher from Clueless when it comes to baking… It might be obvious then, that I don’t bake from scratch. I also don’t follow box recipes faithfully either. You’re probably asking: Then why are you contributing a recipe to the STH Blog Tour then?! Because I remember what I have (or my mom has) changed (read: improved) and follow the altered recipe in the future! Less is more when it comes to time, prep, and cleanup. Therefore, the following is winner when it comes to simplicity while satisfying a sweet tooth! It pairs wonderfully with coffee or tea, so you can enjoy while sticking your nose back into your book! The ‘Cinnamon Streusel Quick Bread’ recipe below is an alteration of the back of the box and yields two loaves. If this is too much, it freezes well or you can cut the recipe in half. Why not one loaf if the batter fits in one pan? Well… the studly fire fighters were nearly at my front door when it bubbled over, burnt on the bottom of the oven, and smoked out the kitchen… Soooo, I advise two, but you do you! For me, it completely defeated the purpose of using the oven to warm up the house when I had to air out a kitchen at 20° below! What you’ll need: 1 BOX – BETTY CROCKER™ CINNAMON STREUSEL MUFFIN MIX 2/3 CUP (158 mL) – WATER 1/4 CUP (60 mL) – LIGHT TASTING OLIVE OIL 2 – LARGE EGGS 1/2 CUP (100 g) – BROWN CANE SUGAR 2 TBSP (24 g) – WHITE CANE SUGAR 1/4 CUP (55 g) – SOFTENED BUTTER Mix it up! PREHEAT OVEN TO 375°F (190°C). GREASE TWO 8×4-in (20×10-cm) LOAF PANS. SET ASIDE THE STREUSEL PACKET FOR LATER. IN A MEDIUM BOWL, MIX THE EGGS, WATER, AND OIL TOGETHER. THEN STIR IN THE DRY MUFFIN MIX (BATTER WILL BE LUMPY). SPOON AND SPREAD 1/4 OF THE BATTER INTO EACH LOAF PAN AND SET ASIDE. Layer it up! IN A SMALL BOWL, COMBINE THE STREUSEL PACKET WITH THE SOFTENED BUTTER AND CANE SUGARS. SPRINKLE 1/4 OF THE STREUSEL MIX ON THE BATTER IN EACH LOAF PAN. SPOON AND SPREAD 1/2 OF THE REMAINING BATTER INTO EACH LOAF PAN. SPRINKLE 1/2 OF THE REMAINING STREUSEL MIX ON TOP OF THE BATTER IN EACH LOAF PAN. Bake & Wait BAKE 35-45 MINUTES, OR UNTIL A TOOTHPICK COMES OUT CLEAN. Remove & Cool Serve & Enjoy! Print the Recipe: About Small Town Hearts & Lillie Vale Release Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 Rule #1 – Never fall for a summer boy. Fresh out of high school, Babe Vogel should be thrilled to have the whole summer at her fingertips. She loves living in her lighthouse home in the sleepy Maine beach town of Oar’s Rest and being a barista at the Busy Bean, but she’s totally freaking out about how her life will change when her two best friends go to college in the fall. And when a reckless kiss causes all three of them to break up, she may lose them a lot sooner. On top of that, her ex-girlfriend is back in town, bringing with her a slew of memories, both good and bad. And then there’s Levi Keller, the cute artist who’s spending all his free time at the coffee shop where she works. Levi’s from out of town, and even though Babe knows better than to fall for a tourist who will leave when summer ends, she can’t stop herself from wanting to know him. Can Babe keep her distance, or will she break the one rule she’s always had – to never fall for a summer boy? Lillie Vale, upon discovering she could not be one of Santa’s elves or attend Hogwarts, decided to become a writer to create a little magic of her own. Enjoying the romantic and eerie in equal measure, she’s probably always writing a book where the main characters kiss or kill. Born in Mumbai, she has lived in many U.S. states, and now resides in an Indiana college town where the corn whispers and no one has a clue that she is actually the long-lost caps lock queen. She can be reached on Twitter @LillieLabyrinth and Instagram @labyrinthspine. Small Town Hearts is her debut novel. Check out the entire Small Town Hearts Blog Tour! March 11 Lily (Sprinkles of Dreams) – guest post Marie (Drizzle & Hurricane Books) – interview Eloise (Eloise Writes) – review + aesthetic Simant (Flipping Through the Pages) – review + creative Elin (Annotated Paperbacks) – creative March 12 Nandini (Unputdownable Books) – creative Santana (Santana Reads) – review + character aesthetics Danielle (Bookish in Texas) – interview Laura (Green Tea & Paperbacks) – creative March 13 Sofia (Bookish Wandress) – review + a playlist Ashley (Bubbly Booknerd) – creative Lauren (Bookmark Lit) – review + creative Victoria (The Contented Reader) – interview + review Camillea (Camillea Reads) – review March 14 Morgan (The Bookish Beagle) – review + creative Fanna (Fannatality) review + creative Sydney (Sydneys.books) – creative bookstagram Fadwa (Word Wonders) – review Mishma (Chasing Faerytales) – review + creative Lili (Utopia State of Mind) – guest post March 15 Tiffany (Read by Tiffany) – creative Haley (Fangirl Fury) – review + creative Romie (Romie We Deserve Love) – creative I hope you enjoyed my stop on the blog tour! Are you planning to pick up Small Town Hearts? Do books inspire you to head to the kitchen and whip up something delicious? Related