Elsie’s Rose Water Scones

“Elsie, what a nice surprise!” exclaimed Catherine.  “Please, come in.  I was just about to have some tea, and I’d love for you to join me.”  She hugged Elsie, who gingerly held a platter with some scones she had baked.

“Here you go, my dear,” Elsie said, handing her the platter.  “I thought you might like some of these, and they’d go perfectly with our tea.”  Her silvery voice and Mancunian accent seemed to sing the words.

“Oh my, thank you!”  She took the scones and led Elsie into the kitchen.  “Have a seat, Elsie.” A rose scent wafted up to Catherine, as she removed the plastic wrapping from the scones.  “Elsie, they smell heavenly!”

“Rose water scones,” Elsie acknowledged.  “I made them this morning and thought you and Alan might like to try them.”   Excerpt from Chapter three, River Runs Deep

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Good day, friends!  Welcome to Leisure Lane.  I hope you enjoyed a lovely weekend and are ready for a lovely recipe.  In all the business of the holidays, I forgot to post it for you.  It’s one of two recipes that can be found at the end of my kindle romance ebook, River Runs Deep.  These scones are pretty and delicious, and they’re perfect for tea with friends or anytime.  If you try them, let me know.  Have a wonderful week, and until next time, may happy days abound!

Elsie’s Rose Water Scones

Makes 8

Ingredients:
1 ¼ cups of all-purpose flour
Pinch of salt
½ Tblsp baking powder
¼ cup granulated sugar
4 Tblsp cold butter, cut in chunks
1/3 cup milk
1 ½ – 2 tsp. of rose water
½ tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 F

*In a medium size bowl add flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar and mix well.
*Add butter and blend with a pastry cutter until mixture is crumbly.
*Add rose water and extract to milk and pour liquid into dry mixture. Stir gently with a spoon until blended and dough forms. The fewer strokes the better.
*Knead gently 2 or 3 times to form a solid ball.  Use a little flour if dough seems sticky.
*Place dough on greased cookie sheet and use fingers to pat into a circular shape 1- inch thick.  Cut circle into 8 wedges and slightly separate leaving some space between the wedges.
*Bake for 12-15 minutes until they begin to lightly brown.
*Ice or drizzle with rose water glaze.

Recipe may be doubled, if desired.

Rose Water Glaze

Ingredients:

1/8 cup of confectioner’s sugar
1 tsp. rose water (food grade)
¼ tsp. vanilla extract

Less than a drop of red dye for pink glaze – if desired.

Directions:

Place sugar into a small bowl.  Add rose water, extract and red dye.  Stir until glaze is a loose consistency.  You may add more rose water to get the proper consistency.  May be drizzled onto scones or spread on top of scones to thinly cover tops.

Enjoy with hot tea or coffee and a friend!

 

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Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!

I’ve been singing that song for two weeks – believing when I sing!

Good day everyone!  In southeast Texas, it’s an amazing, wonderful, and I’d say, miraculous thing to see snow.  But, here it is – all 2-3 inches of it.

Though, to my sadness, it was melting faster than I could take these pictures.  But it came! And that’s really all that matters.  Glorious, beautiful snow.  I know my friends in northern areas may be rolling their eyes…I grew up with snow, so I understand the beauty and the hazards, as well.  But, when you haven’t seen it for years on end, it really is a treat.

Well, I just wanted to share. Thank you for strolling by Leisure Lane.  I hope you all enjoy a wonderful weekend, full of promise and beautiful things.  If it can snow in Texas, ANYTHING is possible!

Until next times, may happy days abound!

Marianne ♥

 

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy day, everyone…I hope you are all well and enjoying your day.  I just wanted to let you know that I will be taking a break from blogging for most of the holiday season.  The job will be taking a lot out of me for another year, so I thought I’d give myself one less thing to do on my list.  But I truly wish all of you a very happy Thanksgiving, as you find new and wonderful things to be grateful for, and even the old, but fond memories of joyous occasions and loving people who have graced your life.  I know for certain you have graced mine.

Be blessed, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

River Runs Deep – One Week Kindle Countdown Deal

Good day everyone.  I hope you are all well.  I promised to give a reminder about Amazon Kindle’s River Runs Deep Countdown Deal, so here are the details:

Amazon  – U.S. starts November 14, 2017 8:00 a.m. PST….Ends November 21, 2017 12:00 a.m. PST

Amazon – U.K. starts November 15, 2017 8:00 a.m. MT…Ends November 22,2017 12:00 a.m. GMT

Thank you for strolling by Leisure Lane today.  May your day be filled with love, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne♥

 

 

River Runs Deep – Romantic Comedy Book Promotion

Hello everyone. I hope you’re enjoying the day. Dreary and very cool here today, which I know doesn’t sound so great, but it’s actually beautiful…cozy and a perfect day to be home visiting with you. I hope your week is progressing nicely and lots of good surprises come your way.

Just a note to let you know that beginning November 14, 2017, Amazon is running a Kindle Countdown Deal promotion on River Runs Deep. I will send out another reminder just before it begins. This is for all of my U.S. friends.  For my U.K. friends, the countdown will begin on November 15, 2017.  Again, I will send out reminders.  The book has been doing very well and I’m very grateful.

Thank you for stopping by Leisure Lane, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne ♥

Mary Jane’s Tearoom: Where Dreams and Designs are Born

Good day, friends…thank you for strolling by Leisure Lane.  This day is about to get fun, because we’re going to visit a very talented woman, share some tea with her and take a peek at her lovely creations.

Welcome to Mary Jane’s Tearoom, where Susan, an independent designer from the UK, has been blogging, sharing, and selling her delightfully knitted bears and dolls since 2009.  Susan is a master craftswoman with an impeccable eye for detail, color, and techniques that will make your heart swoon ♥♥♥

Her sweet bears are looking quite fashionable as they while away the hours looking at cloud shapes – at least to me that’s what they look like they’re doing – OH, there goes a dragon!  If I had one of her bears, I couldn’t just put it on the bed or shelf, I think I’d have to play with it!  Yes, even at my age – which is kept secret in a bear cave somewhere in the Himalayan mountains.

 And who wouldn’t mind a closet full of these adorable cardigans!

Susan also designs dolls with the prettiest outfits and hair styles!  A snugly girlfriend who never gets tired of hearing you talk – a besty, indeed.

Isn’t Crystal a DOLL?! Look at her adorable hat!!

Susan’s charming patterns can be found in her Tearoom Shop, so don’t forget to stop by there and take a look around.  She and her cozy companions can also be found on Instagram, and Pinterest…AND check out her EBOOK Shop, where she offers group patterns.  I’ve provided links to everything I’ve mentioned here.

 

There really isn’t enough time to show or tell you everything Susan offers at Mary Jane’s Tearoom – you really have to see it for yourself, and I promise you will be enthralled with her and her creations.  She is friendly, open and quite accessible for lending a helping “hand” with any questions you may have about her work or knitting.  Mary Jane’s Tearoom is an inspirational, cheerful place to visit, so bring a friend and have some fun.  I am constantly inspired, and a smile is easily attained when I visit her site.

Thank you again, for coming by.  May your day be filled with snugly thoughts, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

Note:  Above images courtesy of Mary Jane’s Tearoom.  All rights reserved.

Handmade Jack O’Lantern

Good day, friends…

Welcome to Leisure Lane…Thank you for strolling by today and visiting.

Halloween is just around the corner, and I made myself a note to enjoy a few decorations for the occasion.  I like to take out my homemade Jack O’ Lantern, who always greets me with his funny smile leading up to the big day.  He was so easy to make – scrap cottons, black felt, buttons, a twig, polyester stuffing, and a bit of green floral wiring to top it off.  Do you have a special or favorite handmade Halloween item you like to put out every year?  I’d love to hear about it.

May you have a fun and blessed weekend, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

The Cook in the Nook: a Halloween Tale

Good day, friends, and welcome to Leisure Lane.  I hope you are all enjoying this October day.  I think autumn is my favorite time of year.

Funny how things work out.  I was just telling someone how I don’t really like creepy things for Halloween any longer – no, I prefer happy cheerful things like little black cats with jack o’ lanterns, cute little witches with bows in their pointed hats, or – well, you get the idea.  Then, the very night I said that, the words “cook and nook” and “cinch and pinch” flew into my head and I immediately sat down to write the following.  LOL!  Well, you never know what’s lurking in the mind of “INSPIRATION”.

Fix your favorite brew and enjoy it while you read…

Thank you for strolling by Leisure Lane today – you’re always welcome to visit, and I look forward to your company and sharing what’s on your mind.  What are your favorite Halloween things (besides the candy)?

May your day be filled with joy and creativity and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

 

Note:  Halloween image downloaded from vules.com

Poem by Marianne Coyne © 2017 all rights reserved.

 

River Runs Deep Book Launch

Good day, and I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying a delightful autumn.  I am very excited to announce that my new novella, River Runs Deep is now available on Amazon Kindle!  If you like Hallmark style love stories, you are going to love this.

Added note 10/18/2017:  I forgot to mention that there are two recipes from the story at the end of the book – Elsie’s Rose Water Scones and Catherine’s Peppermint Water.  A little something extra for you to enjoy!

Though it’s a fiction, the foundation of the story is based on an experience I had many, many years ago.  One that I will cherish forever.  I promised to tell you how I came to write this book, so here is the story.

A few days before Mother’s day 2016, I had a dream of an Native American chief.  The dream is mentioned in the book, so I won’t go into detail here.  When I asked him who he was he said, “I am Faith.”  That Mother’s Day, I was working at the store, and stopped by to visit my sweet friend, who worked in another department there before going home.  I wasn’t thinking about the dream, but we were talking and having fun and something reminded me of the sweet encounter I had when I was 20 years old. I hadn’t related the story to anyone in decades, but I told her about it, and without hesitation, she excited announced, “Oh, my gosh, that’s so romantic – that’s your next Hallmark romance story!!”  And a little over a year later, here it is.

For book link, please click here.

Well, I hope you enjoyed that little behind the scenes story.  I gave you the Reader’s Digest version 😉   Be of good cheer, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

 

A Wish for You

Hoping your day is FULL  of pretty!!

Good day, everyone.  Thank you for coming by and for all your lovely comments.  I’m grateful for every one of them.  I’m getting closer to dreams fulfilled and would like to thank you for standing by with me in faith.

Until next time…may happy days abound!

Marianne ♥

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