Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Cookie Bars, Daily Life and Cozy Mystery Books

Hello there! I'd like to share a recipe with you today. I've made chocolate chip cookie bars before, but I've always made them in either a pizza pan or a 13x9 pan. When I found a recipe using a 15x10 jelly roll pan, I had to try it too. 

Don't they look scrumptious? They were thin, because of the shallow pan and I loved that. 

Here's a link to the recipe I used:

While we're in the kitchen, I'll share this pic of Holly Joaquin right after she ate her allotted two treats a day...

She always looks like she wants more. :) 

I took this pic the other day right after I cleaned the house and was just about to reward myself with a cup of coffee...

I love enjoying a cup of coffee and a good book with a clean house in the background. 

Speaking of books, I've been devouring several cozy mysteries lately and thought I'd share. 

I'm pretty much splitting my time between these four series:

The Darling Deli Series by Patti Benning and Summer Prescott Books:

*Right now, you can get books 1, 2, and 3 in The Darling Deli Series on Amazon (Kindle version) for only .99¢!!!

The Killer Cookie Series by Patti Benning:

The Sweet Cove Mysteries by J A Whiting:

The Frosted Love Series by Carol Durand and Summer Prescott:

The "Darling Deli Series" by Patti Benning and Summer Prescott Books and "The Killer Cookie Series" also by Patti Benning are so good! Click HERE for a link to both of these and to purchase them on Amazon. I'm already on book 14 of the Darling Deli series and book 4 of the Killer Cookie series. 

Y'all know I'm a big fan of "cozy mysteries" and these really deliver. They both contain lot of small town happenings, recipes, quirky neighbors, and wonderful descriptions of their quaint home towns. You can read more about each series in the link above. 

I can't get enough of the "Sweet Cove Mystery Series" by J A Whiting. Click HERE to read more about it and purchase on Amazon. I'm on book 7 of this series and can't seem to put them down. What I love about this one is all the small town charm. There's a bakery and a candy shop, historic homes and gardens, and lots of interesting characters. 

I'm also really really enjoying the Frosted Love Series by Carol Durand and Summer Prescott. Click HERE to read more about this series or purchase it on Amazon. I love that this one revolves around the life of Missy who owns a muffin and cupcake shop in Louisiana. I'm on book 15 in this series. 

In each one of these books there is usually a murder, but because these are "cozies" there's not a lot of blood and gore and they always keep you guessing as to who the killer is. They all draw you in with the small town charm, sweet treats and a good old fashioned mystery.

And I simply can't talk about cozy mysteries without mentioning the one who started it all for me...Southern Sisters Mysteries by Anne George I loved this series! Probably my favorite cozy to date. I've read the whole series at least twice. :) 

I've posted this link before, but in case you missed it, I'll post it again. This is the Fantastic Fiction site:


It has all the info you could want on any book or series. You can search by author or title. I love that I can search an author and it will list all the series by that author. It also lists all the books in any particular series in order with links to purchase the books on Amazon. 

All these books I talked about today are available on Amazon and range from .99 cents to about $3.99 on Kindle and sometimes they offer the first in the series for free!

Here are links to past posts I've done on my favorite Cozy Mysteries: 




Hope y'all enjoy your day! 



  1. So funny , the picture of your cat. The only time our cat would come running is when we would shake the bag of treats. LOL. Your house does indeed look so clean and pretty. You deserve a good cup of coffee. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

  2. You might like the "miss Julia" books by Ann B. Ross too. They are not mysteries, but neat "small town" books. Also have you read Fannie Flagg, I just LOVE HERS!! And those "Mitford" books too. I will check out these at the library this week you mentioned! I didnt' know about the fantastic fiction website either---going to go check that out as well!---thanks! I love finding new books and new authors! Billie Letts wrote some really good small town novels with quirky characters (Where the Heart is) and also have you heard of Curtis Ann Matlock? She writes about a small town in Oklahoma, I think it is, called Valentine, Oklahoma. They are not mysteries, but really great books with interesting places and people.

  3. Lisa- Your kitchen looks spotless and pretty and I can't wait to try that recipe. I need a good book to read and I am off to check out that web site.
    Have a wonderful week!
    White Spray Paint

    1. Thank you, Laura! I hope you find some new reads! I love that book site. :)

  4. Thanks for the great reading selections and website. Marie Bostwick also has a great series you might enjoy. Stay cool!

  5. I know you and I love a clean house but yours looks like a model home!! Love it. I like the idea of using a jelly roll pan. I need to make more bar cookies. Hubby devours anything sweet and he can tuck away one of these rather than 15 cookies!

    I'll put these books on my list. We've talked before about cozy mysteries. I can't remember the author of the series I was following...she may have more books. I love the crazy people and small towns!!! Thanks for the recommendations.

    Jane x

  6. Your kitchen always looks so pretty!! I am not a big reader, but I love these kinds of books and the price! ;) I haven't found any in a while that I have been interested in, so this post was awesome for me. I have to go pin it so that when school ends (in 8 days!!!), I can download and start reading!! Thanks Lisa..

  7. I love chocolate chip cookie bars! Anything with chocolate chips is good to me! Glad to see that you're still enjoying some good mysteries to read. I just bought a book for the beach and have only gotten through a few chapters. I'm hoping to finish it this summer. It has about 45 chapters.

  8. Those bars are amazing..love the idea to make em thin! They are my husband's favorite! Our first few years of marriage, he would describe these to me...I tried a multitude of recipes to no avail. Finally, I thought to ask my mother-in-law and this was it!!!;) I love a good book. And..your clean house pics always inspire me to clean😊

    1. We love those bars too. It's been a long time since I've made them and they were just as good as I remember. Too funny about trying to track down the recipe your hubby remembered... good ol' Toll House always delivers. :)


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