The Best Oatmeal Muffins with Easy Maple Glaze by Cleo Coyle

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Oatmeal muffins are a fantastic way to curb the appetite. The oats bring fiber and nutrition to recipes and a satisfying feeling of fullness when eaten. BUT oats are a tricky ingredient to incorporate into a muffin without ruining its texture. 

That's why I call these "The Best" Oatmeal Muffins. Because I spent a very long day perfecting the darn things! I started with "Not So Great," went to "Okay," then "Pretty Good"...

My Oatmeal Muffin Experiments!

Finally, I arrived at this recipe, the absolute best! Great texture, flavor, and beautiful high peaks for pretty service. The maple glaze glosses the muffin tops with a buttery-caramel sweetness that pairs perfectly with the muffins below it. A great breakfast or coffee break treat, these muffins will wow your taste buds...

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Pennsylvania Dutch Noodle Casserole from author Cleo Coyle

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While growing up in Pennsylvania, my husband and I both traveled many times through Lancaster County, which is traditional Pennsylvania Dutch country. 

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This plain yet delicious casserole was common in our families. Our mothers made different versions. Now we make our own, and that's what we're sharing with you today. Because, as the Amish proverb says...

So let's get cookin'!

Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail and 10 Lucky Foods for the New Year

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Behold the Pomegranate 
Champagne Cocktail.

Why pomegranate? Because pomegranate is one of the foods believed to bring good luck in the New Year. That's why my recipe for you today is a beautiful Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail, along with tips on how to open, de-seed, and enjoy this highly healthy fruit. But first...

Did you know that many cultures believe you can eat your way to a better tomorrow? Keep reading this post to see a fun list of 10 "Lucky Foods" to start 2017 right.

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Free Audiobook Reading of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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For the 12 Days of Christmas ,
I'm sharing a public domain reading
of this beloved English holiday story,
which is also part of a long tradition of telling
ghost stories at Christmastide...



So turn the lights low,
watch the firelight twinkle,
and let the theater of your mind
enjoy this classic by Charles Dickens,

Merry Christmas to you!
May God bless us,
every one...

Caramel and Sea Salt Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies for #ChocolateChipCookieDay from author Cleo Coyle

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With rich flavor notes of buttery caramel and sea salt, these Silver Dollar Chocolate Chip Cookies are truly little treasures.
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My readers may remember them from my recent bestselling Coffeehouse Mystery Once Upon a Grind.

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May you eat with chocolate chip joy!

Cleo Coyle
New York Times bestselling author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries

How to Make Virgin Sangrias and Virgin Mojitos while Amusing Your Cat by Cleo Coyle

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Got overripe fruit? Waste not! This virgin sangria is a nice way to make use of it.

Why virgin? A white wine sangria is delicious, but on a workday, I prefer that my fingers hit my laptop keyboard rather than my forehead, which means no firewater until the day is done. 

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A virgin sangria is also a good idea for households with kids because it can be converted into an adult beverage at the time it's poured, which means one pitcher can conveniently serve drinkers and non-drinkers.

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Tips on Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs + A Tribute Comment Giveaway to Our Good Men

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Behold two deep-fried, bacon-wrapped 
hot dogs. Frighteningly delicious!

In this post, Marc and I are 
sharing tips on making 
bacon-wrapped hot dogs, 
on the stove or on the grill...

As authors of the Coffeehouse Mysteries, Marc and I know the value of really good Joe! In that spirit, we hosted a special week-long Father's Day Comment Celebration giveaway. 

We thank you all for sharing your memories and thoughts...about a good man in your life. You wrote about fathers, husbands, grandfathers, stepdads and those you admired (or once admired and loved) as good fathers. 


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Light Strawberry Shortcake Muffins from Cleo Coyle

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This is one of my favorite summertime muffins. It has the taste of a strawberry shortcake but with less fat and calories, making it a lovely breakfast or coffee-break snack. 
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To enjoy my full blog post, which includes a fun, little virtual vacation drive with me through New York and Long Island to a Strawberry Festival, click here or on the Read More link below, and...

Let's go driving!

~ Cleo

No-Guilt Pizza Poppers: My Taste of Pizza Without the Carbs from Cleo Coyle

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We've all heard of jalapeno poppers, but the inspiration for this Pizza Poppers idea came from another source, namely an Italian company that came up with the idea of on-the-go pizza served in a cone. 

Yes, a cone! (To see it, click here.)

Honestly, when my husband, Marc, and I first learned about this, our jaws dropped. Once we got over the shock, however, we began to have fun thinking up ways to write it into one of our Coffeehouse Mysteries

To find out how we wrote the pizza cone idea into one of our murder mysteries, click here or on the Read More link below. You'll also see big, colorful photos of our Pizza Poppers recipe.


To download our Pizza Poppers recipe now in a free PDF, click here, and with low-carb joy!

~ Cleo Coyle

Grand Opening Giveaway at Cleo's Jazz Space!

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Visit our new VILLAGE BLEND JAZZ SPACE by clicking here

Congrats to our winner, Coffeehouse Mystery reader Jane Lathem!

Jane entered our giveaway by leaving a comment at our new Village Blend Jazz Space, an online version of the relaxed jazz supper club featured in her bestselling Coffeehouse Mystery DEAD TO THE LAST DROP.




(The fun "Our Locations" Page of the site)

(The general "Welcome" page of the site) 

Marc and I truly enjoy hearing from our readers, and we invite you to continue sharing your thoughts on our new site and our ongoing tales of mystery from our Village Blend Coffeehouse.

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so you don't miss the next giveaway!

Lime Meltaway Coolers: A Beautiful Cookie for Summer Parties from Cleo Coyle

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Lime Meltaway Coolers are a delectable cookie, beautiful for party trays and they freeze wonderfully, too. 

You can use any lime to make this cookie, but Key limes will give you the very best flavor. So what's the difference between Key limes and the larger limes that I see in my grocery store? Keep reading and you'll find out! 

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~ Cleo Coyle, author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries

An earlier version of this recipe post was chosen as a "Top 9" of over 4,000 foodie posts from around the world by the editors of Foodbuzz (6/2011).

Insanely Easy Cherry Streusel Coffee Cake with a Special Giveaway from Cleo Coyle

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With three generations of women featured in our Coffeehouse Mysteries, we often hear from mothers who pass our books to their daughters, as well as their own mothers, mothers-in-law, and grandmothers! To celebrate the many generations of women who read our books, my husband and I are delighted to host this special week-long Mother's Day Celebration giveaway.
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I am also baking up this insanely easy Cherry Streusel Coffee Cake, slightly adapted from a recipe that came to me from a Coffeehouse Mystery reader, as well as a mother and grandmother, named Shirley Jackson. May you bake with love and eat with joy! ~ Cleo 

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Congrats to our Special Giveaway Winner: 

 Jennifer Vick 
of Virginia!

Although this giveaway is now over, we have two more still running so you still have a chance to win the Thomas Jefferson quote mug, premium coffee, Coffeehouse Mystery tote bag, and more...

Our new Spring Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletter has all the info on our Special Giveaways (still open!) with wonderful prize packages. If you are not yet a subscriber, sign up now and you will receive a confirmation e-mail with links to the Spring Newsletter. To sign up, click here.

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