S-T-R-E-S-S! MAVERICK for HIRE A Recipe & Gift Card Drawing!

It’s summer here in the States, so I’m happy to report my stress level is way down, but when I was writing my last two books (especially during deadline), I was very stressed. Like the heroine in my current book, MAVERICK for HIRE, I did some baking. MAVERICK for HIRE should be on the bookstands now if the poor retail people can find time amidst putting out a constant stream of back-to-school supplies.

At Harlequin, we’re celebrating MONTANA MAVERICKS: 20 YEARS IN THE SADDLE! Can you believe we’ve had twenty years of Mavericks? My story features hunky Nick Pritchett and his best bud Cecelia Clifton. Cecelia has come to Rust Creek looking for L.O.V.E, but according to Nick, she’s been going about it all wrong. He’s convinced he can help Cecelia meet her match if she follows his instructions to a T. Trouble is, the only man he finds good enough for his childhood pal is … himself!

This, of course, causes a lot of stress for Cecelia and as I mentioned earlier, she deals with it by baking. Cecelia prepares a lot of baked goods for an apple festival and here is the recipe for an Apple Cake I think she may have used. Warning: there’s a lot of chopping!:)

4 Cups Diced, Peeled Apples
2 Cups White Sugar
2 Cups All Purpose Flour
2 teaspoons Baking Soda
2 teaspoons Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Salt
½ Cup Vegetable Oil
2 Eggs Beaten
2 teaspoons Vanilla
1 Cup Chopped Walnuts
(optional: 1 teaspoon Nutmeg)

Preheat over to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 x 13 inch pan. In a medium bowl, sift together apples and sugar. Set aside. In another bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and optional nutmeg.
In large bowl, mix oil, eggs and vanilla. Add sugar and apples. Mix well. Add dry ingredients, then nuts and stir. Pour into prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake for 45 minutes or until cake springs back to the touch.

Cool and cover with optional glaze:
Mix together 2 Tablespoons melted butter, ½ Cup Brown Sugar, 2 Tablespoons Milk and 1 teaspoon Vanilla. Pour over cake.

Back to the subject of stress. I think people deal with stress in a lot of ways. One of my writer friends told me she actually CLEANS when she feels stressed. Not me! I know other people shop when they feel stressed. Others watch television or read. Some even exercise.

I was wondering what do you do when you feel stressed? Put your answer in the comment section and I’ll draw one name toreceive a gift card to Amazon. Please make it easy for me to get in touch with you via email!

Hope you’re having a GREAT week!
Leanne Banks

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61 Responses to S-T-R-E-S-S! MAVERICK for HIRE A Recipe & Gift Card Drawing!

  1. Janice Truelove says:

    Thanks so much for the yummy recipe..cant wait to try it! I’ve been waiting patiently for the book to come out but its not on the shelf yet :( hopefully soon..real soon…Thank you again!

  2. I listen to good music when I feel stressed!

  3. Eileen A-W says:

    I usually drive to one of the nearby lakes and either sit or walk. For some reason, water helps calm me when I am stressed. Otherwise it’s bake (get that frustration out by beating the butter) or reading.

  4. Nancy Roots says:

    First.. I get frustrated.. THEN I pray… then I take a walk along the creek.

  5. Leanne, stressing right with you. Will this book EVER be done? I think I need to take up baking! XOXO! Love this story. :D

  6. Agatha P. Townsend says:

    I pace for stress and eat sometimes. Could be something bothering me and I don’t know what it is and I get busy,

  7. Shirley Cochran says:

    I try to close my eyes and take deep breaths while visioning the ocean from our balcony on the cruise we took in February and it usually works. Thanks.

    • Leanne says:

      Shirley, I LOVE the ocean! I’m missing it right now. Hoping to take a quick trip in September. The ocean is like wonderful medicine for me. xo, Leanne

  8. Leanna says:

    I love to bake. I will make cookies and bread mostly the occasional cheesecake will be baked as well.

  9. Tamera Denman says:

    I like to meditate near water when I feel stress. The negative ions from the water spray just makes me feel better.

  10. Lola Riggs says:

    My stress reliver is a good book. Funny or sexy is best. Then I read until I feel better as I tune everyone else out. Thx for the recipe.

  11. LORELEI FRANK says:


  12. bn100 says:

    go for a walk

  13. Kate Sparks says:

    A nice piece of dark chocolate and a glass of good red wine for me.

  14. Hi Leanne – The book sounds fantastic and the recipe is perfect for me. I just bought a whole flat of apples so needed something to use them in. Unfortunately, I eat when I’m stressed. Lots of sugar. Trying to work on that! :-)

    • Leanne says:

      Michelle, thank you so much! <3 I hope the recipe works for you. Our apple season comes in September/October and I'm looking forward to it! xo, Leanne

  15. Isha Coleman says:

    Write poetry and curl up with a good book.

    • Leanne says:

      Isha, oh, I love that. I bet writing poetry can exercise your brain in a way that could de-stress. Good for you! xo, Leanne

  16. Peggy Kintz says:

    This cake sounds so good! Thanks for sharing the recipe. When I’m stressed I curl up with a good book, a glass of wine and go to my quiet reading area to unwind.

  17. alisha woods says:

    always love a good recipe thanks

  18. Denise Scheett says:

    Sounds yummy

  19. C-Jay M says:

    I copied the cake recipe, already. I’m waiting for all the fall apples. I’m not good with stress – get jittery and crabby. Deep breaths and no kids usually help :)

  20. Cindy Hamilton says:

    I usually cry, then I read and eat!

  21. Robin otoole says:

    When I’m stressed I go outside sit by the fountain with a special edition book and slip away…..awwww that’s better!:)

  22. Tammy Y says:

    I like to listen to music when I am stressed. It usually improved my mood.

  23. carole fiore says:

    I either bake or read a book they relax me!

  24. Lea-Ellen says:

    I don’t stress out about much, but when there is stress, I like to read, or take a nap, or watch HGTV.

  25. Anita H. says:

    I like to take time for myself, maybe go for a walk and clear my head when I”m stressed. That always seems to help.

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  26. Ada says:

    I listen to music or a lose myself in a book.

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  27. Mary Lawson says:

    My stress from teaching I handled by reading every night ( sometimes late into the night) for my pleasure. The Maverick books are right at the top.


  28. Penney Wilfort says:

    I go for a long walk it helps me to relax. Thanks for the recipe I’m going to make it this weekend

  29. Tinny Wilkens says:

    Thanks so much for the recipe ! Would love to try it out soon ! My best cure is to read, esp. books written by you ! Also trying new things which will help me occupied and not to dwell on things which make me stressed.

  30. Donna Harris says:

    Thanks for this Apple Cake recipe. I love a good Apple Cake, so I know I’m going to make this. It’s almost time to go to the apple house for some good fresh picked apples.

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  32. Appreciate this post. Will try it out.

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