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!