$100 Book Blast for Thirty-Three Going on Girlfriend by Becky Monson.
Julia Dorning thought she would die a lonely spinster. That was until nine months ago, when her world was turned upside down. Now she’s got a dream career as a bakery owner, and a relationship with handsome Jared Moody—a life she never thought possible.
Just as she’s starting to feel comfortable in her new life, Julia is invited to battle it out on national television making cupcakes. An amazing opportunity, if she can muster up the confidence to do it, that is. Then, out of the blue, Jared goes and throws a rather large wrench in their relationship causing Julia to have to make some big decisions. With her two trusted confidants off in wedding la la land, Julia is on her own to figure everything out.
Left to her own devices, will Julia be able to work things out for herself? Or will she make a disaster of it all? Find out in Becky Monson’s sequel to Thirty-Two Going on Spinster!
Hello! Welcome to my bakery!
Holy crap. I own a bakery! Me. Julia Dorning, former spinster. It’s still hard to believe it. I pinch myself sometimes. Like, I really do. I’m not just saying that. Anyway, have a look around and grab a recipe or two! I’m happy to share some of my baking secrets, and pearls of baking knowledge with you.Thanks for stopping by! -Julia
Julia’s Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 2 sticks of butter softened to room temp (use REAL SALTED butter)
- 2 tsp vanilla (use REAL vanilla, no imitation junk)
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 3 cups flour
- Milk Chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375º
**The key to this recipe is all in the mixing, the butter, and the vanilla.***
In mixer beat butter until fluffy (approx 2 minutes), add vanilla and mix for 1 more minute. Add both sugars and beat until light and fluffy (about 4-5 minutes). Add eggs one at a time, mixing after each egg. Add salt and baking soda and mix again. Add flour one cup and a time, mixing after each cup. Add chocolate chips last.
Using a cookie scoop, form into balls and place on sheet at least 2 inches apart. Press down with the back of a spoon to slightly flatten cookie before baking (this will keep it from staying in a ball).
Bake for 8 minutes, until the base of the cookie is a very light brown color.
Grab a plate full and eat your feelings. You have my blessing.
Julia’s Buttercream Frosting
- 1 cup of SALTED butter (softened to room temperature)
- 1 teaspoon REAL vanilla
- 4 cups of powdered sugar
- Cream or milk to thin
**The key to this recipe is in the butter and the vanilla. The butter must be softened to room temperature only – no cheating with the microwave. Good vanilla and salted butter make all the difference.**
In mixer beat butter on medium until fluffy (approx 2 minutes). Add the vanilla and mix again.
Add sugar, one cup at a time, mixing in between until smooth. If desired, add food coloring at the end and mix in.
Use cream (will be very rich) or milk (not quite as rich) to thin it out to desired consistency. Do 1 tablespoon at a time as to not thin out too much
Makes 2 1/2 to 3 cups of frosting
- Almond Buttercream Frosting: Omit vanilla, add 1 teaspoon of almond extract
- Lemon Buttercream Frosting: Add the juice and zest of 1 lemon (will need less milk because juice will thin it out)
- Peppermint Buttercream Frosting: Omit vanilla, add 1/2 cup of finely crushed peppermint candy and 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
- Coconut Buttercream Frosting: Omit Vanilla, add 2-3 teaspoons of coconut extract
Tip: For a thicker consistency, useful for piping designs, use 1 heaping tablespoon of Meringue powder sifted in with the powdered sugar.
Feel free to set aside a bit of this and eat it with a spoon. I won’t judge you.
“After reading the first book, I have been waiting impatiently for this one. I was not disappointed. I laughed so hard, it was a fun read that left me with a good feeling.” -Amazon Reader
“Get ready for another crazy ride with Julia Dorning. This sequel not only lives up to expectations of the first, but surpasses it!” – Author Kathryn Biel
“After what seemed like an age of (impatient) waiting, I finally got my hands on the next instalment of Julia Dorning’s life. And it was worth every single finger drumming minute.” -BestChickLit.com
Author Becky Monson
By day, Becky Monson is a mother to three young children, and a wife. By night, she escapes with reading books and writing. In her debut novel, Becky uses humor and true-life experiences to bring her characters to life. She loves all things chick-lit (movies, books, etc.), and wishes she had a British accent. She has recently given up Diet Coke for the fiftieth time and is hopeful this time will last… but it probably won’t.