Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Entangled Bliss Pie Bake-Off Booth at Entangled Publishing's Summer Carnival | Blog Tour, Guest Posts, Spreading the Word & Shari’s Berries Classic Cake Pops Giveaway

Step right up! Step right up! Get those taste buds ready for the Pie Bake-Off booth hosted by the lovely Entangled Bliss authors. Each author specially baked a pie sure to delight. Check out the video and let us know which pie are you dying to eat? You can grab all of the recipes below. Be sure to enter the giveaway below! [Blog Tour will run from August 3 – 14, 2016 & Giveaway will run until August 16, 2016]

Summer Carnival Pie Bake-Off Featuring Ophelia London, Jennifer Shirk, Kyra Jacobs, and Cindi Madsen

~ Lemon Ice Box Pie ~
~ Submitted By: Ophelia London ~

  • Ingredients :
    • One 8oz. container of Cool Whip
    • One 14oz. can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
    • 1/3 cup of Lemon Juice
    • One Graham Cracker Crust
  • Directions :
    • Mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl. When evenly mixed, pour into graham cracker crust. Cover and chill for 1 hour.

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~ Submitted By: Jennifer Shirk ~

Hi, all! Jennifer here!

Thanks for stopping by the Bliss Pie Bake-Off!

For me, nothing says summer like a fresh fruit pie! My pie I've chosen for this bake-off has fresh raspberries, blueberries (a NJ fruit), strawberries and blackberries. YUM!

I admit that pie crust usually intimidates me, but the recipe for the crust that is included is super easy (especially if you have a food processor) and is great to work with since it rolled out really nice and even. And that rarely happens for me, so I will definitely make this crust again!

**I made the pie dough a day before to make it more simple for me.
If you all are interested, here is the recipe from

  • Ingredients :
    • Pie Crust :
      • 2½ cup flour
      • 1 cup cold butter, cubed
      • 1 tsp salt
      • 1 tsp sugar
      • 6 to 8 tbsp ice cold water
    • Filling :
      • 5 cups of mixed berries, sliced strawberries, raspberries, blueberries
      • ¾ cup light brown sugar
      • ¼ cup cornstarch
      • 1 tsp orange zest
      • ½ tsp vanilla extract
      • 1 egg white for egg wash
    • Instructions :
      1. Place the butter in freezer for 20 minutes.
      2. In a food processor add the flour, salt and sugar and pulse a couple times.
      3. Add the butter to the food processor and pulse a few times until the mixture resembles peas. Add the ice water one tablespoon at a time and continue pulsing. The dough should start to hold together.
      4. Remove dough from food processor and place it over your working surface. Form the dough into 2 discs, cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour up to 2 days before using.
      5. Preheat oven to 425 F degrees. Coat a deep-dish pie crust plate with nonstick baking spray.
      6. Place berries in a large bowl. In a small bowl combine brown sugar, cornstarch, orange zest and extract; mix well. Add to berries; toss to coat.
      7. Take out the pastry discs from the fridge and roll out a disc so that it's 12 inches in diameter and place it and arrange in your pie dish. Brush the pie crust with egg white so that it doesn't get soggy.
      8. Pour the berry mixture into the pie crust.
      9. Roll out the other disc so that it's 12 inches in diameter as well and cut it into lattice strips. Arrange the lattice strips nicely over the berries and brush with remaining egg white.
      10. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown.
      11. Let it cool before serving.

My first lattice crust! #summerberry #pie #summer2016 #berries #summerfruits #nomnom

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~ Peanut Butter Pie ~
~ Submitted By: Kyra Jacobs ~

  • Ingredients :
    • 9"x11" glass baking dish
    • 1 1/2 c semi-sweet chocolate chips (divided into 2)
    • 2 tsp milk
    • 1 T corn syrup
    • 1/2 c confectioners super (divided into 2)
    • 1 c butter or margarine + 2 T
    • 12 oz whipped topping (i.e. Cool Whip)
    • 1 c peanut butter
    • 1 c brown sugar
    • Graham cracker crust
  • Layer 1 - The Crust :
    • Prepare baked graham cracker crust per directions on packaging. Set aside to cool. (Feel free to use a standard pie crust or Oreo crust - all work great for this recipe!)
  • Layer 2 - Chocolate Base Layer :
    • Melt the following in a small saucepan: 3/4 c chocolate chips, 1 T butter, 2 tsp milk
    • Add 1/4 c confectioners sugar
    • Stir/blend
    • Remove from heat and spread chocolate sauce over bottom of crust. Set aside to cool completely.
  • Layer 3 - Peanut Butter Filling :
    • Melt 1 c butter in microwave, then stir in 1 c brown sugar
    • Allow to cool for 10 minutes
    • Pour mixture into blender and stir in 1 c peanut butter until well blended
    • Fold in 12 oz whipped topping
    • Pour filling over cooled chocolate layer
  • Layer 4 - Chocolate Topping :
    • Melt the following in a small saucepan: 3/4 c chocolate chips, 1 T butter, 1 T corn syrup, 1/4 c confectioners sugar
    • Mix well
    • Spread carefully over the peanut butter layer
  • Refrigerate until cool (great frozen as well!). Cut and serve!

~ Cherry Pie ~
~ Submitted By: Cindi Madsen ~

This pie crust recipe is simple, but the trick is the prep. You don't want to over-mix & the time in the fridge is essential to making the flakiest crust. (Also, credit for this crust goes to my neighbor from my hometown, Luella Crowther. It was the first time I ate all the crust on my piece of pie, because YUM!)

  • Ingredients :
    • Pie Crust :
      • 2 C flour
      • ** 1 C butter (softened enough to work with)
        • ** shortening also works
      • 1/2 C water
      • dash of salt
      • Add butter to flour and work in by hand until you have pea-sized bits. Scatter liquid over surface. Stir until just mixed with a fork and roll into two dough balls. Place balls in plastic wrap, pull up edges and press dough into a disk. Refrigerate for at least one hour before rolling out. (Fridge up to 5 days, freeze up to 3 months)
      • Pound bottom crust dough with rolling pen. Roll out and form into pie pan.
    • Filling :
      • 1 Can of cherry pie filling (I search for the kind without corn syrup, because allergy fun!)
      • 1 tsp vanilla
      • 1 tsp almond extract
      • 1 T sugar
      • Mix and put on the bottom crust. (Fair warning, I like my cherries on the sweeter side with a little tart. If you prefer more tart, skip the sugar & vanilla)
      • Roll out second crust & cover. Flute edges & put in vent holes. Cover edges with foil, so they don't get too done. Bake at 375 for 45-60 minutes.

"Wife for the Weekend"
[Sugar City Series, Book 3] by Ophelia London

Author's Book Description :
    Two bets. Two rings…and one wild night in Vegas!

    When bad weather closes the airport, free-spirited Jules Bloom finds herself stuck with the admittedly hot but total suit Dexter Elliott. One night and one large pitcher of “Vegas Sunrise” later, Jules wakes up in a hotel bed with a vicious hangover…wearing nothing but a wedding ring.

    Determined not to ruin his brother’s wedding, Dexter strikes a deal with the frustratingly gorgeous Jules to continue their quickie marriage through the weekend. Only she keeps getting under his skin in unexpected ways.

    Jules has her own reasons for staying married to Dex but they seem less important with each exaggerated touch and staged kiss. But one marriage, one major secret, and two complete opposites don’t add up to a happily ever after…

This book is available to order on :

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"Wedding Date For Hire"
[Anyone But You Series, Book 2] by Jennifer Shirk

Author's Book Description :
    Hottie for hire…

    Maddie McCarthy is single, between jobs, and (oh, the shame) lives with her mother. To make matters worse, she’s the maid of honor for her sister’s wedding, and desperately needs a date. Then she sees her salvation-Match Made Easy, a service for women in Maddie’s exact position. If she can’t find a boyfriend, she’ll do the next best thing…

    Hire one.

    Trent Montgomery isn’t actually part of Match Made Easy. He’s just doing a favor for his cousin, but one look at the blonde who hired him, and he’s totally hooked. Now Maddie thinks that the attraction sizzling between them is just “part of the package.” And Trent is running out of time to prove to her that her date-for-hire might just be her happily-ever-after…

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"Her Unexpected Detour"
[The Checkerberry Inn Series, Book 1] by Kyra Jacobs

Author's Book Description :
    Sometimes it’s not the destination, but the detour…

    Kayla has the perfect strategy for a broken heart: work, work, and more work. Then a storm sends her car skidding off the road, stranding her in Mount Pleasant. Fortunately, rescue comes in the form of the incredibly handsome but gruff Brent Masterson. And he’s hot enough to tempt Kayla into doing something she never thought she could do…

    Brent Masterson swore he would never give into the fierce attraction that’s been sizzling between him and Kayla since they first met. He has his own demons, and he won’t risk his heart again. Not even for someone as gorgeous and amazing as Kayla. So…how exactly did he end up in Kayla’s bed last night?

    But sometimes all it takes is an ice storm to show two broken hearts the way home…

This book is available to order on :

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** Be sure to add it to your TBR pile on Goodreads & LibraryThing! **

"The Bad Boy's Baby"
[Hope Springs Series, Book 3] by Cindi Madsen

Author's Book Description :
    There are certain words that have always described Cam Brantley: Town bad boy. Soldier. Protector. But never, ever dad. Until he returns home from his latest military tour to discover the girl he had one smoking-hot night with is now mom to the adorable two-year-old Zoey. Who has his eyes.

    Plenty of words could describe Emma Walker these days. Mom, dutiful granddaughter, budding designer, the town’s golden child. But when her longtime crush Cam Brantley comes back to town, she knows the perfect word to describe herself: screwed.

    Cam and Emma are both shocked to discover he truly wants Zoey in his life. But Cam’s not sure he’s ready to be a dad, and Emma can’t gamble her daughter on maybes. As the long-simmering heat between Cam and Emma reaches a boiling point, he’ll have to work past his demons in order to be the man both girls need.

    Daddy duty might be his toughest mission yet…

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About the Authors :

USA Today bestselling author Ophelia London was born and raised among the redwood trees in beautiful northern California. Once she was fully educated, she decided to settle in Florida, but her car broke down in Texas and she’s lived in Dallas ever since. A cupcake and treadmill aficionado (obviously those things are connected), she spends her time watching arthouse movies and impossibly trashy TV, while living vicariously through the characters she writes. Ophelia is the author of the upcoming "THE LAST PLUS ONE" anthology; "WIFE FOR THE WEEKEND;" "AIMEE & THE HEARTTHROB;" "CHALK LINES & LIPSTICK;" "DEFINITELY, MAYBE IN LOVE;" the Abby Road series; and the Perfect Kisses series.

My Previous Mention(s) of Ophelia London's Books/Characters : New Year’s Bliss Bash Announcement & Release Day Launch‏: Love Songs for the Road

Jennifer Shirk has a bachelor degree in pharmacy-which has in NO WAY at all helped her with her writing career. But she likes to point it out, since it shows romantic-at-hearts come in all shapes, sizes, and mind-numbing educations.

She writes sweet romantic comedies and won third place in the RWA 2006 NYC's Kathryn Hayes Love and Laughter Contest with her book, "The Role of a Lifetime." Recently, her novel "SUNNY DAYS FOR SAM" won the 2013 Golden Quill Published Authors Contest for Best Traditional Romance.

She's also a board member for Straight Ahead Ministries, an organization involved in helping spread the gospel and aiding medical and pharmacy students in Russia. She resides in a beach resort in NJ, and when she's not involved in all the above, she's taking care of her most treasured possessions: her husband, daughter, guinea pig (Rocco), puppy (Sox) and four hermit crabs.

My Previous Interview(s) with Jennifer Shirk : April 2012

My Previous Mention(s) of Jennifer Shirk's Books/Characters : "Waiting On" Wednesday: Sunny Days for Sam | Blog Tour - Sunny Days for Sam by Jennifer Shirk | Interview & Giveaway

Kyra Jacobs is an extroverted introvert who writes of love, humor and mystery in the Midwest and beyond. Her romance novels range from sweet contemporaries to urban suspense, and paranormal/fantasy to YA. No matter the setting, Kyra employs both humor and chaos to help her characters find inspiration and/or redemption on their way to happily ever after.

When the Hoosier native isn’t pounding out scenes for her next book, she’s likely outside, elbow-deep in snapdragons or spending quality time with her sports-loving family. Kyra also loves to read, tries to golf, and is an avid college football fan.

Be sure to stop by her IndianaWonderer blog (link below) for tidbits about her upcoming novels, as well as stories and musings in between book releases.

Cindi Madsen is a USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.

My Previous Review(s) for Cindi Madsen : Crazy for the Competition

My Previous Mention(s) of Cindi Madsen's Books/Characters : Cover Reveal: All the Broken Pieces by Cindi Madsen | New Year’s Bliss Bash Announcement & Release Day Launch‏: Love Songs for the Road | Second Sentence Saturday: Crazy for the Competition | Best Book Couples -- Happy Valentine's Day 2016

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  1. This is one of the most fun post I've ever read! I jotted down the recipes to try myself later on! ;-)

  2. I am totally craving pie now. They all sound yummy!


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