July 2020 Monthly Letter

Dear Reader,

Thank you for visiting my website.  I don’t know about you but I wonder if my feet will never see a pedicure again!  But seriously, the COVID19 pandemic has weighed heavily on all of us, and in so many ways.  I hope you and your family are safe and healthy.

I am very happy to announce I have a new edition to my fur-family.  She’s a 2 month old kitten named Miss Boo.  She was found abandoned under a car and has a club-foot.  She is adorable and sweet, and I am very glad to have her here where she is safe and loved.

It’s blazing hot here in South Carolina.  My vegetable garden is growing nicely and I am looking forward to fresh produce I can pick outside my door.  Wearing a mask to go grocery shopping isn’t any fun.

Speaking of fun, I imagine everyone is going to be creative celebrating Fourth of July this year.  I know a lot of people have taken up baking since they’ve been quarantined, so I wanted to share a couple of summer dessert recipes and would like you to share some of yours.  And if you do try one of mine, I’d love to hear from you.   Full disclosure, I use pre-made refrigerated dough. If someone wants to send me a recipe for the crust please do.  Believe it or not, I haven’t been able to master that part of the pie making process yet.

Here is an easy Apple Rollup Recipe

Preheat oven to 375
I like to use parchment on the cookie sheet.  Easy clean-up.

  • 1 small Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, cut into 8 (1/2-inch) slices
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted SAVE 1/2
  • 1 can (8 oz) refrigerated crescent rolls (unroll them and divide them up on sheet)
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice (or mix your own with pinches of allspice, cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon)

Mix the apples with half the melted butter, sugar, and spice.

Place one apple slice on each crescent and roll them up.  Brush remaining butter on tops.  Place in oven bake for 10-12 minutes and you’ve got a fun finger-food dessert.  Please make sure you let them cool for five minutes.

Traditional Peach Cobbler

For the filling:

  • 5 peaches, peeled, cored and sliced (about 4 cups)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the batter:

  • 6 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Mix sliced peaches, sugar and salt to a saucepan and stir to combine.
Cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes, until the sugar is dissolved.
Remove from heat and set aside.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Slice butter into pieces place in 9×13 baking dish.
Put the pan in the oven while it is preheating until the butter melts, then remove pan from oven.
In a large bowl mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
Stir in the milk until combined.
Pour the mixture over the melted butter and smooth it into an even layer.
Spoon peach mixture over the batter. Sprinkle cinnamon generously over the top.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 38-40 minutes.  Best if served warm—with ice cream!

Summer is going to be tricky for a lot of families. I hope you can enjoy the summer however you spend it.  Three cheers for the Red, White, and Blue.

All the best,
Fern Michaels
P.S. Don’t forget to enter the contest to win a signed edition of one of my books.

June 2020 Monthly Letter

Dear Reader,

It’s finally starting to feel like summer and it reminds me of some of my favorite things.

I love frogs, the color, the silly way they look, just fun to look at.  I have an indoor ceramic collection spaced everywhere.  They make me smile.  Outside I have nine huge frog planters that have plants and flowers in them.  Every single person who comes here comments on them.  And you know, what, I never got one wart.

I also collect Emmett Kelly clowns.  I’m not sure how many I have.  Somewhere around fifty is my best guess.  I keep them in a china closet.  I have two that are downright UGLY.  Some are silly and buffoonish if you know what I mean.  Then there are the serious sad ones.  The reason I like them so much is because they are two people.  They wear two faces like most of us do.  The private one and the one not so private.  What you see is not what you always get.  Also, NO ONE touches them but me.  I clean them myself.  Some of them are way over 100 years old.  I treasure each and every one and each one has some sort of story behind it just like the frogs but that’s for another time.

Speaking of summer, people ask me what are some of my favorite books for summer reading?  Honestly, I never did a whole lot of summer reading for some reason.  I prefer to read in the winter for hours at a time curled in a chair with a fire going and hot chocolate with a ton of mini marshmallows in it.  When I was a kid my favorite thing in the summer, though, was to read Nancy Drew.  Right now I have two books I look forward to reading.  Damascus Countdown by Joel Rosenberg and The Runner by Christopher Reich.  I’ve also been known to pick one of my own, usually one of the older ones and read it to see if I can remember the details or what was going on in my life when I wrote it.  Nine times out of ten I can’t remember.

Happy Summer, everyone.

P.S.  Just to put some spice in my life with these crazy times we’re living in I decided to do something wild and wicked for the summer.  I planted organic carrots and radishes and a few other things.   Ok, maybe not so wild but the radishes should be spicy.  I’ll let you know how they are if the squirrels don’t get to them before me. Please share photos of your gardens with me.  We’ll pick a winner at random so you can enter as many times as you like and I will send you a signed copy of Fearless.


May 2020 Monthly Letter

Dear Reader,

This month there is a lot to talk about and I hope I can create a little diversion from these challenging times.  They call it the “Merry Month of May,” so let’s try to find something to be merry about.

First, I am happy to announce the paperback release of DEEP HARBOR.  As I mentioned in last month’s introduction, I am a news junkie.  At the time I first started writing the novel there was a lot of talk about the “Dark Web” which I still don’t completely understand, but I know it exists.  Throw in a big dash about insider trading among our elected officials.  Our heroine, grapples with the suicide of her boss, and believes her life is being threatened.  After several close calls she is swept into Witness Protection.  The loss of her family members to boating related accidents makes it even more difficult for her to accept her relocation—a fishing and sailing community in Maine.  Wrestling with trying to find her purpose in life, she must navigate a course through her doubt and fears. I was delighted to get this wonderful quote about the book.  There are so many layers to this story; as each is peeled back and reveled to the reader, it’s the heart, soul, and resilience of CJ, a strong female character, that endears Deep Harbor to us.”—Delilah, Radio Host And Bestselling Author

Second, and very, very  important, is the celebration of Mother’s Day.  While this year will be challenging for many I would like to offer an idea for those Mom’s who have been sheltered at home with their kids—a Mother-Daughter Tea Party!  I’d like you to send me photos of your tea party to enter to win a basket of baked goods. And if any of the boys are aspiring chefs we’ll let them participate too!

Here is a traditional tea-party menu:
Classic afternoon finger sandwiches:
Egg salad
Cucumber & cream cheese
Smoked salmon & cream cheese
Roast Beef
Chicken Salad
Make the sandwiches out of white bread.
Cut the crust off the bread and cut the sandwiches in half at an angle.
Scones, Tea, and Voila!

Third, and also especially important:  May is National Pet Adoption Month.  Please think about our  furry friends and help give one a furr-ever home. Send us a photo of you and your new family member and enter to win a box of goodies for your new pal.

Thanks for visiting. Hope you come on by again soon.