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Friday, July 11, 2014

Feature Friday Block Party Blog Hop

Feature Friday Block Party Blog Hop

When I was invited to participate in the first Feature Friday Block Party and I read we could share a recipe, I had to go with a family favorite. While not specifically for summer, it's quick and easy—my favorite kind. I can’t lay credit for this one. It’s from my mom and now it’s a staple at our house whenever we have company . . . and even when we don’t.

Streusel Coffee Cake

1 package yellow cake mix
1/4 cup firm butter
1 cup brown sugar (packed)
3/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups (12 oz) sour cream

Heat oven to 350°. Spray a 13x9x2 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray (or grease and flour the pan). Measure 2/3 cup dry cake mix into small bowl. Cut in butter until crumbly. Mix in brown sugar and walnuts. This will be the topping. Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat eggs lightly with fork; stir in sour cream. Blend in remaining dry cake mix, scraping bowl often. (Batter will be thick and slightly lumpy.) Pour half of the batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle half the topping over the batter. Spoon and gently spread remaining batter in pan, top with remaining topping mix. Bake 40-45 minutes at 350°.

I hope you enjoy.

My heroine in THE CHAMELEON learned from the family cook who made everything from scratch. With Jileena's busy day, leading a double life--covertly working in her family's business and playing the socialite--she's always looking for quick and easy.

Legally Blond meets Mata Hari

Socialite Jileena Winslott has perfected the image of the spoiled, rich, bubble-headed daughter of an industrial magnate. In reality, she’s a smart, savvy aide to her father in social situations where she is his eyes and ears. She yearns to be her true self and run the family business. When her father sends her on a covert mission to the Outer Rim, she has the chance to prove herself. Big problem. He insists she take along a fake fiancé—the man she’s secretly loved for years.

Security Officer Laning Servary has better things to do than babysit a spoiled rich girl on a tour of the Frontier. If he refuses, he can kiss his career good-by. Then Jileena’s father sweetens the pot. If Laning keeps her safe, his family will receive the land they share-crop. He can’t refuse.

In the close quarters of her ship, Laning and Jileena discover they aren’t who they seem. Pirates, weather, and her recklessness threaten to derail the mission. As Laning and Jileena revise their impressions of each other, they’ll have to make hard choices about their goals. Can their budding love survive?

Be sure to check out the other authors on the blog hop.  http://buythebooktours.com/feature-friday-block-party-blog-hop


  1. Wow - That looks delicious, Diane - I love coffee cake, and I'll definitely try this recipe!!!

  2. Between your coffee cake and Margo's brownies, I think I've gained three pounds this morning just looking at your blogs! This looks delish. :)

    1. LOL, Kristen. Wait until you get to the other recipes.


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