August News and Goodies

Happy End of Summer, Romance Readers!

Last week, the Twinadoes turned five years old and started kindergarten the same day. (What a birthday present, huh!?) They were excited, though, because they got to ride the school bus. I must admit to a few tears, thinking about how fast they’ve grown.

Here are pictures of them enjoying the last of summer and their first day of school. I hope the rest of the summer is great for you and remember to bring a book with you when you head for the pool, lake, or beach.

Talk about Twinadoes

Life with the Twinadoes is always interesting. Their mommy is working full-time now that they are in school, so I meet their bus after school and bring them to my house for about an hour and a half until their daddy comes home. It sounded like a simple plan when we all agreed on it.

Then came the second day of school when they were to ride the bus home for the first time. I headed to the bus stop to meet them. My daughter had her phone all ready to record this major event. The bus pulled up; my daughter had the video on her phone recording.

The doors opened.

The driver called for “the twins.”

No one stepped up.

He called again.

No one stepped up.

Holding down my panic, I climbed onto the bus and checked the entire vehicle. The Twinadoes were not there. Of course, the minute the bus pulled away with the driver shaking his head because he swore they were on the bus, my son (their daddy) called, asking how everything went.

How does one tell a parent that their children are not where you thought they would be? He panicked (of course) and insisted they were missing. I insisted they were misplaced.

We called the school, couldn’t get through, so we hopped into my car and drove to the school where the secretary was attempting to locate several “misplaced” children.

It turned out they were in the car-rider line, waiting for me to pick them up there. Meanwhile, their daddy had already called me three times demanding an update and was about to put out an Amber alert.

The school located the boys and brought them to the office. They were complexly unfazed by the event. Daddy, however, mumbled something about a stiff drink right before he hung up the phone.

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English Muffin Pizzas

It's back to school time, which means hectic evenings. Here's a quick and simple recipe that works for after-school snacks or an easy supper when combined with a salad or other side. Bonus: they can be made ahead and frozen!

Jarred Pizza Sauce
6 English muffins, split
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella
1/4 cup grated Romano cheese
Assorted toppings: sliced pepperoni or ham, cooked sausage or bacon, olives, cooked chopped broccoli, hot pepper slices or pineapple

Lay the English muffin halves in a single layer on a baking sheet and lightly toast in a toaster oven set to broil or under an oven broiler, 2 to 3 minutes.

Spread the top of each muffin with 1 to 2 tablespoons of sauce.

Combine the 2 cheeses and sprinkle over the sauce. To serve as a snack right away, add your desired toppings and place the assembled pizzas under the broiler in the oven or toaster oven until the cheese is melted, 2 to 3 minutes.

To make ahead: Place the entire tray of mini pizzas in the freezer and freeze until hard, about 1 hour. Stack in a plastic freezer bag until ready to eat. To reheat, place the frozen pizzas on a piece of heavy-duty foil, add any toppings you like and bake in a toaster oven at 400 degrees F until golden, hot and the cheese is melted, 13 to 15 minutes.

Just So You Know

Let me tell you about Callie's Reading Corner.

I would love to have you join my Readers Facebook Group. There we share jokes, memes, funny stories and comments on life. I run contests and post deleted scenes from books and extended epilogues for some of my books. You will also see family trees for my various series (and the names of all the children born of these loving couples), as well as posts to help me name characters. You’ll be the first to see new covers and hear about sales and new releases. That is also where I build my ARC reader list. If you would like to join us for fun and games, click here .

Happy reading!


Callie Hutton