Welcome to Day Two of the week-long virtual party for Tracie Peterson’s 100th book, A Sensible Arrangement! I loved reading all of your comments and congratulations for Tracie on yesterday’s blog post!
Today it’s time for a little fun from Texas (a state I just visited for the first time last week on Beverly Lewis’s book tour…still going on! Check it out if you live in Texas or Louisiana). Since the series is called LONE STAR BRIDES, it’s pretty obvious that the great state of Texas is pretty special to our heroes Marty and Jake.
Take a Virtual Tour of the Lone Star State!
Scroll through 35 breathtaking Texas photos submitted by state residents like the one above. I could hardly pick a favorite!
Or, if you’re actually planning a trip to Texas (or would like to in the future), take a look at this list of places to visit and things to do.
What’s a Party Without Cake?
And, finally, if you have a bit of a sweet tooth, here’s my favorite Texas sheet cake recipe! (This one is perfect for book clubs to use…or anyone who happens to like chocolate. Which, really, is almost everyone.)
2 cup sugar
2 cup flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 sticks margarine/butter
4 Tbsp. cocoa
1 c water
½ cup buttermilk
1 tsp. vanilla
Place sugar, flour, baking soda, and cinnamon in a bowl and stir them together. In a medium-size saucepan over medium heat, melt together the margarine/butter, cocoa, and water. Bring to a rapid boil, stirring constantly, then remove from heat. Pour cocoa mixture over dry ingredients and mix well. Let cool for 15 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400° F. Then add buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla to other ingredients and mix well. Pour the batter into a greased jelly roll pan (15.5” x 10.5” x 1”). Bake for 20 minutes. Let cool before icing.
1 stick margarine/butter
4 Tbsp. cocoa
6 Tbsp. buttermilk
3 ½ cup powdered sugar
1 Tbsp. vanilla
In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter, cocoa, and buttermilk. Bring to rapid boil, stirring constantly. Then stir in powdered sugar and vanilla Pour on cake while the icing is still hot.
Visit the blog tomorrow for a fun surprise: something we’ve never done on the Bethany House fiction blog (or anywhere else for that matter)!