Find me and get your books signed this Saturday evening (July 17th, 2021) at The Tremont House in Galveston, Texas! I'll be there signing books as part of the Galveston Artwalk, a free local event presented by the Galveston Arts Center and hosted by several small art spaces, non-profits, and local businesses! Hours generally run from 6 to 9 p.m. Visit the Galveston Artwalk website to learn more.
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Susan P. Baker latest interview by AllAuthor
Author of mystery, suspense, and women's fiction, Susan P. Baker
The first real sharing of a story was to her 11th grade English class. Nine of her books are novels, all with a legal bent. Her writing is great, her characters are very well defined, and the plot is very well presented. She loves traveling, dark chocolate, and laughing her heart out. Read Susan P. Baker full interview by AllAuthor
The long awaited second installment of the Lady Lawyer Mysteries is now available wherever ebooks are sold and in paperback on Amazon!
In the midst of a midlife crisis, lawyer Sandra Salinsky finds herself coerced into defending a ranch's Latina señora, who has been accused in the shooting death of one of the rancher's twin daughters. Set in a small town deep in the Texas Hill Country, this murder mystery encompasses a jury trial wherein the defense team battles not only what they and the rancher - who is the defendant's best friend - feel is an unwarranted murder charge, but also the prejudice towards Hispanic people in their Anglo community. Before the case is decided, Sandra and her lawyer mother sidekick will witness the ugly underbelly of white privilege as it exists in 21st century America.
Here are two more recipes I love to make when the weather is cooler. I love putting pumpkin in everything and these recipes are no exception!
First up are the Breakfast Brownie Muffins. You can make these exactly as they're written, or you can replace the egg with the flaxseed eggs I talked about in my last post! Either way they're delicious. I also added the option to include pumpkin seeds instead of walnuts for a bit of plant protein, and I recommend using coconut flour instead of almond flour if you like a slight coconut flavor!
6 Tbsp. melted coconut oil
3 Large eggs, whisked
1 tsp. vanilla extract
¼ cup coconut cream (from the top of a can of refrigerated coconut milk)
2 Tbsp. almond milk
1 cup almond flour
2 tsp. baking powder
3 Tbsp. chia seeds, ground
½ cup erythritol + stevia, to taste
½ cup unsweetened cacao powder
½ cup pumpkin seeds or walnuts, chopped small
Steps: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Melt the coconut oil and set aside to cool a little. Whisk the eggs, vanilla extract, coconut cream, and almond milk together. In a separate bowl, combine the almond flour, baking powder, ground chia, erythritol, and cacao powder together. Stir in chopped walnuts or chopped pumpkin seeds. Once the coconut oil is cool enough, whisk it into the egg mix and then add the egg mix into the almond flour mix. Combine well and divide between 8 parts of a greased muffin tray. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center of one comes out clean. Allow to cool before removing from the muffin tray.
Next up, Turkey Pumpkin Chili! I like to exchange garbanzo beans instead of the cannellini beans, but either way is great! The spiced pumpkin and lean turkey of this dish always leave me wanting more. It's definitely a personal favorite, so I hope you like it!
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 small yellow onion, chopped
1 lb. 93% lean ground turkey
1 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. ground coriander
2½ tsp. smoked paprika
1½ tsp. kosher salt
2 (15 oz.) cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed (or garbanzo beans!)
1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin puree
1½ cups low sodium chicken broth
1¾ cups water
Hot sauce, sour cream, and sliced scallions, for serving
Steps: Heat oil in a medium heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in turkey, coriander, paprika, and salt; cook, stirring occasionally, until turkey is browned, about 5 minutes.
Stir beans, pumpkin, water, and broth into turkey mixture. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring often, until heated through, about 15 minutes. Top with hot sauce, sour cream, and scallions, to taste.
Here are two pumpkin recipes I've grown to love this fall! I'm always looking for more healthy recipes to try and here are two I've found extremely simple to make and satisfying to eat. I hope you like them as much as I do!
First, the Vegged-Out Pumpkin and Black Bean Soup.
This is a heartwarming vegan soup recipe I found by Nestle. This vegetable soup will leave you happy, healthy, and warm while you dive into your latest read!
1 Tbsp. olive oil
5 green onions thinly sliced (separate light green/white parts from dark green parts)
1 red bell pepper, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 ½ tsp ground cumin
½ tsp dried thyme
2 (15 oz.) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15 oz.) can pure pumpkin
1 (14.5 oz.) can no salt added diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (14 oz.) can vegetable broth
½ cup water
½ tsp. Salt, or more to taste
⅛ tsp. cayenne pepper, or more to taste
Steps: Heat olive oil in a very large (12-inch) nonstick saucepan over medium heat. Add white and light green onions, bell pepper, and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, for 4 to 5 minutes or until soft. Stir in cumin and thyme; cook, stirring occasionally for 1 minute. Add beans, pumpkin, tomatoes and their juice, broth, and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cook for 10 minutes. Stir in salt and cayenne pepper. Top each serving with sliced dark green onion tops. Makes 8 (1 cup) servings.
(Recipe courtesy of Nestle)
Second, these Pumpkin Spice Thyroid Booster Muffins!
These pumpkin spice muffins are the perfect, gluten-free fall snack, and with my flaxseed meal substitution, vegan too! They're also filled with great ingredients that help your thyroid, so with these you can't go wrong!
¾ cup coconut flour
¾ cup maple syrup
½ cup unsweetened pumpkin puree
1 ½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp. lemon juice
¾ tsp. baking soda
⅛ tsp. salt
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
*to replace 1 egg, substitute one tbsp. flaxseed meal mixed with 3 tbsp. of water. Scale up this mixture x6 to replace all 6 eggs.
Steps: Combine all ingredients except pumpkin seeds and mix well. Divide evenly among 12 lined or greased muffin cups. Top with pumpkin seeds. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until centers are set, between 25-30 minutes**. Let cool and enjoy!
**If you like your muffins less moist and more firm, leave them in the oven five to ten minutes longer!
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Click here to view my new promotional video for my novel Death of a Prince and learn more about the origins of the idea for the book! Like it? Leave feedback and let me know what book I should make a video about next!
Enjoy this sneak peek at my upcoming novel Death of a Rancher's Daughter, the sequel to Death of a Prince! This book is coming by the end of 2020.
In the midst of a midlife crisis, lawyer Sandra Salinsky finds herself coerced into defending a ranch's Latina señora, who has been accused in the shooting death of one of the rancher's twin daughters. Set in a small town deep in the Texas Hill Country, this murder mystery encompasses a jury trial wherein the defense team battles not only what they and the rancher - who is the defendant's best friend - feel is an unwarranted murder charge, but also the prejudice towards Hispanic people in their anglo community. Before the case is decided, Sandra and her lawyer mother sidekick will witness the ugly underbelly of white privilege as it exists in 21st century America.
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I collected bits from magazines and newspapers I've been reading. I'm including a few of them below:
Morning pickup - Lemon in the morning - sip 16 oz. of water mixed with 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice (30 min. before breakfast, if possible). This allegedly will cut tiredness, brain fog, and body aches by 45% in one week. Lemons have d-limonene that encourages tissues to release toxins. The water dilutes them so your kidneys can excrete them. I've been drinking lemon water for quite a while. I don't measure it, but will now, though I add lemon to my iced tea later in the day.
Help for thyroid slowdown - 1 tsp. seaweed a day can help thyroid function by 35%. Seaweed gomasio can be sprinkled on food instead of salt if you don't want to eat seaweed.
To be peppier - 20 grams of protein for breakfast can give you more energy and make you feel stronger all day. 3 whole eggs, 1 cup Greek yogurt, or 1 cup oatmeal with ½ cup nuts.
Teeth whitening - the natural combination of xylitol (which increases saliva) and activated charcoal makes teeth look whiter. (Whether this actually makes them whiter is not clear from the article I read. Maybe it's a matter of semantics.) Tom's of Maine Peppermint activated Charcoal Toothpaste contains this. I haven't tried it. I just bought a tube, and if you're curious, contact me in 3 months.
Cracked skin - combine 2 tbsp. Ground oatmeal with 2 tbsp. water. Rub onto dry hands and rinse after 10 minutes.
Memory problems - a cup of tea a day whether black, green, or oolong can help lower the risk of mental decline by up to 50%. Tea protects nerves from amyloid protein damage, which is a toxin that accumulates in the brain.
Thinning bones - eat ½ cup of leafy greens, 6 oz. of Greek yogurt, or ½ cups of nuts every day to get silica, boron, lysine, and magnesium which stimulate cells to build new bone tissue.
~~these hints derived mostly from Women's World Magazine
If you were signed up for my newsletter over the holidays, you might remember I sent out a free Mavis short story called The Holiday Cookie. Ever wonder what the recipe was for the cookies Margaret was making? Well here it is! Now you can cook along with Margaret and baffle the Mavis in your life!
If you missed the story or want to read it again, click here.
Basic Sugar Cookies
1 ¼ cup sorghum flour ½ cup teff flour
¼ cup amaranth flour ¾ cup potato starch
¾ cup tapioca starch 2 tsp xanthan gum
1 ½ tsp baking soda 1 tsp baking powder
1 ½ tsp sea salt
2 tbsp flax seed meal mixed with 1/3 cup hot water
¾ cup nondairy butter ½ cup coconut oil
1 cup packed organic brown sugar
½ cup organic evaporated cane juice or organic raw honey or pure maple syrup
1 tbsp organic, unsweetened applesauce
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
Whisk dry ingredients together.
Mix hot water and flax seed meal and set aside
Cream together butter, coconut oil, brown sugar, and sugar
Add dry ingredients slowly to wet ingredients until fully mixed. If dough is too dry and doesn't stick together, mix a little water at a time until it looks like traditional cookie dough.
Mix for 1 minute.
Cover and refrigerate dough for one hour or overnight. (or bake if you can't wait)
Drop by teaspoonfuls onto parchment-lined baking sheets
Bake at 350º for 11-12 minutes til edges are slightly browned but center doesn't look done.
Do not overbake.
Cool on rack.
(May add chocolate chips, nuts, or other bits as desired)
Adapted from The Healthy Gluten-Free Life by Tammy Credicott
Remember Carl and The Rex Cafe in My First Murder? Here's a recipe for Carl's "Truck Stop Enchiladas", to make and eat while you devour the book!
12 (uncooked/soft) corn tortillas
1-pound mild cheddar shredded
2 cans chile con carne or meat sauce (chili without beans)
1 chopped onion
Preferred oil for cooking
Fresh cilantro for garnish
13 X 9 inch greased baking dish
1. Pour chili into a medium bowl and warm.
2. Heat ¼ inch of oil in a skillet until almost smoking. Using tongs, dip a tortilla into the hot
oil for 5 seconds, turn it over for 5 more, lift and let oil drip back into the pan.
3. Dip tortilla into the warm chile con carne until covered, remove to a greased baking dish.
Put two tablespoons of cheese on the tortilla, roll and place seam side down in baking
4. Pour the remaining chile con carne over the enchiladas, top with shredded cheese and
finely chopped raw onion.
5. Heat in a 400F oven for 10 minutes or until the top is melted and the dish is bubbling.
6. Makes 12 enchiladas, or six servings.
Adapted from, Unorthodox Epicure, Adam Holland
Yesterday evening I was interviewed on Chat & Spin Radio UK about my books and writing experience. Scroll on the player below to 1:05:00 to listen to the short interview!
In these frightening times, with corona viruses springing up—that includes the really scary Covid 19—emphasis has been on washing hands and disinfecting surfaces, and that's really important. However, we should also be diligent about protecting our families from food that may have come into contact with people who have been exposed to a virus.
Some people suggest simply rinsing your produce under the faucet prior to eating. Others say spraying with white vinegar and rinsing prior to eating will disinfect. (This will clean but not disinfect.) When I lived in Mexico, there were vegetable and fruit washes on just about every corner. They're a bit harder to find here and not always effective, though if it's easier for you, certainly use them liberally on your fresh produce.
For a home solution, I suggest the following recipes:
For most fruits and vegetables: mix together 4 cups water, 1 cup white vinegar, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Fill your spray bottle with this solution and spray your fruit or vegetables liberally (you will want to put your produce in a colander in your sink). Wait about five minutes. Rinse with cool water and scrub thick skinned produce with a brush. Pat dry.
For leafy greens: fill a large bowl with 4 cups of water, one cup of white vinegar, a tablespoon of salt. Soak the greens for five minutes. Rinse completely with cold water. Dry thoroughly because wet greens decay faster in the refrigerator.
Of course constantly be diligent about scrubbing your hands with soap and water for two verses of Happy Birthday. And use disinfectant to wipe down surfaces with which strangers may have had contact.
If you're holing up in your house for any period of time, all of my books are available inexpensively as e-books. Simply go to www.susanpbaker.com for the links.
I can't remember when I first thought of attending law school and practicing law. What I remember is thinking it could be fun practicing law with my father. Maybe the idea first came to me when I was nineteen. I was waiting in court to testify in a robbery trial, and my father entered the courtroom on another case. I remember sitting through docket call in that court. As the judge went down the list, he called several cases on which my father was the attorney and fussed at the defendants, because my father wasn't there. When Dad did appear, the judge chewed him out in open court. I was both embarrassed (and glad hardly anyone knew who I was) and amused. Many years later, when I was about to begin law school, my father became a judge. We never had the opportunity to practice law together, although for several years I shared office space with my father's former law partners, which gave me an inkling of what it might have been like.
Much later, when I was on the bench myself, I witnessed a well-known, and very rich, trial attorney behaving boorishly during a trial in the courtroom across the hall from mine. On one occasion, he pulled an associate down the hall by the ear. Or it could have been the young man's nose, I can't remember which. As well, I heard from various attorneys that the boorish attorney apparently didn't think the rules applied to him. That court's judge didn't enforce the rules, either. The attorney went so far as to provide food and drink to the jury. He made large contributions to various political figures around town. He was given his own parking place outside the courthouse. He didn't practice my kind of law, so I didn't have to deal with him personally, but I found all of the above offensive, way over the top.
My mind being what it is, I began to wonder what it would take, to what extreme he would have to go that would be so bad as to cause someone to kill him. So that was where the germ of the idea came from. Put that together with my wanting to practice law with my father and, I thought, why not have the alleged murderer's defense lawyer practice law with her mother, instead
For many years, I witnessed the frustrations of litigants who could not afford lawyers and would come to court ill-prepared to finalize their divorces. Judges are not allowed to practice law. We're not allowed to help people prove up their petitions. Many times I had to turn people away, telling them they had not properly prepared the paperwork, followed the rules or the law, or perfected service on their spouse.
The other thing is, over the course of practicing law and presiding over a family law court, as well as having been divorced myself, I saw the heartbreak of family disintegration. Although I had made my living as a (mostly) family law attorney, I did not enjoy people having to lay out thousands of dollars to prosecute their cases. That money could have been put to good use for their childrens' support and education. People who divorce are pretty much crazy for a couple of years, myself included. They make poor decisions. Their emotions take hold and control their behavior. I hated to see people fight when splitting up could be ever so much more peaceable.
One night, when I was on vacation, I dreamed I wrote a book for pro se litigants that guided them through the divorce process. When I woke up the following morning, I opened my laptop and began writing. Heart of Divorce came out less than a year later. Almost immediately after that, large publishers saw dollar signs and published thick books telling people how to fight to the death to win their divorce cases. There are no winners in divorce.
In my small book, in addition to chapters informing the reader of the process from breaking the news to one's spouse to finalizing the paperwork, I included anecdotes from some of my cases that I thought were interesting. All true! (Though names have been omitted.) The title Heart of Divorce, though awkward, was suggested to me by a professor who taught a nonfiction writing course I took in Minnesota. Perhaps it should have been Divorce with a Heart. That's what I want to get across to people. It's possible to minimize the heartbreak of a divorce.