Let it Snow!

They say Virginia has four seasons and they are all in March.  No truer words were spoken.  We started this week with eight inches of snow and temps are expected to hit the 70s by the weekend.  I thought I’d share a few snow pictures before it all melts!

Sisters in Crime Panel Speaks to Fairfax County Retired Teachers Association

Yesterday, I joined fellow Sisters in Crime authors Barb Goffman, Donna Andrews, Patrick Hyde and C. Ellett Logan for a panel discussion on writing mysteries.  We spoke to the Fairfax County Retired Teachers Association at the Elks Club in Fairfax, Virginia. It was great fun visiting with the teachers and hanging with SinC writers.  


From L to R:  C. Ellett Logan, MB, Barb Goffman and Donna Andrews.

From L to R: C. Ellett Logan, MB, Barb Goffman and Donna Andrews.

Valentine’s Day Sweet Buns!

I love to have these for my sweetie on Valentine’s Day.  I make up the dough in my bread maker the night before, assemble the buns and then let them rise in the refrigerator.   I also mix up the icing before I go to bed.  A couple of hours before breakfast, I set the pans on the counter to rise (double is size) and then I bake in a 350 degree oven for 18-20 minutes.  While they’re warm, pour the glaze over them.  

Simple and so delicious!


3 ¼ cups of flour

¾ teaspoon of salt

1/3 cup of sugar

4 egg yolks

1 teaspoon of vanilla

¾ cup of water

1/4 cup of low fat sour cream

¼ cup of melted butter

1 package of dry yeast


¾ cups of brown sugar

2 teaspoons of cinnamon

½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)


1 cup of powdered sugar

2-3 tablespoons of milk


For fun I baked this batch in a heart shaped pan.

For fun I baked this batch in a heart shaped pan.

Place all the ingredients in the dough maker (yeast goes in the yeast dispenser).  Once the dough is ready, place on a floured surface and roll out into a large rectangle—about ¼ an inch thick. Sprinkle brown sugar, cinnamon and nuts on the dough.  Roll the dough in a long spiral and then slice into individual portions.  Place dough on a large greased pan.  Give the rolls plenty of room to rise and spread.  (If you’re prepping for tomorrow’s breakfast, cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator.  In the morning a couple of hours before breakfast, place pans of uncooked rolls in a warm place and let them rise.) When they’ve risen to twice their original size, bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes.  While they are warm, pour glaze over top and serve.



Books-A-Million Signing

Natale Stenzel and I had great fun this past Saturday at the Books-A-Million in Richmond, VA.  We chatted with fans, signed books and handed out lots of chocolate!



MB at Books-A-Million.

MB at Books-A-Million.