Happy New Year 2016!

Fireworks over Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

Fireworks over Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

Happy New Year everyone! The celebrations are still ongoing in my home, especially with the release of Dragon Knight’s Shield next Friday! I hope you’ve taken advantage of the pre-order special price for the digital at $2.99! Grab your copy now!

In addition, my second book, Dragon Knight’s Medallion is now available on audio through Amazon Audible. Ewan MacRae is the narrator, and he did a phenomenal job. You can listen to a sample on the Audible page below the book. Click here to go on over.

FACEBOOK PARTY! Next Saturday, I’m hosting a party on facebook to celebrate the release of Dragon Knight’s Shield. Hop on over and RSVP, because once we reach 200 guests, I’m doing a giveaway. Enter here!

I’m going to shake things up a wee bit in 2016 on my blog. “Medieval Mondays” will continue on and off through-out the year, but I’m thinking of adding a “Monthly Travel Tour” blog series. I will be sharing pictures and stories of my travels, so look for this to start in January or early February.

“Quote for the Week” will continue, but I might be switching up “Friday Feast” to a new name and have it a few times a month. Here are a list of some of the names:

Mary’s Feast, Mary’s Cuisine, Mary’s Tavern Recipes (I really like this one), or Mary’s Bites. Let me know which one you like.

Here’s a yummy dip for the new year weekend! Slainte!

Artichoke Jalapeno Cheese Dip

1-14oz can artichoke hearts, drained

2 jalapenos, seeded and roughly chopped

½ cup grated parmesan cheese or mozzarella cheese

6 oz cream cheese, softened

¼ cup mayonnaise

2 garlic gloves, chopped

½ tsp salt

¼ tsp ground pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a food processor, pulse the artichoke hearts until chopped. Add half the jalapenos and pulse until desired consistency.

Add the parmesan or mozzarella, cream cheese, mayonnaise, garlic, salt, pepper and pulse until fully blended. Stir in the other half of chopped jalapenos.

Put in small casserole dish and bake for 30 minutes until hot and bubbly. OR you can chill for an hour and serve cold.

Serve with your favorite vegetables, crackers, and or chips.

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10 comments


  1. cutieb

    I LOVE Mary’s Tavern!! Can’t wait to see the exciting changes to your blog this year AND your continued and growing success!! So super proud of you!

  2. Dianne

    I love Maey’s Tavern. How about Mary’s Red Branch Tavern Recipes? Have a wonderful New Year. I can’t wait until next week.

  3. oh i like Maey’s Tavern, looking forward to the travel tour blog,and the new reads

  4. Dalila G.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

    Wow, are you ever busy, lucky you.
    Big congrats on your new book, I can’t wait to read it! 🙂

    We had a quiet Christmas and a quiet New Years, we had a FABULOUS time, my hubby and me……that’s all I need, lucky, lucky me!

    Hmmmm……the names are all good, I like them, but I think I’ll have to vote on Mary’s Munchies or Mary’s Mighty Meals, what do you think? *^_^*
    Just kidding around, any name you pick will be just perfect. 🙂

    I’m looking forward to your new idea, “Monthly Travel Tour” blog series, sounds great. It’ll be nice to “vacation” without leaving my home, thank you.

    I do have a recipe I’d like to share with you.
    I find myself making it quite a bit, friends are always asking for it.
    I hope you like it. 🙂

    Best wishes to you! (((hugs)))

    Nutella Cheesecake Dip
    Ingredients:
    1 (8 oz) package light cream cheese
    3/4 cup Nutella
    3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
    3 Tbsp powdered sugar
    Any type of fruit or graham crackers, marshmallows etc. for dipping

    Instructions:
    In a large bowl beat together the cream cheese and powdered sugar. Add the Nutella and beat until smooth. In a separate medium-size bowl or a stand mixer, beat the heavy whipping cream until it reaches stiff peaks. Fold the whipped cream into the Nutella mixture.
    Chill until ready to serve…enjoy!!

    • Hello Dalila!! Running over to give you a virtual hug, my friend!! I’ve missed you! Thanks so much for the additional ideas for names. You’re the best! 🙂

      Sounds like your Christmas was perfect! Thanks so much for stopping by, and I LOVE Nutella, so I’m going to whip up this recipe today. I’m pretty sure I have all the ingredients, especially the Nutella. 🙂

      Hugs with love!

  5. Dalila G.

    Mary, if you have a taste for a simple, simple dip, try this one.
    A friend passed it on to me and it never fails to make me dance in my kitchen, it’s yummy for my tummy…… LOL!! 😀

    Peanut Butter Honey Yogurt Dip
    You’ll need….
    1 (6 oz) container plain Greek yogurt
    3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
    3 teaspoons honey
    Directions:
    In a small bowl, combine Greek yogurt, peanut butter, and honey, stir until combined and smooth. Serve with apple slices or other cut up fruit.
    This dip is also great with graham crackers, pretzels, or cookies, dip what ever makes you happy. 🙂

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