Welcome Sandra Moran!

The wonder of Sandra Moran…♡

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Hold on to your socks, folks. We have an announcement to make. AuthorSandra Moran is joining the lineup at Women and Words. Yeah, we’re totally stoked about that. She’ll blog once a month on the second Tuesday of the month. For those of you who are keeping track, that means she’ll be here for the first time in just a few days. February 10th will be her virgin voyage at Women and Words.

If you don’t know who Sandra is (I don’t know how that’s possible, but just in case…), here’s some info and a handy-dandy link to her website.

Sandra Moran is an author and assistant adjunct professor of anthropology at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas.

A native Kansan, she has worked professionally as a newspaper journalist, a political speech writer, and an archaeological tour manager. In her novels, she strives to create flawed…

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Miss Murder’s Black Forest Trifle


A Broken Laptop

How about a fairly simple and gorgeous Valentine’s Day dessert?

1 jar maraschino cherries

½ cup sugar

2 cups heavy cream

1 cup powdered sugar

2 Tbsp vanilla extract

1 pound chocolate cake

Chocolate shavings

Drain the cherries, reserving the liquid. Mix the liquid in a small sauce pan with ½ cup of sugar. Simmer until the liquid becomes thick and reduces to about half. Don’t reduce too much or the liquid will harden later. Let it cool and then mix the cherries back in.

Whip the heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract until it forms stiff peaks. The whipped cream will turn dark in color, but it’s absolutely delicious and still looks beautiful.

Layer the trifle with the cake, cherries, and whipped cream, and then repeat, topping with the whipped cream. Grate chocolate shavings on the top, and top with a remaining cherry, if you’d like.


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