Guess what! I have a recipe and titles and characters to share today. Why? Because there was a blood moon this morning. Technically, a blood moon occurs when there’s a total exclipse of the moon. It turns blood red during the transition. BLOOD MOON is also the first book I self-published and it began the worldbuilding that became my Moonstruck Wolves world, which spans four different series. Wow. BLOOD MOON intrudocues the indomitable Major Hannah Jackson, fated mate of Sgt. Major Ian “Mac” McIntire. FYI, in the Moonstruck world, a pack Alpha can only be challenged on the night of a blood moon. Dang! And now I have an idea for a new book. 🤦🏼♀️ Moving on…
According to Pillsbury, Ranch Crack Dip will be your new go-to dish for special events. This iconic cream cheese dip is incredibly easy to throw together. All you need are five simple ingredients and ten minutes, and you’ll have an irresistible appetizer everyone will love. Serve it with tasty dippers like carrots, celery, crackers and baguette slices. Ranch Crack Dip is perfect for celebrations, gameday tailgates and movie nights at home. No matter the occasion, plenty of people will be asking you to share the recipe for this easy cream cheese dip.
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1 cup sour cream
1 package (1 oz) ranch salad dressing & seasoning mix
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (8 oz)
1/2 cup coarsely chopped cooked bacon (6 slices)
Sliced green onions, if desired
1 – In large bowl, mix cream cheese, sour cream and dressing mix until well blended. Stir in shredded Cheddar cheese.
2 – Stir in bacon. If desired, top with extra shredded cheese and sliced green onions to serve.
Tip 1 – Crack dip is loaded with all the flavors you can’t stop eating: sour cream, dill and buttermilk-spiked Ranch seasoning, green onions and crumbled bacon. Dip in off-the-shelf veggie chips or spread on toasted baguette slices.
Tip 2 – Save time with pre-cooked slices of bacon that are reheated in the microwave just until crisp. Chop or crumble into small bits, then mix into your Ranch Crack Dip.
Tip 3 – Make this easy cream cheese dip by using a Cheddar cheese with some personality, like a sharp Cheddar. Smoked Gouda, dilled Havarti and crumbled blue cheese are other bold-flavored varieties you can play with as well.
If you want to watch a video on how to make this addictive dip and see the nutritional details, head over to Pillsbury’s website by CLICKING HERE. This dip is a fave of the Wolves for watching sports, action movies, and just sitting around waiting for the steaks to grill. The mates love it too. In fact, believe it or not, Hannah can now successfully make this dish. Why? Because the ingredients are simple and she doesn’t even have to get a mixer out. She can do this one “by hand.” This first book in the Moonstruck series is priced at only 99 cents and is available at many on-line bookstores, so BLOOD MOON is a good place to jump in to see if you might like my world, provided you haven’t already jumped in with both feet. And since a blood moon challenge is featured in BLOOD & FIRE, a stand-alone novel in the Moonstruck Wolf series. Celina Monaghan, a former EMT, made this dip for her co-workers. Now she makes it for her mate, Rhys. Their story is one of mistaken identity, a forced mating, and a blood moon challenge. It’s available for $2.99 at all those same e-tailers. Just click on a title or book cover to get to Books2Read to pick your preferred store. So, readers, what’s your favorite dip?
Psst: that new idea? Night of the Blood Moon, a novella chronicling the Russian’s challenge of Brick McIntire for control of the Nightriders. Anybody interested?