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Martini Steak

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    Good day. I have decided to go back a rewrite some of my old recipes (I wrote this recipe 8 yrs ago).  I made Martini Steak for my hubby and he still loves it. I even made it for his friends at elk camp and it was a big hit. This recipe is especially good for tougher cuts of steaks. Since I tend to buy meat in bulk, I will make up several of these and store them in the freezer. That morning, I just pull out a baggie and let the steaks defrost. Then all ready to go and grill!

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Martini Steak

serves 2

2 steaks


¼ cup liquid from green olive jar
¼ cup gin
⅛ cup Vermouth
1 tsp ground pepper
2 crush garlic heads


Wedge of blue cheese (or Gorgonzola)
Sliced green olives

Add the first five ingredient, the marinade, in a zip-lock freezer baggie. Mix well and add steak. Marinate steaks in fridge for 4-8 hours or in freezer.

Drain off marinade and grill steaks as you like. Serve steaks with sliced olives and crumble cheese on top. Enjoy!






Autumn Dinning Room

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    Good day, do you remember my autumn reading corner? Well there use to be a big hutch there and I moved the it to the middle of my living room.

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It does cut the room in half a bit, but my living room is veryyyy long, with three distinct areas. So the hutch gives each space a cozy feeling. Luckily those huge windows really add light to the room.

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Autumn Dinning Storybook Woods 707For the back of the hutch, I just hung a large picture. Simple and I think it is a great look for this time of year!

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Wishes Are Like ... A Sample

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Good day, I wanted to thank everyone for the wonderful support I have been getting for Wishes Are Like ...

I shared this on Wren Bay's facebook page (which I think everyone can read, even if you do not do FB. I post coupons and extra info there) I tought I would share with all of you, the intro and first 2 chapter. Just to give you a taste of Wishes. Also in my shop, there is a pre-view with these chapters too. I broken down the chapters into 3, to make reading easier. Enjoy xox

Wishes Are Like ... Intro

Wishes Are Like ... Chapter 1

Wishes Are Like ... Chapter 2

Snowball Cookies, Grain-Free and Vegan

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   I am re-posting this because the old link got deleted. I have to say this is still a favorite of mine!

   I have several family members and friends who cannot eat gluten and are doing low-carb, so I like to have a few recipes tucked away for them. Honestly, even though my family is not gluten sensitive, I make these cookies for us because they are so insanely good. Enjoy!

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Snowball Cookies, Grain-Free and Vegan

Makes a baker’s dozen


1 ¼ cup almond flour

¼ cup coconut flour

½ tsp arrow root powder (doing low-carb like me, I use psyllium husk powder instead)

½ tsp salt

½ tsp vanilla extract

½ cup sugar, I use coconut sugar

½ cup melted virgin coconut oil

1-2 TBL mild tasting olive oil

Powdered sugar


Pre-heat oven 325◦F

Melt coconut oil and set aside. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or silicone pad.

In a mixer bowl add all ingredients except the oils and powdered sugar. Mix together, then with the paddle on slow setting, slowly add the coconut oil. Next slowly add olive oil. You should be able to gently squeeze dough into a ball. If not, slow add a bit more oil until you can. You really cannot roll this dough, but you can gently squeeze it into a ball. It does not have to be a perfect shaped ball!  

Bake 15-20 minutes, until slightly golden around the edges.. Let cookies cool on baking sheet 5 minutes and then shift some powdered sugar over them. Do not move cookies, because they will brake. But when they are completely cooled then you can store them in an airtight container or enjoy!.



Gluten/grain free baked items tend to be crumbly, so leave them on the cookie sheet (this is why you want the parchment paper) until they have fully cooled.

When you serve them if they are not powdery enough, you can sift some more sugar over the cookies.

You can make them smaller for more of a bite size, but I would not make them bigger.

These cookies store well for a few days, if you put them in an airtight container.

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Wishes Are Like ... the sequel to Wren Bay

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Wishes are like …


Fragile bits of thread, twisted and knotted and woven into a thing of wonder.

A worker’s heart and dreams go into this small bit of lace.

She painstakingly works each spool, over, around and through until a pattern appears.

Our life is the same.

Fine threads of dreams and wishes we carefully weave and twist until …

the pattern of our life appears.


   Good day! After 5 years I am please to announce my second cooking novel Wishes Are Like ... the sequel to Wren Bay is published. Writing Wishes was like a long labor, but I found out I actually love to write. With Wren, I just sat down to write  a two page story about a doll and out came a novel. Wishes is so much more. I wanted to write a much more compelling story, as well as reflecting what a cooking/crafting blog represents. I feel I have done that with Wishes Are Like ..

   In the first novel/cookbook Wren was adjusting to a new life, as a married person, in a new place, Bay Farm.. Now four years later Wren is dealing with what she wants her future to hold, and that is being a mother but her wish is not coming true. Have you ever been in a place where you know what you want? Your gut can picture your future, but it is not happening. Even more so, there is nothing you can do to make it happen but wait. Waiting for most of us is a very difficult place to be, I know it is for me. Like Wren, I want to make things happen, now. To get in there and push, control, and just plain use my will, to make them happen. But there are times in our lives where we have to die to our wishes and just let things happen.

    This is the heart of Wishes Are Like ... The importance of having wishes but holding them gently. Wren has a wish to be a mother, Devlin has a wish to be what Wren needs, Aida has a wish to be strong and make a hard choice, Luc has the wish to trust again, Sophia has the wish to be able to let someone into her life and Thayer cannot acknowledge his wish. Not all wishes come true, but it is important to wish no matter what because without wishes, one's life would be very small and sad.

    Wishes has 29 chapter, 4 parts, as well as 42 original recipes. Storybook Woods is about taking the simple things of life and making celebrations out of them. Wish Are Like ... reflects this and will inspire you in your own life!

Alphabetical list of recipes from

A review of Wishes Are Like ....

"Clarice Fox-Hughes’ latest novel, “Wishes Are Like…’, will delight readers of “Wren Bay: The Story The Making a Home”. Wren and Devlin have matured and so has Fox-Hughes’ ability to weave a story that entrances the reader from the first page to the last! Familiar characters reappear in the novel, Madam Mimi, Aunt Sophia, Lily, and Mary, but new characters introduce fresh themes to the novel as well, enriching the novel with their own stories and challenges.

 Long anticipated, “Wish Are Like…” promises to leave the reader eager for the next chapter in Wren and Devlin Bay’s lives." Matty Holder

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DIY Chafing Dish Frame

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    Happy October 1st. Fall is in full swing and I am loving it. When I set up my autumn reading corner but the wall felt a little bare. So I scoured around my house and came up with this wonder print from an antique book I owned. By the way the book was falling apart, I wold never tear up an antique book. The printed needed a frame.

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    A girlfriend had found me this holder for a chafing dish and thought it would be a great prop for photos. I thought it would make a great frame (and I can still use it for photos). David just put two screws, one in each corner, in the wall and I can hang the frame on the wall. It was free, easy to do and a great up-cyling project. I love it. So next time you see one of the holders for a chafing dish with no insert, here is a DIY idea!

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Autumn Reading Corner

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    Well I am done writing, Wishes Are Like ... is getting a finally tweaking. Hopefully it will be ready in 2 weeks. So I have been puttering and set up a fall reading corner. I moved my china cabinet to the middle of the room (I will share soon) and set up this corner. I love it. I have lived in this house over 13 years. Moving furniture around makes it feel like a whole new space.

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This is Tasha Tudor Corner. Lovelies from my Tasha friends!

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    I wanted a new pillow for my free chair but did not want to spend any money. So I flipped the pillow to the back side, added a doily and some ribbon. Just pinned it to the back with a big safety pin. A easy, cheap redo!


Wishes Are Like ... Recipes

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   Good day, well I am pleased to share I am just about done with my new novel/cookbook. The title is Wishes Are Like ... a squeal to Wren Bay. I will share more soon but I have finished all the recipes and wanted to share (because I am too excited). There are 42 recipes. Some well know from the blog but 35 new one. I have to say I did not create one recipe my family is not begging for me to make again but the Marmalade Gingerbread (which uses a whole cup of marmalade) was a favorite. Also the Meringues Filled w/ Whipped White Chocolate Cream, was a favorite too. Here is an alphabetical list, to tempt you xox

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Things I Love

     I have been requested to write a "Things I Love" post. I will be honest, my life has been very small these last 6 months. I have been working on Wren 24/7, which I have to say, it should be published by the end of the month. So, this is more of a "things I would love to do" list, full of autumn themed ideas. I hope it inspires you!


For my family, I want to make this version of pizza

Pizza Pull-apart Stack Bread

  Pizza salad

Since pizza is on my NOT healthy to eat list, I will make this for me!

Pizza Salad with Pepperoni Chips and Roasted Tomato Dressing

  Tartan corner

I want to make a cozy reading corner in my living room. Wish I had this tartan chair for it!

Tartan Corner

  Fox pin

Would these make sweet Christmas gifts?

Fox Pin


I HAVE to make this for myself

DIY Wool Blanket Coat

  Apple bunting

I think this would be perfect for apple night/day

Apple Book Bunting

What is on your love to do autumn list?

Bloom, Being Slayed


    So I have been doing this super low-carb thing a good 18 months and over all it is not too hard. I have lazy days where I do not want to deal with it, but still it is not hard. I have found ways to make, or curb, or substitute the foods I love. At first, any food I could not eat, I missed simple because I could not eat it but over time I made it work or just did not want it more. Having said that, there is one food that is my nemesis, bread! Oh, and bread that had been deep friend, a double whammy. I have tried making grain free versions and they are good (actually love them) but they're not the same. Unquestionably not the same!

    I have found out over time, when it comes to bread, I have NO self-control. Luckily my food snobbery helps me a bit. It has to be good, fresh, just made bread. Wonder bread is no temptation to me, thank goodness. Normally I would say, "just have a bit, a treat, like once a week". This is what I do with other foods I love but are not healthy for me. I have a bit, savor it and wait a couple of weeks. Bread though goes into a whole `nother category. When I eat bread, I think about it for days, weeks. It calls my name in dreams like my first love. I have come to realized I have no boundaries where bread is concerned. So having a bit of bread is not going to work. Now the idea of never have bread, or a croissant, or a funnel cake ... okay, sorry, I got off track. Well it is just too tragic to think about but I am not sure I can have bread even once a month.

    We all have that something we love, crave and no matter how much we talk to ourselves, pin quotes and write goals, it owns us! I do not think feeling guilty or bad, does any good. It is just a truth, not shame or a label. Besides being truthful is what sets us free. I think the best chance I have at controlling my bread cravings, instead of them controlling me, is being honest with myself. I really do not know yet what I am going to do about bread. Wish I had the answer, I do not. I know that I do not like that I scarfed down a third of the rosemary Parmesan boulé the other night. I do not want to be that girl. So I guess my first step is to be honest. I need bread-anonymous! Is there a food undermining your health? Something you just cannot get control over? Be honest with yourself but do not feel guilty either. Just own it. One day at a time, we will fight the good fight!

Bloom, Browned Butter Trick


Here is a note I posted on FB about my health and weight lost. Thought I would share it with you!!

"Well I weighed myself :-O

    As I have said in the past, when I started this almost a year and 1/2 ago, I do not weigh myself. I do not want to be defined by a number, nor do I want to focus on losing weight. Yes, I need and want to loss weight but even more so, I want to be healthy and I think by focusing on a number is counterproductive for me. Having said that, I know I weighed around 240 lb, give or take. So I finally weighed myself at my dad's and I am proud to say I weigh 203lb. I have lost about 40lb, give or take ;-) Which is wonderful, and not really important, all at the same time.

     I want to share for a couple of reason, first to encourage others. I do not know about you but it really inspires me when I see others meet their goals. Second I wanted to say, low carb and HIGH fat is working for me. Not that you are me. You need to play with what works for you but I tend get a lot of pull back from others who feel that eating fat is bad. Yes, you have to eat the right kind of fat: coconut oil, avocados, grass fed meat and dairy, etc. But I make sure I get a good dose of fat every day. As a matter of fact I am lowering my protein intake (including nuts. I eat them but less now), and upping my fat. I mostly eat veggies with healthy fat. If I eat something like a boneless, skinless chicken breast I make sure I eat a big pat of grass fed butter or half an avocado on the side.

     For me it is eating very low on the carb scale, cutting out most sugar and exercising is what has worked. I will also say I think it is 50/50 on diet and exercise. When I do not do one or the other, I get the same results: bloating, stomach aches, munchies and I'm sleepy. So if you are skeptical about eat fat or just like to hear how others are doing, I hope I have encouraged you. It is not easy, I am not going to lie but there is a sweetness knowing I have lost 40lb. And that I am getting stronger. Thank you for letting me share xox"

    So in-keeping of my love of butter, grass-feed butter that is ;-) I though I would share a simple way to bling up those veggies or plain piece of fish or chicken breast. Brown your butter. It is so simple and easy, and it adds a lot of flavors. It is one of my go to tricks for dinner. The other night we had salad and rockfish filets. I just panned fried them in brown butter, instead of plain butter and it added so much more flavor. I could tell you how to make it but I think it is nice to see, so here is a great video on how to brown your butter.

    Now I will give you another TIP. In the video he pours the butter over his cooked veggies but you can cook your veggies or meat in the butter. Here is what you do, have some oil in-hand, olive or avocado, or whatever you like. When the butter is browned, foaming and smells nutty pour a splash of oil in the butter. This helps the butter from burning. Then you add the meat or veggies. Just make sure you are using something that cooks fast and is thin. If the butter is cooked too long, then will still burn eve with the oil. That is it, a yummy way to get healthy fat into your diet!

Also thank you for the congratulations on my 9 year bloggiversary, I am so grateful for all the friends I have made over the 9 years.  The winner is Dianntha, congratulation xox


9 Years Give-Away


     Well I am just behind on everything. One month slide by before I knew it and Storybook Woods had an anniversary in April. I have been blogging for 9 years! Wow! I marvel at what blogging has become. I do not think any of us pictured this but what a blessing it has been.

    I have been busy locked away in my library writing. I am just finishing the ending of Wren 2 (I am still working on the title). During the week, the girls do the cooking. Chloe got her drivers license! Yeah! It is wonderful to just say " can you go pick up such and such?" This is freeing me up to write. Also I have made a pinterest pin-board for Storybook Woods recipes. I  will be adding more. I am planning on rewriting some of my old recipes when I am done with Wren.

    In honor of nine years of blogging, I am having a give-away. The current issue of Bella Grace, which features Annetta Bosakova. Annetta's work is always stunning and just makes me happy. You will also get a chocolate bar. So tell me whose work you love and why you love it. Also your favorite kind of chocolate and I will pick a winner. Well I am off to my library to write. Have a scrumptious month and good luck on winning xox

Encouraging Thoughts


    Believe it or not, I have a second Wren novel 3/4 written. A much bigger story 80,000 words so far, minus recipes. I have tried to finish it but cannot get to it. So the only way I am going to get this book finished is the way I wrote the first Wren. That means locking myself in my library and immersing myself until this novel is done. I am going to only be posting here once a month and instagram once a week. Hopefully it will only take 2-3 months to finish the bulk of it. So if you need me and I do not get back to you, be patient with me. I will soon xox

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Raspberry Coconut-Bacon Salad

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    Since my diet is at lest 60% vegetables, I am also looking for interesting ways to bling them up. Then I came across coconut bacon! Wow what an interesting concept. Basically you take unsweetened large flaked coconut (I buy 5# bags through my co-op), mix it with oil and spices, then cook it in the oven. You end up with a crunchy, savory treat that taste similar to bacon. It really does!

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    I like this idea for several reason, it is inexpensive, it is healthy, it is a way to enjoy bacon flavors when I do not have pastured pork and it taste so dang good. I find myself just munch on it but I created a salad. The coconut bacon is also wonderful on morning eggs with avocado! I encourage you to give it a try and here is a link to several version of the bacon!

coconut bacon 1

coconut bacon 2

coconut bacon 3

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fresh raspberries

coconut bacon


I am not putting amounts because you can make a tiny salad or huge. I toss the spinach, cucumber, radish and avocado with the vinaigrette. Then garnish the top with raspberries and coconut-bacon.



1 TBL Dijon mustard

1 TBL raw apple cider vinegar

1 tsp minced fresh garlic

1 tsp honey

oil to taste, 1/4-1/3 cup or so. I like avocado oil for this.

salt and pepper to taste

Whisk all together, taste and adjust to your liking.

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