Muffins and Mayhem: Recipes for a Happy (if Disorderly) Life (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 1, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
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"While it’s well known that food and stories make for a great combination, Muffins & Mayhem takes their relationship to a whole new level. Brimming over with the stuff of life, this is a book to curl up with and devour." —JOEL BEN IZZY, storyteller and author of The Beggar King and The Secret of Happiness

Suzanne Beecher’s happy, loving voice has brought more than 350,000 people to her online book club at DearReader.com, where her daily column offers her candid, thought-provoking reflections on life, inspiring countless readers to look at their "ordinary" lives in a new way. By turns funny and poignant, Suzanne is the reassuring friend across the kitchen table with a refreshing, jaunty attitude about life, even in the face of whatever difficulties it may bring.

Suzanne has had her own share of troubles to overcome. Left home alone at an early age, she struggled with difficult and distant parents, dealt with heartbreak, became a hard-working single mom, and overcame two substance addictions and a physical impairment. But along the way, she found comfort in baking and sharing food with her friends and family. She learned to take the good with the bad, and her life is now inspiring proof that faith and persistence are the keys to success.

This beautifully written celebration of food, friends, and family will nourish Suzanne’s numerous fans and those who have yet to discover her simple, homespun magic.
  

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User Review  - gincam - LibraryThing

"Muffins and Mayhem: Recipes for a Happy (if disorderly) Life" is a wonderful read. It's as refreshing, endearing, honest and unexpected as its delightful author, Suzanne Beecher. I don't know how she ... Read full review

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User Review  - Carla - Goodreads

Another book club book, I didn't care for this one at all. The promo blurb says something about her 'happy, loving voice', but I found her voice to be whiny and self-absorbed. She called her childhood ... Read full review

Contents

Does Anybody Else Feel Like This?
1
A Budding Chef
9
Main Street
15
My Favorite Blueberry Muffins
26
Loose Wires
27
Pretending My Way to Success
46
Almost Beef with Broccoli
53
Failure That Was Good Enough
55
Northern Maine Oatmeal Bread
125
Basic Crepes 156
130
Somebody Should Have Told Me About This
131
Muffins and Mayhem
136
May I Please Have This Dance?
147
CandyCane Cookies 201
154
Miss My Mother
157
Pumpkin Bread with Pumpkin Whipped Cream 195
171

The Boogeyman Just Might Be Under My Bed
67
InaPickle
77
A NotSoPerfect Piecrust
86
Amys Piecrust
94
BullPuckey I Can Do This
97
Please Give This Woman a Job
102
Apple Cutout Sugar Cookies
113
He Loves Me He Loves Me a Lot
114
Still InaPickle and Its Not What Miss Manners Would Do
172
Home for the Holidays
183
Crock Pot Dressing
192
Shrimp Salad
193
The Ingredients of a SmallTown Girl
213
One Last Note from the Author
229
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About the author (2010)

Suzanne Beecher has owned a restaurant, founded and published a business magazine, founded a non-profit program to feed the homeless in her area, and homeschooled her youngest son from fourth grade through high school.

Today she writes a daily column at www.DearReader.com; designs book clubs for publishers, booksellers and libraries across the country; and speaks to groups every chance she gets because she loves to tell a great story. Her interests include gardening, writing, reading, storytelling, encouraging other businesspeople, baking chocolate chip cookies, and making pies from scratch. She lives with her husband in Sarasota, Florida.

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