Today on the Bayou, we welcome, Ann T. Bugg, who is here to announce the fourth book in her Before Happily Ever After series! And in honor of the new release, I'm serving up Dragon Tacos! Enjoy your snack while reading all about this wonderful new middle grade book.
Down the River and Awakening the Rose
Blurb: There is no magic mirror around, no sign of a frog or a possum, as Valerie and Samantha get ready for a canoe trip down the river with Val's dad. As they wait for him by the river, their world transforms before their eyes. Through the stormy sky, a dragon approaches. With the help of a young man who suddenly appears, they take cover.
Discovering a baby dragon hidden in his knapsack and his intentions with it, they know what they are sent here to do. They didn't expect the task at the end of their adventure: to help awaken a sleeping princess.
About the author: Ann T. Bugg is the Queen of her castle in southern Minnesota where she lives with her Knight in shining armor (who has come to her rescue more than once) and her own little Princess Valerie. The pets in her magical kingdom come in all shapes and sizes, as do all the critters that make their way out of the enchanted forest. She enjoys horseback riding and long walks with her dogs, but writing will always be her first love.
Here's where you can go to purchase the books in this series:
Connect with Ann:
Facebook fan page: https://www.facebook.com/AnnTBugg
And here's the recipe for those Dragon Tacos!!!!
- 1 can (16 ounces) refried beans
- 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
- 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
- 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 cup chopped fresh tomatoes
- 1/2 cup sliced ripe olives
- 1 cup guacamole
- 2 cups torn lettuce
- 1 whole ripe olive
- Dragon Dippers or purchased tortilla chips
- 1/2 medium sweet red pepper
- In a bowl, combine the beans and taco seasoning. Cut a large hole in the corner of a pastry or plastic bag; fill with bean mixture. Trace a dragon shape (about 16 in. x 10 in.) onto waxed paper (see diagram below); cut out. Place pattern on an 18-in. x 12-in. covered board. Pipe bean mixture around pattern. Remove pattern. Pipe remaining bean mixture within dragon outline; spread to fill.
- Set aside 1 tablespoon sour cream. Spread remaining sour cream over bean mixture. Top with cheese, tomatoes, olives, guacamole and lettuce. For the eye, spoon reserved sour cream onto head; top with the olive.
- Place Dragon Dippers along back and top of head. With a sharp knife, cut red pepper into a flame shape (see diagram); position below mouth. Serve with additional dippers. Yield: 6-8 servings.