Baking 101: The Final Ingredient


Dear Readers,

Thank you for being so understanding about my need to take a day off. As some of you know, I homeschool the children as well as have a full schedule taking them to all their therapy, so time for myself is pretty much nonexistent at this point. This weekend the kids decided that tattling on each other was the best thing since sliced bread. Literally every five minutes someone was being told on. Since I don’t drink, it took its toll. 

I really just needed a day to myself. Spent the day in bed in between taking care of the kids, reading the Divergent series. 

Moving on, this Chronicle series probably ends a bit differently than you’d expected, because my intention was to get out one simple fact for future books, Bradford men can cook. With that in mind, I am going to leave it up to you if you want to see the actual cooking lessons. Let me know if you want to see them.

One last thing, and probably the most important. I would like to say thank you to the friends and families who have lost someone special while defending our country. Even though I know this is a day to honor our lost soldiers, and honestly I don’t think that we could ever truly show them how much they mean to us, I would also like to honor Police Officers, Fire Fighters, and EMTs who have lost their lives trying to protect us on the home front. 

Thank you for everything that you do for us.




The content in this Chronicle and on this website is intended for adults, 18 years and older.

Baking 101: The Final Ingredient

An R.L. Mathewson Chronicle


            “I’m sorry. What was that?” Jason asked, shoving a cookie in his mouth as he tried not to panic.

            There was no fucking way that she’d just said what he’d thought she had, because that would mean…

            He shifted his attention to the large bastard curled into the fetal position in the bed next to him. There was no way that Trevor was dumb enough to open his big fucking mouth. Then again, that would explain why he felt the need to shove nuclear waste in his mouth, Jason mused thoughtfully as he nibbled on a cookie.

            “Well?” Zoe asked, looking hopeful and making him feel like an asshole for what he was about to do, but he had no choice.

            “Well, what?” he asked, glancing back up and oh, shit that was a mistake.

            “Can Bradford men cook?” she asked, sounding a little less sure than she had a few seconds ago and all he could hope for was that she would get discouraged and let the subject go.

            “Your son can,” he reminded her with a smile, not quite able to meet her gaze as he forced himself to pop another cookie in his mouth and act like everything was okay.

            “Yes, I know that, but Trevor said that Bradford males are taught to cook, which I guess would make sense, but I’ve never seen or heard anything over the years that would confirm it,” she explained with a little sigh that told him how close she was to dropping this conversation and letting it go.

            He chuckled as he got up, making sure to elbow the fucking rat bastard in the back first, and tossed the empty bag on the bed, once again making sure that it hit Trevor and headed for the bedroom door. “It would have come in handy over the years,” he says, hoping that she thinks that he’s agreeing with her instead of being evasive and trying to make his escape.

            Fucking asshole, he thought even as he leaned down and kissed one of Zoe’s soft cheeks.

            “Yeah, I guess,” she mumbled as she worried her bottom lip, looking lost in and thought.


            Time to leave, he thought, deciding that his job here was done.

            As long as Trevor managed to keep his mouth shut, they should be in the clear. He’d go home, pretend that nothing happened and if it got brought up again, he’d just laugh it off. He’d of course have to warn the others about Trevor’s betrayal and take part in his punishment, but other than that he’d just let this one die out on its own.

            “Jason, can I ask you a question?” Zoe suddenly asked, letting him know that he wasn’t getting off that easy.


            “Hmm?” he murmured distractedly as he turned around and faced the small woman with the calculating glimmer in her eye.

            Oh, shit…

            “So, if you don’t know how to cook, then how did you survive all those years before you met Haley?” she asked as she crossed her arms and let them rest on the large swell of her stomach, reminding him of everything this small woman had done for his family over the years.

            “Umm, a lot of takeout,” he said absently, not feeling right about lying to her.

            “Takeout? That must have been expensive, especially with the Bradford appetite,” she said as she came to a stop in front of him and looked up at him with an expression that dared him to lie to her.

          He opened his mouth to do just that only he couldn’t get the words out, not with her looking up at him like that. So, he tried to shift his gaze a few inches to the right, but she moved so that he was still looking at her. Apparently, she’d learned that move while dealing with Trevor. Yet, another reason to beat the shit out of the bastard.

            Closing his eyes, he released a heavy sigh as he pinched the bridge of his nose. He was really going to have to fucking kill Trevor for this.

            Already having guessed why this was so important to her, he said, “I’ll teach you how to cook, but if anyone asks, it was Trevor.”

            She nodded. “Deal!”


If you would like to see the cooking lessons, please let me know.


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75 Responses to “Baking 101: The Final Ingredient”

  1. Kelly says:

    Hell yea we need to read about the cooking lessons!!!! I think it would be great to see all the Bradford men working with Zoe on how to bake and cook. Definitely would make for some great battles…. Teaching techniques….. Humor….. And how Zoe responds to the Bradford men “baking school”

  2. Nancy says:

    I would absolutely love to see the cooking lessons!!! I love my Bradfords, Trevor and Jason. But first hopefully you get your much needed rest…

  3. Christa Ray says:

    I agree, it would be amusing to see the cooking lessons I believe. In the end they would all do anything for each other especially Jason, Trevor, Hayley, and Zoe. To see the men teaching her how to cook while the others eat it all would be great!

  4. Jeanie says:

    Yes plz always wondered about them being able to. But plz give yourself a break it’s hard to be a mother but you wear many different hats as well. So take a breath look to the sky and ……write 😉 … no smile all mothers have those kinds of days .. but then you turn around look down at their sleeping faces and wonder I didn’t kill them after

  5. Iris says:

    Yes, definitely love to see them teach her to cook. Especially since it will prevent future bad rashes and every other mishap thats happened from her cooking.

  6. Denise says:

    I will say this from the bottom of my Bradford loving heart I would love to read the cooking lessons.

  7. Natasha says:

    Would love to read about the cooking lessons. The chronicles always put a smile on my face! Thank you!

  8. Kristina says:

    Reading about the cooking lessons would be great, especially if Lucifer helps. That would be a riot, lol.

  9. Kimberly says:

    I’d love to see Jason teach Zoe how to cook. The best part would be him and Zoe keeping it a secret. The things people might think if they’re sneaking off to do the lessons. Will Jason let Trevor know that he’s teaching Zoe to cook or will Jason drag Trevor into helping with the lessons. It could be so comical, especially when Jason and Trevor are together. I can’t wait for Zoe to have the triplets! Will that be anytime soon?

  10. Cilicia White says:

    I would love to see the cooking lessons. I would love to see all the Bradford men take part in helping.

  11. Sabrina says:

    Yeeeeesssss secret cocking lesson! All Bradford men should help zoe out, she’s does a lot for the family.and she wants to cook for them dammit! That girl is a saint she need coocking lesson… and so do i woman!

    • Samantha L says:

      Lol. “cocking lessons”… I thought the women already got those in the books we’ve already read and love…

    • Jean says:

      I’m going to assume that’s a typo. Um, twice. Lol it did crack me up though. I should wash my brain out with soap.

  12. Joyce says:

    Definitely need the cooking lessons. And you definitely need a few days off each week to refresh yourself and bring balance to your life. As much as I would love to see a new book by you every week I think we all want you healthy and well-rested so you can continue to bring us literary pleasure for many, many years to come.

  13. Terry says:

    Omg! The Bradford men could fight over who is the best cook to teach Zoe.
    She could blackmail them all to cook for her for the rest of her life! Oh, if the other wife’s find out ….what kinda of payback they will come up with! I see a lot of laughs! Can’t wait to see how this goes….please continue! Please please please!

  14. Alessandra says:

    Omg please please please make it a whole book on cooking lessons from the Bradford men. Love your books your amazing…..

  15. Samantha L says:

    I would especially like to see Zoe’s cooking lessons. I would love for her to be able to learn to cook just ONE dish perfectly, and only that ONE dish; no alterations, no substitutions. Any slight change, or even a different kitchen/utensil, and it becomes toxic again.

    Also, I can’t wait to see what happens when the rest of the wives learn of this! Who teaches them? The fathers?! Obviously some things might be answered in Fire & Brimstone, which by the way I CANNOT WAIT for!

  16. Gina W. says:

    Most defiantly!! I would love to read about the cooking lessons and the possibility of the other wives finding out. ??

  17. Sandy says:

    As always thank you for writing these for us each week!!
    Will love reading about cooking lessons from the Bradford men!!

  18. Stephanie Walkuski says:

    That is awesome! Absolutely I would love to read the cooking lessons. Keep up the great work

  19. Jessie T says:

    Oh is there any hope for Zoe in the cooking department? Jason will have his work cut out for him that’s for sure! I would love too read about the lessons! You are absolutly brilliant in your writing! Love this family! So please take care of yours and yourself first so that we may enjoy more of the Bradfords 🙂

  20. Sammi- jo says:

    Um, why is this even a question? For shame, why would you tease me with absolute Bradford deliciousness,(Trevor in just an a apron,omg) and then assume I wouldn’t want it. Gimme gimme, please!!

  21. Amy Pannell says:

    I would love to read about Jason teaching Zoe how to cook! I love all of these books and I keep up with the Chronicles every week! Can’t wait for more!

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