Cookies & Romances

Friday, 23 December 2011


It’s my favorite time of year. The tree is lit up, I’m about to tuck into a peppermint hot cocoa topped with marshmallow fluff and I’m plowing through all of my ‘work’ (writing) so that I can get into bed at a decent time tonight and curl up with my favorite type of Harlequin—a Holiday Harlequin! Ah yes, ‘tis the season for heart-warming holiday tales from all of our favorite authors. And there’s just too many to choose only one!
So what’s on my Kindle?
Well, I’ve already read Susan Meier’s Kisses on Her Christmas List. It was excellent-- the touching story of a wounded, lonely woman and a betrayed single father learning to love and trust again. I’m not ashamed to admit that I cried (tears of joy) at the end—and I can’t blame it on the hormones. It’s on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Kisses-Christmas-List-Harlequin-Romance/dp/0373177690/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1324670361&sr=8-1
Earlier in the week, I started Holiday Hideout from Harlequin Anthologies. I’ve read The Thanksgiving Fix by Vicki Lewis Thompson, a super sexy story of a snowbound couple who are both dead-set against settling down. The anthology also includes The Christmas Set-Up by Jill Shalvis (next up on my reading list) and The New Year's Deal by Julie Kenner/ You can find this book on Amazon here:
http://www.amazon.com/Holiday-Hideout-Thanksgiving-Fix%5C-Set-Up%5C/dp/0373837623/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1324671030&sr=1-2

Next up will be A Baby in His Stocking by Laura Marie Altom. It promises a tale of ‘friends become lovers’ which, considering I married my high school best friend, I am powerless to resist. Check out the blurb here on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Baby-Stocking-Harlequin-American-Romance/dp/037375387X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1324673307&sr=1-1

And last, but maybe most anticipated, is Debbie Macomber’s 1225 Christmas Tree Lane. This one is sure to be another Cedar Cove classic—Christmas, romance, and puppies! What more could you ask for? Fans of Debbie Macomber will be familiar with her Cedar Cove series, fans of romance who haven’t read a Cedar Cove book yet need to get going! Pick this one up on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/1225-Christmas-Tree-Lane-Cedar/dp/0778312690/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1324673667&sr=1-1
So there, you go. Some excellent holiday reads, a little late maybe, but hey better late than never. Besides, most of us will have some time off between Christmas and New Years and this list should fill it nicely.
Now if you need something to accompany your great read, the cocoa is just the cheap kind, stirred with a candy cane and topped with a dollop of marshmallow fluff and my Momma’s pecan ball recipe is simple. Enjoy!

Mom’s Pecan Balls
½ c butter, softened
2T granulated sugar
1t vanilla extract
1c chopped pecans
1c + 1T flour
Powdered sugar for coating

Beat the butter and sugar together. Once it’s combined, beat in the vanilla and stir in the pecans. Add the flour gradually and refrigerate the dough for about an hour. Roll the dough into small balls and place on a greased (or ungreased non-stick) cookie sheet. Bake the cookies at 325 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until lightly golden. Roll the hot cookies in powdered sugar immediately to coat them. Leave them to cool and then roll them in powdered sugar a second time. Makes 20-30 balls depending on how large you roll them.

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