Pass the Christmas cookies, please!

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Yes, it’s a tradition! I post this recipe every Christmas though I always find a deliciously different photo. These sugar cookies hail from Kentucky and are a family favorite. I’ve tried a lot of sugar cookies over the years and this is the winner… KENTUCKY SUGAR COOKIES Cream together: 1 cup butter and 2/3 cup sugar Beat in: 1 egg …

The Gift of Giving

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  If you’re like me, sometimes looking at someone else’s Christmas list is fresh & inspiring. Here are a few ideas you might find helpful for you & your loved ones this season…   You probably already know, unless you’re in the 5 unfortunate states bereft of Cracker Barrel, that the restaurants have delightful giftshops with ideas for the entire family. …

A Blue Ridge Biltmore Weekend!

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Author friend, Pepper Basham, and I have a special announcement! We’ve had such a good time planning the Scotland trip, we thought we’d offer something a little closer to home for those who can’t go with us across the pond in 2022. So, maybe… Biltmore and the Blue Ridge Mountains? Please join us if you can!

Reading Gifts

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One of my favorite gifts to give and receive are books. I’ve read so many over the years that sometimes they blur in my mind and I can’t recall the details. But some stand out despite the wear and tear of time. I’ve gathered a few gems that might inspire your own reading list or round out your gift giving …

Kentucky Christmas Cookies

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I’ve eaten a lot of sugar cookies in my lifetime and these are, hands down, my favorite. I’ve been baking these for over 25 years now and this is the tried and true recipe. I don’t frost them as prettily as these shown here. Honestly, we eat them too fast. Here’s hoping you enjoy every bite, too!   COOKIES Cream …

A book beneath the tree

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There are so many reasons I love Christian fiction. This image by my publisher, Revell, captures it beautifully. UNWRAP HOPE & LOVE THIS HOLIDAY. So much of what the world offers fails in this, especially fiction. I recently asked readers on my Facebook author page why they read Christian books. The answers were truly eye-opening and remarkable! As an author …

Christmas Punch

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A family favorite! 2 (2 quart) bottles chilled Cran*Raspberry juice (no-sugar-added but sweetened with fruit juice), 1 (1 liter) bottle of chilled club soda, 6 cups orange juice (we like fresh squeezed but that’s a lot of oranges!) Fresh oranges {thinly sliced}, raspberries or cranberries for garnish In a large punch bowl, mix together Cran*Raspberry juice, soda and orange juice. …

Books, chocolate, snow and a few of my favorite things

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Only 5 more Tuesdays till A BOUND HEART releases! Cover art is like chocolate to me and so this image makes me smile. Add in snow, one of my favorite things, and I felt prompted to start a Tuesday countdown till release day. This 10th novel has a cover that even my agent called ‘sumptuous.’ It’s so true of the …

Christmas Cabin Open House

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Well, the weather outside is frightful but the fire is so delightful… And since we’ve got no place to go, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow… Step inside our Kentucky cabin, and you’ll see Big Blue hydrangeas in honor of Kentucky Wildcat Basketball… Climb the stenciled stairs to the loft where my office is decorated with tiny …

Christmas Mice ~ My Kentucky Kitchen

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  Christmas Mice INGREDIENTS 24 double-stuffed cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips 2 teaspoons shortening 24 red maraschino cherries with stems, well drained 24 milk chocolate kisses 48 sliced almonds DIRECTIONS Carefully twist cookies apart; set aside the halves with cream filling. Save plain halves for another use. In a microwave or heavy saucepan, melt …