I have been invited by my friend and former co-worker to travel with her to China where her daughter and son-in-law are teaching in Shanghai. It's been rather short notice, relatively, but we have secured the necessary Visa and other travel documents and are on our way until the New Year. So, I am ending out the year on a high note. Can't wait to see what next year brings! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!
These bite-size cookies are crisp on the outside, chewy on the inside, and taste like brownies with just a hint of peppermint flavor. It might be just a little too easy to pop in your mouth - over and over again.
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 Tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/4 cups bittersweet or semisweet chocolate pieces
1 Tablespoon shortening
1/2 cup crushed candy canes (about 6)
It's time again for some Christmas cooking and I've located a few new recipes I'd like to try. I'm starting with a variation on a shortbread cookie. The light, buttery dough has cashews incorporated into it, as does the caramel filling. This cookie would be good for any occasion, but I'm betting they'll be a hit with Santa. Also at an upcoming Christmas party I'll be attending next week, if they last that long.
I am a writer of Children's and Young Adult books. I received my MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN, and am an active member of SCBWI. I also have my MLS in Library Science with an emphasis on children and happily worked as a Children's Librarian for nearly 20 years. One of my favorite activities was reading books aloud to kids, especially to school-aged kids. Like the kids, I enjoy having stories read to me, so I listen to many of my books on audio and serve on audio judging committees.
Another favorite activity is creating fun snacks for library programs, friends, and family. I do that a lot and continually search for more ideas.
I have a tiny brown tabby cat named Gypsy, who originally belonged to my brother and sister-in-law, a very large Russian Blue mix named Bosley from the shelter who has quickly made himself at home, and a new puppy named Prince Albert. He's a Cavapoo, which means he's part Cavalier King Charles and part poodle, and adorable. I am married and live in Dayton, Ohio with my husband Rod.
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