Happy birthday, America!
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- Baking only (cookies, cakes, desserts)
- Easy Entrees
- Kid-chef friendly
- Change it up every month
- add your own option
I have teamed up with the Manitoba Writers Guild and am putting on an evening seminar to cover the basics of romance writing. If you are in the Winnipeg area, it will be in the ArtSpace Building (218-100 Arthur Street) on Thursday, February 15th from 6-9:30pm.
Please feel free to share with any writers you know. Tickets are available here.
MWG can help you with the love. If you are a romance reader and have always wanted to write one, Elle Rush will start you on your way with this Introduction to Romance Writing workshop.
Topics will include:
What is a Romance? How does it differ from love stories, women’s fiction, and erotica? Participants will also examine the various sub-genres within romance, including Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal, and more.
How do I plot the story? There are four basic ‘Acts’ or segments of the romance story, each important to the plot. Find out what they are and how to ‘flesh them out’.
How do I avoid romance stereotypes? Elle will discuss common and popular tropes, character development for your protagonists, and why references to Fabio should be left in the 80s.
I’ll be changing direction in 2018, and that path will be leading directly to sweet romance. I’ve decided to step away from romantic suspense for a while, and concentrating on what makes me happy – namely, a lot of flirting, a lot of laughing, and a kiss to seal the deal when my characters fall in love.
That said, I’m also changing up my newsletter to include more than book sales. In five weeks, my Valentine’s newsletter will be going out. What would you like to see in it?
Gardening news and tips?
Updates on my crafting projects and links?
Travel snippets and pictures?
Quick reviews about movies I’ve seen and books I’ve read?
The newsletter is for you, so I want to ensure you get something out of it. Do any of these topics appeal? Do you have any other suggestions? Please let me know in the comments. Thanks!
May the new year find you healthy, wealthy, and wise. Happy New Year and have a wonderful 2018!
These cookies taste like a pepperminty dream. Making them is a … less pleasant dream. Unlike other recipes on my blog, DO NOT MAKE THESE WITH CHILDREN. As a grown-up, I get exasperated trying to roll and shape the delicate cookie dough. With kids, it will be an exercise in frustration.
But I promise you they are worth every single fiddly minute.
Candy Cane Cookies
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup icing (confectioner’s) sugar
1 tsp vanilla flavoring
2½ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp almond flavoring
¼ tsp peppermint flavoring
½ tsp red food coloring
Mix first 4 ingredients together well. Add flour, baking powder and salt. Mix well.
Divide dough into two equal portions. To one half, add almond flavoring. To the other half, add the peppermint flavoring and food coloring. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. (DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP)
Roll 1 tsp of each color dough into ropes about 5-6 inches long. Lay side by side. Pinch ends together. Twist to form a spiral. Keep dough and rolling surface cool. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and shape to form a cane. Bake at 350F for about 10 minutes until pale gold. Cool on baking sheet 2-3 minutes then remove. (Transfer with care; these cookies are delicate.) Makes about 2 to 3 dozen, depending on how big you make them.
Based on recipe from “Company’s Coming: Cookies” by Jean Pare, 1988
Wishing all my American friends a happy turkey day.
Several of my fellow romance writers and I have come together to make 12 Dates for Christmas. This is a free recipe book download, stuffed full of Christmas recipes.
Here’s the link.
And for more Christmas fun, I hope you join the 12 Dates for Christmas group page on Facebook to find all things Christmas.
41 days to Christmas!