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“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every night, friends. You have done what you could. Let it go.

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, November 11, 2013

The Christmas Cookie Collection Blog Tour

There’s a legend in Twilight, Texas. It says that if on Christmas you sleep with kismet cookies under your pillow and dream of your one true love, he will be your destiny.
Carrie, Raylene, Christine, and Flynn are all members of the Christmas Cookie Club. Each has a story to tell, and each discovers the miracles of the season and the power of love.
Carrie: Reconnects with her high school sweetheart . . .the only man she’s ever loved.
Raylene: Discovers that the daughter she gave away at birth is living right in Twilight . . .
Christine: Has given up on love . . . until the man of her dreams walks through her shop door.
Grace: It’s Christmas Eve and Flynn and Jesse Calloway are thrilled to be expecting a new baby. Then Flynn’s car hits a patchof ice, and Jesse must move earth . . . and heaven . . .to save her and their unborn child.

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Here's a recipe from the book!

Raylene Pringle's Adults Only Chocolate Pecan Balls (From Lori Wilde)

One (9-ounce) package chocolate graham crackers
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped toasted pecans
1 cup confectioner's sugar
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup good bourbon (use a good quality bourbon)
2 tablespoons golden syrup (may substitute light corn syrup)

In a food processor pulse graham crackers cookies until they are finely ground. Add the pecans and pulse to incorporate. Add the confectioner's sugar, two tablespoons of the cocoa powder, and cinnamon combine those as well. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and add the bourbon and the golden syrup. Using a big spoon, stir everything together until well combined. The mixture should look crumbly. Transfer the bowl to the refrigerator and let it chill for 30 minutes.

Spread the remaining 1/2 cup of cocoa powder on a plate. Using a tablespoon, scoop out spoonfuls of the mixture and shape it into one-inch balls. Roll the balls in the cocoa powder. Put the balls on a wax paper-lined baking sheet and refrigerate until they are firm, about one hour. Store the balls in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks. Separate layers of balls with wax paper to prevent sticking. Serve to Adults Only.


  1. OMGosh, I've got to get this book! If the rest of the recipes are like the one on this post, I need it before Christmas for my gift baking. I better get cracking, huh? Thanks for the post! jdh2690@gmail.com


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