Welcome to the Holiday Gifts of Love Blog Hop, one of many hops run by the fabulous Carrie Ann Ryan. Be sure to comment so you can be included in the grand prize drawing and for your chance to win an adorable Penelope fairy custom made by Sweet Baby James Stitches.
While you’re hopping, chances are I’ll be baking or candy-making. Spending time in the kitchen with my children (ages 9 and 5) and husband is one of my favorite parts of the Christmas season. We will bake at least five types of cookies and deliver them to neighbors, while keeping a tasty portion for ourselves and Santa. Baking together makes a huge mess, but the joy on their faces is too good to miss. We’ll start with sugar cookies. Then, we’ll move on to Mint or Kiss Surprises, Chocolate Crinkles and Oatmeal Butterscotch. For something new, I think we’ll try a recipe I found for chocolate-chip-peppermint-crunch cookies. Somewhere in there, we’ll dip pretzel sticks in white chocolate and turn them into snowmen with gum drop hats and fruit leather scarves.
By the end of the day (days? Sometimes we make the dough in advance), we’ll be covered in flour and have sugar oozing from our pores, but more importantly we will have laughed, created a precious memory and shared some happiness with special people in our lives.
I’m pretty sure young Eloise, the budding ballerina at the center of my romance Winter Fairy will be busy making cookies this weekend too. She’d also love to win the custom fairy since it looks like her ballet teacher, Penelope. You can meet Eloise, her father Carson and Penelope in Winter Fairy, available now in ebook and paperback at Amazon, iTunes, B&N and more.
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Let me know your favorite cookies to make (or eat) in the Comments below. Be sure to include your email to be entered to win one of three grand prizes including your choice of a Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet, a $200 gift card to your choice of Amazon or B&N, or a Swag Bag (swag is US shipping only).
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