My Yearly (and 1st) Book Review

I love to read even more than I love to write. Last January I decided to keep track of all the books I read in 2020. Here is a list of books I read this year in the order in which I read them. I've bolded the books I especially liked or that shifted my paradigm. The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley: During WWII, many Londoners sent their children to stay with strangers in the...
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Christmas Cakes: Cranberry Crumble Cake

Here is the third Christmas cake made by my daughter Nicole. Enjoy! And have a Merry Christmas CRANBERRY CRUMBLE CAKE: For a three layered 8" cake you will need 2 boxes of vanilla (french vanilla is fine) cake mix. You will have leftover batter- I suggest cupcakes :) Follow the instructions for the cake mix on the back with the following adjustments: 1- Use milk instead of water 2- use melted...
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Christmas Cakes: Gingerbread Cake with Eggnog Frosting

Here is the second Christmas cake recipe from my daughter that you can make for your next Christmas party. It is delicious! GINGERBREAD CAKE WITH EGGNOG CREAM CHEESE FROSTING: Walmart currently has a Betty Crocker gingerbread cake and cookie mix. You will need 2 boxes of it for a three layered 8" round cake. Use both mixes together, and add 2 cups milk, 1/2 cup melted butter, and 4 eggs....
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Christmas Cakes: Chocolate Peppermint Stick Cake

Christmas is the perfect time to spend in the kitchen creating baking traditions with your family. And Christmas is the perfect time for cake! My daughter Nicole is an excellent cake baker, and she loves making Christmas cakes. Here is her recipe for Chocolate Peppermint Stick Cake. Next week I'll feature her recipe for Gingerbread Cake with Eggnog Cream Cheese Frosting, and the week after that,...
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Happy Thanksgiving!

I have always regretted giving up on music lessons at the tender age of seven, and as a young mother, I determined that my children would learn to play the piano or die trying. For one daughter, practicing was especially torturous. I cajoled, I bribed, I demanded, but nothing convinced her that practicing the piano was for her own good. On one particularly difficult day, while she pounded out her...
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Thanksgiving Is a Time for Pie!

Pie is actually my favorite dessert, but I rarely make pie because it takes a bit of time. Thanksgiving is pie making time for me. Last year, I made three different kinds of pie for Thanksgiving and a friend made another. The recipe for Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie is here, and the recipe for my favorite apple pie is here. I have always used the pumpkin pie recipe on the Libby's Canned Pumpkin...
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Amish Christmas Miracles Is Almost Here!

We are only eight days away from release day for Amish Christmas Miracles, 14 heartwarming Amish Christmas romances by 14 of your favorite Amish authors for only 99¢. If you haven't preordered your copy, you can do so here from Amazon and here from Barnes and Noble. The price goes up on Nov. 16, so don't miss your chance to get these stories at an amazing price. You are going to love these 14...
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