Friday, December 6, 2013

12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop


Blog Hop:  12 Days of Christmas
Event Date:  December 1st  - 12th 2013





Cranberry Orange Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Yield: 2-3 dozen

Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
Glaze
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. With an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugars until smooth.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until well blended.
  4. Stir in 1 tablespoon of orange zest and 2 tablespoons orange juice.
  5. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture.
  6. Stir in cranberries and pecans, if using.
  7. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  8. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the edges are just golden. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks.
  9. In a small bowl, stir together ingredients for glaze until smooth. Drizzle over cooled cookies. Let stand until set.


Grave Bound (Secrets, #1)

Emily Riddle has lived her entire life inside a patriarchal commune led by her father. There are many rules, but the most important one, 'keep it in the commune', is the most difficult for her to follow... especially since the only people willing to champion her cause live on the outside.

When Emily learns her father has promised her to Lorenzo, a perverted man who has plans for her that extend well beyond marriage and kids, she rebels. Regardless of the consequences, she refuses to marry someone who'd rather beat her than caress her.

A day of hooky that starts out as a tiny act of defiance - sneaking out of the commune for a swim - turns into a day filled with hope. After spending time with Levi, a man camping near the lake, she finds what true romance looks like and catches a glimpse into a future that's filled with love and admiration rather than hate and submission.

That tiny peek is enough to change the course of Emily's existence and makes it nearly impossible for her to go back to the commune and pretend she'll ever be able to tolerate the life chosen for her instead of the life she longs for. One that includes Levi.

Fighting to escape the commune, its leaders, and her fiancé proves to be more dangerous than Emily expected. The secrets she knows, as the leader's daughter, will either follow her to the grave or send her - and Levi - there.


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