Wednesday, December 11, 2013

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS BLOG HOP



December 1st - 12th 





The Christmas Season is upon us
Let's bake some Thumbprint Cookies!

 Ingredients

1/2 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar

1 egg, separated
2 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup baking cocoa

1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup finely chopped walnuts


FILLING:
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon butter, softened
2 teaspoons milk

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

26 milk chocolate kisses


Directions
1.    In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg yolk, milk and vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until or until easy to handle.
2.    In a small bowl, whisk egg white until foamy. Shape dough into 1-in. balls; dip in egg white, then roll in nuts. Place on greased baking sheets. Using a wooden spoon handle, make an indentation in center of each cookie. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until center is set.
3.    For filling, combine the confectioners' sugar, butter, milk and vanilla; stir until smooth. Spoon or pipe 1/4 teaspoon into each warm cookie; gently press a chocolate kiss in the center. Carefully remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Chocolate Thumbprints Cookies in Taste of Home October/November 1995, p29


 
While your cookies are cooling check out Chasing Victory. Book one of the Winters Sisters Series....humm...it would make a great Christmas Present!!

BLURB:

Victory Winters possesses an unusual innate sense of communication, bordering on telepathic when relating to animals.  This unique ability has elevated her status to world renowned genetic research specialist.  She is blackmailed with threats to her family, forcing her to work for a rival corporation, Biotec and run by a madman CEO.

Naval officer Tristan Farraday is sent undercover to track Biotec’s experiments.  These experiments involve implanting genus canis DNA into humans thereby manipulating their genetic makeup, in hopes to create the perfect soldier.

First suspecting Victory as being associated with Biotec, Tristan later realizes that she has been pulled into this world against her wishes. Victory refuses to divulge the genetic answers Biotec demands because she knows that they are looking to exploit her findings, by using them in a destructive manner.  Will Tristan be able to rescue her from this madman’s grip and save her family? Can he keep the research Victory discovers away from enemy hands?

What is your favorite Christmas Cookie?
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Monday, December 2, 2013

~CHRISTMAS PAWS BLOG HOP~


Happy Holidays to you and your 4-legged family members 
from my 4-legged family!


Welcome to the Christmas Paws Blog Hop!

We’d like to extend a special thank you to Wild Child Publishing, our co-host for the Christmas Paws Blog Hop!

Thank you to our co-sponsors:
A.R. Von  
Bewitching Book Tours  
Charley Descoteaux 
M.L. Ryan 
Normandie Alleman  
Susan  Griscom  
Denyse Bridger 
Literal Addiction 
Joanne Jaytanie
Patricia Tostado
Books to Go Now
Cristal Ryder
Jami Grey
Victoria Vane
Running with Scissors






Chasing Victory

Chasing Victory is my debut novel which was recently released at the end of March. It is a paranormal, romantic suspense and the first book in The Winters Sisters Series. There is a thread that runs through this series, and that is to portray my love of the Doberman. I have owned and loved this amazing breed for thirty years and truly believe they are a breed unto themselves. Their intelligence, commitment, dedication, tenacity, and unconditional love can only be experienced by living with great animal.

As I began writing my first draft of Chasing Victory, Dax weighed heavy on my mind and I knew at that moment that he would be Victory’s dog. Writing the scenes that included the dobermans came very natural to me.

The doberman on the cover of my novel is Dax. The picture was taken over ten years ago by my friend Denise Caley Stringfellow. Dax and Ralph were a team unto themselves --     

Am/Int'l Ch. Starlaine's Virtual Reality, CD, NA, NAJ, ROM
‘DAX’
1995 – 2002

In the year of acquiring his Companion Dog (CD), Dax was the Doberman Pinscher Club of America (DPCA) Highest Scoring Dog earning a CD and placed first in his class at the DPCA National. He placed first in his class in agility at the DPCA Nationals. He was the first in his litter to achieve an AKC breed championship and the first to be awarded a DPCA Register of Merit. In 2001 Dax was tied for the number 3 Novice Doberman for Agility in Front and Finish Magazine. Two months after we lost him, we learned that he was rated number 6 doberman in AKC Novice Agility.



Excerpt from Chasing Victory:

Victory opened the door and was greeted by a big black Doberman madly wagging his short stub of a tail. “Hey there, Parker.” She lovingly rubbed the top of his head. “You holding down the fort? I guess everyone else must be ringside.” As if understanding every word she said, Parker responded with a whine. “I know it’s terrible to be retired. Look at it this way, you get your pick of the furniture while everyone is out.” Victory rubbed his head one last time and closing the door she headed toward the show grounds.
The show grounds were humming with activity. People were pulling carts stacked high with dog crates and grooming supplies in one hand and leashes with excited dogs in the other. The dog show scene was its own little world distant from the day to day responsibilities of everyday life. It was no wonder Payton loved it so. What could be better than spending the day with your dogs with not a care in the world, at least for that moment in time?
Victory followed the flow of people towards the main building. Stepping through the door the activity magnified; she was enveloped by barking dogs in crates, vendors, the loudspeaker, and the flow of exhibitors and their dogs warming up around the rings. Victory stood in the doorway surveying the building’s layout.
For the first time since Jeffery’s murder, Victory felt a soothing feeling flood her body. Being around all the dogs gave her stability, made her felt safe. She wandered through the building, stopping every now and then to look at all the different breeds of dogs and some interesting items at the different vendor booths. She could feel the excitement in the air radiating off the dogs.



This is one of my all time favorite pictures
The Magnificent Five
 They were wonderful bunch of red dogs.
Top row, left to right: Captain, Kes, Anya
Bottom row: Dax, Misty
I miss them dearly... 



What is your favorite breed and what special things do you do with your dogs for the holidays?

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