No Baking Awards

This week on Romance Writers Weekly,
Brenda Margriet mentions that she doesn’t bake much, except during Christmas. She asks RWW authors to share our favorite holiday treat recipe!

I’m not much of a baker even at Christmas! I tend to stick to “almost home” treats like peanut butter cookies baked in a mini muffin tin and then push a Reese Cup into the center when they come out of the oven.  Last year our son want to make Fireball Fudge (pictured above). It was pretty, but not to my taste.  I liked the caramel glazed Jack Daniels cupcakes we tried the year before. (below)

cup cakes with white icing and caramel Jack Daniels drizzle on plate

If I’m pulling down the mixer, my favorite dessert to make for Christmas, birthdays or any time is Kuhlua Cake. A recipe given to my by my mother-in-law. I’ll be baking a cake this week for our office Holiday party.

Kuhlula Cake

  • 1 Devil’s Food Cake Mix
  • 1 Kuhlua Liqueur
  • 4 eggs
  • 6 oz Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 c Sour Cream
  • 3/4 c Oil

Mix all ingredients and pour into floured 12″ tube pan. Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes. Cool in pan for 30 minutes.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 Stick butter
  • 1 8oz pkg Cream cheese
  • 1 lb Confectionery sugar

Cream cheese and butter into bowl until softened and then slowly add sugar. Beat until creamy and frost cake.

I hope you’ve already checked out Leslie Hachtel’s favorite holiday treat.  Next, follow me to  recipe Jenna Da Sie’s recipe.


Grateful in 2018

This week on Romance Writers Weekly, Leslie Hachtel wants to know what we are most grateful for this this Thanksgiving. Hope you’ve already visited A.S. Fenichel.

This has been a year of changes…

In February, one of my supervisors suddenly passed away.  I’d worked for her for over ten years. The shock resonated with one of my other supervisors who then decided to retire. Meanwhile, in March, my son entered our city’s fire academy. Excited and proud as I was for him, it was another adjustment tempered with stress and worry for him to do well and complete the grueling seven month process.

Fortune smiled in July when the supervisors, I’d lost were replaced with outstanding people with a great work ethic. With luck it will remain so and I’ll be with them until it’s time for the big “R” (retirement).

By the end of August my son had completed the academy and was in the process of taking final state and national tests. I thought I’d been handling life’s changes well enough when my body gave a wake up call. Nothing life threatening, but an annoying and mentally challenging condition…tinnitus. The ringing in my ears came out of nowhere.

As a writer, I plunged down a rabbit hole researching this condition. Bewildered and despondent by the multitude of issues possible for causing this condition and a less than optimistic cure, my heart sank.  

The picture brighten when my hearing test came back in the normal range. 🙂 According to the ENT (ear nose and throat) doc they’ve recently added headaches to the list of causes of tinnitus.  They’ve discovered not all headaches have visual disturbances like in some migraine suffers. Headaches may contribute to auditory disturbances. He believes my ringing is caused by headaches, related to stress.  Inflammation from allergies and diet might also be a factor. 

Extremely grateful for still having good hearing, for the first time in weeks, I held hope for a recovery. I was offered anti-anxiety medication but after reading the side affects, I decided to try a more holistic approach.

Citrus bio flavinoids, allergy meds and magnesium supplements are now in my daily arsenal. I’m working on my stress levels with meditation a “mindfulness” approach. Thanks to a wonderful Ortho-Bionomy massage therapist, the headaches that I thought were fueled from tinnitus have decreased. With these changes, and two weeks into a Whole 30 dietary change, I have noticed a lowing in my tinnitus symptoms. I am GRATEFUL many things this Thanksgiving!


Hope you are grateful this Thanksgiving. Now on to
Leslie Hachtel’s grateful post. She had a new book out, Bound for Morrocco.


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