I’ve stoked the log fire, mulled the wine and heated the mince pies. All we need now is cate Masters, and here she comes battling against the snow and wind, looking very glam in her faux fur coat.
The door opens, wind whistles in, snow follows cate, leaving small puddles on the wood floor…
What a fun idea, sharing recipes, Margaret. If only our parties weren’t always virtual! It would be a blast to get together with everyone and raise a cheer.
One of my favorite treats is Pfeffernuesse cookies. Actually I just like saying Pfefferneusse, it sounds like something Monty Python might cook up, lol. But they are yummy and snowball-like, so fitting to serve up this holiday. Just don’t say ‘bless you’ when the hostess brings around the tray and offers, “Pfefferneusse?”
Making them’s a two-step process, so start early.
• 4 cups all-purpose flour
• 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
• 1/2 cup white sugar
• 3/4 cup light molasses
• 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
• 1/2 cup butter
• 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
• 2 eggs
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
• 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar for decoration
1. Stir together flour, sugar, baking soda, spices, and dash black pepper.
2. In large saucepan, combine molasses and butter; heat and stir until butter melts. Cool to room temperature.
3. Stir in eggs. Add dry ingredients to molasses mixture; mix well. Cover. Chill several hours or overnight.
4. Shape into 1" balls. Place on greased cookie sheet.
5. Bake at 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) for 12 to 14 minutes or until cookies are done. Remove. Cool. Roll in powdered sugar.
To otherwise warm the cockles of your heart, you should read my latest Eternal Press release, Follow the Stars Home:
Reviewers have described it as: “an insightful and entertaining novel that’s bound to teach you a few things about history. Kudos to Cate Masters for another winning novel. You won’t be able to put Follow the Stars Home down until you turn the last page.” And “The love story between Black Bear and Quiet Thunder is tenderly told, and well-written.” And “Quiet Thunder and Black Bear love each other. But can their love survive them being uprooted from their people, betrayed and lied to by the white man? Will they ever find their way back to their own people?
You will have to read this story to find out. But it is a fabulous journey, and you will enjoy it every step of the way.”
You can read an excerpt, the full reviews, and view the trailer here. Feel free to browse around my website a bit: And please visit my blog: I’d love for you to like me on Facebook:
However you celebrate it, have a cool Yule!