Monday, December 12, 2016

Ho Ho Ho Giveaway - Guest Post - Karen Templeton - The Rancher's Exptectant Christmas

Welcome to the last week of my holiday blog tribute to Harlequin I hope you stop by everyday to read the guest posts, leave a little comment luv and to enter a giveaway or two or three ;-)
Today I've got Karen Templeton who is sharing one of her family's favorite holiday recipes. I'll be showcasing her holiday HQN novel and she's sponsoring a giveaway of Santa's Playbook, a RT award winner from last year. Details below.


An unexpected homecoming 

Deanna Blake is stunned at the loss of her estranged father—and inheriting half his ranch. In a strange twist, the other half goes to Josh Talbot…her former crush and one of the many sources of trouble between Dee and her dad. Not to worry. The single mom-to-be hates this place, steeped in reminders of the past she's still trying to leave behind. She'll sell her share now and ensure a comfortable future for her unborn child. 

Except Josh can't afford to buy her out. Reluctantly, the handsome cowboy agrees to sell the entire operation and split the proceeds. Josh—and his young son—will have to start over. But as Dee warms to their friendship, something sparks. And Josh begins to wonder if maybe they should keep it all in the family.

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Santa's Playbook US ONLY
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Thanks Karen!
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Hi, everybody! No matter what else I bake during the holidays, my family always begs for Chewy Noels. And I'm always happy to oblige, because they're crazy easy to make! I always double the recipe, because they go so fast -- and they make great gifts, too! The (slightly edited) recipe is from my poor old battered (and much loved) Fanny Farmer Cookbook, Eleventh Edition, revised 1965. So Don Draper might've eaten these, hah!


Set the oven at 350 degrees.

Melt in a 9x9 pan:
2 tablespoons butter

Beat slightly, in a small bowl:
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup brown sugar
5 tablespoons flour
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup nut pieces, broken in pieces

Mix well. Pour into pan. Bake until firm to the touch, about 25 minutes. Turn out onto waxed paper, buttered side up. Dust lightly with

Confectioner's sugar

When cool, cut into squares or bars. Makes about 25 squares. NOTE: If making more than one batch, make each batch separately -- do not double the recipe! Trust me on this. ;-)


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  1. Thanks so much for sharing this, it looks like a yummy recipe to try. :D

  2. I love when there is a property that gets shared between a man and a woman, a common trope but it never fails to entertain me!

  3. Thanks so much, Debbie, for inviting me to "play." And I hope everyone enjoys the Chewy well as Josh and Deanna's story! (Spoiler: There's a puppy, too! ;-))

  4. Yes we get snow and often have a white Christmas or

  5. Yes! We got about 7 inches last weekend and expecting the same this Friday, 'depending on the storm track.'