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He’s a great kisser!



Tessa Dare, Courtney Milan, Carey Baldwin, and Leigh LaValle

I’m a lucky girl!


I’m no Pioneer Woman but I know how to make a memory.


ducksA piece of cake. Or rather a piece of fudge. Oh, and don’t forget the ducks! Here’s a recipe for one Thanksgiving memory I share with my children:

Part one: The shopping trip: Be sure everyone eats first, since you won’t be loading up the cart with goodies for your own family. You can keep a separate, hand-carry basket for ingredients for the fudge recipe below, as well as for a bag of bread.

The big cart, however, is reserved for nonperishable food to be donated to the food bank. My children loved to fill the grocery cart with their favorites, most notably Spaghettios! Major stores make donating easy by having collection bins on site during the holiday season.

Part two: Once you are home from your “share shopping”, have each family member write one thank you note for a special someone in their life- a grandparent, neighbor, maybe even mom or dad. Then break out the Kraft Marshmallow Creme jar and follow the instructions on the label for making Fantasy Fudge. Take it easy- I told you I was no Pioneer Woman. Here’s a list of ingredients you’ll need (from Kraft foods website):

  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 small can (5 oz.) evaporated milk (about 2/3 cup) (Do not use sweetened condensed milk.)
  • 1-1/2 pkg. (12 squares) BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, chopped
  • 1 jar (7 oz.) JET-PUFFED Marshmallow Creme
  • 1 cup chopped PLANTERS Walnuts
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Part three: Save a plate for yourselves, and then deliver a plate of fantasy fudge, along with a thank-you note, to all the people on your list.

Now for the cherry on top of the memory: On the way home from your big day, stop at a local pond, grab your bag of bread and feed the ducks. No one will ever forget this day.



Here’s a recipe for one of the Halloween memories I share with my children:

Part one: Pumpkin Sandwiches: Your favorite dark bread. Rye or pumpernickel works well. Cut “pumpkin face” into top slice. Add a yellow or cream cheese for the middle and it looks like a glowing jack-0-lantern.

Red Hot Apple Cider: Dump half a package of red hots into a pot of heated apple cider. The truly bold among you may dump a “whole entire” package of red hots into the brew.

Part two: Serve pumpkin sandwiches, red hot apple cider, and read
CORDUROY’S HALLOWEEN, or Edgar Allan Poe’s THE RAVEN, depending on the age of your audience.

Source of red hot apple cider recipe: I invented it myself. I’m sure I wasn’t the first.

Source of pumpkin sandwich recipe: someone gave it to someone who gave it to someone who gave it to me. That’s the place I get most of my recipes.