10 Things You Should Know About Lenora

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  1. She’s from a tiny town in Alaska and a moose followed her home from school once.
  2. Her debut novel, CHARLENE AND THE DUCHESS FACTORY, will be published by Avon in May of 2016.
  3. She has something fun in common with Nora Roberts…she married her contractor/carpenter as well.
  4. One of her most treasured possessions is a white lace day dress from her Swiss great-grandmother, also named Lenora.
  5. She’s a karaoke fanatic and musical theatre junkie, and she used to be a lounge singer in China.
  6. Her bucket list includes recording an alt-country album on vinyl with her banjo-playing hubby.
  7. She knows how to order cocktails in six languages. ¡Me gustaría un mojito por favor!
  8. She thinks the world would be a happier place if everyone read more romance novels.
  9. She can’t decide what color her hair should be.
  10. She would adore receiving an email from you!

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Candy Cane Crush

Posted at Nov 24, 2014 6:30 pm in , ,

I’m excited to be part of the Avon Authors Holiday Recipe Tour this year with my grandma Helen’s Candy Cane Cookies! These red and white treats are very pretty, and so moist and almond-y that everyone will love them.










Click for printer friendly version: Candy Cane Cookies

2 1/2 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup unsalted butter (room temperature – in pieces)
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
2 large egg yolks (room temperature – don’t beat)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract 
red food coloring

1. Beat butter with sugar until smooth.
2. Add egg yolks, vanilla, and almond extract.
3. Mix in flour and salt.
4. Divide dough in half and mix red food coloring into one half.
5. Wrap dough balls in plastic and place in fridge for 30 minutes.
6. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
7. Form walnut-sized piece of each of the colors of dough.
8. Roll each color of dough separately into a 4.5 inch rope.
9. Place two ropes together, gently press tops, and twist ropes into spiral.
10. Place cookies on parchment-lined (not wax) cookie sheet.
11. Shape into candy canes – place 2 inches apart.
**NOTE: Only do 3 cookies at a time and keep the rest of the dough refrigerated.
12. Place sheet in center of oven and bake 8-10 minutes (until edges are slightly brown).
13. Let cookies cool on sheet before removing them.


Don’t miss the next fun stop on the Avon Authors Holiday Recipe Tour — the lovely Carey Baldwin’s Southwestern Holiday Tamales.

Happiest of holidays!