Winner Announcement from my stop on the @DecadentPub Book on the Nook Blog Hop

Happy Holidays, y’all!

ReaderAReader_poster_blue3Thanks for participating in Decadent Publishing’s Book on the Nook Blog Hop. My stop on the tour was December 9, and now that the contest has wrapped, I’m announcing the winner for my stop. Through the strict scientific method of numbering each of the comments, then having my 14 year old pick a number between 1 and 7, we have arrived at a winner:


Iris, keep an eye out on your e-mail for a note from me. Once I get your mailing address, I’ll put your Fidget Bead Bracelet in the mail. Hopefully you’ll get it before Christmas.

Thanks everyone for participating. And good luck on the BIG prize of the Nook!

Christmas Cookies with Anise … and @DecadentPub

anise cookiesWelcome to my stop on the Decadent Publishing Book on the Nook blog hop.

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I thought we’d nourish our mind a little before dessert. Aniseed is also known as anise. According to

The ancient Greeks and Romans believed that you could increase desire by sucking on anise seeds. Aniseed does include estrogenic compounds (female hormones), which have been reported to induce similar effects to testosterone.

I witnessed the draw to anise firsthand with anise sugar cookies. The men in my life love them, and when presented a variety of homemade baked goods, they go for the anise cookies every time. And I always get a kiss or a hug. Hmm, go figure. Ladies, add this recipe to your holiday reportoire and I guarantee great results.

–  1 cup butter
– 3/4 cup sugar
– 1-1/2 tsp anise extract
– 3 eggs (add them one at a time)
– 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
–  2 tsp cream of tartar
– 1 tsp baking soda
– 1/2 tsp salt

Directions … preheat oven to 350 degrees
1.  Cream together the butter, sugar and eggs. Add the anise, and then the dry ingredients.
2.  Turn the batter out onto a clean surface (I use a large cutting board, but if you typically roll out dough on your countertops, that’s a good place, too). There will likely be some pebbled, unincorporated bits of dry batter, but once you knead it all together before rolling, it all works in. Don’t worry. 🙂
3.  Roll cookies out to the thickness you prefer for cookies; I try to roll it between 1/8 to 1/4 inch and find this recipe bakes up nicely. If I’m using little cookie cutters, I roll it thicker.
4.  Place cut-out dough onto prepared cookie sheets (I use parchment paper), and bake for 6 – 8 minutes, until very, very lightly browned.
5.  I like to glaze them, but you could eat them plain out of the oven. To make the glaze: 2 cups powdered sugar, 1/2 tsp anise extract, 3 Tbsp water; whisk it together until smooth (it’s thin), and either dip your cookies into it, or brush it on with a pastry brush.

We freeze about half of the batch since we can’t eat them quite fast enough, and I’ve found that they can live happily in the freezer for about three weeks.

Leave a comment below to let me know what your favorite holiday cookie is, and one lucky commenter will win a Fidget Bead Bracelet (if you live in the lower 48; $5 Amazon gift card if you’re far away). Be sure to leave your e-mail address so I can get in touch with you if you win.

ReaderAReader_poster_blue3AND … Good luck on the Book on the Nook blog hop … click here to check out the rest of the authors on the hop after you comment here.

PS. These are a great recharge for hikes in the great outdoors … if you’re looking for a little romantic adventure over the holidays, check out my 1 Night Stand, The Great Outdoors. It makes a great present!

Do You Travel for the Holidays? Find out if I do @DecadentPub …

Have you gotten your daily dose of decadence yet? I have, to some degree. After another ass-kicking … but totally triumphant … session of 8 AM Boot Camp, I came home and had half of a sundried tomato bagel. H. E. A. V. E. N. It paired nicely with my egg white and veggie omlette.

But that’s today’s decadence. What I really want to know is if you travel for the holidays. Swing by Decadent Publishing’s 1 Night Stand blog and let us know if you’ve got any interesting traditions that we might need to incorporate into our own. Ever been to Asheville and the Biltmore Estate? Ever forgone your pile of presents in lieu of an African safari? I can’t wait to hear all about it!