Shannon here: Romantic Suspense Author, Dana R. Lynn shares a recipe for yummy Peanut Butter Fudge recipe plus a sweet gesture by her husband to be that turned into a family tradition. Comment or answer the question at the end of the post to enter the drawing for her latest release, Amish Christmas Abduction. Deadline: Dec 16th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Dana:
Hi Shannon! Thanks for having me on your blog. It’s always a pleasure to talk about books and romance with you.
As I’m writing this post, I’m in the midst of Christmas preparations. In my house, that means that I bake some things that I don’t usually bake. One of those seasonal treats is peanut butter fudge. Yum!
I got this recipe from my mother, and I have to admit, I have never tasted one I like better. It has a slightly grainy texture, and a strong peanut butter flavor. My kids know that it’s the Christmas season when I make it. They look forward to it all year long. Here’s the recipe:
Peanut Butter Fudge
3 cups sugar
1 ½ cup condensed milk
Dash of salt
1 cup creamy peanut butter
½ stick of butter
1 tsp vanilla
In a large heavy pot, mix 3 cups sugar, condensed milk and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring until soft balls form when dropped in cold water. (About 15 minutes after it starts boiling). Remove the pot from the hear. Add peanut butter, butter and vanilla. Stir together. When mixture thickens, put it in a buttered 9 x 13 pan. Chill until it’s set.
Thinking of Christmas also makes me think of the weeks right before my husband and I were married. Our wedding was on December 20th. Therefore, when it was time for my bridal shower, my maid of honor had a “First Christmas Together” theme. With every gift, an ornament was included. My husband traveled to my apartment at the beginning of December and helped me to decorate a tree.
There was a special set of ornaments that went on the tree. They were a snow groom and a snow bride with our names on them. My then fiancé put them at opposite ends of the tree. Every time he came to see me, he moved them closer together until they hung side by side on our wedding day.
This year will mark our 20th anniversary. Every year, as we decorate the tree, the kids will pull out certain ornaments and ask for the story behind them. Our snow couple is always a favorite.
This month is another milestone for me. My fifth book for Love Inspired Suspense releases. I have loved writing inspirational romantic suspense, and this book was no different. My characters have to work through some emotional, physical and spiritual obstacles before they can find their happy every after. I enjoyed adding in the beauty of the Christmas season with this story.
About Dana: Dana R. Lynn grew up in Illinois. She met her husband at a wedding and told her parents she had met her future husband. Nineteen months later, they were married. Today they live in rural Pennsylvania with their three children, two dogs, one cat, one rabbit, one horse and six chickens. In addition to writing, she works as an itinerant teacher for the deaf and hard of hearing and is active in several ministries in her church. Learn more & connect:
About the book – Amish Christmas Abduction:
KIDNAPPED IN AMISH COUNTRY
After catching a glimpse of something she wasn’t supposed to see days before Christmas, Irene Martello is run off the road and barely survives. More shocking is the backseat whimper of an Amish toddler stowaway and the familiar sight of their rescuer—the man who’d let her down years earlier. Police chief Paul Kennedy fears Irene stumbled onto a kidnapping ring with two dangerous agendas: retrieving the girl and silencing the witness for good. Only Paul can keep them safe for the holidays. Guarding Irene means risking his heart—and his secret—but to save the child and the woman he never stopped loving, it’s a risk he has to take.
Thanks for having me on your blog, Shannon! Merry Christmas!
Question for Readers: Do you have a sentimental ornament or decor item you love telling the story of?
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