As Christmas draws closer I enjoy reading inspirational themed stories in addition to cozy mysteries. SILVER BELLS AT MOONGLOW, by Deborah Garner, is a sweet Christmas themed treat which weaves a beautiful mosaic of Christmas sights, sounds, and smells and introduces us to memorable characters. The protagonist, Mist, has a calming magical influence on those she comes in contact with and I’ll be the first to admit, her magic worked on me as I read this story during this most hectic season of the year. I so enjoyed sitting down with a hot cup of honey-sweetened tea, wrapping myself in a cozy comforter, and losing myself in the world of Timberton Hotel in snowy Montana. Deborah has a gift of transporting the reader through eloquent descriptions be it of the delicious baking, the Christmas ornaments, or Mist’s miniature paintings. I was left with the comforting feeling that this really is the most wonderful season of all!
The Timberton Hotel hosts an annual cookie exchange and Deborah has included 22 recipes in her book! I am very excited that she used THREE of my own recipes, but I’m anxious to try them all! So many cookies…so little time… I’m sharing my recipe for Cranberry Orange Cookies since they add a very colorful and festive look to cookie platters and dessert tables. But don’t worry, not only are they pretty they are deliciously flavorful too! Jewel-toned dried cranberries and orange juice add holiday flavors to this cake-like cookie which has been rolled in sparkling white and red sugars, adding another level of texture and visual appeal. They mix up quickly using a food processor and the dough can be kept refrigerated (or frozen) until you are ready to bake. I hope you enjoy these as much as my friends and family have!
Christmas at the Timberton Hotel arrives each year with a unique set of guests, some returning, some new. When this holiday brings a celebrity seeking reprieve, sisters who are distant yet closer to each other than they think, a widow approaching a new horizon, and an eclectic smattering of local townsfolk and visiting relatives, the season is certain to be eventful. Add in a hint of romance and there’s more than snow in the air around the small Montana town.
Elegant decor and exquisite cuisine from resident artist and chef, Mist, form a backdrop to much needed camaraderie, bringing strangers and friends together. When the last note of Christmas carols has faded away, the soft whisper of silver bells from the front door’s wreath will usher guests and townsfolk alike back into the world with hope for the coming year.
A huge thank you to Deborah Garner for providing winner’s choice of either an e-book or print copy of SILVER BELLS AT MOONGLOW for one lucky winner! Print copy limited to U.S. residents only. Contest ends Monday, December 19, 2016 at 11:59 pm PST. Please use the Rafflecopter box located below the recipe to enter. The winner will be announced on this page and on Cinnamon & Sugar’s Facebook page, as well as notified by email (so check your spam folder!)
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