It's Day Four of the 12 Days of Christmas!
Welcome to Day 4!
Today's Featured Author:
When Kenneth Mackay, long-banished rogue and thief, returns to the Mackay holding at the request of his brother, he has no idea what he might find. He certainly doesn’t expect to be confronted with his twin’s imminent death, or with the plan his brother has concocted. Ten years before, Malcolm made a tragic mistake, and, to preserve the family name—and his own skin—he allowed Kenneth to take the fall. Now that he is dying without an heir, Malcolm plans to atone for his mistake: by giving Kenneth his life back. All Kenneth has to do is assume his brother’s identity. But complicating matters is the unexpected return of Lady Isobel Mackay, the daughter of an English marquess and the wife Malcolm didn’t want. Isobel barely knows the husband who abandoned her even before their marriage, and she'd long since given up on having a real marriage with him. Yet when she returns to the Mackay holding far earlier than expected, she finds her husband a changed man. Despite the hurt between them, Isobel's heart responds to this man who cares for his entire clan as if they were family. Who, for the first time, cares for her as if she is, too. Falling in love with her husband had never been part of Isobel’s plan. But when their future is suddenly in peril, Isobel must find a way to save him—from himself and from the deception threatening to tear them apart.
Today's Theme is Gifts Under $10
The greatest gift you can give this season is priceless, but means more than you can ever know. It's the gift of love, friendship, honesty, trust, patience (I struggle with that one), respect and support. But in light of the season and the ritual of gift giving, the monetary kind, I thought I'd try to come up with some ideas of gifts that are less than $10. I love homemade gifts and think large mason jars filled with either cocoa or cookie mix are always and hit.
Here's my favorite Mason Jar Recipe:
Chocolate Peppermint Cookie Mix
Grab a quart size mason jar and begin layering the following ingredients. Kind of tap the bottom of the jar on the counter as you go to get everything to lay down into the jar nice and flat.
Layer the following in this order:
1/2 C Sugar
1/2 C brown sugar
1/4 C cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 and 1/4 C flour
2/3 C chocolate chips
2/3 C peppermint chips (I used some Andes mint peppermint chips that are seasonal. Any sort of mint chocolate should work.)
It's not a lot of work to make these and the cost is minimal. Here's the two tags for the jar. Enjoy!
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Heather M. Miles