After months of unexpected and unwelcome events, we all might be eagerly anticipating the holidays this year, even if they'll be celebrated in Zoom meetings. News from the streets indicates we've started shopping for presents earlier than usual. Personally, with the help of DIY projects from Pinterest, I've finished a few homemade gifts this week, and it's been a welcome distraction from global affairs. I'm even learning how to crochet a rag rug and cat beds for my daughter's foster kitties. You can find those pins in the link below.
Along with the characters from my fictional Hartmann Ranch, I've been baking a variety of tasty treats. Last week the house was filled with the the delicious aroma of ginger and cinnamon when I tried Jessie's gingerbread recipe. Today, the experiment was Scottish Fern Cakes, something my Scottish shepherd, Graham Kincaid, might have enjoyed back home. Although the recipe was a little more involved than gingerbread, it was worth the extra steps. The only thing I'd change would be to make green icing ferns.
These traditional tarts are filled with raspberry jam, and a firm custard filling, all tucked inside a buttery almond flour crust. They may not be Keto approved, but Yum!
You can find this recipe and more, including plenty of pictures of border collies and old-fashioned DIY gifts, posted on my Pinterest board for
Today is release day for A Hartmann Ranch Christmas!
It's Christmas at The Hartmann Guest Ranch, and along with getting ready to celebrate the holiday in grand style, Jessie and Maddie are playing matchmakers for their new Scottish shepherd, Graham Kincaid and Maddie's bookshop clerk, Clara Webster. Although the two can't seem to agree on much, including the Dickens' Christmas window display, the ladies are convinced they're perfect for each other. All they have to do is convince them.
Climb into the sleigh with Lena and Evan Hartmann and come celebrate the unexpected! There'll be puppies, old friends, young lovers, delicious pastries from Jessie's kitchen, and those rambunctious twins!
Look for the trade paperback coming soon!
Available on most eBook retail outlets including Kobo and Barnes & Noble.
It's definitely a good time to be reading cozy holiday stories. My friend, MK McClintock has two to offer this Christmas, meant to cheer and delight you. All are best read with a warm cup of hot chocolate and gingerbread or Scottish Fern Cake. An Angel Called Gallagher and A Home for Christmas. You can follow the author at mkmcclintock.com and learn about the other books in this well-loved series.
AN ANGEL CALLED GALLAGHER
A historical holiday western adventure.
On a ranch known as Hawk’s Peak, a family celebrates love, joy, and peace at last . . . or so the Gallaghers thought.
Brenna is convinced she hears a woman singing to her son. Eliza and Ethan are unnerved by a sleepwalker, and Isabelle swears Hawk’s Peak is haunted. Then an unlikely visitor stumbles into their lives.
Enjoy a heartwarming holiday adventure filled with tenderness, hope, and the promise of a better tomorrow for more than one deserving soul. Join us for a Gallagher Christmas at Hawk’s Peak and fall in love with the family all over again.
What could possibly go wrong at Christmas?