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When Good Things Go Bad

Maybe I shouldn’t have dreamed big and doubled the recipe?  Or maybe I shouldn’t have used the “light” butter?  Whatever the case, I have this ton of fudge that will never get hard—the story of my life.  The only thing that gets hard is my Fantasy fudge.  Hmmm….  I am soooo not going there with y’all so get your minds out of the gutter.
 
But if y’all want to try the recipe, here it is.  Now the one I used didn’t call for the dry milk so that might have been the problem.  Who knows.   

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 8 ounces pasteurized process cheese, Velveeta, cubed
  • 1 1/2 pounds confectioners’ sugar, about 5 cups unsifted
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 cup non-fat dry milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts

Preparation:

In a large saucepan over medium heat butter and cheese cubes together, stirring frequently; remove from heat. Sift together confectioners’ sugar and cocoa; add to cheese, mixing well. Stir in non-fat dry milk, vanilla and nuts. Turn into a 9x9x2-inch pan; chill until firm and cut into squares. Makes about 3 pounds of Velveeta Fudge.
 
Have a great Thanksgiving!
Karen Kelley
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Getting ready for Christmas?

So are you getting ready for Christmas?

I’m starting to, although most of my work is already done. We decided we were going to do something really big for the kids this year and we’re going to Disneyworld. It’s not until spring, but I’m working out the kinks of how to ‘give’ them the gift they can’t have until March. Sssshhhhh…though, big secret. I’m having so much funny teasing them…lol.

Trying to figure out some cool things for my mom, the kids’ nana and the in laws and I think I might have found it, a photo mosiac. See?

This image doesn’t show just how cool it is, though…to see that, go look here.  And before anybody asks…nope, that’s not me and mine.  😉

So what kind of stuff are you shopping for?

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Book Give Away!

Hi Everyone!
 
Brrr, it’s starting to feel a lot like winter.  Okay, it was 76 here yesterday afternoon, but it’s pretty cool in the mornings and after the sun goes down, and we do have a cool from coming our way.
 
I’ve been giving away books all week!  Now I’m giving away two more copies of I’m Your Santa mass market to two people who make a comment.  If you have a copy, it will make a great gift. 
 
I’m counting down the weeks until My Favorite Phantom comes out!!!!  Dec 30 online and I think Jan 3rd in stores.  This is the one about the ghost hunter who is afraid of ghosts!  LOL  That was a fun book to write.
 
Okay, y’all be good!
 
Hugs,
Karen Kelley
Available Now The Bad Boys Guide To The Galaxy/Brava
MM Brava I’m Your Santa 10/08
USA TODAY BESTSELLER!!!
My Favorite Phantom/Brava  01/09 
www.authorkarenkelley.com

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I’m not here today.

You can find me here. Over at the Raven blog, talking about psychics.  Or here, at Wickedly Romantic, talking about fave paranormal series.

And I do believe there is a contest for at least one of the guest blogs.  Maybe both.

Did want to mention, though, that my new book, THE MISSING, is now out.

The Missing

From a bestselling author whose stories are “exhilarating [and] action-packed”* comes a sinfully sexy novel of romantic suspense about a woman whose psychic gift drives away the man she loves—and years later draws him back to her…

LOVE LOST

As a teenager, Taige Branch was able to do things with her psychic gift that others couldn’t understand—except for Cullen Morgan, the boy her stole her heart. He did his best to accept her abilities, until his mother was brutally murdered—and he couldn’t forgive Taige for not preventing her death.


PASSION FOUND

Now a widowed father, Cullen Morgan has never forgotten Taige. But what brings her back into his life is another tragic event. His beloved little girl has been kidnapped, and Taige is his only hope of finding her.

A LOVE THAT NEVER DIED

Working together against the clock, Cullen and Taige can’t help but wonder whether—if they find his daughter in time—it isn’t too late for the overpowering love that still burns between them…

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<a href=”https://vampsandscamps.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/hptown1.jpg”>Yep – you heard right… crazy person that I am, I accompanied my hubby on a really quick business trip just before I had to set out for SC and my Writers’s Hermit Week.

DH had a business meeting at the National Conservation Training Center just outside of Shepherdstown, West Virginia.  We left home in Tennessee at 4:20PM Thursday afternoon and headed north and east.  Drove 5 hours… stopped for the night at a little place called New Market, VA.  Up early the next morning and on to Shepherdstown (the oldest town in WVA).  It also has the distinction of having been in both Virginia AND West Virginia because of the vagaries of the Civil War.

Fall is lovely there, still, though the leaves are a bit past their prime.  The NCTC is a wonderful facility used by all sorts of government agencies… though it belongs to the Fish and Wildlife Service.  Think of a pretty rural college campus nestled in the woods, and you get an idea.  Clinton hosted a peace summit here in 2000.  The NCTC is eleven years old, but everything still looks brand new, because it has been cared for really well.  They even have a daycare on campus for employees children.  On Halloween I saw a dozen little four year olds out for a brisk autumn walk with two of their teachers. If you look closely in one of the deer pictures, you can see one of the buildings.

Dh had a break late Friday afternoon, so we dashed over to Harpers Ferry to do some exploring.  We’d been there a long time ago, but it was fun to see it again.  We walked over the bridge that crosses the Potomac.  When you get to the other side, you are in Maryland!  This bridge is also part of the Appalachian Trail.  My hubby is on the board of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and that is why we were in WVA.

Saturday he had one more narrow window, so we scooted over to Antietam.  Again – a place we had visited before, but it never fails to impress and to make you think.  Antietam (Sept. 17, 1862) has the dubious distinction of being the single bloodiest day of the entire Civil War.  Amidst woods and cornfields the two sides clashed three separate times that day, and in the end, there were over 5000 dead soldies littering the ground.  Standing there in the bright afternoon sunlight with the wind blowing through the dead cornstalks, you can almost imagine ghostly figures all around you.

The sunken road (later named the Bloody Lane) was the site of the morning clash.  And the peaceful looking bridge was another.  The large tree you see at the other end of the bridge was there when the battle happened. It helps to have a Civil War buff in the car with you. Charles gave me a running commentary about which troops converged where. Made it seem even more real.

We left the NCTC at 5PM and headed back toward home.. got in after midnight.  Yawn.  Luckily – we gained an hour.

Sunday morning Charles helped me finish packing and loading the car. I headed off to Isle of Palms, SC for a writers’ Hermit Week. I did this last year, and it was not only exptremely productive, but lots of fun. The writers here – to name a few – Stephanie Bond, Rita Herron, Jennifer St. Giles, Wendy Etherington, Raven Hart, Nina Bruhns, Robin Owens, Jacquie D’Alessandro, and several more.

It rained hard during the night last night, but now it looks like the sun is trying to break through. The ocean is sullen and moody today, but beautiful even in this mood.

I’ll probably pick up a few freebie books this week, so I’ll give a small prize away to one poster today. I’ll announce the winner sometime Wednesday evening. Drop by and say hello!

Janice Maynard

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