It's difficult to keep my mind on writing and blogging when there are preparations to do for Thanksgiving Day. To make it more difficult, I had a decision to make about a novel that had been accepted by a Small Press publisher, DMon Publishing. To help my mind work through the details, I made my favorite cookies instead of doing the cleaning. Baking is my why of letting my subconscious come to the necessary decision.

If you find yourself in such a bind, here is a treat to be enjoyed by all.

One 11.5 ounce package semi-sweet or milk chocolate morsels divided (I use semi-sweet chocolate), 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup butter (use butter not fake stuff), 2 eggs, 1 tsp. vanilla extract (1/2 when using the real stuff), 3/4 cup flour, 1/4 tsp. baking powder, 6 ounces cherry flavored dried cranberries, 1/2 to 1 cup of pecans or walnuts (I use pecans). Lightly grease two cookie sheets, heat oven to 350 degrees. Pour 3/4 cup morsels into large bowl and set the rest to the side. Microwave morsels for 2 minutes on high. Stir until chocolate is smooth. Stir in butter, eggs, vanilla, and brown sugar, then add flour and baking powder. Mix until thoroughly combined and stir in the rest of the morsels and pecans. Drop by tablespoons (I use a metal measuring spoon) onto cookie sheets. Bake for 12 minutes or until cookies are puffed and set to the touch. For a firmer cookie, bake for 14. I prefer the 12 minute ones. Cool on cookie sheet for two minutes and transfer to racks. Makes about two dozen cookies (more or less depending on your idea of a tablespoon).

Yes, the ploy worked. I emailed the publisher after indulging in a cookie. I'm truly excited about this novel. It is titled Earthbound and tells the tale of MacDonald being stranded on Earth and his and Anna's courtship and early life together. Of course, it has Comanche raids, the rebels raiding a German settlement during the Civil War, a Kiowa raid on MacDonald and Rolfe, plus the struggle of people surviving in an alien, violent land.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day and I'll see you next week.
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Published on November 20, 2012 14:59 • 147 views • Tags: cookies, new-novel, thanksgiving
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message 1: by William (new)

William Sounds like a good cookie, and a good premise!


message 2: by Mari (new)

Mari William wrote: "Sounds like a good cookie, and a good premise!"

I really like this cookie and I don't eat many sweets.


message 3: by Lena (new)

Lena Seder Wow! This sounds like a delicious cookie recipe! And I agree, it is better to use real butter rather than fake. The body actually processes it better...from a health point of view. And good luck with your story. Congratulations, and hope you make the right decisions. Great job! Happy Thanksgiving!


message 4: by Kenna (new)

Kenna McKinnon I'm a MacDonald. How'd you come up with that name, Mari? It's my maiden name. There were zillions of MacDonald of the Isles, I think, the clan my ancestors came from.


message 5: by Mari (new)

Mari Lena wrote: "Wow! This sounds like a delicious cookie recipe! And I agree, it is better to use real butter rather than fake. The body actually processes it better...from a health point of view. And good luck wi..."
Thank you, Lena. I never liked the fake stuff. I grew up eating butter we churned from the cream in the milk. Papa always did the milking as he enjoyed it.


message 6: by Mari (new)

Mari Kenna wrote: "I'm a MacDonald. How'd you come up with that name, Mari? It's my maiden name. There were zillions of MacDonald of the Isles, I think, the clan my ancestors came from."

Kenna, MacDonald is Thalian. The Thalians' accent is much like your ancestors. Plus, it starts off almost the same as his title in Thalia. He choose it to hide the fact that he wasn't born on Earth.


message 7: by Kenna (new)

Kenna McKinnon Oh, you know, interesting, as a small girl I used to lie awake in bed and pretend my real parents were aliens and they would come and get me one day. Maybe I'm Thalian, too? hehe Sounds like a good read. Good luck.


message 8: by Mari (new)

Mari Kenna wrote: "Oh, you know, interesting, as a small girl I used to lie awake in bed and pretend my real parents were aliens and they would come and get me one day. Maybe I'm Thalian, too? hehe Sounds like a good..."

Thanks, Kenna.


message 9: by Kenna (new)

Kenna McKinnon Come visit me on my page sometime, Mari. I know you live in the high desert. There's a lot of snow on the ground here now and it's minus degrees. Wish we could have tea in the garden!


message 10: by Mari (new)

Mari Kenna wrote: "Come visit me on my page sometime, Mari. I know you live in the high desert. There's a lot of snow on the ground here now and it's minus degrees. Wish we could have tea in the garden!"

I did visit your Page. I may even have left a comment.


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