Annie Nicholas writes paranormal and science fiction romance. Read about her hot vampire thrillers, werewolf romantic stories, alpha shifter and sexy alien romance.

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Holidays



I love the Holidays. I love preparing for them and I love enjoying them with family, friends, and co-workers. As my kids age I try to create new traditions for them to carry to their future family. This year we are starting with going out to nice dinner on Christmas Eve just the four of us and then tomorrow will be an all day PJ party.


As a writer I started the tradition  a few years ago of having the Boys of  Christmas visit my blog and I haven't forgotten.









Lola wishes you a Merry Christmas too!








Sunday, December 18, 2011

Cookies for Christmas


Shortbread Cookies:


2 cups (260 grams) all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon (2 grams) salt
1 cup (2 sticks) (226 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup (60 grams) powdered (confectioners or icing) sugar
1 teaspoon (4 grams) pure vanilla extract
For Chocolate Dipped Shortbreads:

6 ounces (180 grams) semi sweet or bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

In a separate bowl whisk the flour with the salt. Set aside.




In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter until smooth and creamy (about 1 minute). Add the sugar and beat until smooth (about 2 minutes). Beat in the vanilla extract. Gently stir in the flour mixture just until incorporated. Flatten the dough into a disk shape, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill the dough for at least an hour or until firm.



Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) with the rack in the middle of the oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.



On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough into a 1/4 inch (.6 cm) thick circle. Cut into rounds or other shapes using a lightly floured cookie cutter. Place on the prepared baking sheets and place in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes. (This will firm up the dough so the cookies will maintain their shape when baked.) Bake for 8 - 10 minutes, or until cookies are very lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.



For Chocolate Dipped Shortbreads: Place 3 ounces (90 grams) of the finely chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl and place it over a saucepan of simmering water. Once the chocolate has melted, remove it from the heat. Add the remaining chocolate and stir with a wooden spoon until it has completely melted and is smooth and glossy. Taking one cookie at a time, dip one end of each cookie in the melted chocolate and place it on a parchment lined baking sheet. Once all the cookies have been dipped in the chocolate, place the baking sheets in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes, or until the chocolate has hardened.



Shortbread cookies with keep in an airtight container for about a week or they can be frozen.



Makes about 20 shortbread cookies.





Here's the video with more detailed intructions from Joy of Baking.

More cookie blogs!

Mice : http://jeannenewalker.wordpress.com/2010/12/20/the-making-of-mice-and/

Cake Batter Cookies: http://keriford.com/2011/12/20/cake-batter-cookies/

Stained Glass Cookies: http://cmtorrens.com/2011/12/20/stained-glass-christmas-cookies/ 














Read more: http://joyofbaking.com/shortbreads/shortbreadcookies.html#ixzz1gusYUDzz

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Nook Lovers

I own a Nook.

I chose it over a Kindle ages ago because I wanted to be able to hold one in my hand before purchasing it. This was before Kindles were being sold in stores. I love my e-reader but there are not many website dedicated to Nook readers like there are to Kindle users. Until now...

Nook Lovers



This blog is showcasing cheap reads with link for the Nook. Finally, someone is listening.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Jingle Bell Hop



Six Men A Working



Welcome to the Jingle Bell Hop! If you arrived here by accident or have fallen off the bus click this link to get back on. There are lots of giveaways with a grand prize of a Kindle Fire! Some of us are going the twelve days of Christmas and, as you can see, I'm doing the Six Men A Working.


Nothing is sexier than a man at work.  I also have a present for everyone this year!



Lifeguard



Construction



Cowboy after a long day.


Do-it-yourselfer


Fire Fighter


Gardener

Now, for the present. I'm giving away free downloads of my full length novel Bait.


All Romance Ebooks: (which has all formats for Nook and Kindle and iPads and computers)


or on my website, you can download the just the .pdf version http://annienicholas.webs.com/apps/documents/



MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!