Spoonful of Christmas
By: Darlene Panzera
In this special Christmas novella from Darlene Panzera, THE CUPCAKE DIARIES: Spoonful of Christmas continues the adventures of three cupcake-loving women who work to keep their dream cupcake shop open while balancing love, family, and friendship.
When businessman Preston Pennyworth offers to buy Creative Cupcakes for a million dollars, the women are startled by his offer. Friends Andi, Kim, and Rachel have put everything into the shop and don’t want to give it up. Despite refusing the expensive offer, their worries are starting to pile up—just in time for the Christmas season. Between Andi’s concerns about a potential cross-country move, Rachel’s wedding-day stress, and Kim’s love life woes, the spirit of the season seems to be lacking! With the added stress of the holiday season, the women can’t help but imaging the possibilities of the offer.
Things change when Andi decides to organize a Christmas party for the foster kids in the area and the whole town gets involved. The women of Creative Cupcakes are reminded of what truly matters, as they realize the best things in life are close to home! But, when the shop is vandalized, the foster kids’ gifts are stolen, and Rachel’s wedding is sabotaged by a real life Grinch, the women can’t help but feel hopeless on Christmas. Will their Christmases be saved?
In this warm and heartfelt add-on to THE CUPCAKE DIARIES trilogy, Darlene Panzera’s Christmas novella will captivate reader’s hearts and capture the true meaning of Christmas.
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DEEP CHOCOLATE CAKE
Recipe from Merrilee Shoop of Allyn, Washington
Mix all ingredients, in following order, in large mixing bowl with mixer:
3 cups flour 1 Tbsp. vinegar
2 cups sugar 1 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. baking soda 3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp. salt 2 cups water
6 Tbsp. cocoa
Bake in 13 x 9 inch pan (no need to grease and flour pan).
Bake 350° for 5 minutes and reduce heat to 300° for 45 minutes.
5 Tbsp. Flour
1 cup milk
Cook until thick paste, then cool. Add:
1 cup sugar
1 cup butter
1 tsp. vanilla
Beat until fluffy, then add the flour and milk paste and beat until spreading consistency.
About the Author
Darlene Panzera is the winner of the “Make Your Dreams Come True” contest sponsored by Avon Books. The win led her novella, The Bet, to be published with Debbie Macomber’s Family Affair. The award-winning novella (chosen in a blind-read by Debbie Macomber) was then published as a full length novel retitled, Bet You’ll Marry Me. Born and raised in New Jersey, Darlene is now a resident of the Pacific Northwest where she lives with her husband and three children. When not writing she enjoys spending time with her family, two horses, and loves: camping, hiking, photography, and lazy days at the lake.
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