All month long, we’re featuring some of our favorite authors, along with a quick Q&A and some of their favorite recipes. We’ve got daily giveaways with chances to win some amazing (and steamy!) reads plus a month-long Recipes for Romance Grand Prize Giveaway for a box filled with books and more!
Today Darlene Fredette stopped by with a recipe for Vanilla Fudge!
**Q&A with Darlene Fredette**
I have two favourites: decorating the tree and baking our Christmas dinner dessert (apple pie). My daughter helps me with both.
I don’t really have an unusual holiday memory, but there is a scary one I remember. We had a German Shepherd who loved to sniff the presents under the tree. One year he sniffed out a wrapped box of Turtles I had hidden under a stack of other presents. When we got up that Christmas morning, the wrapping and box were there, but the Turtles were gone. We were quite concerned because they say chocolate is bad for dogs, but apparently chocolate covered turtles are okay. My husband had one less gift, but we were thankful our Shepherd was fine.
We don’t hang mistletoe. All that kissing would be too distracting, lol.
My favourite Christmas movie is It’s a Wonderful Life. We have the DVD and watch it every year (I guess that’s another favourite tradition). My husband does a great impression of Jimmy Stewart.
Here on the east coast of Canada during winter it’s all about staying warm, so sexy is out until spring, lol. There are always thick, fuzzy socks wrapped under our tree.
I don’t drink coffee or like pumpkin, so I’ll take a hot chocolate instead, lol.
Hot apple cider.
We have both. A red and white decorated tree in the living room, and a smaller tree in the dining room that holds our family memory ornaments.
LED lights…they save power, lol.
Always better to give. It makes your heart feel good.
**About Darlene Fredette**
An avid reader since childhood, Darlene loved to put a pencil to paper and plot out stories of her own. Her writing is a combination of contemporary romance with chick lit flare, and a main focus as a plot-driven page-turner. When Darlene isn’t writing, editing, or reading she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and Yellow Lab.
We can’t wait to try out Darlene’s delicious recipe for:
Message from Darlene:
The heroine (Candi Cane) makes this recipe in my book, One Sweet Christmas.
- 1 package vanilla milk chips
- 1 can of Pillsbury Vanilla Creamy Supreme Icing
- ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
- 4 drops red food colouring
- 2 tablespoons of peppermint candy canes (chopped)
- Place vanilla chips in a pot on the stove at medium heat. Stir until the chips have melted.
- Add icing to the pot and continue stirring.
- Remove from heat and add peppermint extract until dissolved.
- Pour mixture into a pan.
- Add one drop of food coloring in each corner of pan.
- Use a butter knife to swirl the food coloring into the fudge for a swirl effect (don’t overdo it).
- Add chopped peppermint pieces to the top of fudge.
- Cover the pan with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator until the fudge has hardened.
- Cut into small pieces.
**About One Sweet Christmas**
It’s going to take more than a few pieces of chocolate to fill this Scrooge’s heart with Christmas cheer. Luckily Candice Cane has a whole shop full…
Candice Cane is not proud of the way she acted after her last encounter with Jackson Frost. Sure revenge was fun, but it’s left Jackson standing, angry and looking for answers, on the welcome mat in her chocolate shop. Now he’s after some revenge of his own.
Jackson returned to his small hometown for one reason and one reason only…so he’s not sure how he’s ended up in a Santa suit in the middle of a chocolate shop, at the behest of its beautiful owner, instead of high-tailing it back to the city as fast as he can.
Jackson wants nothing to do with his small town past, but Candice shows him what he didn’t even know he’d been missing. Can a bit of Christmas magic heal old wounds and offer up a future neither saw coming?
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The Steam Team