Monday, December 19, 2011

Guest - Jordan K. Rose

Good morning all! Today's guest is Jordan K. Rose who will be discussing the holiday tradition of cookie making. She's even given us a recipe for some yummy cookies. I may try making these yummy sounding cookies this week too. Read on and enjoy!

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Hi Lynda! Thanks so much for having me on the blog. Christmas is my favorite time of year and I’m so happy to share a little bit about my holiday traditions.

I’ve always loved the Christmas season from the lights to the music to the hustle and bustle of holiday shoppers. But I’ve found that it’s far more stressful as an adult than it was when I was a kid. To combat the worry that I’ll never get anything done I make lists. One for gifts, one for cookies, one for food I need to bring to parties, and one separate list of gifts for my husband. That last list actually starts in January and inevitably I lose it at some point during the year and have to start over!

My favorite list is the cookie list. I bake every year and make cookie trays or baskets or tins, depending on what strikes me. This year, like last year, I used little holiday bowls. I filled them up, wrapped them in clear cellophane, added a pretty bow, and off they went to family and friends.

But it’s not as easy as just making a cookie list. The cookie list ends up with check marks, hash marks, stars, circles and the occasional arrow. Which cookie will get made in which order? Which recipe requires preparation a day in advance? Which cookie requires refrigeration after baking? Which cookie needs frosting? Which cookie can’t go in someone’s bowl because of allergies?

Lists! I need more lists!

Then we have the ingredient list. How many bags of flour do I need? Chocolate? Nuts and what kind? Sugars- - granulated, brown, dark brown, superfine? Vanilla? Do I have enough? Yes, I do. I made my own vanilla this year. My fingers are crossed that the result of that experiment is flavorful enough.

I typically begin my cookies the first week of December and deliver them by the end of that week. I’ve learned to be early, if I want my cookies eaten and enjoyed. Too many treats right near the holiday means my efforts get wasted.

I have such wonderful memories of baking with my grandmother each Christmas. We played music and baked cookies and talked about everything under the sun. As she grew older and less physically capable I did more of the up and down and rolling and cleaning. She supervised. We had a wonderful time. Though, I will admit to being thrown out of my grandparent’s house on December 23rd one year.

It seems that if you break too many items, your grandfather will lose his mind. That’s a bit of advice I’d like to share. Try not to let this happen to you:

So first, grandma told me to go put on the Christmas music, Mahalia Jackson to be exact. While I’m in the living room getting the stereo going, grandma calls my name, repeatedly. Not in a hurry-up-the-toaster-is-on-fire sort of way. More in a hide and go seek, sing-songy way. You can imagine my surprise when I came around the corner and found the toaster on fire. That was the first issue.

The next day we set off the smoke detector, again. This time from the cookies baking in the oven and not the flaming toaster. I couldn’t get the noise to stop so I climbed on a chair to remove the batteries and accidentally pulled the whole thing off the ceiling to crash to the floor and shatter. Issue number two.

The next day I loaded up the dishwasher and turned it on when we were done baking. They had a dishwasher that you hooked up to the sink for the water. I did hook it up. I simply forgot to turn on the water. (I can’t remember everything.) In any case, every plastic utensil or bowl melted in the dishwasher.

That’s when my grandfather told me to leave and not come back.

Thank God for moms. My mother and grandmother got me back into the house for Christmas Eve dinner. Every time my grandfather looked at me he shook his head. And for the next several Christmases he mentioned how I broke everything I touched.

Twenty years later both my grandparents are gone. I still listen to Mahalia Jackson when I bake Christmas cookies. I make a number of the same recipes we made together and I’ve tried lots of new ones, including this one from my husband’s grandmother.

Butterballs

2 sticks of butter at room temperature
½ cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
½ tsp salt
powdered sugar

Cream the butter with the sugar and vanilla. Add the flour and salt. Shape the dough into the teaspoon sized balls.

Bake at 325 degree for 15-20 minutes.

When the balls are still slightly warm, roll in powdered sugar. Roll again before serving. Enjoy!

Merry Christmas! I hope your holiday is filled wonderful moments that become memories to fill your heart for years to come.
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After trying her hand at many, many things- from crafting and art classes to cooking and sewing classes to running her own handbag business, Jordan finally figured out how to channel her creativity. With an active imagination and a little encouragement from her husband she sat down and began to write, each night clicking away at the keys with her black Labrador, Dino curled up under the desk.

A few short years later she’s entered the publishing arena with no plans to ever turn back.

Jordan’s a member of Rhode Island Romance Writers, as well as RWA National, and the New England (NEC), Connecticut, and Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal (FFnP) Chapters.

Her first book, Perpetual Light, releases in February of 2012 from Crescent Moon Press.

Find Jordan on her website at www.jordankrose.com
Follow her tweets on https://twitter.com/#!/jordankrose 
Friend her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jordankrose

Perpetual Light 

Fate is cruel. Especially when the one you’ve sworn to love for all eternity, the very soul who changed your destiny is the last person you should trust.

After more than three hundred years of running, Lucia Dicomano must make a choice.

Forced to take her place as a Pharo of Redemption, the divine slayer needs to master her forgotten powers. Lucia turns to Vittorio, the one vampire she’s failed to deliver from eternal damnation. But overcoming smoldering remnants of love, lust and anger aren’t their only obstacles.

Samuel, who may know Lucia better than she knows herself, hunts her with a fervor stoked by a thousand years of vengeful hatred. His plan—capture and enslave the weakened Pharo then take control of her elusive power. 

Can Lucia trust Vittorio long enough to reclaim her powers? Or will she have no choice but to kill him and battle Samuel alone?

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-- Lynda Again
    The cookies sound like just the thing to go with your favorite coffee or tea and a good book, don't they? I can just imagine now...hazelnut coffee, yummy cookies, a fire in the fireplace and a good book? Good times!

    Hope you all have a Blessed Day!

13 comments:

Callie said...

The butterball recipe sounds wonderful. Good luck with your book release in February.

Rebecca said...

The recipe sounds awesome - I'm going to give it a shot. Congrats on the release early next year - it'll be here before you know!

Happy Holidays!

ellaquinnauthor said...

Congratulations on your release.

Victoria said...

Those butter balls sound so good. They should melt in my mouth, right? Thank you and congratulations!

Jordan K Rose said...

Hi Callie, Rebecca, ellaquinauthor, and Victoria.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you all enjoy the recipe. The butterballs are fantastic. And thanks so much for the warm wishes for my book's release. Happy Holidays. Jordan

Kate Evangelista said...

I have to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing it. :-)

Jordan K Rose said...

You're welcome Kate. Thanks for stopping by and Merry Christmas. Jordan

Ciara said...

I'm a list person, too. I wouldn't survive without them.

"Especially when the one you’ve sworn to love for all eternity, the very soul who changed your destiny is the last person you should trust."
That line alone makes me want to read the book. :)

gail ingis said...

Thanks for the recipe. I thought you were talking about turkeys and wondered how I could apply your turkey recipe to a standing rib roast. Then I saw the sugar and the rolling into balls. The cookies sound delicious.

Have a wonderful holiday.

Sasha said...

I agree with Ciara - GREAT line! So going on the TBR list - yay!!
And, thanks for the recipe. Our annual baking frenzy will on the morrow and this will be a new addition :)
Happy Holidays! And Congrats on the book!!!

Jordan K Rose said...

Hi Ciara. I've moved onto checking the list obsessively to ensure I haven't forgotten anyone. That's probably my biggest fear at Christmas!

Thanks for stopping by and for kind words on the book. Best wishes, Jordan

Jordan K Rose said...

Hi Gail Your comment made me laugh out loud. Thanks so much. Enjoy the holiday and the rib roast! Jordan

Jordan K Rose said...

Hi Sasha. Thanks so much for the compliment and for adding Perpetual LIght to your TBR list. Enjoy the recipe and the annual baking frenzy. Sounds like fun. Merry Christmas. Jordan