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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Looking Out the Window: Welcome Danielle Thorne

Danielle Thorne's Goodie Tour: Crazy Corn – Caramel Corn, That Is!

I'm so happy to have talented writer Danielle Thorne. I've recently learned that she's a great cook. She's here with a holiday recipe. And she'll tell us a little about her sweet romances.

Hi, Gail! Happy Holidays to you and your readers. Thanks for letting me drop by on my Goodie Tour to share some recipes for the Season. I've pulled out my best end-of-year recipes that make great additions for parties and get-togethers.

Today I'd like to share something near and dear to my heart – and my taste buds. I love snacks that I can gobble up myself and give away as gifts. My Crazy Crunch caramel corn recipe covers both bases. Adapted from a magazine recipe I found many years ago, this popcorn is a unique find and the best caramel corn I've ever tried. I highly recommend doubling. Enjoy!


6 cups of microwave-popped Kettle Corn (sweetened popcorn)
3 cups of Rice Chex cereal
2 cups of Cheerios cereal
1 cup of cashews piece
1 cup of pecan pieces
1 cup of brown sugar
½ cup of butter
¼ cup of light or dark corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon of baking soda

Stir together the first five ingredients, making sure to remove any unpopped popcorn seeds. On the stovetop, bring sugar, butter, and corn syrup to a boil on medium heat, stirring constantly. When mixture begins to bubble, boil five minutes without stirring. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and baking soda. Pour over popcorn mixture and gently blend until well coated. Pour into greased roasting pan and bake one hour at 250 degrees, stirring every twenty minutes. Stores well in covered container and makes a great goody bag.

Now, if you enjoy sweet romance with your sweet treats, check out my recent sea adventure, BY HEART AND COMPASS, available at Amazon and Desert Breeze Publishing. Here's a tidbit:

When Lacey Whitman buys a restored Victorian home, she never dreams discovering an antique diary will lead her back to sea and into the arms of the dive bum she’d rather forget. Her habit of living in the past comes to a screeching halt as diver Max Bertrand and the diary of his ancestor take Lacey on the quest of a lifetime: To discover and raise the privateer ship, Specter, and bring the treasure and legacy of a true hero home again. But will finding it cost her heart?



Watch for JOSETTE, my first Regency romance release coming this December!

~Happy Sweet Holidays~

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Next week Danielle Thorne will be here to share one of her
yummy recipes for the holidays.

On December 7th, Delia Latham will tell us about a contest.