Wednesday, November 13, 2013


Cinnamon permeates the air. The unmistakable aroma of homemade smells signals that the holiday season is kicking off. Armed with a rolling pin, flour, water, and shortening and pumpkin, I create one of my most favorite treats for the holidays -- Pumpkin Pie.

I make my own crust taught to me by my grandmother. She was a painstaking and patient teacher, gave me her inside tips and each year when I make this recipe I feel so close to her. The traditions of the past manifests in her grandchild. Thanks, Gram. I love you.

Pumpkin Pie


    3/4 cup granulated sugar
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    2 large eggs
    1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin pie filling
    1 can (12 fl. oz.) Evaporated Milk
    1 unbaked 9-inch (4-cup volume) deep-dish pie shell
    Whipped cream (optional)


MIX sugar, cinnamon, salt, ginger and cloves in small bowl. Beat eggs in large bowl. Stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk.

POUR into pie shell.

BAKE in preheated 425° F oven for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350° F; bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate. Top with whipped cream before serving.

To get into the holiday season, here's my Christmas Novella. I'm part of the 12 NA's of Christmas. Definitely check out the other authors! You'll want a bigger stocking! 
 This cover was designed by the fabulous Sarah Hansen at Okay Creations

***Brave is proud to be a part of The 12 NA's of Christmas***
12 New Adult Novellas. 12 Bestselling Authors. November 2013

In the season of hope, in the season of giving…

How far would you go for your friend?

Alissa Thompson has been the good girl her whole life. Her uninterested parents don’t understand her hopes and dreams. But this Christmas when her steadfast childhood friend Charlie needs her more than ever, she can’t back down. Crossing the line means being braver than she has ever been in her life. It means changing and growing and taking a stand.

Dakota Gray was brave in the face of debilitating fear. But he lost himself in that blood soaked day and has shunned everything he once knew. Now shattered and broken, he hides out in isolation, his wounds beyond healing. His heart closed, his emotions buried, he’s a man on the edge of self-destructing. Little does he know that courage would be found in another searching for the strength to be brave.

Now snowbound in the Colorado Rockies one week before Christmas, Alissa thought this was about her journey and her friend, about setting him free. But from the moment she meets Dakota, she learns about what real bravery is all about. What real love is all about. But is the season enough, her courage enough, her love enough to heal this hero’s brave heart and in the end set herself free?

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