The 12 Days of Christmas

Day #1On the First Day of Christmas,

My true love asked me to bake,

An ooey, gooey, yummy Butter Cake.

The name and the list of ingredients should leave no doubt as to how wonderful this dessert is. Your friends and co-workers will love you for bringing it to any function, any time of the year, but there’s something special about the holidays that makes this the perfect Christmas treat. That is … IF your family doesn’t hide it, steal it, eat it before you have a chance to sneak out of the house with it.

Start with a box of yellow cake mix, 1 egg, and 1 stick of melted butter. Mix in a bowl by hand, then press mixture into a greased 9×13 cake pan. I like to press it up the sides of the pan a little, too. But you can also leave it pressed only to the bottom of the pan.

Then take an 8 oz package of softened cream cheese and whip with a hand-mixer just long enough to get it creamy and somewhat smeared all over the inside of the bowl. Beat in 2 eggs and 1 tsp vanilla. Mix well. Add a stick of melted butter and a 1 lb box of powdered sugar. Blend until smooth, then pour over crust mixture and bake at 350 degrees for about 40-45 minutes. Check with a toothpick – the middle should come out clean but be careful not to over bake. Let cool completely before cutting into bars.

I hope you enjoy this family favorite!

Now, I’d like to share with you a new book you need to keep your eyes open for in the new year. You’ll also want to visit Linda’s website (link below), as she’s offering 2 of her past releases for free.

Perfectly Honest by Linda O’Connor

Linda O'Connor  Perfectly Honest   Book Cover

You never know where your words will take you.

When Mikaela Finn agreed to be Sam’s ‘fiancée’ for a weekend, she probably should have told him that she’s a doctor.

Sam O’Brien, aka ‘Dr. Eye Candy’, is trying to shed his playboy reputation and convince a small town hospital that he’s ready to settle down. But when his ‘fiancée’ helps deliver a baby in the middle of the meet and greet, it’s a bit of a shock. If he’d known the whole truth, he might have done things a little differently because somehow his ‘fiancée’ ends up stealing his job and his heart. Not exactly the change he wanted.

Lies and deceit – it’s a match made in heaven!

Perfectly Honest will be available at Amazon on January 14, 2015.

12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop Button with Frame

As part of The 12 Days of Christmas celebration, Linda donated a $10 Amazon card and ebook copy of Perfectly Honest to the prize list. Click HERE for this and many more random drawings. To follow the celebration, find a new recipe, pick up a holiday decorating or shopping tip, click HERE.

About the Author

I’ve been writing for three years, and I’m thrilled that Soul Mate Publishing will be publishing my latest novel, Perfectly Honest.I love reading romantic comedies so naturally that’s what I write. I never aspired to be a writer, but now I’m addicted. I love it. I balance writing with my work as a physician at an Urgent Care Clinic and being a mom to three sons (luckily grown and capable of throwing together a decent meal, in a pinch). Plus I like to keep active and cycle, cross-country ski, skate, walk with my husband, or dance every day.The idea to write came after working with young adults. There were some basics I thought they should know – mental health symptoms, birth control myths, how to take ownership of their health. I thought hey, if David Chilton of The Wealthy Barber fame can dole out financial advice in a barbershop, maybe I could dole out medical advice in a Romance novel. That’s how my first novel, She’s Not a Fan, was born.

For many years, I taught clinical skills to medical students and spent a lot of time writing detailed roles for actor-patients. It was great practice for developing characters in my stories. Joining the Romance Writers of America, taking online workshops, (and reading) all helped improve my writing. Medical school was challenging, but it was nothing compared to figuring out where commas go, POV, or sorting out verb tense (simple past, past perfect, past perfect progressive – did they know there were 25 other letters they could have used to name those things?)

Obviously I’m still learning, but I love the process.

I don’t write about people I know, but I definitely take inspiration from snippets of conversations or from the emotion I feel when I talk to people. My designated writing space is any place with a view of Lake Ontario, preferably outside (for three of the four seasons).

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