Holiday Baking and Cookies

My cookie baking career started as a mother-daughter special tradition when my daughter was too young to understand what we were doing, but oh, how she loved to lick the chocolate-covered spatulas. As she grew older, she graduated to rolling the dough, then painting on the decorations, until finally she invited her friends into the house for cookie baking parties while I sat back and sipped eggnog–and how nice is that!

cookies cooking

Back then, the Fanny Farmer Baking Book was my go-to source. Now that cookbook belongs to my daughter, its well-worn pages spattered with batter and memories and love.

For the last few years, the cookbook I’ve used is Sweet Maria’s Cookie Jar, and I highly recommend it. Every recipe I’ve tried is delicious.


In the past, I’ve made 10-15 varieties, but this year I am absolutely, positively, cutting down to six.
-Gingerbread, of course, though this recipe is from my original cookbook.
And from Sweet Maria’s:
-Eggnog Cookies, p. 140
-Pumpkin Pie Drops, p. 125
-Snickerdoodles, p. 22
-Maple Walnut Drops, p. 24
-Italian Drop Cookies, p. 59
-Pecan Sandies, p. 86
-Thumbprints, p. 131

Wait a minute. That’s eight, and my list has about ten more that are simply delicious. I. Must. Cut. Down.

Do you like to bake? Have a favorite cookbook? A specialty cookie you must make every year or your family will grumble? How do you decide which to include and which to forgo? This inquiring mind wants to know ūüôā

Have a great day!


Last week, I purchased the electronic edition of JANE AUSTEN’S ENGLAND: DAILY LIFE IN THE GEORGIAN AND REGENCY PERIODS by Roy Adkins and Lesley Adkins. I already owned the hardcover, but it sat on my shelf for over a year and I never pulled it down. This was not due to a lack of interest in the material, but rather a reflection of my changing book-reading habits. I primarily read on my e-reader now. I don’t mind the duplicate purchase. More and more, I’m finding I love to own both versions of my favorite books, whether they be research or fiction.

¬†This particular volume¬†intrigued me, not because I needed another daily-life-in-the-Regency type book–I already own and have read many of these, for obvious reasons–but in the first chapter of JANE AUSTEN’S ENGLAND, the authors included a discussion¬†on “smock weddings.” This was something I’d never read anywhere else, and I find myself intrigued and hoping for many such tid-bits.

¬†According to the authors: “‚ÄėSmock weddings‚Äô were a peculiar type of ceremony at which the bride was married naked ‚Äď although usually she was barefoot and en chemise, wearing only a shift (‚Äė chemise‚Äô), smock or sheet for propriety. The point was that if she brought no clothes or property to the union, the husband-to-be was thought not liable for any debts she might have. Such weddings, randomly reported, occurred mainly in the eighteenth century, particularly for widowed women whose deceased husbands had left debts.” (1)


¬†The authors go on to describe several examples of these ‘smock weddings,’ and I’m hooked on this book.

To learn more about the authors and their books, please click on the following link to visit their website: Roy Adkins & Lesley Adkins

What about you? Do you prefer digital books? Paperbacks? Hardcovers? Or a mixture of both? Or, like me, do you find yourself purchasing both digital and paperback versions of the same book?

 Whichever you choose, I wish you many hours of happy reading!



  1. Adkins, Roy; Adkins, Lesley (2013-08-15). Jane Austen’s England: Daily Life in the Georgian and Regency Periods (pp. 7-8). Penguin Group US. Kindle Edition.

Selfies and Historical Romance ~ an Update

Yesterday, November 1st, the Historical Romance Network hosted a multi-platform event to celebrate Historical Romance and bring awareness to the wide variety of time periods and settings encompassed by the genre. Across the internet, readers and authors posted selfies holding their favorite stories. I enjoyed seeing all the pictures as they flew across my Twitter stream and Facebook Timeline.

Of course, many people, including myself, had trouble limiting our choices to just one book, so multiple shots were shared and creativity flowed. It was a fast moving day and such great fun that I find myself hoping this becomes an annual event.

To see some of these fabulous photos, visit the Historical Romance Network Facebook Page, or search for the Twitter hashtag #fallbackintime.

Here are a few I posted:




What about you? What’s your favorite genre? Ever try an Historical Romance?

Selfies and Historical Romance ~ A Fun Event ~ Save the date!

Love Selfies? Love Reading? Love Historical Romance?

Mark your Calendars & Save this Date!

November 1, 2014

Historical Romance Network Authors invite you to share the fun as we turn the clocks back and celebrate reading and romance.


I’ll be there, and I’d love to see you¬†and your favorite book!

Twitter: @JanmarieAnello or Facebook: JanmarieAnello

Interested in learning more about the Historical Romance Network?

Web Site: Historical Romance Network

Tumbler: Historical Romance


Twitter: @HistRomNet

And here’s a fabulous video –¬†Explore Historical Romance!