Donna Fasano

About Donna Fasano

USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR DONNA FASANO is a three-time winner of the HOLT Medallion, a CataRomance Reviewers Choice Award winner for Best Single Title, a Desert Rose Golden Quill Award finalist, a Golden Heart finalist, and a two-time winner of Best Romance of the Year given by BigAl's Books & Pals Review Blog. Her books have sold nearly 4 million copies worldwide and have been published in two dozen languages. Her books have made the Kindle Top 100 Paid List numerous times, climbing as high as #5. View website

Rich Decadent Cocoa Brownies #Recipe by @DonnaFaz

Rich Decadent Cocoa BrowniesI somehow ended up with 3 open containers of cocoa in my pantry and I was looking for a recipe to use up some of it. I found a brownie recipe at Epecurious.com that looked interesting and I did a little fiddling. (I’ll bet you’re not surprised.) The result is rich decadent cocoa brownies that will satisfy anyone’s chocolate craving.

Rich Decadent Cocoa Brownies

10 tablespoons butter, melted
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons cocoa
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

  1. Preheat oven to 325° F. Spray an 8 inch square pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a bowl, stir together the melted butter, the white and brown sugars, and the cocoa. Add eggs one at a time and beat after each addition until eggs are well incorporated. Stir in the vanilla and salt.
  3. Add flour and stir just until the flour is incorporated. Do not over beat. Stir in walnuts. Batter will thick.
  4. Spread batter evenly in prepared 8 inch square baking pan and bake for approximately 30 to 35 minutes.

As you can see in the pictures, I’ve drizzled my rich decadent cocoa brownies with store bought caramel sauce, but these brownies would also be great with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. (They’re also delicious all on their own. Just ask my husband, who got up in the middle of the night for several more rich decadent cocoa brownies.)

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Donna Fasano

USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR DONNA FASANO is a three-time winner of the HOLT Medallion, a CataRomance Reviewers Choice Award winner for Best Single Title, a Desert Rose Golden Quill Award finalist, a Golden Heart finalist, and a two-time winner of Best Romance of the Year given by BigAl’s Books & Pals Review Blog. Her books have sold nearly 4 million copies worldwide and have been published in two dozen languages. Her books have made the Kindle Top 100 Paid List numerous times, climbing as high as #5.

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Beat The Summer Heat by @DonnaFaz #mgtab

Beat The Summer HeatThe Northeast USA is enduring a heat wave with sweltering temperatures climbing above 100°. Here are 6 ways to beat the summer heat.

1. Block the sun. According to the Department of Energy, closing blinds and curtains can reduce the amount of heat that passes into your home by 45%.
2. Give a squirt. Keep a spray bottle filled with water in the refrigerator. Whenever you feel overheated, give your exposed skin a thorough spritz. The chilled water is extremely cooling.
3. Sip often and eat light. Staying hydrated in the heat is important because you lose body fluid as you perspire, so drink lots of water. And choose salads, which are easier to digest, over heavier meals, like steak, which leaves you feeling sluggish. Fruits and veggies contain more water and help keep you hydrated.
4. Ice some rice. Fill a cotton sock with rice, tie the top of the sock in a secure knot, and place sock in the freezer. At bedtime, slip the sock of “iced rice” between your sheets and enjoy hours of cool comfort.
5. Frigid feet. Your feet are very temperature sensitive. To cool your entire body, soak your feet in a bucket of ice water.
6. Think cool. Relax and enjoy a book that takes place during cold weather. Beat the heat and save money at the same time by celebrating Christmas in July. I’ve marked down AN ALMOST PERFECT CHRISTMAS (regularly $3.99) and GROWN-UP CHRISTMAS LIST (regularly $2.99) to 99¢ each. These stories are sure to touch your heart and make you feel cool as a cucumber!

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Beat The Summer Heat

Donna Fasano

USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR DONNA FASANO is a three-time winner of the HOLT Medallion, a CataRomance Reviewers Choice Award winner for Best Single Title, a Desert Rose Golden Quill Award finalist, a Golden Heart finalist, and a two-time winner of Best Romance of the Year given by BigAl’s Books & Pals Review Blog. Her books have sold nearly 4 million copies worldwide and have been published in two dozen languages. Her books have made the Kindle Top 100 Paid List numerous times, climbing as high as #5.

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Rich Fudge Cake #Recipe by @DonnaFaz #mgtab

Rich Fudge CakeHere’s a recipe for decadently rich fudge cake that is moist, delicious. Below the recipe for the rich fudge cake you’ll find the makings for a delectable peanut butter drizzle to pour over the top of the Rich Fudge Cake. This cake is full of calories, I’m sure. Am I going to apologize? Absolutely not! Because that’s how I roll. 🙂

Rich Fudge Cake with Peanut Butter Drizzle

For the cake:

2 cups all purpose flour

1 1/2 cups sugar

2/3 cup cocoa

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups buttermilk

1/2 cup vegetable oil

3 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Lightly coat a 13” x 9” baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. Beat all ingredients in a large mixing bowl until combined. Do not over beat.
  3. Pour batter into prepared pan and spread evenly. Tap pan lightly on counter to remove any air bubbles.
  4. Bake 35-40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  5. Cool before serving.

For the topping:

1/2 cup PB2

2 Tablespoons water

2 Tablespoon honey

  1. Mix together the PB2, the water, and the honey until smooth.
  2. Drizzle over cake slices.

Note: PB2 is powered peanut butter, a great product that has 85% less fat than regular peanut butter. You can find it in your grocery store or purchase it on Amazon. If PB2 doesn’t interest you, simply measure out a half cup of your favorite peanut butter and thin it with 2 tablespoons honey.

I hope you enjoy this delicious cake!

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Rich Fudge Cake Recipe

Donna Fasano

USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR DONNA FASANO is a three-time winner of the HOLT Medallion, a CataRomance Reviewers Choice Award winner for Best Single Title, a Desert Rose Golden Quill Award finalist, a Golden Heart finalist, and a two-time winner of Best Romance of the Year given by BigAl’s Books & Pals Review Blog. Her books have sold nearly 4 million copies worldwide and have been published in two dozen languages. Her books have made the Kindle Top 100 Paid List numerous times, climbing as high as #5.

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A Vote for Podcasts

PodcastsLet’s talk podcasts. As you probably already know, I walk every morning for about two hours. Because all that walking can easily become thought-numbing, I knew I had to come up with a way to compensate. What’s the answer? Well, I offer a vote for podcasts. Listening to podcasts is one of my favorite ways to occupy my mind while I’m racking up those steps. I’m always searching for interesting podcasts to add to my list.

It’s not necessary to be a fitness nerd to enjoy podcasts. You can listen to them while doing chores or while running errands, while sitting and enjoying a sunny day or while lounging in bed on a rainy night. I’m sure you get the idea. Podcasts are perfect anytime.

Here are some of my favorites:

This American Life – Ira Glass created this popular weekly podcast that bills itself as “journalism built around plot.” I enjoy the compelling human interest stories and I’m often surprised by the interesting subjects and surprising plot twists. This podcast has 2.2 million weekly listeners. This amazing show is probably the biggest reason I give a vote for podcasts.

Strangers – Produced and hosted by Peabody award-winner Lea Thau, Strangers is a storytelling podcast featuring true stories that never fails to make me think. I enjoy the interesting themes and I think it’s well worth the time to listen.

Serial – An investigative journalism podcast hosted by Sarah Koenig. Season 1 features the story of Adnan Syed who was convicted of the murder of Hae Min Lee in February 2000. The case on-going case is fascinating. (Note: On March 29, 2018, The Maryland Court of Special Appeals has ordered a new trial for Syed.)

S-Town – Hosted by Brian Reed, S-Town is the story of John McLemore, a man from a wealthy family who despises his Alabama home town. This is an absolutely fascinating story and, most noteworthy, it ended at a place I never imagined it would.

These are just a few of the podcasts I’ve listened to. Give them a try and you’ll soon be offering a vote for podcasts, too. Are you a fan of podcasts? If so, what are your favorite podcasts? Leave a comment with the title of your favorites and I promise to give them a listen.

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Donna Fasano

USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR DONNA FASANO is a three-time winner of the HOLT Medallion, a CataRomance Reviewers Choice Award winner for Best Single Title, a Desert Rose Golden Quill Award finalist, a Golden Heart finalist, and a two-time winner of Best Romance of the Year given by BigAl’s Books & Pals Review Blog. Her books have sold nearly 4 million copies worldwide and have been published in two dozen languages. Her books have made the Kindle Top 100 Paid List numerous times, climbing as high as #5.

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