Brownies In a Jar: Homemade Holiday Gifts by Donna Fasano @DonnaFaz

Brownies in a JarI love to give homemade gifts, and my friends and family seem to love receiving them. Pre-made Brownies in a Jar can be purchased for $12.99. However, you can make these yourself for a fraction of the cost. Here’s a how-to for Brownies in a Jar:

What you’ll need to make Brownies in a Jar:

2 1/4 cups sugar

2/3 cup cocoa powder

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup walnut pieces

1/3 cup chocolate chips


  1. Into a clean 1 quart mason jar, pour the sugar. Tap the jar lightly to compact. Pour in the cocoa and tap to compact. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Tap to compact. Lastly, add the nuts and chocolate chips. Screw on the lid.
  2. Attach the following instructions around the neck of the jar: Empty contents into a large bowl and stir all ingredients to combine. Add 3/4 cup of melted butter, 3 eggs, and 2 Tablespoons water to the bowl. Stir until all ingredients well incorporated. Do not over mix. Pour batter into a greased 13” x 9” pan. Bake in a pre-heated 350º oven for 30 minutes. Cool before cutting into squares.

Have you ever given homemade gifts? What have you given? I love to get new ideas!

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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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Wacky But Useful Gifts

Xmas_2014_MCHNY from JoanChristmas is just a couple of days away so let’s talk about some wacky but very useful gifts that just might delight the recipient. In case you are a last minute shopper in a total panic, these suggestions might help.

You can get these items in several places, but I’m giving the details from Amazon in case you need it now and can’t find these locally. Amazon says they’ll deliver by Christmas so it’s worth a shot.

Lighted Eyeglasses

LightSpecs Nighttime Readers

These beat reading lights because the light is focused. You can find these as reading glasses or with clear lenses. Google for local sources–Walgreens carries them sometimes–or order from Amazon.

Book: 1001 Funniest Things Ever Said

This book is seriously funny and would be a gift for just about anyone. Here are some sample quotations.

So, where’s the Cannes Film Festival being held this year? ~ Christina Aguilera

Fame means when your computer modem is broken, the repair guy comes out to your house a little faster. ~ Sandra Bullock

Tinnitus Therapy and Sleep Machine

Millions of people suffer from tinnitus. I’m one of them. I’m hoping for this
Tinnitus Therapy and Sleep Machineunder my Christmas tree. It’s an alarm clock with soothing sounds developed in conjunction with sleep and sound experts Dr. Lee Bartel and Dr. Jeffrey Thompson.

The device, which can also be found at Sharper Image, has digital soundscapes that alpha, beta, and delta brainwave patterns to coax your brain into healthy states of sleep or relaxation.

Exclusive, doctor-developed ear therapy sounds help relieve tinnitus at home or work. I hope it works.

Absolutely Cutest iPhone Stand

Etsy shops have some amazing products, and this iPhone Stand from MilanDIY is a perfect example. Very inexpensive, imaginative, and useful, this is a fabulous little gift.

My Christmas Romances for You

LuvU4Ever, a holiday short story romance, is free! (If Amazon and Nook still haven’t reduced it to FREE, so get it from one of the other sellers listed.) Nobody’s Cinderella is reduced to only 99 cents.

LU4E_2500p_NYTLuvU4Ever (Free)

This Christmas, Noelle faces the biggest decision of her life.

LuvU4Ever. That’s what was engraved on the gold heart David gave her when he proposed. They’ve shared 10 years of joy in what she thought was a forever love.

I told you never to call me at home.

Can nine little words destroy her forever love? What will Noelle do? Will she walk away? Will she dish out some payback? Or will she choose love and acceptance?

Available at All Romance Ebooks * Amazon Kindle * iBooks * Kobo * Nook (Nook has NOT price matched either so it’s still showing 99 cents.) * Smashwords and other ebook sellers.

NC_2400px3200p_framed_NYTNobody’s Cinderella (Reduced from $3.99 to 99 cents)

Darcy Benton is the oldest cliche in the world—a woman in love with her boss. Other than that, she’s no-nonsense, practical, mature, and sober. She’s just the kind of woman Chase Whitaker wants as head of accounting for his company. She’s definitely not the kind of woman he wants in his bed.

Enter Darcy’s meddling, matchmaking best friend who has a plan to transform Darcy into a hottie designed to attract Chase’s interest. All it takes? A couple of little lies…and a wish on a Christmas star. Darcy should have heeded that old advice: be careful what you wish for.

Available at All Romance Ebooks * Amazon Kindle * iBooks * Kobo * Nook * Smashwords and other ebook sellers.

Wishing yoXmas To Do List_webu all the happiest of Holidays and a glorious New Year!

Post Script

Joan Reeves is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary Romance. Available as ebooks and audiobooks, her romance novels all have the same underlying theme: “It’s never too late to live happily ever after.” Joan lives her happily ever after with her hero, her husband, in the Lone Star State. Sign up for WordPlay, Joan’s email list/newsletter for readers and receive a free book.

Joan Reeves

Joan Reeves—Keeping Romance Alive…One Sexy Book at a Time—is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary Romance. From Romantic Comedy to Romantic Thriller, all of her books have the same premise: “It’s never too late to live happily ever after.” Joan lives her happily-ever-after with her hero, her husband, in the Lone Star State. They divide their time between the hustle and bustle of Houston and a quiet house at the foot of the Texas Hill Country where they grow fruit trees and grapes and make wine. Sign up for Joan’s Mailing List and be the first to know about new books and giveaways.

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