Let’s Celebrate Spring by @Donna_Fasano

I have environmental allergies, so when Spring pollen hits, I suffer. However, once the pollen phase of the season is over, I am happy and my spirit sings. So I say let’s celebrate Spring!  Spring means the end of the long, cold, dark winter. It means new beginnings. Spring means sunshine and a warm weather. And flowers and colors and beauty.

Spring

Here are some wonderful, uplifting quotes about Spring:

“Spring unlocks the flowers to paint the laughing soil.” ~Bishop Reginald Heber

“The beautiful spring came, and when nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.” ~Harriet Ann Jacobs

“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s Party!’.” ~Robin Williams

“Spring adds new life and new beauty to all that is.” ~Jessica Harrelson

“Spring will come and so will happiness. Hold on. Life will get warmer.” ~Anita Krizzan

“It’s Spring Fever. That’s what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want—oh, you don’t quite know what it is you want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!” ~Mark Twain

“The earth laughs in flowers.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

I wish you a beautiful spring… (with little-to-no pollen!)

If you’re looking for a light, fun read, I have a few romance novels that are selling for 99¢ each. I also have a cookbook that under a buck! I hope you’ll look for them:

99 cent books

A Beautiful Stranger – Book 1 of A Family Forever Series

An Honorable Man – Book 1 of the Black Bear Brothers Series

The Single Daddy Club: Derrick – Book 1 of The Single Daddy Club Series

Dangerous Memories – Romantic Suspense

Her Fake Romance – Fun, Witty Contemporary Romance

Cooking In All Directions – Some of my favorite recipes

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Petite Cherry Cheesecakes #Recipe for #Foodies

These petite cherry cheesecakes are easy enough for a casual, everyday meal, but they look fancy enough for a special occasion. Whatever your gathering, these little gems are sweet and lusciously creamy. You and your guests will love them.

Cherry Cheesecake Recipe

Petite Cherry Cheesecakes

Makes 24

Ingredients –

  • 24 vanilla wafer cookies
  • 2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 can (21 oz) cherry pie filling
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, lightly toasted

Directions –

  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Line 24 regular-size muffin cups with paper liners (I prefer the fancy silver liners). Place 1 vanilla wafer cookie in the bottom of each cup. Set aside.
  2. In large bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, eggs, and the extract with electric mixer on medium-high speed 1 to 2 minutes or until mixture is light and fluffy. Spoon evenly into muffin cups, filling 2/3 full.
  3. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from muffin cups to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours before serving.
  4. Just before serving, top each cheesecake with generous tablespoon of pie filling and sprinkle with almonds.

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Who’s in the mood for a women’s fiction novel?

I’ve got one just for you! FINDING FIONA

Finding Fiona

If her husband turns up alive—she’ll kill him!

Explaining to the seriously sexy cop why she hasn’t noticed her husband has been missing for three days is both embarrassing and sobering. But the day Fiona Rowland lifts her head above the churning chaos of kids, carpools, and a million things to do, annoyance turns to fury…then to worry. Where is Stanley?

Having one of those wake-up-and-smell-the-coffee moments changes the way a woman looks at things: marriage, money, family, and friends. And when her best pal from high school arrives (packing her own secrets) to lend support, it turns out even the past isn’t quite what it seems. Scrambling to make sense of the drama unfolding, Fiona discovers there’s an upside to having your whole world turned upside down. It’s easier to grab the good stuff.

A delightful mixture of women’s fiction, chick-lit, romantic comedy, and mystery, Finding Fiona has something for every reader. The discussion questions included at the back of the book make this the perfect novel for book clubs and reader groups.

Available at these fine stores:  Kindle  *  Nook  *  Kobo  *  iBooks  *  Paperback

 

Sweet Potato Soup with Ham and Leeks

Sweet Potato SoupI love soup on chilly winter evenings. This Sweet Potato Soup recipe is a real winner. The earthy aroma of the sage and garlic will fill your kitchen and have everyone coming in to see what’s cooking. Everyone will love the creamy, savory, and slightly sweet taste of this soup that’s filled chucks of ham and sweet potatoes.

Sweet potatoes are rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin B6, which are important for brain and nervous system health. They’re also a good source of potassium and magnesium which help regulate blood pressure and improve heart health.

 

Sweet Potato Soup with Ham and Leeks

Soup Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 lb fully-cooked ham, cut into small dice (about 1 cup)
  • 1 large leek, cleaned well and sliced thin (about 1 ½ cups)
  • 3-4 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes (about 3 cups)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 can chicken broth (about 14 ounces)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 small can evaporated milk (about 5 ounces)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Garnish (optional):

  • Sour cream
  • Thinly sliced scallions
  1. Put the oil in a pot and fry the ham cubes, stirring constantly, until slightly crispy on the edges (about 5 minutes). Then remove the ham from the pot.
  2. Add the leeks and cook until slightly wilted. Add the sweet potatoes, garlic, sage, chicken broth, water, and evaporated milk. Simmer for 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.
  3. Place half the soup into a blender (secure the lid by placing a kitchen towel over the top to prevent splatters) and then puree until smooth. Return to the soup pot and add the ham. Then add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish each bowl with sour cream and sliced scallions. Enjoy!

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This month I’ve reduced the price of all 3 of my Christmas books. Today, I’m featuring AN ALMOST PERFECT CHRISTMAS. It’s the story of how one little girl brings together her widower daddy and her favorite pediatric nurse.

An Almost Perfect Christmas

 

Hot Mulled Cider #Recipe by @Donna_Fasano

I love mulled cider. In trying to decide which recipe to use for this post, I was torn between recipes offered by 2 Food Network chefs that I love—Bobby Flay and Ina Garten. I went with Garten’s recipe because I love the flavor and scent of star anise. If you’ve never used this spice, you have got to try it! It smells like a holiday all by itself. I often put a few star anise and few whole cloves into a saucepan of simmering water. This concoction makes my house smell wonderful. Be careful not to let the water evaporate completely or you’ll end up with scorched spices. Now, on to the recipe.

Hot Mulled Cider

By Ina Garten of Food Network

Ingredients

  • 1 gallon fresh apple cider
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 6 star anise

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients into a pot and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes, or until all flavors are combined.
  • Pour into mugs and serve hot.
  • Makes 12 servings.

This month, I’m celebrating fall by putting MOUNTAIN LAUREL on sale for just 99¢ for Kindle readers. This sweet romance is the first book I ever wrote. It won a finalist spot on what was then called The Unpublished RITA Contest (now known as The Golden Heart). Although the book did not win a trophy, editor Tara Gavin of Harlequin bought and published the book. I was so proud!

Mountain Laurel

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The sale price is available in all Kindle Stores! Don’t see a link to your store? Search for “Mountain Laurel Donna Fasano” in your Kindle Store. Thank you!

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