Snickerdoodles are a classic cookie. And that makes them the perfect holiday treat. These snickerdoodles are crisp, yet chewy. The cinnamon sugar coating is a nice compliment to the flavor. This is my new favorite cookie recipe.

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Author Interview: Kiersten White

Today, I have a super-fun throwback to the Fall into Fantasy event!

Last month, I had the awesome chance to participate in this event highlighting five 2010 paranormal debuts.

I interviewed Andrea Cremer and Brenna Yovanoff and gave away some pretty sweet signed books, too.

Today, I get to participate in a round-robin-style interview of Kiersten White, author of Paranormalcy.

I got to meet Kiersten (who is adorable!) during her book tour, and was so excited to have the chance to ask her a question about her novel!

Check out my review to read my thoughts on Paranormalcy.

And now, on to the interview!

Each blogger on the tour today was able to ask Kiersten one question:

 If you had Lend’s ability to disguise yourself as anyone, who would you most want to look like and why?
“Gosh, isn’t that a strange question?  And it goes back to what I think Lend’s core struggle is–when he can look like anyone, how does he figure out who he really is?  Because as awesome as it would be to walk around looking like [insert hot starlet du jour here], you’d always know that it wasn’t really you that people liked looking at.  Just another way of exploring the questions of identity that are core to the book and to being a teenager in general!
That being said, I don’t have anyone I’d be dying to look like for a day–unless I could also steal their brains and ways of thinking, in which case I’d look like M. T. Anderson or Gayle Forman or John Green or Laini Taylor.  Because talented writers = HOT.”
I totally agree. Talented writers = HOT :)
Now, to see the next question in the series, check out 365 Days of Reading and she’ll lead you to the next stop on the tour.
Oh, wait. You missed the first question? Not to worry. Check out Literary Explorations and she’ll set you right.
Thanks so much to Kiersten for the chance to find out more about her book, and to Casey from The Bookish Type for organizing this fun event!

Happy Reading!


Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cookies


One of my favorite things about the holiday season is Chocolate-Covered Cherries, so I couldn’t wait to try these Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cookies. They are so yummy with a surprise inside!

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I’ve been in a bit of a slump lately.
I understand that has nothing to do with the photo of this post. But gosh, I love that photo. 
I found it last night as I was going through the hundreds of pictures I took during Thanksgiving when my family was all together.
Isn’t it just so great?
River looks like she’s having so much fun with her daddy.
Did you know that they’re expecting another? Yup. I’m going to be an auntie again, twice over!
Alex (River’s mom) is due in early January, but the doctors think the baby will come before the end of the year.
Jet (Hyrum’s mom) is due in late January. So many babies coming along in our family!
But I digress.
I have so many fun, beautiful photos to share with you all from that holiday weekend. 
But I just can’t bring myself to sort through ’em, edit ’em and post ’em.
As I said, a slump.
I love this blog, and I love all of you, dear readers.
Your comments on my posts make me smile. I wish I could write back to each one of you! 
But I just don’t have time.
It’s so difficult to keep up with all of this. All of the cooking, and reading, and picture-taking, and photo editing, and blah blah blah.
I love the design of my site, but I didn’t consider just how limiting it would be. Because of the photo slideshow on the homepage, each post has to have a photo.
And to be honest, I don’t always have a photo for the things I want to write about. 
There’s so much I want to tell you. Like how I woke up with the worst migraine I’ve had in a long time yesterday morning, only to find that Georgie had left several runny surprises all over the bedroom floor.
Note to self: Do not feed The Minions canned dog food ever again.
Or how I’m so super-excited about Cataclysm coming out today!! (How am I going to find time to play a video game and do everything I need to do??)
I’ve been in a weird mood lately. I’m tired. And I’m sad. And I feel lost.
Have you ever just felt lost? Like things in your life aren’t going exactly as you planned?
That’s where I am right now. Just lost. 
I’m really looking forward to the holiday break coming up. I think that will give me time to clear my head and get my thoughts in order.
It will also give me time to catch up on all the books I promised to read and review and all the posts I’ve been neglecting.
I’ve just got to get there. And there are five cookie recipes standing in my way.
Have I ever told you how hard it is to bake 12 different cookie recipes 12 days in a row? 
If I ever get a hair-brained idea like that again, someone *please* knock some sense into me! I’m losing my mind, and I’ve still got five recipes to go!
Oh, by the way, another thing “to do” this holiday break is redesign the site. I’m hoping to move from Blogger to WordPress and make things a little easier on me. We’ll see how it goes. Wish me luck!
Sorry for the super-long, rambling post. Sometimes, you just gotta say what you gotta say.
Whether the picture matches or not.

Chocolate-Peppermint Cookies

When I first saw these cookies in a magazine, I knew they’d be the perfect Christmas treat. They taste like thin mints, with a crispy minty, chocolate interior and smooth chocolate coating. So yummy!
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