I am so thrilled to be a part of this amazing tour! I am lucky enough to be able to share with you an amazing guest post from bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne that includes two recipes that I am sure you will enjoy. Let me tell you a little about two books from RaeAnne Thayne and a fabulous giveaway!
About A Cold Creek Christmas Story
Sparkle In The Snow Leads To So Much More
Celeste Nicholas has always preferred to keep to herself in her hometown of Pine Gulch, Idaho…until she becomes an instant celebrity! When one of her children’s stories becomes a major success, she’s suddenly the talk of the town. Celeste should be gloriously happy…but something, someone, special is still missing from her life. Could the return of her childhood crush be the answer? Flynn Delaney has moved back home for his daughter’s sake. Yet all the millionaire’s resources can’t help the little girl heal from the tragic loss of her mother. Shy librarian Celeste and her stories do hold some indefinable magic, though. Flynn came home looking for support—can he find that, and true love, in the one who got away?
About A Evergreen Springs
Celebrate the magic of Christmas in Haven Point with New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne, where hope, home and happily-ever-after are as close as your holiday stocking…
Christmas is the last thing on Cole Barrett’s mind this year. He’s barely hanging on trying to care for his two grieving children since his ex-wife died in a tragic accident. For the reclusive Cole, this is no time for gift-giving and celebration—and certainly not for a sunny-natured optimist to blow into his screwed-up life. Physician Devin Shaw has long researched the curative powers of Lake Haven’s mineral waters. Unfortunately, the hot springs are on Barrett property, forcing Devin to strike a bargain with the ranch’s attractively gruff owner: she’ll give Cole’s children a magical Christmas, and Cole will allow her patients access to the springs. But can she work her holiday magic to heal the Barrett family’s battered hearts—and her own?
Two Favorite Holiday Breakfast Recipes from Bestselling Author RaeAnne Thayne
I love writing about Christmas traditions. In my new book, A Cold Creek Christmas Story, Celeste Nichols belongs to a family with many traditions, from sleigh rides on Christmas Eve to telling stories about magic reindeer to doing all they can to help others feel the holiday spirit.
One of my family’s favorite traditions is the special Christmas morning breakfast I always prepare. I make the same thing every year—and it’s become so beloved that our son-in-law requests it even when we’re traveling and it’s not Christmas!
I love that both of these recipes are make-ahead specialties. It’s so easy to throw them together on the afternoon of Christmas Eve. When our kids wake up on Christmas morning (usually way too early for me!) I just preheat the oven and toss them in while we’re opening presents. By the time we’re done, breakfast is ready with minimal effort on my part. Both are delicious and usually provide enough leftovers for the day after Christmas, when I’m tired of cooking.
Make-Ahead: Farmer’s Breakfast Casserole
- 3 cups frozen shredded hash browns, 24-oz bag
- ¾ cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
- ⅓ cup mild salsa
- 1 cup ham or Canadian-style bacon, diced
- ½ cup green onions, sliced
- 4 eggs, beaten
- 12 oz evaporated milk, canned
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- ⅛ tsp salt
Grease a 2-quart square baking dish. Spread the potatoes evenly in the bottom of the dish. Sprinkle with cheeses, ham, salsa and green onions. Combine the eggs, milk, pepper and salt and pour over the potato mixture in dish. Cover and refrigerate.
To serve, bake uncovered at 350°F for 40 to 45 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Optional, add extra shredded cheese to the top during the last 15 minutes of baking.
Make-Ahead French Toast
- 5 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1½ cups milk
- 1 cup half-and-half cream
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ loaf French bread, cut diagonally in 1-inch slices (I use Texas toast.)
- ½ cup butter, melted
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 2 tbs maple syrup
- 1 cup chopped pecans
In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, cream and vanilla. Dip bread slices into egg mixture and place in a lightly greased 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Refrigerate overnight.
The next morning, preheat oven to 350°F. In a small bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, maple syrup and pecans. Spoon mixture over bread. Bake in preheated oven until golden, about 40 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
What are some of your favorite traditions? Do you have a special breakfast recipe? I’d love to hear!
One grand prize winner will receive:
2 copies of each print title (one for yourself and one for a friend!): Christmas in Mustang Creek by Linda Lael Miller, The Christmas Familyby Linda Goodnight, When Secrets Strike by Marta Perry, A Cold Creek Christmas Story by RaeAnne Thayne and Evergreen Springs by RaeAnne Thayne
An ebook copy of Act Like It by Lucy Parker
2 Harlequin Classics limited edition notebooks
100,000 Harlequin MyRewards points
1 Brenda Jackson Westmorelands notebook