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Historical Author Holiday Cookie Hop

Hello historical romance hoppers and welcome! I am a keto/paleo/GAPS diet enthusiast and have a healthy peanut butter cookie recipe to share this year. I hope you like Paleo Peanut Butter Cookies!

2 cups blanched almond flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/3 cup honey

1/2 cup melted butter

3/4 cup peanut butter with no additives

1 extra large egg

1 tablespoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350F. In a large mixing bowl whisk together the dry ingredients. In a smaller bowl use a mixer to combine the honey, peanut butter, melted butter, egg and vanilla. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry. Spoon dough onto parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 7-10 minutes until golden.

BOXING DAY (from history.com)

Most of us are aware that the Commonwealth countries celebrate Boxing Day on December 26th. The term is of British origin, and the Oxford English Dictionary traces its earliest print attribution to 1833, four years before Charles Dickens referred to it in “The Pickwick Papers.” The exact roots of the holiday name are unknown, but there are two leading theories, both of which are connected to charity traditionally distributed to lower classes on the day after Christmas.

One idea is that December 26 was the day centuries ago when lords of the manor and aristocrats typically distributed “Christmas boxes” often filled with small gifts, money and leftovers from Christmas dinner to their household servants and employees, who were required to work on December 25, in recognition of good service throughout the year. These boxes were, in essence, holiday bonuses. Another popular theory is that the Boxing Day moniker arose from the alms boxes that were placed in churches during the Advent season for the collection of monetary donations from parishioners. Clergy members distributed the contents of the boxes to the poor on December 26, which is also the feast of St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr and a figure known for acts of charity. (Ireland celebrates December 26 as St. Stephen’s Day.)

Although the practice of almsgiving on December 26 has faded with charity now being given in the weeks leading up to Christmas, the Boxing Day name has endured. These days, December 26 is a popular holiday in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries for watching sports such as soccer and cricket, shopping and visiting friends.

Interestingly, the hero in HER UNCONVENTIONAL EARL is a boxer (and a butcher). The book is scheduled for release on January 25, 2022 and I think you’ll find it to be an “unconventional” Scottish Regency romance!

Lady Charity MacGalloway likes little dogs, long country walks, and summer cloudbursts, but she wants absolutely nothing to do with the Season or balls or the pompous heirs trolling the marriage mart.

Harry Mansfield is not only the town of Brixham’s butcher, he’s also a boxer, and he’s about as far removed from polite society as any man can be. But when Lady Charity steps into his shop, she manages to take everything he thinks he knows about women of quality and turns it upside down.

Her Ladyship not only employs him to repair her stable’s roof, she cunningly negotiates an agreement where Harry’s sister receives reading lessons in exchange for very surreptitious boxing lessons. All goes well until Charity is spotted attending one of The Butcher’s fights. Immediately, her family shuffles her to London to mitigate any hint of scandal.

As a new Season begins, Charity does not ally herself with the hopeful young ladies looking for a match. Neither does she want flowers, sonnets written in her honor, nor carriage rides through the park. She desperately desires Harry Mansfield, regardless of if he labors as a butcher or a boxer, and she will stop at nothing to make him hers.

Preorder your copy of HER UNCONVENTIONAL EARL here: https://books2read.com/u/38dZg7

Back to the Holiday Hop!

Find the next author below. Once you have all the recipes, email your completed list of author names, with their treat names, to Heather@HeatherMcCollum.com with the heading: “Historical Romance Authors are Sweet” to be entered into the $150 gift card grand prize random drawing.

Alanna Lucaswww.alannalucas.com
Amy Jareckihttps://amyjarecki.com/historical-author-holiday-cookie-hop/
Angelina Jamesonhttps://facebook.com/angelinajamesonauthor
Anna St. Clairehttps://www.annastclaire.com/contests.html
Aubrey Wynnewww.aubreywynne.com
Celeste Barclaywww.celestebarclay.com/2021/12/historicalholidaycookiehop.html
Deb Marlowehttp://www.debmarlowe.com/cookie-hop.html
E. Elizabeth Watsonhttps://eelizabethwatson.com/merry-christmas
Eliza Knighthttps://www.facebook.com/elizaknightfiction
Elizabeth Ellen Carterhttp://www.eecarter.com
Elizabeth Johnswww.elizabethjohnsauthor.com
Gina Conklehttps://ginaconkle.com/holiday-cookie-hop/
Heather McCollumwww.HeatherMcCollum.com
Jane Charleshttps://www.janecharlesauthor.com/christmas-fun
Jerrica Knight-Cataniawww.jerricasplace.com
Jessica A. Clementshttps://www.facebook.com/JessicaAClementsNavarro
Katherine Bonehttps://www.katherinebone.com
Katherine Granthttps://mailchi.mp/katherinegrantromance.com/holiday-hop
Kathryn Le Vequehttps://www.facebook.com/kathrynlevequenovels
Lisa Raynehttps://www.lisarayne.com/holiday-cookie-hop-2021
Lori Ann Baileyhttps://loriannbailey.com/linzer-tarts/
Lynne Connollyhttps://lynneconnolly.com/
Madeline Martinhttps://www.facebook.com/MadelineMartinAuthor
Michelle McLeanhttps://michellemcleanbooks.com/2021-historical-holiday-cookie-hop/
Ruth A. Casiehttps://www.facebook.com/RuthACasie
Samantha Gracehttps://www.samanthagraceauthor.com/holiday-cookie-hop
Sandra Sookoohttps://www.facebook.com/sandrasookooauthor
Sapna Bhoghttps://facebook.com/sapnawrites
Tammy Andresenhttps://www.facebook.com/authortammyandresen
Tara Kingstonhttps://www.facebook.com/TaraKingstonAuthor/

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