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Baking With Your Children – A Fun And Wonderful Way to Create Special Memories by Diana Cosby

In addition to growing up with my mom who is a wonderful cook, I spent a lot of time baking with my grandmother in the mountains of Vermont.  I cherish the memories of creating recipes, of the stories I’d listen to as we’d mix the ingredients, and the scents of warm cookies, cake, bread, and more.  A tradition that I shared with my children as they grew up.

 

Through baking I taught my kids how to measure, to count, and to be artistic in thinking beyond the recipe and create something new, and to have fun as I’d place a small dollop of frosting on the tip of their noses.  For birthday’s they’d pick themes for their cakes, and on holidays they’d help place special effects, usually created with chocolate, candy, or toys.  In addition, they learned about sharing what they baked with friends and neighbors, and how to help the community by donating their creations to bake sales.

 

 

I’m a huge believer in giving back and helping others, a trait I wanted my kids to embrace in their lives.  For several years I made cakes for Make-A-Wish.  As I’d decorate the cake, with my children giving me suggestions on what colors to use or details to ad, we’d talk about the challenges of life, and how important it was to thank God for each day.

 

As I look back, I’m grateful for those special moments of baking with my children, it was more than teaching them life lessons, but a way to create special memories that will forever touch their, as my heart.

 

“Diana Cosby is superbly talented.” —Cathy Maxwell, New York Times bestselling author

In battle-torn Scotland, a castle’s mistress awaits her groom, a warrior she has never met . . .

Lady Gwendolyn Murphy’s fiancé has finally arrived at Latharn Castle, but she expects no joy in their introduction. Gwendolyn is well aware of Bróccín MacRaith’s cold reputation. Yet from first glance, she is drawn to the intimidating stranger. Impossible! How could she be dazzled by such a callous man?

Little does she know, Bróccín is dead. The man Gwendolyn believes to be her intended is actually Sir Aiden MacConnell, a member of the Knights Templar and her enemy, masquerading as the earl to gain access to the castle. His soul is dedicated to God and war; he has no time for luxuries of the flesh. But Gwendolyn’s intoxicating beauty, intellect, and fortitude lures him to want the forbidden.

With the wedding date quickly approaching and the future of Scotland at stake, Aiden gathers critical intelligence and steels himself for his departure, vowing to avoid an illicit liaison. But a twist of fate forces him to choose—move forward with a life built on a lie, or risk everything for the heart of one woman?

Praise for the novels of Diana Cosby

“Cosby gives you it all—passion, danger, lush history and a touch of magic. Excellent reading.” —Hannah Howell, New York Times bestselling author

“A sexy new voice in historical romance. Scottish historicals have a bright new star.” —Sandra Hill, USA Today bestselling author

“Diana Cosby writes wonderful historical romance!” —Susan King

Quilting & Writing ‒ Cut From The Same Cloth by Diana Cosby

I enjoy doing many crafts, painting, gardening, and more, but one I’ve recently picked back up is quilting.  I admit I had a strong motive, the arrival of my first grandchild, Laura.  A momentous occasion, like a story, where a new character is brought to life, except in this special life moment, it’s the arrival of a precious little girl who has stolen my heart.

Until I started the process, I didn’t realize how much quilting and writing were in essence, cut from the same cloth.  Like the fun of deciding upon a plot, I had a blast choosing a pattern and selecting various types of cloth.  Then, as in researching the time-frame and preparing to write, I cut out numerous pieces of fabric, and set up my sewing machine.  Similar to creating a hero and heroine’s journey, then came the time to place all of the sections together into a cohesive pattern and sew them together.

Except, what I hadn’t anticipated was that like crafting a story, where the characters dig in and I’m forced to alter the course of their journey that I had planned, at times the pattern that I had envisioned changed.  Several times I ended up disassembling blocks, reorganizing them, then continue to piece the swaths together. Continue reading “Quilting & Writing ‒ Cut From The Same Cloth by Diana Cosby”

Diana Cosby’s – Romance Reader’s Build A Habitat For Humanity House of Love

Romance readers are AMAZING!  And, SO is Habitat For Humanity, a charity that I love supporting and volunteering for.  So, I thought, why not pair the two and help a deserving family receive a home?  And, the Diana Cosby’s Romance Reader’s Build A Habitat For Humanity House of Love fundraiser was born.

I contacted the Habitat For Humanity office in Grayson County, Texas, where I’ve had the honor of helping with several builds and spoke with Laurie Mealy, Executive Director.  She embraced the project, and was thrilled at the thought of pairing romance readers, who love stories where heroes and heroines overcome challenges to make their dreams come true, with making the dream of home ownership for a deserving family a reality.

Goal:  Fund an entire home – $55,000. 

I kicked off the challenge by donating $200.  As I write this, we’ve raised $12,590.  Romance readers are amazing, and I have complete faith that as the stories they love, they will join together to raise the amount necessary to give a deserving family a home.

How it works:

As readers send donations to Habitat for Humanity of Grayson County for the ‘Diana Cosby’s Readers Build A House of Love,’ the total contributions are updated below the house graphic on the upper right side of the homepage.  Donations can be sent via PayPal by ‘clicking’ on the house, which takes you to the donation page, or by mailing a check or money order to:

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Photography with Diana Cosby

An Oath Broken author Diana Cosby has another passion besides writing Scottish medieval romantic suspense, she loves photography.  An amateur photographer, Diana enjoys unveiling nature in new and fun ways.  To her, taking pictures is an opportunity to create art through the lens of the camera.

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Recipes from The MacGruder Brothers with Diana Cosby

ALEXANDER MACGRUDER’S ORANGE-CHOCOLATE-PECAN BISCOTTI

INGREDIENTS:
2 cups flour
2 eggs
8 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips Continue reading “Recipes from The MacGruder Brothers with Diana Cosby”

Apple Pie Ice Cream Pie with Diana Cosby

INGREDIENTS:

Chocolate cookie pie shell
1 Quart Apple Pie ice cream
Whipped cream Continue reading “Apple Pie Ice Cream Pie with Diana Cosby”

The Best of 2016

Quail Veronique by Mary McHugh

Serves six.

6 quails
3 tbsps. flour
2 ½ tsps. salt
½ tsp. white pepper
5 tbsps. butter
¾ cup dry white wine
¾ cup seedless green grapes
4 tbsps. blanched, sliced almonds

Mix the salt and pepper with the flour.
Dip the quails in the flour, salt, and pepper.
Brown the quails in the butter in a deep skillet.
Add wine, cover, and cook for about fifteen minutes over low heat.
Add grapes and almonds.
Cook until quails are tender, about five minutes.

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A Real Maine Clambake by Barbara Ross

People often ask about the inspiration for novels and for me it was when fellow Kensington author Lea Wait (Twisted Threads, Threads of Evidence, Thread and Gone) told me her daughter celebrated her wedding reception on a private island where a family ran a Maine clambake. Lea and I are neighbors in Maine (where neighbors means she lives at the other end of the peninsula where I live) and we love to get together to talk books, writing and lobster.

ea’s story marinated for a while before I wrote the first Maine Clambake Mystery, Clammed Up(which takes place, not surprisingly at a wedding). At that point, I’d never been to the real Cabbage Island Clambake where Lea’s daughter’s wedding reception had been held. I wrote the early drafts of Clammed Up over most of a snowy New England winter when the clambake was shut down for the season. I actually think that was a good thing, because it ensured that everything about the Snowden Family Clambake—the family, the island, the tourists—came out of my imagination.

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