We have a terrific surprise today. Linda Carroll-Bradd is sharing a great recipe favored by the heroine in her latest Western THE RING THAT BINDS. Celia Innes loves to make special holiday dishes for her daughter, Keena. Here's Linda to tells us about her book AND give us the recipe.
Christmas Treats on a Shoestring Budget
By Linda Carroll-Bradd
A single mother widow in 1886 Aspen needs an economical way to provide Christmas for herself and her young daughter. In western historical The Ring That Binds, Celina Innes is a seamstress with her own shop but is always thinking of ways to stretch her time so she can do more for little Keena. Uppermost in her mind is the need to square the debts her late husband incurred at the mercantile before he ran off to the silver mines and was killed. The end is almost in sight but her daughter is growing and that means a new coat and new boots will be needed soon. Being the sole provider is a heavy burden but Celina is a determined woman. Using scraps of fabric and trim remaining from her dressmaking projects, she crafts handmade holiday decorations and enlists Mikel Toussaint’s help in selling them in his general store.
Because mothers love to treat their children, especially at Christmas time, Celina provides sweets created from basic ingredients at hand in her kitchen. Possibilities might be gingerbread, Irish soda bread cookies, or molasses pie. Here’s a quick and easy recipe:
1-1/4 cup molasses
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
2/3 cup sugar
Bring molasses and butter to a boil in a saucepan. Beat the eggs until light and fluffy. Mix the flour and sugar with eggs and add to molasses mixture. Pour mixture into unbaked pie shell and bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until set.
Widow Celina Innes, a dress shop owner in the small 1886 mining town of Aspen, Colorado, struggles to run her shop and live down her late husband’s bad choices for the sake of her four-year old daughter, Keena. She made the mistake of following after one man’s dream of striking it rich and has sworn not to do it again.
Co-owner of Toussaint’s General Store, Mikel, watches this proud woman run a successful business but wishes he could make her life a little easier. He has to be contented by slipping treats to the child in hopes of pleasing her mama.
When illness strikes the child, Celina turns to Mikel for help and they work together all night to get past the crisis, deepening their friendship. But when the crisis is over, Mikel disappears from Aspen and Celina learns he is seeking to increase his stores. How could she have been so wrong about the man?
Can a woman sworn to put down roots and a man looking for more riches find happiness?
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As a young girl, Linda was often found lying on her bed reading about fascinating characters having exciting adventures in places far away and in other time periods. In later years, she read and then started writing romances and achieved her first publication--a confession story. Married with 4 adult children and 2 granddaughters, Linda now writes heartwarming contemporary and historical stories with a touch of humor from her home in the southern California mountains.