I used to live in Ohio in elementary school, and my mother would always make Buckeyes around Halloween (chocolate covered peanut butter rolls). I’d help roll the dough/batter into little balls and dunk them in the chocolate. My favorite October/November treat! Almost better than Reese’s Peanut Butter cups, but with extra love.
Here’s the recipe (enjoy!):
Ingredients (makes 30 buckeyes):
1 1/2 cups peanut butter (I use Jiff), 1 cup softened butter, 6 cups confectioner’s sugar, 4 cups semisweet chocolate chips (I like milk chocolate), 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, wax paper roll, 30 toothpicks (minimum)
Prep: 15 minutes, Bake: 5min, Ready in 50min
In a large bowl, mix together the peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and sugar. The dough will look dry. Roll into 1in balls and place on wax paper-lined cookie sheet. Press a toothpick into the middle of each ball (to be used later for dipping), and chill in the freezer until firm (about 30min). Melt chocolate chips in double boiler or in a bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water. Stir chocolate frequently until smooth (do not leave unattended). Dip cold peanut butter balls in chocolate holding onto the toothpick. Leave a small portion of the peanut butter showing at the top to make them look like buckeyes. Put back on the cookie sheet and refrigerate until serving.
It’s November. The time for colder weather, colorful turning leaves, college football, pumpkin spice lattes, and being thankful.
Thanksgiving is so rarely depicted in fiction novels. Most authors choose to represent Christmas or Valentine’s Day (especially in the romance genre). This overlooked holiday needed a chance to be brought front and center.
So let’s celebrate! Since Thanksgiving is depicted in my debut novel, AUDREY’S PROMISE, it’s on SALE!!!!
I’ve included a bunch of links to the appropriate sales outlets you prefer. From now until Nov 8th, the e-book is only $0.99!
And when my next novel’s release date is announced, I’ll give away a free e-book or paperback of AUDREY’S PROMISE to a lucky commentator (winner’s choice)!
So get your seriously discounted copy of AUDREY’S PROMISE now before it goes back to full price. Raise your Pumpkin Spice Lattes in celebration of Thanksgiving!
Audrey Allen is poised to become the youngest Texas senator, a position that fits her nickname, The Peacemaker. But she’s unable to make peace with many in her hometown, where memories and grudges run deep from a decade-old tragedy.
Ethan Tanner, an ambitious and tantalizing journalist, joins her at Thanksgiving for an in-depth look at the promising candidate. But he has an agenda of his own that’s not entirely honorable.
Ethan could stir up trouble for her budding career, or awaken the deep passions she’s buried for so long. Will Ethan find that he values love more than getting the story?
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Dilemma: Start writing the rough draft of my 3rd novel, or wait until the start of NaNoWriMo in November?
If I wait until November, I can participate in my first National Novel Writing Month. It’s a lofty goal of 50,000 words in 1 month. That’s 12,500 words/week. I normally average less than 5K words/week when I’m in the middle of a manuscript. So this endeavor is intimidating. A Himalayan peak when I’m used to sand castle mounds. There’s no official prize at the end of the month, other than the incredible accomplishment of an almost-complete manuscript. Assuming I reach the summit at K2.
But waiting means I’m stagnant for another month. I’m not sure my brain can handle that. I need to keep writing to keep the ideas flowing. To keep my creativity pumping and not lose on what I’ve researched. I’m reading like crazy, even bouncing between genres, and getting advice from other writers/authors/editors. I know I could write other things until then, like short stories, articles, more blog posts. But for some reason I’m having a hard time coming up with those ideas. My fingers are itching to get into the 3rd novel and the characters I’ve created. They don’t seem to want to write anything else.
I’ve continuously pulled out the character sketches, tweaked, added, adjusted anything I could for these MC’s, including their back stories, GMC’s, likes/dislikes, and how they take their coffee’s (and why they switched from beer to coffee). I guess I’m using those as a substitute for actually starting on the manuscript while I wait for NaNoWriMo.
Actually, now that I think about it (and write out my thoughts), 50,000 words will only be about 2/3rds of the book. Leaving me a good 25,000 words to start.
Thanks so much for being my sounding board! Virtual-land solves another dilemma, once again!
Guess what I’ll be doing? *wink
- NaNoWriMo on the brain (angeliquemichaels.wordpress.com)
- It’s That Time of Year (nineswrites.wordpress.com)
- NaNoWriMo ideas (simplicality.wordpress.com)
- Prepping for NaNoWriMo (schizophrenicwriter.wordpress.com)