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My First Art Class

When I need a creative outlet away from the computer I often turn to baking. It is a great way for me to let my right brain percolate and to allow the plot twists to work themselves out. The downside to this approach is that I end up with too many cookies to tempt and a kitchen that is a wreck. So I decided this time instead of reaching for the pots and pans, I’d sign up for an art class. I know nothing about art so I selected a mixed media class ‘open to all levels.’

The instant I received the supply list from the instructor, I knew I was out of my element. It took three craft stores, several hours and lots of questions before I’d assembled the basic supplies. I didn’t like not knowing what I was doing. I missed my cooking classes where I felt at home with the equipment, terms and techniques. But I reminded myself that this was about creativity and sometimes being creative means trying the unfamiliar.

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Winter Cottage debuts October 16th!

Lucy Kincaid’s search for home leads to the coastal community her late mother abandoned. Before she can decide to leave or to stay, buried secrets reveal darkness among the beauty of the house and land she has inherited. Will the chance for love and the people she’s embraced be enough to bind Lucy to the town and its people? Or will the mysteries she encounters and the chance for happiness prove too risky?

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A southerner by birth, Mary Ellen Taylor’s love of her home state, Virginia, is evident in her contemporary women’s fiction, from the Alexandria set The Union Street Bakery, Sweet ExpectationsAt the Corner of King Street, and The View from Prince Street  to her latest, Winter Cottage, set on the state’s Eastern Shore and debuting October 16th.

Like so many people, her protagonists search for their place in the world, exploring issues of family, home, love and belonging. Inevitably, Mary Ellen’s stories entwine with those of the places in which they’re set, and the mysteries at their core span past and present.

Recipes from my books & my kitchen

Lucy’s Chocolate Cake

Lucy’s Chocolate Cake

I'm a huge fan of chocolate. Which makes me a lot like many of the people I know, including several major authors. Sometimes I wonder if my books would get written if not for the chocolate breaks I take along the way. I'm not the only fan of Lucy's version of...

Jenna’s Maple Cookies

Jenna’s Maple Cookies

Jenna's recipe box was found behind a wall during renovations in the Union Street Bakery. Her name was in the box, and it turns out she worked at the bakery in the 1940s. Her take on maple cookies is among the many recipes that live on live on, long past her death....

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Recipes from my books & my kitchen

Jenna’s Maple Cookies

Jenna’s Maple Cookies

Jenna's recipe box was found behind a wall during renovations in the Union Street Bakery. Her name was in the box, and it turns out she worked at the bakery in the 1940s. Her take on maple cookies is among the many recipes that live on live on, long past her death....

My Go-To Cookie

My Go-To Cookie

Whenever I make cookies for an event or just for the fun of it, I go to this recipe which I’ve used it for years. The addition of the rum extract gives the chocolate an extra pop of flavor that I really enjoy. These are easy to make and they'll make you a superstar...

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