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What is the working title of your book?

Leonard – a boy and his wand Book 1, The Adventures of the Littlest Druid, Things to do with the Littlest Pagans and I’m still writing more BunniHoTep Tales.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

Leonard and the Littlest Druid are two that introduced themselves in my sleep and the other is just something I feel like doing from all my camp experience

What genre will your book be?

Pagan children’s fiction, bedtime stories, nature activities

Which actors would you choose to play in a movie rendition?

The Littlest Druid could be animated but she might come off looking like the main character in Brave even though Aisling has been around longer. Leonard, Melly and Greg? no clue.

What is a one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Leonard – It’s the story of how a boy discovers he has a magical family and how his magic lessons from his deceased grandmother.

The Littlest Druid – these are the adventures of a young Druidry apprentice in ancient Ireland, she means well things just don’t always go as planned.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Probably self-publish both on Kindle and on createspace like The Tales of BunniHoTep and the Heart Town Witch and other stories. When I had an agent they did bupkus.

How long did it take to write the first draft of your manuscript? Leonard and the Littlest Druid progress when they tell me more so they have been in the process for a few years.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

There isn’t anything like the Littlest Druid that I know of and Leonard is just Leonard, a California kid. One reviewer called my stories Tim Burtonesquw but I have no clue what that means. I don’t think I write anything like a Tim Burton movie.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I write because my characters bother me until I do. Not sure inspiration is the correct word. More like cattle prod or goad.

What else about your book might pique the readers’ interest?

Well, if they want to have some fun they can join me in one of my worlds. New readers and inhabitants are always welcome.

My nominees: Of course, participation is down to personal choice, but it is a lot of fun.

Ellis Nelson

Thalassa over at pagan devotionals

The Ditsy Druid

Poppyunderhill
And any one else with writing asperations.

Yuletide Blogging Festival – Lemon Angel Pie

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Beverley Robb’s Lemon Angel Pie

4 egg whites (large)
¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar ( superfine)
4 egg yolks
½ cup sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice
Grated lemon rind
1 cup heavy whipping cream  Powdered sugar to taste
½ teaspoon of vanilla

Preheat oven to 275 degrees (250 if using a glass pan)
Grease a 9 inch pie pan
Separate the eggs and return the yolks to the refrigerator
Let the whites come to room temperature
Beat the egg whites, cream of tartar and salt in large mixing bowl until whites are stiff but not dry.

Beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time until stiff, glossy and sugar is completely dissolved
Put in pie pan and smooth top.

Bake for an hour or until the top shows palest tan.
Cool 
Not to worry if top cracks.

In mixer bowl, beat egg yolks until stiff and lemon coloured. Gradually beat in granulated sugar. Blend in lemon juice and rind. Cook in double boiler over simmering water, stirring constantly until thick, 5 to 8 minutes.
Set aside to cool.
Whip heavy cream, and sweeten with ½ teaspoon of vanilla and powdered sugar to taste.
Spread half the cream over the crust to the edge.
Spread lemon custard over the cream and top with the remaining cream.
Chill 4 hours or overnight.
Serves  6 This recipe may be doubled using a 9×13 pan.

My mom usually made the doubled recipe and it’s great for after a heavy meal like Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Yuletide Blogging Festival – Chocolate Nuggets

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Chocolate Nuggets

¾ cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
¼ teaspoon salt
2 1oz squares of unsweetened chocolate melted
2 Tbsp milk (whole)
½ Teaspoon vanilla
2 ½ cups of sifted flour Chocolate shots, ants, jimmies, sprinkles or whatever you call them

Cream butter; gradually add sugar and cream until fluffy
Add egg, salt, chocolate, milk and vanilla
Mix well
Mix in flour
Chill dough thoroughly
Shape into 1 inch balls
Roll in the chocolate sprinkles

Place in oven on a greased cookie sheet
Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes 

Makes 4 dozen

Yuletide Blogging Festival – Toffee Bars

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Toffee Bars

2 cups all purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup butter or ½ cup butter and ½ cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
6 oz of milk chocolate
½ cup chopped walnuts

Cream butter and sugar
Add egg and vanilla
Mix well
Add sifted dry ingredients mixing just enough to combine
Spread in shallow 10×15 greased pan
Bake in 350 degree oven for about 25 minutes.

Remove from oven and cover with 6 oz of melted milk chocolate
(Grate on sheet immediately)
Then sprinkle with nuts
Cut into bars immediately and remove to wire racks

Makes 50 1×3 bars

Yuletide Blogging Festival – Pecan Cookies

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Pecan Cookies

½ pound of butter
2 cups of flour, sifted
1 Teaspoon of vanilla
3 heaping kitchen tablespoons of powdered sugar
1 cup chopped pecans

Additional powdered sugar for rolling

Cover cookie sheets with foil or grease lightly
Mix thoroughly all ingredients except the nuts with electric mixer
Add pecans and shape into teaspoon size ovals
Bake at 325 degrees for 25 minutes or until set

Do not over bake! They should not be brown!

Roll in powdered sugar immediately when removed from oven. (And some if you wonder where I got my asbestos hands?)

Roll again when cool

Makes 3-5 dozen

Mom got this from her first voice teacher and you can use Chocolate chips instead of pecans.
When she packed them in the cookie tins she packed them in more powdered sugar under and between the layers.

Yuletide Blogging Festival – Chocolate stars/hearts etc

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Chocolate Hearts

These are my all time favourites and they really aren’t a cookie. They are a confection because they have no flour.

3 oz of bitter chocolate
1 lb powdered sugar
2 or 3 unbeaten egg whites
1 teaspoon of vanilla

Melt 3 oz of chocolate
Add 1lb of powdered sugar
And mix thoroughly
Work to a stiff yet pliable paste with the unbeaten egg whites
Add 1 tsp of vanilla
Roll ¼ inch thick and cut with cookie cutter
Sprinkle the board with powdered sugar instead of flour
Place on oiled or foiled pan
And bake until firm at 325 degrees
Remove from pan after standing a minute to cool

Yuletide Blogging Festival – Melt in the Mouth cookies

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Melt in the Mouth

½ cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1Teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
¾ cup sifted flour
1 Teaspoon baking powder
½ Teaspoon salt
½ cup finely chopped nuts

Cream butter, add sugar, vanilla & egg
Beat until light
Add sifted dry ingredients and nuts
Drop by scant teaspoons onto cookie sheets
Bake in hot oven

400 degrees for about 5 minutes Cool for ½ minute
Remove to wire rack

Yuletide Blogging Festival – Moravian Christmas Cookies

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Moravian Christmas Cookie

3 ¾ cups sifted cake flour
¾ teaspoon ginger
¾ teaspoon cloves
¾ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoon salt
¾ Teaspoon baking soda
½ cup butter or other shortening melted
1 cup molasses, heated
½ cup brown sugar

Sift flour once, measure and sift together with spices, soda and salt 3 times
Combine butter & molasses, add the sugar and the flour mixture and let stand in cold place for a week or two.

Roll out paper thin and cut with fancy cookie cutters and bake in a moderate oven (375) degrees) 6 minutes on a greased cookie sheet.

Remove at once from sheet, cool and store indefinitely in a closed tin
Makes about 200 cookies.

As you can tell this recipe is old. It’s pre-refrigerator and temperatures on ovens.

This used to be my favourite dough to sneak pieces to eat while we were cutting them out.

Yuletide Blogging Festival – Pagan Carol – Silent Night

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Silent Night

Silent Night, Solstice Night.
All is calm, all is bright.
Nature slumbers in forest and glen.
Til in Springtime She wakens again.
Sleeping spirits grow strong.
Sleeping spirits grow strong.

Silent Night, Solstice Night.
Silver moon shining bright.
Snowfall blankets the slumbering Earth.
Yule fires welcome the Sun’s rebirth.
Hark the light is reborn!
Hark the light is reborn!

Silent Night, Solstice Night.
Quiet rest until the light.
Turning ever the rolling Wheel.
Brings the Winter to comfort and heal.
Rest your spirit in peace!
Rest your spirit in peace.