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One of my favorite desserts is Divinity.

Just don’t try to make it on a humid or rainy day. My best friend and I learned that the hard way. It makes sticky taffy (and pretty much inedible)  if you don’t watch the weather 😉

Recipe from Food.com

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional) or 1/2 cup cherries (optional)

Directions:

1 In a 2 quart saucepan combine sugar, corn syrup, water, and salt.
2 Cook to hardball stage, (260 degrees), stirring only until sugar dissolves.
3 Meanwhile, as temperature of syrup reaches 250 degrees, beat egg white till stiff peaks form.
4 When syrup reaches 260 degrees, very gradually add the syrup to egg whites, beating at high speed with electric mixer.
5 Add vanilla and beat until candy holds its shape, 4-5 minutes.
6 Stir in the chopped nuts or cherries, if desired.
7 Quickly drop candy from a teaspoon onto waxed paper, swirling the top of each piece.
8 Let cool.
Read more: <a href=”http://www.food.com/recipe/perfect-divinity-84828?oc=linkback”>http://www.food.com/recipe/perfect-divinity-84828?oc=linkback</a&gt;

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Viking Fire Historical Romance

Viking Fire Historical Romance

In 856 CE, Ireland is a land of myth, magic, and blood. Viking raiders have fought the Irish for over half a century. Rival Irish clans promise only betrayal and carnage.

Kaireen, daughter of Laird Liannon, is suddenly forced into an arranged marriage with her sworn enemy, a Viking. She refuses to submit. With no mention of love, only land and the protection of her clan, she endeavors to get her betrothed banished from her country. Will love find its way around her stubborn heart?

Bram, the Viking, finds himself without future or inheritance as a younger son in his family. A marriage to the Laird’s daughter would grant him land if he swears fidelity and if his men will fight along with the Liannons against any foe—Irish or Viking. However, the Laird’s feisty daughter only holds animosity for him and his kind. Is marriage worth the battle scars of such a relentless opponent?

With the blame for a rival laird’s death treacherously set against the Liannons, Kaireen and Bram must find a way to lay aside their differences as an unforeseen darkness sends death snapping at their heels.

Excerpt:

Ireland 856 CE

“I renounce Father for this.” Kaireen threw the elderberry gown. Dressed only in her leine, she glared at the new gown on the stone floor.

“Shame on you and your children for speaking such.” Her handmaid, Elva, gathered the damask and then dusted off the rushes. “It’s a wonder one of the clim has not scolded you from your hearth for such talk.” She wore her white hair twisted in a chignon, underneath a linen head cloth. Strands of white hair poked out the sides of her covering.

“No, curse Father for a fool.” She plopped on her bed and a goose feather floated away. With a huff, she leaned against the oak headboard. Red curtains puffed like a robin’s chest around oak poles supporting her wooden canopy.

Her bare feet brushed against the stone floor. Why was she not born plain like her two older sisters? Already they had married and expected their second bairns by spring. Well, at least so far she had enjoyed twenty years of freedom. Neither of her sisters had had matrimonial dreams of love matches. Both were arranged marriages.

“You know your da arranged a marriage within a season.” Elva smirked.

Kaireen shook her head. “To another land holder,” and waved a hand in disgust, “not t-this heathen. Twice they raided our land in the last month alone. Many a raid has come from them. Now father wants me as wife to one of them?” She clenched her fists. “No, I will not marry this Viking.”

Elva smiled, reminding Kaireen of the rumors of her handmaid’s uncanny foresight.

Whispers of Elva making strange things happen and often blamed as the cause of

Kaireen’s stubborn refusal to behave as a laird’s daughter should.

“You’ve not seen him yet.” Elva wiggled her brows.

“So?” Kaireen shrugged. “I would like to never see him.”

“Well then, would you not like to know if you have a handsome husband or not?” She waited for her response, but Kaireen scowled at her. Elva chuckled. “I would rather get a good look at him now than the morning after.”

Kaireen’s ears heated. “I am not marrying.” She shook her head for emphasis. “So there will be no morning, nor night, nor wedding.”

“If he is handsome, I may fight you for him.” Elva smiled, deepening the wrinkles around her eyes.

“Welcome to him either way.” Kaireen laughed.

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59 comments on “Home for the Holidays Blog Hop

    • 🙂 Right. I always have to double the time a recipe says it takes to prep & cook, it always is at least twice as much when I do it. Maybe they set those times for MasterChefs 😉 which isn’t me. Thanks for stopping by.

  1. I love reading stories with Vikings in them. Your book sounds really intriguing.
    I am always looking for new authors to read. I have put your name on my TBR list

  2. Thanks for the recipe and the excerpt! And I second the advice on not making divinity on a humid day…when living in a humid climate and feeling homesick I just couldn’t understand why my mother’s divinity recipe never turned out right. I got so frustrated until she finally figured out what was wrong!

    dancingcelt at gmail dot com

  3. Divinity is one of those snacks that I could eat and eat and eat until I explode lol. This hop is surely going to give me a few extra lbs!

    Have a great weekend!
    Liz

    liz at fictional candy dot com

  4. I’m going to say that the recipe sounds good and I just snapped a picture of it because I can put it in my recipe box later. I wanted to save time so I figured ifiI write every recipe I see down that it would take up a lot of my time.
    Thank you all for doing this. I think it’s a precious gift that shows that there’s still people in the world that care. So thank you all and for sharing all these amazingrrecipes with us.
    Angela
    angie1977t@gmail.com

  5. I tried to leave a comment with my primary email address but WordPress has it all messed up so I’m not able to leave comments on any site unless there’s a Twitter, Facebook, or Google button to click on first.
    Ok, your recipe sounds really good. I wanted to let you know I snapped a picture of it because it takes less time than writing them all down.
    I also wanted to say that this is a wonderful thing you all are doing. It shows me thst people in this world still care. I don’t know who will win, I need it and I know there’s a lot of people who need it. I’m ok if I don’t win, I only hope the person who does will be someone that really needs it and will give them the best holiday that everyone deserves to have. I am thankful to have found this giveaway. Thank you and good luck to everyone.

  6. Love your excerpt! I’m always a sucker for anything that has some historical aspect in it! As for the candy this is one of my favorites but I have never tried to make it, but I think I might give it a go! Thanks and have a happy thanksgiving! amybowens34@yahoo.com

  7. I made divinity when I was a teenager and it came out like divinity soup, tasty but you had to drink it, should have added ice cream and made a malt. Thanks for sharing the hop and your giveaway. Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season. evamillien at gmail dot com

  8. I adore taffy! So delicious! I cant wait to try this recipe! Thank you! And fantastic sounding story! The characters sound interesting. Cant wait to read there story! Thank you for sharing and for the giveaway!! Happy Thanksgiving!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

  9. Thanks for the wonderful recipe, I added to my collection for this year. Thank you for the hop and giveaway, I hope you have a wonderful holiday season. Koala571 (at) msn (dot) com

  10. You know, I don’t think I have ever had Divinity. It may be time to change that – going to have to try your recipe. 🙂

    Thank you for being part of this hop.
    Karen(dot)arrowood(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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