Marie E. Bast’s ‘The Amish Baker’s Rival’ Is Full of Charm and Life Lessons [REVIEW]

Rolling pin and dough
Which baker has the winning recipe? (Photo courtesy Canva)

She has the most popular bakery in town. He is the competition who opens his shop directly across the street. They both are determined to ensure their own business succeeds. But will their rivalry keep them apart or will their hearts draw them together? Find out in Marie E. Bast’s The Amish Baker’s Rival.

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Gillian Harvey’s After School Sugar Cookies [RECIPE]

Gillian Harvey's After School Sugar Cookies
After School Sugar Cookies are a busy parent’s best friend. (Photo courtesy Gillian Harvey)

Writer Gillian Harvey is a busy woman. Not only is she the author of the upcoming Everything is Fine (which you can pre-order now before it hits US bookstores in January), but she is also mom to five adorable, energetic kiddos. So when we asked her to share one of her favorite recipes, it came as no surprise when she offered up this one for her after school sugar cookies. After all, what parent doesn’t need a quick cookie recipe in their culinary arsenal? We hope you love baking up this batch of sweet goodness with your little ones! —J&H

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Dr. Bruce Chalmer’s Favorite Apple Honey Challah [RECIPE]

Apple Honey Challah
There’s a reason this Apple Honey Challah is reserved for special occasions. It’s delicious! (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

Dr. Bruce Chalmer is an esteemed couples therapist based in Vermont and author of the relationship guide, Reigniting the Spark. He loves this Apple Honey Challah, which his wife makes every year for Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year). It is round, symbolizing the cycle of the seasons, and sweet, symbolizing a wish for a sweet new year. It’s actually one of his wife Judy Alexander’s favorite recipes to make, and one of his favorites to eat!

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Kelly Miller’s Polenta Cake with Berry Sauce [RECIPE]

Author Kelly Miller loves baking up this family favorite, Polenta Cake with Berry Sauce. (Photo courtesy Kelly Miller)

Many years ago, Kelly Miller, author of Accusing Mr. Darcy, attended a family gathering where her husband’s cousin Linda served them Polenta Cake with Berry Sauce. Upon Kelly’s request, Linda generously wrote out the recipe for her, and to this day, it remains one of the novelist’s all-time favorite desserts.

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Sara Richardson’s Dipped Gingersnaps [RECIPE]

Sara Richardson loves to bake
Sara Richardson loves to bake up happiness any time of year. (Photo courtesy Canva)

Sara Richardson, author of Home for the Holidays and First Kiss with a Cowboy, finds that over the past several months, as we’ve navigated a new set of challenges in our world, she often finds herself looking forward. One of the things that fills her with hope, anticipation and joy is this yummy cookie recipe which is delicious any time of year. We hope you love it!

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