FRIDAY FEAST with Anne Gracie

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It’s that day of the week again, the one where we celebrate all things bookish and foody on the incomparable(!) Friday Feast.

I’m rather excited about this week’s guest too, because not only does she pen wonderfully warm and smile-inducing books, she’s a lovely lady as well.

And, STOP PRESS: She’s a Romance Writers of America RITA NOMINEE!

Anne Gracie

But first, news from Us Heins Weren’t Meant To Play Golf. It was not my finest decision to attempt to walk 18 holes of golf in horrible humidity the afternoon after the Australian Romance Reader Awards dinner. Ugly doesn’t even begin the describe my play. Balls were drowned in dams. Swear words were uttered. And if that wasn’t enough, a crow pinched my brand new ball on the fourth. Again. I’m really beginning to hate those birds…

Now onto the also incomparable Anne Gracie! Anne writes GORGEOUS historical romances that truly warm the heart. Her new series features the Chance sisters, with the second The Winter Bride just released. I finished reading the first, The Autumn Bride, only yesterday and can’t tell you the fun I had. Anne’s books make me smile. A lot.

Take a look at The Winter Bride. I so, so, so want to read this!

THE WINTER BRIDE

The Winter Bride by Anne GracieDamaris Chance’s unhappy past has turned her off the idea of marriage forever. But her guardian, Lady Beatrice Davenham, convinces her to make her coming out anyway—and have a season of carefree uncomplicated fun.

Handsome rake Freddy Monkton-Coombes —pursued by muffins, with a view to marriage — finds himself about to be trapped in an untenable situation by his match-making parents, and pays Damaris to enter into a faux betrothal. But then an accident throws them into a compromising situation, and they’re both forced to reevaluate their position.

Will Damaris’s secrets destroy her chance at true happiness? Or can Freddy help her cast off the shackles of the past, and yield to delicious temptation?

With a 4 1/2 star Top Pick from Romantic Times, this is the second in the Chance sister’s series. Publishers Weekly  called it “charming,” and Kirkus Reviews said: “A romantic winner, with Gracie’s typical witty charm and sweeping emotion.”

Seriously, if you haven’t tried Anne then you MUST. Her books are like warm cuddly blankets. You can buy the print version of The Winter Bride now from Booktopia, Bookworld, QBD The Bookshop, Angus & Robertson, Amazon, Bookdepository, Fishpond, Barnes & Noble or your local independent book shop or chain store. Purchase the ebook from Amazon (for Kindle), iTunes, Google Play, Kobo, JB Hi-Fi or your favourite ebook reseller.

Time for some fun with Anne. Enjoy!

Pursued By Muffins, With A View To Marriage

What’s that, you say? Pursued by muffins?

Yes, muffins. In the words of Freddy, my bad-boy hero in The Winter Bride, muffins are: “Females. Eligible females. Seriously marriage-minded eligible females, usually of the reforming type.” Here’s a taste of the Winter Bride:

Freddy stared gloomily at the plate before him. Lady Bea was convinced that muffins were the Monkton-Coombes food of choice. That was Max’s fault, blast him. He’d told his aunt that Freddy was obsessed with muffins, and of course the old girl thought he meant these blasted bun things. She had him served with them each time he called. And expected him to eat them. With enthusiasm.

He picked up a muffin, hefted it lightly and eyed the fire with a narrowed gaze. It was a good blaze, strong enough to reduce a muffin to ash in a short time.

But would there be an incriminating smell?

He raised the muffin, aimed and was about to toss it in the fire when feminine footsteps sounded in the hall. He dropped the muffin, turned toward the open doorway and saw four smartly dressed females advancing toward him, smiling.

The hairs on the back of his neck rose. Why the devil were they grinning at him like that? What did they know? What did they want?

He had a powerful urge to flee.

So naturally when it came to deciding what food to talk about on Friday Feast, I had to choose muffins.

For a long time the only muffins I knew were the kind you toasted. My first experience of the other kind was many years ago when I was backpacking in the USA — I ordered a toasted muffin and coffee for breakfast.
The waiter eyed me suspiciously. “We don’t toast muffins.”
“Ok,” I said.
He came back with a large cupcake. “I didn’t order this,” I told him. “I asked for a muffin.”
He rolled his eyes at my ignorance. “Ma’am, that IS a muffin.”

So on with the recipe, and I’m sure there will be a few shrieks because actually it’s a friand recipe and I know a friand isn’t really a muffin, but… well, I made these and they’re yummy and easy and I did cook them in a muffin tray. And they look like muffins.

Friands

Friands

 

Ingredients:

175g (1 1/4 cups) pure icing sugar

75g (1/2 cup) plain flour

155g (1 1/2 cups) ground almonds (hazelnuts are yummy too)

3 eggs, lightly beaten

180g butter, melted & cooled a little

150g frozen blueberries (or raspberries or any berries really)

2 tbs flaked almonds

(I was v. liberal with both the blueberries and the flaked almonds)

Method:

1) Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease a muffin tray and dust with a little plain flour.

2) Sift icing sugar and flour, add the ground almonds, then stir in eggs and melted butter. Mix until just combined.

3) Stir in half the blueberries.

4) Distribute mixture between the muffin moulds. Plop a few remaining blueberries on top of each one and sprinkle with flaked almonds

5) Bake for 15-20 minutes or until light golden. Cool for 5 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

6) You can dust them with icing sugar to serve, but I don’t think it’s necessary.

* For gluten-free types, I have made these with gluten-free flour and they’re just as yummy.

 

Thanks, Anne! Those friands sound delicious. And healthy, too. Anything with fruit has to be.

US cover for The Winter Bride

US cover for The Winter Bride

Just the thing to kick back with a book and a nice cuppa.

At the risk of doing another fangirl rave, I loved that excerpt from The Winter Bride. Freddy cracked me up in The Autumn Bride with all his muffin chatter. He sounds such FUN.

GIVEAWAY!

Oh, we love a generous author on Friday Feast and Anne is no exception. Here’s your chance to win a paperback copy of The Winter Bride. Simply answer this question: What is your favourite thing to have with a cuppa? Reply in the comments and you’ll go into the draw.

Giveaway closes midnight Tuesday AEST, 1st April 2014. Open internationally. Rah!

If you’d like to learn more about Anne and her books – which you do! – please visit her website. You can also connect via Twitter using @AnneGracie and Facebook.

Go Anne in the RITAs!

This giveaway has now closed. Congratulations to Tami who has won a copy of Anne’s The Winter Bride. A lovely reading time ahead! Thanks so much to everyone who joined in the Friday Feast fun. I hope you come back again for some more foody-booky goodness! 

 

124 thoughts on “FRIDAY FEAST with Anne Gracie

  1. AvatarChristine Stinson

    Congratulations on another RITA nomination, Anne, and on The Winter Bride, too, a very enjoyable read. Thanks for another enjoyable Friday Feast, too, Anne and Cathryn. Those muffins/friands look delicious!

    1. AvatarAnne Gracie

      Thanks Christine — it’s a thrill to final in the RITAs. And try those friands — they really are easy and delicious.

  2. AvatarAnne Gracie

    Thanks Cathryn – lovely of you to have me on here as your guest, and thank you for the gorgeous comments about my books. Truly, those friands are so easy and delicious — give them a go.

  3. AvatarAlison reynolds

    Great post Cathryn and Anne.
    I cannot wait to read WinterS Bride.
    The excerpt made me laugh so longing to dive into whole book. Hopefully with friands disguised as muffins. Freddy is so much fun.
    Thank you and best wishes on your golf Cathryn and your fab book Anne.
    Alison.
    Ps. Super mega congrats on Rita nomination !!!!

    1. AvatarAnne Gracie

      Thanks, Alison — the nomination was a thrill.
      I hope you enjoy the muffins and the book.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Freddy sounds an absolute hoot, doesn’t he, Alison? I’m sooo looking forward to his story.

        Thanks for the golf best wishes. Give the way I play, I kind of need them!!!

        Isn’t Anne’s Rita nomination wonderful? I so thrilled for her.

  4. AvatarTami Dickerson

    I love your books! You are fun to read and I often find myself laughing out loud about your whit!!

    I hope I get chosen to read your new book since I can’t afford it for a while.
    🙂 love you work!!

    1. AvatarAnne Gracie

      Thanks, Tami — this book (if I say so myself) does have a few funny bits in it — I had a lot of fun with the hero, Freddy. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it.

  5. AvatarAnnie West

    Anne, congratulations on the RITA final news. That’s excellent! I hope Damaris and Freddy have a muffin-free life ahead of them. In the meantime, these look scrumptious. Just the thing to perk up a gloomy day like today.

    1. AvatarAnne Gracie

      Thanks so much Annie. Yes, I expect Freddy and Damaris will have fewer muffins in their lives – though perhaps a few friands would be acceptable and even historically possible. Damaris can cook.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        They look the perfect antidote to misery weather, Annie! Imagine, Anne’s friands, a cuppa and a copy of The Winter Bride. Who care’s if it’s raining!

  6. AvatarMarcy Shuler

    Congrats on the RITA nomination, Anne! Freddy and his ‘muffin’ debacle sounds like a lot of fun for the reader. I had to laugh about your US muffin experience, Cathryn. I’ve never heard of Friands…but they do look yummy!

    1. AvatarAnne Gracie

      It was my muffin experience, Marcy, not Cathryn’s — though she might have had something similar. But I remember that waiter’s sneer to this day. 🙂 The Friands are as easy to make as muffins — there’s just ground almonds in them, that’s all. French friands are made in special oblong friand trays, but mini muffin trays are perfect.

  7. AvatarRob M Hamond

    Thanks Catherine and Anne I really enjoy both your comments and stories
    My favourite thing to have with a cuppa would have to be hot steamy scones with butter melting through them
    Or even hot steamy scones with delicious home made Blackberry Jam and lashings of cream

    1. AvatarAnne Gracie

      Rob, a fresh hot scone is a beautiful thing, I agree. I think good red jam and cream is my favourite, but butter and honey is a close second. Thanks for joining in.

  8. AvatarFiona McArthur

    Hi Cathryn and Anne
    firstly HUGE congratulations on your RITA nomination. I LOVED Autumn Bride so much and it would be extremely cool to see you triumphant in Texas, picking up a RITA trophy for Winter Bride.

    Have my copy of Winter Bride ready for the weekend, as my prize for working all week. Lovely tempting snippet of the story here.

    And mega congrats on both new books, Cathryn. Will be watching out for them xx Fi

    1. AvatarAnne Gracie

      Thanks so much Fiona — so lovely of you. As for the RITA — there are 17 finalists in my category, so it’s odds against, but I’m just really happy to make the final cut.
      Hope you enjoy the Winter Bride.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        It would be VERY cool to see Anne triumphant, Fiona. I don’t think she’ll be short of home country cheers, even if they will be yelled from afar.

        Have fun with The Winter Bride this weekend and thanks for the congrats. Exciting times!

    1. AvatarAnne Gracie

      I love ginger cookies, Priscilla. Mmm, gingernuts, I haven’t make them in ages. And I love the scent of fresh-baked gingernuts wafting through the house.
      As for Tuesday — in Australia The Winter Bride has just gone on sale this week.

  9. AvatarMarion Lennox

    Congrats Anne, I have my copy tantalising me but it’s a case of – Finish The Book, Marion, and it’s yours. It’s the best ever carrot at the end of my writing string. I adore your Chance sisters.

    And commiserations on the Golf, Catherine. My dh and I kayak near a gorgeous little island golf course – Swan Island near Queescliff in Victoria. The shore line is shallow and bottoms out to beautiful sea grasses – and golf balls stand out like little white beacons. We take them home, clean them up and donate them to Cottage By The Sea, a holiday place for disadvantaged kids. So we figure golfers having bad days are manna from heaven.

    Right, off to do some words, but dreaming Muffins…

    1. AvatarAnne Gracie

      Thanks Marion, I think that kind of treat you and Fiona are talking about is the kind that rewards everyone — we all benefit from new yummy, Marion Lennox and Fiona McArthur books. They also go beautifully with a cuppa.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Now that’s what I call an excellent incentive, Marion!

        I’ve been to Swan Island – a long time ago, admittedly – but I can just imagine all those mis-fired golf balls. That’s a lovely thing to do with the balls. I’m not sure what happens to mine. I hit so many in the dams though, that I have terrible fears about polluting the place!

  10. AvatarRachael Johns

    SO want to read this book!! But I have a problem with the question. I don’t do cuppas (no tea, no coffee). Will Milo or Diet Coke work? Because then I have a plethora of answers – my favourite thing is probably chocolate cake, but warm banana bread with butter is a close second, followed by Hot Cross Buns (hey, they’re in my mind atm) and Easter Eggs 🙂 Basically anything sweet. I’m easy… but don’t tell!

    1. AvatarAnne Gracie

      A cuppa is anything you want to drink, Rach, so yes to Milo or diet coke or anything else. Chocolate cake or warm banana bread sounds so yummy. And yes, hot cross buns, yum. My nephew had a breadmaker and used to make hot cross buns by the dozen at family easters — the house smelt amazing.

  11. AvatarLisa Chaplin

    Congratulations on the RITA nomination, Anne – and thanks so much for the friand recipe! I’m gluten-free and dairy-free so this will be a really good one for me (using margarine instead of butter). Looking forward to The Winter Bride after The Accidental Bride. 🙂

    1. AvatarAnne Gracie

      Thanks Lisa, it was a thrill to final. This is a really good gluten and dairy free recipe. It’s hard to get good ones that don’t involve shopping for separate ingredients, isn’t it? Hope you enjoy it — and the book.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Now that’s an idea, Lisa. So many people need gluten-free food, so that’s excellent to know these friands fit the bill.

        Thanks for dropping by!

  12. AvatarCarol Marinelli

    Thanks Catherine, that is a lovely recipe, Anne – I have had them before and can vouch they are yum!
    Anne, massive congrats on you RITA nomination for The Autumn Bride. I am loving the Brides series and am about to dive into The Winter Bride. I told myself I would save it till this book was gone but I was lying to myself again. I can’t wait.
    cxxxx

    1. AvatarAnne Gracie

      Thanks Carol — it was fantastic to be celebrating the RITA final with a few friends — sadly some good mates weren’t there. 🙁
      Yes, these friands are yummy. I’m a big fan of simple recipes and I often take these to friends’ places. Hope you enjoy my Winter Bride.

    1. AvatarAnne Gracie

      Hmm, Kelly, tricky to be baking friands in a hotel room, where i am at the moment. Maybe you’ll have to come to Melbourne to visit me one day. Or I can bring them to you. Love your compromise. Thanks for popping by.

  13. AvatarHelen Zhang

    Muffins were delightful in The Autumn Bride! I normally would want some strawberries to go with a cup of tea, or any sort of drink. They are sweet and savory.

    Congratulations on being a RITA Finalist, Anne!

    1. AvatarAnne Gracie

      Thanks so much Helen. I love strawberries. I’m in Queensland at the moment and the strawberries I had for breakfast yesterday were ambrosial.

  14. AvatarJudy

    Love this! And those MUFFINS look delicious. I’ve pre-ordered my copy, and have scheduled the day for reading when it arrives. I’ll never be able to look at a muffin in the same light. How will I explain it when someone else talks about muffins and I snicker? I suppose I’ll have to tell them about Freddy… and one thing leads to another.

    1. AvatarAnne Gracie

      LOL Judy — I wrote a book once and used doughnuts in a naughty way and so many people said they could never look at a doughnut quite the same way again. At least these muffins aren’t naughty — annoying to our hero, but that’s all. And the friands are delish. Thanks for dropping by.

  15. AvatarCatherine

    Oh, I can’t wait to read this book! I so enjoyed Freddy in the last one – and what great news about the RITA Finals!

    I don’t really drink tea, but I do love a not-too-rich cake for afternoon tea. Lemon cake with a lemon drizzle icing, perhaps, or an apple cake, or a nice, fruity, gingerbread. Beautiful.

    Catherine

    1. AvatarAnne Gracie

      Thanks so much, Catherine, I’m thrilled about the RITA final. And i hope you’ll enjoy Freddy’s transition from entertaining fribble to a hero I hope you’ll really love.
      You’ve just reminded me of my grandmother’s famous apple slice. A delicious apple slice with slightly sweetish pastry (with a little custard powder in it) as a base and on top, and she’d ice it with lemon icing. So yummy.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Beautiful suggestions to enjoy with a cuppa, Catherine. Love them all but lemony things… mmmm.

        Isn’t Anne’s nomination wonderful? Absolutely delighted for her and The Autumn Bride so deserves it.

  16. Avatarej

    Congratulations on your nomination. I thoroughly enjoyed the Autumn Bride. Looking forward to Winter Bride.

    1. AvatarAnne Gracie

      Thanks EJ — it’s a thrill and an honour to be listed. So pleased you enjoyed Max and Abby. I hope you enjoy the Winter Bride as much.

  17. AvatarAndrea Johns

    I love a cuppa and a good book! This one looks like it would do the job nicely! 🙂

    1. AvatarAnne Gracie

      Sarah I don’;t think I’ve ever had chocolate biscotti or blackcurrant scones, though I have a lot of different things in scones — they take most things well, don’t they, even savoury ingredients. But chocolate biscotti now… 🙂

    2. AvatarAnne Gracie

      Sarah I don’t think I’ve ever had chocolate biscotti or blackcurrant scones, though I have a lot of different things in scones — they take most things well, don’t they, even savoury ingredients. But chocolate biscotti now… 🙂

  18. AvatarKaren H

    Congratulations on the RITA nomination. Hope you win it! And I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this book. Love the cover and like all your work, it should be a great read.

    Let’s see….I like the Cranberry Pecan scones made by Stick Boy Bakery in North Carolina. Those things are to die for and if you really must have a muffin, they make a killer ‘Everything’ Muffin that is truly amazing.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

    1. AvatarAnne Gracie

      Thanks for those lovely encouraging words, Karen. It’d be lovely to win a RITA, but it’s still pretty cool to final. 🙂
      Those muffins sound amazing. I almost never buy muffins, though — I make them when I’m expecting visitors or visiting someone and bake something to take, and that’s about the only time I eat them.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Ooh, an “everything” muffin. How intriguing!!!

        I agree, Karen, the covers of The Winter Bride – both US and Australian – are beautiful. Anne has been well and truly sprinkled with cover fairy dust.

  19. Avatarjuanita decuir

    Anne, I read the first book, and loved it, will copy your recipe…just to let you know I don’t have the patience to wait for the continuing series…giggling, I will endure!

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Easy to get excited when talking about Anne’s books and food, Juanita!!!

        Orange scones? Now they sound interesting. Which has just made me think that orange friands would work lovely too.

        Thanks for visiting Friday Feast.

      2. AvatarAnne Gracie

        Orange scones, Juanita? Like Cathryn, I’ve never tasted orange scones, with or without a glaze. Sounds interesting, though.

    1. AvatarAnne Gracie

      Hi Juanita — thank you. I am writing as fast as I can. I hope you enjoy The Winter Bride — I had a lot of fun with it. And let me know how the friands go.

  20. AvatarLeisl Leighton

    Hi Anne,

    Big congrats on your new release. I can’t wait to read it. I’m having an Anne Gracie-a-thon at the moment, reading through all your books and I love them each time I read them even more. They make me smile on days when everything is working together to make me cry.
    In regards to what I love to eat with a cup of tea, well that changes depending on the time of the year. RIght now, I can’t get enough of crispy on the outside but gooey and buttery and golden-syrupy on the inside ANZAC biscuits. In winter it’s scones, jam and cream and in summer I love a fresh yellow peach or some cherries.
    All the best with the new book.
    Leisl

    1. AvatarAnne Gracie

      Thanks Leisl — how lovely that you’re having a read-a-thon of my books. Thank you! And thanks for the congratulations.
      As for nibblies, I do love an ANZAC biscuit – crispy or soft. And yesterday for breakfast I had strawberries and blueberries and the strawbs were just delicious — essence of strawberries.
      Thanks for dropping by.

  21. AvatarHJ

    These sound delicious! How come I have never heard of friands before? I’ll probably see the word everywhere now. Being English, I still refuse to call cupcakes (or fairy cakes) “muffins”, and I don’t understand how they ever came to be called that in the USA. There is no similarity between the two things!

    Many congratulations both on your RITA nomination and on your new release. I look forward to reading why Freddie called marriage-minded females “muffins”!

    1. AvatarAnne Gracie

      HJ, yes, that’s exactly what I thought when I first encountered a cake/muffin in the US — this is a cake. A muffin is like bread, only muffin-y and I wanted a proper English muffin. 🙂 But I’m used to it now — I think the thin end of the wedge was when i was given a muffin tray and tried a recipe for banana muffins. yes, they’re large cup cakes, but seriously yummy.
      The friands are yummy too.

      1. AvatarAnne Gracie

        And whoops, sorry, I forgot to thank you for the RITA congratulations. Thanks — I’m delighted.

    2. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      LOL on the English vs US muffins, HJ. They are quite different. Bit hard to have your morning poached eggs on top of a toasted US muffin!

  22. AvatarSuzi Love

    Anne, so excited about your RITA nomination and wishing you the best of luck.
    Your muffins look delicious and I can’t wait to try the recipe.

    As we’re nearly into April, I’m looking forward to my favorites to have with a cuppa. Hot Cross Buns for Easter and Anzac biscuits for Anzac Day. Yum!

    Cath, love the new look site.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      It’s so cool about Anne’s Rita nomination, isn’t it, Suzi. We’re all proud of her!

      Glad you like the new site. I’m pretty pleased with it.

    2. AvatarAnne Gracie

      Thanks, Suzi — yes, it’s very exciting. I do love an ANZAC — they’re my go to biscuit if I need something in a hurry — all the ingredients are usually on hand, and I mix the whole mix in one saucepan, so very little washing up (one of my priorities in life. ;)) And delicious.

  23. AvatarLinda

    Yummy! I love muffins, thanks so much for the recipe. Muffins & a good book. Life doesn’t get any better than that.

  24. AvatarKim

    Congratulations on the RITA nomination. Any kind of dessert goes with it, especially cookies.

  25. AvatarAnne Auer

    I’m new to Anne’s books, but I know they will be wonderful because the esteemed Jo Beverley recommended them. The excerpt above only proved she was right on the money. As for what I like to eat with my cup of tea, I’m partial to snickerdoodles.

    1. AvatarAnne Gracie

      Thanks, Anne — Jo writes wonderful books, doesn’t she? She and I read each other’s April 1st releases so we could do a joint blog on the USA Today HEA blog. I hope you do enjoy my books.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Now that’s a recommendation, Anne! You’ll have a lovely time with Anne’s books I promise.

        I had to Google snickerdoodles. Never heard that word before and now I’ve discovered something new. Thanks!

  26. AvatarDiane Flindt

    The only correct answer: a good book.
    But lemon cake is good too.
    Good luck at the Ritas!!

    1. AvatarAnne Gracie

      Well a good book might have no calories, Dianne, but lemon cake is pretty irresistible, I think — and besides, there’s no rule against a cuppa, a book and cake as well. The rule of three, you know. 🙂

        1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

          Ain’t that the truth, Diane! There’s definitely something wonderful about a lovely cuppa (or glass of wine) with a good book. A tasty snack like a slice of your lemon cake could only make it better.
          Thanks for joining in the Friday Feast fun.

  27. AvatarKirrily Cant

    This book sounds fantastic. Can’t wait to read it. My favourite thing to have with a cuppa is a good book. I like to devour them word by word.

    1. AvatarAnne Gracie

      Kirrily, a good book is a wonderful thing — I get quite anxious when I don’t have a book ready and waiting. I hope you like The Winter Bride and my Freddy.

  28. AvatarMeredith Pynsent

    Your books sound amazing Anne and your muffins are potentially explosive? My favourite thing to have with a cuppa is ideally talk, dark and handsome with a sense of humour:)

    1. AvatarAnne Gracie

      Meredith I love the sound of your tall dark and handsome cuppas — and with a sense of humour — be still my beating heart! Thanks so much for dropping by.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Ha ha ha! Ah, Meredith, you always make me smile. Can I swap your tall dark and handsome for a redhead? The sense of humour can stay. That’s essential!

  29. AvatarAmanda Barrett

    Nothing beats a nice shortbread with a cuppa, homemade from my Nanna’s recipe from living in Scotland or if I’m lazy Walkers shortbread 🙂

  30. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

    This giveaway has now closed. Congratulations to Tami who has won a copy of Anne’s The Winter Bride. A lovely reading time ahead! Thanks so much to everyone who joined in the Friday Feast fun. I hope you come back again for some more foody-booky goodness!

    1. AvatarAnne Gracie

      And thank you, everyone from me. It’s been a blast. A big special thank you to Cathryn, who had the stress of a new format for the blog, and had to approve every comment — thanks Cathryn, you’re a champ!

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