Sloane B. Collins

On the 9th Day of Christmas…


Desserts on the Christmas blog tour today!  What’s Christmas without the special once-a-year sweets?  I promised the other day to share my SIL’s recipe for Cherry Mash.  There’s a candy by the same name in the Kansas City area that my husband loves, and we’ve never seen it anywhere else.  Well, this Cherry Mash is like that, only fudge-style.

So every year, Denise makes batches of fudge, fudge with nuts, and cherry mash fudge.  And bless her heart, she always sends us some down in Texas, because I can’t make fudge to save my life.  It’s just not Christmas without Denise’s fudges.

Side note here: hubby is in KC right now visiting his family, and he’s already secured our share. Thank you, Denise!  (Let’s hope it makes it here on the 8 hour drive home.)



Combine sugar, milk, salt, marshmallows, and oleo (1/2 cup) in saucepan and bring to a boil for 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and add cherry chips and vanilla.  Stir until chips have melted and pour into a 9×13 buttered pan.

Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler or microwave.  Add peanut butter, oleo (1 tbsp) and crushed nuts.  Spread over the cherry mixture and chill.  Cut into squares.

Who Wants to Marry a Doctor? by Abigail Sharpe

The Doctor Is In . . .

As a single mom and pediatrician, Sabrina Bankhead doesn’t have time for romance. All that changes when she reluctantly agrees to take part in a dating show fundraiser for a children’s hospital. But once she sets eyes on the journalist hired to cover the show, none of the four contestants stand a chance. If she doesn’t choose one of the eligible bachelors, the hospital doesn’t raise a cent. What’s a lovestruck doc to do?

Investigative journalist Quinn Donnelly is on the mend after an assignment in Afghanistan left him both physically and emotionally scarred. Though he’s itching to return overseas and finish his story, he’ll have to be content with this fluff piece assignment to cover a local dating show. One-night stands are Quinn’s forte-but after he meets Sabrina, he’s ready to say yes for the long haul. After years of chasing the next big story, Quinn is starting to wonder if maybe home really can be where the heart is . . .

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As part of The 12 Days of Christmas celebration, Abigail paired a bag of heart-shaped pasta with a $5 Amazon gift card from Maureen Bonatch to the prize list. Click HERE for this and many more random drawings. To follow the celebration, find a new recipe, pick up a holiday decorating or shopping tip, click HERE.

About the Author

Abigail is a Boston-bred Yankee now eating grits and saying “y’all” in North Central Florida. She dreamed more of being a stage actress or joining the CIA than being an author. While she still enjoys participating in community theater productions and singing karaoke, the secret-agent career was replaced by hours at her computer, writing stories of love and laughter and happily ever after. Abigail lives with her husband, two kids, and one crazy princess puppy.

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