Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Buckeyes (Recipe)


1 1/2 cups peanut butter 
1/2 cup butter (softened)
1 lb powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips or chocolate "almond" bark (easier to use)
Crisco or baker's wax (for hardening; otherwise, the chocolate will remain soft)


1. Mix peanut butter, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla in mixer.

2. Shape clumps into about 1" balls (roll them around between your palms 'til they're perfect).

3. Refrigerate for at least 1/2 an hour. We stick ours in the freezer; it's quicker.

4. Melt chocolate with a dollop of either Crisco or shaved baker's wax in a double-broiler. If you don't have a double-broiler, you can use your microwave, but be careful! The chocolate gets HOT.

5. Insert toothpick into chilled peanut butter balls and dip into chocolate, swirling around and leaving a bit of the peanut butter peeking through to make the "buckeye".

6. Cool on wax paper.

7. Store in refrigerator. We use empty, clean Country Crock butter bowls.


Monday, December 11, 2017

Thank You

Well, what can I say? We've had a great year promoting books, signing books, talking with readers and writers about books and all that bookerly jazz. Yes, okay? Bookerly's a word. No, no. Don't look it up. Trust is a good thing.

Moving on.

This past weekend, fellow fantasy author Lela Robichaux and I had the privilege of being a part of the wonderful geekiness that is Shreve Con, a two-day event at our very own gorgeous Centenary College. We saw an alien dressed up as Santa Claus, Wolverine dressed up as Santa Claus and even jolly old Saint Nick himself, who was frequently mistaken for the Pope, bless his heart. Captain America strolled one aisle, while SuperGirl took another. Vendors displayed marvelous works of art from paintings to jewelry, custom fountain pens, comic books, novels and stuffed, hand-crocheted Pokemon. And that's only naming a few. To say we had a great time would be a tremendous understatement, most especially since there was actual swordplay happening at the end of our row. Knights, shields, swords, armor--yes, the real thing. So cool.

Huge thanks to all of you who came out to purchase signed copies of The Symbolon Series this year. I had a great time chatting, taking photos and listening to your favorite parts in the books. You guys are what keep my fingers going on the keyboard. #teamathen #teamnyle

Photo Cred: @beetlebomber52

Peace, Love and Junior Mints,

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