Debbie Macomber’s bestselling novel is now a Hallmark Channel Original Movie starring Doris Roberts and James Van Der Beek! If you are anything like me and can’t resist a holiday love story, then don’t miss the premiere this Saturday, December 5 at 8 PM EST on the Hallmark Channel.

Seth Webster's heart never healed after he lost his adored wife. Now, with Christmas approaching, wild twin boys to raise alone, a home in chaos, and the latest in a long line of exasperated housekeepers quitting in disgust, Seth needs more than help to keep his family together...he needs a miracle.

And, then, a miracle arrives on his doorstep. Her name is Mrs. Merkle, but the kids call her "Mrs. Miracle"--and from the moment the warm, knowing, and very patient nanny appears, everything is different, and Seth may have found the courage to love again.

In the true holiday spirit of MRS. MIRACLE, Avon will be giving away two adorable MRS. MIRACLE aprons paired with a copy of the book to two lucky winners!

To enter the contest, share one of your favorite holiday cookie recipes as a comment to this post. Let the most enticing, mouth watering recipe win!


Anonymous Bev said:

Oh, I wanna win!!!

2:14 PM  

Anonymous Bev said:

Hmm, I need a recipe. I'm thinking.

Banana Bread

3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup margarine or butter, softened
2 eggs
1 cup (2 medium) mashed ripe bananas
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup copped nuts, if desired
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Heat oven to 350 degree F. Grease bottom only of 9x5 or 8x4 inch loaf pan. In large bowl, beat sugar and margarine until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs. Add bananas, milk and vanilla; blend well. In small bowl, combine flour, nuts, baking soda and salt; mix well. Add to banana mixture; stir just until dry ingredients are moistened. Pour into greased pan. Bake at 350 degree F for 50 to 60 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes; remove from pan. Cool completely. Wrap tightly and store in refrigerator.
Yield: 1 (16 slice) loaf.

2:23 PM  

Blogger tholix said:

Thank you for a fun and yummy contest : )



1 cup Buttermilk
2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
1 cup dark molasses
2 eggs
3 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
2 cup plus 1 tablespoon confectioners sugar 1 tablespoon butter (very
1/4 cup orange juice
2 teaspoons grated orange zest
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
dash of salt

In a small bowl combine buttermilk and baking soda and set aside. They
will foam up. In a larger bowl combine oil, sugar, molasses and eggs and
beat until well mixed (about 1 minute). Add the buttermilk mixture and
blend. Sift together dry ingredients. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet
mixture. Let mixture stand 15 minutes.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Drop batter by heaping tablespoons onto
oiled cookie sheet. Bake 8 to 9 minutes until the top springs back when
touched with your finger. Do Not overbake. The cookies should be quite
While cookies are baking combine glaze ingredients. Remove cookies to
wax paper lined wire rack. Frost while warm with 1/2 tsp of glaze for
each cookie. Let cool completely. Transfer to trays and place in freezer
to completely set if neccesary or to freeze for storage. Once frozen,
pack in tins in single layers seperated by wax paper. These freeze well.

Happy Holiday's

4:10 PM  

Blogger Jane said:

I just got this recipe and hope to try it soon.

Pecan Snickerdoodles

2-1/2 cups flour
1 cup finely chopped PLANTERS Pecans
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, slightly softened
1-3/4 cups sugar, divided
2 eggs
1 tsp. ground cinnamon

PREHEAT oven to 375°F. Mix flour, pecans, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt in large bowl; set aside.

BEAT butter and 1-1/2 cups of the sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs; beat until well blended. Add dry ingredients; beat on low speed until well mixed. Form dough into 1-inch balls. Mix remaining 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon. Roll balls in cinnamon sugar. Place 2 inches apart on baking sheets.

BAKE 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets 1 minute. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

5:18 PM  

Anonymous Toni Blake said:

Simple AND delicious:

(this is a holiday candy - which I point out because it *might* be a regional thing, not sure.)

10 oz peanut butter chips
16 oz vanilla frosting in a can
12 oz chocolate bark/coating

Mix the frosting and chips together in a bowl. Form small balls (approx diameter of a quarter), place on wax paper on baking sheet and refrigerate for 15 to 20 minutes.

Melt chocolate.

Using toothpicks to skewer the peanut butter/icing balls, dip into the chocolate, covering the ball almost but not completely (so that they resemble buckeyes.) Place back on baking sheet and let harden.

These are wildly delicious - a huge hit wherever I take them.

6:37 PM  

Blogger Kathryn S said:

Okay, my fave is Peanut Butter Balls (similar to Toni's, but a little different) -- or Death by Glorious Goodness as I like to call them.

2 c. peanut butter
1 lb. confectioners/powdered sugar
1 stick butter
3 c. Rice Krispies
Mix well. Make into small balls. Chill thoroughly.
In top of double boiler melt:

1 (6 oz.) pkg. chocolate chips
1/8 cake paraffin

Put balls on a tooth pick or kabob stick and roll in the warm chocolate to coat, rotate to prevent drips and then place on wax paper or lightly oiled cookie sheet to cool.

I dare you to stop at one!

6:47 PM  

Blogger Aemelia said:

My absolute favorite is my Grandma's Almond Bark Cookies:

1 lb almond bark
1 cup peanut butter
1 1/2 cup peanuts
1 1/2 cup miniature marshmallows
1 1/2 cup Rice Krispies

Melt almond bark and peanut butter in a double boiler (or microwave). Combine the rest of the ingredients, and drop by spoonfulls on wax paper. Let cool and ENJOY!!!!

12:33 AM  

Blogger Sandi said:

oooh. going to try the Buckeye candy. looks yummy!

10:05 AM  

Blogger Dayna said:

Peanut Butter Blossoms!

1 3/4 cups flour
1 t baking soda
1/2 t salt

Mix dry ingredients and set them aside.

1/2 cup creamed margarine
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 t vanilla

Combine wet ingredients and mix them with the dry. Roll dough into ballsp, then roll in a bowl of sugar (not that 1/2 cup you added to the cookie dough). Bake at 350 for ten minutes.

1 bag Hershey's Kisses

Remove cookies from oven, plop a kiss in the middle of each cookie, and bake for an additional minute so the kiss gets melty and perfect inside!

P.S. You'll probably want to go ahead and double the recipe right off the bat; that's how delicious these guys are!

12:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The VERY hungry editors have spoken: winners of the apron/book combo are: Bev's banana bread and Jane's pecan snickerdoodles! Contact or tweet @avonbooks to claim your prize :)

~ PSJ/publicity

10:56 AM  

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