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Diana Cosby: Giving The Gift Of Thanks
Sunday, December 4th, 2016

Gifts come in many shapes and sizes, but I believe the most precious ones are those delivered from the heart.  It’s easy to get caught up in the mayhem of life, particularly during the hustle and bustle of the Holidays, but every day, there are people amidst the chaos who help you, who take time out of their busy lives to make a difference in yours. This year, why not return that gift?

This holiday season, as wrapped gifts exchange hands, I ask you to pause, reflect on those who’ve truly made a difference in your life, and if possible, find a special way to say thank you.  This can be a simple gesture—something like a greeting card, a bouquet of flowers, or a heartfelt poem.  Maybe you could bake someone their favorite cookies?  Or, present them a coupon book filled with everyday chores, which they can tear out and give you to do on those trying days when they really need a helping hand.  The absolute best gift you can offer another person is one given from the heart.  And when special-delivered, without any strings attached, it touches their own.

This Christmas, I’m making gift baskets filled with my favorite homemade things, such as macadamia-butterscotch chip cookies, shortbread, double chocolate-orange-pecan biscotti, Vermont maple syrup, and more.  With each one, I’m sharing a part of myself with the other person.

What ideas can you think of?  Remember—the more original and inventive, the more fun!  I can’t wait to hear your ideas!

My gift to you, one of my favorite recipes:

Griffin Westcott aka Wulfe’s Chocolate Covered Pecan-Hazelnut Balls

Ingredients:

½ cup sugar                             1 cup butter                             ⅛ tsp. salt

¼ tsp. baking powder             2 ⅓ cup flour                           ¾th cup hazelnut spread

½ cup pecans                           Melted chocolate to use to dip pecan-hazelnut balls into

Directions:

Mix together sugar, salt, nuts, baking powder and butter.  Add flour, mix.   Press into an even layer in a greased 8×8 inch dish.

Bake:

Bake at 350˚F until golden brown.  (About 30-35 minutes.)

Cool. 

Once the shortbread is cool, crumble, and then mix in the hazelnut spread.  Chill.  Make balls with mixture, and place them into the freezer.  Once frozen, dip the pecan-hazelnut balls into melted chocolate.  Place on wax paper leaving ½ inch between each ball.  Cool.

Enjoy!

Author’s note:

An avid baker who enjoys creating new twists on recipes, Griffin Westcott aka Wulfe is the hero of, “His Seduction,” the 5th book in the best-selling MacGruder brothers’ Scottish medieval romantic suspense series.  For more information about the MacGruder brothers visit Diana’s website!

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I sincerely wish everyone health, friendship and happiness this holiday season.

Sincerely,

Diana Cosby, International Best-Selling Author
www.dianacosby.com
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About the Author

A retired Navy Chief, Diana Cosby is an international bestselling author of Scottish medieval romantic suspense.  Books in her award-winning MacGruder Brothers series are translated in five languages.  Diana has spoken at the Library of Congress, Lady Jane’s Salon in NYC, and appeared in Woman’s Day, on USA Today’s romance blog, “Happy Ever After,” MSN.com, Atlantic County Women Magazine, and Texoma Living Magazine.

After her career in the Navy, Diana dove into her passion – writing romance novels. With 34 moves behind her, she was anxious to create characters who reflected the amazing cultures and people she’s met throughout the world.  After the release of the bestselling MacGruder Brothers series, The Oath Trilogy, and Forbidden Legacy, book #1 of The Forbidden Series, she is now working on book #2, Forbidden Knight.

Diana looks forward to the years of writing ahead and meeting the amazing people who will share this journey.

www.dianacosby.com

4 comments to “Diana Cosby: Giving The Gift Of Thanks”

  1. Diana Cosby
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      · December 4th, 2016 at 12:16 pm · Link

    Delilah,
    Thank you so much for inviting me on your blog today to talk about the gift of giving. I’m honored. A smile, a kind word, or encouragement can truly make a difference in a person’s life. Please take care, and I wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season filled with friendship, laughter, and blessings.
    Sincerely,

    Diana Cosby, AGC(AW), USN, Ret.



  2. Jinny Kirby Baxter
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      · December 4th, 2016 at 12:46 pm · Link

    I think gifts that warm your own heart are the best. One of my employees once told a friend that her power had been cut off and asked if her two kids could come and stay at her house just for Christmas Eve so they would have a warm place and join in the celebrating for an evening. So of course we paid her power bill and got the kids some presents. Best feeling in the world. Even better, she never knew who did that. Merry Christmas!



  3. Diana Cosby
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      · December 8th, 2016 at 11:33 am · Link

    Delilah,
    My sincere thanks for inviting me back to talk about the gift of giving. I hope you have a wonderful holiday seasons, and may your Christmas and New Years be the best yet!
    Sincerely,

    Diana Cosby, AGC(AW), USN, Ret.



  4. Diana Cosby
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      · December 8th, 2016 at 11:37 am · Link

    Jinny,
    Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your heart-warming story. How wonderful of y’all. Take care, and I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New year! 🙂
    Sincerely,

    Diana Cosby, AGC(AW), USN, Ret.