When my children were young, one of the things they looked forward to most
whenever I finished a book was my firing up the mixer. The cookies, cakes, pies
and yeast breads theyâ€™d been dreaming about while I was in the cave trying to
meet my deadline could now become reality. Did they want peach cobbler, or
donuts or oatmeal cookies stuffed with raisins nuts and chocolate chips? They
each got to pick and it became one our family traditions. My husband, whoâ€™d
also been patiently waiting, got to pick, too but his choice rarely had
anything to do with the kitchen â€“ although one time we did â€“ well, never mind. :)
Anyway, where was I? Many of the themes in the Blessings series revolve
around family and tradition. Whether itâ€™s the old picture albums kept by town
matriarch Tamar July, the August First parade put on by the kids in book 1, BRING ON THE
BLESSINGS, or the colorful stories told about the Julyâ€™s train robbing
outlaw ancestors. Tradition is important and one of the more flavorful
traditions in the Jenkins household is Mississippi Mud. The recipe was passed
to me by my husbandâ€™s aunt. Because it is so decadent I make it only once a
year at Christmas time, but you can make it anytime you wish and hopefully it
will become a tradition for your family as well.
2 C sugar
1 Â˝ c. flour
1/3 c cocoa
1 c. margarine or butter
ÂĽ t. salt
Â˝ pkg. 10 oz. marshmallows â€“ the little ones
1 c nuts â€“ chopped
1 t. vanilla.
Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time and beat well. Sift together
flour, cocoa and salt. Add dry ingredients to butter, sugar and egg mixture.
Mix well. Add nuts and vanilla.
Pour into 13x9 baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 mins. Remove from oven
and cover surface of still hot cake with one layer of marshmallows ( you wonâ€™t
need the whole 10oz bag). Place cake back into the 350 degree oven and bake
another 10 mins, or until the marshmallows melt and become lightly tanned in
1 - 1 lb. box confectionersâ€™ sugar
1/3 c. milk
1 t. vanilla
1/3 c. cocoa.
1 c. chopped nuts
1 c. margarine - melted
Sift sugar and cocoa and mix with melted margarine. Add milk, vanilla. Mix well
and add nuts. Spread over cooled cake. Cover and let sit overnight so that
cake will firm up. Store left over pieces in fridge.
NAACP nominee and bestselling author Beverly Jenkins returns to Henry Adams,
Kansasâ€”an unforgettable place that anyone would want to call homeâ€”with a story
of family, friends, and the powerful forces from our past that can irrevocably
shape our future.
Mayor Trent July and his wife Lily are enjoying life as newlyweds and embracing
the challenges and joys that come with being foster parents to two wonderful
boys. But being a foster father has inevitably forced him to think about his own
birth mother. Raised by his grandmother Tamarâ€”and in many ways the good people
of Henry Adamsâ€”Trent was blessed with a childhood full of love.
But now he canâ€™t help wondering what happened to the scared teenage girl who
handed him over to Tamar. And questions that heâ€™s never voiced are now begging
to be answered: Who was she? Is she still alive? Why didnâ€™t she want him?
Trent has always believed no good comes from dwelling on the past, especially
when you have a loving family, a strong community, and folks who depend on him.
But when the past comes to Henry Adams and Trent has no choice but to face
itâ€”and the woman who left him behind. The truth will shake his very being and
everything he thought he knew about life, love, and the bonds that hold families
togetherâ€¦yet can also tear them apart.
About Beverly Jenkins
Beverly Jenkins is an African-American historical romance writer. She and her
family live in southeastern Michigan. Born in Detroit, she graduated from Cass
Technical High School and attended Michigan State University where she majored
in Journalism and English Literature.
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