Cakes, Cupcakes and Muffins


1 cup brown sugar
2 cups hot water
½ cup butter
1 cup dates, chopped
2 cups raisins
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp each, allspice, cloves, mace, nutmeg
1 beaten egg
2 tsp baking soda
1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
1 cup ​unbleached flour
1 ½ cups glazed cherries
½ cup mixed peel
½ cup citron peel
½ cup plum brandy
1 tsp almond extract
1 tsp vanilla paste

In a large saucepan, combine brown sugar, hot water, butter, chopped
​dates, raisins, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, mace, and nutmeg. Bring to boil
​​for 5 minutes. Remove from heat; let cool. Add egg, baking soda, flour,
​cherries, mixed fruit peel, brandy, almond and vanilla extract. Combine.
​Place in 9 or 10-inch greased spring-form pan at 300° for 2 hours. Placing
​a pan of water on the lower rack in the oven works well. Once the cake is
​cooled, wrap in aluminum foil and store in a cool, dark place for 4 to 6 weeks.

FOREVER ENDS by Carol Hibbs

A move to another part of the province is Gabrielle's greatest transition. It is a turning point she and her sons desperately need. A new and safe house would be a wonderful change, or so she hopes. The house is haunted, or possessed, or something too evil to even imagine.

Gabrielle isn’t planning on any romances, never mind falling in love with her gorgeous cabin building neighbour, Ryan. Bad things seemed to happen to people she loved. It is impossible to resist Ryan, and lunacy to assist Christina, the young girl that is either trapped somehow in Gabrielle's house, or trapped in someone's world. Her sons, friends, Ryan and his daughter, Tess, helps her to save Christina.