Let there be cookies…. and books!

My double book launch for Unity Club and Push Back is now in the rearview mirror and wow, what a party!
Unity Club Cover PushBack-FINAL jpeg

For now, I hope you’ll take my word for that, as my photographers are still downloading the pics they took on Sunday at Audreys Books.

Here is one of the few pictures that I have so far. It elicited the following response from my wonderful Orca editor: “Congrats, fellow southpaw! That is a lovely pic.”

"Lefty Signing A Book" (Photo credit: the lefty's sweetie)

“Lefty Signing A Book”
(Photo credit: the lefty’s sweetie)

As for those other pictures, I will try to remain patient while reminding myself that my photographers (aka my husband and big brother) “have other lives and jobs too”–or so they say.

While I’m not a photographer on their level, I did snap this shot of some tasty goodies. I pulled these from my oven several days before my launch, then attached threatening notes before stuffing them in my freezer.

butter tarts (blissfully raisin-free) and ginger cookies

butter tarts (blissfully raisin-free) and ginger cookies

What is not shown is the luscious chocolate cupcakes my friend, Melody, also brought to the launch. I’m hoping that my photographers managed a few shots of them before they disappeared from the table at Audreys.

As for the ginger cookies, my friend, Debby, requested the recipe, which I have shared below. You can tell from the ragged, well-stained recipe card that these cookies have been a staple in the Spafford-Fitz household for many years.


For clarity, I have re-typed the recipe below….


Karen’s Book-Launch Ginger Snaps

Preheat oven to 350*F.

Cream together: 3/4 cup butter and 1 cup sugar.

Add: 1 egg and 1/4 cup molasses. Mix everything well.

Add: 1/2 tsp bkg soda; 1/2 tsp salt; 1 tsp each cinnamon & ginger; 2 cups flour. Mix well.

Form into balls. Roll in sugar. Leave round.

Place on cookie sheet. (I use a pizza stone.) Bake for 10-12 minutes in preheated 350*F oven. (They will still look somewhat undercooked when you remove them. Let them cool on cookie sheet.)

Enjoy the cookies. Best served with a good book…. or two!


Thanks again to the friends and family who helped make the celebration a snowy success. Special mentions to Audreys Books, Orca Book Publishers, and James Lorimer & Co.

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