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middle-grade author Suzanne Nelson
You Were Mint for Me Hot Cocoa Recipe

You Were Mint for Me Hot Cocoa Recipe

It’s the holiday season. Snow is falling. The air is crisp and cold. The smell of cinnamon and fresh pine needles fills my house. This is one of my favorite times of year. It’s also one of the best times of year for cozy cups of hot cocoa. My latest hot cocoa recipe is inspired...
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MUDDY DUSTER BROWNIE RECIPE

Magnolious Muddy Duster Brownies Recipe

If you’ve read A Tale Magnolious, you know that chocolate is hard to come by in the downtrodden town of Fortune’s Bluff. Chocolate chip cookies weren’t even invented until the late 1930s (A world without chocolate-chip cookies…how could it ever have existed?). Chocolate morsels weren’t yet invented, either. So, in honor of Nitty, Magnolious, and...
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Farm-Life Fun in My Books

How Farm-Life Fun Inspired SHAKE IT OFF and A TALE MAGNOLIOUS

One of my favorite parts of the writing process is deciding on and creating settings for my books. When I’m deciding on a setting, I consider interesting places I’ve visited and places my readers will find exciting and unique. In order for me to portray a setting realistically, it’s important for me to feel comfortable...
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PUMPKIN SPICE AND EVERYTHING NICE MACARONS RECIPE

Pumpkin Spice N’ Everything Nice Macarons Recipe

So…it’s confession time. My homemade macarons do NOT look like the ones on the cover of my book, Macarons at Midnight. My homemade macarons are not perfectly round, and sometimes not perfectly fluffy. In fact, when I made these Pumpkin Spice N’ Everything Nice macarons, they weren’t perfect, or even really that pretty. However, they...
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The Real Elephant Who Inspired A TALE MAGNOLIOUS

The Elephant Who Helped to Inspire A TALE MAGNOLIOUS

The ideas for my stories come from many different sources. I’m inspired by people I meet, places I visit, adventures I’ve had, and even by my own dreams. My most recent middle-grade novel, A Tale Magnolious, was inspired by a dream about a real elephant named Mary. This is her story. Mary the Elephant Mary...
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