Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Psst! Score a Secret Recipe!

by Tally Holt, owner of Tally’s Olde Tyme Sweets in Fredericksburg, TX
from the Vintage Sweets series by Kaye George, upcoming in March

You may be wondering just why I decided to make “vintage” sweets in my Fredericksburg shop. That’s a simple question to answer. I had the recipes! My grandmother, who was from New Jersey, had passed away and noted in her will that I was to get her precious recipe box. It was precious to me, anyway, maybe not to anyone else. The box itself was old, rusted on the bottom, and a bit faded. But the contents are pure gold.

I watched my grandma make those goodies as a child, until I was old enough to assist her. She had a strange interest in recreating candies and treats from her own childhood, many of which aren’t manufactured and sold any more. Maybe she was trying to recapture her youth? Live in the past? Is that so bad? Maybe that means that she had a wonderful past. I sure did, passing many happy hours in her kitchen.

What a lucky break that I received that recipe box in the mail just as I was contemplating the sweet shop. This can be your lucky break, too!

I’ve talked my author into giving away one of the recipe from that treasure trove, one that isn’t shared in any of the three upcoming books! All you have to do is LEAVE A COMMENT WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS, and I’ll pick a winner to receive the super-secret recipe on Thursday night.

My author, Kaye George, also wants you to know that my first adventure is on preorder at https://www.amazon.com/Revenge-Sweet-Vintage-Sweets-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B07TS1KJ4T/

photo by author


  1. I love recipes. I lost some in a move.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  2. What a treat. I have old recipes from my mother and grandmother in their handwriting and I love them.

  3. I make many recipes from grandmother.

  4. Love old time recipes. I still use some of my Mom's recipes from her recipe box.

  5. The whole family recipes. And I'm really looking forward to your upcoming books, Aventa Fredericksburg twice and really enjoy the town I'm looking forward to reading about it in your stories.


  6. What fun! A mystery candy recipe!
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  7. I still have some recipes and have passed a lot on to my daughter, Nothing so organized as a recipe box, though!

  8. I'm always looking for a new recipe! Thank you for the opportunity to win !

  9. Love family recipes.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  10. You had me at sweets!! Meg85242 (at) gmail (dot) com

  11. I love this. I have several old recipes from my grandmas and great grandma. Just recently pulled some out when my cousin was asking about the old taffy recipe. Can't wait to read this book.

  12. Well I do love cooking, baking, and making candy! My eight year old great granddaughter seems to have a real flIr for naming. Coming, decorating. And presentation as does her mom....so she made her first apple pie this past weekend.all my mom's and grandma's recipes are in UK where I worked for ten years. Will be bringing them home in the spring!

  13. Surprise recipe. Love the idea!
    lindalou64 (@)live (dot)com

  14. I love baking, especially treats. Looking forward to seeing which recipe you include in the book. Thanks for the chance.
    ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

  15. I do love old time recipes.

    Nancy B

    nancyb1050 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  16. I have a box just like that with recipes from my mother, her mother, and some random friends over the years. Not sure which niece is going to inherit it.


  17. I have recipes handwritten and cut out in a book. rblerner@ptd.net (my main e-mail)

  18. I have an old tin recipe box must be 60 + years old. sounds like a good book. thank you for the giveaway
    queenvictoria50 (@) aol (dot) com

  19. Rachelle21, my random number selector picked you! I'll email you the recipe. Please let me know if you try it and/or like it. Thanks ALL who entered!! I hope you'll enjoy REVENGE IS SWEET when it comes out in March.