Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts

Nov 28, 2015

30 Days of Christmas-DAY FOUR

Barb's Christmas Memories





I remember Christmas. We always went to our grandparents’ house for dinner. The times I remember best were when Faye and I were around eight and nine. Our cousins were all boys, and they lived in faraway Muskegon, so we seldom saw them. They were rough-and-tumble types, and I never enjoyed their company much, though Faye was always willing to play Monkey in the Middle or King of the Hill with them.



Dad and Uncle Marv, the sons-in-law, sat in the living room, smoking and swapping stories with Grandpa Lemmon. Mom, Aunt Marilyn, and Grandma worked together in the kitchen, each preparing her signature dishes. Grandma cooked the turkey, filling it with spicy stuffing and making delicious gravy from the drippings. Mom liked to do the salads, and I would help her clean and slice vegetables for tossed salad, pasta salad, potato salad, broccoli salad, and fruit salad. Aunt Mar was the side dish expert, and she’d bring a squash to roast, her famous brown-sugar beans, and some new recipe she’d gotten from her recipe-card club.



I remember bits and pieces of the men's conversations, mostly about agriculture or the hunting season just completed. The women talked of their children and the small irritations of mice in the house and stains on the linen tablecloth. Mom encouraged me to join in, but I preferred to listen, peering into the world of adults. I could never see my future as one of them, cooking for a dozen people and chatting about curtains.



Did I despise their small-town lives and homey talk? Never. I loved feeling part of those dinners, though I knew even then it was not be the life for me. I didn’t feel they were wrong. I was the one who was different, because I didn’t long for a kitchen to cook in or children to tend. Still, I loved watching them. They knew who they were. They knew what they were. Christmas was my chance to observe, though it often felt as if I were watching an alien species.

Nov 25, 2015

30 Days of Christmas DAY ONE

We'll start with a giveaway--How's that for getting in the Christmas spirit?


I have 2 copies of HER MAJESTY'S MISCHIEF in large print to give away. If you have someone on your Christmas list who needs/prefers large print, here's a chance to get them Book #4 of the Simon & Elizabeth series.


What do you do?

If you're signed up for my newsletter, just say so in the comments below and I'll put your name in the drawing for one of the books.

If you're not signed up for my newsletter, you can sign up below.

  (You might want to know that I only send a newsletter when I have a new book coming out, and I'll   never give your name/email to anyone else.)

If your name is drawn I'll contact you and you can decide if you want the book mailed to you or directly to the person on your gift list (personalized, of course!.

Once you're signed up, you'll also be eligible for freebies I plan to send out after Christmas, so you can get a print book or try out that new e-reader you're going to get from Santa!

Nov 23, 2015

Coming Up: 30 Days of Christmas

Starting November 25, you'll want to check this blog every day. I'm planning 30 Days of Christmas, a countdown to the holiday that is sure to make you merry. (Maggie and I are collaborating)

Giveaways
Pet Stories
Contests
Character-Written Posts
Author Spotlights
...and anything else we can think of!

So starting Wednesday, Nov. 25th, check here every day for something to warm your heart and boost your Christmas spirit!

Dec 18, 2014

Fruit Pizza

I don't claim this one is exactly healthy, but it does have fruit, and you can make it look very festive by focusing on reds and greens.

Make sugar cookie dough and flatten it onto a lightly greased pizza pan. You can use your own recipe or even store-bought, but here's one that works:

Crust:
1 c. butter or margarine
1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. cream of tartar
Blend butter, sugar, egg & almond extract well. Mix flour, soda, and tartar and blend in.
Bake in 375 degree oven until lightly browned. Cool.

Topping
When cool crust is completely cool, spread with topping.
1 pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/3 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Fruit:
Top with fresh fruit: pineapple, strawberries, kiwi, bananas, etc. (Note: I've never gotten as creative as the pic above, but someday I might!)

Dec 15, 2014

Four-layer Delight

The pudding you use is your choice. I like pistachio for this one.

1 stick oleo/butter
1 c. flour

1/2 c. chopped nuts
8 oz. cream cheese
1 c. powdered sugar
1 package Cool Whip
3 c. milk
2 small packages instant pudding

Layer 1: Melt oleo, add flour and nuts. Press into 9x13 pan and bake at 375 degrees for 15 min.
Layer 2: Blend cream cheese & p. sugar, add 1 c. Cool Whip. Mix and spread over cooled Layer 1.
Layer 3: Mix 2 pudding mixes with milk. Pour over 1 & 2. Chill until set.
Layer 4: Spread remaining Cool Whip on top

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