It’s that time of year again when the recipe books come out with all of my favorites marked and a few new finds getting a second look over before we decide what to have for the annual feast. It’s the day we catch up with family and stuff ourselves full of food and not worry about very much at all. Perfect after a year of rushing around and the usual drama, the same as everyone else I imagine.
Last year I did a ham with a fabulous glaze and that’s a definite for this year as well. The maple syrupy goodness turned out to be incredibly moreish and I can’t go past it this year.
Since the weather is so hot here in the Hunter Valley, salads always make the list but it’s my meringue nest eggs that are top priority for me. My family love them and I never ever make enough according to them. Last year we had them with fresh raspberries and blueberries and the most decadent caramel sauce. Who says its fattening? It’s the one day of the year that I don’t give a fig about counting calories!
I also like to give home-made gifts to friends as well. Today was our writers group Christmas lunch. The girls all got a jar of Nigella Lawson’s Rocky Road. Scrumptious! My granddaughter decorated the jars and made tags for me – she’s so much craftier than I am so I let her have fun with it. I wasn’t disappointed either.
Maybe because we don’t have the snow and hot toddies of the northern hemisphere, I’ve always had a hankering for a white Christmas. One year I’m going to have one too! Its deciding whether or not I can stand to be cold for the amount of time I’d need to be away that’s holding me back. I’m not a fan of freezing my toes off. But to keep me amused until I brave the chilly weather, I dipped my toes into the Christmas stories with the first in my new Tule Publishing series, The Moore Sisters of Montana, Christmas Glitter.
Here’s a taste of what’s in store for my characters, Dakota and Adam.
After a rough year involving a serious car accident, painful recovery and broken engagement, Dakota Moore moves to Cherry Lake to rebuild her life. To embrace her new community, she volunteers to coordinate the annual Christmas tree gala.
Adam Clements has come home to help his mother run the family business while his father recovers from a heart attack. For the last decade, he's been a high-flying soccer player, enjoying the life that comes with his popularity. But something is missing and he can't put his finger on it... until he returns to Cherry Lake and remembers the feeling of home.
Adam tries to keep his distance because he knows he'll be leaving, but he can't deny his attraction to Dakota. With the countdown to Christmas on, can Dakota convince Adam that his home is right there in Cherry Lake, with her?
I was so excited to write this book featuring a Christmas tree gala and auction. Even the scene with the snow didn’t put me off making plans for a Christmas trip in the near future so I can get my taste of winter weather. I can imagine the hot food, the yummy roast potatoes, hot toddies and chocolate. It’s going to be amazing. So long as I can keep my toes warm.
Tell me, what will you be eating for Christmas this year?
I’ve joined with a group of talented authors to bring you a fabulous promotion in time for Christmas. An Amazon gift card and copies of all our ebooks up for grabs!
Yesterday Annie Seaton started the blog hop. You can find her post here www.annieseaton.net/from-the-chair/a-christmas-story-for-you-from-my-chair