Holiday Movies, Part 1

Holiday Movies, Part 1

So, SO many fabulous holiday-themed movies have been made over the decades since cinematic film-making was created. Movies for the family, movies with humor, movies of faith, movies full of sentimentality, movies with romance, movies starring Santa Claus, movies with edginess, movies with Christmas as a setting for the action, movies filmed with live action,… Continue Reading

Carols for Christmas

Carols for Christmas

Frosty the Snowman Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul, With a corncob pipe and a button nose, And two eyes made out of coal. Frosty the snowman is a fairy tale, they say, He was made of snow but the children know how he came to life one day. There must have been… Continue Reading

Mincemeat Pies ~ a Regency dinner must-have

Mincemeat Pies ~ a Regency dinner must-have

A Regency Era Christmas centered on food and dining with family, much as is does today. For the dinner entrée cook would include goose, pheasant, venison, or a beef haunch. Turkeys were served but not as the main meat focal point. If fortunate they would snag a boar’s head with fresh rosemary and basil adorning his head… Continue Reading

Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy — ON SALE & IN AUDIO!

Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy — ON SALE & IN AUDIO!

Exciting times for my debut novel. I have two pieces of awesome news to share.   eBook versions of Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy are ON SALE the entire month of December! KINDLE DIRECT LINK NOOK DIRECT LINK Reduced from the normal price of $14.99 for the digital format, this is a huge savings! Also,… Continue Reading

Birds for Christmas Dinner

Birds for Christmas Dinner

Food historians tell us the practice of serving large, stuffed fowl for Christmas, like many other Christian holiday food traditions, was borrowed from earlier cultural practices. Peacocks, swans, geese, duck, guinea fowl, and turkeys all fit this bill in times past. The larger the bird, the more festive the presence. “New World” turkeys were introduced… Continue Reading

Recipes: Warm drinks for Cold days & nights

Recipes: Warm drinks for Cold days & nights

  Mulled Wine 1 (750 ml) bottle red wine 1 orange, sliced 1/4 cup brandy (optional) 1/4 cup honey or sugar 8 whole cloves 2 cinnamon sticks 2 star anise Combine all ingredients in a non-aluminum saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and let simmer for at least… Continue Reading