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I am delighted to announce that Love Inspired ® has reissued my inspirational Regency novel The Captain's Christmas Family in a special 2-in-1 anthology with Snowflake Bride, by USA Today Bestselling author, Jillian Hart! The print book should be available in stores by the end of October. I hope more readers will enjoy this story of how love and Christmas brought together a family!

I'm celebrating this special print release with a Downeast Christmas Giveaway, featuring a CD of historical Christmas music by the breathtaking Halifax vocal ensemble, Helios as well as a sweet treat from the Newfoundland Chocolate Company and a copy of my Regency Christmas Treasury!


Dear Reader, One of the things I love about Christmas is that it's the time of year our modern society looks back to treasured traditions of the past. To celebrate this joyous season, I've created this page to share with you some of my Christmas favorites.

I know from experience that women tend to create the holiday experience for our families. Often that takes so much time and energy, we aren't always able to savor the pleasures of the season. I hope you'll take a little time for yourself. Put on your favorite Christmas music, make a cup of hot chocolate, maybe light a candle with a festive scent and curl up with a Christmas story.

Wishing you all the joy and wonder of the season!

Christmas Recipes

Because my Dad and one of my nephews both have celiac disease, I'm always on the lookout for tasty recipes that can be made without wheat flour. In recent years, this Boursin Quiche with a shredded potato crust and gluten-free version of traditional Sticky Toffee Pudding have become very popular holiday treats with the whole family!

Potato-Crust Quiche

½ package of frozen shredded hashbrowns
1 egg
1 Tbsp gluten-free flour
1 large onion sliced thin
3 whole large eggs
3 egg yolks
1 cup 35% cream
½ cup 2 or 3% milk
6 slices of prosciutto or spek
½ tsp nutmeg
Fresh or freeze-dried parsley

Thaw hashbrowns. Combine with egg and flour and spread on the bottom of a greased quiche or pie plate. Bake at 400F for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
Meanwhile, sauté sliced onion in a mixture of oil and butter until caramelized. Allow potato base and onions to cool. Spread cooked onions over potato crust.
Whisk together eggs, yolks, cream, milk, parsley and nutmeg. Pour over crust and onions. Drop pieces of Boursin cheese and prosciutto or spek into the quiche.
Bake 20-25 minutes until cooked through and light golden on top.

Gluten-free Sticky Toffee Pudding

1 box of Betty Crocker gluten-free
yellow cake mix
1/2 cup melted butter
3 eggs
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup chopped dates
1 cup warm water
1 tsp baking soda

Add baking soda to warm water and soak chopped dates.
Combine cake mix, melted butter, eggs, brown sugar and vanilla.
Beat with electric mixer on medium for 2-3 minutes.
Pour into greased 8 or 9 inch square pan and bake at 375 F for 35-40 minutes or until tooth pick comes out clean.

Toffee Sauce

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup whipping cream

Melt butter in heavy-based saucepan.
Add sugar and vanilla and stir until sugar is dissolved.
Add cream and bring to vigorous simmer. Let bubble for 5 minutes, stirring continuously.

For a fun holiday buffet presentation, have a sticky toffee fondu!
Cut the sponge in small cubes to dip in the sauce.


Christmas Music

A few days before last Christmas, we had the pleasure of hearing the Helios Vocal Ensemble perform selections from their debut CD, An Illuminated Christmas. That concert was the highlight of the season for us as their exquisite, haunting harmonies whisked us back through the centuries. Check out this video of the ensemble performing a traditional German Christmas carol.

O Jesulein süß


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