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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!


For this year's holiday Giveaway, I've put together a gift box of little treats to pamper one lucky reader! To learn more about my 2021 Holiday Giveaway, click on the button below.


Holiday Recipe

This year, I would like to share with you a recipe for a holiday treat that takes so little effort for something so delicious! It's like a minor holiday miracle...

Cranberry Jewel Squares

3 eggs
2 cups white sugar
3/4 cup softened butter
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
12 oz fresh cranberries (or frozen cranberries, thawed)

Just six ingredients - can you believe it? The baking instructions are just as easy...

Set your butter out to soften and if you're using cranberries, take them out to thaw. Also put your eggs out to warm up a little - this will help them beat up nice and fluffy!

Preheat oven to 350F.

Beat your eggs and sugar with a mixer for 5 to 7 minutes until thickened, light yellow in color and nearly doubled in volume. Since this recipe has no baking powder or yeast, your eggs are what will make it rise so don't scrimp on this step!

Add in butter and vanilla and beat for 2 more minutes.

Stir in the flour until just combined. You don't want to deflate that fluffy egg mixture.

Stir in cranberries until just combined.

Spread batter in a buttered 913 inch pan and bake for 40-50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted near the center of the squares comes out clean.

Cool, then cut into squares. You don't need to ice them - they are sweet and rich enough on their own, but with that lovely tart kick from the cranberries.

Serve and lap up the compliments. Or just enjoy them yourself with a cup of your favorite hot drink!


Quick Christmas Reads

Even if you're rushed for time this holiday season, I hope a Holiday-set excerpt from one of my books will be just the thing to kindle the spirit of the Season!






My Christmas Books

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