Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Booklover's Christmas Giveaway Part Two

The Booklover's Christmas Giveaway continues. Your participation so far has been amazing. Week one's giveaway has a few more hours left, and you can enter that here.
Who wants to win two novella collections by writers from Seekerville?


About the Contest:

My friend Natalie Monk and I whipped up a giveaway perfect for a book-lover.
Throughout December we're offering you chances to win:
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An angry thunderstorm is battering my town right now, so I'm not singing "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas" just yet...but I can still hope for a white Christmas, right?
I typically bake either chocolate chip cookies or peanut butter fudge for one of our Christmas gatherings. What dessert do you love? Maybe I'll change things up this year.
Well, the lights in my room are flickering a bit here, and I'm pretty sure lightning struck the tree across the street (ha!).
Talk to you in the comments!


  1. Hope that icky thunderstorm leaves y'all alone soon! It rained and rained...and rained here yesterday. It's sunny and bright right now, though. Makes me want to get outside and do something, but I hate gardening, so... lol. I may go for a walk later.

    My favorite Christmas recipes are Creamy Pralines and Hot Cranberry Tea!

    Okay, just because I can't resist, I'll include the recipes:

    Creamy Buttermilk Pecan Pralines

    * 2 cups sugar
    * 1 cup buttermilk
    * 1 teaspoon baking soda
    * 1 Tablespoon butter
    * 1 1/2 cups pecan halves

    In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine sugar, buttermilk and baking soda. Cook and stir over medium heat 5 mins (or until a candy thermometer reads 210 degrees). Stir in butter and pecans and continue cooking until soft ball stage (or when thermometer reads 236 degrees). Remove from the heat and cool for 5 mins (or until 110 degrees). Beat until mixture loses its gloss and begins to set, about 8 minutes. Quickly drop by teaspoonfuls onto parchment or wax paper-lined baking sheets. Cool completely.

    Hot Cranberry Tea

    1 container cranberry juice cocktail
    1/2 c. lemon juice
    1 container frozen orange juice concentrate
    2 c water
    1 c sugar
    1 package red hot candies

    Heat liquid ingredients until steaming. Add sugar and Red Hot candies. Stir until dissolved. Delicious hot or cold.

    1. We made it through the storm. :) Hope you enjoyed your walk.

      Aw, thanks for sharing the recipes!!! Two good ones!

  2. I have always wanted to know how to make prailines. They are my mom's favorite! Thank you Natalie! My favorite Christmas recipe is See's fudge. My grandmother has it hand written in her old cookbook and we all make it. It isn't original to us, obviously so I don't really feel right typing it here, but you can goodsearch or google it. :) It is the best.

    1. The only fudge I've ever made is peanut butter fudge. I might need to branch out and try a different one.

      Good thing Natalie shared the praline recipe!

  3. I shared your giveaway via Twitter: