Saturday, December 10, 2011

Day 2 of 15 Days of Christmas - Linda Wisdom

Time is ticking away and we're getting closer to the magic night when Santa parks his reindeer on rooftops.  The ticking clock also means a new author here for our 15 Days of Christmas.  Our guest today is the multi-talented Linda Wisdom!!!  Enjoy her thoughts on Christmas and a recipe that I gained weight just reading.  Leave a comment from which she’ll draw a winner for a signed ARC of A Demon Does it Better as well as hexy goodies to go with the book.  And the winner also gets entered into the drawing for a special gift that I’ll pick up on my upcoming trip to England. 

So folks, grab the coffee (or tea), read and have your fingers poised to comment. 

Merry Merry!

Can you believe it’s that time of year again? I admit I love Christmas. I love the colors, the energy, music, you name it.  

After Thanksgiving I’m ready to decorate inside and out. I have some things I do the same every year, but I also like to mix things up.  I have pieces to a fun holiday village, some fibre optic pieces, and now with our latest furry critter, Katie, I need to keep a close eye on the plush animals. She seems to think they’re all hers!  

It also means pulling out the holiday DVDs. I’m such a sucker for Christmas In Connecticut, original Miracle on 34th Street, and Muppet Christmas Carol among others. And a nice background if I’m not playing music while I bake up cookies and candies to hand out. No way I leave much of that around the house! Way too tempting. Although I do have to check them out.  

I have some regular recipes I make every year and always add a few new ones. There have been a few disasters, but it’s still fun. Between that and my Bath and Body Works wallflowers, the house smells yummy!  

What about you? What traditions do you have for Christmas? Are you in to decorating and baking? Playing your favorite music and/or movies? And who all loves Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas song?  

Do you open gifts on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?  

No matter what, have a wonderful holiday!  

While this isn’t a true holiday treat, it is popular among friends and family out here. I make multiple batches of this candy. It’s easy to make and even easier to eat!  



Choconut Caramel Bars 

2 pkg milk chocolate chips
4 tbsp shortening
2 14-oz pkg caramels
4 tbsp water Choconut
2 cups peanuts, chopped 

Melt 1 pkg choc. chips and 2 tbsp shortening-takes about a minute or so in microwave. Stir until smooth. Pour into 9x13 foil lined pan. Refrigerate until firm. Melt caramels and water-about 2 to 4 min. in microwave. Stir until smooth. Stir in peanuts. Pour into choc. lined pan, spread evenly, refrigerate until firm. Top with remaining chocolate and refrigerate.  

Halve recipe if using 8 in. square pan. Very much like a Snickers bar, actually better!


Lovely witch Lili Carter takes a job at a paranormal hospital where patients have been disappearing. There she encounters Jared, a dangerously sexy demon on a mission that gets Lili into a world of trouble. Lili can't avoid Jared for long and soon they find themselves creating a whole new kind of magick...


Connie Kline said...

The recipe sounds wonderful! I will have to try it.
The book sounds intriguing! Can't wait to read it. Love Paranormal!

Linda Wisdom said...

Thanks Connie!

This recipe is so good it's dangerous because you don't want to share it.

alainala said...

i have to ask: what is: water Choconut??
this is my first year away from home, but we usually decorate the tree, bake tonnes of cookies (YUM!).. doing christmas cards with my mom... when my dad lived in the area i went there for christmas eve, had supper (sushi!) and opened presents then.. at home, i usually can open one present on christmas eve, then the rest when family comes on christmas day!

(And this book looks AWESOME!)
alainala AT hotmail DOT ca

Pam Jones said...

This is our first year with no kids still living at home, so this recipe is all for

Linda Wisdom said...

Hi Alaina, the choconut is just the name of the recipe. Chocolate and nuts.

It's addictive, Pam. This is our first Christmas with my mom gone and she always had first test tastes when I baked.

Johanna R Jochum said...

Ooh, this reciepe sounds awesome! I love baking and decorationg for Christmas. Love Christimas music and Alvin and the Chipmunks. My two little girls are born in December so it is a one big continuas party all month long! Thanks for sharing with us!


Kuzlin said...

Chocolate and caramel - what could be better! I have read all your other books, so I can't wait for this latest. Thanks.

Linda Wisdom said...

Same here Johanna. I'll be baking later this week to take goodies around. I'll be posting more recipes over on my blog.

Thanks Kuzlin!

Abigail-Madison Chase said...

The book sounds interesting...he recipe sound delicious

Unknown said...

I'll have to try that recipe! Thanks.

Linda Thomas-Sundstrom said...

I do soooo love the holidays! Thanks for the recipe, Linda! We eat the cookies we leave for SANTA, and pretend he ate them.... as old as we are. LOL.

www.lindathomas-sundstrom (dot)com

Jennifer Mathis said...

oh great recipe . I volunteer to taste test :) I love books with witchs in them

JeanMP said...

Oh my that recipe sounds delicious. Can't wait to try it out. Love baking and trying out different recipes every Christmas season. Christmas is my favorite time of the year. Love the sound of the book, can't wait to read it.

skpetal at hotmail dot com

Linda Wisdom said...

Thanks Abigail and Stacie!

Hey Linda! Santa wants us to be happy so of course we'd eat the treats. We're only helping him out too so he won't develop a tummyache.

Hi Jennifer. A friend loves it when I try out new recipes.

Thanks Jean P. I'm with you on trying out new recipes too.

Lisa Kessler said...

Oh those sound yummy!!! :)

I love Christmas time too!!! The music, the movies, the lights... Love!

We open presents on Christmas day, although my grown kids (17 & 20) still love their advent Santa pocket calendars with a tiny little gift each day until Christmas...

Fun blog!

Lisa :)

books4me said...

the recipe sounds yummy but will have to wait till next year as I am on a diet (20lbs down...many to go)! My hubby and daughter and I usually open a game Christmas Eve but as we will be home (YEAH!!) I think it will all wait till Christmas day where we open stockings first!

books4me67 at ymail dot com

Shadow said...

That recipe sounds so yummy! And the book sounds very good. Thanks for sharing!

Lizzie said...

Happy Holidays to you,Linda. Thank you for taking time from you busy life to share with us!!!

Linda's winner is:

Jean P.

Congratulations, Jean. You and Linda work out the delivery.