Loretta, thanks for being on Holiday Cheer and sharing your holiday secrets! Be sure to leave a message for Loretta, she’s giving away an autographed print copy of The Witching Moon. Also, anyone who comments will be eligible for the $25 Barnes and Noble drawing next week!
Egg nog or hot chocolate? I’m definitely an eggnog girl, especially with a splash of good bourbon.
Share one of your favorite holiday memories. When I was nine years old, my uncle dressed up as Santa Claus and came to our house. We lived way out in the country, so we were afraid Santa wouldn’t find us. I remember how excited my brother and I were when we heard sleigh bells and reindeer hoofs on the front porch. I was an adult before I knew it was really my uncle.
What is your favorite holiday song? “Mary Did You Know,” by Kenny Rogers and Wyonna Judd. This song, to me, portrays the true meaning of Christmas.
What is your favorite holiday movie? The old classic: “It’s a Wonderful Life,” starring Jimmy Stewart. I always cry at the end.
Do you have a real or artificial tree? Now that my children are grown and live in another state, I pull out my pre-decorated artificial tree. But, I do miss the scent of a fresh tree.
What tops your tree? My tree may be artificial, but it’s topped with an angel from my oldest daughter’s first Christmas. The angel is now 46 years old.
What’s your favorite holiday quote? W. T. Ellis said, “It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.” I especially like this quote, because with all the commercialisms, I think the true meaning of Christmas gets lost.
Do you wrap as you go or do you do a marathon wrapping ‘party?’ I wrap as I go. This way, I don’t forget which gift is for whom. This also saves me time since I have to package the gifts and get them in the mail.
What is your favorite holiday treat (pie, cake, cookies, etc)? Oh, tough answer, because I have a sweet tooth. Okay, since I’m forced to pick one, I’ll go with homemade chocolate pecan pie, topped with homemade whipped cream.
What is your favorite holiday dish? I really like old fashioned, southern cornbread dressing with giblet gravy. It’s a little labor intensive to make, but so good; and even tastier the day after.
Chocolate Pecan Pie
- 1 (9-inch) unbaked pie shell
- 2 cups pecan halves
- 3 large eggs, beaten
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1/2 cup dark corn syrup
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons good-quality burbon
- 3 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Cover bottom of pie crust with pecans.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and melted butter. Add the corn syrup, sugar, bourbon and the chopped chocolate. Stir until all ingredients are combined. Pour mixture into the pie shell over the pecans and place on a heavy-duty cookie sheet.
Bake for 10 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees F and continue to bake for an additional 25 minutes or until pie is set. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.
Homemade Whipped Cream
1- 8 oz. cup heavy cream
1- tbsp. confectioner sugar
1-tsp. vanilla flavoring
Place ingredients in a large bowl. Beat until stiff peaks form. Do not over beat or cream will become lumpy. Keep chilled until ready to serve.
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Sheen O’Reilly considers her gift of second sight a curse. Branded a witch, she wears a rope burn around her neck as a reminder of what happens to people who are considered different. Now settled in a remote homestead where she tends her animals and concocts herbal remedies, she knows “he” is coming but is powerless to stop him. “He” is Guthrie Tanner, who blames himself for the murder of his wife and the kidnapping of his young daughter. After an unsuccessful year of tracking his enemies, he has heard about a witch who lives alone on the prairie. While he doesn’t believe in supernatural nonsense, he is willing to do whatever it takes to find his daughter. What he doesn’t count on is the effect Sheen will have on his heart.
Wind kicked up, blowing frigid air into her face. It was enough to get her feet moving faster to the quilt’s inviting warmth.
“Don’t ever try to run away from me.”
She pulled the quilt over her nose so that only her eyes showed. “What if I do?”
“Trust me, you won’t like the consequences.”
There was a hint of mockery in his voice that accompanied the threat, and Sheen didn’t quite know what to make of him.
“You are a puzzle, Mr. Tanner. First you say you won’t harm me, then you threaten me.”
Loretta C. Rogers