Monday, December 15, 2008
Christmas Ride Blog! Come One Come All...Remember the Carols You Sang As a Kid! And An Interview with Patti Shenberger!
Christmas is just around the corner. I finally finished my baby boy's stocking. When my first daugther, Dianna, was born, I made her a stocking. You know, one of those crafty kits you buy at a craft store made of felt. They look super easy and I was thinking, "This won't take me too long and I'll have it forever." Well, my oldest is now 12 and that particular kit had all these really hard stitches, including some roses made with silk ribbon on this beautiful, very detailed Christmas tree with toys scattered underneath...not easy and don't get me started on those dang French knots! My French knots never look like my mother's but she made my stocking and my three brothers a stocking so I figured I better carry on the tradition. Okay, so my mom had to help me with the silk roses and French knots but I did 90% of it and it's really pretty so four years ago, I had another baby girl and bought another kit. Well, Annalisa's stocking will be easier...I thought. It had tons and tons of sequins. I can do sequins. I'm good at that. When I say tons of sequins...I'm not kidding....hundreds of them. It's a stocking decorated with Christmas ornaments made from the little gems. It took me forever!!! But it's beautiful and I'm so proud of it. Well, now I had to make Benjamin's stocking. Most of the kits looked so girly but I chose one with a big teddy bear and two red birds decorating a tree. That teddy bear is gigantic and I think I had to cut out fifty pieces and all the dang sequins...but I love it! It's beautiful, just like the other two and I can cherish them for years to come. Did I tell you I hate satin stitches too? Ughhhhh! Talk about time consuming! That teddy bear had the buggers all over the place, so when I got to the Christmas tree, one of the last pieces on the stocking, the satin stitches were replaced with these beautiful beads I use to make book thongs and actually, I think it makes the stocking look much prettier.
Now that the stockings are hung near the chimney....er.....tv while the fake yule log crackles across the screen.....I can do last minute Christmas shopping and drink tons of egg nog afterwards...in celebration of surviving the last minute rush. I always shop last minute. I'm one of those Christmas Eve shoppers. I'm even stopping by the liquor store on Dec. 24 to have that all important Bailey's and spiked egg nog. One must have all the necessities in order to deal with the in-laws...groan.
I'm giving away an ebook today in celebration of the Christmas Ride Blog...reader's choice. Tell me the name (leave me a comment)of the notorious serial killer I feature in my latest release and I'll enter you into the drawing to be done after midnight tonight CST. Doesn't that just make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside? Killers and Carols. So festive. Sorry, I'm a paranormal author. Halloween is always fun for me, but it's Christmas so let's spread some cheer, even if it is a bit on the dark side.
Here's my favorite Christmas candy recipe:
I call it Spider Legs but it's Christmas so let's just call it Reindeer Poop (Better? No? Well, hell....then call it Yultide Spider Legs)
Yuletide Spider Legs or Reindeer Poop
1 Bag of Hershey's Dark Chocolate Chips
1 Bag of Hershey's Butterscotch Chips
1 Can of Chinese Noodles
**Melt both bags of chips in microwave for 3 mins. in a mixing bowl. Pour in chinese noodles. Mix it up with a spoon and scoop large spoonfuls onto foil or wax paper. Allow to dry for an hour. Enjoy your reindeer poop. Yum!!!**
~If you're a chocolate lover like me, you will be emailing me, telling me how much you love me when you eat this. Tip....DRINK WITH RED WINE!!! ~Extra yummy!
And to spread more Christmas cheer, everyone hosting the CHRISTMAS RIDE came together and we’re giving one lucky person a $75 Wild Rose Press gift certificate! All you need to do to enter is attend each day's blog post, identify the carol, and make a complete carol list to submit after the final blog post on Christmas Eve. Don't forget to check the list twice! Send it to Christmasrideblog@live.com by midnight, CST Dec. 31st 2008!
HINT FOR MY CHRISTMAS CAROL
"Chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Jack Frost nipping at your nose."
Start at P.L. Parker's Blog to begin the Blog Ride that connects all the blogs and all the carols. Visit each blog to hunt for the clue to the carol of the day!
Hop on the sleigh because the ride continues tomorrow at The Wilder Roses Blog!
Please welcome my special Christmas Ride Blog Guest, Patti Shenberger!
Alisha: Can you tell us a little bit about your childhood? Favorite memories?
Patti: My childhood was a bit out of the norm. My mother was 17 and widowed, with a baby- me! My great grandparents who were in their 60’s at the time offered to raise me so she could focus on getting her life back together. I ended up living with them till I was 18 and heading for college. But I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Favorite memories were traveling the world with my great grandfather. He worked for General Motors back in the day when Harley Earl was in charge (bet no one remembers that).
Alisha: Tell us about the hero and heroine in your latest release.
Patti: My hero is Laird Kyle MacLay, a Scottish ghost who can’t pass on to the other side. Devon Noone is a feisty red-haired American who inherits the title of Lady along with Laird MacLay and a smelly canine. Kyle needs her help and while Devon is willing to give it, she also finds herself falling for the sexy ghost.
Alisha: Ooooh, I love ghosts! If you were granted three wishes by a genie, what would they be?
Patti: That’s a toughie. The first would be to be healthy the rest of my life (I’m a colon cancer survivor – that was my big ugly battle last year). The second wish would be for my children to find happiness is whatever path they choose in life. The third, ok selfish wish now, to have all my books be New York Times bestsellers!
Alisha: You are such a survivor, Patti! If you could go anywhere tomorrow, where would you go?
Patti: I would love to go to Scotland and explore the ruins of a castle. That is something I have always wanted to do.
Alisha: That would be lovely. I adore castles. If you could see anyone tomorrow (dead or alive), who would it be?
Patti: I would like to meet my father. I was three months old when he died. I have photographs of him, but it isn’t the same.
Alisha: If you could choose six people to spend one week on a desert island, who would it be and why?
Patti: Oh boy, this is a definite WOW! My apologies if I offend anyone by not picking them. I would pick Nora Roberts (I think she would be a fascinating person to have an in-depth conversation with), Bruce Willis (still have that crush), Kenny Chesney (gotta have music), Emeril Lagassi (he can cook for us), Richard Simmons (to keep us in shape), and Richard Dean Anderson (cause he could get us off the island by slipping back into his MacGuyver role)!
Alisha: What word or phrase tingles in all the right places for you?
Pattie: Adored – I think it says it all. If you are adored, you have everything you could ever ask for.
Alisha: If you had one day to spoil yourself, what would you do?
Patti: I would love to spend the day with unlimited funds at the bookstore.
Alisha: If you could change one incident in your life, what would it be and how would you change it?
Patti: I don’t know that I would change anything in my life. Everything that has happened to me, the good and the bad is a learning experience. It doesn’t mean I liked everything life threw my way, but I learned to deal with it. And what doesn’t kill you, only makes you stronger, right??? (G)
Alisha: What’s the sexiest thing a man has ever done for you or said to you or both?
Patti: This is easy. From September 06 – June 07, my hubby Randy took care of my every need with me being diagnosed with cancer, having surgery, starting chemo and after chemo was over, having a full hysterectomy! Sorry more than you wanted to know, but he did everything. He cooked, cleaned, took me to every appt, cared for the animals at home and still worked a 40 hour work week. (My kids are grown and out of the house). He is my knight in shining armour.
Alisha: Sniff, sniff..he truly IS a knight in shining armour!
~Merry Christmas everyone! Enjoy the love you see and feel in your lives!