What are your favorite all-time Christmas decorations?
What foods are you enjoying this Christmas?
DARYL AKA AVERY: Personally I love my tree. That's the most important thing when it comes to decorations. All the rest matters, but I really love the tree. The lights. The scent. The memories that hang upon it. I also love my collection of David Frye Christmas "sculptures." They're so playful.
And for dessert? I love a yule log (see my gluten-free yule log recipe here) and I love, love, love something cheesy - like a good cheese platter or a cheesecake.
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LUCY BURDETTE: My favorite Christmas decoration is the stocking my aunt knit for me when I was probably 4. Not sure you can tell, but Santa's beard is fuzzy:). (My childhood nickname was Bobbie. The other one I made for John when we were first married--not nearly as nice!)
As for what to serve, I'm throwing my hands up! We're having a big crowd and no one wants to spend a day in Key West cooking, so I'm making stuffed shells (red and green!), salad and good bread and lots of cookies.
Merry Christmas everyone!
Food? When I was growing up, for some reason that no one ever explained to me our traditional dessert was chocolate steamed pudding, which I presented on Mystery Lovers Kitchen all the way back in 2011. It has a wonderful flavor but it's still light, after a big Christmas dinner!
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PEG COCHRAN: I have a lot of "favorite" ornaments! My late husband and I collected ornaments on our trips--from China, Bermuda, Portugal, Hong Kong, England, St. Thomas, etc. I also have handmade ornaments from my late mother-in-law--a stuffed heart for each girl with "Baby's First Christmas" on the front and their birth date on the back. One of my all-time favorites is actually one I bought myself--it's hand-crafted in copper by a local artist from Cape Cod and is a weather vane with a mermaid on top. It symbolizes all the wonderful vacations I've had there--one of my favorite places on earth. Another favorite is a pair of Steuben crystal pine cones that were given to me to give to my girls by their godfather. Steuben, and that great store on Fifth Avenue, are no longer sadly. I will give these to my girls for their trees as soon as I can bear to part with them!
For dessert, we love Maida Hatter's Palm Beach Brownies! Chocolate and peppermint--the perfect mix for Christmas.
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Favorite ornament? That's tough. I think I love them all! If I have to pick ones that I particularly cherish, they would be the Christmas items my mother embroidered. My favorite is the Santa advent calendar that hangs on the wall. It's always the first decoration that goes up. A piece of chocolate is tied to each of the dates. Not surprisingly, they have all been consumed in the photo!
Tablecloths and runners are up there with my favorites, too. I am blessed to still have my mom with me, but I cherish these beautiful items she made for me.
We'll be eating our traditional roast goose with German potato dumplings for dinner. It's a once a year treat for us. And it wouldn't be Christmas without our yule log!
May your Christmas celebration be joyous, full of good food, good friends, and good times!
VICTORIA ABBOTT aka Mary Jane and Victoria Maffini
We love Christmas and decorating. Things are a bit different every year. We always want to incorporate MJ's Mum's silver tray (a wedding gift. We're trying it with candles and roses.
The big hit this year was chocolate gingerbread cake! We can't keep it in the house. It's a variation of our chocolate gingerbread loaf from MLK. But on December 26th we'll show you our two no-bake two-ingredient desserts that make life easy.
Because it's a such a dark time of year, we are thrilled with our amaryllis. Last year, they bloomed at the end of January. This time we're lucky to have that Christmas color.
We always have bit of fun with pine cones and old ornaments too.
And of course, it's all about the dogs!
Much love to you and yours from the Maffini family!
Eat, drink and enjoy! XO MJ and Victoria
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LESLIE BUDEWITZ: Ah, Elfie. He's been my favorite as long as I recall, on a tree full of favorites, and now Mr. Right adores him, too. My mother---who is 90 and no longer puts up a tree---gave me custody of him a few years ago. He's always been shy---no matter how carefully we put him on the tree, he would face backwards. Now that we hang him with a hook rather than using his string loop, we're a little more successful in getting Elfie to face out---but getting a decent picture was a challenge!
This is my first Christmas on Mystery Lovers' Kitchen, and with a December release, I've been sharing recipes from the new book rather than family holiday favorites. But on Christmas morning, we'll be eating Omelet Muffins and Christmas Muffins, cranberry pumpkin, though they're already baked and waiting for us!
All the best to you and yours this festive season,
from Mystery Lovers' Kitchen!
from Mystery Lovers' Kitchen!
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This little Food Truck reminded us of the “Muffin Muse” Coffee Truck that our amateur sleuth bought for her shop in our 11th Coffeehouse Mystery (2012): A Brew to a Kill, possibly the first cozy to feature a food truck war! (Notice the little sign advertising Mocha Cupcakes—adorable.)
Okay, one more...
When Marc and I saw this little piano bar for sale in the Christmas Village display of our local Michael's store, we looked at each other and lunged for the very last one.
Why is this tiny piano bar so important to us? If you’ve read our latest mystery, then you know...
In Dead to the Last Drop, our amateur sleuth befriends a young jazz pianist who frequents the relaxed "Jazz Space" on the second floor of her new Washington coffeehouse. The young woman turns out to be the President's daughter, and the story progresses from there. That's why this miniature will always remind us of writing the book together.
Just little mementos but they mean the world to us.
|Prime rib from Dead to the Last Drop.|
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May you eat with joy to the world!
Love and peace always ~ Cleo and Marc
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL!
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