We have been and still are having snow!
And Baby It's Cold Outside.
Inside we are drinking Hot Spiced Tea.
Here is the Hot Spiced Tea recipe. Some people call this Friendship Tea.
20 oz. Tang Orange Drink Mix
20 oz. Instant Lemonade Powder Mix
19 oz. Instant Tea, we used unsweetened
1 Tablespoon Ground Cinnamon
1 Tablespoon Ground Cloves
1 Tablespoon All Spice
Red Hot Candies - as many or as little you desire
Mix everything together in a large mixing bowl. We used a large salad bowl.
Put 2 to 4 teaspoons of Spiced Tea mix into a cup of hot water. Stir well, and allow the Red Hot candies to melt if you used them.
Store mix in any container(s) you have handy. We used canning jars.
If you made this Spiced Tea recipe, drop a comment below and let us know if you liked it or not or if you made any changes to the recipe.
Title: A Dog Named Christmas
Author: Greg Kincaid
Publisher: Convergent Books
Publication Date: 4 November 2008
Print Length: 160 pages
George McCray is the narrator in this story he tells about his twenty-year-old son, Todd, who has a learning disability. Todd loves to paint and he loves animals.
When Todd hears on the radio that the local animal shelter is asking families to foster a pet during the Christmas holiday, he wants to become a foster parent.
Todd's parents agrees he can foster a pet as long as his messy room gets cleaned. They probably thought, like most parents do, that he would pick up a few items and declare it clean. No! Todd went into pristine cleaning mode.
The day came to foster a pet from the animal shelter. Todd stopped at each cage, looking closely at the pets. He asked many questions about the animals before making his decision.
"..., we left the shelter with our new friend. The crisp winter wind caught my breath, but I managed to asked, 'Do you want to name him?'
"Already did,' Todd said to my surprise as he hurried toward the truck.
"I named him 'Christmas.' Todd opened the truck door and Christmas instantly jumped in. Todd climbed in next to the dog and I got in behind the wheel, oddly at ease with this warm furry presence comfortably wedged between my son and me. As I started the ignition, the radio came to life, a Christmas song filling the cold Kansas air.
"I looked at Todd and the dog and said, 'That's a good name. That's a read good name."
There are lessons upon lessons throughout this story.
In 2009 is made into a Hallmark Channel movie.
If you are looking for a feel-good story to share with your family, I suggest you either read this book together or watch the movie.
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I have been extremely busy and see that I failed to post the things I meant to in December.
I hope everyone had a good Holiday Season and spent time celebrating with family and friends.
We have lots of snow and even though the sun is shining today, it is cold outside.
Title: The 19th Christmas
Author: James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication Date: 7 October 2019
Print Length: 368 pages
Genre: #Fiction #MurderThrillers #SuspenseThrillers #WomenSleuths
There is an old saying, never judge a book by its cover and this one rang true for us
As you can see the front cover is a wooded snow scene with a woman who is wearing a red coat and who is hurriedly walking through the woods. Is someone after her? Where is she going? Who is this woman? What does the title, The 19th Christmas mean? A note on the front of the book reads, “The New Women’s Murder Club Novel" so we suspected it was a murder mystery solved by women.
Note, we had not heard of nor read any other Women’s Murder Club novels. So had no idea what to expect.
One of the blurbs on the back cover is written by Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of the D. D. Warren series. We have not read any of the D. D. Warren series, but what Garden wrote caught our attention. “Everything you love about Patterson and the Women’s Murder Club – smart characters, shocking twists, and a villain so evil you count down to the very last page to discover what will happen next.”
Title: An Olde Christmas Carol: A Storm Ketchum Tale (Storm Ketchum Tales Book 1)
Author: Garrett Dennis
Published: TBD Press
Publication Date: 11 July 2015
It is December 1st and the holiday season is upon us. Everywhere we go there are bright red and green decorations mixed in with silver bells and gold trimmings.
The title of this book (which can be gotten if you join the mailing list of Garrett Dennis-here) echoes A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
Storm Ketchum is described as “a walking country-song disaster.” He is recently retired and has moved to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
The story opens with Ketch, as he likes to be called, walking out onto the porch, wrapping himself in a crochet afghan and sitting in a rocking chair with a cup of coffee on a cold January morning. Not a December morning or a day close to Christmas, but after Christmas. His dog Jack is laying down nearby.
As Ketch sits in the rocking chair he decides that he and Jack would take a day trip to Olde Christmas.
As the story unfolds, Ketch finds himself face to face with characters of his past, present, and future. Along the way he is introduced to the legend of Old Buck and thrown into a scenario where he must help solve the case of the stolen cash box.
Is Ketch an old Scrooge? Maybe. Maybe not. This is an interesting take on an old tale with surprises and an unpredictable ending.
Title: The President is Missing
Author: Bill Clinton and James Patterson
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Publication Date: 4 June 2018
Print Length: 528 pages
Genre: #PoliticalThrillers #MurderThrillers #SuspenseThrillers
President Duncan, recently widowed and with health issues, is the main character. His daughter asks him about “Dark Ages,” a code word about cyber terrorism known only to his cabinet of eight. With this new found knowledge, the President realizes he has a traitor within his cabinet, but who? At the same time the Speaker of the House, Lester Rhodes, wants to impeach him for, supposedly, letting Suliman Cindoruk the leader of the Sons of Jihad and a cyber terrorist escape.
Nina, a cyber hacker contacts the president, but she doesn’t know who she can trusts. So, she gives the president instructions to follow. President Duncan follows Nina’s instructions and meets her partner, Augie who knows only how to locate the virus but does not have the password to delete or stop it. When the President and Augie are close to meeting up with Nina, she is killed by an assassin named Bach. But, who hired, Bach? During the shootout, Augie is hustled into the vehicle with the president by the Secret Service. Close to the White House, the President’s motorcade is attacked and the president decides to go into hiding at a cabin deep in the woods. Here the president is surrounded by only a few trusted secret service agents and a team of cyber experts from the United States, Germany, and Russia, who are trying to find the virus that has been planted into the United States infrastructure software. If the virus isn’t stopped, the country could be thrown into total chaos.