unprecedented year (bet you’re getting tired of that word), 2020 has been an
eye-opener for many people. In truth, I believe this year has brought families
closer. Priorities changed, and I think for the better. Work has too. Many
people now work from home, cutting travel time and saving the environment, as
well as purchasing power suits and dresses for the office, opting for jeans and
yoga pants. Though far from over, this pandemic has caused people to think
about the impending holidays, how they want to spend them, and with who.
Since most of my
family won’t be joining us over the holiday season due to Covid 19, we’ve had
to come up with ways to fill the void. Yes, we’ll be decorating our house
inside and outside, and I’ll be writing up Christmas cards to mail to family
and friends. Guess I’m old school that way. We also get our fill of those sappy
Hallmark Christmas movies playing 24/7 on the television. However, one
stumbling block to contend with is that my 90-year-old mom is in a nursing
home. Depending on the severity of the pandemic, she may or may not be joining
us this Christmas. I’m keeping my fingers crossed though, and sending out
positive vibes while asking Santa for a huge favor to stuff her in his sleigh
and fly her over to our house!
So in lieu of a ‘traditional’
Christmas this year, here are some of my favorite things I don’t plan on giving
First Favorite: Eggs Benedict breakfast on Christmas
morning. It’s a must. Been doing this breakie for years. If anyone doesn’t know
what this tasty dish is all about, here’s the basic recipe:
1. Prepare hollandaise sauce according to package
directions (I’m lazy and get the packaged hollandaise sauce, but you can find a
recipe to make from scratch on your favorite cooking site).
2. Place English muffins and Canadian bacon (or Black
Forest ham) on the same baking sheet. Broil 2-3 minutes or until English
muffins begin to lightly brown and bacon/ham is warm. Remove from oven.
3. Bring pot of water to a boil, reduce heat to simmer.
Crack one egg into a small bowl and gently slip into the simmering water.
Repeat with remaining eggs. Allow eggs to simmer 3-5 minutes or until they
reach desired doneness. *We use a poached egg pan, which is much easier.
4. Top each English muffin with warmed bacon/ham, 1 egg,
salt and pepper, and hollandaise sauce. Garnish with a sprinkle of paprika,
parsley or chives if desired. Trust me, this rich, delicious meal will last you
until Christmas dinner.
Second Favorite: Single Malt Scotch. If it’s good enough
for Ernest Hemmingway, it’s good enough for me. I ask Santa for a top shelf
bottle every year, and he never disappoints!
Third Favorite: Books or gift cards from online
bookstores or local bookstores, because you know, winter is coming! Plus, I
love supporting my author peeps out there.
Speaking of books,
I’ve got two young adult book series available for purchase online or through
ordering from your local bookstore for the teen readers in your life. Here’s a
glimpse of the premises of both series:
Mysterious Tales from Fairy Falls Teen Psychic
Imagine a teenager possessing a psychic
ability and struggling to cope with this freakish power while trying to have a
normal life. Now, imagine being uprooted and forced to live in a small tourist
town where nothing much ever happens. It’s bores-ville from the get-go.
to Fairy Falls. Expect the unexpected.
The Last Timekeepers Time Travel Adventures…
Chosen by an
Atlantean Magus to be Timekeepers—legendary time travelers sworn to keep history
safe from the evil Belial—five classmates are sent into the past to restore balance,
and bring order back into the world, one mission at a time.
Children are the keys to our future. And now, children
are the only hope for our past.
Last Timekeepers Time Travel Adventure Series:
Timekeepers and the Dark Secret, Book #2 Buy
Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis, Book #1 Buy Links:
of the Timekeepers, prequel Buy
Mysterious Tales from Fairy Falls
Teen Psychic Mystery Series:
Lost and Found, Book One Buy Links:
and Blueberries, Book Two Buy