Please join me in welcoming USA Today Bestselling author, Army Officer and Graduate Student Jessica Scott to our holiday celebration! She’s also one of my dear Romvet sisters.
What do you make, bake, create or purchase for the holidays, Jessica?
Remember, you can do your part to send books to the military for the holidays, too. All you have to do is sign up for my newsletter–which I only send out when I have a new book release. That’s it! Sign up here.
Please join me in welcoming sister Romvet and Scottish Historical Author Diana Cosby to our holiday celebration today! Diana is a Navy veteran and we bonded years ago when we met through Romvets. As you’ll read, Diana has a strong military family and her generosity towards the military knows no bounds.
What do you make, bake, create or buy for the holidays?
I bake an assortment of Christmas Cookies that I box up and send to each of my children. One of my favorites, that started out as an accident of too much butter in the recipe, are my Chocolate Covered Hazelnut-Shortbread Balls. (*The next to last treat in the photo.)
Please tell us about your special military connections, Diana.
I’m a military brat, a retired Navy Chief, AGC(AW), wife of a former military member, and mom of three kids who have served and/or are serving. (2 Marines and 1 Army.)
Please help me welcome Heidi Hormel, the most recent author to have received “the call” in our November Books for the Military promotion. Heidi recently sold to Harlequin American, in a two-book deal! She is gracious to join us and help celebrate the holidays.
What do you make, bake or create for the holidays, Heidi?
In every family, each member has his or her role. In mine, for the holidays, I’m the maker of sweet treats, from baklava to buckeyes to chocolate chip cookies. Probably the most popular though, is the one that requires the least skill and actual baking: Butterscotch covered peanut butter Ritz bits (we’ve never come up with a snappy name for these).
Here’s the recipe:
One box of peanut butter Ritz bits, one package butterscotch morsels, 2-4 Tblsp. of creamy peanut butter. Melt the butterscotch chips in a double boiler, thin with peanut butter, dunk in Ritz bits, knock of excess butterscotch, place on tray, once tray is full, place in fridge or freezer to set butterscotch. Voila! These keep really well in the freezer–if they last that long.
For various holidays over the years, my mother sculpted a variety of items, usually from Rice Krispie treats. She was a crafter at heart, so having quite a few of her genes, most Christmases I try to create a Rice Krispie treat in the shape of a tree or holly leaf.
In 2010, about six months after my mother died, my sister and I honored her in a very Hormel way. We made a nativity (something she avidly collected) out of Spam (and other assorted meats), along with sauerkraut and tortillas (see the photo for the splendorous beauty of this nativity). This year, though, with the help of my great niece who also has the crafting gene, we will go for a new kind of nativity set using Rice Krispies. Although I just don’t think it will reach the splendor of a king in a Spam-label cape.