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Monday, December 17, 2012

Secret Santa Blog Hop

Welcome readers!  I hope your Christmas so far as been outstanding.  The rules for the blog hop are found at  Don't forget to go there because even though you can win a prize here, the grand prize is a Kindle Fire. 

I have a few holiday eating tips to share.  They've been floating around the Internet for a long time, so I have no idea where they came from, but in case you've never read them, here goes.

1.Avoid carrot sticks.  Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit.  In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately.  Go next door, where they’re serving rum balls
2.Drink as much eggnog as you can and quickly.  You can’t find it any other time of year but now.  So drink up!  Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip?  It’s not as if you’re going to turn into an eggnog-aholic or something.  It’s a treat.  Enjoy!!!  Have one for me.  Have two.  It’s later than you think.  It’s Christmas!

3.If something comes with gravy, use it.  That’s the whole point of gravy.  Gravy does not stand alone.  Pour it on.  Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes.  Fill it with gravy.  Eat the volcano.  Repeat.

4.Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating.  The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other people’s food for free.  Lots of it.  Hello???

5. Did someone mention fruitcake?  Granted, it’s loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost.  I mean, have some standards.

Remember this motto to live by:

Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body.  But rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in hand, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming, “WOO-HOO what a ride!”

To win a copy of my Christmas novella The Table in the Window, leave a comment telling me what your favorite Christmas food is. Commenting will get you one entry for the Kindle Fire.

If you follow my blog you get an extra entry to win the Kindle Fire.  If you just leave a comment and don't say what you favorite food is you still get one extra entry to win the Kindle Fire. 

Remember, go to for the rules of the blog hop.

You can get a copy of The Table in the Window at most all online retail outlets and at


Warrior Woman Winmill said...

Sausage rolls are always a favourite at any party I go to. Little mini one bite size. And a glass of irish cream. Happy holidays

Kimberley said...

ved the post. My favorite Christmas food is cornbread stuffing and gravy...My mama made the best - will never be able to find it quite as good as hers.
Thanks for the giveaway!

Merry Christmas
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Cassandra said...

My favorite would be my cousin's ham rolls :)
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Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

Lasha said...

My grandmother's pumpkin pie. Happy Holidays,

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Rowan Worth said...

My favorite holiday food has always been my mom's fudge. She only made it once a year for the holidays, and we all treasured it. Of course, it was best with her eggnog, once I got old enough--there's six kinds of alcohol in mom's eggnog...

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Rowan Worth said...

Oh--also meant to say how much I'm loving the blog hop!! What fun!!

laurie said...

Sausage rolls are always a favourite at any party I go to. Little mini one bite size. And a glass of irish cream. Happy holidays

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Unknown said...

no eggnog for me and i will pass on the gravy as well don't like ether. but i also suggest you don't leave empty handed that's what dogie bags are for
i love pumpkin cookies and now is the best time to make them
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Karen Michelle Nutt said...

My mothers Italian dumplings are my favorite!

I loved your post. Especially regarding carrot sticks during the holdidays. lol

I'm following your blog, too.
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Anonymous said...

Mine would have to be cookies!

LEENA7 said...

I totally loved your post..was the best thing i have read lately and I agreed with all of it. I am so happy I did this hop so I could run into you. oops I can't wait to see if your books are like you, smilz
I love so many, and every year at least one or two get added to my list.but my favorite has to be the Mississippi Mud from my Grandma,,it's sinfully yummy and a tradition at our Christmas. Hope youe holidays are as fun as you.I am following you,but am not a stalker

Unknown said...

Gyros...yum I could use one right now :D

I follow your blog

Unknown said...

My favorite holiday food is Russian Teacake cookies.

Love that list! Especially eating other people's food for free!

Thanks for the Awesome Hop!

JanD said...

I like that motto.
My favorite Christmas food is my mom's creme caramel.
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magic5905 said...

I love cookies, there are always so much at Christmas time. Thanks for the hop.
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CBarton said...

We will have shrimp cocktail on Christmas Eve.
Thank you for the giveaway and for being a part of the hop. Happy Holidays.

Holly said...

Hello, thanks for the giveaway! My favorite Christmas food has to be the treats, especially the cookies :)

Unknown said...

Chocolate covered cherries are my favorite Christmas food :) Yum! Reminds me of my parents (specifically my Daddy who is no longer here. He always gave a box for Christmas (with money inside :) )

I'm already a blog follower :)

Anonymous said...

I made a Christmas salad one year because I had to bring something. All it is is cut up broccoli and tomatoes with Italian dressing but everyone likes it. I love it too.

Thanks for being a part of the blog hop have a great holiday.

Leela Lou

Theresa Friel Newbury said...

Pecan pies, my mom always made the best.

Thanks for joining the hop.

I follow via GFC brbalways

Anonymous said...

I love friends' homemade tamales at Christmas!


Unknown said...

My favorite food is my moms scalloped potatoes she makes every christmas. She makes them throughout the year as well, but the holiday ones just seem to have more love in them.

Elie said...

I love cookies... yummm cookies!
thanks for the fun and have a great holiday!

joye said...

Enjoyed the visit.
My favorite food to eat during this season is pumpkin pie. it is one of my favorites and yet, I only seem to eat it at Christmastime.

Z said...

My favorite is a ham, we have ham at Christmas only and I love mine with pineapple, and basted with a brown mustard, honey and brown sugar glaze. Yummy!
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Shannon said...

Mmmm, my sister makes this green bean caserole thingy. One of our siblings is allergic to mushrooms, so the dish is made with cream of asparagus and cream or celery, with the fried onions form Trader Joe's. I could just eat that whole thing.

Have a great holiday season...still laughing at the running from the carrot sticks :-)

Shadow said...

What an awesome hop!! And a fantastic giveaway! Thank you!! My favorite is sugar cookies. Yum! :) Happy holidays to you all! Best wishes and many blessings!
GFC: shadow_kohler

Beckey said...

My favorite food would have to be either Bracoile or Baklava


Mackenzie Crowne said...

Very fun post, Elaine. My favorite Christmas food is the box of Italian Anise cookies my SIL sends every year. I have to hide them in the closet. ;-)

Followed here and on twitter as well, because I love friends who make me laugh.


bn100 said...

I like turkey.


Patty1671 said...

pumpkin bread

Unknown said...

My favorite food at the holidays is pumpkin in anything. Pie, Cake, Cookies, etc. I can't get enough of it.

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Elaine Cantrell said...

You all made me hungry! Thanks to everyone who stopped by and left a comment. I always let my grandson draw a name, and he picked LEENA7 as the winner. In the spirit of Christmas, I decided to pick one more, and it turned out to be Karen Michelle Nutt. Happy Holidays to you all.