I love Christmas stories. Writing Christmas stories are my favorite. Since 2013 I have published four. Lone Star Holiday, A Texas Christmas Wish, Forever Christmas Kiss and A short story in A Recipe for Romance: A Collection of 22 Inspirational Stories and Recipes.
There seems to be a theme of Texas family, food and porches in my fiction and real time. I have found the most joy I’ve experienced with my family is the simple things. It shows in my books and pictures on Facebook.
One food that is in demand and the first to go at every gathering is the oh-so-simple pigs-in-the-blanket. Little bite size deliciousness.
They are featured in A Texas Christmas Wish. Karly, the heroine has been homeless and alone most of her yearly adult life and has not had the opportunity to learn to cook.
When she gets a job of live-in-companion, she thinks for the first time she will be able to give her young son a real Christmas.
Her only problem – she can’t seem to get the hang of cooking, but she can make a mean little sausage wrapped in croissant. SHe discovers how fulfilling it can be to make something that people love and devour.
For my real family, pigs-in-the-blanket is one recipe they expect at every family gathering. It’s not the healthiest or fanciest snack, but we love it.
So let’s make a batch: Step One. For extra fancy add cheese.
Step Two: It’s a wrap
Step three: Cook at 375 for 15 minutes. I use a stone.
Step four: Keep everyone away until it is time to eat. :)
Throw in some tamels with chili and Christmas Eve dinner is ready. Now we have time to sit on the porch and enjoy the Texas Hill Country.
Sitting on the porch, visiting, eating and enjoying God’s gifts.
What are your favorite must haves during Christmas and what do you do to relax after all the craziness?
Have a Great New Year!