Friday, December 26, 2014

How We Spent Our Christmas


Christmas stockings,desks,holidays,office,office equipment,PCs,special occasions,wreathsHow We Spent Christmas

from Peg Cochran's Lucille Series, Gourmet De-Lite Series
and Cranberry Cove Series

Yo, Lucille Mazzarella, here from Peg’s Lucille series.  I spent Christmas with the family, of course.  Christmas Eve we had the Feast of the Seven Fishes.  There was bacalao, lobster Fra Diavolo and cannoli for dessert that Flo brought from a bakery in Maplewood.    Cousin Louis fell asleep before the entrée and no amount of poking from Cousin Millie could wake him up.  Boy, is he going to be sorry he missed all that good food.  Little Lucy made an appearance before dinner—she’d already had her own of mashed carrots, pureed chicken and applesauce—and then went off to bed.  Flo brought Richie Sambucco and I caught them under the mistletoe.  I thought I saw Richie slip her something sparkly—something glittery—but I’m not sure and Flo ain’t talking.  Guess she wants to make it a big surprise.  You know how Flo is.



Hi, it’s me, Gigi Fitzgerald, from Peg’s Gourmet De-Lite series.  I spent Christmas at Sienna and Oliver’s converted carriage house.  Their daughter Camille was celebrating her second Christmas and had already had her picture taken with Santa Claus. Detective Bill Mertz came with me, and brought an excellent bottle of wine to go with the goose Sienna and I cooked.  I also made a buche de Noel for dessert complete with meringue mushrooms and powdered sugar snow. After dinner, we played charades and Bill managed to catch me under the mistletoe more than once and….  Maybe, I’d better leave that part to your imagination!

Hello, I’m Monica Albertson from Peg’s Cranberry Cove series (Berried Secrets coming 8/15!)  I spent Christmas on Sassamanash Farm with my brother Jeff, his lovely girlfriend Lauren, my stepmother Gina and Tempest Storm who owns Twilight, a shop in town devoted to tarot readings, astrology, yoga classes and other things that have the Cranberry Cove natives up in arms.  After a scrumptious dinner of fresh turkey, cranberry sauce, and cranberry cake, we hitched a horse to a sled and had a bracing ride in the crisp, cold air.  It was the most magical Christmas I’ve ever had.

 We hope your Christmas was merry and bright and that you got to spend it with those you love!

GIVEAWAY:  In honor of the holiday, I am giving away one of my books—your choice!  Leave a comment to be entered—tell me what the best part of your Christmas was!  You can find a list of my books here.

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52 comments:

  1. Happy Holidays to everyone!
    The best part of Christmas was spending time with loved ones. (Also I enjoyed opening presents!)
    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com
    Thank you!

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  2. I had a great time with family and friends. Happy day after Christmas! Thanks for the chance! angelhwk68@yahoo.com

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  3. Happy Holidays!
    The best part of Christmas was just being able to visit with family.
    kjdugas(at)verizon(dot)net

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  4. Best part was spending time with my granddaughter who didn't have to work after all and my husband who is feeling pretty good after surgery.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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  5. Spending Christmas Day and having dinner, with my Mother (age 93) and Aunt (age 89) at the Assisted living facility where they live. dbahn@iw.net

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  6. We had a wonderful day filled with love and laughter!
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  7. I think the best part was how relaxed and simple our Christmas was. No stress, no running around in the wee hours of Christmas Eve/Christmas morning trying to wrap or finish projects. It has been the most relaxed Christmas ever. Today, Boxing Day, will be when one daughter and her family will come over, open presents and we are having a soup night. Relaxing and stress free. Simple love it!

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    1. I think I'm going to aim for that next year! I had all my shopping and wrapping done by Tuesday but I always go overboard when planning the menu. Fortunately it all turned out really well!

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  8. Best part is spending time with family and friends.

    xzjh04@ Gmail.com

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  9. Visiting with family.
    sgiden at verizon(dot) net

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  10. After almost 23 years of marriage, my husband and I bought our first house. We closed on my birthday (Dec 4th) and everyone keeps joking about how he'll never top that birthday present. Even though we are not completely moved in, we were able to spend Christmas in our new home. But that's not even the best part. Even though he's been retired from the army for 3 and a half years, each year that we get spend Christmas together will always be the pest part of the holidays. And maybe some day, I'll be able to listen to "I'll Be Home For Christmas" without crying. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and that your New Year will be bright.

    bevarcher AT me DOT com

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    1. How lovely! Congratulations on your first house! It is so exciting! Glad you got in in time for Christmas.

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  11. I spent the morning of Christmas watching the plumber try to snake out my kitchen drain, wondering if pizza was going to be the meal for the day. Luckily he was able to clear it out and we had our holiday turkey dinner with our daughter later that evening.

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    1. Oh, no! I was working on preparing our dinner when I noticed a huge puddle of water at my feet! The coupling on one of the pipes under the sink had come undone. Fortunately my son-in-law was able to fix it for me!

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  12. The best part of Christmas was having everybody together for a few hours. We played games, ate way too much, and solved the problems of the world :-)
    Happy New Year
    txmlhl@yahoo.com

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  13. Didn't do much for Christmas. I don't have much family and our refrigerator is on the bum. It's going to be fixed today. I'm going shopping. I have a Macy's gift card and also one for Burger King so I won't starve while I'm shopping!

    The new series sounds good. Glad to hear about it. I've read a couple of your books.
    catbooks72(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I hope you enjoy your shopping trip! Play Santa to yourself. And get something really decadent at Burger King!

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  14. The best part of my Christmas was that my ham turned out to be delicious! lkleback@hotmail.com

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  15. Spending time with family is always the best part.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  16. Best part was not having to do anything since I did all the cooking the night before. So I could just relax with family.

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  17. I enjoyed the quite time cuddling with my fur-babies.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  18. I'm thankful that I was able to spend Christmas with my son, daughter-in-law and my two grandsons, ages 4 and 11. I have debilitating migraine headaches and have only been able to leave my home a handful of times in the last seven months, so it was a Christmas Miracle that I was able to be with them. Today is a different story, however. ruthmazur46@gmail.com

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  19. Quiet and peaceful. Visited with son and his family and enjoyed this precious time together. saublleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. I think the best part for me was watching everyone open there presents and seeing their faces lite up when they got something they asked for. I'm more of a it's better to give kind of person.

    jillybeans41 at gmail dot com

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  21. I live in a senior apartment complex. Started early morning enjoying the clean white snow outside the window and then joined 3 friends for brunch. It was nice because we each brought a part of the meal. In the evening we had dinner in our community room with 20+ neighbors. Again the meal was a joint effort so no one had to spend the day slaving in the kitchen. Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year.

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  22. My favorite part of Christmas was watching my mom and my aunt sitting on the sofa watching Elvis videos on YouTube. They were more entertaining than the videos.

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  23. Thank you for this giveaway! I love the Gourmet De-Lite series. I haven't read the Lucille series, but being a Jersey girl like Lucille, I will read it soon. My best part of Christmas was watching my cat loving his new catnip toy and spending my day with family. areewekidding@yahoo.com

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  24. Our Christmas was quiet, but most of my loved ones remain in reasonably good health, so I'm grateful for that. Peg, I love all your books. I'm so looking forward to your new Cranberry Cove series!!

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  25. The best part was having everyone together for the day.

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  26. On Christmas eve, all of my family visited for a hearty meal, gifts for the grandkids and lots of love and laughter. It was the best experience! Peg, I would love to win a copy of your Confession is Murder. Thanks for the chance!
    Sandy in So. Cali

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  27. Having dinner with friends at local authors home. She & her spouse invited several of us to share their Christmas dinner. Chance to get caught up with their charming Golden Retrievers Sugar & Murphy. Thank you for a terrific day Marja & Al McGraw. Would like to read one of your books.

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  28. Love the blurb from this book. Would love the book. Thanks.

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  29. I spent a few days with my daughters who live just a few miles apart but over an hour from me. Got a wonderfully tasty Christmas Eve with my youngest daughter and her family and extended family and a great Christmas brunch at my older daughter's home with her family and of course my younger daughter came over with her family. I would like Steamed to Death if I win.

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  30. I had a lovely Christmas and received some unexpected gifts! It was a lovely but exhausting day! I would love Unholy Matrimony (Lucille series). I do not have the books from that series yet (looking forward to Berried Secrets. Already pre-ordered it.) Thank you for the chance to win and I hope all of you had a lovely Christmas!

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  31. The best part of my Christmas this year was not having to work. I slept in and stayed in lounge wear all day watching Christmas movies. I went to work today and tomorrow will go to my parents' home to celebrate the day!

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com

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  32. The best part this year was getting to curl up and read a book. Loved it

    kaye.killgore@comcast.net

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  33. Spending time with my nephew who was home to stay from a job in Memphis. We reminisced about Christmases when he was a little guy.
    dotkel50 at Comcast dot net

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  34. Celebrating the birth of Christ with family and friends is best part of Christmas.
    robertscm01@comcast.net

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  35. We had a wonderful quiet Christmas.

    gibsonbk at hiwaay dot net

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  36. Church in the morning, dinner with family. A very good day!

    ElaineE246(at)msn(dot)com

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  37. Eating Christmas cookies and watching an Echolls Family Christmas with my own family!
    mdfitz85[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  38. Having my four grandchildren (and their parents) here for Christmas day. It was crazy but so much fun.

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  39. The best part of Christmas was being with my husband.
    afarage(at)earthlink.ent

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  40. Lots of great meals prepared by various family members and never having to wash dishes! Judy
    Love to get print version, of Allergic to Death

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  41. My hubby went to the beach so he could send a photo to irritate his sister. We prefer sand to snow. Bobbipad at gmail dot com

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  42. We had a very quiet Christmas. Our son called so we were blessed to speak with him. My husband went to the cemetery to place solar light lilies and butterfly's at our granddaughter, Lilyanna's) grave site. For us the best is yet to come as our 5 year old granddaughter will be spending the weekend with us. Gianna radiates joy when she comes to visit. I would appreciate Steamed to DEath. I have raed the other books in this series and enjoyed them. servedogmom@yahoo.com

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  43. I had a few families over Christmas Eve and we ate and visited. Last year I was sick and almost died so it was wonderful to be alive and enjoying the holiday.
    Oneponychick66@hotmail.com

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  44. For me, the best part was relaxing in the morning. We didn't have anywhere to be until the family gathering at 3 PM, so we slowly moved through out day. Even took a nap before we had to leave. cheers@marjimmanor.com

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  45. Everyone laughing and enjoying time off with each other. One child's flight was canceled so she drove in(7hrs.) from the Bronx to be with us because she did not want to miss out. Christmas Cookies! Card playing and time sharing new reads also...rejuvenating. Happy holidays and the best of 2015 to all!
    noveldestination@windstream.net

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  46. A quiet day - family is scattered. I'd like Confession is Murder should I happened to win!
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  47. Everybody being home for Christmas. stclairck@gmail.com

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