Saturday, November 26, 2016

'Tis the Season


by Shelby McDonald
from Peg Cochran’s Farmer’s Daughter Series


Another Thanksgiving celebrated!  And another year to be thankful for.  Bert joined us for dinner along with Matt and Jake—two bachelors who would not have had much of a meal otherwise.

The turkey—roasted to perfection with Bert’s help—came from Tom Otto’s Turkey Farm down the road.  The mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and green beans came from our own kitchen garden here at Love Blossom Farm.

Now the holiday season has begun in earnest.  Only one month until Christmas.  Amelia and Billy are already excited about the prospect of the gifts under the tree.  Next weekend we will go to the Christmas tree farm half an hour from here and pick one out.  Then it will be time to drag the boxes of ornaments from the attic—some new and some from my childhood—and decorate the tree. 

I know Jake will help me string some lights along our farmhouse porch, and I’ve been working on a boxwood wreath for the front door.  I need to run to the Lovett General Store for some wide red ribbon for a big bow to finish it off.

There hasn’t been any snow yet although the temperatures are dropping and we’ve been lighting a fire in the fireplace more often than not.  Tonight it definitely felt like snow in the air so perhaps tomorrow we will wake up to a winter wonderland!

I love everything about the holidays—how about you?  Do you have any special traditions that you look forward to?

Leave a comment to be entered to win a copy of the first book in my Farmer's Daughter series--No Farm, No Foul, along with Berried Secrets--the first book in my Cranberry Cove series!  Be sure to check back to see if you've won!  You have until Tuesday to leave your comment!



55 comments:

  1. Oh more cranberries...thanks for the chance katieh(at)mvdsl(dot)com

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  2. I really enjoyed Berried Secrets. Looking forward to reading No Farm, No Foul. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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  3. Thank you. Lsum1258 at aol dot com

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  5. I am going to make a wreath I think
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  6. Being with family is what I love about Christmas.
    karen(dot)kenyon(at)rogers(dot)com

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  7. Celebrating with a wonderful meal and being surrounded with family. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. Decorating the tree. I bet the farm looks very pretty all decorated for the holidays. Thanks for the chance.
    turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. Creating special treats for the family. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  10. I love all the decorations around town during the holiday season.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  11. I love holiday lights, and Christmas carols. Haven't read either of these books, would love to win. jademoss17@gmail.com

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  12. I like driving around and looking at Christmas lights.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  13. I would love to get this book. Would be the start of
    a new series for me. thanks
    Mary Lou at txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Forgot to add that I'm happy to have an excuse to
      put my Santa Claus collection on display. Only
      get to see them for about 6 weeks out of the year -
      when it's the Christmas season.
      take care.

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  14. I really enjoy all the lights. I work 3rd shift and take the most decorated route to work. It always makes me smile. Love your books, Peg, and would love to win. Thanks for the chance. Happy holidays.

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  15. Some of the traditions have changed as children have grown and started their own families, but we still have favorite ornaments and music and special meals.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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  16. I mix new and old traditions. When I was growing up in Christmas Eve we always went looking for Christmas lights after dinner. We love doing it with our boys a new tradition is we ride the Candy Cane Express train in historical Virginia City Nevada.We get hit chocolate and candy canes and everyone in the train sings Christmas Caroles. Thanks for the giveaway. There's two books are in my must buy list already

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  17. We put up our tree on December 1st. We bake cookies and make bread. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  18. Both marvelous books...I'm in! Thanks.
    I am so looking forward to the holidays...decorating, shopping (online), visiting malls just for the festivities, visiting friends, and prepping for another delightful Christmas morning with my niece.
    kat8762@aol.com

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  19. We are downsizing our decorations since it is now just the two of us. Downsizing gifts as well.
    Cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net


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  20. Great books. Enjoy everything about the holidays. elainehroberson at gmail dot com

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  21. Love the baking we do as a family. Kkat(dot)edwards(at)gmail(dot)com
    Katrina

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  22. Love the food and family togetherness!! chettysmom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  23. These books will bring back memories for me.I was raised on a dairy farm and I love cranberries. Wisconsin is a large producer of them
    judytucker1947atgmaildotcom

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  24. I love all the family time and having everyone [mostly] getting along! Add snow and it's perfect!!

    sbandjz [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  25. I enjoy having family time. It's so fun to catch up on what we are all doing and enjoy a meal with foods that normally wouldn't be something you'd have. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  26. I love getting together with family, especially the grandchildren. I would love to read your books.
    ceciliayoung @gmx.com

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  27. I enjoy visiting my sister in Holland MI and decorating for the holidays and making Christmas cookies.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. Turkey cooked to perfection? I'll be right over.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  29. I just love cozies. nungwa@hotmail.com

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  30. This is a fantastic giveaway. I could really use a boost right now. Maybe! jmcgrath221(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  31. My holiday traditions are usually for Thanksgiving. I just get ready to cook, cook and cook and have our family and friends over and have a wonderful time. Thank you. Sharon, catwoman-1(at)comcast(dot)net

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  32. The holidays have changed for me. I enjoy having the outdoor lights on starting the day after Thanksgiving...putting them up, not so much! I also enjoy a live tree. It'll be interesting as I have 2 kittens this year...plus the 3 older cats.

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com

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  33. Hanging lights around the house, strings of lights and decorating the tree! With Christmas music. Donamaekutska7@gmail.com

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  34. Love your books. Thanks for the chance to win. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  35. I have No Farm, No Foul on my wish list. Your Cranberry Cove series is delightful! If I were to win, please select someone else to received Berried Secrets as I've already read it & gave it a 5 star rating. Thanks for a chance to win! sxygrndma48{yahoo{dot{com}

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  36. I still enjoy the treasured memories of my youth during the Holidays. I <3 the Holidays. I thank you for the opportunity! bubs(dot)girl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  37. I look forward to buying our Christmas tree next week and decorating it with family. Thanks for the chance to enter your contest. You are a new author to me. lovebooks2015 (at) att (dot) net

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  38. We have been looking for a tree that is in dirt that we can plant outside we have been doing that on our land for about 9 years and now can't find anyone who sells so hubby is going to look hard nexk week My family is all in Ca and we are in Ia so its just hubby and i and the girls pups so we have a low key christmas as i am usually really down in the dumps missing everyone. Would love to read and review at a few sites. I have been trying to get it since it went on tour but didn't get so hope to win now. ptclayton2@aol.com

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  39. I love everything about the holidays including driving around looking at lights, watching Christmas Movies, drinking hot chocolate and ordering and wrapping presents. My tree will be put up soon..thank you for a chance at these two wonderful books and P.S. I left a remark last night to be approved...
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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    1. I love the lights of Christmas. The lights on our tree and the candles glowing in Windows. I have always loved taking one night during the season to drive and see how others have decorated.
      These books sound great! Thanks for this giveaway.
      Connie
      cps1950(at)mail(dot)com

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  40. Walking around the neighborhood to admire decorations and see what new automons have been added. Always remember how fortunate I am to live in such a beautiful country.
    laughlincat(at)gmail(dot)com

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  41. Not sure my earlier comment was kept for posting. Enjoy walking neighborhood to view lights and see what new moving creatures have been added. Always thankful to live in this country.

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  42. Thanksgiving is always an adventure - this year was only 35 people. With that many, we do potluck. As long as we have turkey, who cares if the rest of the dishes are dessert? Somehow, though it always works out. But the best thing is we are together. cheers@marjimmanor.com

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  43. Some of my holidays have been happy ones while others have been disappointing but the best holiday was the year I was pregnant with our daughter. Her date of arrival was set at December 5th but she was still in womb on the 25th. I guess she decided she was snug as a bug and didn't want to share Christmas as her birthday. Low and behold she made her appearance on December 28th after 14 hours of labor and eventually resulting a c-section. She is the best gift my husband I have ever received. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  44. My family had many traditions but they are all dead. Now I do not decorate or cook. I go out to the movies with friends that are also alone and we eat Chinese. its far to sad to try to continue the family traditions with them all gone. Family Xmas becomes a thing of the past when we grow older, just good memories that we cherise. seascapelife (at) gmail dot com

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  45. We had 25 here for Thanksgiving dinner. So much fun! I had put up our tree with the lights on it about a week and a half ago. I have to take it down next weekend. I didn't put the ornaments on. That was okay. The lights make it so pretty and this way the little kids didn't run off with the ornaments. Since I have to take it down so soon, it saved me some work. I would love to win the books!

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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  46. I love everything about the holidays. I think it's the prettiest time of the year. jillybeans41@gmail.com

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  47. I love everything except for the crowds... I know, it's all part of the fun. My kids are 7 and 4, so they are in the big excitement for Santa phase.... I love it!
    Thank you, Happy Holidays!!
    konecny7(at)gmail(dot)com

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  48. My fave part is the decorating. All of our xmas lights are up. Zeta(at)iwon(dot)com

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  49. I love the time I get to spend with my family and friends.

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  50. I look forward to putting up the tree while listening to Christmas music.

    xzjh04(at)gmail.com

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  51. I like all the cooking that goes on during the holidays! Lots of good food and friends is my thing!
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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  52. I enjoy turkey and pumpkin pie for Christmas. No special holiday traditions; I don't have much family.
    catbooks72(at)gmail(dot)com

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