Every year when my kids were little, I would make all sorts of cutout sugar cookies. I collected cookie cutouts for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Valentine’s Day when I was a homeroom mom.
While the school events were fun, my favorite cutouts were Christmas ones. We had snowmen, reindeer, Santas, bells, and snowflakes. I would put icing on them and then the kids would decorate them with cinnamon candies, and nonpareils.
As my toddlers advanced to grade school, they were able to use colored icing tubes to decorate their cookies. The results were often a bit messy, but we all associated the scent of fresh baked cookies with Christmas. By the time they were teens, I figured my son and daughter wouldn’t be interested in making cookies anymore, but I was wrong. We had cookie making parties with their friends and even invited their grandmother to participate. We had prizes for the ugliest cookies and funniest cookies, too. I will always have fond memories of our tradition.
What are some of your favorite Christmas or holiday traditions?
Page Count: 416 pages
Publisher: Forever (February 24, 2015)
WILL A FEW FLIRTATIOUS STEPS
Harry Norcliffe never wanted to inherit his beloved uncle's title. The rigidity of the ton, the incessant reminders from his marriage-minded mama that he must settle down with a highborn lady and produce an heir and a spare: it's all such a dreadful bore. So when his mother asks him to take part in a dancing competition, he patently refuses. The last thing he needs is another chore . . . until a beautiful, brilliant, delightfully tempting maid makes him rethink his position.
LEAD TO A SCANDALOUS SEDUCTION?
Most women would be over the moon to be pursued by a wickedly handsome—not to mention wealthy—duke like Norcliffe. But Lucy will not be any man's trophy. She could use a friend, though, and what begins innocently soon ignites into desire. As Lucy tries to resist Harry's scorching kisses, he makes an utterly irresistible offer. Enter the dance contest with him, and win a prize that could change her life forever . . . if falling in love doesn't change it first.
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Vicky Dreiling is a confirmed historical romance junkie and Anglophile. Frequent business trips to the UK allowed her to indulge her passion for all things Regency England. Bath, Stonehenge, and Spencer House are among her favorite places. She is, however, truly sorry for accidentally setting off a security alarm in Windsor Castle. That unfortunate incident led her British colleagues to nickname her “Trouble.” Vicky is a native Texan and holds degrees in English literature and marketing.
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