Saturday, December 24, 2011

Ursula's Christmas Cabbage

So hard to believe that it's Christmas Eve. Growing up, that meant it was time for my mother's red cabbage. She would start cooking it first thing in the morning, and the aroma would fill the house for the whole day. We children were the official testers throughout the day. We'd attempt to sneak into the kitchen, undetected, and scoop up a spoonful from the pot into our mouths.

"Get out of the cabbage!" my mother would shout from the living room.  How ever did she know what we were up to? I guess that's why she always said that she needed to have eyes ... in the back of her head.

My mom passed away in 1989. Ever since, I've made Ursula's Christmas Cabbage on Christmas Eve. Of course, I've modified the recipe somewhat, using red wine where my mom used water. As I write, I hear it simmering on the stove and my writer's cottage is beginning to smell oh so good! Soon, I'll have to test it.

From my house to yours, I wish you Happy Holidays, a Merry Christmas, and a New Year filled with felicity!

Thursday, December 15, 2011


Today, I'm just giving you the answer as a gift:  Footwear News and/or InStep Magazine

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

A New Clue!

The two books have the following ASIN numbers on Amazon: B004HFRJQC and B001NLL784.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Today's Bookmas Clues

1.  This novel is about Madeleine Hanna, a dutiful English major, who is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels.

2. This book is about Le Cirque des RĂªves, and it is only open at night.
3.  This novel is about a man who travels back in time to prevent the JFK assassination—a thousand page tour de force.

Don't they all sound great?  Have fun!

A New Hashtag: #firstbookfriday

I woke up last night with an idea for a new Twitter hashtag: #firstbookfriday

Authors who have published their first book could use it to announce the happy news, and readers who want to discover new favorite authors could use it to search for debuts!  What do you think?

I'll start!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

It's Day 6 of Bookmas!

Have you started playing yet?  Here's an explanation of the game:

Today's clues to the answers:

1) You would not be able to see this man.
2) The Bard of Avon thinks you'll like it :)

Good luck!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

It's Day Four of Bookmas!

The clue to today's first question is ...

The publisher of Walter Isaacson's book about Apple's late founder.

The clue to today's second question is ...

The agency sponsoring Bookmas!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Twelve Days of Bookmas: Today's Clue

In this book, one of the characters blows up into a blueberry from sneaking forbidden chewing gum!