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A Family Under the Christmas Tree by Terri Reed Inspirational Contemporary Romance Paperback & ebook, 340 pages October 4th 2016 by Howard Books In this heartwarming tale set during the Christmas season, a single father and a fashion photographer are brought together by a young boy and a mischievous Bernese mountain dog—but first they must learn to set aside their differences if they are willing to let their relationship bloom. David Murphy never knew much about kids. But when his brother dies unexpectedly, David is granted custody of his six-year-old nephew, Troy, who he’s only seen once a year since he was born. He already has his hands full running his business, and he has no idea how to help the grieving boy.
When Troy runs off one day, David finds him at a park playing with an adorable and rambunctious Bernese mountain dog—who leads him to Sophie. Sophie Griffith has spent her life travelling around the world as a photojournalist. She has never stayed in one place for long, and her new assignment—helping her grandmother for a few weeks—is just temporary. Once Christmas day comes, Sophie is off the hook and can leave for a new adventure. Caring for her grandmother is a piece of cake—but caring for her new Bernese mountain dog, Riggs, is a different story. It doesn’t help that Riggs strikes up a friendship with a lost little boy one day at the park—and leads her to David. Neither David nor Sophie have time for romance. But as they spend more time together, they start falling for each other even though they know it can’t go anywhere. Sophie will be gone after Christmas, and the last thing David needs is another distraction as he tries to comfort Troy. But as their faith and growing love for the boy and dog unites them, they wonder whether it’s more than a holiday romance…and maybe Troy might finally get his Christmas wish for a family.
Who says Cranberry sauce is only for Thanksgiving? Our family enjoys cranberry sauce for all special occasion meals, including Christmas dinner. In fact, for us Christmas dinner is the same menu as Thanksgiving. We’ve long done the canned jellied or whole cranberries and been perfectly happy. But this year my nephew decided we’d try a homemade version. And my, is it delicious.
Lavender Earl Grey Cranberry Sauce
2 ¼ cup sugar
3 cinnamon sticks
5 Lavender Earl Grey Tea bags
2 bags fresh cranberries
1 ¾ cup water
In a large pot combine sugar, water and cinnamon sticks.
Zest the whole orange and add to water along with excess juice.
Cover and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat to medium low and simmer 10 minutes
Add teabags, simmer for another 3 minutes
Remove debris from pot with slotted spoon and strain cheesecloth
Add cranberries to liquid, increase heat to medium high and simmer, stirring often until cranberries soften and split and sauce thickens, about 12 minutes
Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature before serving.
Did you know cranberries are native to North America? The berries were used for many purposes besides eating along side turkey and mash potatoes. The juice made for a nice dye for clothing, rugs and blankets. Sailors ate the berries for the vitamin C to prevent scurvy. The flowers of the cranberry plant look a lot like the head and bill of a crane, hence where the fruit’s name came from. American recipes containing cranberries date from the early 18th century and have been a staple ever since. Do you enjoy Cranberry sauce? What is a side dish your family enjoys year round?
Terri Reed’s romance and romantic suspense novels have appeared on Publishers Weekly top 25 Romance and Publishers Weekly top ten Religion Fiction, Nielsen’s Bookscan top 100 and featured in USA Today, Christian Fiction Magazine, More To Life Magazine and Romantic Times Magazine, finaled in RWA’s RITA contest, National Reader’s Choice Award contest, ACFW’s The Carol Award contest. She is an active member of both Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers. She resides in the Pacific Northwest with her college-sweetheart husband. When not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, gardening and playing with her dogs.
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