Coffee Time Romance Book Brew Winter Holiday: Christmas of Hope

November 12, 2020

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I hope you’ll stop by and read the excerpt and if you like it purchase a copy from Amazon. If you do have a copy of the book and enjoyed it, leaving a review is much appreciated. https://coffeetimeromance.com/CoffeeThoughts/bbwtrholiday-christmas-of-hope/

Y’all know that I love dogs and this story has terrier pups. It also has a heroine who is dealing with a recent diagnosis of fibromyalgia. She doesn’t let it stop her, though. No one is perfect. We all deal with something. I think it’s all in your attitude and I try to create characters that are three dimensional and relatable to readers.

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Still working on the Rafflecopter giveaway. Should be up in the next few days. Is anyone listening to Christmas music yet? One of our local radio stations started this month playing it and I’ve been listening. When I cook Thanksgiving dinner I’ll do my annual listening to Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and maybe some Trans-Siberian Orchestra, who put on an amazing show.

Hugs and love to all, Tambra Nicole

Reflections on 2018

I hope this post finds you happy and looking forward to the upcoming holidays with family and friends. My gift to you is one of my favourite recipes. You’ll find it at the bottom of this blog post.

December has always one of my favourite months of the year. I’ve always loved the holiday decorations and the traditions that bring comfort and are shared with generations of family. In this post I’m sharing some wonderful vintage Christmas cards/photos of terriers. I hope you enjoy them!

The heavenly aroma of glazed ham, crusty hearty bread, and desserts to satisfy young to young-at-heart.  When everyone brings a dish to share it always seems to have an extra helping of love with each one. Having experienced lean years and trying times have made me appreciate the blessings even more.

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I’ve been thinking over what has transpired throughout the year and what I’d like to change. Finding a way to get some of my health issues under control is at the top of my list. When your sick all the time (at least for me), each day is a gift. A sparkling blessing. This attitude is a choice. Acting like an ol’ grumpy pants makes me feel worse, so I look for the beauty, for the laughter around me. Writing books is great therapy, it’s fun, and hopefully they will make someone feel good. I believe that words that come from the heart will touch another’s heart in the way it’s needed most.

There are so many books I want to write, edit, and submit. I want to get much better at sewing. So many items of clothing and things refashion/recycle/upcycle. I’ve been experimenting with creating junk journals and I like it very much. Finding a book from the thrift store or garage sale that can be given a second life into a journal, to be kept and treasured feels right to me. Thank you to all the creative souls on YouTube who have shared their knowledge. You gave me the courage to try this area of creativity.

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There is so much to learn! So many places to see and things I want to experience and I’m so grateful to have my husband by my side.  He’s intelligent, funny, handsome and I love being with him. Sometimes we say the exact phrase at the same time. We love dogs, Doctor Who, science, and laughing together. A few years ago our vacations were going to all the caves we could in the area we were visiting at the time. One of the things I have on my New Year’s ‘goal for a better life list’ is to say “I love you” more. I intentionally did not say resolutions because if I failed I felt guilty and depressed. Once I made a list of the most important goals I wanted to accomplish things went much better. I also added what steps were needed to make the goals a reality.

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Reflecting on the previous year is a privilege. I’ve learned things and grown spiritually. Learning from failures is a stepping stone closer to getting whatever it is right. My writing isn’t perfect but it doesn’t suck furballs either. Some will like it, others won’t. As long as my stories and my art enrich the lives of those who buy it or are gifted with it, I’m thrilled.

Be kind to others and to yourself. If this time of year stresses you and your family out, brew a pot of coffee or tea and discuss what the biggest culprits are come to a solution. Not all people can do this, I totally understand.  When I evaluated the problem I took action and with it came peace.

In summary, reflect on the old and look forward to the new year ahead. Remember the blessings and hold tight to the ones in your life who love you. Make reasonable goals with actionable steps to make that dream come true. Be kind to yourself and others. Choose to be happy and reduce your stress where you can. Learn something new. Share your knowledge, find others who share similar passions/hobbies.

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I wish all of you peace of mind and heart, the courage to try something new and delight in the discovery and wonder of it.

If brownies and fudge had a baby it would be this Fudge Pie.

Tambra’s Fudge Pie

1 stick butter

2 eggs, slightly beaten

½ c. flour

3 ½ T. cocoa

1-cup sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Grease a 9-inch pie plate. The wrapper from the butter works pretty well for me. Or a spritz or two of oil making sure the bottom and sides have a light coating.

In a saucepan, melt together the stick of butter and cocoa. Remove from fire. Add the eggs, sugar, flour, and vanilla extract.

Mix well.

Pour into the pie plate

Bake at 325° for 25 minutes; or until the middle is done.

**This makes a small amount. I suggest doubling the recipe. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

Tambra Nicole Kendall, 2018

 

Blessings and love to all,                                                                                                                               Tambra Nicole

 

 

Are You a Holiday Maniac?

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Let’s face it, the holidays can be a real pain in the butt.

You run around shoving in the time for extra cooking and cleaning, shopping, wrapping presents, parties to go to and give. The list grows longer by the minute, especially if you have little ones in school. By the time the holidays arrive you’re a frazzled, bedraggled mess.

What can you do to prevent becoming a Holiday Manic?

By adjusting some areas in your life, you can reduce the stress and enjoy the holidays more!

Pick up items on sale throughout the year. Put them up in the closet until its time to wrap. By doing it this way, you get the sale and you miss the crowds. I know you can order online. Picking things up as you go along you save on shipping and you have it in your hand. A gift card for those with e-books and tablets is easy and appreciated.

When you have a disability it forces you to do many of these things. The focus shifts to what can I do?

Use a calendar. Seems simple and obvious but many people refuse to use one. By implementing this humble device you can see at a glance what is available for the month. This prevents over committing. Remember, you can say no and do so without guilt. While the calendar is out schedule in some time for yourself. A massage, a day at the spa, a favorite coffee shop relaxing over a decadent cup of coffee or hot chocolate. Whatever it is that brings you happiness and peace.

Taking on too much cooking can be an issue for some people. Write out a menu and focus on the foods you want to fix that are special. Ask others to bring side dishes, dessert, salad. Have the kids design place cards for the table, invitations and thank you cards. The kids can make extra ones to give to the elderly in nursing homes.

Gift bags are time savers!

Scaling down. Do you really need to cook three difference green bean dishes and 30 pies? Enjoying the children and the family, making memories to share is better than slaving in the kitchen to make one more dessert (or whatever.)

Instead of buying every adult a present, why not have the adults draw names? Or go an 1 nice present (with a specified limit) and one smaller, possibly goofy one. Have the adults draw numbers. You pick a gift. The next person can either choose a gift from the pile or steal one from another person. You do need to set a limit on the steals. We say on the third time it’s “dead.” No one can take that gift again. Do this for the nicer gifts, then the smaller gifts.

Getting into debt from holiday spending is a huge cause for stress. Tempering how much you buy, who you buy for and when you purchase gifts can ease the craziness of overspending. Making gifts is another option. If you plan ahead of time this is another area to choose from.

If you’re a writer, this time of year may be the one you fret about the most. If possible, plan so that you give yourself room to breathe and adjust accordingly to the last-minute situations that are bound to appear. Adjust your expectations. What can you really accomplish with your schedule?

Holidays are supposed to be a time of sharing with our family and friends. Becoming caught up in the tidal wave of activity a person can lose sight of what’s really important. I hope you find some of these suggestions helpful and preventing you or someone you love from becoming a Holiday Manic.

All the best,

Tambra