Friday, December 14, 2012

* Mistletoe Madness Blog Hop *

 


Welcome to Mistletoe Madness Blog Hop
 
Thanks to our sponsors, there is a great grand prize at the end of this hop...
 
A brand new Kindle Fire
 
+
 
books from all the sponsors listed above :)
 
Along with the main prize, each blog included in the Hop is also giving away their own prize. 

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Do you know why we hang mistletoe above our doorways?  Well I was curious so i did some internet searching and ran across a post on Smithsonianmag.com.

Baldur, grandson of the Norse god Thor, woke up one morning certain that each and every plant and animal on earth wanted to kill him. His mother consoled him. His wife consoled him, but all to no avail. As Baldur cowered in his room, half-wild with fear, his mother and wife decided to ask every living thing to leave their poor Baldur in peace. They begged the kindness of the oak tree, the pig, the cow, the crow, the ant and even the worm. Each agreed. Then, as Baldur paused to celebrate his release from torment, he felt a pain in his chest. He had been stabbed and killed by an arrow made from the wood of a mistletoe plant. Mistletoe was the one species on earth his wife and mother had failed to notice.
Baldur died, but a lesson was learned: Never forget about the mistletoe. Mistletoe would come to hang over our doors as a reminder to never forget. We kiss beneath it to remember what Baldur’s wife and mother forgot. At least that is one version of the origin of our relationship with mistletoe.


Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/Mistletoe-The-Evolution-of-a-Christmas-Tradition.html#ixzz2F1yzUN2g
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Sad I know, but on a lighter note.... 
 
 
I'm having a contest, and it's pretty simple.  Have you ever kissed or been kissed under the mistletoe?  I'd love to hear about it :)  Leave a comment on this post, along with your email address so I can contact you,  1 winner...maybe 2, will have their choice .... from any one of the anthologies I have stories in. 
 




Don't forget to hop to the rest of the bloggers !!

Mistletoe Madness Blog Hop 2012
1. PJ Schnyder (steamy) 19. Natasha Blackthorne (steamy) 37. Angelina Rain (steamy)
2. Dana Marie Bell (steamy) 20. Angela Campbell 38. RomanceAuthorHotspot
3. Vivi Dumas (steamy) 21. DC Juris 39. Shawna Thomas
4. Monica Burns (steamy) 22. Pippa Jay (all ages) 40. D. B. Reynolds (all ages)
5. Gabriella Edwards (steamy) 23. Kate Richards (steamy) 41. Carlene Love Flores (steamy)
6. Yvonne Nicolas (steamy) 24. Alexa Bourne 42. Becca Dale (steamy)
7. Cat Johnson (steamy) 25. Valerie Mann 43. Rebecca Hart (all ages)
8. Seleste deLaney (steamy) 26. Kay Keppler 44. Bex Brennan (steamy)
9. Stephanie Burke (steamy) 27. Natalie J. Damschroder (steamy) 45. Simply Ali
10. Danielle La Paglia (steamy) 28. Krista Ames 46. Robert C Roman (all ages)
11. Keri Stevens (steamy) 29. Kaye Manro 47. Maghon @ Happy Tails and Tales
12. Christina Wolfer (steamy) 30. J.M. Frey (all ages) 48. Jenny Schwartz (all ages)
13. Tee Morris & Philippa Ballantine (all ages) 31. Margay Leah Justice 49. Diane Dooley (all ages)
14. Kat Latham (steamy) 32. Annie Nicholas 50. Lillie -Alise On Life @ Read My Mind (all ages)
15. Jessica E. Subject (steamy) 33. Veronica Scott (All ages) 51. Harlie Williams
16. Joely Sue Burkhart (steamy) 34. Avery Flynn (steamy) 52. Jane Kindred (steamy)
17. That's What I'm Talking About w/Twimom227 (stmy) 35. Nicky Penttila 53. Jennifer Wright (steamy)
18. Misa Buckley 36. Liza O'Connor (all ages) 54. Georgie Lee

Thanks for stopping and happy hopping !!

Krista

 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Still Moments Publishing Blog Hop & #Giveaway

 
 
Welcome to the
Still Moments Publishing Christmas Blog Hop Day #4
 
I am thrilled to be able to participate in this hop.  There will be lots of prizes available...many of the author blogs each day are doing their own giveaways but there are also grand prizes that will come from Still Moments Publishing.
 
Click here for a list of the participating authors and the overall prizes !!
 
 

My prize is going to be a digital copy of   SMP's Making Magic recipe collection           to one lucky commenter.  Just make sure you leave a comment below, including your email in case I need to contact you !
 
 
When I think of Christmas I think of my kids, presents and lots of cooking.  I always try to get my hubby to do the cooking because he's an excellent cook and a perfectionist but he looks at me like i'm nuts lol.  So...I do it :) 
 
My favorite Christmas dinner is a Ham with all the trimmings.  My husband is a Turkey man, or just a turkey but anyway, we save some of the leftover turkey from Thanksgiving so he's a happy camper and doesn't have to eat ham.  My kids like all the finger food stuff.  They'd be happy to take a plate to go while they're playing instead of sitting down at the table to eat a plate full of stuff they'd just rather not have.
 
I actually love to make the finger foods and i'd like to share some recipes with you today if you don't mind :)
 
 
 
 
 
Olive Cheese Ball
 
2 (8 oz.) boxes cream cheese, softened
1 (8oz.) pkg shredded cheese (I use colby jack)
1-2 pkgs dried beef(I use ham) quantit depends on your tastes
1 jar green olives with pimentos, chopped fairly fine
1 small onion (I use dried minced onion)
 
Mix and make into a ball.  Refrigerate.  Serve with crackers.
 
 
 
Cheeze Whiz Dip
 
1 (8oz.) jar Cheez Whiz
1/4 c. miracle whip or real mayo (your choice)
1 (8oz.) box cream cheese (softened)
garlic powder to taste
 
Mix and serve with crackers
 
 
and one for the sweeter side....
 
 
Fresh Fruit Dip
 
1 lg. jar marshmallow Cream
1 (8oz.) box cream cheese, softened
 
Mix and refrigerate.  Serve with fruit pieces.
 
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Hope you enjoy the recipes and thanks for stopping by today.
 
Make sure you follow this link and hop on over to the other blogs !
 
Don't forget to leave your comment below and Happy Holidays !!!
 
Krista