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‘Fallen in Love’: a heartwarming story for Christmas

It will soon be Christmas. Time to forget the shopping and the eating and the (sometimes) stressful gatherings. This is the season of hope and goodwill. Many years ago two of my friends had a long falling out and were reconciled on Christmas Eve. It was one of my best Christmases ever, and a small…… Continue reading ‘Fallen in Love’: a heartwarming story for Christmas

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Jenny Twist’s magical tale of Christmas in Oxford

Earlier this week I wrote about Holiday Magic, a new anthology of heart-warming stories for the Christmas season by the World Romance Writers group of authors. Today I’m delighted to welcome one of the authors, Jenny Twist, who is here to talk about her story, Marion. I met Jenny through our last anthology, Letterbox Love Stories. The…… Continue reading Jenny Twist’s magical tale of Christmas in Oxford

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Controversy at Christmas! Author Terry Shames and a non-recipe #recipe

Do you have certain recipes that HAVE to be cooked at Christmas, and cooked in a certain way only? Well, I’m delighted to welcome author Terry Shames to my blog today with one of her family’s much-loved holiday recipes. Note: for previous visitors from America, I’ve had to painstakingly translate all the measurements from US…… Continue reading Controversy at Christmas! Author Terry Shames and a non-recipe #recipe

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A recipe for Tourtière and a fabulous book collection – all part of Christmas on Main Street!

Today US author E. Ayers is here with a Christmas recipe she told me she thought “unusual” when she first read it. I had to laugh when I read what the recipe was. It’s not odd to us in the north of England – we eat pork pies a LOT. Available in every butcher’s and…… Continue reading A recipe for Tourtière and a fabulous book collection – all part of Christmas on Main Street!

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A Christmas recipe for delicious macaroons

Happy Christmas Eve! It’s the season for baking and eating fine foods, so I thought I’d share a recipe I love, for these delicious macaroons.  They keep really well, too, and they make great presents. Quantity for 16-18 macaroons. 200g (7 oz) ground almonds 100g (3.5 oz) caster sugar (superfine sugar) 2 medium egg whites…… Continue reading A Christmas recipe for delicious macaroons

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The best recipe for chocolate pudding ever

Christmas comes but twice a year…in the Fairfax household, at any rate.  In  December I wrote that I spent Christmas in Cornwall with Mr Fairfax and his lovely daughter and our bonkers dog.  And we had a great time!  Sadly, my two daughters were missing.  My oldest daughter is working in New Zealand and my…… Continue reading The best recipe for chocolate pudding ever

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A Christmas recipe (or how I persuaded my husband to eat Santa’s Little Helper)

Every year my family tucks in to the traditional turkey on Christmas Day, and I love it.  This year, though, there will be only three of us, and with the best will in the world, and despite the valiantly gluttonous efforts of our dog, I think a whole turkey will outface us all. So, after…… Continue reading A Christmas recipe (or how I persuaded my husband to eat Santa’s Little Helper)