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Spend Christmas in the Old West with six unconventional women who take on Texas-sized challenges-and unexpected romance. Bridget falls for a man opposed to her teaching Indian orphans. Polly is trying to hold her family together when her childhood love returns to town. Rugged rancher Charlsey is inexplicably attracted to a tenderfoot accountant. Vivian shuns marriage until meeting a nomadic photographer. Lacey's cooking draws a quiet blacksmith out of his shell. Tracker Bessie Mae helps a ranger hunt down a villain.
Valerie Hart sheds light on overcrowded animal shelters in new coloring book:
Television show host teaches children about shelter animals in CaliClaus and the Christmas Contraption
MOUNT DORA, Fla. Valerie Hart, author of The New Tradition Cookbook and The Bounty of Central Florida, has been a community activist and food and travel journalist for 35 years. Her 10-year popular television show, The Back of the House, featured chef-owners of independent restaurants in their kitchens. In her new coloring book, CaliClaus and the Christmas Contraption: A magical cat finds homes for strays on Christmas Eve (published by AuthorHouse), Hart s entertaining story of a magical cat and her team of pedigree felines, brings awareness to the plight facing animals in overcrowded shelters.
CaliClaus has special plans for this Christmas. With her team of eight felines, she rescues 200 cats and six dozen kittens from a local shelter. The contraption they have built from wooden planks and pieces of a wire fence is just big enough to hold all the cats as well as the food and supplies they have stockpiled. They round up eight neighborhood dogs and attach them with ropes. Then she taps the dogs with her magical claw and, with a different member of her team riding on each of the dogs, they fasten their helmets and, with her in the lead on a borrowed Harley motorcycle, the contraption rises in the air to fly gifts of love to deserving homes.
The young reader - or listener - will be enthralled with this cat that performs magic and can fly followed by a bunch of dogs pulling her contraption over the rooftops on Christmas Eve, she says. Perhaps the children will convince their parents to visit a shelter in their area to adopt a homeless animal.
According to the Humane Society of the United States, about three to four million cats and dogs are euthanized each year because of overcrowded shelters. Hart hopes her book will not only be a fun read for children, but raise awareness to this issue and empower readers to adopt. She has dedicated this coloring book where children can color the illustrations to the animal shelters that do not euthanize cats and dogs, and to the many rescue groups who find homes for them. It is especially dedicated to her daughter, Katie, whose Hart s Last Chance Ranch gives new life to cats the local shelters cannot provide for.
Hart invites readers to visit her at www.cookingandtips.com.
Entertain and delight your guests over the Christmas period with these traditional and fabulous ideas for Christmas cooking. If your entertaining begins on Christmas Eve, start as you mean to go on by providing a warm greeting for guests with Hot Rum Punch or Mulled Ale, along with savory or sweet nibbles such as Cheese Straws or Apple Pies.
Create an unforgettable meal on Christmas Even such as Chicken Live Pate followed by Poached Salmon and follow it up with a Christmas Day extravaganza of roast turkey, goose, or gammon with all the trimmings, followed by a delicious dessert and Irish Coffee.
For the day after Christmas, continue to create a festive atmosphere using leftovers served in interesting ways, such as succulent Turkey Chasseur or Eggs Benedict. Round off the feast with Tipsy Cake or the refreshing Fruit Compote. Along with other fabulous dishes and suggestions for alcoholic drinks and cocktails, the ideas in this books should provide you with all you need to plan and spend the perfect Christmas.
About the Author
Linda Doeser has been writing and editing cookery books for almost thirty years. She has travelled widely and developed a lasting interest in the cuisines of many countries, but always loves to return home to the pleasures of traditional cooking. For more years than she cares to remember she has entertained a host of family and friends throughout the Christmas season, taking great pride in serving everybody's favourite home-made treats.
Weaving together memories, recipes, and wild tales of years spent in the kitchen, "Home Cooking "is Laurie Colwin's manifesto on the joys of sharing food and entertaining. From the humble hotplate of her one-room apartment to the crowded kitchens of bustling parties, Colwin regales us with tales of meals gone both magnificently well and disastrously wrong. Hilarious, personal, and full of Colwin's hard-won expertise, "Home Cooking "will speak to the heart of any amateur cook, professional chef, or food lover.
This 1949 Little Golden Book edition of Moore's famous poem was a staple in the Golden Book line for many years. Recently found in the Golden Books archives, Malvern's artwork for this title has been digitized and beautifully reproduced for today's kids.
'Twas the night before Christmas,
when all through the house
not a creature was stirring,
not even a mouse.
These familiar words have never before been illustrated with such style. Magnificent paintings by American artist Richard Jesse Watson infuse traditional images with pizzazz and flair. From cozy interiors to snowy landscapes, each scene is packed with the details of Christmas. Watch for the remarkable cast of elves who populate these pages. Best of all, see Santa Claus himself as you've never seen him before, complete with an exclusive interview.
Spilling over with all the joy and generosity of the season, here is an edition of Clement C. Moore's classic Christmas poem that is perfect for families of today. Ho! Ho! Ho!
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