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A recipe for hot chocolate

When we were growing up in small-town New England, my six brothers and sisters and I would spend hours sledding on the hills behind our 18th-century house (a work-in-progress!). We’d come in pink-cheeked, usually with snow in our boots and cold, and inevitably our mother had a big pot of hot chocolate simmering on the…

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A recipe for mulled wine

On a chilly winter evening, Joe and I love to have a pot of mulled wine simmering on the wood stove. Not only is it delicious as we read or warm up after snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, it fills the house with wonderful scents. Here’s the recipe included in my Swift River Valley novella, “Christmas…

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Happy St. Nicholas Day!

Happy St. Nicholas Day! It’s a festive holiday celebrated December 5-6. It’s popular in many places, perhaps especially the Netherlands, where my father was born and raised. Here’s a quick article that explains a bit about its origins: “The tradition of receiving small gifts from St. Nicholas began with Dutch children, who put out their shoes the…

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Welcome, December!

December to me means family, friends, afternoon tea, reading by the fire and reflecting on the past year. And writing. Of course, writing! It’s rare a day that I don’t write. Right now I’m in “monk mode” with new projects, a great place to be on these short, chilly (cold!) days. My granddaughter and I are…

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Happy Thanksgiving

My best to friends in the U.S. this week. We are staying home on our hilltop in Vermont and looking forward to a quiet day, giving thanks and enjoying a nice dinner and a good walk in the hills. Happy Thanksgiving!

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