I am definitely in the mood for the holidays this year. I am singing carols under my breath, holiday songs are playing on the radio, the tree is getting decorated, and the aroma of Frasier firs and cinnamon waft through the house. Of course the last bit is because our tree is a Frasier and cinnamon Glade was used liberally in every room Kirby ran into after rolling around in some dead guts he found in the backyard. In all my 25 plus years as a naturalist, I have smelled some rotten things but nothing prepared me for Kirby as he ran past me back into the house.
You know they talk about a delayed sense? That was the horrendous smell that kicked in once Kirby was well past me and up the stairs into the living room. And then the smell hit and nausea followed. And there is no way to chase a dog when you have a cane and no breath, so he romped his merry way through the house spreading foul odors and gunk as he went. Yeah not a pleasant afternoon, following him with bleach and towels. And then he had to be sheared to get rid of the smell that not even tomato juice helped with. But not even that deterred me from my Christmas cheer! I am a most determined elf!
So I decided to pile on the pressure and have two reviews a day this week. One a Holiday story and one regular book. The end of the week will find me making the first Winter Cocktail recipe that can be found at the bottom of the page. Let’s try it out together, shall we?
Monday: New York Christmas by RJ Scott
Acceleration by Amelia C. Gormley
Tuesday: Turkey in the Snow by Amy Lane
Esau (Leopards Spots 6) by Bailey Bradford
Wednesday: Snowbound in Nowhere by Andrew Grey
Cupid Knows Best by S.A. Garcia
Thursday: Lessons Learned, Wishes Earned by Cassandra Gold
Gregori’s Ghost by Sarah Black
Friday: The Christmas Throwaway by RJ Scott
Willow by Lee Brazil
Saturday: Mending Noel by Charlie Cochet
Colors of Pastor Saul by S.A.Garcia
1/2 cup pomegranate juice
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup white rum
1/2 cup fresh grapefruit juice
Bring pomegranate juice and sugar to boil in heavy small saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves. Boil until reduced to 1/4 cup, about 5 minutes. Cool syrup.
Pour 2 tablespoons syrup, 1/2 cup rum, and 1/4 cup grapefruit juice into cocktail shaker. Fill with ice; shake vigorously. Strain into 2 Martini glasses. Repeat to make 2 more drinks.
Recipe courtesy of Bon Appetit!