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Midwinter’s Eve already, and this is the second last post before Christmas day. More importantly, Midwinter’s day, or the Winter Solstice, is an important holiday in my fictional world of the Realms, where my characters live a simple life as subjects of kings in rural castles – at least it was simple until George started bringing in new technology, and Kira promoted the equality of all people regardless of gender and so on.
Since I was invited to Castle Marsh for the holidays this year, I thought I’d give you a some character interviews with George, Fred and Kira – although it’s really just a quick account of my trip. You can find the first part here – published last Friday. The second part is out this coming Friday.
I also need to fit in #Fi50, my Fiction in Fifty words story before Christmas, so here we go. If you want to join in this monthly fun, check out the information at The Ninja Librarian (Rebecca Douglass).
The prompt this month is Joy in Abundance.
She bounded downstairs, stopped at the doorway, and stared at the Christmas tree. Then she spreadeagled herself among the pile of gift-wrapped boxes and packages. The angel’s wings did not show well on the carpet, but we understood.
Such a pleasure to see Joy in her abundance of presents.
Midwinter’s Eve giveaway
This is the brainchild of Mary at Bookhounds, who gets hundreds of bloggers together for this last hurrah before the new year. Hurrah! Please go hopping after you’ve read the story and entered the giveaway.
Before you go, would you like to do a book blast for the launch of my new book The Princelings of the North in January or February? All the details and a sign-up for the giveaway are on this page.
Now go hopping!
76 thoughts on “Midwinter’s Eve Giveaway Hop 2017 & #Fi50”
Mashed Potatoes are always my favorite!
Mmm – mashed potatoes <3
Mashed Potatoes are the best! I know that isn’t a meal but our meals don’t usually differ that much.
Well, it might be a treat, although I must admit, roast potatoes are a real treat for me!
turkey with “croquettes ” ( belgian speciality ( a bit like fries but it’s bigger so the inside is soft but the outside is crisp)and airelles
Yes, we have croquettes here. My mum used to make them, but I never have!
Oh, boy, my favorite holiday meal! Well, Xmas dinner, with all the family, whatever we end up eating. One of my husband’s brothers and his wife are fantastic cooks, and they have done some amazing dishes, from roast lamb to beef somethingorother to the traditional turkey (never tried goose, which would be even more traditional). Then there’re the pies…
Please don’t starve yourselves this Christmas 🙂
I love a roast and scalloped potatoes.
Mmm – potatoes seem to be trending here tonight!
An entire turkey dinner, for Thanksgiving and Christmas too. Love that turkey and all the fixings.
I always wondered whether you did turkey for both! I hope it’s another good one, James!
I love a glazed ham with Au gratin potatoes.
Ham and eggs on Christmas morning – followed by chocolate and a cup of tea.
“What is your favourite meal during this holiday season? (Give some details!)” I like lefse…fried shrimp…ravioli.
Pillsbury cinnamon rolls Christmas morning. I always loved waking up to the smell of it when I was a kid and now I make it for mine.
Ham is my favourite Christmas meal
Turkey’s my favorite!
Favorite meal is fish.
I love my mother-in-law’s dutch apple pie. She makes every part from scratch and it’s sooo delicious!
A beef roast with mashed potatoes and gravy.
I like ham and rice
I like to have Ham, Mashed Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole, Scalloped Corn, Pasta Salad, and pies, and cookies.
Everything my mom cooks! Especially her giblet gravy and stuffing!
My favorite meal during the holidays is honey baked ham and sweet potato soufflé!
I love everything in a Thanksgiving dinner turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes rolls and pumpkin pie.
My Mom makes me sweet potato casserole.
I like to make a roast beef with carrots and mushrooms, homemade bread, and a light dessert. Another great side dish – broccoli and cheese casserole. YUM!
Honey baked ham!
Homemade sugar cookies and bread.
My family does a fancy Christmas Eve dinner where we have a tablecloth and everything, and the main course is the most delicious salmon over angel hair pasta with some sort of sauce that’s like the nectar of the gods. A few years ago my dad briefly suggested that we might try something different … that didn’t last long 😛
My favorite holiday meal is our ham dinner we have for Christmas.
I love ham but my family doesn’t so we usually make a yummy roast meal.
I love turkey and dressing for both Thanksgiving and Christmas, plus all the usual side dishes and tons of desserts. We’re doing something different this yr. and having a fancy brunch and having family over. I’ll miss having our usual meal (and all the great leftovers!), but I won’t miss all of the work!
During the holiday season my favorite meal is ham with yummy sides like mac and cheese and green beans.
LOL Loved your fi50. Too cute and appropriate for the time of year.
I love the pumpkin pie and eggnog ice cream! Hope you have a great holiday! Thanks for this amazing giveaway – I would love to win!
My father is from Mexico, so for Thanksgiving we always had the traditional turkey dinner, but for Christmas we had enchiladas or tamales. I’ve always preferred the enchiladas over a turkey dinner.
I love Twice Baked Potatoes….Mmmmmmmmm!
I love warm green bean casserole 🙂
Favorite mealk this year is gonna be cabbage and noodle! Merry Christmas!
I definitely love repeating Thanksgiving – the turkey, stuffing, potatoes, etc. But with the goodies – oh, cake, cookies, chocolate, I’ll take it all! 🙂
Dressing is my favorite with sweet potato pie and cranberry sauce.
Dressing and cranberry sauce with sweet potato pie
My favorite holiday meal is turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, and pecan or pumpkin pie for dessert!
I like turkey and dressing and LOTS of gravy.
Thanks for the contest.
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My favorite meal is the one we had this year- filet mignon steak with mashed potatoes, California salad, and pumpkin pie for dessert!
I like eating ham, I usually marinate it over night with different ingredients, and the next day we bake it and its always good :):)
Prime rib and for dessert Swamp Pop Praline Cream Soda floats!
For Christmas this year (and years when we cook) we did venison steaks as our main dish. Fried up in butter and spices, they are so good!! Then we did “typical” holiday sides including mashed potatoes, rolls, broccoli. It was really a lovely Christmas dinner.
Chicken and dressing with cranberry sauce
Ginger snap cookies – seriously, I can’t stop eating them:)
I love serving turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce… but the desserts are my favorite!
Prime Rib…omg, nothing better, melt in your mouth beef!
Fudge! See’s Candy Chocolate Fudge. Thanks for the giveaway!
For Christmas we traditionally have ham, scalloped potatoes, and green bean casserole. We also have a variety of home baked cookies for dessert.
My favorite food during the Holiday season is fresh coconut cake.
We usually get invited out to the inlaws as their days are numbered for this sort of thing (my FIL has dementia and they’re just waiting for a placement as this stage) so my MIL loves to go all out, its turkey, homemade stuffing, her homemade salad dressing for me for the salad (Everyone else just used the bottled stuff..ick lol) , homemade treats like peanut brittle or nanaimo bars, butter tarts, confetti marshmallow things. Garlice mashed potatoes (Which are actually whipped with her blender, same way I do them lol) and homemade from scratch gravy (Which I always fail at, either too liquidy or thick like cement lol)
some sort of veggie, although I tend to skip that and just eat the good stuff (unless it would be broccoli, OR brussel sprouts cus I’d be all over that like a pig in mud)
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the big turkey dinner
We like a traditional turkey dinner. But I’ve found a new way to cook the bread stuffing. Use a waffle iron. Makes it super crispy and delicious.
I love our holiday stuffing made with my grandmother’s recipe. One of the important ingredients is Bell’s Seasoning.
I enjoy having Roast Turkey with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Stuffing, Corn, and Crescent Rolls.
Since my sons and their children are in their 30’s 20’s and teens so we prefer tacos baar, pizza, sushi etc. My favorite is pizza. Wedon’t eat traditional anymore like we did with our parents. It’s too bland for us.
My favorite meal is actually turkey and dressing. Thank you
I like turkey and dressing. Chicken and dumplings is also good.
Turkey and mashed potatoes/gravy. (even if it’s a Thanksgiving repeat…)
My husband’s fruit salad. He makes it different from most and it is so delicious. I look forward to the holidays this time of the year for when he makes it!!
I love serving turkey and ham, dressing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and loads of veggies.
I love turkey and stuffing.
I like to eat ham, mashed potatoes and green beans.
My fav holiday meal is roast turkey, good homemade gravy, stuffing, fruit pie, real whipped cream and a salad.
My favorite meal is turkey, dressing, gravy, mashed potatoes, peas, and rolls. Dessert is optional!
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