Saturday, November 16, 2013

Another Secret Santa Give-away and Christmas Sugar Balls

This year in the Quilters' Book Club, we've read two of Marie Bostwick's books - A Single Thread (first in her Cobbled Court Quilts series) and Between Heaven and Texas.  Kensington Books recently released a special Christmas book called Secret Santa.  Inside are four short stories, including "The Yellow Rose of Christmas" by Marie.  

"Though Miss Velvet Tudmore wrote off romance years ago, rumor has it she has a secret admirer.  And when her surprise suitor promises to reveal himself at the annual Christmas ball in Too Much, Texas, Velvet starts to wonder: is it ever too late to find love?"  

Other short stories in the book include "Mister Christmas" by Fern Michaels, "Nightmare on Elf Street" by Laura Levine, and "Room at the Inn" by Cindy Myers. 

I have given away two copies of Secret Santa (to winners Julie Fukuda and Bonni) and have three more copies to give away, thanks to the generosity of Kensington Books!

Here's a Christmas cookie to enjoy while reading your favorite Christmas story!

Christmas Sugar Balls
1 cup shortening
1/4 cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 tablespoon water
2 cups flour
1 cup chopped nuts
Red and green sugar

1.  Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
2.  Cream shortening, sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy.
3.  Stir in water.  Add flour and mix just until combined.  Stir in nuts.
4.  Shape in one-inch balls and roll in red or green sugar.
5.  Bake for 20 minutes or until firm to touch.  Cool before removing from cooking sheet.

Is there a book you'd recommend for the Quilters' Book Club to read in 2014?  (It can be a book by an author we've already read or a book by a completely new author.)  Inquiring minds want to know!  Answer in the comment section below and enter your name for a chance to win a copy of Secret Santa.  I will draw the winning names on Wednesday, November 20.   

You might also enjoy reading my previous blog post here.   


  1. It has to be quilt related, doesn't it

  2. I have enjoyed books by Earlene Fowler for "cosy" reading.

  3. The Christmas List by Evans is a great Christmas book as is Starry Night by Debbie Macomber. I don't think of either as a quilting book but just great reads.

  4. I love the Cobbled Quilts series, the Elm Creek series, the Blossom Street series, and I'm looking forward to getting A Southern Sewing Circle series, starting with Sew Deadly.

    1. I have enjoyed Marie Bostwick's books and also enjoy the Elm Creek Series...
      Wondering if many have created a quilt based on our readings so far.

  5. Have you read the Quilts of Lancaster County series of books by Barbara Cameron? I've read the first three and enjoyed them. I just noticed that she has a Quilts of Love series, and a Stitches in Time series as well.

  6. Hmmm..... quilt related, my brain isn't working at the moment. If I think of something, I'll get back with you.

  7. I was flicking through last years quilt magazine and there was an article about Kylie Fitzpatricks new book called "The Silver Thread".
    I haven't read it but possibly would.

  8. Also, what about " How to Make an American Quilt"
    I just love the movie.

  9. I'm reading The Double Wedding Ring by Clare O'Donohue right now. It's a mystery; the fifth in her Someday Quilts Mystery series. Might be a nice one for June since there is a wedding involved.


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