Husbands Say the Darndest Things About Christmas Movies

I went out of town this weekend. My husband was so upset with the football game (it was so bad apparently, they fired the coach afterwards). He said he started to watch one of the millions (and millions) of Christmas movies I had on the DVR but just couldn’t bring himself to … not without me there. lol I couldn’t help but think of that old Secret  commercial.  lol. Husbands say the darndest things christmas movies secret

Long Shot

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I’m reading Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan. I have 2 takeaways so far.

1- I’m rethinking my life as a writer. Damn, she can write.

2- I’m still midway through it … listening to it while running errands, cooking and washing dishes. Last night I was in the kitchen when Iris & August step out of the closet and Caleb is there.

I was Ralphie and my kids were the dad. 746f270109a8b4bdbaeaf46262e8df94

Fall Favorites

Woke up today and it was 57 degrees! Hallelujah! My new Miss Moss planner stickers with the gray hair came in (just as my gray hair is coming in).. I’m ready for the next installment of Catalina Cove novel and Dunkin will warm you muffin for you (insert inappropriate giggle).

 

Fall books

FALLING FOR THE BEAUTY QUEEN

Runway and pageant coach Charlotte Pendergrass has swapped her ex-husband’s lavish lifestyle for her family’s quiet Georgia cabin. Her charismatic next-door neighbor is a distraction she’s starting to enjoy. Successful pecan farmer Richard Swayne feels the chemistry between them, but the wary single dad guards his heart. As she helps Richard’s daughter fulfill her pageant ambitions, can Charlotte make her own dreams come true?

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A TIARA FOR CHRISTMAS

Kimber Reyes has been good all year—and she’s ready to be a little naughty. Back in Southwood, Georgia, to help her aunt with a beauty pageant, she’s reconnecting with former bad boy Dario Crowne. Her other mission: track down the mysterious designer of beautiful pageant tiaras. Dario is guarding secrets—and his heart. But unless he reveals both, the perfect Christmas gift might slip through his fingers…

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Swag on a Budget

Remember the old skit Eddie Murphy did about his mom making him a hamburger rather than going to McDonalds? Yea… I’m now that mom except this is about swag. My author friend/#GirlCrush Kassanna showed me some cool sites for swag. Since I’m signing at #RWA19 this year for #Harlequin… I didn’t want to be the only person not giving away stuff….so I brainstormed and got crafty. There will be tradition swag.. but these were too cute to not do….

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I’m signing Southern Seduction. If you haven’t read it.. you can find it here at one of these many many wonderful sites.

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Hope to see you there…

XOXO

Carolyn

Christmas in July

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Christmas in July means Christmas movies on Hallmark and HMM! I am still going through my list of movies saved on my DVR. Check out my reviews over on my FB page if you’re interested. It’s exciting.. but what’s most exciting is the countdown to the 2019  Holiday movies. I am totally looking forward to it. It seems everyone is getting wise with the diversity. This year there’s going to be a Hanukkah one (maybe 2)! So far there isn’t a time and date for the 2019 list but this is what I’ve found so far.

Christmas movie envyClearly I’m on a deadline because I have taken the time to even research how many movies these repeat offenders has been in.

I can’t help myself. I have goals I tell ya!

2019 Christmas Movies Xmas Movie Repeat Offender Reason to watch Diverse story Diverse Cast
2nd Chance for Christmas AA characters Vivica Fox
Merry & Brite Andrew Walker
Holidate Kristin Chenoweth
The Christmas Song
Christmas Wishes & Mistletoe Kisses
Holiday for Heroes
A Very Vintage Christmas Tia Mowry-Hardrict
Christmas Camp
A Merry Christmas Match
Christmas Town Candace Cameron Bure
Christmas in Rome Lacey Charbet
A Christmas Wish AA characters Pam Grier,
Five Cards for Christmas Chad Michael Murry
A Very Country Wedding Harlequin Book
A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby
Christmas in the Wild
Holiday Rush African American AA Cast
Klaus animated some
The Knight Before Christmas ehh
A Family Under the Christmas Tree (WIP)
Christmas Duet African American Rome Flynn
Two Turtle Doves

 

All this Christmas talk gets me all in the mood for some holiday romance books. I feel like I just might be a Christmas Repeat Offender #DebbieMacomberGoals

Merry halfmas

PS… there are 23 weeks and 5 days until Christmas.

Pineapple Tiaras

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Next month you’ll be able to get your own copy of Southern Seduction.

I love to add food into my books. I wouldn’t call myself a “foodie” but I do like to eat…a lot. If you’ve read any of the Once Upon a Tiara series you visited The Cupcakery. Each season this bakery develops a cupcake to die for. Yes, as the author, I have made all of these cupcakes at one point in my life. Since this series is winding down, I thought I’d share the tiara for the hummingbird cupcake. By the way… did you know that this particular cake originated in Jamaica? #DessertHistory

 

Maggie Swayne, a one-time-beauty-queen, tops her hummingbird cupcake with a pineapple tiara. It’s fitting of course. No matter what Maggie’s going through…which pineapple memeright now is being cut off from the family-funds, she’s going to make her way….one way or another.

 

 

 

 

How did she make the pineapple tiaras you ask.. Well let me show you!

Pineapple Tiaras

1-Let’s start with an apron… this can get messy. 61849613_402497290344580_7964773033728540672_n

2-Find a not-so-ripe pineapple. The firmer.. the better to slice.61845360_731958930554414_4234596037391548416_n

 

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4- using the tip of a potato/carrot peeler,

dig out the “eyes” until it looks like this 61831967_682290408892789_220771042820358144_n

 

5- Turn the pineapple on its side and slice super thin slice through the core and then lay flat on a paper towel flatten pineapples

 

6. bake at 250 degrees for an hour. Flip after 30 minutes. When the hour is up, you may need to flip again. If they’re still wet, continue baking at 15-minute intervals. These are going to be sticky to the touch and that’s okay. You don’t want them juicy. Once they’re crispy/dry enough, pull them out and push them into a cupcake pan. While they’re drying, this will give them that upright crown appeal.

pineapple tiara shapes

7. Let them dry over night.

 

 

8. Once they’re dry, crown your cupcakes!

Cool note.. they’re totally edible.. but don’t expect that candied-dried taste that comes from a trail mix.

 

 

 

Voila! 

pineapple tiara and books

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I’ve been paired up with the fabulous Pamela Yaye   this month. Check out her books.

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