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Favorite Holiday Recipe
MRS. FIX’S FUDGE
5 Cups of Sugar
¼ Lbs Butter (not margarine)
1 (7.5 oz.) Jar Marshmellow Fluff
1 t. Vanilla
1 (13 oz.) Can Evaporated Milk
12 oz. Chocolate Chips
1 Cup Crushed Nuts (optional)
Mix sugar, milk and butter, bring to a boil. Stir while boiling for 5 minutes. When at the soft ball stage (on a candy thermometer), remove from heat and quickly add chocolate. Mix remaining ingredients. Pour into a buttered pan. Slice with a sharp knife when fully set
Favorite Holiday Story
CUT DOWN YOUR OWN TREE – It’ll be fun, they said
When my daughter was only two years old, we lived in Upstate New York. There was one thing we were not short on, snow. In the north we don’t measure snow in inches, it’s measured in feet. One year for Christmas it was suggested that our small, young family of three go to the woods and cut down our own Christmas tree. We thought we’d start a tradition with our young daughter. We were told of a place to cut our own, but we were told it was a bit of a hike back in the forest to get to the good ones. We bundled the baby, took a saw and trekked down a long, snow covered, rough, farm road. It had been driven over to create a path but it was a bit treacherous to navigate by foot. We traversed the rough terrain back to an area thick with pine trees. The trick to getting the perfect tree it to look high. You want to get the top of a nice full tree to get the best for decorating. Why? Because those before us had picked over all the more reasonably sized, close to the ground trees. So, we hiked and hunted, hiked and hunted and worked our way far into the woods. We finally located one we wouldn’t have to climb to take off the top.
My ex-husband worked on sawing a log. He was certainly strong but no lumberjack. And what do we know of the proper saw to cut down a tree. So, as he worked on freeing our prize from it’s home, I tried to entertain a toddler in the deep snow. Anyone familiar with little ones, know their attention span is no longer than a moment. I didn’t everything a young mother could image to keep her occupied and happy, while her father fought with a pine.
When my ex finally won his battle, we prepared for the long haul back to the car. Now, not only were we tramping through the snow with a baby and a saw, but we had a large, heavy tree to tote with us. We started out with me leading our daughter by the hand carrying the light end of the tree, while he carrying the larger, heavy end and the saw. Before too long, little legs grew weary from trudging through the snow. I tried to carry her for a bit but I’ve not been known for physical strength, not now as then. He took the baby, I said I’d take the saw. He said that was the least of his concerns and he could do it. That left me to carry myself and the tiny end of the massive tree. However, apparently, I couldn’t quite manage that. You see, shortly after resuming our walk, I lost my balance and toppled over sideways into a high snowbank and got stuck. I was stuck on my side with my feet in the air and unable to get up. We got laughing so hard, it became impossible to move as I sunk farther into the mound of snow. My ex set his end of the tree down, put the baby in a pile of snow, so she couldn’t wander off. Thankfully, he had the sense of mind to put the saw far away from her. Then tried to pull me up out of my predicament. Good luck! I haven’t been a skinny, little thing for a very long time! The more he tried, the harder we laughed and the worse it got. I had tears streaming down my face at the Laurel and Hardy routine I saw playing out in real life. I was getting cold because unlike the baby, I only had jeans and my coat, not a full snowsuit. He tried rolling me over on my back to pull me by my hands but almost ended up with me. I was at a very strange angel that was not conducive to easy leverage. He finally helped me over onto my belly, so I could push myself out by my knees in the snow. Once I’d backed up enough, he was able to help me on to my feet. He let me carry the saw the rest of the way, while he carries the baby and dragged the tree. That I was capable of mastering. That was the end of that “tradition” and we never cut down another Christmas tree.
A Favorite Christmas Picture
GINGERBREAD VILLAGE – Made with my granddaughters
Newlyweds, Chris and Lexi run for their lives from a deadly crime boss until they remember who they really are–two government-created killing machines. The tables turn and they become the ones to run from. When the government discovers the couple remembers who they are, more like them are sent to destroy them. However, those in charge neglected to factor in the most important lesson this couple learned on their own…
Love supersedes science.
Book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwSry3jbnlo
Laura Ranger is a natural storyteller. She has been turning all of life into stories since she was young. This mother of one, grandmother of three began writing her fictitious stories down to the delight of her family and friends. She’s been writing her tales for over twenty years. She became a published author when she put one of her short stories in a Christmas anthology in support of feeding children around the world, entitled Eight ‘Til Christmas. Once she saw one of her stories in print, she will tell you she can’t stop.
In addition to Deception, she co-authored Rogue. Currently, Laura’s fully ensconced in writing a novel on good versus evil, Royalty. She’s been working on a series called Lessons, which she envisions parents reading with their children. She discovered while writing the series, the lessons addressed throughout the story speak to both children and adults. Additionally, She has numerous ideas for additional novels and adding more all the time, it’s just a matter of completing each in turn. Laura will tell you, “God blessed me with a natural gift of storytelling; it is up to me to use that gift to the best of my ability.”
Not only is Laura a published author, she co-owns a publishing company, Foundations, LLC. Her books include Deception, Rogue, and Eight ‘Til Christmas.
Where to find me:
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/laurarangerauthor/
Twitter: @LauraRanger1 or https://twitter.com/LauraRanger1
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7_OYroXMQDOpKabUa5MrXw
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