Christmas is almost here, and I couldn’t be more excited. I love this time of year—from watching Christmas movies and listening to festive music, to looking at elaborate light displays and baking holiday goodies, there is so much to enjoy about this season!
I always take one day in December to bake cookies with my two sons (ages eleven and eight) along with my mom, my sister and my two nieces. We’ve discovered lots of winning recipes over the years. Some cookies we make every year no matter what—sugar cookies, Russian teacakes, and peanut butter kisses being the standard fare. But we always rotate in two or three more options for some variety from year to year. What about you? Do you bake the same goodies each year, or try something new?
While our baking is relegated primarily to cookies, one recipe that I love and that works best around the holidays is a sweet and salty Chex mix recipe I got from my sister. I don’t know the official name, or where she got it, but this sweet Christmas mix is great for parties, football games, or even hostess or coworker gifts (packaged in a small festive tin). And trust me, it’s addicting! Here’s the recipe:
3 cups Rice Chex
3 cups Wheat Chex
3 cups plain Cheerios
2 cups tiny pretzels
1 pound plain M&Ms
2 cups peanuts, unsalted
1 pound white chocolate
Mix all ingredients together in large bowl except the white chocolate. Melt white chocolate over low heat. Pour over mixture until lightly coated. Spread on wax paper until dry.
There’s a prominent baking scene in my Christmas novella, Christmas in Meadow Creek. The main character Sarah is looking for a way to get in the Christmas spirit, and baking helps her do just that. How about you? What are your go-to recipes, or what other traditions make this season bright?
I wish you all a very blessed and happy holiday season, whatever your way of celebrating may look like.
Christmas in Meadow Creek
Sarah Laughlin left her big-city life and dead-end relationship behind for a fresh start as a fourth-grade teacher in the small, Wisconsin town of Meadow Creek. And it feels like home, too, despite the persistent troublemaker in her class and the lack of familiar faces. But the holidays are going to be lonely this year. Until she meets firefighter Lincoln Thompson. Suddenly, the hope of spending Christmas with someone she cares about is within reach.
Lincoln loves his home town of Meadow Creek, but ever since his long-time girlfriend left him for a better life in the city, he wonders if he’ll ever find love in this small town where everyone knows everyone. Then he meets Sarah during her class's field trip to his firehouse, and a spark is lit. But when they discover that Sarah's troublemaking student is none other than Lincoln's beloved nephew, their newfound relationship is put to the test. Can they navigate through the complexities of family dynamics to find a love that will last?
More About Katy
Katy Eeten is the wife of a pastor and mother of two school-age boys. She lives with her family in southeast Wisconsin, despite her dislike of cold weather. She works full time in the business world, but her true passion is writing. Katy has written three contemporary Christian romances, all available on Amazon. When she’s not working or writing, she can be found taking walks, baking, or spending time with her family.