Dana, the main character in my Blossom Valley series, has been working at Esther’s organic farm for a few years now. While she was a die-hard junk food aficionado when she first started, she is finally picking up some of the cook’s healthy eating habits and even eats vegetables on a semi-regular basis. But all of her newfound healthy eating flies out the window when the holidays approach. From Thanksgiving through Christmas, she loves anything deep fried or dipped in chocolate.
Okay, that might be an exaggeration. She doesn’t want deep fried pudding (is that even possible?), nor does she want cheeseburgers dipped in chocolate. Blech.
What she does want are those warm, comforting foods that are perfect for those cold holiday nights. She’s imagining giant bowls of creamy mashed potatoes, slices of honey-baked ham, and warm rolls with butter.
And let’s not forget dessert. Perhaps her mom will make a luscious apple pie drizzled with caramel sauce. Or maybe Dana will pick up a yule log cake at the local bakery. It will take all her will power not to dig into that rich chocolate frosting on the drive over, but as long as she keeps the box taped shut, she should be all right.
Once the meal is over and the dishes are done, it’s time to relax with a nice mug of egg nog and a candy cane or two. Then, with a full belly, she can drift off to sleep to the sweet sounds of holiday tunes. Merry Christmas!