There are no Calories in Thanksgiving #goodfood #holidaygatherings #ShirleyHailstock

Wow, It’s November and the Holidays are looming. This month I thought we would talk about some of our favorite parts of the Holidays so you can learn more about your favorite authors and how they celebrate. You may even get a character or two! Today’s Guest is Shirley Hailstock.

Cat: Thank you, Shirley, for taking time out of your busy schedule to join us.

Shirley: Thank you Cat for inviting me. Today I have come to talk about food then share about my book Hot Nights in Honolulu.

Food, The First Wonder of the World ( All those others are second)

One of the greatest pleasures in life is food. We’re not going to talk about

what’s healthy or what we shouldn’t eat. The holidays are coming up and we all

know there are no calories in Thanksgiving or Christmas meals.

I love to cook. But I want to cook for a crowd, experiment with new

recipes, and come up with something different and unexpected. So holiday

gatherings are my love. And as the leaves turn gold and red and pumpkins

appearing in every doorway, I look forward to the coming holidays.

Like most families, we have competitions on who makes the best

dressing for the turkey. By far my nephew wins. Consequently, he gets to

reproduce it every year. If you’re good at it, it’s your job. My specialty is the

macaroni and cheese. A sister, two years younger than me got the job of doing

candied sweets (short for sweet potatoes in our family). I also do the Sweet

Potato Puffs (sometimes called Sweet Potato Casserole). Yep, two sweet

potato dishes. Remember, they have no calories so we can have as many as

we want.

A few years ago, I decided to add something we’d never had to the

menu. My son called it the First Time Dish and the name stuck. I dug through

my Betty Crocker Cookbook (that is battered and taped, and I’ve had it since the

flood) and came up with creamed onions. Now I know many people have had

these and love them. I’d never heard of them before that date, but the recipe

sounded good so I tried it — made it for Thanksgiving with no previous taste

test. I also didn’t apologize prior to serving them. If the family and guests hated

them, I’d never make them again. Needless to say, they were a crowd pleaser

and the subject of “this is something different” conversation.

In subsequent years, wherever we gather there is always the First Time

Dish on the table. We look forward to it. As a family, we cook all the standard

familiar and favored foods, but we look forward to seeing what the new one will

bring. Without a miss, it’s been the crowd favorite, the one you want more of

and on the day after the holiday, the question is, “Where is that First Timer? I

want more.”

Here is a photo of my favorite Pumpkin Spice Bran Muffins. I don’t have the recipe since my grandmother taught me to cook by measuring by hand.

Have you ever done this? Have you found a recipe in a magazine or

online, maybe in the back of a romance novel and tried it? What were some of

them? And if you’re ambitious, by all means, post the recipe. I’d love to try

something new. Maybe at our holiday meal this year, it will be on our First Time


As always, keep Reading. . .

As always, keep Reading. . .Shirley Hailstock

Title: Hot Nights in Honolulu

Series – Ticket to True Love Series

Author name – Shirley Hailstock

Publisher name, release date – Self Published 11/5/2019

Cover artist: JB Schroeder

Pages: 116

Category, heat rating: Contemporary Romance / Heat Level: Sexy

Melissa wants to believe in the legend of the fountain waters, but nothing ever

happened to her in True Springs. Spiriting off to Hawaii, she’s surrounded by

flyboys and the women they see when on the island. Melissa refuses to be one

of them. Then pilot Jordan Scott steps into her world. Will she use the vials of

water from the spring and take the chance that he is her ticket to true love?

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How about a little teaser? ( heat rating – 2)

The house was quiet when Melissa woke. Memory of the night before

brought a smile to her face. Lazily, she turned onto her stomach, stretching and

cooing as she hugged her pillow as if it were her lover. Melissa didn’t want to

get up. She wasn’t working tonight and she was unsure of Jordan’s schedule.

Her Jeep was still at the hotel and Hailee remained in the guest room.

Reluctantly, Melissa pushed the covers aside and stood up. Wearing

only a T-shire, she pulled her bedroom door open. The smell of fresh coffee

practically guided her to the kitchen – that and the sound of voices.

Forgetting her attire or the lack of it, Melissa stepped through the door.

“Melissa,” Hailee said as if she was surprised to find Melissa in her own


However, it wasn’t Hailee that had Melissa’s feet rooted to the floor. It

was Jordan. He sat on one of the stools at the counter dressed only in

swimming trunks. Thankfully, they were the long shorts type and not a body-

molding Speedo. Yet, he looked at her as she was the one naked.

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Meet Shirley:

Shirley Hailstock began her writing life as a lover of reading. She likes nothing

better than to find a quiet corner where she can get lost in a book, explore new

worlds and visit places she never expected to see. As an author, she can not

only visit those places, but she can be the heroine of her own stories. The

author of twenty-five novels and novellas, Shirley has received numerous

awards, including the Waldenbooks Bestselling Romance Award and The

Emma Merritt Award from Romance Writers of America. Romantic Times

Magazine awarded her a Career Achievement Award and The New York

Chapter of Romance Writers of America gave her their Golden Apple Award

for Lifetime Achievement. In addition, one of her books was included in the

Top 100 Romances of the 20th Century list and she is a recipient of Fairleigh

Dickinson University’s highest award, the Pinnacle. Shirley is a past president

of Romance Writers of America. Her books have appeared on Blackboard and

Library Journal Best Seller Lists.

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