A Cowboy Christmas
Genre: Non-fiction, Holiday, Cooking, Ranch Life
Date of Publication: September 17, 2019
Number of pages: 304
Tagline: The jangle of spurs mingles with the jingle of sleigh bells in this celebration of Christmas—cowboy style!
Welcome home to an amazing western holiday with A Cowboy Christmas. A collection of unique holiday décor, traditions, recipes, and guides for entertaining with ease make this your go-to resource for an amazing western Christmas.
Filled with stories of real-life ranch families and rodeo cowboys, get a glimpse into their traditions, try their family recipes, and experience their lifestyles. From preserving memories of the past to tips for wrapping presents, discover the special touches incorporated throughout this book that make it a holiday keepsake you’ll cherish for years to come.
Brimming with holiday cheer, recipes with full-color photographs, and one-of-a-kind ideas, this book is a wonderful celebration of the holidays that will help make your Christmas unforgettable.
Read a Book, Help a Cowboy
Shades of black randomly interspersed with hues of tan and gray surrounded me as I gazed over a sea of cowboy hats at the Las Vegas airport.
After working our way through the crowd, my husband, Captain Cavedweller, and I settled at our gate to wait for our flight. While he read the newspaper and jiggled his boot-covered foot impatiently, I observed those milling around. Like us, hundreds of cowboys prepared to depart after attending the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and many of the accompanying activities.
Each December, the city of Las Vegas takes on a country vibe as the rodeo comes to town, bringing hundreds of vendors, thousands of spectators, and a whole lot of fun.
As we sat at the airport that morning, the idea for a story began churning in my head.
Since so many of the cowboys who compete professionally spend a good deal of time traveling, I began to wonder how many of them flew from one rodeo to the next. If they were flying, it made sense that they might meet a girl at an airport who turned their head.
I began jotting down notes for a story idea and by the time we reached home, The Christmas Cowboy (Rodeo Romance Series Book 1) was born.
While researching details for The Christmas Cowboy, which involves a saddle bronc rider as the hero, I became aware of a wonderful organization — the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund.
For those unfamiliar with the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund, the organization provides help to injured rodeo athletes. The men and women who are professional rodeo athletes know it isn’t a matter of if they get hurt, but when. Many of them are uninsured, so when an accident happens, it can be devastating physically, emotionally, and financially.
That’s when the JCCF steps in and offers a hand up to steps in offer financial assistance to rodeo athletes who’ve sustained catastrophic injuries that leave them unable to compete for an extended time. Rather than worry about how they’ll pay their bills, they can focus on healing. One thing I especially admire about the JCCF is that 100 percent of the donations go to the cowboys who need it. They don’t take out administrative expenses or fees.
This is the sixth year for my Read a Book, Help A Cowboy campaign that raises funds and awareness for the JCCF. Now through Christmas Eve, I will donate ten percent of the proceeds from every book purchase to the JCCF.
A wonderful addition to this year’s campaign is A Cowboy Christmas. The book features 300 pages of western holiday fun with more than 70 full-color recipes.
The jangle of spurs mingles with the jingle of sleigh bells in this celebration of Christmas—cowboy style!
Welcome home to a western holiday with A Cowboy Christmas. A collection of unique holiday décor, traditions, recipes, and guides for entertaining with ease make this your go-to resource for an amazing western Christmas. Filled with stories of real-life ranch families and rodeo cowboys, get a glimpse into their traditions, try their family recipes, and experience their lifestyles. From preserving memories of the past to tips for wrapping presents, discover the special touches incorporated throughout this book that make it a holiday keepsake you’ll cherish for years to come. Brimming with holiday cheer, recipes with full-color photographs, and one-of-a-kind ideas, this book is a wonderful celebration of the holidays that will help make your Christmas unforgettable.
Several of the rodeo cowboys featured in the interviews talk about how the JCCF offered a hand up to them and their families when they most needed the help. And a few of them shared their favorite holiday recipes!
Don’t miss this holiday keepsake!
When you need a beverage you can serve to all ages that will bring a little “Wow!” to your table, try this easy to make punch. The trick is to not stir it!
We like it best with orange juice as the base, but you can also use grapefruit juice for a different flavor.
Makes Six Servings.
3 cups orange juice, chilled
Place ice in the bottom of the glasses. Add ½ cup of juice to each glass then carefully pour one teaspoon of grenadine syrup in each glass. That’s it! Told you it was easy. Just make sure you do not stir the drink or it will lose the lovely ombré design.
If you prefer grapefruit juice to orange juice, substitute it and add a splash of Sprite or 7-Up to each glass before you add the grenadine syrup.
Chocolate Chex Trees
These yummy and adorable trees are so simple to make and a great project if you have kids at home who need something to do. Set them on a disposable plate, foil-wrapped piece of cardboard, or a large sugar cookie wrapped in cellophane for gift-giving!
3 cups Chex Chocolate cereal
6 pretzel sticks (the thick kind, made for dipping)
½ cup peanut butter
¼ cup Nutella
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
Mix the peanut butter, Nutella, butter, and powdered sugar in a bowl.
On whatever you plan to use for a base, mold the peanut butter mixture around the pretzel stick until it stands upright and forms a slight cone shape.
Hold it steady by using the tip of the pretzel as a handle and begin inserting pieces of cereal into the peanut butter mixture in a symmetrical pattern around the stick.
You can tip the cereal pieces up or down, depending on your personal preference.
Add more cereal pieces, staggering them as you move upward, until you get near the top.
For the top of the tree, use broken pieces or cut them in half to get the smaller scale of branches near the top.
Use two pieces of cereal back to back to form the top.
Dust with powdered sugar.
Makes 6 trees
Welcome Home Wreath
This wreath is not only perfect for the season, but it smells divine! Prepare to have guests sniffing the air in pleasure when they walk into your home. You can also use it as a garland instead of a wreath, if you choose.
5 oranges or apples
300 dried bay leaves
44 inch length jute string
Tapestry Needle with large eye
Step 1: Slice apples or oranges into thin slices, about 1/8th-inch thick.
Step 2: Place parchment on large cookie sheet then arrange fruit slices on parchment. Place in 200 degree F oven for about two hours. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
Step 3: Thread needle with jute and knot one end. Gently push needle through bay leaf and slide to the end of the string. Keep adding leaves until you have about two inches of space filled.
Step 4: Add a cinnamon stick (you may need to use a nail to poke a hole through the stick.)
Step 5: Add three fruit slices.
Step 6: Repeat bay leaves, cinnamon stick, and fruit slices pattern.
Step 7: When you reach about 36 inches on the string, tie a knot. If you want a garland, leave both ends free. For a wreath, tie knotted ends together and add a ribbon for hanging
For more holiday DIY projects, recipes, and heartwarming stories, be sure to get your copy of A Cowboy Christmas today!
USA Today bestselling author Shanna Hatfield is a farm girl who loves to write. Her sweet historical and contemporary romances are filled with sarcasm, humor, hope, and hunky heroes. When Shanna isn’t dreaming up unforgettable characters, twisting plots, or covertly seeking dark, decadent chocolate, she hangs out with her beloved husband, Captain Cavedweller.
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