For our big holiday gift basket, I had to choose some favorite things. I have tons of favorites, but some (such as pets) aren’t shippable, so I chose books, cooking/baking, and socks.
Books – well, duh. Books are my great comfort, and writing them is almost as comforting as reading them. I was thrilled to be included in a dessert cookbook, so of course I contributed a copy of Bake, Love, Write to the gift basket.
Not that I consider it a comfort read; I’m on a low carb diet, so it’s actually a source of agony temptation (which I have resisted so far).
I love cooking and baking—although I have to admit, I don’t want to do it every @#$%& day. But since I contributed a cookbook, I had to give the winner some assistance – so I added some bright, cheerful-looking utensils.
Last of all – socks! I love socks. The only item on my bucket list is to be able to knit all kinds of socks, even the ones with (gasp) heels. My first effort, years ago, was argyle socks with heels. Only an inch past the ribbing, my yarns got so tangled that I gave up.
Years later, I tried an ordinary pair with heels, and I even had help that time, but I gave up on that pair, too. Now, I’m sad to say that I don’t think I’m going to achieve my goal. Every time I look at a pattern with heels, I shudder and ponder starting another pair of tube socks. I’ve made two pairs so far, and in spite of the occasional dropped (and usually picked up later) stitch, they’re wearable.
Anyway, I included some socks in the basket, but I didn’t make them. I wouldn’t subject an unsuspecting stranger to a pair of my homemade socks. (There they are, on the left). Besides, it takes me months to make a pair, and the basket had to be ready this Christmas. So I bought a couple of pairs. Still, they’ll keep some lucky person’s feet warm!
For a chance to win the basket, answer this easy-peasy question: What is the title of the cookbook to which I contributed a recipe? Click on Romantic Pursuit in the right hand column to fill in your answer.
P.S. I forgot to mention that I’m doing a Goodreads giveaway of the anthology Improper Christmas Nights, which contains two of my novellas, Under a Christmas Spell and Under a New Year’s Enchantment. Two copies are available to entrants in the US and Canada. Go here to enter! (http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/119897-improper-christmas-nights)