Hectic Holidays & that one Special Dish by Tara Nina (Holidays with the Authors Special Guest Post)

Hectic Holidays & that one Special Dish
By Tara Nina

There’s always that one recipe that is only made during the holidays. Life is hectic. Kids grow. Families spread out and get busy with everyday events that tend to keep us from the dinner table. In my house, Sunday is usually the day I can get the four of us together for a meal. During the week, most meals are something that’s easily made and doesn’t take long to cook.
But during the holidays, the dishes require time and patience. Have you ever noticed that on a holiday, cooking seems to take a lot longer?
The turkey goes in the oven first. While it cooks, the side dishes are created and waiting in the wings for their turn to make the house smell wonderful. The one holiday I enjoy cooking for is Thanksgiving. I get up early, prepare the turkey and shove it in the oven. I used to make the side dishes after I got the turkey started, but I’ve learned to spread this task out. Now I prepare the sides the day before, refrigerate them and as soon as the turkey is done, I slide them in the oven. All the mixing and mess happened on Wednesday, leaving me more time to enjoy the parade on TV.
When I was younger, I loved watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. I used to sit there thinking, “One day I’m going to go there and watch it in person.”
I outgrew that fantasy. I’m not one for big crowds, the cold, or not being able to see it all. I’m short. A tall person in front of me would block my view. LOL. It’s so much more fun to sit in the comfort of home, with the smell of turkey in the air and a cup of coffee in hand.
I’m sharing one of my families favorites that is usually only prepared on a holiday.
If it were up to my husband and daughter, they’d eat this everyday. It’s their all time favorite dish.
Tara SweetSweet Potato Casserole

3 cups of mashed sweet potatoes
1 cup of granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
½ cup of milk
½ cup of butter

Potatoes, sugar, eggs, vanilla & milk. Add melted butter. Pour into a casserole dish.

Topping Ingredients:
1/3 cup of flour
1 cup chopped nuts
1 cup light brown sugar
1/3 cup softened butter

Combine brown sugar and flour. Add softened butter until it becomes a crumbly mixture, then add nuts. Mix well.  Sprinkle on top of casserole.

350 degrees for 30 minutes or until done.

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and a very happy holiday!

Tara Nina

About the Author

Tara Nina is a southern transplant living in a quiet corner of New Jersey, where black bears, deer, gorgeous hawks and other fantastic wildlife manage to sneak by her three dogs at least once or twice a week. She is the proud mother of two.

If she’s lucky, she actually takes a moment to enjoy the beauty of nature before tackling the task of convincing her characters to tell her their story, so she can share it with her loyal friends and readers.

Occasionally, she hikes the Appalachian Trail near her home. The outdoors can be a great inspiration for the illusive muse inside of everyone.

When asked what she does for a living… “I’m a romance novelist trapped in the body of an MRI technologist.”

Where to find Tara Nina

New and upcoming books by the author:

Book six in the Cursed MacKinnons series.

Crazy Maisie MacDougall has a ghost for a best friend and a stone statue to protect, until she speaks an ancient verse releasing a kilted hunk.

Aiden MacKinnon awakens to a new world and a woman who claims he’s been cursed for over two hundred years. At first he tries to use sex to loosen her tongue and get the truth, but his tactic fails. She stands firm on her claims. She isn’t a witch or his enemy. He was cursed.

With an adversary hot on their trail, they backpack across Scotland, headed for the Highlands, hoping to find Castle MacKinnon and any distant member of his clan. A deep friendship and attraction grows into a passionate sexual relationship. Their journey is threatened by a misguided treasurer hunter with a mission—find what Maisie protected and take it.

Aiden and Maisie realize that a little bit of crazy mixed with a whole lotta love may just beat a curse.

An adult paranormal romance from Ellora’s Cave

Amazon Universal Link for all countries:  http://authl.it/4aq

Available Dec 18th


Gunnery Sergeant Emmett Dupree has one final mission—get home before Christmas and return to civilian life with his beautiful wife. His family believes he’s missing in Afghanistan. A snowstorm destroys all forms of communication with his hometown in the mountains of Montana. Knowing his wife and family worry about his fate has him scrambling stateside via any means possible.

When her husband goes missing, Violet tries her best to keep the faith. But the bed is way too big and cold without her man. He’s given twenty years to the Corps. Now it’s time for them to concentrate on building a life and a family in their dream cabin. Sitting on their wraparound porch, she spots a shooting star and makes a wish.

There’s no snow deep enough to keep this determined Marine from the arms of the woman he left behind.

Reader Advisory: This story has graphic sexual language and scenes—no closed bedroom doors (or other rooms) here!

An adult contemporary romance from Ellora’s Cave

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