Wednesday, November 30, 2016

πŸŽ„ Christmas Blog Hop 2016

To Divine Promotions & RAM PA Group's Christmas Blog Hop 2016

This blog hop is to get us all in Christmas mood. Get hopping and read all the post as the common theme is Christmas πŸŽ„ Each participant will write a blog post and tells what Christmas means to them along with their favorite Christmas recipe.

What Christmas means to me by Maggie Lane

When I was a child we always received most things, we asked for when it was Christmas. When I became a parent, I tended to spoil my children and give them everything I possibly could. But I loved watching them open their presents.

As they got older and moved out of home, they still came back for Christmas day as I did to my parents. And I still got such a thrill to watch them open their gifts even when they where adults.

When they moved out of State and Overseas, I stopped enjoying Christmas unless they made it back home with their children and my grandchildren.

Now I have moved to another Country to be near my Daughter and grandson and closer to my other daughter and 2 granddaughters. Christmas has again become joyful as I have my beautiful family around me.

So for me Christmas means family and giving. I try to put the toys under the trees in the big shopping malls for those less fortunate than myself and my family, hoping it will bring a small joy and comfort to them.

Red Velvet Cheesecakes


· ½ cup butter

· 2-oz dark chocolate, coarsely chopped

· 1 cup sugar

· 2 large eggs

· 1 tsp vanilla extract

· 1½ tsp red food coloring

· ⅔ cup all purpose flour

· ¼ tsp salt

· 8-oz cream cheese, room temperature

· ⅓ cup sugar

· 1 large egg

· ½ tsp vanilla extract

· Whipped Cream

· Fresh Raspberries


1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8- or 9-inch square baking pan or an individual square baking tray with aluminum foil and lightly grease.

2. In a small, heatproof bowl, melt butter and chocolate together. Stir with a fork until very smooth. Set aside to cool for a few minutes.

3. In a large bowl, whisk together 1 cup sugar, 2 eggs, 1½ teasoon vanilla extract and red food coloring. Add in the chocolate mixture and stir until smooth.

4. Batter should be red. Add flour and salt into the bowl and stir until everything is just combined and no streaks of dry ingredients remain. Pour into prepared pan and spread into an even layer.

5. Prepare cheesecake mixture. In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, egg and vanilla extract until smooth. Drop in dollops onto prepared brownie batter. Gently swirl two batters with a butter knife.

6. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until brownies and cheesecake are set. A brownie knife inserted into the cheesecake mixture should come out clean and the edges will be lightly browned.

7. Cool in the pan completely before slicing and decorating. Whip cream to a stiff consistency, place a dollop on top and finish off with a fresh raspberry You may want to put some aside as once they are placed out on the table, thy will be devoured in no time at all.

πŸŽ…πŸ»Grand Prize Giveaway

For your chance to win leave a comment telling us your favorite part about Christmas.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

18 K Gold Filled Crystal Pearls Heart Party Dress Jewelry Set

$10 Amazon Gift Card from RAM PA Group 

5 Days Promo Tour from Divine Promotions

$15 Amazon Gift Card from Susan Mac Nicol

Dreamspinner Press Vouchers

$5 gift voucher from Pride Publishing

Ebook of your choice from Author Grein Murray

Swag donated by Author Grein Murray (only available to those living in the USA)

Ebook of your choice by Author Sean Kerr (from his series Dead Camp)

Ebook - The Hard Boys: Alien Abduction (Case #1) from Ian Cadena 

Below you will find all the blogs taking part

πŸŽ…πŸ» Alpha Book Club -

πŸŽ…πŸ» Anna Butler Fiction -

πŸŽ…πŸ» Author Susan Mac Nicol -

πŸŽ…πŸ» Cathy Writes Romance -

πŸŽ…πŸ» Cody Kennedy -

πŸŽ…πŸ» H.L. Holston -

πŸŽ…πŸ» Hot Men in Hot Water -

πŸŽ…πŸ»Imaginative Dreams -

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πŸŽ…πŸ» Laz and Lachi Publications -

πŸŽ…πŸ» Passionate Reads -

πŸŽ…πŸ» Sue Brown's Stories -

πŸŽ…πŸ» Tempeste O'Riley -

πŸŽ…πŸ» The Wasp Nest -

πŸŽ…πŸ»Two Chicks Obsessed with Books -


  1. I love everything about Christmas, but especially catching up with loved ones.

  2. I love whent he family get together and we can all visit and laugh.

  3. Angela:
    Merry Christmas to all who celebrate :)
    I love Christmas. The best part for me is spending time with family :)

  4. I love having the Christmas tree, seeing everyone's outdoor light displays, getting together with family, and baking cookies.

  5. I love being with family, some of whom I only see at this time of year.

  6. Of course the holiday season is about family and friends, especially seeing those we rarely can be with. We began exchanging our gifts with loved ones at Thanksgiving, many years ago, because we felt the religious factor was being lost in the shuffle of wrapping paper. Interestingly, it freed us to have a full month of peace before December 25. We get the best of everything this way. Merry Christmas, everyone!

  7. My favorite part of Christmas is spending time with family. Thanks for the chance!

  8. My favorite part of Christmas is watching the cartoons on TV. I cry every year when Frosty melts. :)

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  9. My favorite part of Christmas is observing all the traditions my family has, such as our house/tree trimming day and our advent calendar.

    Thanks for the post and contest!

  10. I love seeing my family, going to holiday parties, and watching Christmas movies.
    Thank you for the great giveaway!

  11. My favourite part about Christmas is getting together with family,friends and enjoying the great food and company.

  12. My favorite part about Christmas is the tree. We always cut a tree down...anywhere from 10 to 14 feet tall. Drag it what seems like a mile...then it takes me about four days to decorate. I collect ornaments have about 500 of them!

  13. My favorite parts about Christmas are that special spirit that's all around and decorations...

  14. Seeing Christmas through the eyes of my grandchildren has to be at the top of my list. Oh, let's add the cornbread stuffing that we only have around the holidays along with the homemade cranberry relish. ;)

  15. I'm a sucker for Christmas decorations. Of course, it's not like you see in the movies here but still, people enjoy this season.

  16. Happy Holiday's to everyone. I just love everything about Christmas.

  17. It's great to catch up with old friends!


  18. I make a point of watching, reading, or listening to A Christmas Carol in some form--it's my way of celebrating the season!

  19. The decorations and all the lights are my favorite part of the holidays! And cookies... gotta have cookies!
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  20. I love making cookies with my mommy on Christmas. We do it every year and I just love it.

  21. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I like the free time and spending time with loved ones.

  22. When I was a little girl, we got everything we wanted from Santa and we always got a Disney movie and game. It was so much fun and the excitement was unreal waiting to see what Santa brought us. Before all that though we would always get new PJ’s for Christmas Eve and the girls got soft curlers put in our hair, we went to bed early but Mom and Dad got us up for midnight mass and all our friends and cousins were there too, mass was so much fun on Christmas Eve especially as we all went in our PJ’s lol.

    As I got older my Grandmother thought me how to make special decorations in the shape of a Christmas cracker, it was one of my favourite things to do with her. As i am now a mom I now make these with my daughter for School Teachers and Friends. It’s about watching the kids excitement opening their presents and being with my family recording these moments to show them when they get older πŸ™‚

  23. I like the weeks before Christmas, planning diner, decorating the Christmas tree etc. I hope everyone has a good Christmas and a happy new year :)

  24. I love our Christmas Eve tradition where we open a present then sit around playing games all evening especially now that my children are older21,18, and 16

  25. Spending time with my family, decorating the tree, watching Christmas movies & presents! Thanks for the giveaway & Merry Christmas! :-)