An Old-Fashioned Christmas: Sweet Traditions for Hearth and Home

An Old-Fashioned Christmas: Sweet Traditions for Hearth and Home

by Ellen Stimson

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ISBN-13: 9781581573282
Publisher: Countryman Press, The
Publication date: 11/02/2015
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 592,279
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Ellen Stimson is blessed with a wild pack of children; not-so-wild but completely adorable husband; and a very civilized group of chickens,
dogs, and cats. Lately she's decided that she really wants a pig. She writes about the whole catastrophe from an old farmhouse in Vermont.

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An Old-Fashioned Christmas: Sweet Traditions for Hearth and Home 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
SandrasBookNook More than 1 year ago
What a charming book!! From the sweet stories and traditions to the delightful recipes, it is a treat to both read and cook from. It made our Christmas even more of a treat. Maple Pecan Cookies are delicious little morsels that keep you coming back for more. The Decadent Mac 'N Cheese has become a family favorite. Dishes such as Loaded Mashed Potatoes and Cheddar Chive Biscuits will liven up any family dinner. Your pets are not forgotten, either, with Peanut Butter Dog Treats, Minty Fresh Dog Treats and more for your furry friends. From Cabin Food to Party Foods, Christmas Eve Brunch, Christmas All Day Long, The Next Day and more, your holiday season is covered here. This is a book sure to delight the Christmas lover in you. I received a copy of this book from The Countryman Press for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
BookLoverBJM More than 1 year ago
Ellen, Ellen, Ellen! You have done it again. You still remain one of my favorite, fun authors! I loved this book and want to ask you one quick question... CAN I COME TO YOUR HOUSE FOR CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR? (Just kidding, NOT!) This beautifully presented Christmas book is full of family stories, family traditions, and family recipes all wrapped up in a stunningly photographed coffee table book. You might use it in the kitchen, but in my house...it would be front and center on my coffee table for everyone to see. It takes you through the holiday season with yummy food, decking the halls with Ellen's family traditions, and personal family stories. One thing for sure, ELLEN STIMSON loves Christmas more than you know. In this compilation of everything Christmas, she has put her soul into the writing and I was envious of the good times at her past and present home. I say BRAVO to the Stimson family for all the thought and love they put into the holiday, and all the joy they continue to get from the family, and all the Christmas season brings them. I reiterate...I sure do wish I could come to your house for Christmas. It sounds like it would be great fun, good wine, great food, and in the company of one of my favorite authors...what more could you ask for!!! Thank you for my copy of your book. I highly recommend to all of you. Entertaining, warm traditions, goods times from Vermont. Ellen...you may have lots of company this year. We all want to be there!
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Ever since watching Bing Crosby sing White Christmas with the Vermont woods as the backdrop, I think has always lingered in my mind as the perfect vision of what Christmas would look like. It's truly my favorite time of year, not just with gift giving, but a time to spend with family and friends, gathered together over a nice meal on a cold winter's night. That is the ideal way of celebrating during this time of the year. Now I have a great book to share with you, An Old-Fashioned Christmas: Sweet Traditions for Hearth and Home by Ellen Stimson. In this beautiful hardcover book, she shares what has been called her families annual Christmas Adventure with readers. Along the way, she passes along some fantastic and mouth-watering recipes from her family who lives, believe it or not right in the heart of Vermont. 98 of them are included in this book along with some nostalgic photos of favorite Christmas ornaments her family has gathered during their life time, along with the story of what inspired that particular purchase. It is the very same thing we all do during Christmas each year, with our own traditions, or recipes making their way to the dinner table or as we unpack boxes of ornaments, perhaps taking a bit of time as we unwrap each one and remember the time and event that inspired that purchase, from a new home, first child or other significant but memorable time from the past. It makes me want to incorporate my own book if you will that I can pass along with my family as our legacy continues long after family members are gone. Some of the traditions captured in Ellen's book are Christmas ornaments. Some members collect what is relevant in their life at the time, while others are drawn to something symbolic about the ornament they choose or a memory that it brings back from a distant time in the past. It's a ritual their family keeps going each year and one my own mother instilled in me, many years ago before I moved out and have since passed along to my own kids. Some of the recipes I can't wait to try during Thanksgiving dinner like, Loaded Mashed Potatoes, Corn Pudding, Eggnog Gooey Butter Cookies, Maple Pepper Bacon, and Sugar Glazed Donuts!! There are simply so many good ones to try I'll be experimenting all through the Christmas season. There are even some dog friendly home made treats so your four-legged friends don't miss out on the fun either! Included in the book are some great Christmas movie and book recommendations as well as places for your family to stay if they want to consider taking a vacation to Vermont during the holiday season and some favorite online retailers that offer New England products that can be delivered to your door just in time for Christmas as well. Truly something for everyone! I received An Old-Fashioned Christmas: Sweet Traditions for Hearth and Home by Ellen Stimson compliments of The Countryman Press and TLC Book Tours for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation, aside from a free copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review. This is a perfect gift to anyone who truly loves Christmas and offers some incredible traditions you might want to incorporate into your family each year depending on where you live. I know for me, this one will be a family favorite for many years to come and has found a permanent place on our bookshelf. I easily rate this one a 4.5 out of 5 stars.