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Winter Holiday Fireside Moments: Interview with LuAnn McLane

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It’s that time of year when the chill in the frosty air brings us indoors to hunker down with thick comforters and mugs of steaming hot chocolate overflowing with fluffy marshmallows.  When holiday music and movies become the soundtrack to our everyday home lives. When we gather ‘round the fire for company, drink, food and love.  When we are celebrating and remembering those we treasure and hold near and dear.  When the real meaning of the season is family – by our DNA or by our heart.  When we reflect and give thanks for all we have. In a nutshell, unconditional love.

I’d like to welcome LuAnn McLane to share the beauty of the season with us.

Favorite holiday tradition?

Spending time with family.

Favorite childhood toy?

My bike!

Favorite childhood game?


Snowball fight or making snow families?

Making snow families.

Sleigh rides, sledding or skiing?


Favorite holiday song?

“My Grownup Christmas wish” (makes me cry!)

Favorite holiday movie?

Love Actually.

Favorite holiday story to read?

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Snow on holiday eve or just a chill in the air?

Just a chill… I love sand between my toes, so I am moving to Florida.

Most memorable holiday memory?

Disney World with my family. The decorations were gorgeous and it was magical!

Did you eat popcorn balls as a kid? If you did, do you still?

Yes… haven’t in awhile but now I want one!

Real tree or artificial? Green or white?

Real (we chopped them down as a kid).

What do you do holiday eve?

Spend time with family and bake pies for Christmas Day.

What are your holiday plans this year?

I am moving to Florida… spending time with family who live there already. I will build sandcastles with my grandkids instead of snowmen 🙂

What’s the one holiday dish your family can’t go without?

Pumpkin pie.

Please share a holiday recipe.

Dutch Apple Pannekoeken

Prep: 15 Minutes Bak: 23 Minutes

¼ cup packed brown sugar

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 medium cooking apples, peeled and thinly sliced (about 2 cups)

1/3 cup water

2 tablespoons butter

½ cup Original Bisquick

2 eggs

1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Generously grease pie plate, 9×1 ¼
inches. Mix brown sugar and cinnamon in medium bowl. Add apples, toss and
set aside.

2. Heat water and butter to boiling in 2-quart saucepan; reduce heat to
low. Add Bisquick; stir vigorously until mixture forms a ball. Remove from
heat; beat in eggs, one at a time. Continue beating until smooth.

3. Spread batter in bottom of pie plate. Arrange apples on top to
within 1 inch of edge of pie plate. Bake about 23 minutes or until puffed
and edges are golden brown. Serve immediately. 6 servings.

This Dutch/German treat smells heavenly while baking. I usually dust with
powdered sugar and add a dollop of whipped cream for good measure.

Holiday party tip?

 Make it easy and informal… just enjoy! Oh and find a fun game. We love Catch Phrase

Favorite holiday decoration?

A hand carved Santa.

Please share some magical holiday memories?

I just watched my granddaughter perform in the Nutcracker… beautiful!

Wrap, gift bag or bow & go?

Gift bag…

Gifts or gift cards?


Do you eat fruitcake?

Not unless I have to.

Do you head to the movies on the 25th?

No but my kids always do… still a tradition they enjoy.
What’s in your stocking? *wink*

A bottle of wine.

What do you want in your stocking? *saucy wink aka swink*

An iPad.

Do you head out on the 26th into the madness to exchange or shop for anything?

No way!

Thank you so much.

Happy Holidays from my house to yours!

 Visit LuAnn’s website.

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About Diane Morasco

Diane Morasco is a triple fusion ethnically – vanilla, caramel and chocolate – and creatively – designer, media proprietor and writer. Ms. Morasco was born in the juicy apple and with a panoramic view of the Hudson River still calls the city home. She is the Founder, CEO, Chief Creative Officer, and Publisher of J Fox Ink™ (JFI), Founder, CEO, Chief Creative Officer of Diane Morasco Enterprises™ (DME), which is the parent company of Morasco Media™ (MM), and The Book Resort™ (TBR). Ms. Morasco first cut her teeth interviewing the immensely talented cast members of Eureka, Warehouse 13, and Sons of Anarchy, as well as Kurt Sutter himself. She counts Ron Howard, Eddie McClintock and the Sons of Anarchy cast and team members for inspiring her to spread her wings into the film and television arena. She is the former Editor-in-Chief for Alwayz Therro Magazine, former reviewer for RT Book Review and still guest scribbles as her schedule permits for Blogcritics, Examiner, The New York Review of Books, and a sundry of periodicals. Ms. Morasco has a genuine fervor for animals, butter cream cupcakes, Supernatural, The Good Wife, Chicago Fire, Elementary, Castle, Major Crimes, Grimm, the beach, cinnamon gum, music, movies, shooting pool, hiking, Italy, HSN, QVC, and curling up near the ocean with a gripping novel !
  • Pj Schott

    This half-Dutch girl appreciates the recipe for Apple Pannekoeken.