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Winter Holiday Fireside Moments: Interview with Lorna Barrett

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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 Lorna Barrett to share the beauty of the season with us.

Favorite holiday tradition? 

Christmas Music (starting in October … if I can slip it past Mr. L.)

Favorite childhood toy?

My Barbies.

Favorite childhood game?

Monopoly.

Snowball fight or making snow families?

Neither.

Sleigh rides, sledding or skiing?

Skating!

Favorite Holiday song?

“Christmas Bride” or “Silver Bells”

Favorite holiday movie? 

The Santa Clause. Or White Christmas. Or A Christmas Story. (Hard to decide.)

Favorite holiday story to read?

Emma’s Christmas Wish by Sallyann Murphy and/or Christmas Tree Sam by Helen D. Olds.

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

Hey, I live in Western NY — I LOATHE snow. Chill in the air would do me just fine.

Most memorable holiday memory? 

The first Christmas I was married when both our families got together for the one and only time. It was magic.

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

I did! One of our elderly neighbors always made them. I made them a couple of times, but always burned my hands on the hot syrup. Now … I buy caramel corn in a box.

Real tree or artificial? Green or white?

Artificial. (I have cats.) Green (with multicolored lights).

What do you do holiday eve?

The family used to get together and pig out and argue and fight and have a wonderful time. Now … we don’t. Everyone has their own family with grandchildren and for the first time I’ll just be me and Mr. L. It makes me sad.

What are your holiday plans this year? 

Staying home.

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

Mom’s stuffing and mince pie.

Please share a holiday recipe.

Simply Crackers Candy

One “sleeve” of saltine crackers (about 35)

2 sticks butter (1 cup)

1 cup brown sugar

1 11.5 ounce package of chocolate chips*

¾ cups chopped walnuts* (optional)

Line a baking tray with foil and cover with saltine crackers. Boil butter and brown sugar for 3 minutes until frothy. Pour over the crackers.

Bake at 400° for 5 minutes. The butter/sugar mixture will bubble. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with chocolate chips. Let set for five minutes. Spread chocolate with spatula, and sprinkle with nuts. (Gently press the nuts into the chocolate.) Refrigerate at least 1 hour; break into pieces. (Refrigerate the leftovers . . . if there are any.)

*I use milk chocolate chips, but you can vary the recipe with semi-sweet chocolate and even peanut butter-flavored chips.

Holiday party tip? 

Order a pizza.  A BIG one.

Favorite holiday decoration?
 

My tree.  Other than that, the patchwork stockings my mother made, and the felted stocking my sister-in-law made.

Wrap, gift bag or bow & go? 

Wrap!

Gifts or gift cards? 

Gifts!

Do you eat fruitcake? 

No!

Do you head to the movies on the 25th? 

No.

What’s in your stocking? *wink* 

Hopefully a Cadbury fruit and nut bar. It wouldn’t be Christmas without one.

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

See above.

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

Never.

Thank you so much.

Happy Holidays from my house to yours!

Visit Lorna/Lorraine’s website.

Visit L.L. Bartlett’s website.

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