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Winter Holiday Fireside Moments: Interview with Brenda Novak

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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 Brenda Novak to share the beauty of the season with us.

Favorite Holiday tradition?

Baking and frosting fancy sugar cookies on Christmas Eve and running out in the cold to deliver them to various friends. 

Favorite childhood toy?

Barbies (I’m still playing Barbies, in a way–but now those Barbies are the characters in my books. LOL) 

Favorite childhood game?

Chinese Checkers

Snowball fight or making snow families?


Sleigh rides, sledding or skiing?

Sleigh rides

Favorite Holiday song?

Enya’s Christmas CD is amazing, but I also love Elvis’s Blue Christmas and O Holy Night

Favorite holiday movie?

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Favorite holiday story to read?

The Three Trees (a folktale)

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

Hmm…since I live in Cali and wouldn’t ever want to leave, I’ll go with the chill (together with a cup of hot cocoa). 

Most memorable holiday memory?

My first daughter’s first Christmas. That was also when she took her first step.

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

LOVE popcorn balls. Make them for every Halloween

Real tree or artificial? Green or white?

Artificial because they come with all the lights. LOL Definitely green.

What do you holiday eve?

Bake/frost sugar cookies. Make homemade noodles (by hand–ack!–but it’s a family favorite). Open one gift.

What are your holiday plans this year?

To gather my children and enjoy our time together.
What’s the one holiday dish your family can’t go without?

The homemade noodles which make homemade chicken soup (they fight over these). 

Please share a Holiday recipe.


2 c. sugar

4 eggs

2 cubes butter (softened)

8 T cocoa

1 T vanilla

1 t. salt

1 3/4 c. flour

Beat for two minutes and spread in greased 9×13 inch pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees.



3/4 c. butter

2 and 2/3 c. powdered sugar

2 T. Evaporated Milk (up to 1/4 c.)

1 t. mint extracct


Drizzle real chocolate thinned with Crisco over the top, if you want to dress it up. Yum!

Holiday party tip?

Homemade food? So many people buy stuff for parties these days. Gone are the times when everything was made from scratch (and it tasted so much better).

Favorite holiday decoration?

The lights!

Please share some magical holiday memories?

The first year my husband and I were married, he bought me so many gifts. He wrapped them all and created a huge pyramid that reached the ceiling of my mother’s house. My family was amazed–had never seen anything like it. That was probably my best Christmas — not because of the presents because I was so, so in love (still am but it’s not quite so new a feeling). 

Wrap, gift bag or bow & go?

I’m practical and always in a hurry–gift bag. LOL

Gifts or gift cards?

Hate gift cards. I’ve had some not work and have lost my money! So gifts–or cash. 

Do you eat fruitcake?


Do you head to the movies on the 25th?

Often, we do. I love movies. 

 What’s in your stocking? *wink*

Chocolate! (A new sweatsuit if one could fit–my hubby gets me a new one every year, so I work so much at home.)

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

A diamond ring would be nice, but I know that’s not coming. 

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

We usually go shopping to get out and enjoy the decorations.

My warmest holiday wishes to you & your loved ones!

Wishing you the same!

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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 !