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Winter Holiday Fireside Moments: Interview with June Shaw

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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 June Shaw to share the beauty of the season with us.

Favorite holiday tradition?

Right before we eat, all of us hold hands, say a prayer, and sing “Happy Birthday” to baby Jesus.

Favorite childhood toy?

I loved a doll that I fed with a little bottle. She wet and cried. Her legs and arms were hard, but her body was soft. She was a sweetie.

Favorite childhood game?

Playing chase with friends was lots of fun.

Snow ball fight or making snow families?

Okay, you’re being funny now. I live in south Louisiana. That’s true; we did have snow once or twice, not enough for a snow family, but enough to throw at each other. Great fun!

Sleigh rides, sledding or skiing?

I loved skiing – water skiing – behind a boat.

Favorite holiday song?

I enjoy all of them but like “Jingle Bells” best. Everyone knows it, and residents of senior citizens’ homes where we go to sing love to sing it.

Favorite holiday movie?

Frosty the Snowman – maybe since we’ve had so little of it, I can’t imagine a large snowman.

Favorite holiday story to read?

The Cajun Night Before Christmas – fun!

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

Are you kidding me? Snow.

Most memorable holiday memory?

One Christmas day, it snowed here. We all loved it!

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

I did eat them. I’m sure I’d still love them, but see them and think of all that stuff getting stuck in my teeth. Funny how those things change.

Real tree or artificial? Green or white?

Both. What I usually prefer is tipped – a green tree with snow on the end of its branches.

What do you do holiday eve?

We attend mass at 6 p.m. (yes, I’m Catholic), come home and exchange gifts with my squeeze Bob, and then go to our friends’ house for a small party.

What are your holiday plans this year?

My family will all eat at my youngest son’s house here in town. They’re in a new house and can’t wait to celebrate there. All of us will bring a dish or two and lots of presents.

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

Dressing. Lots of people here in Cajun country spend hours preparing theirs, but I use a dressing casserole where you throw everything raw in a dish and bake it. It’s terrific and on my home page

Please share a Holiday recipe.

Okay, here is my chocolate log recipe that the family is asking for now. I’m making it with two of my granddaughters this afternoon. I’ve been making four times the recipe, but here is the original.

Choco Mallow Logs:

1 6 oz. pk. Milk chocolate bits

2 T. margarine

1 beaten egg

3 C. small marshmallows (1 bag=6 C.)

1 C. pecans (1 bag = 4 C.)

Confectioners sugar

Melt chocolate and margarine together. Remove from heat and add the egg. Cool slightly. Combine marshmallows and nuts in a large bowl and pour in chocolate. Divide in half on waxed paper and sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar. Roll, chill, and slice. May be wrapped in foil and frozen.

Holiday party tip?

Don’t overdo it, whether it is drinking or eating. And be kind to everyone.

Favorite holiday decoration?

Mine is the praying Santa. He’s on his knees praying to baby Jesus. Love it.

Please share some magical holiday memories?

Waking on Christmas morning and seeing our tree that had big bulbs and some bulbs that bubbled and aluminum cones filled with great candy. And then there were a couple of gifts from Santa. And all of those wonderful smells in the kitchen and our family so happy and excited.

Wrap, gift bag or bow & go?

I use both, depending on the gift.

Gifts or gift cards?

I also use both of them.

Do you eat fruitcake?

I don’t care for it, but my squeeze LOVES fruitcake. My mom and grandma used to make them. I buy them for Bob.

Do you head to the movies on the 25th?

I stay with family all day. They’re much more important.

What’s in your stocking?  *wink*

I have this long black sleep shirt that says “This IS my sexy lingerie.” But I’ll probably go to bed without it: )

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

I want Bob feeling frisky – just like the hunk in my humorous romantic mysteries.

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

No way.

Thank you so much.

Diane, thank you so much for having me. Warm wishes to all of you.

Your are so welcome,  June. Enjoy your frisky squeeze. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!

Happy Holidays from my house to yours!

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