Shannon here: Liz Tolsma shares her family’s fun holiday tradition, a recipe for yummy crepes, & a chance to win a copy of her latest WWII Historical Romance, A Picture of Hope. Comment or answer the question in this post to enter the drawing. Deadline: Dec 11th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Liz:
My Favorite Holiday Tradition
When my extended family gets together, there are quite a number of us. I think we’re up to 17 or 18 in total. We’re in that stage of life when none of us has little kids anymore and the next generation is yet to come, so we’re all able to play games.
One of our favorite games is Telephone Pictionary. We gather around the big table, usually with coffee or tea and a piece of pie, and cut up squares of paper. Each person gets one piece of paper per participant. On the first sheet, we each write a sentence we make up, the crazier the better. Something like, The gorilla stole the turkey and took it back to the zoo. You’d think it would be the authors in the family with the best sentences but often it’s not.
You then pass the paper to the left, and the person who gets your sentence must make a drawing of it. I have one sister who’s an artist, and my husband is a pretty good drawer. The rest of us are terrible. Once you have your drawing, you pass to the left again, and that person must write a sentence based only on the drawing. And so on and so forth.
By the time you get your original paper back to you, it is oftentimes unrecognizable. We laugh so hard that we have to hold our sides. Sometimes we even cry we’re laughing so hard. That original sentence might end up something like, The hairy man and the chicken flew in an airplane. It helps that most of us can’t draw stick figures and that most of us are pretty creative people.
Besides the food and the time spent together, I think one of my favorite things about the holidays is playing Telephone Pictionary. For a little while, we get to be crazy and let our imaginations flow. There are no winners or losers, just a bunch of us who have a really good time. We’re family, and we revel in the time we get to spend together. In the end, isn’t that what family memories are all about?
One dessert my daughter always asks for when she’s home for the holidays is crepes. This is a classic French dessert and one that, if food hadn’t been in short supply in France during WWII, my characters very well may have eaten.
Easy Recipe for Crepes:
Make your favorite pancake recipe (you can use pancakes from a baking mix as well) and add extra milk to make it very thin. Heat a 9” non-stick skillet over medium heat on the stove. Take the skillet from the heat, spray it with a thin layer of cooking spray, and add 1/3 cup of your pancake mix. Rotate the skillet until the batter has coated the bottom of the pan and return to the heat. Cook until the crepe is set and the bottom is just starting to brown, about 1-2 minutes. Using a large spatula, flip the crepe and cook the other side, about 1-2 more minutes. Transfer to a dinner plate. Fill the crepe as you like. My family loves them with Nutella, fruit, and whipped cream. Don’t be intimidated by them. It may take a crepe or two to get the hang of it, but they really are very easy to make. Enjoy!
About Liz: Liz Tolsma is the author of several WWII novels, romantic suspense novels, prairie romance novellas, and an Amish romance. She is a popular speaker and an editor and resides next to a Wisconsin farm field with her husband and their youngest daughter. Her son is a U.S. Marine, and her oldest daughter is a college student. Liz enjoys reading, walking, working in her large perennial garden, kayaking, and camping. Learn more & connect:
About the book – A Picture of Hope: Full of intrigue, adventure, and romance, this series celebrates the unsung heroes—the heroines of WWII.
Journalist Nellie Wilkerson has spent the bulk of the war in London, photographing mothers standing in milk lines—and she’s bored. She jumps at the chance to go to France, where the Allied forces recently landed. There she enlists Jean-Paul Breslau of the French underground to take her to the frontlines. On the journey, they stumble upon a great tragedy, leaving a girl with special needs being orphaned. Can Nellie and Jean-Paul see the child to a safe haven while being pursued by the Nazis, who are pressed by the advancing Allies and determined to destroy all they can before they flee?
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