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(Scroll to the end of this post to find a list of my favorite holiday recipes.)
It’s hard to believe that Christmas is coming in less than two weeks. The Christmas season is my favorite part of the year, but it seems to be flying faster than usual since I’ve been so occupied with other things here in December. Note to self: publishing takes longer than you think it will, and things will go wrong. Next time, I’ll allow myself several more months of wiggle room in scheduling. 😛 (Which means that I should probably start designing it, like, now…lol…not happening.) Thank you all so much for your patience in this. I am (well, hopefully was) totally green when it comes to publishing a book, but I’ve learned so much through the process and I hope to repeat it sooner rather than later – just done a little differently taking into account all the things I’ve learned through publishing this one.
“Am I happy with the end result?”
I keep asking myself that question. My answer would have to be, “Yes…and no.” Yes, for what it is (my first foray into publishing), I think it turned out great. Maybe even better than I expected, because I didn’t know what to expect. But if my next book doesn’t look better than this one, I will be disappointed. I made some childish errors in some of the design elements I asked for. Some of the older photography isn’t that great. Overall, yes, I’m happy with it. But I am itching to start the next one and make it perfect. Don’t let me start for at least a few months, y’all. Please stop me!! I need a break – not to mention my printing company!
Those dear people. They’re cramming during the holiday season anyway, and then I added all these cookbooks and preorders to the mix…I don’t know when these people sleep! They’ve literally been working through the night to get these books printed, assembled, and shipped in time for Christmas. Those pretty teal spirals on the books? Those are all put in by hand because the book is too thick to run through the spiral binder. And those hard covers I asked for? Hard covers with plastic spiral binding aren’t really the norm, and some companies won’t even consider doing them, but my printing company made it work for me. The look and feel of the cover is probably my favorite part about the book. I’m totally happy with how that part turned out!
I keep asking you guys for your reviews, so maybe I should share my favorite parts about the book.
- the cover
- the polka dots on the divider pages
- the picture of me and Traveler on page VI
- the George Herbert acrostic poem on page 27 (my cousin Rachel thinks that George Herbert and “Detox Porridge” are rather incongruous)
- the Main Dishes/Proteins indices on pages 40-41
- the divider page photo on page 211
- the Fudgy Chocolate Brownie Cake (and accompanying picture) on pages 266-267 #secretingredient
- the chocolate and pumpkin whoopee pie recipes (and pictures) on pages 316-319 (I love the full-page pictures in this book and wish I could’ve included more of them. I just had so many recipes that I wanted to include, and it was either recipes or more full-page pictures, so…. The next book will be scaled back a little in size to accommodate more full-page pictures.)
- the quotes – I got to include some of my favorite literary quotes and Bible verses, and I love the personal stamp they give to the book. I especially love the Rudyard Kipling quote on page 412. 😛 Makes me laugh every time.
- the indices – I love that we were able to include several ways to find things. I hope they make sense to you – I’m a bit picky when it comes to indices.
In case you somehow missed all the announcements here on the blog as well as on my business Facebook page, the cookbook was released December 9th! Preorders started shipping Friday (the 9th) and have been shipping throughout this week, so if you ordered you should be getting yours very soon! If you order now, you can probably still get books in time for Christmas! Cookbooks make great Christmas gifts, just sayin’. 😉 I’ll be giving out quite a few myself…. Want to see a preview inside the book to help you decide whether to purchase or not? Click here! For more details about the cookbook, visit the cookbook page here on my website. You can order there or directly through the button below:
BookCentra is the distribution arm of the company that is printing my cookbooks (Carlisle Printing). They’re taking care of all the shipping for me, which has been really nice because I’m just one person and it would’ve taken me a very long time to get all of these preorders sent out! If you have any issues with your order, you can contact BookCentra via email at [email protected], or you can call them during business hours at 1.877.442.6657. I’m not as much help as they are in handling ordering issues, but you can reach me through the contact form here on my website. When sending out this many books, it’s inevitable that there will be some problems, but I promise, we will fix those problems as soon as possible if you contact us! Above all, I want you to be satisfied, and I will do whatever I can to make that happen.
If you’ve received your book, I’d love to hear a review from you over on my Cookbook Reviews page (click here)! If you have a review, please leave it there instead of on this post that way I have them all in one spot. Thank you so much!
If you’re wondering where the Cookbook Resources page is that I mentioned in the cookbook several times, you can find that by clicking here. It can also be accessed in the menu bar of my blog under the Cookbook tab.
One more note of business before I show you some of my favorite holiday recipes. If you know of any local stores that you think should carry my book, please tell them about me and send me their contact information! (Click here for my contact form.) Tell ’em that they need this low-glycemic cookbook in time for the January dieters. 😛
Now that we have all that out of the way, how about some recommendations for what you should be making next week?
(All of these recipes are in my cookbook, and some are on my blog as well. Those have links. Keep in mind that the previously-published recipes located on my blog have been cleaned up and simplified in the cookbook. Editing a book has taught me much about recipe format, so I think you’ll find that the recipes I’ve been publishing to my blog recently are a little easier to understand than my older recipes.)
Garlic Mashed Caulitoes – pg. 121
Green Bean Casserole – pg. 124
Special Occasion Salad – pg. 147
Caramel Rolls – pg. 171
Cranberry Orange Muffins – pg. 174
Frozen Eggnog – pg. 194
Any of the 5 hot chocolate recipes from pages 203-207, including this Velvety Hot Chocolate
Frosted Peppermint Pie – pg. 255
Grasshopper Pie – pg. 254
Frozen Mocha Dessert – pg. 256
German Chocolate Cake – pg. 265
Turtle Praline Cake – pg. 270
Christmas Cracker Toffee – pg. 305
Buckeyes – pg. 306
Snickerdoodles – pg. 313
“Sugar” Cookies – pg. 315
Chocolate Whoopee Pies – pg. 316
Peppermint Ganache Brownies – pg. 325
Pecan Custard Pie – pg. 347
Peppermint Brownie Cheescake – pg. 356
Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars – pg. 358
Cream Cheese Danishes – pg. 380
Hot Crab Dip – pg. 401
Spinach Dip – pg. 405
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip – pg. 409