The Twelve Days of Christmas…Day 4

Always have Christmas

3 out of 5 Stars

Another cute Hallmark kind of read.

Noelle Parker is losing the family bakery she was always promised by her grandmother that she would take over one day. When she gets a job taking  care of an older rich gentleman, William Harrington, in his sprawling mansion, she thinks that all of her prayers are answered… until she realises that, not only is William a little cantankerous and hard to deal with, he’s also the very man who is trying to shut down her family’s bakery!! There is also a family secret that may bring these families closer together… or tear them apart.

The characters are definitely all very sweet… maybe a little too sweet. On a normal day it may have been a little too much, but being Christmas I do like a little extra warmth and sap in my books, so I  was generous.

Noelle finds herself falling for the grandson of William after taking the job. Alex Harrington is your typical big city man with a chip on his shoulder and a soft side. His soft side was a little too soft and a little too sudden. I didn’t really find enough animosity in this book to make it really likeable. Normally, you get the girl meets boy, girl loses boy, girl gets girl back… This sort of followed that. The getting the boy happened a little too suddenly, and the losing boy was, I’m leaving, maybe not…I’m leaving, maybe not. Everything was a little disjointed and sudden. But there were some very cute moments that will have me recommending this as a cosy Holiday read, eg. making cookies.

Every scene with cookies involved was actually very charming. I never knew that there cookies were AT LEAST  a 3 person job! From now on I think that will be the only way I can make them. There are:

  1. The Pourers
  2. The Scoopers
  3. The Squishers

It all makes sense to me now!

In honour of learning how to properly make cookies..

We’ll Always Have Christmas is Best Served With

Gingerbread Cocktail

gingerbread

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces Irish cream liqueur, such as Baileys
  • 4 ounces vodka, such as Kettle One 
  • 2 ounces coffee liqueur, such as Kahlua 
  • 2 ounces Gingerbread Syrup, recipe follows
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream, softened 
  • Whipped cream, for topping 
  • Small handful gingerbread cookies, crushed 
Gingerbread Syrup:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water 
  • 5 cloves 
  • 2 cinnamon sticks 
  • One 2-inch piece fresh ginger, cut into rounds 

Directions

Combine the Irish cream liqueur, vodka, coffee liqueur, Gingerbread Syrup and ice cream in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake well. Pour into four chilled martini glasses. Top each with a generous dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkling of gingerbread cookie crumbs.

Gingerbread Syrup:

Add the sugar, water, cloves, cinnamon and ginger to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature before using, about 20 minutes. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

 

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