Winter Blogfest: C.H. Lyn

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Preparing for Christmas by C.H. Lyn

For the past five years or so, my husband has struggled to hold Christmas at bay. He enjoys Thanksgiving and believes the decorations should stay away until after that fateful turkey day. As for me, while I’m not one for having reindeer up for sale before Halloween ends, I definitely prefer putting up Christmas decorations to baking pumpkin pie.

We’ve settled on something of a truce. I’m ready. Prepared for a bombardment of garland, lights, and tinsel. Black Friday doesn’t mean shopping in my house. It means decorations galore. It means hauling the tree out of the garage and carefully handing the kids ornaments they won’t easily destroy. It means candy canes everywhere, peppermint hot chocolate for the kids (peppermint mochas for me), and the beginning of the true holiday baking season.

My Gran used to make tins full of homemade candy every year. Caramels, fudge, butterscotch, cookies, brownies, blondies… you name it, she’d have it in a tin. We would go together, handing them out to her friends a few weeks before Christmas. It’s one of my most cherished memories.

That being said, I’m not about to spend seventy hours baking homemade candy. She was retired and didn’t have toddlers running around the house. I stick to a simple set of recipes, a few favorites that I enjoy sharing with the neighbors (and eating).

My eldest child is 4 this year. She fully understands the concept of this winter holiday, and is anxious to wrap the presents we’ve already picked out, bake with mommy, and have family visit. Both kids are also pretty psyched about the possibility of snow and a sledding filled Christmas Day.

It’s early November as I write this. The sky is blue, no snow clouds visible on the horizon. I’ve left out the gourds, and other fall themed decorations that aren’t specifically Halloweeny. I’ll wait, somewhat patiently, until Thanksgiving night to pull from the boxes in my garage. It is the truce, after all. And yet, I can’t help the grin as I think of the tiny colorful Christmas tree my youngest asked me to buy at the store the other day. It’s on the top shelf in their bedroom, out of sight unless you’re looking for it. A small decoration only the girls and I know about… promising a lovely holiday season.


International travel means international danger.

Lacey Devaine is a four-year veteran of a spy ring which fronts as an exclusive escort service, Miss Belle’s Travel Guides. Maintaining her cover is Lacey’s number one priority to protect the integrity of the operation she works for.

While on assignment in Tokyo, a nosy newspaper reporter threatens to blow the lid off a scandal that will put dozens of innocent lives at risk. To protect her cover, Miss Belle is called in to act on intelligence Lacey has uncovered.

Can these beautiful, intelligent, and deadly women complete this assignment in time and emerge unscathed? Or will this mission be their last?

C.H. Lyn live in Colorado with her husband, two little girls, and a massive German Shepherd. She enjoys the mountains and trails Colorado has to offer, especially the easier ones she doesn’t have to carry the kids on. She loves to write, and finds time for it while the kids play and after they’ve gone to bed. She is working on more Miss Belle’s Travel Guides books, as well as several projects for Kindle Vella. She can be found on almost all social media platforms

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  1. I’m a big believer in celebrating one holiday at a time. In my house, the tree doesn’t go up until after Thanksgiving (though it’s usually the Friday after because I do love Christmas!).

    Christmas with littles is the best… enjoy it 🙂

  2. Making homemade candy is a lot of work, but it’s so much more delicious than storebought. I hope you and your family enjoy everything you make.

  3. Elizabeth H. says

    Hi C.H.! The book sounds so good! I love a story with strong females! I don’t know that I would ever chose to make homemade candy, wouldn’t you burn your fingers? Sounds a little too labor intensive for me. Colorado is so beautiful, especially in the winter time! Having young kids during this time of year is so much fun. That childlike wonder should be bottled up and sold! I am definitely on board with decorating early! Thanks so much for sharing and for this wonderful giveaway! Happy Holidays!

    • I’m not on the homemade candy train! Way too much work, that was my grandma’s cup of tea. But I do like doing different cookies and the like. Thanks so much for commenting, have a great holiday as well!

    • Hi Elizabeth!! Congrats, you’ve won!! I’ll be reaching out via email so you can choose where you’d like your gift card to come from. 🙂

  4. Diane Estrella says

    Thank you for the generous giveaway! Lots of opportunities to get lots more great book to read!

  5. homemade candy sounds tasty

  6. Both of my children grew up to become chefs. My daughter specializes as a pastry chef. Her desserts are incredible. All the aunts and uncles request she make the cookies and candy for them.

  7. Once upon a time we tried making hard candy, fudge, and peanut brittle. Now we stick to cookies, 6-7 kinds, most made with butter. I’m a firm believer in the idea that Christmas cookies should be special, once-a-year treats, so these recipes get trotted out only in the week running up to Christmas and stored in fancy tins and Tupperware in our cold basement to be brought out for the week of Christmas and New Years. Each family member has his or her favorites. I envy your the Colorado mountains, A long time ago we lived in Fort Collins and found the mountains beautiful.

    • That sounds so good! I ended up making two cookies this year, the peanut butter blossoms and triple chocolate chip. Both were a hit!

  8. I love the holidays!! I also start decorating the day after Thanksgiving. I have never made candy but I do make cookies each year.

  9. We wait till the beginning of December before decorating, but we bake from Thanksgiving on…

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