The time it was two turtle doves {2}

Posted December 13, 2014 by Stacee in Giveaways / 22 Comments

Happy day 2 of the 12 Days of Christmas!!

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Today we have the fantastic Jaime Lee Moyer with us.  Let’s welcome her to the blog!

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When I remember Christmas as a child, I think of the whole house filled with the scent of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and molasses.

My mother made homemade mincemeat pies every year at Christmas. This wasn’t an open the jar of mincemeat and pour the goop into the piecrust sort of thing. She made her mincemeat from scratch, with real meat, suet, apples, raisins, molasses, brown sugar and a whole list of spices.

Making mincemeat took all day. From about the age of five on, I helped in some way. Opening boxes of currants and raisins, and pouring them into the huge enamel kettle that took up two burners on the stove, was one of my first jobs. I can remember patiently pouring molasses into the kettle, making sure to get every drop out of the bottle, and putting in the spices after my mom measured them all.

This was before the time food processors became a fixture in many kitchens. We had one of those old time metal food grinders, the ones with c-clamps that fastened onto the edge of the kitchen table. Cooked stew meat, suet and the apples we’d peeled all went through the grinder, and from there into the kettle. Turning the handle on that grinder was one of my jobs too.

Once this whole gloppy mess began to bubble, the most heavenly sweet and spicy smell filled the house. That was always magic for me. It’s been years since I last made mincemeat, but I’ll never forget that smell.

That’s what Christmas will always smell like: apples, molasses, cinnamon, cloves, and brown sugar simmering on the stove.

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Huge thanks to Jaime for taking the time to share this!  Make sure you’re checking out her blog, following her on Twitter, and Tumblr, and adding all of her books to your TBR shelf on Goodreads.

And now the giveaway!

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Winner gets to choose one of Jaime’s books, pictured above.  This is a series that I absolutely love and I don’t know many people who have read them. Click on the cover to go to the Goodreads page.  Book will be coming from TBD and is international {as long as they ship to your country for free}.  Additional giveaway rules are here.

**Good Luck!!**

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22 Responses to “The time it was two turtle doves {2}”

  1. Damn, my favourite dessert?? I’m gonna go for this amazing dessert that my mum makes alternating layers of custard and muffin sliced up, then refrigerated till it gets solid. SO YUMMY!

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