Merry Christmas!

5:44 AM Elizabeth Seckman 13 Comments

We're finally on the homestretch to the big day.
I love Christmas and I pack a lot of traditions and celebration into the season. Sometimes, that can be overwhelming and I end up worn out and loathing my very most favorite holiday. But as I get older, I've found that I can cheat on the work side of the holiday and enjoy it more.
I'm no longer above buying my Christmas cookies or prepping a frozen pizza for Christmas dinner.
Sure, I love all the trappings, but sometimes they can be just that-- a trap.
It doesn't matter how perfect everything is if you have to feel like a raging fiend to get it finished.
It's better to do what you can, then say the heck with what you can't, and relax and enjoy.

I still have Christmas cookie baking on my to-do list, so I thought I'd take a second and share one of the simplest and delicious "sugar" cookie cheats.

Mix 1 box white cake mix with a 1/2 cup of oil and two eggs.
Let chill in the fridge for about an hour...and viola! You have dough ready for the cookie cutters!

No time to whip up icing? Add coloring to the ready-made canned variety.

You'll be Santa ready in no time!

Thanks to our hosts LexaL.G, and Tonja Drecker for this weekly good things check in! 

Tis the season!!I'm going to enjoy my holiday. The boys are all in and I'm ready to relax...and open some gifts. 

I'll see you in 2017. 

Deep beneath the ocean, stretching hundreds of miles alongside the Pacific Northwest coastline, lies the Cascadia subduction zone—a fault on the verge of unleashing a catastrophic earthquake, thirty times more powerful than the San Andreas. Unfortunately, like most tourists, Elena Cordova is oblivious.

She’s got her own pent-up stress to deal with, a humiliating breakup that’s driven her to end her tenure as a human doormat once and for all. So, when a pickpocket makes off with the last remnant of her relationship, she takes action—only to get trapped with him when disaster strikes.

Now, if either one hopes to survive, they’ll have to get past their initial impressions and work together . . . because in fifteen minutes, half the town will be underwater.

TitleAs We Know It
Author: Carrie Butler
Category: Adult
Genres: Action / Adventure (Disaster) & Romantic Suspense
Release: December 12, 2016
E-Book ISBN: 978-0-9910421-5-9
Paperback ISBN: 978-1539682073

Carrie Butler is an award-winning author and the owner of Forward Authority full-service studio—not to mention an inbound-certified marketer with a penchant for superhero socks and Firefly. Time away from her desk is spent playing with her rescue pup, yelling at the TV during hockey season, and indulging in target-based recreation. Otherwise, you’re likely to find her glued to her chair, discovering new ways to share her daydreams...

Where to buy:
(Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, Powell's, IndieBound, & Diesel coming)
Coming soon! 

Note: Amazon links also available in UKDEFRESITNLJPBRCAMXAU, and IN.


  1. We decided years ago that we weren't making an elaborate dinner for Christmas. It's just the two of us. Christmas Eve is a spread of snacks and Christmas Day is something simple that won't take all day like turkey. Having salmon this year.
    Merry Christmas and be blessed!

  2. I'm doing the whole turkey thing but I do enjoy it and we have friends coming for dinner. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family Liz.

  3. I have Christmas Eve at my house and I baked and sliced the turkey yesterday. Then family brings the rest. Easy-peasy.
    Congrats to Carrie!!!

    Have a Merry Christmas, Elizabeth!!!

  4. Great way to be. Don't fall for the trappings and just enjoy it. Hope a Merry Christmas is had at your pad!

  5. I bought frozen sugar cookies from Schwan's. I let the dough thaw in the refrigerator last night. Pretty soon, if I get up off my butt, I'll roll out the cookies as one and cut out angels and stars and hearts. Merry Christmas!


  6. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Elizabeth. All my best as always. Lee

  7. Compliaments of the season to you and your family.

  8. It sounds like you have a great attitude for Christmas - do the best you can but don't sweat the little stuff. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

  9. We made it through!!! I'm not much of a baker. Everything I tried to make this year didn't work out, so I stuck with haystacks. They're the easiest to make, really.

  10. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too:) Great trailer from Carrie as well:)

  11. Wishing you and your family a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

  12. Congrats to Carrie!
    I love Christmas, too! We had a bit of a mellow year, but we still managed to create a gingerbread beginner slope with gingerbread men on skis and snowboards falling down the mountain. :) It was tasty and creative fun - not award-winning material, but it made us happy to create and eat together.
    Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a great New Year!

  13. Congrats Carrie! As You Know It sounds like an amazing story.

    Have a blessed 2017!


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