christmas in july…our favorite things

The Holidays with Jane authors are celebrating Christmas in July by blogging about Our Favorite Things!


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It’s no secret that I LOVE food and one of my favorite things about Christmas is definitely the food! Though my family’s food traditions might not be as…typically traditional…as some, they make us unique and I look forward to them every year!

The number one item on our Christmas food list is actually our Christmas Eve meal. We would spend Christmas Eve night at my Grammy and Fafa’s house and open a brand new ornament from our parents. The giving of a new ornament every year is something that I’ve continued with my kids.  The number one item on the menu for Christmas Eve: Toasted Sourdough Bread with Avocado. And the avocados were most often from my Grammy’s tree. You guys, this is legit the best meal ever.

The secret to good a toasted avocado sandwich is the bread. You MUST get real sourdough. In spite of what you’ve been told, Seattle Sourdough is not real sourdough. Real sourdough comes from San Francisco. There is no discussion on this. And while I am all for reducing one’s intake of starchy carbs, this is not the time to go whole grain. Get yourself some good sourdough so you can fully appreciate these little slices of California!


CA Avocado


Here’s how you make this sandwich. Pay attention, it’s complicated.

1. Toast the sourdough

2. Smash avocado (a fork works great) on top of the toasted sourdough

3. Salt and LIBERALLY pepper

4. Squeeze some lemon juice on top

5. EAT

6. Repeat 5 or 6 times until you are stuffed like the Christmas turkey we are not actually having the next day cause we do brunch.

I promise that you will not be disappointed.

Fun fact: Grammy’s avocado tree is a Reed Avocado. They are delicious and they are huge (up to 18 ounces!). The neighbor kids use them as softballs before they’re ripe. There’s more to avocados than just Haas (though Grammy went to second grade with Haas’ daughter, true story).


Reed Avocado

Reed Avocado


Another Christmas food tradition in my family is Grammy’s Famous Snowball cookies. My Grammy makes the best snowball cookies. I discovered why hers are so amazing once while searching for recipes online…they have about twice the butter as most snowball recipes. I am sharing these with you today, because I love you and you deserve this much butter. You really, really do.


Snowball Cookies


Grammy’s Famous Snowball Cookies


1 pound butter

4 cups sifted flour

1 cup powdered sugar (plus 1 more cup for coating)

1 cup chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts, or almonds – I always do pecans)

1 teaspoon vanilla



Let butter stand at room temp until it gets soft. Cream butter in a large bowl, gradually working in flour, sugar, nuts, and vanilla (you may have to mix with your hands!). Chill until firm enough to roll into large marbel siezed balls. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet about two inches apart. Cook at 350 degrees until light golden brown (approximately 20-25 minutes). Cool on cookie sheet for approximately 10 minutes. Remove carefully. Shake gently in a bag with 1 cup powdered sugar until generously coated. Cool completely on a wire rack before stroing in a tight container with wax paper between layers to keep from sticking.

My mom calls these the No Fail Cookie. They are a hit every time and make great gifts.


So there you have it, some of my absolutely favorite “Christmas” foods (though I suggest enjoying toasted avocado sandwiches year round because IT IS OKAY TO LOVE THE CALIFORNIA AVOCADO!).

I hope that you guys are enjoying the Christmas in July posts! If you haven’t already entered the giveaway for a $10 Amazon card and the complete ebook set of Holidays with Jane (3 winners), you can here!
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Also make sure to enter our goodreads giveaway for a paperback copy of Holidays with Jane: Christmas Cheer:


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Giveaway ends August 02, 2016.

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Lastly, I am live tweeting White Christmas tonight with Jennifer Becton so make sure to follow along! (@JenniferBecton and @_JessicaGrey). We will get started at 5 PST / 8 EST.






christmas in july full schedule!

Our Holidays with Jane Christmas in July event starts this Sunday, July 24th! Here is a full schedule of all the fun!


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Join us for movie watching fun on Twitter! These authors will be live tweeting some favorite Christmas movies.


Sunday, 07/24 starting at 6 PST / 9 EST

The Holiday (available on Netflix)

Make sure to follow Rebecca M. Fleming (@FairyJanePress) & Cecilia Gray (@CeciliaBooks)


Monday, 07/25 starting at 5 PST / 8 EST

White Christmas (available on Netflix)

Make sure to follow Jennifer Becton (@JenniferBecton) and Jessica Grey (@_JessicaGrey)


Christmas in July Giveaways

$10 amazon gift card and complete ebook set of Holidays with Jane (3 winners). Enter here:

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Two paperback copies of Holidays with Jane: Christmas Cheer are also up for grabs on goodreads! Enter here:


Goodreads Book Giveaway

Holidays with Jane by Jennifer Becton

Holidays with Jane

by Jennifer Becton

Giveaway ends August 02, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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During our celebration, Holidays with Jane: Christmas Cheer is FREE for your kindle! Did you know that you can also gift free kindle books? If you have a friend that you’d love to share Christmas Cheer with, now is a great time. Snag a copy here. 

christmas in july…a celebration!

I love working with my fellow authors on the Holidays with Jane series! They’re a super amazing group of women and so much fun to write with! We’ve published FOUR of these collections so far, and I am constantly amazed by their creativity and ability to bring Austen’s classics into the modern era.

Holidays with Jane: Christmas Cheer was our FIRST collection, and it is definitely among my favorites! To celebrate it, we are hosting a Christmas in July event July 24-26. We will have lots of fun stuff happening (giveaways, live Christmas movie tweet-alongs) on Twitter and on Facebook, as well as all of our individual sites. Make sure to follow the Holidays with Jane Facebook page to not miss out!

I will be posting a schedule later this week of all the fun!

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