Thursday, December 24, 2015



This week, my home is full of family and friends, and I don't have a minute to myself. Whoopee!!! The Holiday season is upon us and I love every minute of it!

Do I plan in advance to keep chaos at a minimum? What fun would that be. There are days I never stop.  While most people seem to be stressed out by the crowded stores, Christmas decorations up everywhere before Thanksgiving, the crazy traffic, the school events, extra housework chores and the endless cooking, I enjoy the noise and the disorder because it means that in a matter of hours, I'm going to be with the people I love most in the world. 

My daughter had an amazing third grade teacher--Mr. Riley. I remember during his class holiday party, he sat on the floor with his students and explained to them that it wasn't what was under their Christmas tree that mattered. It was the people who were with them around that tree that defined the meaning of this season. I'm not sure if the students grasped the profound statement, but I did.

I'm the first one to admit that I'm a very blessed woman. It doesn't matter to me what is under my tree. Those that will be sitting around my tree on Christmas Eve, Christmas day and the days that follow is what keeps me going.

I'm leaving you with one of my sweet hubby's favorite Christmas cookies which I make a couple times a year. Once you see the ingredients, you will understand why I save this delightful treat for special occasions. If you have a special treat you make for the season, I would love to hear about it. Just leave me a note in the comment section below. 

I'm going to be a little quiet for the next couple of weeks while I spend time with family, celebrating our holiday traditions, and maybe starting new ones. I wish all of you the very best this loving season has to offer. Merry Christmas and may every day of the New Year bring you great joy and happiness.

With hugs,

Nancy C. Weeks

WAIT...don't leave yet before checking out my white chocolate cookie recipe!  

White Chocolate, Nuts, Coconut and dried Cranberries Heaven in a Cookie

I start with a basic cookie recipe, but adapt the ingredients.

2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt [I use salted butter]
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2-3 cups Nestle Toll House White Chocolate Morsels. [I like this brand because the morsels are so creamy]
1 cup coconut [I love Baker's brand because it's so moist]
2 cup chopped pecans [of course you could use other nuts, but there is nothing better than pecans and coconut]
1 cup dried cranberries

Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in remaining ingredients, but don't over beat. I use a cookie scoop to drop rounded tablespoon onto an parchment-lined baking sheet. 

BAKE for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown. Every oven is different. These cookies usually take 14 minutes in my oven. Just watch them closely the first few trays. You can then cool them for a couple minutes. My family usually can't wait that long.

Friday, December 11, 2015


Happy Friday, Everyone,

The weekend is upon us. I love these two days because I can usually find a few hours to slipped away into a quiet corner and read. This time of year, I love losing myself in a wonderful Christmas story and my go-to books are usually novellas. The shorter length gives me a guilt-free reading break. I dive in and read it in one sitting before returning to my to-do list.

With that in mind, I would like to give a big holiday shout out for my sweet friend, Susanne Matthews whose Christmas novella, Come Home for Christmas is now available on AMAZON. I just love the cover and blurb. I can't wait to read this charming story.

Come Home For Christmas

Amazon exclusive, can be read free with KU

This past year has been a miserable one for Krista Jacobs, and what’s going to make it even worse is having to spend Christmas at Seven Oaks, the Alberta ranch that was her home until her uncle tossed her out on her ear before her nineteenth birthday. But Uncle Charles is gone and has left her something in his will—something she can only have if she spends Christmas at the ranch with Ethan Terrance, her step-cousin, and the man she’d hoped to marry ten years ago.

When Charles Terrance died, the last thing Ethan expected to discover was that not only had his dad sabotaged his relationship with Krista, he’d cheated her out of the inheritance that should’ve been hers ten years ago. Since Ethan’s never been able to forget the woman he loved, he’ll do whatever he has to in order to make things right—including having his lawyer send her a request she can’t ignore. Krista has to come home for Christmas.


If you enjoy a more edgier story for your reading pleasure, Susanne also has several thrilling romantic suspense novels. You can learn more about Susanne and what she writes here:

Susanne Matthews: Website    Blog    Facebook page    Twitter @jandsmatt

Amazon author page    and    Goodreads author page

I hope you can find a little free time in the next few days to read a good book. Next week, I'll be posting some of my favorite holiday treats. In fact, I'm taking off my writer's cap and putting on my baker's cap as I test a couple old recipes I haven't tried in years.

That is it for today. Have a great weekend, and as always, be safe and kind to one another.


Nancy C. Weeks

Wednesday, December 2, 2015


Hello Everyone!

My sister sent me this quote in a text. I loved it so much I thought I would share. 

Life is amazing and then it’s awful and then it’s amazing again and in between the amazing and the awful it’s ordinary and mundane and routine. Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax and exhale during the ordinary. That’s just living, heartbreaking, soul-healing, amazing, awful, ordinary life and it’s breathtakingly beautiful. – L.R. Knost 

That's it for today. I'll be back in a few days. In the meantime, stay safe, and as always, be kind to one another.

Hugs to all,

Nancy C. Weeks