Christmas in July: Fun and Festive Tips for Pet-Lovers!

Get ready to spread holiday cheer in the summertime with Christmas in July! And what better way to celebrate than with your furry friends by your side?

Christmas in July

Here is a tip sheet to make this festive occasion truly unforgettable for you and your beloved pets:

  1. Yule Log for All: Create a cozy ambiance for our pets by playing a Yule log video on your TV or tablet. The cracking sounds and flickering flames will provide a soothing and festive atmosphere while you cuddle up together.
  2. Pet Gift Exchange: Include your pets in the gift-giving festivities by organizing a pet gift exchange. Invite friends or family with pets to join in the fun. Wrap up toys or treats and let the furry ones have a blast unwrapping their surprises.
  3. Movie Marathon: Snuggle up with your furry companion and enjoy a movie marathon of pet-themed holiday films. One good suggestion is The Santa Paws series.
  4. Donate and Volunteer: This is the perfect month to give back to pets in need. Consider donating supplies, toys, or treats to local animal shelters or volunteering your time to help care for the animals.
  5. Cool Down with Frozen Treats: Treat your pets to refreshing frozen treats. Create ice cum=be trays filled with chicken or beef broth or freeze fruit slices for a healthy and hydrating snack.
  6. Pet Christmas Parade: Organize a neighborhood Christmas pet parade. Encourage your neighbors to dress up their pets and walk together. Award prizes for the best dressed pets and most creative costumes.
New release!

Embrace the joy and love that pets bring to our lives and make this festive occasion one to remember with my newest release, Christmas Tails of the Heart. This sweet romance boxed set includes three books that combines heartwarming stories of our adorable pets.

Christmas Tails of the Heart

Now on sale at a special introductory price. Grab your copy today before the price goes up.

Available in ebook, paperback, large print paperback, and hardcover.

Free on Kindle Unlimited.

Audiobooks for each book sold separately.

 

Easy Cherry Clafoutis #Recipe by @Donna_Fasano

Dictionary.com pronounces “clafoutis” as Klah-foo-tee and defines the dessert as “a tart made of fruit, especially cherries, baked in a thick, sweet batter.” I define is as absolutely delicious, and Cherry Clafoutis is the perfect way to use the beautiful cherries that are now in season. I believe home-cook-turned-TV-icon Julia Child first introduced this dessert to Americans after she had spent time living in France.

Cherry Clafoutis

I’ve seen recipes for this custardy fruit tart call for all different measurements of flour and sugar. Some recipes call for melted butter, others do not. I wasn’t sure which recipe was best. That’s why I decided to nail down this recipe for myself. The end result of the recipe below is a wonderful, fruit-filled, custardy delight that will have your friends and family screaming for another slice. You can serve this warm, at room temperature, or chilled.

Easy Cherry Clafoutis

  • 1 tablespoon butter for greasing the dish
  • 1 lb. stemmed and pitted fresh cherries
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Confectioners Sugar for dusting (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Use the 1 tablespoon of butter to grease the bottom and sides of a 10-inch quiche pan. Set the pan aside.
  2. Wash, dry, stem and pit the fresh cherries. For a tart filled with fruit, there should be 1 pound of pitted fruit for the tart so start out with over 1 pound. Add the cherries to the tart pan and spread into an even layer.
  3. Crack the 3 eggs into a bowl and beat with electric mixer until well combined. Add the sugar and beat for 1 minute.
  4. Add the 1/4 cup melted butter, heavy cream, milk, flour, salt, and vanilla extract to the egg mixture and beat until all ingredients are combined.
  5. Pour the batter over the cherries. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until the top is puffed and golden. The Clafoutis will deflate as it cools. Top with confectioners sugar if desired.

Feel free to substitute other fruit for the cherries—blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, sliced peaches, strawberries—any fruit that is in season. I have made this with frozen berries. The result tastes just as delicious. However, it isn’t as pretty as when using fresh fruit because frozen fruit tends to bleed its juices into the custard.

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This month, I’m celebrating Christmas in July by pricing my 3 holiday romances at just 99¢. I hope the books will help you ho-ho-ho your way through the rest of the month.

Donna Fasano Christmas

Her Mr. Miracle

An Almost Perfect Christmas

Grown-Up Christmas List

Advice From A Hillbilly by @Donna_Fasano

HillbillyI have no idea who wrote this, but I saw it on the internet marked “author unknown.” It made me chuckle. My mother was born in the mountains of West Virginia in a town called Red Dragon. My father was born in Virginia, but grew up in Hinton, West Virginia. I come from a long line of hillbillies. I have heard these mountain proverbs since I was young… especially “Every path has a few puddles.” Mountain folk usually speak plain, bold, wise, and honest.

Advice from An Old Hillbilly:

  • Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.
  • Keep skunks, bankers, and politicians at a distance.
  • Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
  • A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.
  • Words that soak into your ears are whispered, not yelled.
  • The best sermons are lived, not preached.
  • Forgive your enemies; it’s what GOD says to do.
  • If you don’t take the time to do it right, you’ll find the time to do it twice.
  • Don’t corner something that is meaner than you.
  • Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.
  • It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.
  • You cannot unsay a cruel word.
  • Every path has a few puddles.
  • When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.
  • Don’t be banging your shin on a stool that’s not in the way.
  • Borrowing trouble from the future doesn’t deplete the supply.
  • Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen anyway.
  • Don’t judge folks by their relatives.
  • Silence is sometimes the best answer.
  • Don’t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t botherin’ you none.
  • Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.
  • If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.
  • Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.
  • The biggest troublemaker you’ll ever have to deal with watches you from the mirror every mornin’.
  • Always drink upstream from the herd.
  • Good judgment comes from experience, and most of that comes from bad judgment.
  • Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in.
  • If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.
  • Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.
  • Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.
  • Most times, it just gets down to common sense.

This month, I’m celebrating Christmas in July by offering my 3 Christmas novels for 99 cents each. I hope you’ll check them out.

Her Mr. Miracle

An Almost Perfect Christmas

Grown-Up Christmas List