Hello everybody! Well the Christmas Bonanza with a recipe continues and I’m up today. The excerpt below is from Revenge, The Cowboy Way. This is my only story that has a Christmas scene in it that, S O R T O F, ties in with my recipe I’m offering up! In the scene, champagne is poured and everybody toasts. My recipe is for homemade Baileys! I do like baileys and coffee during the holidays! I hope you enjoy the excerpt and the recipe. If you leave a comment you might win a choice of a digital copy of Revenge, the Cowboy Way OR Jesse’s Find! HO HO HO and a Merry Christmas to everybody!
Revenge, The Cowboy Way
A fire was roaring in the fireplace. After everyone settled down, the gifts were distributed. Joanna had given Rosa and her family their gifts on Christmas Eve. Rosa surprised her by wearing the skirt Joanna had made for her. She hugged her and said it was too much, but would cherish it because Joanna had made it herself. Even Joco came in and gave her a bear hug. "It is a very fine hat band. Muchas gracias."
Everyone talked at once while presents were opened. Joanna received a brush and comb with pearl handles from Nancy. She had never owned something so exquisite. Pappy gave her a fur lined coat made out of suede. From Rosa, came carved wooden combs for her hair. The last present was from Brian. It was in a small box wrapped in shiny red paper. She swallowed and opened her gift. Inside was a delicate bracelet made of silver with turquoise threaded throughout. It was beautiful! When she finally looked up from her tiny treasure, she looked right into the crystal green eyes of Brian. She wasn't sure how long the stared into each others eyes, before Pappy broke the trance. "Folks, I'm getting the eye from Rosa that dinner is on the table. Everybody hungry?"
They all laughed and started for the dining room. "Hold on there, little girl," Pappy said in a gruff voice. "Didn't I tell you not to spend your money on the likes of me?"
She put her arm through his, smiling sweetly. "Now Pappy, how many times have you said I won, because that old board of yours was cursed? I just wanted to make sure we started the new year out even."
"You sure enough get sassier every day." He squeezed her shoulders. "It's one of the best damned things I ever got."
She turned watery blue eyes to him. "That goes for my gift, too. I have never owned anything like this. It is absolutely perfect." The old man cleared his throat. "Okay, enough of this. If we don't get in there Rosa will have our hides."
The food was delicious, the conversation was pleasant, and even Brian was on his best behavior.
As the day wore on Pappy opened a bottle of champagne. Everybody was given a small glass. Pappy raised his high in the air. “There just ain’t nothing better than good friends, family, and good food.” Glasses were held high then the champagne was drank, honoring the toast. Nancy and Jim said their goodbyes and Brian was lingering by the door talking to Pappy. "Joanna, would you walk with me to my horse?"
Pappy kissed her cheek. "Good night, little girl. I'll see you in the morning."
They walked outside and Joanna glanced worriedly in his direction. "You don't need to look at me like that. I just wanted to thank you for this buckle. It’s perfect."
"I'm glad you like it. And this bracelet is beautiful, but way too much."
Brian smiled. "No need to worry your pretty little head over the cost. It was my mothers and I always liked it. I wanted you to have it."
"Oh Brian," she gasped. "I can't accept this. It should go to Nancy or to your…your…your wife." There, it was said. Her head was bent, looking at the ground.
"My wife, huh,” he replied. “Well, if I ever get married you can give it back."
Her eyes flew up to his smiling face and she realized he was teasing her. "I'll treasure it, Brian. Thank you."
1 ¾ cup of whiskey
1 (14 oz) Eagle Brand condensed milk
1 cup whipping cream
2 Tbsps of chocolate syrup
1 Tbsp of instant coffee
1 tsp of vanilla extract
¼ tsp of almond extract
Blend in blender…….enjoy!