When I was younger, I ordered a completely useless item from the home shopping channel. It was a hairbrush that spins. In those days, almost all the items accepted 'cash on delivery' (COD.) Looking back, I actually don't know why they took my order. It must have been pretty obvious that I was a kid, but the point is that they did take the order and in about a week, my purchase arrived
Naturally, I didn't have the cash to pay for the item and my mom had to foot the bill since the guy who delivered it wouldn't take it back. A quick lecture and some excessive grounding later, I was cured from ever wanting anything from the home shopping channel. I actually still don't watch it! Which is why the first time I'd heard of Jeanne Bice was when I saw her book, Jeanne Bice's Quacker Factory Christmas.
The book made me raise an eyebrow. Mainly because I didn't know who Jeanne Bice was or what a Quacker Factory was. So a few quick searches later and I realized that Jeanne was a self-made woman who made her money selling clothes on QVC! Since selling out her first set of clothes on her first TV debut, she's become a popular QVC guest and has been featured on many shows and newspapers. Well, with a resume like that, I just had to buy the book and see what it was all about!
Christmas was three months around the corner when I got this book. I knew I didn't have to make any preparations yet since I had to deal with Halloween and Thanksgiving before I got to Christmas, but I decided to start reading the book anyway. After just a few pages, I was hooked! Jeanne Bice writes in this great conversational manner that makes it seem like she's talking to you. This book is such an easy read! Kind of like reading a catch up letter from an old friend. It's the kind of book that keeps you laughing and keeps you reading. To date, I've gone through it several times and still find some of the stories amusing, though more importantly, I'm constantly finding new ideas that I didn't think of trying before! I especially loved the flashbacks or stories Jeanne added of growing up in Wisconsin and her family Christmases.
Jeanne Bice's Quacker Family Christmas is the perfect book for anyone who is looking for some help in making sure that this year's Christmas, or all future Christmases for that matter, is different from all the years before. I feel that it is a book that both beginner and expert Christmas party planners will love. From the perfect menus for themed Christmas parties to gift wrapping ideas, Jeanne teaches you everything you will every need to know to pull off the perfect holiday get together! She shows you how the simplest decorating ideas can be the best, how to make gravy with absolutely no lumps (Hallelujah!), and even how to make your own gift! Plus, all of this great advice is surrounded with amazing photos, which just puts you in the holiday spirit! I found myself wishing for Christmas in September!
Perhaps the only thing I have to raise an eyebrow to is the variety in the recipes. Jeanne features over 150 recipes, and many of them are classic Christmas recipes which I love, but some of them are kind of odd. I don't know if it's a part of her sense of humor, but there are definitely a few things I wouldn't consider serving! Although I do appreciate that all of the recipes seem easy enough to make, and most of them use ingredients you already have! (On a side note, you have to try her martinis! They're the best!)
Other than a few strange recipes, this book is great! It's so useful! There are so many ideas in it that you can use for other holidays. In fact, I used some of these ideas for Thanksgiving.
Personally, I think Jeanne Bice's Quacker Family Christmas makes a great holiday present. The book is also really pretty, which is a plus because you can use it as part of your Christmas décor. Anyone who needs help getting the holidays right or anyone who just needs new ideas to jazz up Christmas should read this book!
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