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Charles Dickens Christmas Classics

Charles Dickens Christmas Classics

Charles Dickens Christmas Classics Collection

Charles Dickens Christmas Classics include Mr. Dickens first five Christmas stories plus a free bonus short story called A Christmas Tree. True classics! Each story is its own PDF file.

This set of Charles Dickens Christmas Classics comes free with the purchase of any Christmas Gift Box or Gift Bag Template download purchase. Those items are:

The e-books are all in PDF format, which is compatible with just about any device. Free PDF readers are available on phone apps and software on personal computers. Nooks work with PDFs, too. There are six PDF files total, as described below. In them, you’ll get all 5 of Charles Dickens’ Christmas stories plus a bonus short story called A Christmas Tree. All 6 e-books will be available for you to download as soon as your payment is processed. The e-books will be contained in a zip file for speedy downloading.

To navigate the e-books, simply use your bookmark feature in your PDF reader.

About Charles Dickens Christmas Classics

A Christmas Carol was first published in 1843. The Chimes appeared the following Christmas and The Cricket on the Hearth, written in 1845, was published in 1846.

Between 1843 and 1848, Dickens wrote five novellas or long short stories that he published at Christmastime (A Christmas Carol, The Chimes, The Cricket on the Hearth, The Battle of Life, and The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain). The stories are not merely set at Christmas or the New Year’s holiday but contain themes the author felt were particularly appropriate to the season.

While Christmas celebrations predate Dickens and there existed before him a tradition of telling ghost-tales at Christmas and the turn of the year, Dickens breathed a new and unique vigor into these celebrations and traditions that carry forward to this day. He wrote other ghost stories, almost all of which are spoofs or farces, but in his Christmas books allowed supernatural elements a power to awaken characters and readers from their social misanthropy.

1. A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol was the most successful book of the 1843 holiday season. The book is as popular today as it was over 150 years ago. Charles Dickens, through the voice of Scrooge, continues to urge us to honor Christmas in our hearts and try to keep it all the year round.

2. The Chimes

The Chimes, is a short novel by Charles Dickens and was published in 1844. This is one among the novels in his Christmas Series, which spreads out a strong moral and social message.

The title of the novel was finalized when Dickens, happened to hear the bell at the church when winds were there and he instantly named his novel as ‘The Chimes’. The story is basically about a dream seen and the confusions that happening in the dream.

3. The Cricket on the Hearth

The Cricket of Hearth is yet another Christmas novel of Charles Dickens which was published in 1845 by Bradbury and Evans. This novel has had many criticisms yet, was chosen for many plays across Britain and America and was also the basics for at least two operas. This novel relates about a Cricket which constantly chirps sitting on a hearth in garden and acts like a guardian angel to a family.

4. The Battle of Life

This novel basically depicts the battles one faces in life and winning them. Unlike his other stories, this does not have any supernatural reference. The story is basically divided into three parts. This story in some manner is similar to The Cricket on the Hearth and has a happy ending too.

5. The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain

This is Charles Dickens fifth and last novel in the series of the first one being the famous “Christmas Carol”. The novel actually portrays the holiday spirit that is prevalent in all the individuals.

Professor Redlaw is the character around which the story revolves who is always immersed in his past and no matter how much he tries, he can never forget his past. Now enters the ghost in the plot and in the Professor’s life.

BONUS: A Christmas Tree

Dickens helped to invigorate 19th century Christmas celebrations with several short stories and his infamous novella A Christmas Carol (1843). He published this story in his twopenny weekly magazine, Household Words in 1850. It’s told by an old man reminiscing about Christmases past, beloved toys, and what we would call “gothic” stories he remembered hearing as a child.

See also: Christmas Carol and Holly and the Ivy DVD Set

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Charles Dickens Christmas Card
“A Merry Christmas to everybody!
A Happy New Year to all the world!”

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Pineapple Pie Filling Desserts

Pineapple Pie Filling Dessert

A small, quick-to-prepare collection of delicious pineapple pie filling desserts to add to your recipe box. Did you know that one piece of pineapple pie (average size, usually 1/8th of a 9-inch pie) has more than twice as much calcium and vitamin C than other regular fruit pies? It does! If you enjoy pineapple, enjoy it in pie knowing you’re not only getting a treat, but a nutritional boost as well.

Pineapple Cake Pudding

Ingredients
1 cup pineapple pie filling
1 cup sifted flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla
1 cup boiling water

Directions
Sift dry ingredients together. Cut in butter. Add milk and vanilla. Stir until smooth. Turn into greased 8 x 8-inch square pan. Spread pineapple filling over top. Gently pour the boiling water over all. Place in a 350-degree oven and bake 40 minutes. Serve right from the pan.

Pineapple Turnovers

Ingredients
1 can pineapple filling
Pastry for one crust pie

Directions
Heat oven to 450-degrees. Mix pastry and roll 1/8-inch thick. Cut into 4-inch squares. Place 1-tablespoon of the pineapple filling in center of each. Dampen edges with water – then fold like a triangle. Press edges together with a fork. Prick the top of each turnover with fork to allow steam to escape. Place on greased cookie sheet. Bake 20 to 25 minutes.

Refrigerator Pineapple Tarts

Ingredients
1 can pineapple pie filling
1 tablespoon plain gelatin
1/4 cup cold water
12 baked tart shells

Directions
Soften gelatin in cold water. Heat pineapple filling. When hot, add the softened gelatin and mix well. Cool before pouring into baked tart shells, then chill in refrigerator. Serve with whipped cream topping. Makes 12 servings.

Pineapple Sundae

Ingredients
Pineapple pie filling
Vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt

Directions
Spoon generous amounts of pineapple filling over individual servings of vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt. Top with whipped cream and maraschino cherries. Serve with cookies or cake.

Pineapple Tea Cake

Ingredients
1 can pineapple pie filling
1-1/2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
Confectioners’ sugar

Directions
Start oven at 400 degrees. Sift flour; measure. Sift again with baking powder and salt. Work butter until softened. Add flour and continue to cream until butter and flour are well mixed. Beat egg until bubbly; gradually add sugar, continuing to beat until mixture is light and as thick as heavy cream. Add the egg-sugar mixture to creamed butter and flour and mix together well. Place dough in the bottom of an 8-inch greased cake pan and press dough evenly over bottom and sides of pan. Pour pineapple filling on top. Bake for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for 35 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle top with confectioners’ sugar. Makes six servings.

Pineapple Nutrition Tip

*For more delicious recipes, visit the recipe e-books and see if anything suits your taste-buds!

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Lemon Pie Filling Desserts

Lemon Pie Filling Dessert

Lemon Pie Filling Desserts

A small but delicious collection of quick and easy Lemon Pie Filling Desserts that you can whip up in a flash for any occasion or just for yourself.

The following recipes came from Comstock in the 1950’s; however, you can use any lemon pie filling you prefer to create these delicious, company-worthy desserts.

The recipes include Lemon Floating Island, Lemon Bread Pudding, Lemon Icebox Cake, Lemon Delight and Lemon-Apple Cake Filling. Yummy!

Lemon Floating Island

Ingredients

  • 1 can lemon pie filling
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or a few drops almond extract

Directions

Place lemon pie filling in a 9-inch baking dish (pie or square – your choice). Whip egg whites and salt until stiff. Add sugar and vanilla very slowly, whipping constantly. Heap egg whites on the lemon pie filling. Place dish in a hot oven (500 degrees) for 2 minutes. Alternatively, you can place it under the broiler until the tips of the meringue are brown. Serve hot or cold.

Lemon Bread Pudding

Ingredients

  • 1 can lemon pie filling
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • OR
  • 1-1/2 cups soft bread crumbs

Directions

Soak bread crumbs in milk for 1/2 hour, then stir them into the lemon pie filling. Place pudding in baking dish and bake at 325-degrees for about 20 minutes. Serve pudding hot or cold with cream.

Lemon Icebox Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 can lemon pie filling
  • 5 eggs
  • 3 dozen lady fingers
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Directions

Line bottom of deep cake pan with lady fingers, separated, rounded side toward the pan and close together. Cover lady fingers with lemon pie filling. Beat egg whites until foamy, add pinch of cream of tartar, beat until stiff. Add sugar, spread over top. Bake 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool; put in refrigerator over night.

Lemon Delight

Ingredients

  • 1 can lemon pie filling
  • 1 cup whipped cream
  • 1 package frozen raspberries

Directions

Thaw raspberries and place a spoonful in six individual dessert dishes. Cover with lemon pie filling. Chill in refrigerator until ready to serve, and cover with whipped cream.

Lemon-Apple Cake Filling

Ingredients

  • 1 can lemon pie filling
  • 1 can apple pie filling

Directions

Combine lemon and apple pie filling and spread between cake layers.

For more delicious recipes, visit the recipe e-books and see if anything suits your taste-buds!

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Natural Remedies for Colds

Natural Remedies

Natural Remedies for Colds

What can we do to help our bodies through the process of healing a cold? Here are some natural remedies for your body and mind.

  • Rose hip tea is full of vitamin C and can help prevent colds.
  • Lemons, oranges and apple cider are all considered to be cold remedies.
  • For chills, take fresh gingerroot.
  • Historically, the layers of the onion were beieved to draw contagious diseases from the patient; onions were often hung in sick rooms. Today, we know that onions have antibacterial qualities.
  • Boil a whole onion, and after ward, drink the water. You can add a little butter and salt if the taste is unbearable!
  • Cut up fresh garlic cloves and add them to chicken soup or other foods, or swallow small chunks of raw garlic like pills.
  • Like onion and garlic, horseradish generates lots of heat to help offset colds. According to one farmer we know, a daily horseradish sandwich is the best cold rememdy out there!
  • Eat loads of hot and spicy foods like chili to clear the sinuses.
  • Prunes are rich in fiber, vitamins A and B, iron, calcium, and phosphorus. And they’ve been cured themselves!
  • To treat sore lips, go to bed with honey on them.
  • Troubled by cracked lips? Massage them with a dab of earwas (preferably your own!).

Home Remedies for Dry Skin

Winter’s low humidity and harsh conditions can do a number on your skin, leaving it flaky, itchy and dry as an old bone. If you don’t want to look like a desert tortoise, take a few precautionary measures.

  • As soon as you get out of the shower or tub, while your skin is still damp, slather on the moisturizing lotion.
  • Choose a lotion brand that has petroleum jelly or lanolin high on the ingredients list.
  • Don’t go outside in any season without using SPF of at least 30 on your face and hands.
  • Try adding lemon juice or vinegar to bath water. Soap, being highly alkaline, may make your skin feel itchy. We also have an e-book with more great tips for using lemons for natural remedies: Natural Beauty With Lemons
  • To soften dry skin, add 1-cup powdered milk to your bath. (It worked for Cleopatra.)
  • Avoid steaming hot water or lengthy immersions, which will strip your skin of its natural oils.

You may also enjoy tips to Clobber the Common Cold with Food from our friends over at FitnessandFreebies.com.
Fresh lemons

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January New Year Traditions

January

January New Year Traditions

January is named for the Roman god Janus, protector of gates and doorways. Janus is depicted with two faces, one looking into the past, the other into the future.

Puzzle of the Month of January

“Soon as I’m made, I’m sought with care, for one whole year consulted. That time elapsed, I’m thrown aside, neglected and insulted. What am I?” (Answer at the bottom of this post.)

New Year Traditions

Make Some Noise.

  • In ancient Thailand, guns were fired to frighten off demons.
  • In China, firecrackers routed the forces of darkness.
  • In the early American colonies, the sounds of pistol shots rang through the air.
  • Today, Italians let their church bells peal, the Swiss beat drums and North Americas sound sirens and party horns to bid the old year farewell.

Eat Something Special

Many New Year traditions concern food. Here are a few:

  • In the sountern United States, black-eyed peas and pork foretell good fortune.
  • Eating any ring0shaped treat (such as a donut) symbolizes “coming full circle” and leads to good fortune. In Dutch homes, fritters called olie bollen are served.
  • The Irish enjoy pastries called bannocks.
  • In India and Pakistan, rice promises prosperity.
  • Apples dipped in honey are a Rosh Hashanah tradition.
  • In Swiss homes, dollops of whipped cream, symbolizing the richness of the year to come, are dropped on the floors and allowed to remain there!

Drink a Beverage

Wassail Beverage
Although the pop of a champagne cork signals the arrival of the New Year around the world, some countries have their own traditions.

  • “Wassail,” the Gaelic term for “good health,” is served in some parts of England.
  • Spiced “hot pint” is the Scottish version of wassail. Traditionally, the Scots drank to each other’s prosperity and also offered this warm drink to neighbors along with a small gift.
  • In Holland, toasts are made with hot, spiced wine.

Give a Gift

  • New Year’s Day was once the time to swap presents.
  • Gifts of gilded nuts or coins marked the start of the new year in Rome.
  • Eggs, the symbol of fertility, were exchanged by the Persians.
  • Early Egyptians traded earthenware flasks.
  • In Scotland, coal, shortbread and silverware were traditionally exchanged for good luck.

Happy New Year!

P.S. Puzzle answer: An almanac!

You may also enjoy a small collection of New Year’s recipes from our friends over at FitnessandFreebies.com, which include more information on “Lucky Foods” and Black-Eyed Peas!

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Silent Night

Silent Night

Silent Night: The Story Behind the Song

Do you know the story behind the Christmas song, Silent Night? On Christmas Eve in 1818, Pastor Joseph Mohr had a problem: His church’s organ was broken. Worried about how to celebrate Christ’s birth without music, he found a poem he had written and brought it to his organist. The organist spontaneously put the words to music using his guitar. In just a few short hours, “Silent Night” was composed. If you’re feeling at a loss about something, find the song God has placed in your heart.

The Lyrics to Silent Night

[Verse 1]
Silent night, holy night!
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

[Verse 2]
Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ the Savior is born
Christ the Savior is born

[Verse 3]
Silent night, holy night!
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus Lord, at Thy birth

Mayda Mart wishes everyone a very safe and Merry Christmas!

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Clark Gable: Hunters’ Breakfast

Clark Gable

Clark Gable: Hunters’ Breakfast

Clark Gable was born in Cadiz, Ohio on February 1st. His parents were William H. and Adeline H. Gable, non-professional. Married to Carole Lombard, professional.

Clark Gable appeared on the stage in The Copperhead, Lady Frederick and Madam X. He was the winner of the Academy award as best actor of 1934 for his performance in It Happened One Night“.

Clark Gable’s many successes in the movie world are unparalleled. If interested, you can read his complete bio on IMDB.

Now we get to take a peak into his homestead and personal life with his contribution of a Hunters’ Breakfast

Clark Gable’s Hunters’ Breakfast

Every hunter should know how to prepare and cook his own birds and game. It’s the finishing touch to a day spent in the open, when you return home with an appetite as sharp as a razor. My specialty is doves. Here’s a recipe that is simple and sure fire, if you just follow the instructions. Of course, the first thing to do is to get your limit of doves. Sometimes it’s easier said than done, I Know.” – Clark Gable

First, pick the doves dry, put in boiling water and cook until tender. (Be careful; however, that the meat is firm and not cooked until it falls off the bones). While the doves are on the fire, prepare the sauce and cook the macaroni. The sauce goes like this:

Melt butter in a double boiler, stir in flour mixed with prepared mustard, add milk, stirring constantly, until the sauce is thickened to the right consistency. Toss in some chopped mushrooms and sliced hard boiled eggs.

Cook macaroni in boiling water until tender – drain in colander, pour cold water over macaroni until all the starcch is removed. Place doves on a heated platter and surround with the cooked macaroni. Pour white sauce over birds. Don’t get too much on the macaroni. It makes it soggy. Garnish with sprigs of parsley and pimento, if you feel ritzy. Serve with toasted, well-buttered French bread.

“I’ll have another helping, thanks.”

Hunters’ Breakfast Ingredients

  • 12 doves
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup mushrooms
  • 1 pound shell macaroni
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs
  • Milk

Clark Gable Signature
Note: This recipe was a contribution from Clark Gable to a cookbook; however, the page was torn out and in a folder, so I’m afraid I don’t have the name of the cookbook. Feel free to let me know if you know!

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Gary Cooper Recipe: Buttermilk Griddle Cakes

Gary Cooper Recipe

Gary Cooper Recipe: Buttermilk Griddle Cakes

A Gary Cooper recipe; or, that is, one of his favorites from his mom.

Mr. Gary Cooper borrowed this recipe from his mother, Mrs. Charles Henry Cooper. These griddle cakes were a feature of the Cooper ranch in Montana.

Buttermilk Griddle Cakes Recipe

Griddle cakes made from buttermilk have an unusually good flavor and are more tender than those made with plain water or milk.

  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup sweet cream
  • 1 egg, well beaten
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons granulated cornmeal
  • 2 cups flour

Mix ingredients together in order given. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a greased, hot griddle. Cook on one side and when puffed, full of bubbles and well cooked on edges, turn and cook on other side.

Serve with butter and maple syrup.

Gary Cooper and His Mother

Gary Cooper Recipe from Mom

A Bit About Gary Cooper

Dad was a true Westerner, and I take after him“, Gary Cooper told people. Dad was Charles Henry Cooper, who left his native England at 19, became a lawyer and later a Montana State Supreme Court justice. In 1906, when Gary was 5, his dad bought a 600-acre ranch that had originally been a land grant to the builders of the railroad through that part of Montana. In 1910, Gary’s mother, who had been ill, was advised to take a long sea voyage by her doctor. She went to England and stayed there until the United States entered World War I. Gary and his older brother Arthur stayed with their mother and went to school in England for seven years. Too young to go to war, Gary spent the war years working on his father’s ranch. “Getting up at 5 o’clock in the morning in the dead of winter to feed 450 head of cattle and shoveling manure at 40 below ain’t romantic“, said the man who would take the Western to the top of its genre in High Noon (1952).

I think the most surprising trivia fact about Gary Cooper is the following:

In the early 1930s his doctor told him he had been working too hard. Cooper went to Europe and stayed a lot longer than planned. When he returned, he was told there was now a “new” Gary Cooper–an unknown actor needed a better name for films, so the studio had reversed Gary Cooper’s initials and created a name that sounded similar: Cary Grant.

Source: Gary Cooper Bio on IMDB

Gary Cooper Movies on Mayda Mart

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Katherine Hepburn Brownie Recipe

Katherine Hepburn

It’s fun to know a celebrity actually enjoyed a bit of baking! Following is a Katherine Hepburn brownie recipe as published in Ladies Home Journal in the year 1975.

These are rich and decadent, so a small square goes a long way in satisfaction and flavor!

Katherine Hepburn Brownies: The Recipe

First, melt two squares of unsweetened chocolate and 1/4 pound sweet butter (1 stick) in a heavy saucepan. Remove from heat and stir in 1-cup of sugar. Add 2 eggs along with 1/2-teaspoon real vanilla and beat like mad.

Stir in 1/4-cup flour, 1/4-teaspoon salt and a cup of chopped walnuts – not smashed up, you know, but just chopped into fairly good sized pieces.

Now mix all that up. Then you butter a square tin (8 x 8 inches) and dump the whole thing quickly into the pan. Stuff this pan into a pre-heated 325-degree oven for 40 minutes. After that, take out the pan and let it cool for awhile. Then cut into 1-1/2-inch squares and dive right in.

Food Editor’s Note: We tested this recipe in our Ladies Home Journal test kitchens, and it received accolades all around. Since you use only 1/4 cup flour (rather than the 1/2 or 3/4 cup ordinarily called for), the brownies have a wonderful pudding-like texture. In fact, if they are cut warm, you could almost eat them with a fork (which is no drawback, we assure you).

About Katherine Hepburn

Katherine Hepburn was an incredibly unique woman who forged her own path and her own destiny. Stories leaked out that she was haughty off-screen, but what it really amounted to, was that she refused to play the Hollywood game. She didn’t care to pose for pictures or gave interviews. She enjoyed wearing slacks and no make-up, being somewhat of a Tomboy. Hepburn’s story is interesting and rewarding – she always remained true to herself, not Hollywood.

To read more about her, check out her complete bio on IMDB.

Katherine Hepburn Movies on Mayda Mart

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Cary Grant Barbecue Chicken Recipe

Cary Grant Barbecue Chicken Recipe

Cary Grant Barbecue Chicken Recipe! An incredibly popular actor with an equally incredible background and amazing talent shared one of his favorite recipes.

“Now go to it, friends, and don’t blame me if it is not to your liking. For after all, the recipe is not mine. It is the national prize winner of the year and I happen to like it.” – Cary Grant

Cary Grant Barbecue Chicken Ingredients

  • 3 1-1/2 pound chickens
  • 1 cup tomato ketchup
  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup A-1 sauce
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic (chopped)

Instructions

Cut the chickens into serving pieces and brown in fat, using no flour. Salt and pepper to taste while cooking.

Then, combine one cup tomato ketchup, one-half cup Worcestershire sauce, one-half cup water, one-fourth cup A-1 sauce, one-fourth cup sugar, one-fourth cup cider vinegar, one chopped onion and one clove garlic chopped very fine.

After the chickens have been browned, place in a roaster, pour this sauce over them, cover and bake in a moderate oven (300 degrees) until tender. If the sauce needs thickening, add a little corn starch mixed with cold water and cook until starch is thoroughly done.

Photo of the original printing of this recipe with Cary Grant’s signature. Click to enlarge.

Cary Grant Barbecue Chicken Recipe

Did you know?

At the age of 15, Cary Grant ran away from home and joined Bog Penders acrobats, known in England as the “knockabout Comedians”.

Cary Grant Movies

I’ve gathered many of Cary Grant’s movies that are now in the public domain and offer them on DVD – and I’m always seeking out more. He was such fun to watch, no matter what type of role he played! Following is a list of what is currently available in my shop.