Thursday, December 22, 2011

Chrissy Szarek: A Time For Hope and Family

Chrissy Szarek

Chrissy Szarek is originally from Ohio but says she got here as fast as she could. She has a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and went through the police academy in Ohio thinking she wanted to be a cop, but then changed her mind  and now works with kids. She does so in both of her jobs (City Municipal Court and an Emergency Shelter). She can't seem to get away from them..She has been writing since age 14. In April, she got serious about  getting published.Chrissy says her  first love is fantasy/romance  but she dabbles in several other genres and has projects in romantic suspense and paranormal, as well as one YA. She recently entered the South Louisiana Chapter of RWA  Dixie Kane Memorial Contest and placed second  for Sword’s Call. Not bad for a start. Chrissy is a member of the GFW Writers Group. You can contact  her at her blog:
If you love Christmas, can you say why?
I believe Christmas is a time for hope. A reminder of what God did for us, in the form of Jesus and what real, true, love is all about.

What’s one thing you’d like to get rid of during the holiday season?
Maybe Christmas Carols. Every since I used to work retail Loss Prevention, I can’t seem to stand them. And they start playing them in November, which really bugs me.

What are your favorite childhood memories of Christmas?
I don’t have one Christmas in particular. Just spending time with my family, which I still enjoy, and of course, presents.

What’s your idea of a perfect Christmas meal?
Ham, mashed potatoes, these special Italian green beans I make, corn, salad with Italian dressing, warm rolls, deviled eggs, apple pies and a yummy veggie tray. Oooo, I can’t wait!

Do you have a dish that has become a tradition with your family?
Yes. I have a super top secret green bean recipe that I make w/ Good Seasons Italian dressing, and that’s all I will say. I make it at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

What’s the best Christmas present you ever received?
Last year my husband  bought me all the Creative Memories scrapbooking stuff I asked for. That was exciting.

What’s the best Christmas present you ever gave?
According to my hubby, a  Streamlight flashlight  I bought him 2 years ago. No stinking light should cost that much.

What are your favorite Christmas movies?
Classically speaking, I like Christmas Vacation and recently I like The Nativity Story the best.

What’s your favorite Christmas carol?
“I want a hippomotous for Christmas.”

What’s your idea of a perfect holiday season?
Time with my family.
Chrissy's recipe is top-secret but we found  a similar one and adapted it from Menus4Moms.

done1.jpgSeasoned Green Beans
1 1/4 pound fresh green beans or frozen,
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
2-3 teaspoons Good Seasonings Italian Dressing Mix
Wash and rinse the fresh green beans well.
Blanche the green beans by plunging them into boiling water for about 5 minutes or steam fresh or frozen beans til tender crisp..
Remove the beans, immediately run under very cold water, or dip them into very cold water and drain.
Heat olive oil and butter over medium heat.
Add cooled green beans and sprinkle 2 or 3 teaspoons of seasoning over the beans and toss.
Heat through and serve.  These will burn, so watch them carefully!!

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Jeff Turner said...

Since I like to cook the green beans dish sounds like one to try.

J.A. Bennett said...

I am so trying that dish this year :) Thanks for sharing Chrissy!

SusieSheehey said...

Recipe looks great! I can't wait to read more of your writing. Thanks for sharing and have a great holiday!!

Caroline Clemmons said...

Welcome to Texas! So glad you came. Congratulations on your success in the Louisianna contest.

C. A. Szarek said...

Thanx everyone. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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