When I was 13, I was breaking a horse. I let myself be pressured into getting on her on a windy day when I knew she was feeling flighty. She promptly flipped over on top of me and broke my pelvic bone. I was blessed by the habit of riding bareback, so I didn't end up with a saddle horn in my gut. I prefer English saddles today for that reason. I walked with a walker or cane for years and I still keep the cane handy when the weather changes. My chiropractor is one of my best friends. Those kind of injuries don't just go away.
Cowboys are athletes. Shanna Hatfield has a heart for Cowboy athletes. Each year she works to bring awareness to these hardworking American legends and icons.
That’s where the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund steps in. The JCCF provides financial assistance to rodeo athletes who’ve sustained catastrophic injuries that leave them unable to compete for an extended time. Rather than worry about how they’ll pay their bills, they can focus on healing.
Because she grew up around cowboys and loves to include them in the stories she writes, author Shanna Hatfield supports the JCCF through her Read a Book, Help A Cowboy campaign. In its sixth year, the campaign raises funds and awareness for the JCCF. Now through Christmas Eve, Hatfield will donate ten percent of the proceeds from every book purchase to the JCCF.
A wonderful addition to this year’s campaign is Hatfield’s brand-new book called A Cowboy Christmas. The book features 300 pages of western holiday fun with more than 70 full-color recipes.
The jangle of spurs mingles with the jingle of sleigh bells in this celebration of Christmas—cowboy style!
Welcome home to a western holiday with A Cowboy Christmas. A collection of unique holiday décor, traditions, recipes, and guides for entertaining with ease make this your go-to resource for an amazing western Christmas. Filled with stories of real-life ranch families and rodeo cowboys, get a glimpse into their traditions, try their family recipes, and experience their lifestyles. From preserving memories of the past to tips for wrapping presents, discover the special touches incorporated throughout this book that make it a holiday keepsake you’ll cherish for years to come. Brimming with holiday cheer, recipes with full-color photographs, and one-of-a-kind ideas, this book is a wonderful celebration of the holidays that will help make your Christmas unforgettable.
A Cowboy for Christmas is available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books a Million, Apple, and Kobo.
About the Author:
USA Today bestselling author Shanna Hatfield is a farm girl who loves to write. Her sweet historical and contemporary romances are filled with sarcasm, humor, hope, and hunky heroes. When Shanna isn’t dreaming up sassy characters, twisting plots, or testing out new recipes, she hangs out with her beloved husband, Captain Cavedweller. She resides near Walla Walla, Washington.
My favorite of Shanna's books is The Christmas Bargain: (A Sweet Victorian Holiday Romance) (Hardman Holidays Book 1).
Chocolate Chex Trees
- Mix the peanut butter, Nutella, butter, and powdered sugar in a bowl.
- On whatever you plan to use for a base, mold the peanut butter mixture around the pretzel stick until it stands upright and forms a slight cone shape.
- Hold it steady by using the tip of the pretzel as a handle and begin inserting pieces of cereal into the peanut butter mixture in a symmetrical pattern around the stick. You can tip the cereal pieces up or down, depending on your personal preference. Add more cereal pieces, staggering them as you move upward, until you get near the top.
- For the top of the tree, use broken pieces or cut them in half to get the smaller scale of branches near the top.
- Use two pieces of cereal back to back to form the top.
- Dust with powdered sugar.
Remember to visit the Shanna's Read a Book, Help a Cowboy campaign for the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund.