Sloane B. Collins

On the 7th Day of Christmas…


My true love gave to me 6 amazing sisters-in-law.  I know, it’s the 7th day of Christmas, so 6 doesn’t really go, but today’s post has more to do with the girls than yesterday’s.

My husband is the youngest of 7 children, and the only boy.  So I was blessed 6 times over with Dee, Kathy, Donna, Patti, Brenda, and Melissa.  The first time I met them all at the same time was Thanksgiving night in 1987.  I was a nervous wreck, and I kept rehearsing their names on the way to the gathering.  But they accepted me, and I love them all dearly…including the various and sundry husbands, nieces, nephews, and now great-nieces and great-nephews.

Today we’re talking about favorite finger food recipes, so of course it makes me think of the gatherings we used to have on Christmas Eve.  The hubster and I live in Texas now, and his sisters and their families are all still in Missouri, so those evenings still happen, and we are there in spirit.  Christmas Eve (really, all holidays) was always a full house, and I loved it.  Everyone would bring finger foods, appetizers, and we’d eat all evening, open presents, and chat – the din was unbelievable, but that’s what happens when you get about 20+ people in your immediate family together.

Donna always makes Party Ryes, so I can’t ever see (or eat) those without thinking of her.  (Well, all the girls, of course.)  Melissa makes Veggie Bars, Patti brings amazing BBQ Meatballs. Kathy is great about trying new recipes, and it’s exciting to see what she brings next.  Denise is all about fudge and Cherry Mash (check back on the 22nd for that recipe).  So the Collins Clan never goes hungry!


1 lb. Velveeta

Dash garlic powder

1 tsp Worcestershire

1 lb. good sausage

Dash oregano

1 tsp ketchup

Pkg of Party Rye bread (those small mini loaves sliced up)


This is best to make right before your guests arrive.

Fry sausage, then drain grease off.

Melt Velveeta in a crockpot or microwavable bowl.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Once the cheese is melted, throw all the ingredients in with the cheese.

Mix well.

Spread pieces of bread on a cookie sheet in a single layer.

Spread cheese mixture on top of each bread slice (not too thick, not too thin).

Bake in oven 10 to 15 minutes.

Serve hot, and enjoy!

My guest today is Cynthia Gail.  Cynthia is the organizer of our 12 Days of Christmas blog tour, and she has worked tirelessly behind the scenes getting all 22 of us authors prepared and raring to go.  Thank you so much, Cynthia, for putting this wonderful tour together!  I’ve had the best time, and I look forward to more posts, leading up to the big Christmas Day giveaways!

Winter’s Magic by Cynthia Gail

Owner of La Bella Vita, a five-star day spa nestled in the affluent suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee, Beth Sergeant knows her elite clientele first hand. She attended their private schools. She was even engaged, although briefly, to one of their most recognized bachelors. But she never fit in to their social-elite world.

After losing his parents to a car accident at a young age, Nick Chester was raised by his grandfather, the wealthiest man in Nashville. When he chooses to socialize, he has a never-ending list of exclusive events and beautiful women vying for his attention. Yet he never lets himself forget that everyone has an agenda.

Beth can’t resist Nick’s charm and accepts an invitation to dinner, despite her deep-seated insecurities. She proves she’s nothing like other women Nick’s dated and learns to trust him in return. But just as the last of their resistance crumbles and true love is within reach, challenges from Nick’s past threaten to destroy everything and force Beth to reveal her most guarded secret.

Pick up a copy today at Amazon.

As part of The 12 Days of Christmas celebration, Cynthia donated a $10 Starbucks card, paired with a Bark Less Wag More coffee mug & author swag from Rachel Lacey to the prize list. Click HERE for this and many more random drawings. To follow the celebration, find a new recipe, pick up a holiday decorating or shopping tip, click HERE.

About the Author

My husband and I live in the suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee with our eighteen-year-old son and three dogs. When I’m not working or writing, I can be found with family and friends. I love to bake in the winter, grill in the summer, and on occasion, I sneak away from everyone and curl up with a good book.

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