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4th December 2017

Can This Be Christmas? – Debbie Macomber – Book Review #49

Can This Be Christmas is a lovely, feel-good Christmas story that only has one thing wrong with it; it’s too short!

Debbie Macomber is the queen of the Christmas stories. I really enjoyed this one and I need to see if it has been made into a TV movie. If not, it should be 🙂

Can This Be Christmas

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads

In this short hardcover, Debbie Macomber shows how a group of train travelers stranded in a New Hampshire depot on Christmas Eve find the true meaning of Christmas.

Len Dawber, a navy man stationed in Maine, is desperate to get home to Texas, where he intends to propose to his sweetheart Amy. Cathy Norris, devastated by her husband’s recent death, doesn’t expect to enjoy the holiday with her daughter’s family in Boston. Burned-out computer salesman Matt McHugh, emotionally estranged from his wife and two kids, nurses his resentment and contemplates divorce. Kelly and Nick Berry fear they’re losing the closeness they once shared as they struggle to adjust to their new roles as adoptive parents.

When a blizzard forces these characters, and several others, all cranky and argumentative, to spend the night before Christmas together, they find that a little kindness and the courage to open their hearts go a long way toward making it a Christmas to remember.

Can this be Christmas? By Debbie Macomber

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Chicken Satay Skewers – Slimming World Buffet

Welcome to day 4 of my 24 days of Slimming World Christmas Buffet Recipes. Today’s recipe is for Slimming World chicken satay skewers. The peanut sauce is 6 syns for the whole pot and the chicken is free.

This recipe is featured on the Slimming World website and was sent in by Jan Harvey from Romford.

Chicken Satay

chicken satay

For The Chicken

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • sweetener – 1 tbsp
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tsp ground cumin

Chicken satay

For The Sauce

  • 1½ tbsp reduced fat peanut butter
  • 60ml water
  • ½ garlic clove, crushed
  • sweetener – 1 tbsp
  • light soy sauce – 1 tbsp
  • Fat-free fromage frais – 1 tbsp


  1. Dice the chicken breast and place in a bowl; mix the marinade ingredients together in a separate bowl and pour over the chicken. Cover and marinate in the fridge for at least 2 hours or leave overnight.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C Fan/Gas 4, drain the chicken and then skewer the chicken onto cocktail sticks. Place the kebabs on a baking tray, spray with low-calorie cooking spray and cook for 15 -20 minutes until the chicken is thoroughly cooked.
  3. While the chicken is cooking, make the sauce by mixing the peanut butter, water and garlic together in a pan over a low heat. Continue heating until the sauce thickens slightly, don’t worry if it seems a little runny, it’ll thicken as it cools. Remove from the heat, allow to cool slightly then add the sweetener, soy sauce and fromage frais. Mix well, beat until smooth and serve with the chicken.

Chicken satay

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing a recipe for Slimming World Scotch Eggs.

Please note: I’ve lost 7 and a half stone with Slimming World and kept it off for four years, however, I’m not a Slimming World consultant. I haven’t been trained and I’m not affiliated with Slimming World so please check all your own syn values.


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