Holiday enthusiast Brenda Schwartz, of McMurray, is currently in the running to be named Mrs. Holiday, Taste of Home’s official ambassador of the holidays.
Schwartz said her sister gave her a subscription to the magazine in 2002 and she's been a fan ever since.
"I am excited to be in the running for Mrs. Holiday," she said. "I am also a fan of bringing the holidays to life for my friends and family."
If selected, she will receive $50,000 and a spokesperson role with the company. Pittsburgh-area residents—and friends and family across the country—can boost Schwartz's chance of winning by visiting facebook.com/TasteofHome to vote for her entry once daily through Sept. 7.
Mrs. Holiday will be selected from the top 100 vote-getters by a panel of experts—so every vote counts!
Schwartz submitted a video entry for her favorite holiday, Christmas, along with a recipe for her signature dish, Candy Cane Brownies.
"In my video, I talk about an annual gingerbread 'competition' I started with a few of my friends," she said. "It's a fun reason to get together and celebrate the holiday season. The winner gets a prize and the right to host the gingerbread competition the following year.
"And, the brownies, which are very popular around the Schwartz household and throughout Peters, are simple to make and delicious."
The woman selected by Taste of Home as Mrs. Holiday will be an advocate, an ambassador and an inspiration—someone who brings the holidays to life in a fun and creative way.
Once crowned, Mrs. Holiday will conduct interviews, blog, make live appearances, participate in cooking segments and more.
"In three weeks, I will officially become an empty nester," Schwartz said. "It's time for me to try new things and figure out what I would like to do in the next chapter of my life. Being crowned Mrs. Holiday and all that goes with it would be an amazing opportunity!"
For the official rules, more information and to vote for Schwartz, visit facebook.com/TasteofHome. You can watch her video entry above.