Happy Thanksgiving from Maggie McGinnis
Tis the season of thankfulness, and like most parents, I do my level best to make sure that spirit doesn’t get lost in the flurry of Black Fridays and Cyber Mondays and Techno-Thursdays and the seventeen pounds of toy catalogs in the mailbox. I have to admit, though, that my kiddos beat me to the punch last week when they asked me to cut out a bunch of hearts so they could decorate the windows for Thanksgiving.
A Feast of Thanksgiving on the Wagon Trail ~ author, Mona Hodgson
Granted, the Boone’s Lick Wagon Train Company had every intention of wrapping their journey long before our traditional Thanksgiving Supper in November. But every illness overcome and every broken wagon wheel repaired, every raging river forded and every mile walked that took them closer to their westerly destination no doubt filled the overlanders’ hearts with thanksgiving.
Gratitude calls for a feast. And that thought begs the question: How would a Thanksgiving feast on the Oregon Trail in the 1860s, the setting for my inspirational historical romance, PRAIRIE SONG (WaterBrook Press Trade Paperback), differ from yours and mine today? Read more
No matter how I’ve spent Thanksgiving, I have always tried to remember to reflect on those people in my life for whom I am forever grateful. There are the expected names: Mom, Dad, of course, and Aunt Lois. Then there are the names that might seem totally obscure – names like Dee Ufferman.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I’ve never met the woman. Read more
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Yours to Keep Thanksgiving Tour – featuring Serena Bell + Giveaway!
Only four more days till Thanksgiving. And we all know what that means. The helter-skelter, full-tilt rush to Christmas. It’s a short interval this year—Thanksgiving is late, so Christmas is “early.” Sometimes it’s hard to hang on to the spirit of the season through all the madness.
Over time, I’ve learned that the trick to enjoying the holiday season is finding ways to tap back into that spirit. I embrace holiday concerts, holiday-themed plays and musicals, living nativities, lessons and carols celebrations, and holiday anthologies—any event or piece of music or story that makes me stop and think about why I’m doing all this. Read more
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Recipe of the Week: Cranberry Sauce
To celebrate the holiday, this week’s recipe is coming a day early, to help you prepare for tomorrow’s big dinner! Taken from Sam Sifton’s book, appropriately entitled THANKSGIVING: How to Cook it Well, the following recipe for cranberry sauce is sure to beat that gelatinous cylinder you were planning to scoop from the can!
Basic Cranberry Sauce
Cranberry sauce should be sweet but not cloying, and tart without causing pucker and anguish. It should have a jelly-like quality, but should owe more to the appearance of jam. The key element to making cranberry sauce is to understand that cranberries are high in pectin, a carbohydrate that exists in many fruits and which is released by the berries when they are heated and the cells of the fruit break down. In the presence of sugar, which we add to cranberry sauce to offset its tanginess and acid, which is why the berries are tangy in the first place, the pectin molecules bond to one another, forming a kind of gel. The longer you cook a cranberry sauce, the more pectin is released and liquid is evaporated, and the stiffer the result will be. Read more
Guest Post: A Skunky Thanksgiving by Elisabeth Barrett + Giveaway
Thanksgiving is almost here! Instead of flying to the East Coast, like we usually do, we’ll be celebrating at home in Northern California. In past years, we took the kids back east for two weeks each Thanksgiving and made sure to spend plenty of time with friends and family members in the area.
Unfortunately, our oldest recently started kindergarten and now we have to follow school vacation schedules which include no school Wednesday through Friday only. It would certainly be possible to take a 6am flight on Wednesday and return on a 3pm flight on Sunday, but travelling cross-country with three kids aged five and under on the busiest travel days of the year wouldn’t be cheap or pleasant. Read more
Winners Announced!! Happy Thanksgiving, from a soldier’s POV & our Giveaway!
Thanksgiving is the time of year where we all kind of take a moment to gather with family and friends and take time to really think about what you’re thankful for in your life. In 2009, I spent Thanksgiving in Iraq and I really got to think about what I was thankful for. If you’re interested, you can read that Thanksgiving day post here.
Anyway, being home and having not deployed for a while, sometimes, you get a little further removed from the little things in daily life that make a huge difference. Something as little as having a real toilet can really turn a day around, you know? And I distinctly remember getting to Mosul and thanking the Army Engineers for real showers and hot water.
This year has had its ups and downs for sure. My husband is still in Iraq finishing out his 4th combat tour. Don’t let anyone tell you that combat is over. It’s not and the war won’t be done until the last of our men and women is happily on their way home. But I’m thankful that he’s okay and that he still has hot chow, at least for a little while longer until the cooks head home.
The hard part about writing isn’t putting the words on the page. It’s learning to kill the words that don’t work, it’s learning to cut a character that isn’t contributing. So I’m thankful, honest to God, for every rejection I ever received. I’m thankful that no one said yes before the books were ready. And I’m thankful that every time I got a rejection, I may have moped and whined for a little while, but eventually, I sat my happy little butt, (relatively speaking) back in the chair and tried to get better.
Writing is an emotional journey. Rejection is part of it. Learning to deal with rejection without losing faith and giving up? I’m really thankful for that. I’m thankful for the people who let me cry on their shoulders. I’m thankful for the authors who have put their reputations on the line to help promote Because of You. I’m so, so thankful for the readers who have taken the time to tell me how much Because of You has meant to them. And I’m thankful for the real friends who were there before I sold and who are still there now, cheering me on.
My battalion commander likes to say she’s had a lot of good fortune in her life. But you know, she’s on the money when she says “my bag of gold is so heavy”. She’s not talking about material good fortune but it’s a reminder that hey, sometimes things aren’t so hot, but at the end of the day, we’ve got a lot of things to be grateful for in our lives. So even though my husband is still in Iraq this year and it’s another holiday apart, he’ll be home soon. And I’m thankful for so very much. Enjoy your holidays!
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