Archive for November, 2011

A Very Vegetarian Thanksgiving

It’s been more than two years since I went vegetarian, and I’m enjoying being meat free more than ever. Finding fun, filling dishes to make for Thanksgiving can be a challenge, however. I’m just not the tofurkey type. Each year, I’m on my own for Thanksgiving, as my family runs off to sunny Florida for the month and I stay home to keep the horses, donkeys, dogs and cats in kibble and oats. I really don’t mind. Every year I have invitations from friends for the big day, but honestly, it’s one of my favorite days to spend at home. That’s the thing about writers. We enjoy companionship…but most of us are also comfortable with solitude. I like to play hermit in my little house with my animals. I munch; I read; I munch some more; I watch the parades and football on TV; I munch, and I cook. I use Thanksgiving to try out new things, dishes I’ve wanted to try but just haven’t taken the time to experiment with.

Coming up with a vegetarian Thanksgiving menu for one has become an annual challenge. So without further ado, I am ready to unveil this year’s Very Vegetarian Thanksgiving.

First up: Appetizers

-Aunt Ginger’s cream cheese and olive spread with fancy crackers. Thanks Aunt Ginger! To be munched upon while the real cooking commences
-Steamed fresh artichoke with herb dip

Next: Main Dishes (two things I’ve been wanting to learn to make)

-Corn tamales. Yes, the handmade, old-fashioned kind with Masa Harina and cornhusks!








-Sweet potato ravioli with herbed butter sauce. I’ve been dying to try making my own pasta!

Also: Sides

-Creamed spinach. From scratch, of course, with fresh organic spinach

Finally: Dessert

-My tried and true delicious creme brulee!

I can hardly wait for Thursday. Only downside is that it is supposed to be in the 70s. Too warm for a roaring fire.

What are you all doing for Thanksgiving?

Tablet e-readers: Good or bad for the book biz?

I’ve been watching with great interest the release of the new Kindle Fire tablet e-reader as well as that of the upcoming Nook Tablet. Is seems as if everyone is counting on these devices to lead us into the next generation of reading. I haven’t ordered one (yet). I want to actually get my hands on each and compare and contrast them before making a decision, so I’ll wait until they are available in stores. I have to wonder, though, will these tablets really be as good for the book business as everyone is touting?

I have an old-fashioned Kindle. It’s gray. It’s kind of boring looking. It has some limited functionality for games and Internet browsing, but…well it’s gray and boring. This may be bad for those who want to use their e-readers for a variety of activities. It is good for those who want to read.

I worry that with colorful, powerful new tablets in hand, potential readers may be seduced into browsing the web, watching video, and playing games instead of reading. It will be interesting to see if the reader with a new Kindle Fire buys as many books as she did on her plain, boring Kindle, or if she’ll dawdle away all that potential reading time playing on Facebook.

What do you think? Will tablets continue the charge of e-reading, or hurt e-book sales?

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Psychological Suspense short story with a bonus inspirational short story included

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What am I reading today?

GOOD OLE BOYS - Denise Barker - Just started, but I'm intrigued so far!

Last five books read:

TEXAS GOTHIC - Rosemary Clement-Moore - Awesome! Great fun and spooktastic at the same time!

MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN - Ransom Riggs - Really creative idea. Enjoyed it very much!

BOOTSCOOTIN' BLAHNIKS - D.D. Scott - Very enjoyable, fun book!

THE GOOD DAUGHTER - Diana Layne - Awesome! Get it now!

GOT YOUR NUMBER - Stephanie Bond - Fun little mystery!

What’s on my TBR List?

GOOD OLE BOYS - Denise Barker

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