Terri Brisbin


Terri Brisbin

Today (November 28) is a date that SHOULD be Thanksgiving — since November 22 is the EARLIEST date that Thanksgiving can be, I think it came TOO early this year. It threw me off completely, even messing up my timeframe for Christmas planning and shopping. And though I usually boo and hiss Christmas music prior to Thanksgiving, this year, I continue to do so because November 22nd was waaaay too soon to begin hearing it!

So, I thought I would revisit (or redux – from the Latin reducere, to lead back) Thanksgiving briefly and before we all forget to ask you all a question about your celebration….What was the best part for you?

For me, it was having all three of my sons together at a meal. And not only did I get my sons, I got their ‘women’, too!  It was just a nice day with good food (IMHO) and good company in a relaxed atmosphere…. My favorite kind of holiday!

Then, there was the food, of course!  The gravy turned out well – flavorful, thick-enough and dark-enough – which is always a big challenge for me — and the mashed potatoes (a recipe borrowed from friend Janice Maynard) were fabulous. And, my one brand-new, never-tried-before dessert – sweet potato pie – was a huge hit with hubby closely-monitoring every slice he didn’t get, hoping for leftovers for himself! In an amazing bout of forethought, he bought the pie crust in a 2-pack so there would be an extra one for making later.

Later, the house was quiet, but the aroma of roast turkey and sweet potato pie still swirled and it was a nice ending to a really nice day. . . until the house was rattled by an earthquake! LOL – no, really! Of course, anyone living in California would never have even felt the 2.1 on the Richter scale event, but ANY earthquake is a big deal to us in southern NJ…..

So, for me, family, food and the earth moving beneath my feet were the highlights of my Thanksgiving — how about you? A favorite Thanksgiving moment? A favorite food or recipe you can share? Something you will remember amongst your Thanksgiving memories? Please — share!


   Terri is working on a new Highlander novella that will be part of an HQN anothology in June 2013. Her next release will be AT THE HIGHLANDER’S MERCY, an April 2013 Harlequin Historical. Visit her website for more info about upcoming books and events.


6 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Redux…..

  1. My little niece was sick on Thanksgiving day…my favorite part was reading her a few chapters of The Wind in the Willows the next morning. : )

  2. Sandi in OH says:

    There was a total of eight people at our house for Christmas. Much less than what we use to have but one son and his family moved to NC. Without three grandchildren this was a quiet celebration especially for the grand lighting of the outdoor decorations.

  3. Emily McKay says:

    Actually, I loved having Thanksgiving early this year! It’s helping me jump start all my Christmas stuff. This year, I might actually be done before December with my shopping! 😯

    Trust me, that hasn’t happened since the year I was nine months pregnant *and* on deadline.

  4. Kathleen OD says:

    Thanksgiving for me was in October. We Canadians celebrate the 2nd Monday in October. But for me it is just another day to be thankful for what I have. When I see what has happened to so many people this past year, loosing their homes, I am just grateful to have a roof over my head and moeny enough to pay the bills.. That is so much more than a lot of people have today..

  5. Shana Shana says:

    I think it was too early, too, but like Emily said, I’m not behind on Christmas stuff. Yet.

  6. catslady says:

    I only cook for 5 people (use to be 6) and it’s not the same ever since my sister decided her family was too big. It sort of just feels like my usual Sunday dinners with a lot more work lol. But I am happy to have both my children nearby now. And stuffing is my favorite since I don’t make it very often and I’ve always loved it.

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