Holiday Week

This is a holiday week here in the USA. For my international friends, Thursday is our Thanksgiving.

This kept me up late Monday, because my work scheduled a potluck. Makes sense, we have to stay up all night Wednesday to cook, why not do it Monday too? I had enough chile verde to take home for supper last night.

Tonight I have to bake dinner rolls. I made the mistake of baking these for Thanksgiving many years ago, and everyone demands them now. It’s a raised dough product, so hours of rising and punching down, and re-rising are part of my evening plan. My wife said we need a TRIPLE batch this year. I actually have one giant-sized bowl I might be able to make it all at once in. I’m sure I have to wash it first, and will have to wash it during the process because it’s also my storage bin for the finished product.

Bake time is another issue. I only have so many sheets, and the rolls have to raise one more time after they are shaped. This year, I’m going to be thankful for getting it over with.

Things have slowed down online. I’m noticing it on all fronts. Since I ended my big promotional push, I have a lot more time for other things. I’ve even expanded beyond my “must read” list on WordPress. Some of you may notice some likes on blogs I haven’t visited for a while.

I took a vacation day Friday. We have company, but I don’t know if they’re all going out for Black Friday. I don’t see it being a productive writing day, but it could happen. Pure luck of the draw, my flex day is Monday and that could be a writing day.

I hacked out another “anthem” piece for my Enhanced League baseball stories. I’m pretty happy with it. This one is about the extra guy on the team. The one who fills in for injured players and the lack of respect for his job.

In other news, I have a fun Lisa Burton Radio post scheduled for tomorrow. I couldn’t sell Thanksgiving to anyone as a good day, so I wrote this one on my own. It isn’t about one of my books though, so if you get a break in the action tomorrow you might want to check it out.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who celebrates it. I’ll be thinking about you slaving over your cornbread stuffing, and green bean casserole while I punch down dough.

PS: Don’t forget to thaw the turkey.

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  1. Have a great Thanksgiving Craig! I’ve just made Christmas cake, readu to feed with brandy in the run up to Christmas. I also have six jars of mincemeat for mince pies! ’tis the season to be eatin’ šŸ™‚

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  2. I would have lost my chit if I’d had to do a pot-luck at work this week. They’da gotten some storebought pie and a 2-liter! lol
    I tend to forget the rolls take a lot longer to rise in Indiana than they did in Georgia. I’ve mentally noted this repeatedly, but I still worry about failing myself.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours šŸ™‚ — in case you’re not on WP tomorrow. I’ll be here with doors.

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  3. Have a fun Thanksgiving and a restful Friday. I have this image in my head of you fighting the dough while Eye of the Tiger plays. šŸ˜œ

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  4. Hope you and yours have a fabulous Thanksgiving, Craig. And good luck with all that dough wrangling. I bet those rolls are excellent!

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  5. Thinking about you, up to your elbows in flour, has given me the giggles…

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  6. Do you have to do anything to keep your beard out of the dough?

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  7. Have a happy thanksgiving!

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  8. Wishing you and yours a blessed holiday!!

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  9. A rising number of people in England do a Thanksgiving meal now, and some restaurants are jumping on the bandwagon too, it’s really not our celebration but there not letting a mere historical detail stop them from having a big dinner! I am making a Thanksgiving dinner but then my children are half American so that makes sense šŸ™‚ Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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  10. Happy Thanksgiving, Craig! I laughed at your rolls dilemma. I made that mistake, too, and now everyone clamors for them. Have a wonderful holiday and good for you on taking Friday off work. We’re on a 4 day weekend and plan on watching lots of football, relaxing and Christmas shopping. Cheers! šŸ™‚

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  11. Some people view bread making as a kind of meditation. Especially the dough-punching part! Maybe you can punch out a few story ideas while you’re at it.

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  12. S.K. Nicholls

    Happy Holiday! I would write more but Google chrome gives me about thrity secs before crashing “Aw Snap” and I’ve already cleared cookies. I don’t know what’s going on.

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