I said last week that my blog was changing direction. Every Friday, I’m now going to post a picture of a cute puppy doing something adorable. Why? Because I love dogs and they make me happy. I hope they make you happy too.
So here’s the first puppy photo!
This puppy, the photographer describes, was trying to keep up with mom through the thick winter snow. Mom wasn’t much bigger, however, and it was taking all their effort to continue on their journey.
Photo by Olgierd Pstrykotwórca
I’ve been blogging for 30 days for Blogging for Bites. It’s been a journey of writing constantly, helping other bloggers, and creating successful and not so successful content. What have I learned? (more…)
If you’ve been following along for the last month, I’ve been blogging to raise money for the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and to raise awareness about hunger in Arkansas. My goal was to raise $200 and we’re not even close. There are only two days left.
So far I’ve had two donations. One, on the very first day of blogging for bites, was from Katie, the lovely editor of Twin Stripe Magazine. The second was from my mother, who donated after hearing that I was disappointed I’d only raised $10 halfway through the month. That puts the total to $35!
We can do better than this. (more…)
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. (more…)
Thanksgiving is tomorrow. Is your blog and mind ready for a break? If you’re a blogger like me, even when you’re not “on,” you’re on. You think about blogging pretty much every waking second of your day unless you crush those thoughts and intentionally spend time doing something else. (more…)
“My hand turkey is going to kick your hand turkey’s butt.”
This is a common refrain in our house this week, leading up to Thanksgiving. For the last few years, we’ve made doing hand turkeys into a competition worthy sport. It started innocently enough—I was familiar with my boyfriend’s family traditions and wanted to include something fun for us to do together while waiting for the festivities to start. So one Wednesday before Thanksgiving a few years ago, we started the hand turkey tradition. (more…)
When Thanksgiving hits, we often think about holidays past and the fond memories that go with them. One of my favorite memories of a holiday dinner ended in eruptions of orange soda from my brother’s nose during a fancy dinner my parents were hosting. Obviously, we were the best children ever.
Thanksgiving asks us to reflect on the things we are thankful for—I was lucky enough to be assigned this task by Sarah White. I met Sarah at WordCamp Fayetteville in 2012 and you’ll never see her without knitting needles in hand. She writes the About.com knitting section and recently wrote a book about knitting for babies. She tagged me with a Liebster Award, which is really just a chain email of the blogging world. So here it goes!
Enjoy this roundup of all things Thanksgiving to prepare for the holiday. We’re just a week away, after all!
Looking for some Thanksgiving themed writing? Food Writers Share Thanksgiving Stories is a great place to start.
We listen to Turkey Confidential every year on the drive down to relatives in Oklahoma. Enough to make your mouth water!
In kindergarten in Massachusetts, we make butter, pilgrim bonnets and hats, and have a little Thanksgiving play for our parents. I wrote a lesson plan on how to make the hats that’s been super popular over on one of our test websites.
Not cooking and will be doing lots of sitting around leading up to Thanksgiving? Turkey nail polish!
Thanksgiving food on crack. These are some crazy dishes!
Growing up, my family spent Thanksgiving with my parent’s Jewish friends who are “vegetarians.” Well, they ate salmon and when the mom wasn’t looking, they all snuck a bit of turkey. I am very sad that I’m missing Thanksgivukkah! I love the idea of a Menurkey.
I love listening to stories read aloud and love reading them aloud myself. One that’s stuck in my memory is Laurie Colwin’s “Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant.” You can listen to it on Selected Shorts.
I hope you have a fantastic Thanksgiving with your family and friends next Thursday.
Photo by Martina Photography. She has some really fantastic photos.
After a farmer harvests their crop for commercial use, there’s all kinds of useful food left over on the fields that can only be harvested by hand-picking. The process of gathering unharvested crops is called gleaning. Gleaning is a word that comes from the Bible:
When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. 10 Do not go over your vineyard a second timeor pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the foreigner. I am the Lord your God.
Regardless of what you think about the Bible, there are millions of pounds of food sitting in fields after a harvest that simply rot and go to waste. On the other hand, there are people starving who could use that food. The Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance puts the two together through gleaning programs to take in unharvested food to feed the hungry. It is my favorite part of the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance programs. (more…)
I’m going to say something sacrilegious here: Bob’s Grill in Conway, Arkansas doesn’t have food worth writing home about. The pie is delicious enough. The pancakes are fluffy enough. The hash browns are usually burnt but I like them. But honestly, it doesn’t matter. You don’t go to Bob’s Grill because they have to-die-for food. You don’t go because of what Bob’s Grill serves. You go because of what Bob’s Grill is. (more…)
Some of the best first lines in literature would make terrible blog post first lines. Why? Writing for blogs and writing for other forms are completely different things. The first sentence of a blog post needs to have two things: a hook for the readers and a hook for the search engines. (more…)