Catching Up... A Writing Update & Thanksgiving Menu

Hellooooooo blogosphere!

It's been a while. I have neglected my blog for several weeks as life came at me full force... in a good way.

My oldest son - now a freshman in high school - participated in his school's marching band. So, from September through early November, our afternoons and weekends revolved around his band activities. And it was great fun! The band enjoyed tremendous success during competitions, and it was a real joy to watch my son "come alive" doing something he loved. I also completely enjoyed getting to "hang out" with the rest of the kids and get to know them.

Now that marching band season has ended, life is settling back into a normal routine. I am writing much more these days, and I'm pleased to say that ONCE AND FOR ALL, the sequel to ONCE AGAIN, is nearing completion! HOORAY! When I finally type "The End", you may hear my shout of joy wherever you are! My plan is to finish the first draft before Christmas, then spend a month in edits/proofreading, and hopefully release the book late-January or early-February.

I'm just giddy with excitement over this book. The writing hasn't been as "smooth" as the writing for ONCE AGAIN, but I have fallen SO in love with these characters. Phoebe Campbell is a "hidden jewel", and Todd Miller, flawed as he was at the beginning of ONCE AGAIN, is a gentleman just waiting to bloom. I can't wait to share these two with you!

In the meantime, I wish each of you a glorious Thanksgiving with your loved ones. May your holiday be filled with lots of love, laughter, and delicious food!

Here's the menu for my family! I'd love to hear yours!

Smoked Turkey (Hubby's the "smoker" in the family!)
Cornbread Dressing
Green Beans
Sweet Potato Balls (Mashed sweet potatoes molded around a large marshmallow, rolled in raw sugar, and baked!)
Cole Slaw
Pea Salad
Cranberry Sauce
Yeast Rolls
Sweet Iced Tea
Mini-Pumpkin Pies


  1. The menu sounds delicious, those sweet potato balls, wow, really intrigued. I'm not a big fan of marshmallow, but may have to try that.

    Glad to hear things have been going well for you and your family, welcome back to blogging ;)

  2. Sounds terribly nice. I haven't seen a Thanksgiving dinner in five years. Living in Japan makes it hard to (a) find turkey and (b) cook turkey. Thanks for sharing that, it's nice to remember the little things. I hope your holiday was a good one.


  3. So glad that you are "once again" finding time to write. (couldn't help myself there.)

    I'm intrigued by the sweet potato balls, too. Usually my sister makes a sweet potato casserole, with mashed sweet potatoes that have sugar/butter blended into them and she tops it with a crumble made of chopped pecans, coconut and a mixture of sugars that is then browned in the oven until the top layer caramelizes.

    We have Thanksgiving with my family, so there will be turkey and ham, rolls, turkey gravy, dressing, green beans, mashed potatoes, mac & cheese and cranberry gel as well as my cousin's cranberry jello mold that her mother used to make each holiday. I'm also probably going to have to whip up some Watergate Salad when we arrive Wednesday night at my parents and my mom always makes her pumpkin chiffon pies (they're lighter and fluffier than a regular pumpkin pie.) It's all terribly good and I won't be able to move for hours afterward. ;)

    Hope you and your family have a wonderfully blessed Thanksgiving, as well, Amy!

  4. Mmmmm.... drooling over the menu! We're doing mostly traditional fare and it's potluck. Someone else is bringing the turkey and scalloped potatoes, another person is bringing green bean casserole and harvard beets. We're providing sweet potato casserole (like pie, but without the crust), cranberry sauce, cranberry relish, cranberry chutney (really can't have too much cranberry at our table!), breads, butternut squash bread pudding, and pies for dessert.

    My oldest son's football season had us trapped for several months. Equipment turn-in is tonight and while I'm a little sad to see the season end, I'm also glad to free up my schedule. Maybe I'll actually finish the revision on my novel and keep up with my blog now! What we mama writers go through... ;)


  5. Here's the link to the Sweet Potato Balls recipe. It's a Paula Deen recipe. It calls for the balls to be rolled in coconut. I love coconut, but I thought that made it a little too "dessert like", so I roll them in raw sugar instead. It caramelizes a bit, and still maintains a bit of crunch!