It really jerks my chain. Christmas decorations up and products on the shelves BEFORE Halloween. Christmas music piped over the sound system BEFORE the turkey dinner is even bought let alone cooked and eaten. It disgusts me.
Thanksgiving is ONE day! A day meant for humility and gratitude. It's NOT a religious holiday. Thanksgiving is held steadfast in our collective American heritage. The story told to our grandparents, our parents, us, our children, our grandchildren, and so on about the "First Thanksgiving".
The retailers are opening earlier and earlier on Thanksgiving Day. This isn't because they want to show their gratitude to their loyal customers. It is strictly driven by the GOD ALMIGHTY DOLLAR. They don't care about their customers or their employees, and it shows.
Now I get it...some people have to work: soldiers, firefighters, EMTs, police, doctors, nurses, etc. In fact, I've been one of those who had to work on the holidays because someone's life depended on it. I am also very grateful to everyone who chooses this career path. However, retail is NOT essential and no one's life depends on the newest gadget being sold for Christmas this year.
So I'm boycotting...I won't be shopping any of the stores open on Thanksgiving Day. For those of you that know me...you know this isn't a giant leap for me in the least. I don't shop on Black Friday, period. And, any store that cannot show their gratitude to their employees by allowing them to have Thanksgiving Day off, does not deserve my hard earned dollar. In fact, I'll be doing ALL of my shopping at the local "Mom and Pop" stores who remained closed so their employees could spend Thanksgiving with their families.
While the list below is NOT all inclusive it's a good start. Who's willing to join me?
Retailer Hall of Shame
7 For All Mankind
AG Adriano Goldschmied
AIX Armani Exchange
American Eagle Outlets
American Eagle Outfitters
Au Bon Pain
BCBG Max Azria
Corningware Corelle & More
Crabtree & Evelyn
Dick’s Sporting Goods
Dooney & Bourke
G.H. Bass & Co.
IIori Eyewear Boutique
Johnston & Murphy
Jones New York
Jos. A. Bank
Kate Spade New York
Modell's Sporting Goods
Movado Company Store
Saks Fifth Avenue
The Children's Place
The Cosmetic Company Store
The Luggage Factory
The North Face
Toys 'R Us
True Religion Brand Jeans
1 c. butter, room temperature
1/2 c. dark cocoa powder
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 c. milk
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
4 large eggs
1 c. granulated sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp espresso powder
1 c. raspberry preserves,
Preheat oven to 325*F
Makes 24 cupcakes
I thought I'd share a couple of photos if the cupcakes we made. My hubby calls this food porn. Click the image for the recipe.
CreativeJuicez|Raspberry Mocha Cupcake
CreativeJuicez|Raspberry Mocha Cupcake
I was helping my friend bake and decorate cupcakes for a birthday party tonigh. They were stinking cute. I'll have to get pictures from her. Tomorrow we're baking and decorating more cupcakes for a "Murder Mystery" dinner party her mom is having.
I made the comment if I ever won the lottery we'd have to open our own "Tea and Cakes". We giggled hysterically over it. But really, I would set her up in her own business. She makes awesome cupcakes!
What would you do for someone other than a family member if you won the lottery?
I'm an avid reader. I love to feel the weight of a book in my lap, the texture of the pages and the smell of old paper. Some of my favorite books are covered with cracked, worn leather. The gold stamped letters of the title faded by time. But honestly, you can only read a book so many times before you have to put it away and pick something else to read. Here's my quandary...I don't know what I want to read.
I love thrillers (a little supernatural with Dean Koontz, a little espionage with Vince Flynn, or a little history with Dan Brown)
horror (a little scary with Stephen King, a little blood sucking with Anne Rice, or a little flesh eating with Joe McKinney)
fantasy (a little Middle Earth with J.R.R. Tolkien, a little spell-binding with J.K. Rowling, or a little dragon riding with Christopher Paolini)
Crime (a little murder mystery with Patricia Cornwell, a couple true stories by Anne Rule, or a little Sherlock with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
I'm at a lost for what to put on my reading list. With winter around the corner and spending more time inside...I need to add to my list. Any suggestions?
I don't know what it is about Autumn but I get the weirdest food cravings at this time of year. Fried Cabbage, pumpkin pie, apple turnovers, cheesy ham & potato soup, just to name a few.
I never have these intense food cravings at any other time of the year.
Today it was cucumber salad...REALLY! Where did that come from? I had them put cucumbers on my sub...nope, the craving only got worse. I tried eating cucumber slices...nope. It had to be cucumber salad. The kind my mom makes with sliced onion and creamy dill dressing. And it had to be tonight before my face peeled back and an alien that could whoop Signourey Weaver's backside came exploding out.
Luckily, Thing 2 put a beef roast in the crock pot so all I had to do was make mashed potatoes and CUCUMBER SALAD. Alien invasion diverted.
A friend shared this video on her Facebook page. As a devoted Catholic, she was appalled by "this lesbian's audacity". She was vehement and vicious in her tirade. My heart broke.
It is easy to look at someone and judge them by how they look. It's even easier to judge a label, a preconceived notion of what type of person someone is. It's much harder to invest the time and willingness to truly get to know someone, to look beyond the clothes, the color of their skin, or who they are dating. We are all human. We all have fears. We all have dreams. My fears are not less than nor greater than yours. My dreams no bigger or smaller.
Amy's point is very simple, everyone has a closet. A place within they can tuck away those things that they are afraid to share, the "hard conversations". We've already been our own judge and jury. Our closets have become our dungeons and our fears have become our wardens. Fear of being ostracized. Fear of being unloved. Fear of worthlessness. And regardless of whether we think those fears are justified or not, they belong to the person who feels them.
So next time someone says, "I need to talk.", I will remember the courage it took for them to open that door and initiate that hard conversation.
Do you ever get odd food cravings? Those foods from your childhood that invoke vivid and fond memories that you haven't eaten in ages? I got one of those this week. My grandma used to make fried cabbage in the fall. I could smell it at the strangest moments. It got to the point that nothing was satisfying. So I broke down and made it.
- Kielbasa or Polish Sausage
- 1 small cabbage (shredded)
- 1 medium onion (diced)
- 2 large potatoes (peeled and cubed)
- 4 slices bacon
- 4 Tbsp butter
- 4 Tbsp water
- salt & pepper (to taste)
4 servings Read More