Posts Tagged ‘holiday’


As I turned off the highway and anticipated arriving home to my little abode, the main thing on my mind was gratitude that it would be warm inside. I was chilled to the bone, and I know that people all over the world exist in that miserable state–chilled. How lucky I am to have a warm place to come home to on a rainy day. Being warm is so soothing, so comforting, so healing. 

I flashed back to my morning shower, and how I had turned away from the showerhead and reveled in the feel of warm water on my back and shoulders. What a blessing, to go from a warm bed to a warm bathroom and into a warm shower. 

Being warm or just being in contact with a warm object  is among the greatest feelings on Earth. A blanket that’s been warmed and placed over you  is the only redeeming feature about being in a hospital. You fall in love with the sensitive nurse who provides this simple comfort.

In the same category fall: heating pads, hot water bottles, hot tubs and mineral springs all intended to heal our aches and pains and improve our dispositions. A massage is all about warm hands awakening dormant cells and restoring life all over the body.

I guess if I had to pick a word that comes the closest to paying forward  love, it would be the word warm. So for this whole holiday season coming up I wish you warm!


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I love Thanksgiving best of all the holidays. I have had so many, many wonderful Thanksgiving days, days to remember for a lifetime.

I’d never given much thought to the fact that this is strictly an American Tradition? But it is. Centuries ago a prediction was voiced about a new nation. It went something like this:  “England is great with child; she shall bring forth a new nation who will celebrate the Thursdays.”  That’s not an exact quote, but those words give me goosebumps anyway. That’s us. That’s uniquely us. That’s what our courageous forefathers and foremothers built for us and left in our care.

We just need to remember, every day, all we have to be thankful for and not waste so much energy fueling the negativity around us. The greatest thing about this special American holiday is that it includes everybody; it does not exclude anybody in America. It’s non-sectarian, non-political. Maybe that’s exactly why it will go on forever.

I don’t have to cook for this wonderful holiday anymore except for my one contribution to every holiday dinner. You will never have had better yams than mine:

SWEET & SOUR YAMS                                                                                            Mavis

6 to 8 medium yams, baked in skins ‘til done. Abt 30” at 400ْ

1 large orange

2 tbsp cornstarch

1 cup brown sugar

½ tsp salt

2 tbsp grated orange rind

¼ cup (1/2 cube) butter

1 & ¾ cup orange juice

¼  cup Cointreau – or other citrus liqueur

1 whole lime, juiced

Pecan halves or orange slices for garnish

In a skillet, mix all dry ingredients well.  Turn on medium heat under skillet and stir. Add orange zest and butter, heat until melted, then add orange juice. Bring to an easy boil and cook until thickened. Stir in Cointreau and lime juice. Peel and slice yams, abt. 1” thick, into a casserole. Pour over the sauce and add pecans. Bake @350 uncovered for 20-25”. Keeps well frozen.

Happy Thanksgiving!


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