Tag Archives: Thanksgiving

Cranberry Sauce


I’ve never made cranberry sauce from scratch before – And after creating this jewel like brew, I can’t believe I’ve waited so long. Honestly, it tastes as good as it looks. I didn’t use the clove in the recipe above (since I can’t stand clove in anything but cigarettes, and only on a November day, when you’re 19 in Boston). I subbed some cinnamon in instead. It is, I imagine, just as lovely.

Turkey Dinner To-Do list


Retro Camera

Originally uploaded by Tara’n’Russ

I thought I might document dinner going on the table Tara style – you know the crazy frantic nonsense that is my cooking a holiday meal.
This is my to-do list and my recipes. As I finish a recipe, I check it off the list, and take the recipe down off the cupboard. It’s a nice way to keep track of what is happening.

And still more . . .


I’ve been working on these lists with my classes for the last two days.  I shared some of my old gratitude lists, and have asked them to work on their own.  As they write, I try to add to my lists. I’ve been thinking a smidgen though, about how to extend the process of all this gratitude.  It is nice enough to make lists, but perhaps there is more to be done with the lists.  Perhaps, instead of lists sitting out in the interwebs I should be more grateful on the spot – let people, and places, and retailers know how much they are appreciated.  I try – try- to be a gracious consumer, and a kind coworker, saving most of my attitude for inside of my house.  And maybe that’s it, maybe – just maybe for the next five days, (and beyond, but you know, baby steps), I can check that attitude at my own door, and be appreciative of the blessings that abound in the confines of my home. Read the rest of this entry

Thanksgiving Cont.


Picking up this list up from earlier this year – you know, because it’s almost Thanksgiving


84. Big Black Boots
85. new friends, at some point you imagine, you’ll grow old enough to not get new friends, but then there they are, and you’re forging new relationships
86. Sierra Grill –  the restaurant that is always always good.
87. Alumni who come back and offer to babysit
88.  foggy mornings
89.  still getting nervous when applying to something
90. crossing things off my to do list


thanksgiving – shout-outs – 81 of 365

rain, rain, go away, come again some other day.
gratitude – cont.
the other day, Talking Heads came on the radio, and I started jamming out, and thinking about this one time I watched Stop Making Sense — and then I started thinking about the  person who showed it to me – and I smiled – and it made me think of all the gifts I’ve been given – and let’s be honest -people tend to complain more than they say thank you – so tonight I’m going to try to start turning that around.
76. to Regan – thanks for showing me the aforementioned video, thanks for being my roommate for seven months – — and we. . . . Read the rest of this entry

gratitude – 48 of 365



51. live music in small clubs
52. live music in big arenas
53. live music in my living room, with all my friends singing along.
54. bonfires
55. holiday visits home
56. my brother
57. pretty much everything russ does.
58. tomato soup and grilled cheese
59. that I have voice.
60. the letters I get at the end of the school year from kiddos
61. family. both sides. and the inlaws.
62. that my uncle made hard sauce and suet pudding just for me on Thanksgiving… okay, maybe not just for me. but still.
63. hard sauce
64. sitting around a table with cousins and brother recalling memories of being small and grandparents who are no longer here.
65. the two fantastic papers in a stack of 33 terrible ones.
66. sephora
67. nachos
68. care providers
69.  Kai’s one liners
70.  office supplies
71. hot chocolate
72.  the smell of he world just before it snows
73.  the joy that comes from watching your infant figure out the stuff that will become 2nd nature- waving and clapping and climbing
74. american pride
75. bookcases full of books