One week from today, I’ll be at my mom’s house, surrounded by family, enjoying turkey, dressing, candied yams, cranberry sauce, and all the other wonderful dinner trimmings that go along with Thanksgiving.
Besides all the usual things that I am thankful for, I wanted to take a moment to extend a special thank you to readers. Whether you read my books or not, I thank you for being a lover of the printed word. Without you, there would be no reason to write. So thank you!
As a way to say thank you in a slightly more practical manner, I’d like to offer two (hopefully fun) little gifts. The first is a recipe, and the second is a chance to win a giant reader-focused giveaway.
Usually at Thanksgiving, I make my mother’s candied yams, but sometimes I want the sweet potato fix without the extensive time commitment. So for those occasions (and for the church potluck last Sunday), I make a simple sweet potato casserole. I prefer red garnet yams over the classic sweet potato, but either will work. For potluck Sunday, I baked the potatoes the night before, spread them in the pan, placed it in the fridge, then whipped up the topping in the morning for the final baking. If you do this, cook it a little longer to make sure it heats all the way through.
Sweet Potato Casserole
Bake 4-5 yams/sweet potatoes until soft (about 1.5 hours at 400). Remove skins and place in large mixing bowl. Add salt, 1/2 cup of butter, and about 1/2 cup brown sugar. Blend until butter is melted and mixture is smooth. Spread in large casserole dish (I prefer a rectangular dish over the bowl pictured at the right).
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup chopped pecans
Mix first four ingredients using either a fork or your fingers to blend until it is a consistency of coarse crumbs. Add pecans and mix through. Sprinkle topping over yam mixture, covering completely. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until heated through.
Now for the second attempt to show my appreciation. A chance to win a Kindle Fire and over 55 Inspirational Historical Romance Novels by some of your favorite Christian novelists! My latest release, No Other Will Do, is among the books being given away.
Click on the graphic above to be taken to the contest site. One winner will receive the grand prize of a Kindle Fire and digital copies of all the books pictured above. A second winner will receive the full collection of e-books. The contest is open until November 21 and is available to readers in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.
To enter, you must click on the graphic to visit the contest site. Entering a comment here will not enter you into the contest. However, I would love to hear your thoughts.
- What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish?
- Besides the usual gratitude for family, friends, and our marvelous Lord, what else are you thankful for this year?
May you have a blessed holiday full of reasons to give thanks and plenty of time to read to your heart’s content!