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It’s Thanksgiving Month – Win an Audiobook for the Holiday

Karin Kallmaker Painted Moon 25th Anniversary Edition

Drawing and comment period is now closed. Winner announced in the most recent comment.

Anyone who knows me knows that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Quite literally, EVERYONE is there for the food. Sure, sure – family, gratitude, friendship, good times, whatever, I’m totally on board for that too, and pass the gravy.

But it’s indisputable that this is my patronus:

winnie the pooh ready to relish dinner

I celebrated my love of the Thanksgiving feast in the early chapters of my fifth novel, Painted Moon. So this is the perfect time of year for the 25th Anniversary Edition to be released. Piling on to this celebration is the first-ever audiobook production, and it features the excellent narration of actor Abby Craden.

The audiobook, in my nakedly biased opinion, would make a great accompaniment to that plane, train or automobile journey you may have, or your commute, or in the kitchen with you as you prep for your own way of celebrating National Feast Day Thanksgiving.

Painted Moon 25th Anniversary Edition audio cover

To enter to win an audio download code, all you have to do is comment below with a favorite Thanksgiving or holiday memory, a tradition you keep, a dish you love to make for yourself this time of year, or what has filled you with gratitude of late.

Here’s my favorite Thanksgiving memory, in case you’re curious.

Winners will be notified with a comment from me here on Tuesday Nov. 5, 2019. The code will be for an audiobook.com download, courtesy of Tantor Productions and Bella Books.

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  1. Thank you everybody for commenting and sharing your Thanksgiving or other family gathering memories! My appetite is whetted and I’m already planning a few new dishes for the day!

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  2. We don’t celebrate thanksgiving but my best Christmas Memory was 1999 while deployed overseas with the Army to East Timor doing gun picquet over Christmas lunch period and talking to all the local children. Was completely different to what I was used to but very rewarding.

    1. That does sound rewarding, and I’m glad you were in a place where it was safe to connect with kids.

  3. I remember every year we went to my Grandparents house for Thanksgiving. We lived in Illinois and my Grans liven in Missouri. We would all sing over the river and through the woods, all the way there!
    When I was 8 years old my job became making the candied sweet potatoes! I took the job seriously and they always turned out great!
    I Loved my Grans Pumpkin pie!

    1. I think when I was 8 – being surrounded by good cooks – my job was opening cans and doing dishes. Candied sweet potatoes is pretty ambitious for an 8 year old, good on you!

  4. I also love Thanksgiving the best. I remember, as a child, my sister and I had the job of shining the silver.
    My current favorite recipe is a pumpkin cheesecake. Thanksgiving is the only day of the year I eat meat- I love turkey.

    1. Shining the silver! I had that job as a kid, too, but we only had a few pieces. Pumpkin cheesecake sounds yummy!

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  5. As an Army brat, there were the years we all had dinner with my father’s unit on post. Not my favorite mess although very lively. Then for many years, my father worked on the “black Friday” so we would have spaghetti dinner on Thursday! Because my mom wasn’t making two turkeys, and who could blame her? The family on my mother’s side would convene for dinner at my great aunt and uncle’s home on Saturday after black Friday. The smell of all that cooking is like nothing else. Pecan pies and cornbread are part of the definition of Thanksgiving dinner. Thank you for asking.

    1. I truly think at the point about 30 minutes before dinner is served, all those smells and all that energy makes my brain go a little bit crazy-swoony.

  6. I grew up in a restaurant, and Thanksgiving was the only holiday that it was open. My mom cooked everything… for days. Pumpkin pies, turkeys, pounds of stuffing and potatoes. She had a recipe for cranberry relish that I cannot duplicate. It was a wild and crazy day that Either spent at the sink washing dishes or waiting tables. Lots of great memories.

    1. With family and with great food. Think of impact your family had on so many others who shared the day with you.

  7. I love the idea of Thanksgiving, giving thanks for what we have. My favorite memories are those of spending the day with my family, including grandmother, aunt, uncle and cousins. My aunt taught me how to make kleiner one year (which are lightly fried cookies and a family favorite).

    1. I’ve had those and they are really yummy! Learning to make them the way your aunt did – truly priceless.

    1. Be sure he learns to put the black olives on his fingers. My nephew didn’t know this important rite of passage until he was 6, it was a travesty. 🙂

  8. Just three years ago, my answer would have been different. That was before she didn’t have any space in her life for me anymore. The Thanksgiving feasts we had gone to were with friends – literally dozens of them – and a great time of sampling foods and learning about cultures. Now, while I am grateful for a good number of things (including my health and my family), the tenor of Thanksgiving has changed to a great meal with my family.

    I’m most thankful for my health – something I think we take for granted far too easily. I’m still working on improving mine, so the favorite pecan and apple pies will only get a taste this year. The kitchen scale will probably have to help me fill my plate too – since without it I’m sure the food coma would last for days!

    1. Health – the older we get the more obvious it is that health shouldn’t be taken for granted. Congrats on all the things you do to stay healthy.

  9. I Live 500 miles from my huge bio-family, by choice. It’s just healthier for me. So I make a habit of sharing the holidays with a drop-in center for adults with mental illnesses where I used to work. We gather about 10 in the morning for games and chatter then eat about noon. about 2, I’m free to move on to other friend’s houses, but I’ve started the holiday in true community and gratitude.

  10. My Mother taught me to make buttermilk pie for Thanksgiving one year that we were actually together and now I make it every year for everyone. I’m grateful to her and my Grandmother for all the things they’ve taught me to make.

    1. Buttermilk pie? My taste buds are tingling. What exactly is that? (Asking for my spirit animal.)

      1. Buttermilk pie is deliciousness. It’s easy to make too. I use a premade shortbread crust, and it’s just buttermilk, eggs, sugar, a little flour and nutmeg. It’s sort of custard and cheesecake like.

        1. Oh, that sounds really delicious! The acid in the buttermilk is going to do good things to the egg proteins. Mmmmmmm, custard….

  11. I love Thanksgiving but my favorite are the pies!! Apple and/or pecan, please and thank you! This will be my 4th Thanksgiving without my partner. Her decision, not mine. We were together for 26 years. The holidays are tough, but each year it gets a little easier. Thankful for my family and grateful for my inner strength! Life is quiet and that’s not a bad thing!

    1. It sounds like you’re moving on, good for you. I believe pie is one of the things that proves the universe loves us and wants us to be happy.

  12. Two years ago, we finally had the chance to host our family for Thanksgiving dinner at our house. It was a beautiful evening, and I honestly can’t imagine a more perfect Thanksgiving. Even the 3 year old was an angel. That level of Rockwellian perfection will probably NEVER happen again, so I hold the memory close!

  13. My favorite memory was going to my grandparents house and having my granddad’s pumpkin cake. My favorite thing to make is pecan pie. Something I am thankful for this time of the year is my partner since her birthday is the 26th of November.

    1. That would be awesome, a birthday that fell right around Thanksgiving. Not every year, but just often enough to make it special that year.

      I don’t think I’ve ever had pumpkin cake. Cream cheese frosting? Sounds delicious.

  14. Holidays were always held at my grandmother’s house. Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas day would see 50+ people – family and friends – come through her doors. And Gram always did the cooking and baking. Every bit of food that was put out was made by Gram’s hands.

    My job was to stay the heck out of the way. I’d sit in a corner and chat with her and Mom. If they need something from the fridge on the porch or the pantry in the basement, I’d do the fetching. Otherwise, I just chatted. My other job was as Gram’s main taster. Her meat dressing at Thanksgiving didn’t get put into the oven until I’d given her the okay. “Needs more sage, Gram. And maybe some poultry seasoning. Let’s give that a try.” “It’s a little dry, Gram. I think we need another egg in the mix.” We’d stop only when I’d say, “Perfect!” We used the same process for at Christmas for the meatballs and cheese in the lasagna. Until I gave the go-ahead, nothing got cooked.

    When Gram passed, Mom took over the cooking. I did more than just sit in a corner and talk to her. I was now an integral part of the process. Mom took over Gram’s responsibilities and I took over Mom’s responsibilities. But I was still the final word when it came to taste. Thanksgiving was still held at home, but Christmas moved to my aunt’s house. Mom and I still did the cooking…we just had to transport it.

    After Mom passed, all holidays moved to my aunt’s house. I still carry on the tradition of making the turkey and Gram’s meat dressing. After all, I knew how it was supposed to taste. Ditto for the lasagna and meatballs at Christmas. Except, it’s all me. Of course, the difficulty came in the guessing – Gram never wrote her recipes down. So, while I knew the ingredients, I never knew the proper amounts. Was it two slices of bread per pound of ground beef? Or four slices?

    Also, I only know how to make things in large quantities. Meat dressing? Nothing less than 5 pounds of ground beef will do. Lasagna? Obviously I will need 4 gallon buckets of ricotta cheese. Oh, only 10 people are coming over? That’s okay. We’ll eat that one pan of lasagna and the other 3 can be split up for people to take home.

    My aunt and her kids keep telling me that I don’t have to keep doing this, that they will take over some of the cooking. But I just tell them that I want to do it.

    It’s a tradition that I want to keep going. For myself. I love waking up on Thanksgiving morning to the smell of a roasting turkey. The sage scent that fills the kitchen for two days is a balm to my soul. Though I really dislike doing it, I do find a bit of comfort in chopping celery and onions for Thanksgiving, and garlic and Italian parsley for Christmas.

    1. Even the traditions that have chores we don’t like can awaken that nostalgia and comfort section in our brain. I don’t relish doing the dishes. But the satisfaction and all the memories of previous similarly concluded Thanksgiving celebrations are right there as I do them.

      Of course, you could enlist some sous chefs for the onions. On the other hand, tears are part of the process.

  15. Sweet potato pie 🙂 Chock full of brown sugar and marshmallow topping. Guaranteed to make yourself count the miles you’ll need to work it off and just don’t care 😀

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