Putting Up Gratitude Soup

Suzan and Mom Cherries in Winter

Happy day after Thanksgiving! This day has come to be known as Black Friday, when people take advantage of their time off from work by getting ahead on their holiday shopping. I guess that makes sense. But I'm still basking in the glow of a day that was so extraordinary in its ordinary beauty, … [Read more...]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Aunt Marie and Nana, Cherries in Winter

My gratitude list today: My family * amazing friends * all the love and support we received during the flood * we didn't lose too much * generators, gas cans, & extension cords * great neighbors, all pitching in and helping each other * getting the power back! * yoga * my fabulous teachers … [Read more...]

No Kid Hungry: Your $ matched now!


Ah, the holidays: We've just finished one big meal, and we're already planning the next. Between those two is a day where people storm shops to buy stuff, extending pepper spray instead of good will to all men. 'Tis the season to be jolly! And, for a staggering 16 million children, hungry. In … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday and Contest Continuation!

Hi hi hi, and welcome to another frantic week here at Cherries Central. Book promotion is in high gear, as is pre-holiday prep work. It took me ages just to find a turkey that was compassionately raised on a free-range farm, not fed any chemicals or additives or stuff Mother Nature never wanted a … [Read more...]

Cookie Month Recipe #9: Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Pumpkin is like a great friend who lives in another state. You only get to see it twice a year: wearing a funny face on Halloween, and on Thanksgiving, when it stops by as dessert. But I'd like pumpkin to stop by more often, or at least stick around through the holidays. Our first recipe from the … [Read more...]

Put Out Your Holiday Worst

We’re seven for Thanksgiving this year—me, Nathan, my parents, our friends Margaret and David (who are Canadian and who treated us to a great Canadian Thanksgiving dinner last month), and my friend Suzie, who’s an excellent baker. Oh, and our neighbor’s beagle, who we watch when they’re away. We … [Read more...]

Thanks and Giving

The other day I was scanning our full fridge and well-stocked cupboards to see what we need for the big Thanksgiving feast coming up next week. I had the news on while I was doing this, and I heard a segment about statistics that had been released by the USDA's Economic Research Service: today, one … [Read more...]