Geri's Take...

Where Geri's insights on life, love and living may provide a clue as to how a U.S. Naval Academy graduate became a romance author. She's lived it, now she writes it.

 

A Thanksgiving Gift for You

This year I am grateful for my family’s health, our willingness to spend time together, and that even though I miss having our kids close, we’ve empowered them to soar to their own destinies. Sounds so nice, doesn’t it? But in reality it’s hard, tough work, as any parent will attest. It makes me think of my mother, and her mother, and my great-grandmother, who immigrated to the U.S. when she was 14! She never saw her parents again. They loved her enough to send her off to a greater life.

With the thoughts of the love it takes to raise a family, and it being Thanksgiving, I’m sharing a gift with you–my mother’s stuffing recipe. It’s very basic and I’m sure you can find it elsewhere, but it’s her love and memories added to it that make it special for me.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Mom’s Turkey Stuffing for Thanksgiving

1-4 loaves of store-bought bread, white or wheat, torn into small pieces*

Dried Sage (in the spice container!)

Poultry Seasoning

Salt

Pepper

One stick of butter or several tablespoons of olive oil (or a combination)*

1 white onion, chopped to your preference

3-4 stalks of celery, chopped

1-2 eggs, depending on how much bread you tore up the night before*

*what’s great about this recipe is that you can substitute gluten-free bread, corn bread, whatever works for you, as well as sub in vegan shortening for the oil/butter. It’s very adaptable. I’ve made it without eggs, too, and it’s fine.

The night before you’re going to roast the turkey, tear the loaves of bread up and put in a large stockpot or bowl. Young children especially enjoy helping with this part.

In the morning, sprinkle liberal amounts of the sage, poultry seasoning and pepper onto the bread. Put as much or as little as you think you’d like. Add a little salt to taste. Crack open an egg or two and mix with the bread (your hands work best here but then be sure to remove rings first and wash thoroughly afterwards. Raw eggs and all).

Melt the butter and saute the onions and celery until the onions are tender and opaque. Pour mixture over the bread, mixing until all of the bread has been moistened. Stuff the bird of your choice and/or bake in a separate casserole type dish, covered. If you’re only making stuffing, I’d suggest baking at 350 degrees for an hour, covered, and then maybe bake the last few minutes uncovered to brown. Please note that if you’re going to bake this stuffing in both your bird and a casserole dish, you must separate what’s going in the dish first, to avoid cross contamination from the raw turkey.  When baked inside the turkey, the stuffing is crispy on the outside and deliciously moist and flavorful.

 

Celebrating 30 Years

My husband and I weren’t initially sure how we’d celebrate our 30th. We decided to turn it into a history lover’s trip when he expressed a life long desire to tour the HMS Victory, Nelson’s flagship at Trafalgar.

HMS Victory. Dear Husband of 30 years is 6'2" for reference
HMS Victory. Dear Husband of 30 years is 6’2″ for reference

At first I thought “yawn,” then realized that Jane Austen sights abound in the English countryside, too. And then there was London, with all the beautiful museums. Here’s a little peek at our adventure, and a reminder that we don’t need to spend a lot of money to see the world–I saw so much of the world from romance novels starting when I was (too) young. I’ve no doubt that’s what got me interested in truly seeing the world, and led to my time in the U.S. Navy. Books change lives, indeed.

 

Unexpected Gifts

Unexpected Gifts was the original, working title for my very first published book, A Rendezvous to Remember. For some odd reason that phrase has popped into my thoughts today, and I want to share that each and every one of you is an unexpected gift to me. I’d always dreamed of being a published author, but I never imagined what an absolute joy each and every reader would be to me. Whether we meet here, on my Facebook page, or at a book signing, it’s always a gift to me.

Who or what has been an unexpected gift in your life?

 

 

 

Cover Reveal Soon

I’ve just seen the cover for Her Secret Christmas Agent and it’s gorgeous. As is the hero, and the stunning heroine. Can’t wait to show you! It’ll be up on the website soon, and of course in the newsletter, coming out within then next week or so. Make sure you’re subscribed–lots of fun news to share.

Stay cool if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, and read with joy.

 

July Giveaway

I’m hard at work on Explosive Risk, Book #4 in the Silver Valley PD series, out in April 2017. Each time I’m under deadline I think of my readers and how to give you the best story possible. And how to thank you, too. So as mentioned, I’m going to have a Christmas in July giveaway, soon! There will be an announcement in my newsletter and on my Facebook page. I do hope you enjoy it!

 

Christmas in July Elves?

What’s summer if you can’t have fun? Stay tuned as over the next couple of weeks you’ll see fun right here! The Christmas in July elves are hard at work planning a special July promotional event that will mean free books for a lucky reader or two. Make sure you are signed up for my newsletter–that’s how the details will be revealed. Enjoy the journey!

 

Spring Into Summer Reading

First blooms in the garden, with seeds!
First blooms in the garden, with a winged friend

Here in the Northeastern USA it’s taking a rather long while for spring to warm up the countryside, but with each day it’s clear summer will soon be here. What’s your favorite summer past time? Mine is reading and anything else that can be done outdoors. This is a fantastic time to catch up on book series. If you haven’t already, I hope you use this time to plan to be caught up on Silver Valley, PD and perhaps take a journey to Whidbey Island, Washington. Happy Reading!

 

Spring into Silver Valley

Photo Courtesy of Cupboard Maker Books Enola PA
Photo Courtesy of Cupboard Maker Books Enola PA

Silver Valley PD  is my new series for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, and I’ve loosely based it upon my local area in Pennsylvania. Those of you familiar with my previous series, Whidbey Island, know that I’m inclined to sprinkle my romances with mystery and intrigue. Silver Valley PD allows me to unleash my imagination, fueled by the great law enforcement folks in my area who oblige me with their wisdom and experience. I get to write scary, tension-filled stories that also have sexy romance. What more could an author want? The first book, Her Christmas Protector, was out last November, and the latest, Wedding Takedown is available now. Thank you so much for your support, and a big shout-out to everyone who came to meet me at Cupboard Maker Books last weekend. Happy Easter to those who celebrate, and we can all indulge in a little Easter candy, right?