Skye Denison from Denise Swanson’s New York Times bestselling Scumble River mystery series talks about her life and adventures.
With Halloween over, and Mom having changed her concrete goose from a witch to a pilgrim, it’s time to turn my attention to Thanksgiving. As a school psychologist in Scumble River, a small town in Central Illinois, my year revolves around the holidays—and not just because I get those days off.
School personnel generally decorate their rooms with the monthly holiday theme, and a lot dress for the holiday as well. In fact, the staff at Scumble River Junior High makes it a bit of a competition. And it’s cheating to wear the same outfit twice. Since I’m itinerant, and am usually only at the junior high two days a week, it’s a little easier for me to come up with six or seven fall sweaters, and six or seven Christmas tops. But I have no idea how the rest of the faculty manages to have fifteen to twenty ensembles—let alone, store them the rest of the year.
Another thing that revolves around the holidays is food. First, there’s the negotiation—who is bringing what. Then there’s the shopping and preparation. And finally, my favorite—the eating. Although, this year, I’m trying to be good since I really don’t want to go for the final fitting of my wedding dress and find out it’s too tight. How embarrassing would that be?
Here’s a recipe for my Grandma’s famous sausage dressing.
2 loaves of white bread
1 lb. Jimmy Dean regular sausage
1 lb. Jimmy Dean sage sausage
1 lb. Jimmy Dean hot sausage
2 cups celery
2 cups onion
1½ stick margarine
1½ cup boiling water
1 tsp. sage
Salt and pepper
Remove crusts from bread, then tear bread into small pieces. Set aside. Fry all the sausage together, drain, and set aside. Sauté onions and celery in ½ stick of margarine. Mix bread, sausage, onion, and celery together. Add sage, salt, and pepper. Melt 1 stick of margarine and add boiling water. Our water/butter over the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Put in a Crock Pot on low for 6-8 hours.
What is your family’s Thanksgiving menu like?
--New York Times bestselling author Denise Swanson writes the Scumble River and the Devereaux Dime Store mysteries. Murder of the Cat’s Meow is her newest book and is available at: