I love buying people presents for Christmas, but when it comes to someone asking me what I would like for Christmas I come up short on ideas. I used to love the Oprah Show this time of year, because it was her “Favorite Things” episode, and color me green with envy when several of my friends were selected as military spouse recipients of Oprah’s Favorite Things two years ago. I decided to compile a list of not only my Favorite Things, but I asked some of my other writer friends to include a list of THEIR favorite things as well, because everyone knows that not everyone is a Marathon-Running-Star-Wars-Junkee-Author. If you are looking for last minute ideas for anyone on your list, look no further than Many Kind Regards: Last Minute Gift Ideas for the Slacker Shopper.
My grandfather taught me everything I ever knew about cooking. He died on Christmas Day in 1979. I was three, but for as long as I can remember every Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter he was present. The first 20 years since his death he was there with my grandmother, but after Alzheimer’s first claimed her mind, then claimed her body, it would appear that we had lost my grandfather. But in all honesty we haven’t, whether we make his traditional wild rice, or his Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin, my Grandfather is alive and well. I share with you today, my Grandfather’s traditional Wild Rice. A recipe I have watched my mom make every holiday, and now I make. The reason this is a traditional recipe—my Grandfather was White Earth Ojibwe. Boozhoo Bendigen (Welcome Hello)!
Jodi Vetter is a 38-year old aspiring author. She has been published in "Chicken Soup For Soul: Raising a Child on The Autism Spectrum,” has her own blog, and has poetry published in the College of St. Scholastica writer's publication. Jodi also has had several freelance articles published throughout the military spouse community, and is currently working on a science fiction novel called, "Invasion.” She has two children (Ryan and Sophie), is a military spouse and proud Air Force Veteran. She has tried many modes of employment from selling Mary Kay to writing to being in the military, and has even dabbled in Wine Tasting. Keep up to date with all of Jodi's adventures on Facebook.