Tuesday, August 27, 2013

There's going to be a Thanksgivvukah Miracle!

This year the first night of Hanukkah falls on Thanksgiving. This has never happened before and will not happen again for 70,000 years. That's kind of a long time. They're calling it Thanksgivukkah.

When I first heard this, I got a little stressed. Thanksgiving and Hanukkah represent the two nights I make the biggest messes in the kitchen. Somehow between the gravy and the turkey and the stuffing and the potatoes and the pies and the green beans with those crispy onion bits, I manage to fling blobs of food everywhere. On Hanukkah, the brisket I usually do ahead so that's not a problem. The latkes on the other hand? Those have to be fresh. I sometimes I have as many as four pans with two to three different latke varieties going at once with grease spattering everywhere. Plus, how trafe will it be to wrap the turkey with bacon if we're also being commanded and sanctified to light the candles of Hanukkah? Truly, the mind boggles.

Then I decided to embrace it. I want to feel the wonder of the season. I want to be part of the magic. I've been making plans to re-release my first 3 chick lit books. My plan was to do one a month from now until December. I'm throwing that all out the window.

I'm going to release all three books at once for Thanksgivukkah and I will be giving Do Me, Do My Roots (my favorite) away for free on the Friday and Saturday after the blessed event to celebrate. I just made the decision this weekend and you all are the first to know (except maybe the friends I was drinking with on Saturday night, but I'm not sure they were listening to me).

To whet your appetite for the satisfaction of a latke-stuffed turkey or perhaps turbrisket, here's the new cover for Do Me from my buddy Teresa over at Be My Bard.

Adorable, is it not?

So I'd like to hear how you all feel Thanksgivukkah will affect you. How do you intend to celebrate? What's your plan?


Stephanie Doyle said...

That's awesome Eileen. Love the cover. It is adorable!

But are we really talking about the holidays now??? Time I've decided is too fast.

Eileen said...

When you're staring down the double-barrel of Thanksgivukkah, you've gotta plan.

Although we just found out that one of the families that we usually spend both Thanksgiving and Hanukkah with are planning to be in Japan then. I was shocked! Thank goodness I already have her sweet potato recipe.

Oh, and it's best to plan the book thing, too.

Maureen McGowan said...

Thanksgivvukah!!! I love it. Nearly spewed coffee over the bacon on turkey dilemma and the turbrisket. ;)

And what a fab idea to launch your books then!

I was a fan of yours before we met, because of Do Me, Do My Roots. (Okay, we did meet briefly before I read it, but you don't remember... It was at the Chick Lit chapter party in Dallas in 2004, I think, and I was a total newb.)

Maureen McGowan said...

PS. I bought the book right after meeting you at that party. :)

Eileen said...

I wasn't far ahead of you in newbie status, Maureen. I think that was my 2nd national conference. I remember that party. I was late because it coincided with my agency dinner. The chapter gave me an ankle bracelet that I still wear.

Anonymous said...

Eileen, that is an amazing book, I'm so excited for people to re-discover it.
As for the holidays.. brisket and latkes sound awesome... can I come?

Eileen said...

You are most welcome, Sinead! You might also be treated to my annual singing of Adam Sandler Hanukkah song with auto-harp accompaniment.

Unknown said...

Eileen--We need to send you our Gobble Tov! apron so you can feel free to go nuts making a mess in your kitchen on the big day! Congrats on the books. Happy Thanksgivukkah--hard to believe it won't happen againukkah in our lifetime! Oy vey.


Eileen said...

Michelle, that's ADORABLE!!!! One year I made matching aprons for my mother and my sisters and me for Passover. I was accused of having too much time on my hands, but they all wore them.

I've pretty much settled on doing both a turkey and a brisket and having latkes in place of mashed potatoes. It's going to be a fantastic mess, but I think it will be fun.

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