Over the years my family has learned that trying to surprise each other with holiday presents comes at a great risk. The velour jacket I got for my daughter Staci was the wrong size and color, a double whammy. The dynamite outfit I was sure my granddaughter Livy would be wild about got me a tepid smile and a quiet thank you. So, we decided to take the guess work out of gift giving. At Thanksgiving everyone is instructed to get their wish list together and post it on Amazon, with links.
Fool proof, right? Not so right. A few weeks before the holiday, my husband Paul came into my office all excited. He did the research and found the perfect Instant Pot for our daughter Cori.
She wanted an Instant Pot? Don’t get me wrong, Cori loves to cook and with a new baby the Instant Pot would be a good thing. But I hadn’t seen it on her list. I had been on Amazon the day before and decided she needed an electric tea pot (that she forgot add).
Paul was so excited. He extolled the appliances virtues. What a great gadget, a crock pot, pressure cooker, that can make rice and yogurt. What else could it do? He looked for a cook book to accompany the gift. After all, what good would it be if she didn’t have some good recipes? He left my office as quickly as he had arrived.
Boxes started to arrive from Amazon over the next few weeks. Most were the ones we had ordered. Our son Ari had decided to send his gifts directly to our house rather than shlep them from Boston. The living room looked like a ware house.
Our big holiday weekend arrived. I had been cooking for days for the ten of us. The presents were wrapped and on the front table. Staci and Cori and their families arrived and added their gifts to the pile. The gifts filled the room.
It was time to open our gifts. We open the presents youngest to oldest. The three grandchildren, Ari, his girlfriend Kate and finally it was Cori’s turn. She opened the box and found a tea pot. I was sure that would get a big grin. She had been hinting at one for weeks. But wait, I didn’t get her a Cuisinart. I got the larger Hamilton Beech model. She gave her husband a big hug and kiss.
I should have known there was a reason the tea pot wasn’t on her list. I moved a box under the table and made a mental note it needed to be returned.
We oohed and ahhed as one by one we opened our gifts. It was Cori’s turn again. She picked up the large box and my husband who had been picking up all the thrown wrapping paper stopped to watch her. She opened the Instant Pot and looked askance at me. I shrugged, smiled and handed her a nicely wrapped cook book to go with it. Her dad got a tepid smile and a quiet thank you.
“What?” he asked her. “It was on your list.”
“No, Dad. It was on Mom’s list,” she said. That quieted the room.
Perplexed he turned to me. “Why didn’t you say anything?”
“You were so excited about getting her the Instant Pot I didn’t want to say anything,” I said.
The Instant Pot is in my kitchen. In exchange, I bought Cori a walker for the baby. So far I’ve made rice, a delicious soup with sweet potatoes, chickpeas and chicken, and brisket.
Here’s a link to the brisket recipe:
Let me know what you got for the holiday.
I hope you all have a happy and healthy new year!
Title: Knight of Runes
Author: Ruth A. Casie
Genre: Romance, Historical Romance, Paranormal Romance, Time Travel
Publisher: Carina Press
When Lord Arik, a druid knight, finds Rebeka Tyler wandering his lands without protection, he swears to keep her safe. But Rebeka can take care of herself. When Arik sees her clash with a group of attackers using a strange fighting style, he’s intrigued.
Rebeka is no ordinary seventeenth-century woman—she’s travelled back from the year 2011, and she desperately wants to return to her own time. She poses as a scholar sent by the king to find out what’s killing Arik’s land. But as she works to decode the ancient runes that are the key to solving this mystery and sending her home, she finds herself drawn to the charismatic and powerful Arik.
As Arik and Rebeka fall in love, someone in Arik’s household schemes to keep them apart, and a dark druid with a grudge prepares his revenge. Soon Rebeka will have to decide whether to return to the future or trust Arik with the secret of her time travel and her heart.
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RUTH A. CASIE is a USA Today bestselling author of swashbuckling action-adventure time-travel romance about strong empowered women and the men who deserve them, endearing flaws and all. Her Druid Knight novels have both finaled in the NJRW Golden Leaf contest. The Guardian’s Witch, part of the Stelton Legacy series was a Reader’s Crown Finalist. Ruth also writes contemporary romance in the Havenport series with enough action to keep you turning pages. Ruth lives in New Jersey with her husband, three empty bedrooms and a growing number of incomplete counted cross-stitch projects. Before she started writing time travel romance, she was a speech therapist, international bank product and marketing manager, but her favorite job is the one she’s doing now—writing time travel romance. For more information, please visit www.RuthACasie.com or visit her on Facebook, @RuthACasie, Twitter, @RuthACasie, or Pinterest RuthACasie.
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