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Try some Thanksgiving dishes from the Victorian era.

Some of these recipes may have been used in Munsonville when Bryony was a little girl and an adult.

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Enjoy an Irish Thanksgiving with these traditional Irish recipes.

Because Ed Calkins in "Bryony" "Visage," "Staked!" is Irish and  approves all things Irish.

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With blood being such a huge part of the BryonySeries (especially when the vampires arrive), try making some of these fake blood recipes. Blood is also important in "Visage" and "Before The Blood."

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Make this paper bag turkey with the child in your life and then practice counting by "feeding" it.

 

Because Bertrand the Mouse likes helping kids learn to count. 

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Have you ever made gratitude cards? Make some together this Thanksgiving.

Because Melissa's mom in "Bryony," started a Thanksgiving tradition of appreciation, which continued in "Visage" and "Staked!"

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Do you have a werewolf coming to Thanksgiving dinner this year? Here are some tips for making this unusual guest feel welcome

And then check out the BryonySeries' cookbook of werewolf-themed recipes.

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Try some of these French cuisine inspired Thanksgiving recipes this year.

Because Henry Matthews may have dined on some of them at Arcadia in "Before The Blood."

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You should thank Ireland for the celebration of Thanksgiving. No?

Well, check out these eight reasons. 

I'm certain Ed Calkins would give the credit to Ireland, too.

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Check out this list of Thanksgiving ABCs for a more festive celebration.

And then check out the ABC book from Bertrand the Mouse.

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Take this STEM challenge and build a cardboard turkey using this link as a guide.

Because supernatural super sleuth Cornell Dyer sometimes had to build gadgets to solve mysteries.

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Don't like or eat meat and need a healthier option than turkey for Thanksgiving this year? Try this recipe for a lentil loaf.

Because John-Peter in "Staked!" is a vegan and his Aunty Cindy made him one for Thanksgiving. 

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Zoom meeting of WriteOn Joliet.

When: 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Who: Paid members only

Why: English teacher Harold Masters in "Bryony" had high writing standards.

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Ever wonder how the wealthy celebrated Thanksgiving back in the day? Here's the Vanderbilt's menu for 1904.

Because as John Simons tells his father in "Before The Blood," "You practically drool over the Vanderbilts."

 

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Ed Calkins always said, especially in "Bryony" and "Staked!" that it's an Irishman's right to create myths.

Well, here are some Thanksgiving myths that have been debunked

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Try all the Thanksgiving recipes in "Bryony" by ordering the BryonySeries' first cookbook: "Memories in the Kitchen: Bites and Nibbles from 'Bryony." 

All proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties.

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Even kids should show their friends and family how thankful they are for their friendship. Here are some crafts they can make to show how they feel.

And then read about "together fun" in this Bertrand the Mouse book.

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How at anagrams are you? Or your child? Or anyone you know? Try your skills at these Thanksgiving versions.

Because supernatural super sleuth used his anagram skills in "Cornell Dyer and the Missing Tombstone."

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Steve and Brian liked to cook together in "Bryony," one way that helped them bond.

Try baking this classic apple pie recipe together either today or over the weekend.

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Play "werewolf" with ordinary cards. 

And then check out the BryonySeries' standalone werewolf novel "Lycanthropic Summer."

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Kellen Wechsler in "Before The Blood" didn't have any traditions, Thanksgiving or otherwise, because he was too poor.

Today is a free space for starting some traditions of your own.

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Treat yourself to a couple of giggles with five Thanksgiving limericks.

For more limericks in the style of Ed Calkins, check out "Staked!"

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Now that the holidays are upon us, resolve to read a long, deep, novel with Faustian elements, the most complicated book one will ever read in the BryonySeries. 

It's called "Before The Blood."

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Kids like getting surprises and making surprises for others. How about whipping a batch of homemade pumpkin French toast sticks together?

Then check out this Bertrand the Mouse "surprise" book

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Watch a vintage version of "A Christmas Carol" with the grade and middle school kids in your life.

Then read the BryonySeries version together: "Cornell Dyer and the Flu."

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Kids who grew up in the 1960s and 1970s like Melissa and Brian did in "Bryony" often made salt dough ornaments.

You can make some, too, with this recipe.

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Zoom meeting of WriteOn Joliet.

When: 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Who: Paid members only

Why: English teacher Harold Masters in "Bryony" had high writing standards.

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In "Before The Blood," Bryony helped string popcorn garland for the tree with Mrs. Parks.

 

Follow these steps to string popcorn with people you love, even the children in your life.

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