Friday, February 1, 2013

February 1st, Farewell Issue

Thank you all for your support this past year. The editors at Canyonland Press agreed to trial run of six months, then we extended it to a year. Unfortunately, we have not been as successful as we’d hoped. Each of us have full time writing careers and some of us full time day jobs to boot. 
So we’re sorry to say we’re closing our doors.
Please come and visit us at our individual sites.

Amy Durham Farewell
It's been a privilege to work with the staff here at Canyonland Press for the past year. Reading and writing - my two favorite pastimes - are solitary activities, and I've loved the opportunity to share the joy of both with my friends here and those whose came by to visit. Although we're closing up shop, I'll always have fond memories of our venture and the things I learned along the way. Making connections is a vital part of being an author, and I like to think I've made several here among my Canyonland friends. Thanks to Mary Martinez for bringing me in to this group and for allowing me the chance to be a part of something really unique! And thanks to each Canyonland writer who I've had the chance to get to know. It's been a fun ride!

Visit Amy
Once Again Available here:
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Marie Higgins Farewell
It’s with a heavy heart that I say farewell to our readers. I have learned a lot from my time as an editor at Canyonland Press. The articles were very well done and some surprised me because I had learned something new. I will miss reading the articles from the other editors and discovering the Librarian Recommendation.

Although this is good-bye to Canyonland Press, I will still be around writing stories. I’m very active with Facebook, so if you’d like to become my friend and keep in touch with me that way, go to this link -

I also love to interview other authors and I’m always part of a book giveaway blog hop, so please follow my blog to keep updated and enter to win free books –

And, if you’re a Kindle reader, you can visit my page on Amazon to keep updated on my new releases!

If you have a Twitter account, please follow me – @mariehigginsxox
Thank you all!!

Anna Sugg Farewell
I’m sad to have to say goodbye to Canyonland Press. Even as one of the editors, I’ve especially enjoy reading the articles, librarian recommendations, and even the recipes. Working with my fellow editors has been a privilege and I will continue to support them in their writing careers. A huge ‘Thank You’ goes out to all our followers for visiting us and supporting our emagazine each month. I’ll miss all the friends we’ve made in our short year and sincerely hope you will stay in contact with us by visiting our sites often.

You can always find me on my blog: and my websites: or Please stay in touch with me on Facebook at!/ and twitter at
Mary Martinez Farewell
I had such high hopes when I contacted my fellow writers to help with my vision of a readers eMagazine. I penned a business plan. Had goals spelled out, mission statement. It was set for success, or so I thought. However, no matter how much we promoted, even with the help of our librarian recommendations and well written articles, we not only did not meet our six month goals, but we have yet to reach our first quarter goals.

So with a heavy heart it's time to say goodbye. The editors of Canyonland Press have each put in hours of love and work to make this work. I thank all of them. I also thank those of you who are loyal followers. I hope all of you visit us often at our other sites.

You can all fine me at my web site
Mary's Garden Blog, where you'll find author interviews, recipes, reviews and all kinds of weird things.
Twitter  Facebook and Pinterest
Thank you all!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

2nd Edition, January 15, 2013

It's hard to believe that Canyonland Press's first anniversary is February 1, 2013. The year has gone fast, we've experimented a bit, and hopefully we've grown. But we need your help. All of the editors work and/or write full time. We need your feedback to know whether this endeavor is something of value. So please take the survey on the right side of this article, be sure to answer all four questions. It will be up until January 17, please respond before then. Thank you for all of your support this year.

Winter Reading
What are you reading during the long winter months? The Canyonland Press editors are going to take the opportunity to give you some suggestions. And because our favorites are our own books...

Marie Higgins wants to know: Need something to read during these long winter months? Well, here in Utah, it’s been snowing like CRAZY! So there are a lot of people who snuggle and read by the fireplace instead going outside. I wish I could do that, but I don’t have a fireplace. However, I do love to snuggle…and I especially love to read. Here are a few books I suggest reading for these ‘snuggle / fireplace’ times.

Dreaming of You by Marie Higgins (short story)
What is a romance writer to do when her college crush is back in town, and realizes she wrote him in her first novel…and wants to sue? Read more about the story here - Amazon

Crazy for You by Marie Higgins (short story)
How can a crazy man proclaiming he’s from the future soften a woman’s heart when he needs her help the most? Read more about the story here - Amazon
Take My Heart by Marie Higgins (historical novel)
When Mercedes seeks revenge from her dead sister’s husband only to find he is not the beast her sister has portrayed, how can Mercedes keep from giving her heart to a man who is a spy? Read more about the story here - Amazon


Mary Martinez loves suspense: My favorite winter theme is edge of the seat. My Beckett Series does the trick. The third book will be out at the first of March. I think these will make you want to settle close to a fire.

The Beckett's have a strong sense of family and honor.
When one of their own is threatened, their bond is as strong as a badge of steel.

Disappear By Mary Martinez
After two years undercover as an FBI agent to infiltrate a crime organization and discover the identity of a hit man, Tyler Beckett’s cover is blown. Tyler’s new assignment is to protect the only witness who can identify the mysterious killer. Read more...

Innocent By Mary Martinez
All Jessica Beckett wants is a home and a family. So how did she suddenly find herself falsely accused of a felony and then kidnapped by a hit man? Read more...


Quiet By Mary Martinez
Christine Beckett’s dream of partnership in a prestigious New York City law firm has finally come to fruition. She has financial security, a loving family, and owns her home, why does she need a man? Read more...

Amy Durham recommends:
"The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green
Two teenagers dealing with a life and death situation with grace, humor, and love! This book made me laugh, made me cry, made me think, and made me feel. In Hazel and Gus's journey, you'll find nuggets of wisdom and beautiful romance... heartbreaking reality and the kind of dreaming that makes you believe anything is possible. HIGHLY recommended!

Once Again by Amy Durham

Reincarnation sucks! Unless it comes with a cute guy. That’s what sixteen year-old Layla Bradford discovers when she moves to Sky Cove, Maine, a small-town she thought was ordinary, but turns out to be an episode of “Cold Case” on steroids. Read More...

ONCE AND FOR ALL By Amy Durham (Coming Soon)
What happens when 180 pounds of football star collides with 105 pounds of art geek?

An ancient curse springs to life, of course.

Phoebe Campbell is anything but popular. Todd Miller is the epitome of the high school jock. Their socially opposite worlds collide when they are paired to work together on a project for art class. Attempting to cooperate for the sake of their assignment, Todd and Phoebe begin to look past preconceived notions and see each other for who they truly are. As genuine feelings begin to develop between them, they find themselves plagued by dangerous shape-shifting episodes and unexplained telepathic connections. Read More...

Anna Sugg suggests: Get comfortable in your favorite chair, grab a warm blanket, let your dog or cat cuddle up next to you and read a good book(s). Here’s some suggestions: Yellow Creek Novel Book One, Secret Past

Blurb: Sarah Shapiro searches through the ruins of her grandmother’s crumbling, deteriorating farmhouse and discovers, buried beneath the floor, a metal box and a Tommy gun. While trying to unravel the mystery of her grandmother’s secret past with the contents in the box, the Tommy gun disappears, her soon to be ex-husband is killed and how could she possibly fall in love with a deceiving contractor, who happens to have a wife.
This great read can be found on Amazon

If you’re still in the mood for some holiday reads, I have three Christmas stories on Amazon. I’d love to hear from you and don’t forget to write a review.
Anna Sugg on Amazon

Enjoy your winter reading with all our suggestions and please don’t forget to leave a review on all the books you read, or drop us a line and let us know which book you enjoy the most.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

1st Edition, January 1, 2013

It's hard to believe that Canyonland Press's first anniversary is February 1, 2013. The year has gone fast, we've experimented a bit, and hopefully we've grown. But we need your help. All of the editors work and/or write full time. We need your feedback to know whether this endeavor is something of value. So please take the survey on the right side of this article, be sure to answer all four questions. It will be up until January 17, please respond before then. Thank you for all of your support this year.

Madam Librarian Recommendation.
Elizabeth at Brigham City Library, recommends War Horse.
Elizabeth said that it's an older book but she never read it, and when the movie came out she decided she would read it. She said the book kept her enthralled and it's a very heart-warming story.

War Horse
By Michael Morpurgo
From his home page bio:
Michael Morpurgo is, in his own words, “oldish, married with three children, and a grandfather six times over.” Born in 1943, he attended schools in London, Sussex and Canterbury (one at least of which was horrible enough to inspire him to describe it obliquely in The Butterfly Lion). He went on to London University to study English and French, followed by a step into the teaching profession and a job in a primary school in Kent. It was there that he discovered what he wanted to do.

“We had to read the children a story every day and my lot were bored by the book I was reading. I decided I had to do something and told them the kind of story I used to tell my kids – it was like a soap opera, and they focused on it. I could see there was magic in it for them, and realised there was magic in it for me.” Read More here.

This number 1 bestselling book is the incredibly moving story of one horse’s experience in the deadly chaos of the First World War. In 1914, Joey, a young farm horse, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges towards the enemy, witnessing the horror of the frontline. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joey’s courage touches the soldiers around him.

What Can Mark Twain Tell Us
By: Amy Durham
We've all heard it before. "Dream big." "Never give up on your dreams." "If you can dream it, you can acheive it." All of these sayings are good reminders, but I think sometimes we hear them so much they lose their zing and pass into our ears and right back out again without affecting us at all.

Today's "Quotable Discussions" is all about dreaming. And for this post, I've turned my thoughts to Mark Twain. Years ago, when I was a freshman in high school, the first book I was assigned to read for my English class was "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" . I'd read a few books before, and had discovered that I kind of liked reading for pleasure. So, unlike most of my class, I wasn't turned off by this assignment. I rather enjoyed it! And because I had a time frame for reading the book, I discovered that I could read quickly and finish a book in no time!

Mark Twain himself was born an ordinary boy (Samuel Clemens) into an ordinary family in 1835. The son of a judge, he suffered poor health as a child, and though he eventually recovered enough to attend school, his father fell ill with pneumonia and died when Samuel was 12 years old. The following year, Samuel left school, choosing instead to become a printer's apprentice. Two years later, he joined his brother's newspaper, working as an editorial assistant, and discovered a love of writing that sparked one of literature's greatest.

Did Samuel Clemens know from the time he was a young child that he would become a famous author whose works would stand the test of time? Probably not. But that didn't stop him from becoming Mark Twain. I think the quote below reminds us not just to "dream big" and "never give up", but also to realize that even though we don't know what the future will hold, years from now it would be terribly disappointing to regret that we didn't try at all to achieve our dreams, and far better to know that we gave it our all.

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
~ Mark Twain

One of the things that attracts me most to Young Adult fiction (both reading it and writing it) is that it inspires that attitude. The young people reading YA fiction are at the age where nothing seems impossible and dreaming is encouraged. I love the thought that a book can plant, water, and nurture the seeds of dreaming and achievement in a young heart, and encourage readers to "catch the trade winds" in their sails, and "explore... dream... discover."

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Holiday Edition

Happy Holidays!

Canyonland Press has been around for almost a year now and we'd like your feedback. To the right you will see a survey, we'd appreciate it if you'd spend a minute and take it. Let us know how we're doing. Thank you!

All of us at Canyonland would like to wish all of you a wonderful holiday season, whatever you celebrate whether it's the winter solstice, Hanukkah, or Christmas.

In honor of the season, each of us will be sharing either a holiday recipe or our favorite holiday tradition.

Holiday Dessert
By Anna Sugg
We have a tradition around our house for our Christmas Day dinner. All our children and grandchildren come for Dad’s Christmas dinner. His prime rib dinner is the dinner of the year. It’s succulent. Since he won’t let me in on his secret for cooking the perfect prime rib, I’ll have to give you a recipe that is always expected on our Christmas table.

My Christmas Jell-O recipe:
1 package (3 oz) Jell-O Raspberry Flavor Gelatin
2 cups boiling water
¾ cup cranberry juice cocktail
1 cup diced apple
¼ cup sliced celery
¼ chopped walnuts
1 package (3 OZ) Jell-O Lemon Flavor Gelatin
1 container (4 ½ oz) Cool Whip
½ cup Real Mayonnaise

Dissolve raspberry gelatin in 1 cup boiling water.
Add cranberry juice cocktail and chill until thickened about 1 hour
Fold in apple, celery and nuts
Spoon into 6-cup ring mold and child until set (15 minutes)
Dissolve lemon gelatin in remaining boiling water
Chill until slightly thickened (45 minutes)
Combine cool whip and real mayonnaise
Fold into lemon gelatin
Spoon onto the raspberry mold and chill firmly – 4 hours
Unmold. Garnish with crisp salad greens and apples or grapes, if desired.

If you need a good cheese ball recipe for the holiday days, I have one on my website: we use this recipe for more than just Christmas.
Merry Christmas to you and yours, Anna

Holiday Traditions
by Marie Higgins
I make this every year for my friends and neighbors. It's soooo good and it doesn't take long to make or put together--which is another reason I make this. I don't have all day to spend on making Christmas goodies.

Applesauce Cake
½ cup butter
1 cup chocolate chips (or raisins - your choice)
1 cup sugar
1 cup nuts
1 egg
½ teaspoon cloves
1 ¾ cup flour (or so)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¾ teaspoon baking soda
1 cup applesauce
½ tsp nutmeg

Blend butter, sugar. Add eggs. Add applesauce with soda. Mix well. Add spices, choc chips and nuts. Add flour. Bake 350 for 50 minutes in greased and flour bread pan or small tins.

Recipe and a tradition
By Amy Durham

Toffee Spice Pudding Cake
1 box Spice Cake Mix
1 can Eagle Brand Milk
1 cup Heath Toffee Bits
2 cups heavy cream
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Bake cake in a 9X13 pan according to directions on box. While still very warm, use a butter knife to punch holes all over the cake. Pour the can of Eagle Brand Milk evenly over the warm cake. Don't worry if it "pools" up in spots; it will all soak in to the cake! Sprinkle Heath Toffee Bits evenly over the cake.

Just before serving, whip two cups heavy cream. While whipping, add sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. When cream is ready when stiff peaks form. Top each serving of pudding cake with whipped cream.

Cake is best served warm. It will be incredibly moist, and is easier to serve with a large spoon than a cake server!

When I was a little girl, my mom and grandmother made a BUNCH of beaded Christmas tree ornaments. They were beautiful and sparkly, and they fascinated me as a young child. Many of them hung on our tree each year as I was growing up. The rest hung on my grandparents' tree each Christmas. My grandfather passed away in 2000 - my grandmother in 2010. Just before Christmas in 2009, when my grandmother was living with my parents as she battled ovarian cancer, she asked me if I'd like to have her beaded ornaments, since she wouldn't be putting up a tree of her own. It made me sad to know she'd never hang those ornaments again, but honored and happy that she wanted me to have them. This is the fourth year I've hung these beaded bells, stars, and icicles on my Christmas tree. And each year I love them a little bit more.

Holiday Traditions
by Mary Martinez
Okay I'm going to give you a break from recipes. Most my holiday recipes are pretty mainstream. I usually bake a big ham on Christmas Eve that way when everyone drops by on Christmas--usually at different times--who ever is hungry can make a ham sandwich. And of course I have other goodies to go with it. It differs from year to year.

But we have other traditions that start with Halloween. We take all the grandkids to Garden After Dark, this is Red Butte Gardens, Salt Lake City's botanical gardens. They open the garden up late into the evening and have booth's where they kids can make anything from fairy wings to vampire teeth. They have a pumpkin patch, the list of activities go on and on.

Then for Thanksgiving on one of our Papa and Nana nights (every Wednesday evening are grandkids come to have dinner with us) the kids make Thanksgiving decorations to sit around. On thanksgiving day we do the Traditional dinner.

Christmas is a fun month, we start with our family party. First we make ornaments for Nana and Papa's tree. Then make cookies or cupcakes or both and frost them. Then the kids run around like Comanches for a bit. Then we have a nice family dinner until we have a surprise visitor. The older kids roll their eyes a bit, but the younger once are so excited they can hardly sit still. And this escalates when they hear the door open and papa is talking to someone. Then the bells jingle and get louder as he's walking down the stairs. And there is Santa!

And then another fun tradition is our yearly trip to the Hogle Zoo. Yup, rain, snow, freezing cold, it doesn't matter we have to go see the Zoolights. Santa usually makes a visit and the reindeer are there. The animals are smart and stay indoors but it's a good time.

All of us from Canyonland wish all of you Happy Holidays and in we hope all your dreams will come true in the New Year!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

1st Edition, December 1, 2012

Madam Librarian Recommendation
Mary Taylor Huntsman
, Somerset Community College, Somerset KY

Iron Tongue of Midnight
By: Beverle Graves Myers
Iron Tongue of Midnight is part of Myers’ “Tito Amato” series, historical mysteries set in 18th Century Venice, with a castrata soprano as the detective. Ms. Huntsman recommends this book (and series) due largely to the historical detail that Myers weaves throughout the story. The author provides nice plot points about what it would mean for an Italian Catholic to convert to Islam in that era. She also addresses those who "go outside the pale" of society, particularly Tito’s sister, Grisella, who ran away from home and ended up a victim of sexual trafficking. She handles the issue of castrati very tastefully (If you don’t know what castrati is – Google it!) and in a historically relevant manner, providing notes explaining historical details, which may puzzle a modern reader. Additionally, Myers uses details about medical practices during the time, as well as the structure of the Venetian society during the 18th Century. Myers is a resident of Louisville, KY, and a champion of the Louisville Free Public Library, who she always acknowledges in her books for their research assistance.

We are delighted the Beverle Graves Myers gave Canyonland a quote:
Long before everyone was talking about Downton Abbey, I was in love with the literary version of the English country house. I wanted to try my hand at writing a mystery set in that milieu, but I was under contract for another installment of my Tito Amato Mysteries set in 18th-century Venice. I decided to bend the genre and put an Italian spin on it.

In September of 1740, singer Tito Amato receives a curious invitation. The German composer Karl Johann Weber is rehearsing a new opera at an isolated villa nestled in the hills of the Venetian mainland. Would Tito accept the lead role? Puzzled by the air secrecy, but attracted by a generous fee, Tito agrees. He finds the countryside awash in the golden hues of autumn, but all is not well at the villa. A notorious figure from his past is also in residence, and murder makes an appearance when a soprano stumbles over a corpse at the stroke of midnight.

I hope you enjoy Tito's quest for justice. To date, it has been the most emotional of the books for me to write because it uncovers such painful family secrets. Though THE IRON TONGUE OF MIDNIGHT is part of a series, the novel takes Tito out of his usual element of the Teatro San Marco and can easily be enjoyed as a stand-alone mystery.

Happy Holiday Season to all of our readers. Canyonland Editors would like to recommend their favorite Christmas Story or book.

Amy Durham recommends: The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts
The story doesn't totally center on Christmas, but a large part of the story takes place during the holidays, which in my opinion makes the romance even more romantic! This book is the 2nd in Roberts' "Inn Boonsboro" trilogy. Amazon

Mary Martinez recommends: Christmas in Cold Creek by RaeAnne Thayne
When this ended I pouted for a few days. I also read until about 3am to finish it because I couldn't put it down, and I had work the next day. I think I was a zombie all day. I wanted it to go on and on. I wanted to find out what happened with Gabi the next day. This is so hard not to give anything away. So you just have to read it! Amazon

Anna Sugg recommends: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore
When I started thinking about my favorite Christmas story, I stepped back in time when I was a child, and when the magic of Christmas was wonderful. Besides the Bible story of Christ’s birth, I’m going to choose a book that adds to the magic of Christmas, ’Twas The Night Before Christmas. I can say the poem by heart because my mom read to us on every Christmas Eve, right after the Bible story of Christ’s birth. I read it to my children when they were young, and now I read it to my grandkids.

When you hear the name, Clement C. Moore, you automatically think of ’Twas The Night Before Christmas and you either have a book in your home, or you’ve read the poem from a book with pictures of a family on Christmas Eve. He’s the author, or is he really the author?

Nearing two centuries now, families have shared the Christmas poem, ’Twas the Night Before Christmas, a classic since 1823. At first the poem was published anonymously, and then in 1837 a biblical scholar, Clement C. Moore put his name to the poem, stating he wrote the poem in 1823 on a Christmas Eve.

BUT, in 1808 Henry Livingston, supposedly wrote and read the poem to a group that remembered the delightful Christmas poem. By the time Moore put his name to the poem, Livingston had died. There’s no proof because the one only handwritten copy of Henry Livingston’s Christmas poem was destroyed in a fire - of course!

So a literary detective, Don Foster compared Moore’s and Livingston’s writings. There was a difference and some say the only great poem that Moore ever wrote was “Twas the Night Before Christmas, and his other stuff was bad! But, I’ll leave it at that – you might want to go to this site and make you own decision. Interesting.

No matter who wrote the poem, I think, ’Twas the Night Before Christmas will be around for many more centuries.

Marie Higgins Christmas story recommendation: Gift of Love
Ever since watching this movie at home with my family as a young girl, I've always loved the feeling I had afterwards.  I remember the first time I watched this movie. I had a headcold and wasn't feeling well anyway, but the powerful feeling this movie brought had me crying at the end. Even my mother and grandmother had tears in their eyes. I've always been a fan of the Osmonds, anyway, and a few years ago, I remembered loving this movie and realized I wanted a copy of my own no matter it what it took. I finally found me a copy, and I cherish it to this day!

Inspired by O. Henry's short story about a young bride and groom, each of whom foolishly--but quite lovingly--sacrifices a treasured possession to buy the perfect Christmas gift for their mate. Amid a flurry of bustling New Yorkers clad in early-20th-century garb, O. Henry himself (David Wayne) sets the scene: Beth, a teenage orphan (Marie Osmond), comes to live with her wealthy aunt and uncle (the latter played by Donald Moffat). Her friendship with a cheerful kitchen maid soon leads to a stormy encounter with a handsome Swiss immigrant, Rudy (Timothy Bottoms). Despite Beth and Rudy's conflicting social statuses, and Beth's arranged engagement to a sickly bird watcher (a young James Woods, who truly fits the bill), the two fall in love and miraculously overcome these obstacles--all in about 95 minutes. Old-fashioned romance, elegant costumes, and a happy ending make this predictable story completely irresistible to those who love a good fairy tale--or to Osmond fans who fondly remember watching the movie on TV in 1978. Produced by the Osmond Brothers for PBS's American Short Story series. --Liane Thomas

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thanksgiving Issue

This time of year Canyonland Editors are reading recipes! We wanted to share some of our favorites with you!

By Mary Martinez
One of our traditions is Candied Yams. Last year at Thanksgiving, I added a twist--well I didn't dare cut out the candied ones or my kids would never forgive me. So I had two dishes. Traditional and Jamaica Yams. I thought I'd share the recipes.

Candied Yams
4 large yams cleaned, peeled an sliced about 1/4 inch thick
1 bag of miniature marshmallows
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
dash of cinnamon
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Place a row of sliced yams on the bottom of an oven safe baking dish. Put bits of butter over them, sprinkle with brown sugar and add a row of marshmallows. Repeat until the dish is filled. sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake for an hour.

Jamaican Yams
4 Yams cleaned, peeled and sliced about 1/4 inch thick
Canola butter
1 1/2 tsp Jamaican spice
Add a row of yams to the bottom of a oven safe baking dish, then add some low cal butter and sprinkle with Jamaican spice, then repeat until dish is full.
1/8 tsp Allspice
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/8 tsp Ginger
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp Thyme
1/2 tsp Onion powder
1/8 tsp Clove (Ground)
1/2 tsp Ground Chili's
1/4 tsp Garlic Powder.
Use mortar and pestle to grind until powdering.
After sprinkling you should have some left. Great rubbed into pork and then grilled.
Enjoy! Happy Thanksgiving

The most EXCELLENT Turkey!
by Marie Higgins

I'll start off by saying - I can't take credit for the best tasting turkey I've ever had because my youngest daughter surprised us all and cooked her turkey this way - and SHE is the one who cooks it every year. :) Thanks, Heather!!

* Buy turkey. (that's a given, right?)
* Get your turkey pan and pour 2-3 boxes of Chicken Broth (amount of broth will depend how big or small your turkey is)
* After washing off turkey and patting it dry with papertowels, rub down with butter (or margarine - it's your pick).
* Take 2 Apples, 2 unpealed oranges, and 2 peeled onions and cut them in half. (yes, just in half - although you might want to take out the apple seeds.) Now you'll take these halves and stuff them inside the turkey with 1/2 cube of butter (or margarine) cut up in smaller cubes.
* Put turkey in the baking bag and poke holes it in then set inside the pan that has the Chicken Broth already inside.
* Cook turkey according to the directions that were on the bag when you purchased it. :)
And, lastly... ENJOY the BEST tasting turkey EVER!

Thanksgiving Desserts
By Anna Sugg
Thanksgiving dinner at our house is festive with enough food to feed more than the 11 or 12 people that set around our table. A traditional dessert that I’m required to bake is the Carrot Cake recipe that I received from my sister thirty years ago. I must admit, it’s my favorite too. Let me know if you try it. I call it, Sherry’s Carrot Cake…and a homemade Chocolate Pie, my dad’s favorite, bless his soul.

Sherry’s Carrot Cake
2 cups of sugar
1 ¼ cups of vegetable oil
4 eggs
2 ½ cups cake flour
2 ¼ teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon 3 cups finely shredded carrots
3 ½ cups black walnuts
Combined sugar, oil, egg (one at a time) Mix well after each egg. Stir in carrots, Add nuts. Sift together: flour, baking soda, cinnamon. Stir into mixture Pour into 3 greased 9 inch round cake pans
Bake 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool

Cake Icing
1 8oz package cream cheese – softened
¼ cup butter – softened
1 lb box soft confection sugar
2 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoon lemon juice
Blend cream cheese and butter until smooth
Add sugar, gradually mixing
Stir in lemon and vanilla
If frosting seems too soft – refrigerate for a few minutes

Dad’s Chocolate Pie
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour or 3 tablespoons cornstarch
¼ teaspoon salt
2 1oz squares unsweetened chocolate (or four tablespoons of Hershey’s Cocoa)
1 ½ cups milk
3 slightly beaten yolks
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 9” baked pastry shell
Meringue (3 egg whites)
In a saucepan combine sugar, flour, chocolate, and salt. Gradually stir in milk. Cook and stir over medium heat till bubbly. Cook and stir 2 more minutes. Remove from heat. Stir small amount of hot mixture into yolks. Immediately return to hot mixture; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add butter and vanilla. Pour into cooled baked pastry shell. Spread meringue atop pie.
Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. Cool or, omit meringue and serve with whipped cream
Enjoy. May you and yours have a blessed Thanksgiving.

Holiday Tradition
by Amy Durham
I love this French Coconut pie for the holidays. It's SO easy, and it's SO good served warm!!

French Coconut Pie
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, melted
2 eggs, beaten
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 (3 1/2–ounce) can shredded sweetened coconut (about 1 cup)
1 cup milk
1 (9-inch) unbaked pie shell (Make your own, or buy it pre-made)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine melted butter, eggs, flour, sugar, coconut, and milk. Pour into pie shell. Bake until firm, about 45 to 60 minutes.
From all of us at Canyonland Press

Thursday, November 1, 2012

1st edition, November 1, 2012

Madam Librarian Recommendation
Trish Hull,
Manager Magna Library, Utah Library Association President Elect. Salt Lake County Library Services--Magna Library recommends the following book: Following Atticus--I am not a dog person, but this is one of my favorite books of the year. It made me laugh, cry and inspired me to be better and do more. You will fall in love with Atticus and want to start hiking.

Following Atticus
by Tom Ryan

After a close friend died of cancer, middle-aged, overweight, acrophobic newspaperman Tom Ryan decided to pay tribute to her in a most unorthodox manner. Ryan and his friend, miniature schnauzer Atticus M. Finch, would attempt to climb all forty-eight of New Hampshire's four thousand- foot peaks twice in one winter while raising money for charity. It was an adventure of a lifetime, leading them across hundreds of miles and deep into an enchanting but dangerous winter wonderland. At the heart of the amazing journey was the extraordinary relationship they shared, one that blurred the line between man and dog.

Canyonland Press were not able to reach Mr. Ryan, so we are sharing his link and public Bio.

Tom Ryan is the founder of the Newburyport, Massachusetts, newspaper the Undertoad and served as its publisher and editor for more than a decade. In 2007 he moved to the White Mountains of New Hampshire with miniature schnauzer Atticus M. Finch. Over the last five years, Tom and Atticus have climbed more than 450 four-thousand-foot peaks. After raising thousands of dollars for Angell Animal Medical Center in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, the pair was inducted into the Massachusetts Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Hall of Fame. Tom currently writes the popular The Adventures of Tom & Atticus column in the Northcountry News and Mountainside... Read More...

Grammar Fun!
By: Amy Durham

This month, I thought I’d take a look at something important to all of us… grammar. Whether you’re good at it, bad at, love it, or hate it, grammar is a part of our society that is many times woefully neglected. We are forced to ignore many proper grammatical tactics when “tweeting”. On Facebook, grammar seems largely absent, despite the fact that we aren’t limited on the number of characters in our posts.

So today, I decided to take a humorous look at grammar, and demonstrate just how easy it is to be correct… or incorrect! Who knows, maybe I’ll encourage someone to take a closer look at the grammar they use in their everyday life!

There are grammatical errors that really bother me alot. Oops, I mean a lot . Yes, that's right... a lot is two words. It seems I see it written as one word so often I’ve stopped noticing. Which bothers me alot. Dang it! I mean a lot!

I try not to be a grammar snob. Really, I do. But despite my best efforts, I have grammar pet peeves. Its true. Yikes, I mean it's true. Read on to learn a few more common grammatical errors that pop up all too often.

Sometimes its (I mean it's ) difficult to turn off you're internal proof-reader (uh oh... I mean your internal proof-reader) when your reading other people's writing. Drat, that should be... when you're reading other people's writing.

Of course, it does make a difference who's writing (I mean whose writing) your (oops... I mean you're ) reading. If its a young person (oops, that should be it's ) whose (I mean who's ) doing the writing, sometimes you need to cut them a little slack. But there are times when even experienced writers make mistakes, even myself. Oh wait... that should be me.

It’s also important to note that their (Uh oh, that should be there! ) are 3 versions of a particular word that cannot be used interchangeably, because there not the same. (Wait! That should say … because they’re not the same!) So be clear on their, there, and they’re, and don’t use their when you actually mean they’re or there.

So if your (you're) writing a letter or a paper, be sure you take the time to do alot (a lot) of proofreading, so that you find those common mistakes that are easy to fix. Its (It's) a little thing that can make alot (a lot) of difference in the long run. You never know who's (whose) eyes might be on you're (your) writing, and you want to make a good impression, because you never know how their (they’re) going to be affected by you’re (your) writing. Take it from myself (me) .