Let eggnog provide relief from pumpkins

November 26, 2014

Without fail, every year after Thanksgiving, our family has reached its pumpkin saturation point.

By Maria Nelson

By Maria Nelson

While growing up, it was fairly routine for my family to continue to serve pumpkin pie for the remainder of our holiday celebrations, and seeing how there were very few other pumpkin-flavored options available to us at the time, we were all thrilled to partake. It’s hard to believe it sometimes, but there was life before pumpkin-flavored lattes, pumpkin brittle and pumpkin-flavored mochi. Shocking, I know.

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Off The Press — There are always many things to be thankful for

November 25, 2014

Many people think about things they are thankful for at this time of year.

Kathleen R. Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen R. Merrill
Press managing editor

But being trapped in a snowstorm and not being able to get home will really get you thinking about even the little things for which you are grateful.

Three of us headed to a corporate meeting last week in Yakima. We left early Friday for the two-hour drive, and planned to be home that evening. Mother Nature had other plans.

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Home Country — Blaze your own trail and don’t always do things that are expected of you

November 25, 2014

“Hey Doc,” said Herb, reading the latest copy of the Valley Weekly Miracle, “did you see all these specials they’re having in the city? Just for the Friday after Thanksgiving, too. You know, a guy could get a lot of Christmas shopping done then and save some money.”

Slim Randles

Slim Randles

“I guess so,” Doc said, putting his cup down so Loretta could top it off.

“You’re not going to go shopping?”

“Not on Black Friday.”

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Eastridge Church to give away 1,500 free Thanksgiving turkeys

November 20, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 20, 2014

Eastridge Church will provide 1,500 free Thanksgiving turkeys and bags of groceries to families in need Nov. 22, beginning at 9 a.m. (while supplies last) at its Issaquah and Seattle locations.

The church will also give away Bibles and, in Issaquah, free haircuts from licensed stylists, and coats and gloves.

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Off The Press — Holiday season should remind what’s important

November 18, 2014

Two years ago, my soon-to-be-wife and I spent Thanksgiving in Spokane with my father, and we shared an experience that I’ll remember for the rest of my life.

Neil Pierson Press reporter

Neil Pierson
Press reporter

My dad and I both earned our degrees from Washington State University, and naturally we’re both big fans of Cougar football. His roots with the football program stretch much deeper than mine — as a small boy, he accepted the challenge of some fraternity brothers and carried a live duck onto the field during a game against Oregon. Or so the legend goes.

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Home Country — Thanksgiving dinner isn’t complete without turkey and pumpkin pie

November 18, 2014

Windy looked out the window. A great day for helping. Windy Wilson sets one day aside each week for helping others, you see, and this was helping day.

Slim Randles

Slim Randles

Mrs. Morris, he thought, checking on the calendar. Yes, Mrs. Morris’ poor ol’ shed that’s leaning dangerously to one side.

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Sammamish running store hosts fundraising Turkey Trot

November 18, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 22, 2014

Local runners and walkers can get their Thanksgiving festivities off to a healthy starts at the third annual Plateau Runner Turkey Trot.

Proceeds from the run benefit Eastlake High School’s Marty O’Connor Scholarship Fund for student athletes.

The 4-mile, family friendly run starts at 9 a.m. Nov. 29. The flat route begins and ends at Plateau Runner, the locally owned and operated specialty running store on the Sammamish Plateau.

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Got leftovers?

November 26, 2013

Serve up a strata the morning after a holiday feast

By Maria Nelson Thanksgiving Day leftovers make for the perfect ingredients to put into a morning after holiday strata.

By Maria Nelson
Thanksgiving Day leftovers make for the perfect ingredients to put into a morning after holiday strata.


One of the most wonderful by-products of the Thanksgiving meal, in my mind, is the abundance of leftover turkey.

If you haven’t completely exhausted yourself in the kitchen on the day of, there are a plethora of recipes to be found online and in magazines that will help you turn the humble bird into another spectacular meal.

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Pool, community center and other closures are planned for holiday

November 25, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 25, 2013

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the following city operations will be closed:

  • Julius Boehm Pool, 50 S.E. Clark St.; reopens at 6:30 a.m. Dec. 2.
  • Community center, 301 Rainier Blvd. S.; reopens at 5 a.m. Dec. 2.
  • All city offices; reopen Dec. 2.
  • The city Planning Policy Commission meeting at 6:30 p.m. is cancelled.

Mission possible

November 19, 2013

‘Operation Thanksgiving Dinner’ benefits families in need

The staff at Life Directions Financial is assigning a mission out to the Issaquah community and, should you choose to accept it, families in need will receive a full Thanksgiving dinner.

The local financial-planning firm hosts its first ever “Operation Thanksgiving Dinner,” Nov. 22-23, benefitting the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.

“We’re just trying to make a difference, and find a way to give back to our community,” said Kristin Hillmann, a Life Directions Financial employee.

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