The Thursday Next books have caused quite a stir among readers. They did not have them at Booksfree (although they do now) nor at Frugal Reader, so I actually ordered them. I started reading this one a month or so ago, and then a couple of new Terry Pratchetts came in and I dropped this. I picked it back up a few days ago, but I may drop it again. I am not impressed. I think this is the second int he series, and it may be the kind of series that needs to be read in order to make sense.

Just reading this one, I have an impression of excessive whimsicality — like, if I have enough cute gimmicks, I don’t need much of a plot.

So far, the coincidence of this book’s being centered around the notion of coincidence, and having a bit to say about evolution as well, has kept me reading it, but that is probably not enough.

The second Tychus hat is complete. It looks a whole lot like the first one, so it doesn’t get a portrait here. Sometime when I have less to do, I will make another one with a solid color cuff, and a solid color one, and one with each wedge in a different combination of colors, and one in the original gauge. But not right now.

Right now I am going to give you a recipe for hot rolls for your Thanksgiving dinner.

Frankly, I often use the hot roll mix from War Eagle Mill, which can be mixed in a bread machine on that busy day. I was going to send some to #1 daughter, too. However, the sad truth is that when I went to buy some, there was none in the store.

Fortunately, you can easily make them from scratch.

Dinner Rolls

2-2.5 cups flour (I use whole wheat; if you do this, you might add a tablespoon of gluten for lightness)
2 T sugar
1/2 t salt
1 packet Quick-Rise yeast
1/2 c milk
1/4 c water
2 T butter

Heat milk, water, and butter to 120 degrees. Mix 3/4 c flour, sugar, salt, and yeast together. Gradually add milk to flour mixture and beat for 2 minutes. Stir in enough flour to make a soft dough. Knead for 2-3 minutes. Form into rolls and place in a greased cake pan.
Pour 1″ boiling water into a large pan and place on lowest rack of cold oven. Set rolls on rack above water, cover with a towel, and close the oven door. Let rise 30 minutes. Uncover rolls, remove water, turn oven to 375 degrees, and bake 20-25 minutes.

Don’t skip the part with the water. You will love the texture of these rolls. You can make the dough on Wednesday and keep them in the refrigerator overnight if you want. You can even make them ahead.

Have you written all the dishes on slips of paper and put them into their respective serving dishes? Doing this prevents your discovering that you have nowhere to put the crandberry sauce, come Thanksgiving morning. Doing it now gives you time to polish things, borrow things, or otherwise deal with any serving dish issues before it becomes a crisis.