Friday, November 13, 2015

Friday the 13th and Thanksgiving in the Same Month? (with recipes) | by Loree Lough & Cerella Sechrist

Friday the 13th and Thanksgiving in the same month? “We Talk to Ourselves...a Lot!”(Loree Lough & Cerella Sechrist), and we think that’s a good thing!


Watch out! It’s Friday the 13th, the unluckiest day of the year! Or is it?

According to numerous studies, approximately 20 million people suffer from friggatriskaidekaphobia (from Frigga, Norse goddess for whom Friday is named, and triskaidekaphobia, fear of the number 13). True sufferers—paralyzed with fear—will actually take to their beds on Friday the 13th.



When the whole “Friday the 13th is unlucky” notion began isn’t clear, but superstitions linked to the number 13 date back to the 1690s. 13’s bad rap is the reason many cities don’t have a 13th Street or 13th Avenue. Why would 13 appear on an elevator panel when so few buildings have a 13th floor? Airports rarely have a gate 13, and you’ll be hard-pressed to check into a room with a 13 in it at hotels and hospitals.



Breathe easy, dear friends, because for every “Friday the 13th is unlucky” study, there’s another to refute it: One insurance corporation reports fewer accident, fire, and theft claims on Friday the 13th than on “normal” Fridays; their major competitor says there are more. One thing is certain… The date will inevitably inspire folks to cite their favorite Friday the 13th “ifs”:

· If a ship sets set sail on Friday the 13th it will encounter bad weather, and if you start a trip on Friday the 13th, well, y’know....

· If you break a mirror on Friday the 13th, start planning for 7 years of bad luck.

· And if you cut your hair on Friday the 13th, a loved one will soon die.

· If a funeral procession passes you on Friday the 13th, you’ll be the next to die.

· Our favorite? If a child is born on the 13th, it will live a life filled with misfortune and misery. The 13th—Loree's birth day—has always been a very lucky number for her! And Cerella agrees! Her mom's birthday also falls on the 13th, and it's been a "lucky number" in more ways than one!

Here’s our proof that Friday the 13th is lucky: We’re each going to share a family favorite Thanksgiving dinner side dish and dessert with you:



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Until next time, this is Loree, and Cerella, wishing you a healthy, safe, and blessed Thanksgiving!

 
About Loree:

With nearly 6,000,000 books in circulation, best-selling author Loree Lough's titles have earned numerous 4- and 5-star reviews and industry awards. She splits her time between her home in Baltimore and a cabin in the Alleghenies (where she loves to show off her “Identify the Critter Tracks” skills). The release of Sweet Mountain Rancher (#2 in the “Those Marshall Boys” series for Harlequin's new Heartwarming line) brings Loree’s number of books in print to 105! Loree loves to hear from her readers and answers every letter, personally. Visit her at Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and www.loreelough.com!


About Cerella:

 CERELLA SECHRIST lives in York, Pennsylvania with two precocious pugs, Darcy and Charlotte, named after Jane Austen literary characters. Inspired by her childhood love of stories, she was ten years old when she decided she wanted to become an author. These days, Cerella divides her time between working in the office of her family’s construction business and as a barista to support her reading habit and coffee addiction. She’s been known to post too many pug photos on both Instagram and Pinterest. You can see for yourself by finding her online at www.cerellasechrist.com. Harper’s Wish, Book #1 in her Findlay Roads series, is her third Harlequin Heartwarming novel.

26 comments:

  1. Here's hoping all of you take advantage of these great deals today...10,000 titles for the unbelievably low price of $1.99 each to celebrate 10 years of Harlequin e-series, 13 free short stories, and $1 off any current Heartwarming (using Code HEART 1115)!

    We hope you'll enjoy our recipes, and feel free to share YOURS!

    Happy weekend to all!

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    1. I'm with you, Loree - this is such an amazing offer! It's a great kickoff for the holiday season. :)

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  2. Loree,
    Was the photo on the recipe a before picture or an after. I think I could actually make this one (I'm not a cook!)

    I've a nephew-in-law born on the 13th. He seems pretty lucky.

    Better yet, I got married on the 13th LOL, and yes the choice of day did occur to me but I paid no attention until you reminded me just now and then I had to go check to see which date I got married.

    Gun post Loree and Cerella

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    1. Pam, it sounds like the 13th may be lucky for you, too! I like that you had to go check the calendar. lol ;) Have a great weekend!

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  3. Thank you for another fun post, Loree and Cerella. Your post reminds me that in Ontario there is a very popular motorcycle ride to Port Dover: http://www.pd13.com/ (Yes, it occurs even in the winter, although the number of participants is much smaller.)

    Clearly the hundreds (thousands?) who participate in this ride aren't superstitious!

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    1. I'll have to pass that information to my Harley-riding friends, Kate! I'm sure they'll agree...it doesn't matter a whit that this '13' event takes place in the wintertime!

      Have a terrific weekend, dear lady!

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    2. Such brave souls, Kate! I can't believe how many people participate in that motorcycle ride!

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  4. The photo is 'before,' Pam. You absolutely can make this super-easy recipe, and you'll love watching everyone smile as they cut into their very own little stuffing muffin!

    13 is a great, strong number, and it's always a treat when donut sellers and steamed-crab makers add one to the batch, giving us a baker's dozen! I think that's proof enough that people born on the 13th (and married on that date!) give a little extra to everything they do!

    Wishing you a fun and relaxing weekend!

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  5. I had no idea there were so many superstitious beliefs related to Friday the 13th. Well, you both blow the myth of birthdays on the 13th. These are crazy.
    Thanks for the recipes, they both sound yummy...and easy!

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    1. Thanks, Jill! We always look forward to sharing recipes!

      Here's hoping your weekend is wonderful! :-)

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    2. The pumpkin truffles are amazing, Jill! I've made them several times, and they never last very long! Have a great weekend!

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  6. I forgot it was Friday the 13th until you ladies reminded me. Now should I go grocery shopping today as planned, or go back to bed and forget it? Ha Ha. I grew up with a mother who was superstitious about everything you hear attached to black cats, ladders, mirrors, Friday 13th and I'm sure there were others. Sending good wishes to everyone for a happy day. Thanks for the cool recipes.

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    1. I had a great aunt like that, Roz. She was such a sweetheart but whew, so many superstitions! I hope your grocery shopping was uneventful. ;) Have a great weekend!

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    2. I've known people like that, too, Roz! Some were--like Cerella's aunt--very sweet and well-meaning. Others were anything but, and drove everyone bonkers! LOL

      Wishing you and yours a very happy weekend!

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  7. I'd forgotten it was Friday the 13th. What a fun post.

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    1. I hope you suffered no ill effects from Friday the 13th, Sophia! :) Have a great weekend!

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    2. For most of the world, it truly is just another day. I feel sorry for anyone who believes all the bad hype about the 13th.

      Glad you enjoyed all the silliness, Sophia, and hope your weekend is wonderful!

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  8. You two are always a wonderful way to start the day. We have a lottery ticket that will be drawn today, and the power # attached to it is also 13 - we're determined to make it lucky. Love the idea of stuffing muffins, and truffles of any kind (except the ones pigs dig up) are aces with me. Love to both of you, and all our other sisters on the blog!

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    1. Muriel, I'm hoping that #13 pays off for you big! If it doesn't, you can make some truffles to console yourself. ;) Have a great weekend!

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    2. I hope we'll soon hear that your #13 helped you win big, Muriel! (Because I'd love a new car...hint-hint-hint...) If you try those recipes, let us know how they turned out, and be sure to tell us how many oohs and ahhs they earned... ;-)

      Wishing you a warm and wonderful weekend!

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  9. This post is right up my alley, Ladies. Love this bout of history about Friday the 13th. My oldest sister was born on Friday the 13th and she's had (has) an amazing life. She's one of the happiest, genuinely kind people I've ever known. Recipes look amazing! Thank you for another great post.

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    1. Carol, Loree dug up most of the research for this post, but like you, I found it fascinating! And I see a trend with wonderful people born on the 13th. :) I hope you have a great weekend!

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    2. How cool, Carol, that your sister is living proof that Friday the 13th is LUCKY! If you taste-test these recipes, be sure to let us how how many high-fives and woo-hoos (and second helpings!) you witnessed!

      Wishing you the best of wonderful weekends!

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  10. I'v never looked on Friday the 13th as an unlucky day. I believe if I think positive it'll be fine. Thank you for these yummy sounding recipes. Hope everyone's Thanksgiving is a feast of peace, love and joy.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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  11. I'v never looked on Friday the 13th as an unlucky day. I believe if I think positive it'll be fine. Thank you for these yummy sounding recipes. Hope everyone's Thanksgiving is a feast of peace, love and joy.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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  12. 13 is my lucky number, believe it or not! I had to chuckle when it turned out that 13 authors would be writing Heartwarming Thanksgiving stories lol! I'm telling you, it's a lucky number :).

    Can't wait to try those recipes!!

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