#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Yep, it’s New Year’s Eve/Day

Loved reading all your comments and wishes for a happy New Year.  May 2014 be your best year, ever, in every way.

Some of you asked for the Smoked Oyster Spread recipe:

2 Cans Bumble Bee Smoked Oysters, drained and chopped

2 8 oz packages of cream cheese, softened

2 TBS mayonnaise

2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp garlic powder

1/4 cup chopped parsley

Combine cream cheese, mayo, Worcestershire and garlic powder.  Lightly coat a 15 inch piece of wax paper with cooking spray.  Spread mixture evenly on paper to a 10×6 inch rectangle.  Place oysters evenly over mixture; roll up jelly-roll fashion, starting with long side.  Cover and chill.  To serve, slice roll into approximately 1/2 inch slices, sprinkle with parsley.  Garnish platter as desired.  Serves 18 to 20.  (Not around here it wouldn’t.  :) )

I’m sure there are more wonderful recipes on the BumbleBee site, too. 

If anybody tries this, please be sure to comment, so we can all experience it vicariously.  (Those of us who like smoked oysters, of course.  I happen to LOVE oysters, served just about any way but raw.  Whenever I’m at SeaTac (Seattle Tacoma International Airport) and have enough time for a sit-down meal, I stop by Anthony’s for their fried oysters…yum!

RE: Margie’s paintings: they’re great!  Marge, who belongs to Wendy and Jeremy, is one smart dog and, like most Goldens, she’s just one big hairy ball of pure love.  Evidently, W & J got the idea  for the paintings from a book called “100 Things to Teach Your Dog”, or some similar title.

I will definitely have Jen post pictures to my Facebook page, but it will probably be next week.  Everybody is off work until after tomorrow, and then there will be a whole lot of catching up to do.

The giveaway copies of THE DESIRE MAP EXPERIENCE (Danielle Laporte) have arrived.  I’m so excited to share this with all of you.

I’m also VERY grateful for your kind words about BIG SKY SECRETS and the other books in the Big Sky series.  Even after all these years, I still get a little nervous when a new book is released.

I’m loving the new book, and have been working in one-hour increments to help myself focus.  I actually set a timer, and I don’t stop writing until the bell rings, pretty much no matter what.  I take 15 minute breaks in between, and this seems to work really well for me.

I’ll be setting my 2014 goals this evening–Debbie Macomber challenged me to pick really audacious ones this year–she says if they don’t seem impossible, they’re not big enough.  Considering some of the amazing things my dear and long-time friend has accomplished, I’m definitely a believer!  Desire mapping is a little different from regular goal-setting, as I’ve mentioned.   The basic premise of the book is that we want the feeling a particular achievement or acquisition would give us, more than the actual object or whatever.  Thus, as we frame our goals, we ask ourselves an important question: How do I want to feel?

IMAGINE that you’ve met one of your goals.  How does it feel? 

HAPPY NEW YEAR, one and all.

58 comments to “Yep, it’s New Year’s Eve/Day”

  1. judy
      · December 31st, 2013 at 9:32 am · Link

    Happy New Year to you. I am happy when I finish a quilt or crochet and afghan. I have not crocheted in seveal years, but my great grand whated to learn so here I am doing it again. :-P

    • judy
        · December 31st, 2013 at 9:34 am · Link

      I forgot to say that I am not an oyster fan. :(

  2. Linda Wilson
      · December 31st, 2013 at 9:33 am · Link

    Happy New Year t you and your family

  3. DONNA
      · December 31st, 2013 at 9:38 am · Link

    Have a very happy New Year & keep writing your wonderful books

  4. Gloria
      · December 31st, 2013 at 9:38 am · Link

    Happy New Year!!!!!! to you and yours, Linda. I’ll probably say it again, closer to the time, but it’s never too late to start early.

    As for oysters, I like oyster stew, but I don’t like the oysters. Many years ago, I went with my parents to one of those family style fish places. Daddy ordered fried oysters, and I wanted to try them, so he gave one to me. I took one bite and said…Eeew, that tastes like oysters.

    He laughed and laughed, and asked what I expected it to taste like. I said I didn’t know, but in my mind, if it was fried, I guess I thought it ought to taste like chicken, or something else fried that is good. :oops:

    I learned that “that the way it’s cooked” does not change what is inside.

    Take care and have a Blessed day!

  5. Andrea Lammly
      · December 31st, 2013 at 9:46 am · Link

    Happy New Year Linda!
    Wishing you a healthy and happy 2014!

  6. Brenda
      · December 31st, 2013 at 9:46 am · Link

    Happy New Year Linda! Happy writing as well.

  7. Becky Johnson Strobaugh
      · December 31st, 2013 at 9:48 am · Link

    Happy New Year! May this be a Blessed year for you!

  8. marilyn
      · December 31st, 2013 at 9:54 am · Link

    Have a wonderful New Years Eve and I look forward to reading your blog in 2014!

  9. Maryjane Hoffman
      · December 31st, 2013 at 10:00 am · Link

    HAPPY NEW YEAR LINDA! Got my Kindle copy of Big Sky Secret and plan to start reading it tonight while the guys watch their football! Have a safe, healthy and Happy New Year!!

  10. Marlene Kubick
      · December 31st, 2013 at 10:14 am · Link

    Happy New Year to you Linda. May the new year be a memorable one. :-D

  11. Leanna
      · December 31st, 2013 at 10:17 am · Link

    Happy New Year! I plan to star Big Sky Secrets today.

  12. Stephanie Cronin
      · December 31st, 2013 at 10:18 am · Link

    Have a Healthy and Happy New Year.My goal is to walk again after being laid up from a kidney infection and liver trouble from too much calcium. I love your books and pass them on. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  13. Ruby Norwood
      · December 31st, 2013 at 10:30 am · Link

    Happy New Year Linda! Hope 2014 brings everyone good health and happiness.

  14. Becky Carter
      · December 31st, 2013 at 10:33 am · Link

    Happy New Year Linda. I also am not a big fan of oysters. My Daddy loved oyster stew and I did too until we both got sick of of a bad batch of oysters. Haven’t touched them since. I am so excited that the new book comes out today. I will be stopping in at the nearest Walmart on my way home. Maybe some day when you are doing a book signing you will visit North Carolina and I will get to meet my most favorite writer in the world!! I live near Winston-Salem. What an awesome thing it would be if I could meet you in 2014. :lol:

  15. Anita C
      · December 31st, 2013 at 10:42 am · Link

    Happy New Year to all! May 2014 be a wondrous year for all of us! Cheers!

  16. Joyce M.
      · December 31st, 2013 at 10:52 am · Link


  17. Janie
      · December 31st, 2013 at 11:02 am · Link

    Happy New Year to all. Debbie Macomber inspired me to pick a word of the year several years ago. I picked forgiveness and have kept a journal of articles, scriptures, quotes from books etc that pertain to the word. I’m in such awe of authors and their ability to write and often gain insight to real life situations. She changes her word every year but I’m still on forgiveness. A goal I’m working on is memorizing scripture; it makes me frustrated at first and then elated–but I have to review each one all the time, my senior brain forgets!

      · December 31st, 2013 at 11:05 am · Link

    Happy New Year Linda & everyone. Hope you have a good 2014 year. wished I like oysters because that recipe sounds good. Stay safe & warm tonight everyone.

  19. Renae Kinsey
      · December 31st, 2013 at 11:14 am · Link

    I must map out my goals! I’d like to really make some changes this year. You know what they say….doing the same thing over end over u will get the same results! So albeit with my health, mental state, or physical—I’d like to make changes!
    Thanks for the suggestions. I hope 2014 bring u much happiness and challenge!! I am getting ready for my dinner party and I have a block of cream cheese and maybe even some oyster. I know I have smoked salmon…yum! I am making homemade ice cream and just made a coffee ice cream. It’s wonderful and in the freezer now. Tonight I’m making mint chocolate chip with Andes mints. Not my favorite but it’s a favorite if one of my guests. (The sacrifices we endure) haha! Love to u and the family and the animals on the ranch!!!! I look forward to reading u this week as we will be out of touch for a week starting January 5th. Will miss you

  20. Patti
      · December 31st, 2013 at 11:26 am · Link

    I turned on my Kindle this morning and there was Big Sky Secrets. I love that! I am looking forward to reading it tomorrow on my day off. I wish you many blessings in the new year.

  21. Barbara Linkous
      · December 31st, 2013 at 12:22 pm · Link

    Unrelated to today’s blog but thought you would find this interesting regarding your love of stones and the effects of them.

    I am having a medical issue which required three hours of MRIs at one visit. I am claustrophobic (you can imagine the panic) and the first thing the technician did was to apply lavender aroma therapy. She said the scent produces a calmness for the patient and has tremendously increased the success rate for completion of testing. Even though I was still miserable, I managed that “iron lung” but thought of your belief in the therapeutic value of your stones.

  22. zola udell
      · December 31st, 2013 at 12:32 pm · Link

    Thank you Linda for all of the inspiring words, gifts and books you have given us. May 2014 be YOUR best ever in every way.
    Everyone, have a blessed healthy and happy New Year!

  23. Sherry Wallace
      · December 31st, 2013 at 12:40 pm · Link

    I really love oysters, too, any way, even raw w/a cracker & sauce, but when I first tried it as a kid I had to convince myself that they wern’t alive first

  24. Lois Rotella
      · December 31st, 2013 at 12:49 pm · Link

    Happy New year to all at the Triple L !! I have a goal to read more and craft more. I wish to make things for my family for next christmas. I think that will make me that I have accomplished something enjoyable and to share. :-D

  25. Patrice
      · December 31st, 2013 at 1:10 pm · Link

    Happy New Year Linda! Many blessings to you and yours. Thanks for the smoked oyster spread recipe. I will definitely try it one day, I love oysters, too. :)

  26. Carol Miller White
      · December 31st, 2013 at 1:36 pm · Link

    I have a copy of Big Sky Secrets and have just started to read it. Hurray! I am so looking forward to more time among the people of Parable and Three Trees :) I am also looking forward to seeing examples of Margie’s paintings on Facebook :)

  27. Diana E
      · December 31st, 2013 at 1:44 pm · Link

    Happy New Year to you and yours, Linda. Many Blessings for the new year.

  28. Darlene Sigala
      · December 31st, 2013 at 2:05 pm · Link

    HI Linda, Thank you for the recipe sounds great! I was first in the Sam’s Club today for Big Sky Secrets can’t wait to get started.
    Happy New Year. 8)

  29. Juanita Rice
      · December 31st, 2013 at 3:43 pm · Link

    Thanks for the recipe, Linda!

    Happy New Year!! :)

  30. Diane
      · December 31st, 2013 at 4:00 pm · Link

    Happy New Year, Linda. May 2014 be the best year ever!!!

  31. Virginia Horton
      · December 31st, 2013 at 4:26 pm · Link

    Happy New Year to you and your family, I wish you all the best in the coming year.

  32. Terri Shortell
      · December 31st, 2013 at 4:32 pm · Link

    Happy New Year everyone!!! I’m definitely going to try the smoked oyster spread. Sounds yummy. I’m trying an appetizer from the Atkins website. Shrimp, cream cheese, and other ingredients put in a parmesan crisp you make. It sounds so good and I can’t wait to make it today. Good luck in the new year. :lol:

  33. Vicky
      · December 31st, 2013 at 4:42 pm · Link

    Happy New Year, Linda & blog friends. I think your blog is something I look forward to more each time I read it. Thank you for sharing a small part of yourself with us.

  34. Roberta Giordano
      · December 31st, 2013 at 4:57 pm · Link

    Happy New Year Linda !

  35. Jennifer Damone
      · December 31st, 2013 at 6:35 pm · Link

    The desire map experience sounds like a very interesting read! Happy New Year Linda!

  36. Jeanne Wagner Shaw
      · December 31st, 2013 at 6:35 pm · Link

    Happy New Year. Te deseo un próspero año nuevo.

  37. Janet Clark
      · December 31st, 2013 at 8:01 pm · Link

    Happy new Year Linda from Grand Coulee! I hope you have a GREAT 2014!

  38. midge watkins
      · December 31st, 2013 at 8:05 pm · Link

    May you have a blessed 2014, Linda! I’m going to try your
    oyster recipe as I love oysters (except raw ) and almost all
    seafood. My fantasy is a huge bucket of Dungeness crab on ice
    that never gets empty. My local grocery store carries your new
    books, so I’ll be there Jan 2. Please keep writing those really
    awesome books. At 70, I need all the help I can get. Well,
    time to feed to horses. Happy New Year!!!

  39. Angela M Maivelett
      · December 31st, 2013 at 8:43 pm · Link

    Happy New Year Looked for ur new book Not @ Target will check later.

  40. jane d
      · December 31st, 2013 at 9:28 pm · Link

    Happy New Year to you and your Family!

    I’ll pass on the oysters and will instead find something else to munch on while reading BIG SKY SECRETS that I just purchased for my IPAD.

  41. Diane Sallans
      · December 31st, 2013 at 9:35 pm · Link

    Happy New Year! I’m going to have to try that Desire Mapping – maybe it will focus me.

  42. Tinna
      · December 31st, 2013 at 9:49 pm · Link

    Happy New years to you and yours!

  43. Connie Johnson
      · December 31st, 2013 at 10:09 pm · Link

    Eat less and exercise more, put my self first.

  44. Jo-Ann Baker
      · December 31st, 2013 at 10:30 pm · Link

    Happy New Year! Love all your books and now waiting for a new one next year!

  45. Cheryl Messer
      · January 1st, 2014 at 1:26 am · Link

    Happy New Year, may this one be better than the last! 8)

  46. Kimberly Dawn
      · January 1st, 2014 at 1:34 am · Link

    I love reading your posts. You always get me thinking! And yes, in a good way!! Happy New Year!!

  47. Dennis
      · January 1st, 2014 at 8:21 am · Link

    Happy Happy Happy New Year!! :roll:

  48. Becky in Hauser, Idaho
      · January 1st, 2014 at 10:56 am · Link

    Happy New Year Linda and Staff! I am going to try to imagine my goal realized and how it makes me feel to inspire me to complete my almost year long studying for my Real Estate Broker’s License. Have let too many things get in the way of achieving this lifelong goal. I finally got the confidence to go for it, now I just need to finish it. You are such an inspiration Linda with all that you accomplish! Thank You for touching lives the way you do. I pray that you are blessed beyond measure in 2014!

  49. Emily
      · January 1st, 2014 at 9:43 pm · Link

    Love the new book. Love the series.

    Hate Oysters! :cry: YUCK, but know lots of people love them, so they can have mine! :lol:

    Happy New Year to all.

  50. Gloria
      · January 1st, 2014 at 10:40 pm · Link

    Before the first day of the new year is over, I’d like to say…HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of you. I pray it is a Good, Godly, Healthy, and Happy one for all of us.

  51. Lea Williams
      · January 1st, 2014 at 11:03 pm · Link

    Happy happy New Year Linda and your family. Ciritters included. We have had a quiet day. I was going to ride but just too icy to risk it. I love oysters. I will have to try that recipe. Not raw but any way cooked. Also love steamed clams dipped in melted butter withaa touch of garlic. Bless you lots and lots.

  52. Amy
      · January 2nd, 2014 at 9:36 am · Link

    Can’t wait to get Big Sky Secrets, if I don’t get it on lunch today I’ll definitely be getting it this weekend!! Happy New Year Linda and family!

  53. Amber Bosch
      · January 2nd, 2014 at 12:57 pm · Link

    Sorry this is late but Happy New Year. I can’t wait to read Big Sky Secrets, though I have to get through the other books in the series first.

    • Terri Shortell
        · January 3rd, 2014 at 1:19 am · Link

      I’m with you on that. I have the rest of the series but haven’t been able to read them yet. :cry:

  54. Joyce M.
      · January 2nd, 2014 at 6:45 pm · Link

    Happy New Year.

  55. Norma Stanforth
      · January 2nd, 2014 at 7:17 pm · Link

    Happy New Year everyone, i have been having so much problems with my computer i hope it is fix this time. Blessings.
    As always your friend.

  56. Terri Shortell
      · January 3rd, 2014 at 1:17 am · Link

    Thought I would let you know I tried the smoked oyster spread and loved it. I would put more oysters in it but my son vetoed that suggestion. He said it was edible now and wouldn’t be with more added. I should mention, he HATES oysters. He did eat quite a bit of this though, so kudos to you. Hahaha :-P

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