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In keeping with my resolution to be thankful every day this month, today I must admit that I am so amazingly thankful for my publisher.

My books are published by Amazon Publishing. This can seem kind of confusing, and many folks have written about me as a self-published author. While Amazon has a great platform for authors who want to publish their own work, it’s not true in my case. Amazon has a traditional publishing arm that works like any other publishing house. They edit and publish all sorts of books in hard/trade/e-book formats; they even have a literary magazine called Day One.

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Last night The Fella and I went to a cocktail party honoring Day One’s first year of publishing. In the publishing world Amazon can sometimes be represented as the big-bad conglomerate, but I have to say that I’ve had an absolutely amazing experience working with them. I’ve consistently worked with a team that has honored my wishes and limitations (I was very reserved in the press I would do for Coming Clean because I refused to do anything exploitative—I probably would have sold more books, but my integrity and the privacy of my family and friends was far more important) and who have been so supportive of my work and growth as an author.

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And I’m super thankful for my publicist, Dennelle, she’s the gorgeous lady in red. We’re standing with Victor Bevine, author of Certainty which is the newest addition to my ever growing pile of nightstand books–I keep trying to persuade her to live with me and manage my life but she apparently has her own life and things to do that don’t revolve around me. Still, I can be persuasive, so I’m going to keep trying.

Maybe I will try and persuade her with fresh baked bread and homemade almond milk. Not really, that was just a segue to me telling you about the really good bread I made today, Buttermilk whole wheat. Of all of my wedding gifts, I think my bread machine and my Vitamix are the ones I use most.
 

Buttermilk Wheat Bread (Bread Machine Recipe)
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If you have a bread machine this is the best entirely wheat flour recipe I've made
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
4 hr
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
4 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1.5 cups Buttermilk
  2. 1.25 tsp Kosher salt
  3. 2 Tbsp Maple syrup
  4. 4 cups Whole wheat flour
  5. 1 tsp Vital wheat gluten
  6. 2.25 tsp Instant or bread machine yeast
Instructions
  1. If using a bread machine, add all ingredients in the order they are listed. Set to a wheat bread program. Sit back and let your bread bake.
Notes
  1. If making this bread the traditional way, sub out .5 cup of buttermilk for .5 cup of warm water, dissolve two packets of yeast, mix ingredients, kneed, allow bread to raise, then punch down, put in bread pan and bake at 375 for 35ish minutes.
Adapted from Cuisinart Recipe Booklet
Adapted from Cuisinart Recipe Booklet
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Oh, and I’m super thankful for these crazy gorgeous views…IMG_0005

And here’s what I ate:

Breakfast

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Greek yogurt with honey, banana, and cashews

Lunch

Grilled chicken breast, baby peppers, baked sweet potato

Grilled chicken breast, baby peppers, baked sweet potato

Dinner

Tofu stir-fry over brown rice

Tofu stir-fry over brown rice