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Thanksgiving
11-21-2010, 09:59 AM
Post: #11
RE: Thanksgiving
(11-20-2010 11:52 PM)RN-PRN Wrote:  I love cooking a big Thanksgiving feast for my family, but as of the last 6 years it has been for only immediate family. Seven years ago, I invited what family we have close to us for dinner (11 in all). I spent days before preparing and making several desserts (my pumpkin swirled cheesecake is posted). My children were 6, 3, and 1 1/2 at that time. I spent all day cooking and was still preparing when family arrived and plopped down in the other room. I was trying to cook, take care of the kids (chase after is more like it), set the tables and keep all the pots and pans washed prior to dinner. Nobody even asked if I needed any help with anything (or anyone). Some sat in their separate corners (felt like family feud). Needless to say, I got to eat a cold dinner and then cleaned up without help. From that day on I vowed never to have them all over again for dinner. We have been to my mother-in-laws for Thanksgiving dinner, but they always mention when I am going to make it next (It is great that they can open boxes and cans for their side dishes.) I am the only one who cooks from scratch and goes all out to make dinners...or any meals. My sister and her husband have no problem coming to our house for dinner either, yet we have NEVER been there for Thanksgiving dinner...come to think of it we haven't been there in over a year and a half for dinner! Me bitter....NAAAHHHH.
Since I have been back to work (last 6 years), I have tried to work Thanksgiving so I am not obligated to do anything and my husband and kids don't mind waiting a day or two for my turkey dinner. In fact mine will be on Saturday this year. Anyone but my family is invited Smile So Boomer if you make it out to the Detroit area on Saturday you are welcome...I may be a little tired from working the night before, but I am used to staying up of 40 hours at a time Wink

Woohoo! Dinnertime huh? Well, not sure I am going THAT far over. My aunts live in South Haven as does both my cousins, and my folks live in Allegan. But - keep that thought!!!

My only problem right now is whether or not to take the Harley. According to my uncle they are supposed to get some decent snow on Thursday into Friday. YUK!

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11-22-2010, 08:10 PM
Post: #12
RE: Thanksgiving
Ok Gang!
Time has come to shut things down for the next few days. As I travel I will give thanks for a number of things this year, but one of the more foremost in my mind is watching this little forum of 'Bubba-ites' grow from the gift that I believe was intended into this unique gathering of people from all generations from all walks of life and internationally known. I thank Brutus and Bubba for giving us all this little 'gift', and give thanks for the friendships that are growing and prospering each day in our little 'world'. In my family we are healing from many years of 'isolation' from each other, so my hope is these holiday times are growing into something a bit more memorable. Even if you aren't celebrating this Thursday, find something this week to be thankful for.

Peace and Love! (thanks Ringo!)

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11-22-2010, 10:38 PM
Post: #13
RE: Thanksgiving
We have a small family get together usually at my cousin Kathy's house. Usually 20 total.
My best conversation is with my 15 year old cousin Nick who went to three shows this year. That usually occupies our conversation as does the cheese brocolliSmile

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11-22-2010, 11:37 PM
Post: #14
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Safe travels Boomer. Happy Thanksgiving!
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11-23-2010, 11:47 AM
Post: #15
RE: Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. A holiday completely centered around preparing a large meal and eating, It’s great. Oh yeah, we’re supposed to think of things we are thankful for too (someone pass the corn). Thankfully, both my parents are still around, and they still cook a turkey dinner every year in the house I grew up in. My sisters and I, plus the spouses and kids, are (amazingly) all still living close by, and all get together.

The food is pretty traditional: turkey, mashed potatoes, various vegetables, rolls, and my favorite, the stuffing. I haven’t paid attention to my mom’s stuffing recipe, but it is home made and really, really good. She spends a lot of time cutting up all the bread into little cubes, I do remember that part, and it has celery in it. Stuffing can come different ways. My aunt makes it with raisins, and I really like it that way, but with nuts in it not so much. My mom’s has neither the raisins or the nuts, more a plain style, but is so good it seems to be the dish that runs empty first.

The morning of Thanksgiving I like to have a small breakfast early, maybe something like cream of wheat, and then eat nothing the rest of the day until the big meal. Just let a nice big hunger build up through the day. Its hard, but I even like to resist the numerous snacks placed around the house. I think anticipating the meal is almost as good as eating it. I like the way the oven heats up that part of the house and fills it with the wonderful smells, with the background sound of the football game on TV. My dad carving the turkey on the counter with the big electric knife, and cutting us little scraps to nibble on just like when we were kids. The conversation, the laughter, it all gives me that cozy feeling (hey, pass some more of that corn).

After the meal, the main activity always seems to be centered around looking through all the newspaper sale ads. The flyers are all passed around, gift ideas for Christmas discussed, I feel like we are all such victims of commercialism. Charley Brown would be so disappointed in us. “Black Friday” is a pretty big deal I guess, but I usually stay home on the very busy shopping day. I am entertained though by watching the news, which always has great video clips of shopping crazed consumers barreling through the doors at opening time, clawing at each other to get the deals.

After the turkey is all carved away and eaten, my dad has this odd habit of hanging the turkey carcass in a tree in the back yard, I guess so that carnivorous birds can eat it, which usually results in packs of crows descending upon it. One year it fell out of the tree, and we actually witnessed a fox grab it and carry it away.

And, I almost forgot, in the week prior to the holiday, I always like to watch the Thanksgiving movie “Planes, Trains & Automobiles”. It’s a great road movie and comedy, with Steve Martin and the late, great John Candy trying to get home in time for Thanksgiving. It has a personal connection too, since I was there to witness the filming of a scene of the movie in Woodstock, IL years ago. Its amazing to see how many times they have to film the same scene over and over, it must take forever to get the movie finished.

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11-24-2010, 07:56 AM
Post: #16
RE: Thanksgiving
For the last 25 years I have been blessed with 2 Thanksgiving Day dinners. Back to back. First one at my in laws then again at my parents.
We lost my Father just a few years ago but Mom still has dinner.
This year we lost my wifes parent(s) within a few weeks of each other. Very sad.
So for the first time in 25 years, I will only have 1 dinner.
Sorry to sound like a downer. I am blessed to come from a large family 3 brothers and 4 sisters. 10 of us lived together in a tiny house in Detroit. We still all stay in touch. My wife (Arlene) was an only child and has been a part of *our* family forever.
If I had a crystal ball I would see the tradition carried on at my house. I make an awesome rotisserie turkey for the super bowl.
May You all have a Happy Happy Thanksgiving.

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11-24-2010, 10:37 PM
Post: #17
RE: Thanksgiving
(11-20-2010 08:52 PM)nettiesaur Wrote:  
(11-20-2010 07:14 PM)Bageleth Wrote:  
(11-20-2010 06:06 PM)boomer Wrote:  I know he has his own agenda! Last year he "tried" to con me into helping him get lumber so he could start the new garage he built specifically to house the one thing he cherishes more than life itself - his Corvette. Guess he wanted to get an early start away from mom. Sorry - I retired from chores last year....although I did just get off the phone with the momster, and she says the list has already started. Its the Boomer list because Boomer has the 4WD pickup truck to bring stuff home from Lowes.

Sounds you need the help more than my dad does. But no leftovers? Thats a little greedy! At least my mom feeds me after doing the Boomer chores.

I am so glad that my dad doesn't wait for sons-in-law to show up for chore purposes (my husband is too. It does sound like something that my step-father would do). Actually he's the one that others in the family give the chores to. Boomer, my dad has a Corvette too, however, he's content to keep it under his carport, and covered.

So Nettie, what do you bring for breakfast? I usually serve cinnamon rolls.

I usually just make sure I have my bread...allergies you know, but this year I thought I'd make that italian breakfast bread that I posted and impress the chefs.

Darn chefs! They had breakfast covered, but no one made an apple pie. So I did!Big Grin
Honeycrisp apples, organic natural sugar, unbleached flour....should impress anyway!

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11-24-2010, 11:10 PM
Post: #18
RE: Thanksgiving
(11-24-2010 10:37 PM)nettiesaur Wrote:  
(11-20-2010 08:52 PM)nettiesaur Wrote:  
(11-20-2010 07:14 PM)Bageleth Wrote:  
(11-20-2010 06:06 PM)boomer Wrote:  I know he has his own agenda! Last year he "tried" to con me into helping him get lumber so he could start the new garage he built specifically to house the one thing he cherishes more than life itself - his Corvette. Guess he wanted to get an early start away from mom. Sorry - I retired from chores last year....although I did just get off the phone with the momster, and she says the list has already started. Its the Boomer list because Boomer has the 4WD pickup truck to bring stuff home from Lowes.

Sounds you need the help more than my dad does. But no leftovers? Thats a little greedy! At least my mom feeds me after doing the Boomer chores.

I am so glad that my dad doesn't wait for sons-in-law to show up for chore purposes (my husband is too. It does sound like something that my step-father would do). Actually he's the one that others in the family give the chores to. Boomer, my dad has a Corvette too, however, he's content to keep it under his carport, and covered.

So Nettie, what do you bring for breakfast? I usually serve cinnamon rolls.

I usually just make sure I have my bread...allergies you know, but this year I thought I'd make that italian breakfast bread that I posted and impress the chefs.

Darn chefs! They had breakfast covered, but no one made an apple pie. So I did!Big Grin
Honeycrisp apples, organic natural sugar, unbleached flour....should impress anyway!


Sounds delicious!!

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11-25-2010, 12:06 PM
Post: #19
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Happy Thanksgiving to my amigos south of the 49th parallel. Gobble, Gobble. Joy, Joy!

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I bought a doughnut and they gave me a receipt for the doughtnut... I don't need a receipt for the doughnut. I give you money and you give me the doughnut, end of transaction. We don't need to bring ink and paper into this. I can't imagine a scenario that I would have to prove that I bought a doughnut. To some skeptical friend, 'Don't even act like I didn't get that doughnut, I've got the documentation right here... It's in my file at home. ...Under "D".'
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11-25-2010, 12:08 PM
Post: #20
RE: Thanksgiving
(11-25-2010 12:06 PM)Brutus Wrote:  Happy Thanksgiving to my amigos south of the 49th parallel. Gobble, Gobble. Joy, Joy!
Let me add my hearty good wishes to my American brethren and sisters.

I'm hoping that there will be a follow-up "What to do with all that leftover turkey?" thread.

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