Thursday, November 25, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving from the Reds!

HALLIE EPHRON: Wishing you all a wonderful, fabulous, delicious Thanksgiving from the Reds! Hoping you are all tucked in this year (in person maybe!) with your loved ones and friends, enjoying the comfort of companionship and delicious food. Hopefully an excess of both.

I’ll be spending the holiday with my two daughters, my son-in-law, and grandchildren. The adults are all vaxed and boosted, the kids finally vaxed and, as always, full of beans.

My grandchildren are growing up so fast it’s terrifying, and not having been able to see them for the better part of two years has made it even scarier. I’m looking forward to playing checkers with my grandson who has just learned how and is coming to terms with the concept of losing. I’m hoping my grandgirl will show me how she can turn cartwheels and front flips and read to ME and draw using actual perspective.

She's come a long way from this turkey she drew five years ago.
Speaking of which... my daughter Naomi will be in charge of the turkey. I’ll be riding shotgun the kitchen, gravy making. My daughter Molly on potato-mashing and wine-pouring duty.

We’ll start with butternut squash soup topped with sour cream and toasted slivered almonds and scallions. Hold the scallions for the kiddoes. There will be Pepperidge-farm stuffing in a roasted turkey. Mashed potatoes and green beans; carrots and parsnips for my son-in-law. Pies (custard and pumpkin). Champagne and sparkling cider to toast everyone's good health.

So who will you be with, and what’s on the menu?

HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: That sounds lovely! Gravy. I FINALLY learned, and now I love to make it.

It’ll be just us, not how we planned it last July, but so it goes. And yes, Pepperidge Farm stuffing, with onions and celery. And maybe I’ll just make the turkey breast, since that’s all anyone around here actually wants.

Champagne is our ritual, and my fresh cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes. With sour cream and butter. Pies, sure, Jonathan wants lemon meringue, so, sure. Maybe.

In the before-times, we had oysters Rockefeller for appetizers, but that seems so impossible now. (If I could just have stuffing and champagne, actually, I’d be happy. And maybe one bite of pumpkin pie And maybe have all of YOU come over!)


LUCY BURDETTE: We’re hosting a few vaccinated neighbors with fingers crossed. I’m in charge of the turkey, gravy, cornbread stuffing, and something new I’m trying: pumpkin cheesecake on a gingersnap crust with caramel sauce. How could I not try it? I’ll keep you posted. (And I don’t even like cheesecake:).

I am so grateful for each one of our Red family members. You allow us to feel like we have a community even when times are impossible--especially then perhaps! Happy Thanksgiving.



RHYS BOWEN:
Hallie, I hope you have a special Thanksgiving with your family. There will be 8 of us this time. The others opted out of flying for so few days with air fares so high, when all 15 will be together for Christmas.

The menu is turkey, three kinds of stuffing ( one sausage, one gluten free) mashed potatoes, green bean casserole ( yes, I know, but it’s always requested) cranberry sauce, gravy then apple crumble and homemade pumpkin pie.


Luckily I’m only in charge of small segments of this. I provide the wine and appetizers, and the dreaded green bean casserole

I hope all of our friends are enjoying a perfect day( or as perfect as possible without all the family)

JENN McKINLAY: It’ll be a quiet turkey day for us -- just Hub and me and the Hooligans and their Plus Ones. We’re hoping for a quick getaway to the beach in California at some point during the weekend, but we’ll see how that goes with everyone working new jobs and running in a million different directions.


It feels as if the world is back to normal but not really.

DEBORAH CROMBIE: So looking forward to this Thanksgiving and getting to hang out with daughter, son-in-law, granddaughter, and friend Gigi. We are foregoing the big traditional gathering at my aunt's, but I am thrilled at the prospect of this small get-together.

Our daughter has two ovens in her new house, so she is elected hostess! Son-in-law is organizing a deep-fried turkey.

We'll also have some ham from our local butcher shop-owning friends. I'm in charge of the cornbread dressing (not stuffing!), the cranberry/jalapeno relish, the gravy, and I'm not sure what else.

And I don't really care all that much about what we eat as long as we get to do it together.

JULIA SPENCER-FLEMING:
I’m having the smallest Thanksgiving ever - just me, the Maine Millennial, and friend of Reds Celia Wakefield and her husband, Victor. The Sailor and his sweetheart have to stick close to home (he’s on duty part of the time) and Youngest is tackling her first Thanksgiving ever, as she and Guest Son host his dad at their apartment in Bangor.

I’m making up for the lack of a crowd by doing two more very small get-togethers over the holiday weekend. I can see that being an adaptation that sticks around post-pandemic: no one has to knock themselves out for one massive dinner on one afternoon, and can instead spread the love (and work) around to several households. What the heck, lots of people pivot to Christmas at 4am on Friday morning, let’s just rename the whole four days Thanksmas and party on.
My menu is going to be very simple and traditional. I mean, I’m hosting Celia - I know better than to try to dazzle a professional. I will put a LOT more effort into plating the food than usual, however!

HALLIE: Plating! Now there's a subject for another day...

At this halfway-back-to-normal Thanksgiving, we'd love to hear what you're up to and what's on the table.



92 comments:

  1. Happy Thanksgiving!

    We’ll be just the two of us today, but we’ll still have most of the traditional dishes . . . turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberries, Brussels sprouts, dinner rolls, mincemeat tarts. There's something very comforting about having all the traditional things . . . .

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    1. I agree - traditional menu items are what Thanksgiving is all about. Embracing the familiar. So satisfying.

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    2. Happy Thanksgiving Joan! No mincemeat for me, thanks:)

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    3. Yes, love the traditional! Mincemeat, huh? My mo always used to make a mincemeat pie, and the kids avoided at all costs...xoo

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    4. John really looks forward to having mincemeat pie; this year, because it's just us, we're trying tarts, but there will be mincemeat . . . .

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  2. Happy Thanksgiving to the Reds and the American readers!
    Hope you have a safe, small (or large) in-person gathering with family and friends.
    Your meals all sounds delish!
    ROBERTA: Good luck with trying the new pumpkin cheesecake recipe!

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    1. I always forget Thanksgiving is a US holiday... it feels so universal. Grace, you're in Canada? Wondering if there, is turkey associated with holiday eating or everyday or not at all.

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    3. Sorry, typos so trying again...

      Yes, turkey is the most popular traditional main dish served at Canadian Thanksgiving (which occurred on October 11 this year). But some families opt to serve spiralled ham instead. We also eat similar side dishes (e.g. stuffing, mashed potato, brussels sprouts/green bean casserole, cranberry sauce and pies for dessert).

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    4. thanks Grace, and thanks for putting up with our Thanksgiving myopia!

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    5. Yes, since First Chapter Fun, I'm much more "aware" of Canada! (and we'll be there as usual today!)

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    6. YAY, Hank, I will be there to watch FCF live today.

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  3. There will be 9 of us (all vaccinated except the preschooler) at my daughter's place today for lunch. She is making from scratch cornbread dressing, in the pan Southern-style, like Deborah. I made two apple pies yesterday, one "regular" and one with Earth Balance margarine for my sister who is lactose intolerant and who also cannot tolerate Crisco or lard. The margarine one looks surprisingly good and similar to the "real" one; we'll see if it is palatable. My daughter, a single working mother, has ordered the rest of the feast from Whole Foods, a good move, I think. May the words, "I am full," apply to us all today, as we celebrate the many joys in our lives - even those that have receded into the past.

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    1. Mary, that's a great thought. I'll be slowing down and embracing the fullness... food, people, places. Even grief is something to be grateful for in a weird way.

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    2. Hallie, can you grieve if you haven't loved? And love there surely is for you....

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    3. Sounds all good Mary, it's the people who matter most:)

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    4. Yes, Mary, I am full. That's perfect.

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  4. Happy Thanksgiving, Reds and readers! I read JRW often but never comment but since I'm at the airport at 4:12 am, I have a few minutes to say hello. I'm having a different kind of Thanksgiving because I'm heading to Miami today so I can board the Scarlet Lady for a 5-day cruise. I moved from the NY suburb to downtown St Louis last month and it's been a real roller-coaster ride. Tons of stress but a lot of fun learning my new city. So I'm hoping for a few days of sunshine and relaxation. No formal T-day meal planned so I'm really vicariously enjoying all of your delicious sounding descriptions and I'm grateful that you all so readily share the stories of your invisible playmates with the world. XOXO, Chris

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    1. Chris, so nice to see you "this" side of the blog... hope your trip (getting there) is smooth and uneventful and the cruise is divine. Also hoping you can sleep on the plane. If you're like me the night before an early flight is wakeful and anxious... then I collapse. I'll have to remember your term, and toast my "invisible playmates" tonight for I am truly grateful.

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    2. Chris, so glad to see you here! Have a wonderful getaway!

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    3. Chris! SO great to see you! And have such a fun adventure..we want to hear all about it!

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    4. Chris! Haven’t seen you since Portland LCC. So you made the move, good for you! Enjoy your cruise and special meal or not, Happy Thanksgiving!

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  5. Happy day to all! My son and d-i-l came on Tuesday, so we've already started talking and laughing and doing puzzles (without lookin at the box). I made five pies yesterday (pumpkin, apple, and chocolate bourbon pecan), and am about to launch into my mom's bread dressing and spatchcocking the turkey. I'm also in charge of gravy and the table, and the kids and our dear friends bring the rest this afternoon. SO many blessings to count, all of you among them.

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    1. EDITH: Yum, five homemade pies for Thanksgiving, well done! Have fun in the kitchen cooking today and having a wonderful meal with your family.

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    2. yes, only Edith:). Enjoy the day with your family!

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    3. Well, three of them were pumpkin, and we ate the small one last night!

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    4. SO lovely to have your family there...pies for everyone!

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  6. Happy Thanksgiving to my favorite Reds in the whole wide world, and that includes all the contributors as well as the Spectacular Seven.

    The Finger Lakes area has the highest incidence of Covid in the entire state, so Julie and I are going to enjoy the day with only ourselves. Turkey with Pepperidge Farm dressing -- do I see a trend here? Being from south of the Mason Dixon as I am, I never cared much for corn bread dressing, so that's not an option. I add sausage and apples, onions and celery, and extra seasoning, too. Mashed potatoes and gravy, butternut squash, fresh cranberry orange relish, adult beverages, and homemade pumpkin pie. Our dog walker will come by for a plate but she too, although invited, is staying away from people. And then football, topped off with the Bills game tonight.

    I've had come complications from hernia surgery a couple of weeks ago: pain, bloating, no appetite, upset tum, weight loss, and severe fatigue. A CT scan showed most things were fine, no issues, but I seem to have a "rare" condition -- mesenteric panniculitis. So today I'm starting a course of prednisone. Stay tuned. Film at eleven.

    The above was a vent. Thank you for listening.

    I hope all of you have a fabulous day, especially you, Hallie. Another first, so difficult. Much love.

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    1. Oh gosh, that doesn't sound like fun. Hoping the prednisone kicks in quickly and gives you some relief. (And thanks for the good wishes... holding up so far here.)

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    2. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Julie! so sorry about the medical special issue and the Covid. Ugh! We love having you here in our lives.

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    3. Sometimes the quiet Thanksgivings are the best, Ann. Curl up by the fire, cover up with a friend-made quilt if you have one, and just enjoy your day. Hugs to you and Julie, both!

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    4. We are thankful for medications, too! Yes, as my mom used to say, "cuddle down" and enjoy. xoox

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    5. Hugs to you and Julie, Ann. Stay safe, curl up with a good book, and feel better. XX

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  7. Happy Thanksgiving to all! Remember DIARY OF A MAD HOUSEWIFE? Her husband requested a gourmet version of the meal, which her family hated. We're with our daughters and son-in-law, whose mother is hosting a splendid T-giving meal. My contributions are family favs: Louisiana sweet potato casserole and two apple pies, all of which I produced in a serviceable Air B&B kitchen, having lugged two huge bags of cookware and ingredients in the car. I visited a real bookstore and spent an hour in the children's section. My fav picture book: SHERLOCK CHICK and the PEEKABOO MYSTERY. Never too early to introduce the mystery genre to my grandson.

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    1. It's SO HARD to seriously cook in anyone else's kitchen. I've lost more than a few pyrex pie pans in the process of schlepping them here and there. My grand is reading me Louis Sachar's THERE'S A BOY IN THE GIRL'S BATHROOM - so much fun!

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    2. Happy Thanksgiving Margaret! We can't wait for Thea to be reading

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    3. Love Louis Sacher! Lived with his audio books for years before the kids could read. My youngest was crushed that kindergarten and first grade were nothing like the Wayside School.

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    4. Oh, my gosh, you brought the cookware? You are a stalwart!

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  8. I'll be spending the afternoon at a friend's house. I'm sure the menu will be delicious.

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    1. Have a lovely relaxing holiday, Dru -- xxx

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    2. Happy Thanksgiving Dru, I'm sure it's hard without your mom. xox

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    3. Lovely, Dru! And so nice that you will be in the comfort and joy of friends.

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  9. Love hearing about all of the plans for the day. My sciatica is bothering me again so I can't spend much time on my feet which means I won't be much help in my son's kitchen.

    Lucy, I really want to know how that pumpkin cheesecake turns out. Several years ago I made one, even with the gingersnap crust. I don't know what I was thinking but it was terrible - no one wanted to eat it. I didn't think there was such a thing as a bad cheesecake - I think I must have had a very bad recipe but I am willing to try again with your recipe.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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    1. Seems unbelievable to me, too! I wonder if you used salt instead of sugar, or some other MAJOR mistake. Or the cheese had gone bad? Because I agree if you just take all the ingredients and mix them up in a bowl, it would probably be delicious eaten with a spoon though uncooked eggs are risky. Was the crust alone any good?

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    2. Now I'm eager to hear from Lucy how it was...

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    3. Hope you feel better soon Judi! Now you two have me a little scared about the cheesecake. But it LOOKS beautiful so far!

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    4. NO such a thing as a bad cheesecake--I would have agreed... Or maybe it was the old "It wasn't what I expected" complaint. Lucy, we are curious now!

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    5. The crust was excellent! No, I didn't confuse the salt and sugar; I followed the directions exactly. I wish I could remember where I got the recipe but I threw it out and don't recall where it came from. Other than the crust there was nothing good about that cheesecake! The entire family agreed.

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  10. From Quebec, I wish a very Happy Thanksgiving to Reds and readers !
    It’s not my thanksgiving but I’m grateful for each one of you.
    Lucy, I also want to know more about your pumpkin cheesecake.

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  11. Hallie, thank you for sharing the pictures and photos! Wishing everyone--Reds, readers, and all a Happy Thanksgiving. Instead of up early, getting the bird in the oven, I'm having a slow morning--littlest guy is with his mom, so we are postponing our usual mid-day meal until he comes home at 5. This is a child who loves nothing more than being with his family for holiday meals. He counts us all on his fingers and doesn't miss a cat or the dog ;-) And as the oldest members of the family get fully vaccinated and boosted, he loves nothing more than visiting his elders and adding to his family. We have much to be thankful for! Our feast will be a roasted turkey breast, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, broccoli and bacon, green beans, maple carrots, corn, and homemade rolls from my brother-in-law. Pumpkin pie for dessert.

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  12. Hallie, so lovely and so heartbreaking to see Jerry's turkey on the top of the blog today. Love to you and your family! xoxo

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    1. Yes, so agree. xooxoo. And touching, really. Our new tradition.

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    2. I'm sorry, I didn't realize that was Jerry's turkey, but of course, it is. Hugs, Hallie.

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  13. Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! I'll be joining Debs and her family for the feast and contributing . . . well, in years past they have assigned me everything from pies to tequila. This year it's deviled eggs. I don't mind. I have done big cooking weekends, and minimal cooking weekends. Big cooking weekends don't leave much time for a nap. Whichever way it goes, it will be good food and fun with good friends.

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    1. Oh, deviled eggs. OOOOH. What a good idea! (I already have hardboileds. Ohh.)

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  14. Happy Thanksgiving Dear Reds and readers. Sending you all love and wishes for a very delicious meal and good visits with friends and loved ones.

    We will be eating at Jonathan and Cristina's a fairly unconventional meal because allergies abound. But this morning we gave 4 year old Benjamin a wooden train set with dozens of features. Chanukah begins in 4 days so this was an early gift. He's been singing as he puts the tracks together, making up the tune and the words, so full of joy!

    Have a great day, everyone!

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  15. Happy Thanksgiving, JRW friends! I am grateful for this wonderful community. Enjoy the day, the food, the company...Up here in Manitoba, it's a cold sunny day. Wishing warmth and contentment to everyone.

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  16. A very Happy Thanksgiving to you all, being part of this family is such a pleasure and an honor. Yes, we are looking for to Julia's turkey etc. My contribution to our feast will be smoked trout pate and the Celeriac and Broccoli (Eton) mess. All done. But comments on gravy had me laughing. GF gravy is a challenge which I solved by using all the veggies under the bird to thicken it. However, I got smart and ordered our gravy from the upmarket place where I have bought food treats all during the pandemic. Our extended family is down in MA with the #1 grandguy arriving at 12:30 this morning! It is bright and sunny in Maine and I wish good weather for the rest of you particularly when traveling. Enjoy this moment everyone, and peace to all.

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  17. After church, I'll assemble my oyster DRESSING. (Sourdough bread is cut up and has been drying in the oven overnight) I bought a turkey thigh for the cranberry orange relish that I made on Monday evening. (It needs a few days to macerate.) With a turkey thigh, I should have enough drippings for gravy, it I want it. Brussel sprouts are ready to be trimmed and put in the oven. I need to take the sheet of puff pastry out of the freezer for my apple pear and cranberry turnovers. Today is a day just for me. I go to my sister's family on Christmas day, for a week so this day for me is just perfect. I may even go for a little walk before dark. (wink, wink, nudge, nudge) No matter how or where or with whom, may your day be wonderful.

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  18. The cold front came through so it's raining. The boys are smoking a turkey. I'll be making cornbread dressing, salad, the infamous green stuff, baked sweet potatoes, and crawfish etoufee' for the non-turkey eaters. And maybe some other things I've forgotten. Granddaughter, little brother, son, husband, me, and our nextdoor neighbor will be socializing and eating. Brother is bringing a pumpkin pie. Granddaughter made a Boston cream pie. And there will be wine!

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  19. I'm on a ten-minute break between putting the scalloped oysters into cook and fixing the asparagus casserole. I made the chocolate cherry cake last night and got it iced by midnight. The other items are coming from a restaurant that has great Thanksgiving fare -- turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy, and green beans. My daughter, her husband, and my younger granddaughter will be joining us and bringing a pumpkin pie and a pecan pie. I have veggies--carrots, tomatoes, cumcumbers--to put out if I get them fixed, and cheese and crackers. We will be stuffed and so grateful to be together this year. My son and his girlfriend won't be here, and I will miss them, but I hope to go see them in a week or two.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all the Reds and commenters! I love coming here each day (well, a few misses) and learning so much.

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  20. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! And Hallie, it was so sweet to see Jerry's Thanksgiving cartoon. Yesterday I made the cranberry/jalapeno relish, prepped the cornbread dressing, made Jamie Oliver's Get Ahead Gravy (will let you know how that turns out!) as we won't have drippings from the deep fried turkey. And then I made a Maple Pecan Pie, with maple syrup instead of corn syrup, so will let you know how that turned out, too. I can say that it smells fabulous and that this morning I'm ordering pie shields and pie weights.... I couldn't keep the foil on the crust edges, which all fell off and burned in my oven.

    I am grateful for you all!

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  21. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Wishing you all a warm, safe, and family-filled holiday. Special hugs to Hallie this holiday season.

    There are only the five of us this year: oldest daughter, son-in-law, and giant grandson. But I'll also fix plates for the next-door neighbors, both recuperating from bad colds or the flu.

    The bird is in the oven, and will be accompanied by mashed potatoes and gravy, Stovetop stuffing, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, fresh cranberry sauce, a salad from my tunnel-covered lettuce beds, and cake. Yesterday was my daughter's birthday, so we decided we don't need pumpkin pie this year, the cake is so abundant. I also bought some of Costco's delicious croissants this year.

    Oink. I'm expecting a lot of tryptophan- and full belly-induced sloth going on here this evening!

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  22. Thanksgiving this year is bittersweet: my brother died unexpectedly at the beginning of the month, and today is the fifth anniversary of our sister’s death. My gratitude list for today is a little different. I’m grateful that my brother died peacefully, with my sister-in-law and their daughters at his bedside. I still miss my sister but I’m grateful that I was with her when she died. I’m trying to remember the good times. And of course I’m grateful that I’ll be with another sibling and her family today. And we’ll be eating in the dining room! Last year we ate in the yard, wrapped in blankets! We were not able to get together on Thanksgiving last year, so we celebrated the next day.
    I have no idea what’s on the menu today, but I’m sure it will be traditional. I know there will be pie!

    DebRo

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    1. Oh, Deb, I'm so sorry. Too much loss.

      So glad to know you're with family.

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    2. Thank you, Karen and Edith.

      DebRo

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  23. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! If we're sharing what we're thankful for, I am very thankful to have been enfolded into the Reds. What a generous, supportive, brilliant group of women and all of our readers, too. As the hashtag goes... #blessed

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  24. Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Just the two of us so the menu is simple - chicken (couldn't get an added salt free turkey), cornbread stuffing, broccoli, mashed potatoes, and homemade cranberry sauce. Dessert is Christmas cookies. I considered pies, cake, etc., but it seemed like more effort than I had to expend, so...

    Deb - jalapeno cranberry sauce? If it's not a private recipe, would you share. Sounds like something hubs and I would add to the daily menu!

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  25. Happy Thanksgiving to all! For the first time ever I'm not cooking or baking a thing.
    My baby brother and his wife, who normally alternate spending holidays with our family and hers are hosting at their house,with just a small group of vaxxed family, and my other brother ordered a precooked Virginia ham. Since dh
    & I have recently been having health issues, we'll have a few hours home alone, so we'll eat leftovers later, which is fine with me. It's bittersweet, since both my parents passed away last year.
    BTW, I've normally made Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake every year since 1991,and it always turns out delicious!

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  26. Taking a break from the cooking for a small glass of sherry and to check up on my social media. Wishing everyone a happy Thanksgiving!

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  27. By the time I, on the west coast, have this chance to stop in, many of you are already having the meal, or at least the lead-in to it. So Happy Thanksgiving to all!

    Just the two of us as usual, no family except nephews on the east coast, so we decided this year to go Italian: lasagna, green salad w/Caesar dressing, garlic bread. There will still be pumpkin pie, but that’s mostly for Barbara, as it’s not a favorite of mine. (I prefer rhubarb, but we couldn’t get it). It’s a beautiful, cold (42) day, sunny, good walking weather in a good coat. The cats are sleeping in the sun. I hope everyone is well and content.

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  28. I'm glad that you all are having a good time.

    For me, on my favorite day of the year (because I get to eat a big meal without having to worry about any doctors giving me crap about it) I was going to end up with TWO dinners.

    And now, after spending 4 1/2 hours in the ER, I'll be having ONE but that will be here at home by myself after I pick up a plate from the people I usually have dinner with.

    I woke up this morning and I'm feeling fine and fancy free. After watching a Hallmark movie because I woke up earlier than I wanted, I rolled out of bed at 8am. As I put on my socks, I coughed. The contents of that cough set my course for the rest of my long weekend. I apparently have somehow picked up a small pneumonia on my lower right lung. The hell of it is, I don't feel bad at all in any way shape or form.

    So my long relaxing weekend has turned into stay the hell home and away from people while the antibiotics kick in weekend. FML!

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    1. Jay, I'm glad to hear you got to the ER to get care. Take it easy, friend.

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    2. Karen,

      Thanks. I will be trying to take it easy this weekend but it won't be easy because I had a bunch of writing to do not to mention the housework and laundry that needs to be done. I'll just have to do it slower I guess.

      As for getting to the ER, I debated on whether or not to go. I was supposed to go have dinner with my sister at her best friend's house and since they extended the invitation when they certainly didn't have to, I kind of felt like I was letting them down by cancelling on the day of. But my sister said she'd much rather have me find out what was going on. Plus, with it being pneumonia I would've been upset with myself if I'd gone, exposed them and then found out later. So I'm glad I did go even if it ended up making a mess of my weekend now.

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    3. Jay, I hope you are on good meds and feel better soon! Its's not COVID, right? Sending my best healing energies.

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    4. Thank you Edith! Double dose antibiotics will hopefully do the trick.

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  29. Jay, sorry to hear about your pneumonia. Glad they caught it now! So, feel wonderful soon, heal quickly, enjoy your T-Day dinner. It's good to have friends!

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    1. Judy,

      Thanks. Yes, I'm glad they caught it now too. I just can't figure out the how and why. Particularly since I haven't really felt sick much at all in the last say 20 months?

      I will say that I'm glad I did some Xmas shopping when I got out of work yesterday because I definitely won't be doing any more this weekend (not that I am a big shopper on Black Friday weekend but still).

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  30. More for the record than anything else. So thankful for the wonderful folks both about and below
    the line that have become online friends. Thank you all

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