What is everyone doing for Thanksgiving?
Posted 19 November 2009 - 06:08 PM
I stay home and just cook for hubby and me. We both love turkey. He is not from this country so most of the traditional thanksgiving dishes he doesn't like. He basically eats the turkey, mashed potatoes, and a baked sweet potato, homemade roll. that's it. yep. so I don't bother with all the stuff I'd love to do. Last year I did make an apple pie but I ended up eating a quarter of it. I had to give the rest of it away or I would have ate the whole thing. I do make homemade rolls. I hate the idea every year of buying boxed stuffing but it is too much work for just one person to enjoy it so I don't mind. I have to have my fresh squash. That I don't feeling guilty eating all of. Oh and the homemade cranberry sauce. I adore it. I found a new recipe this year on Allrecipes that is basically the traditional sugar, orange zest and cranberries cooked but instead of water it uses Port Wine. I already bought the wine.
anywhoo, thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love the foods and love fall, and it is non-commercialized. Love it.
how are you spending yours? any traditional dishes? any traditions? I'd love to have you share.
Posted 20 November 2009 - 02:38 AM
As much as I like the ease of having Thanksgiving at someone elses home, I always yearn for leftovers and many times I have baked a turkey here at home right after Thanksgiving.
Wacky, but I prefer the next day turkey sandwich over the hot meal.
Posted 20 November 2009 - 01:10 PM
I do the traditional stuff, turkey, stuffing, sweet potatos etc.
I love Thanksgiving, its all about family time without the added pressure of giving gifts.
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Posted 21 November 2009 - 12:54 AM
Tunsianswife~ Where is your DH from?
Posted 21 November 2009 - 02:07 AM
so nice to spend the time with your families and have a day of food, fun, games, movies. Love hearing about it all. Maggie, that is so nice you still have the celebration at your parents' home. I'm sure it does make it feel like your mom is there. My father died when i was 14 and the holidays are never the same. I will admit it here now, I get very melancholy @Christmas. I won't say depressed but I find it a very melancholy time. before my dad died, it was magical and after, it just is a very sad time for me. For years, I would 'go through the motions' of Christmas traditions along w/the rest of my family but I finally decided that if I just shed it all and just spend it simply and quietly and reflect on what the reason is for the day, it has made it a much better time for me. I can't say I care to listen to christmas music. it just triggers that memory-association thing. sorry to blabber. lol
Maggie, my husband is from Tunisia-which is in North Africa between Algeria and Libya. Very mediterranean-arab culture. I've been twice and have enjoyed the visits. His family is wonderful to me.
Posted 21 November 2009 - 09:31 AM
My husband always smokes a turkey and makes his famous cranberry stuffing.
Nothing special going on. It's Grantata and me, our son and his friend who is a girl. It's an inside joke.
We just hang out around the kitchen cooking, having a few and enjoying each other's company.............
and we might eat some turkey too!
I hope you all have a blessed day!
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I am sorry for the lost of your Dad...it doesn't matter how many years pass, it still aches. I am glad you found a way to "celebrate" that is peaceful for you.
Posted 21 November 2009 - 06:38 PM
Truth is, I don't care much about Thanksgiving. I hate to cook and don't eat the meal (23 years of being a vegetarian). So after decades of making the big ol' family Thanksgiving dinner, I'm really thankful to simply pass.
Does this mean I'm saying "Bah Humbug" to Thanksgiving? Hmmm, mebbe.
Gail, not very traditional...
Posted 22 November 2009 - 01:13 AM
Since I love to collect cookbooks, I should have been holding it every year!