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PostSubject: Thanksgiving is coming!   Thu Nov 08, 2012 10:15 am

And right around the corner, Christmas! Then New Year's! I can't stand the pressure! AAAAEEEEEEEEEEE!

So I'll take it in doses.

What's everyone doing for Thanksgiving? Anyone got any plans? Anyone daring to try making Thanksgiving dinner? C'mon, spill! I plan on going down to Venice to visit my family for a week (so you guys wwon't be seeing me around between the 18th and the 24th). I also plan on being on a double dose of Prozac the entire time.


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PostSubject: Re: Thanksgiving is coming!   Thu Nov 08, 2012 12:46 pm

Luckily my family's small and we're not far from each other. Every year we take turns hosting holiday dinner. This year it's my turn and the plan is for a big turkey dinner affraid Never made one before so I'm a bit nervous. If you see lots of smoke over Ohio, it's me Shocked

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PostSubject: Re: Thanksgiving is coming!   Fri Nov 09, 2012 8:34 am

Thanksgiving isn't a holiday here in the UK. The closest thing we have is Harvest Festival and that's the Sunday closest to the Harvest Moon, usually around the Autumn Equinox and is one of the oldest celebrations in Britain (going back to pre-Christian times). It has much the same ideas behind it though. It's a time where we give our thanks for food and the years' harvest. Even though it's not a nationally recognized holiday with a specific day, you can find celebrations everywhere in the UK in the forms of festivals and gatherings, modern Pagans celebrate in many communities with bonfires and most popularly at Stonehenge and Churches hold special services where local produce is brought in by the community and then given to the eldery and needy.

That being said about the UK's equivelant, with so many Americans living in the UK and the closeness we feel for our American cousins, Thanksgiving in the UK is gaining momentum.
A lot of restaurants around the country serve a Thanksgiving dinner in the afternoon or supper in the evening and there are a number of festivals that take place on Thanksgiving Day. Considering it's in the middle of the week, I'll be working but I might stop in at one of the local restaurant for a traditional American supper. Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Thanksgiving is coming!   Fri Nov 16, 2012 11:07 am

Can always count on you, Wraith for interesting bits of information Wink Actually, that's kinda neat that Americans can get Thanksgiving dinner over there. Razz

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PostSubject: Re: Thanksgiving is coming!   Sun Nov 18, 2012 10:24 am

Cool, WW. Let us know what you think about a "real Thanksgiving dinner"!

On the topic of turkeys, anyone know the difference between basting and baking? Isn't basting basically baking and pouring pan juices over it every so often?

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PostSubject: Re: Thanksgiving is coming!   Tue Nov 20, 2012 6:01 am

@Dot...hope you are enjoying your visit with your family! Btw, that turkey/prozac idea is quite clever actually! I'll have to remember that when my dad comes to visit! Wink

@WW...ditto what Dot said very cool! I did get a chance to live abroad when I was younger and I was amazed at how thoughtful people were of our culture and traditions even if they didn't celebrate that particular holiday.

@Phyrexia...lol, I will keep an eye out to the north east for those smoke signals! Wink And yes essentially you are baking or "roasting" the turkey and what the basting does it to lock in moisture and help the skin from drying out! So, basting quite frequently is a must! Good luck!

This year I won't have to do the bulk of the cooking...thank the gods! We were invited to a friends house since we don't have any family here. It will be nice not to have to slave all day over the stove but then I also worry because I'm always paranoid about other people's cooking! Lol! I guess if all else fails and everything is icky I will stick with the items I made and make a turkey dinner this weekend! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Thanksgiving is coming!   Wed Nov 21, 2012 2:47 pm

Thought you might find it a bit interesting, Dot Wink Hope you're enjoying your time with your family. Smile

Phyrexia wrote:
Cool, WW. Let us know what you think about a "real Thanksgiving dinner"!

On the topic of turkeys, anyone know the difference between basting and baking? Isn't basting basically baking and pouring pan juices over it every so often?

Will do, luv, and sorry, not a bloody clue. I actually cook quite a lot, but if it doesn't bleat I have no idea how to cook it.

That sounds like a good idea, Alaryah. I have a friend in the States who's family makes it a tradition to order pizza for Thanksgiving dinner every year, so no one has to cook. If all else fails, might have to consider it Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Thanksgiving is coming!   Wed Nov 21, 2012 3:38 pm

To everyone, I'm posting this today because I probably won't have a chance tomorrow...and my kitchen might be on fire



Alaryah, thanks for the tips! I promise to report how everything turns out! Honestly, I'm not the world's greatest cook anyway, so this will be interesting!

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PostSubject: Re: Thanksgiving is coming!   Fri Nov 23, 2012 7:28 am

Well, Phyrexia, if there was smoke it didn't make it across the Pond Wink Hope all my mates State-side had a nice holiday.

Twas the night after Thanksgiving
I just couldn't sleep,
I tried counting backwards,
I tried counting sheep.

The leftovers beckoned -
the dark meat and white,
but I fought the temptations
with all of my might.

Tossing and turning with anticipation,
the thought of a snack was infatuation.
So, I raced to the kitchen, flung open the door,
and gazed at the fridge, full of goodies galore.

I gobbled up turkey and buttered potatoes,
pickles and carrots, beans and tomatoes.
I felt myself swelling so plump and so round,
"til all of a sudden, I rose off the ground.

I crashed through the ceiling,
floating into the sky,
with a mouthful of pudding
and handful of pie.

But, I managed to yell
as I soared past the trees...
Happy eating to all -
pass the cranberries, please.

May your stuffing be tasty,
may your turkey be plump,
may your 'tater 'n gravy have narry a lump.
May your yams be delicious,
may your pies take the prize,
may your holiday dinner stay off of your thighs

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

(I'd love to give credit for this, but I'm not sure who wrote it)

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PostSubject: Re: Thanksgiving is coming!   Fri Nov 23, 2012 1:16 pm


Guess what everybody! No fire and dinner even turned out edible! Even got a few compliments! Very Happy I am SO glad Christmas dinner is going to be at my brother's. Then my sister-in-law can have all the fun! Twisted Evil

Ha! I love the poem, Wraith! So you've never had turkey before?

And how did everyone else's Thanksgiving go? Everyone survive being with their families? Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Thanksgiving is coming!   Mon Nov 26, 2012 1:01 am

LOL - What a great poem, Wraith!

It sounds like you had a pretty good time Phyrexia and no fire! Always a good thing! Mixer and I survived an entire week in the company of my madcap family. I even got to meet my brand new niece! She was born two days before Thanksgiving, so that was something to be doubly thankful for Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Thanksgiving is coming!   Thu Nov 29, 2012 10:16 am

I'm glad to hear your home didn't burn down, Phyrexia, and that dinner with your family turned out well. Though I can't blame you for wanting to pass on the "joys" of cooking for the holidays. Baking is one thing, cooking supper is another!

No, luv, never had turkey before in my life! But that's not a British thing (we actually have our own species brought over from Spain a few hundred years ago). But apparently it was never the rage in the Smithe Family Household. However, I could easily become a convert. It's delicious!

Dot! You're back! Congratulations on the newest addition to your family. I take it then that the big day went well Smile How did Mixer handle all the madness?

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PostSubject: Re: Thanksgiving is coming!   Sat Dec 01, 2012 11:03 am

Aw, thanks Wraith! *hugs* Yep, all went good! Mixer handled it with his usual social attitude, hung around everybody except me! But I think that's because everyone was giving him turkey samplings...

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PostSubject: Re: Thanksgiving is coming!   Sun Dec 02, 2012 10:19 am

To play devil's advocate, turkey I've found, can be very persuassive Twisted Evil

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PostSubject: Re: Thanksgiving is coming!   Tue Dec 11, 2012 8:20 am

Thanks a lot and I suppose when he climbs the Christmas tree, you'll be telling me the same thing about evergreens, right?

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PostSubject: Re: Thanksgiving is coming!   Sun Dec 16, 2012 10:47 am

Of course, luv. By the by, how's it faring?

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PostSubject: Re: Thanksgiving is coming!   Sat Dec 22, 2012 8:56 am

I've given up and got a three foot tree that discourages climbing, but not chomping or bulb-knocking. Sad

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PostSubject: Re: Thanksgiving is coming!   Wed Dec 26, 2012 7:49 am

Not to worry luv, almost time to take it down anyway. Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Thanksgiving is coming!   Mon Dec 31, 2012 2:45 pm

It's down! By my hand, no less!

But I think that's because Mixer got a catnip teddybear from Santa. He's been ignoring the tree ever since! - LOL

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PostSubject: Re: Thanksgiving is coming!   Wed Jan 02, 2013 11:57 am

Catnip is persuassive. Twisted Evil

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