Turkey Day

“I gotta’ go get a nap in,” stated Jabber* as she waddled down the hallway towards the bedroom.  “Too much turkey and all the other stuff just, well, stuffed me.”

Not unusual for Jabber at all.  She tends to overdo when given the opportunity, which during the holidays, is rather often.  Then again, she would like to overdo most of the time which is why she waddles………..

That and she’s 111.  At least she CAN waddle, which is one of the things for which she is ever so grateful on this day.

“Oh be quiet and show ‘em some pictures!”

“K!” I replied in text talk.  (Even at 111 I know text talk.  See how very clever I r?  See there?  There’s another demonstration of it.  But I digress….)

“WHAT IS THAT?” Jabber asked, alarmed.

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‘Tis the return of the Turkey Trotter!  Yep.  He’s BAAAAAAAAAAACCCCCCCCKKKKKKKKKK!

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Yes, there he is at the sink, preparing the turkey to be roasted for Thanksgiving dinner…….complete with his turkey hat, which sings by the way—“Turkey in the Straw”

image  We tied him up—no, not the Turkey Trotter, the Turkey……..and sprinkled him all over with Paprika (Hungarian Paprika, I might add) and salt and pepper and herbs and a bit of olive oil.

“What is important about it being Hungarian?” Jabber asked.  “Is it ‘cause you’re hungry or what?”

Dunno…….

Here he is patting and massaging said turkey, prior to the roasting:

This seems to be some sort of ancient ritual…..

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And then he did a dance with the turkey:

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After the dance, he put the turkey in the oven and this is how turkey came out:

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The serious work now began:  a bit more basting and then, of course, right before dinner, carving…….

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Soon, everyone was in the kitchen helping prepare the food—almost everyone!

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Granddaughter created a turkey vegetable tray:

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The adults ate in the dining room.  Yes, even the Turkey Trotter:

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The Pilgrims and the Indians came for dinner, too:

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And the traditional kids’ table in the kitchen:

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We enjoyed being together, sharing family laughter and fun and the food was fantastic!

And the Turkey Trotter disappeared—at least until Christmas. 

(He might be out there, amongst you, as I write this, shopping all the Black Friday specials.  If you run across him, don’t be frightened.  Ask him to play his turkey hat for you.  And, if you have a spare, rare, uncooked turkey with you (one never knows, now, does one?), he could also do a little dance for you.)

Hope you and yours had as much fun as we did.

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*For those of you wondering who this “Jabber” is, she’s my imagination.  Goes by the full name of Jabberwocky.  Go look it up!

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

One turkey done and carved and in the fridge, one to go—and one ham.  I got a jump start on Thanksgiving.  How fortunate we are to have such options—to have turkey and ham and a nice kitchen in which to cook them.

Frankly, I couldn’t figure out how to get all of them cooked at the same time, so……….while I was finishing up decorating, I cooked a turkey.  He turned out really nicely, I’m happy to report.

Waiting for the Gobblers….errrr……Grandkids to arrive with their parents from the cold North for the weekend.  The Gobblers haven’t been here for a while, so I hope they find the holiday decorations and the food to their liking. 

Security had a sneak preview of the turkey and reported it very good.  And very gone.  There will be more tomorrow for her, I’m sure.  She isn’t, however.

I bet the rest of you are doing something similar, likely sort of tired (like me), but grateful for family and friends and for all the blessings we enjoy.  Life is fleeting and time does pass quickly—so enjoy today and tomorrow!

Happy Thanksgiving all!

 

Household tip!

‘Tis the Season for your indoors to smell lovely, all cinnamony and warm—here is a great tip on how to do this!
“Odor Removal

To absorb stale, smoky odors, place a bowl of apple cider vinegar in an out of the way place. To add a fragrance to the room and remove odors, put 1/2 cup of vinegar, two cloves, and one teaspoon of cinnamon into a small glass jar. Place it in the microwave for one minute and then place in the room. It will absorb odors instead of covering up the smell like commercial air fresheners do.”

I just tried this (just now, really!)  Be careful–make sure the concoction doesn’t boil over in the microwave–might try a larger container so it has room to expand.  The kitchen does smell good!

From:  Dollar Stretcher Tips newsletter

Here are some more tips on how to have good smelling home, inexpensive and chemical free: 

http://www.stretcher.com/stories/13/13apr08e.cfm

As we all know, commercial candles, air fresheners, etc. may contain harmful ingredients—especially those that you plug into your outlets.  NOT GOOD!

Warning

  • The Endowment for Medical Research has suggested “air fresheners” should be called “air pollutants.” Many brands contain known toxic chemicals. A 2002 EPA study testing plug-in air fresheners found that the fragrance chemicals in these products react with common indoor air pollutants to produce serious health hazards. Air freshener chemicals have been implicated in cancer, neurological damage, reproductive and developmental disorders. They can also aggravate or trigger asthma attacks.

Read more: http://www.ehow.com/about_5421665_dangers-plugin-air-fresheners.html#ixzz2ll1YL1fT

Try using a natural, inexpensive air freshener instead—it’s better for your health, and your wallet.


Saturday

Saturday morning, the Ark was begun, Charlotte underwent  reconstructive surgery, and later in the day, a Christmas tree was assembled at the YMCA.

Startled, Jabberwocky quickly turned to look at me.  “You are building an ARK?  Is it going to rain?” she asked, “And you did ‘reconstructive’ surgery?  On Charlotte?  Did Charlotte agree and does Noah know you are building an ark?”

Yes, constructing an Ark.  You will see later.  No rain, hopefully, in our future, but the animals are getting restless assembling upstairs—some of them are quite loud!  I’ve really got to get them loaded onto the Ark Christmas Tree before my family gets here!

And yes, Charlotte did agree and I had some assistance from Girlfriend and Hubby with the reconstructive surgery.  It takes a village and all that……………..she is in recovery now and at some point, soon, will be able to receive visitors.  I’ll take some pictures, then.

Now, on to the Christmas Tree:

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Cowboy themed Christmas tree.  The faux tickets for the concert for which this tree was designed to promote are not yet done, but will be added. 

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Grapevine wreath, copper ribbon, rope, cowboy boots, ornaments with a Southwestern theme, bandanas are on this tree. 

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Jabber and Racer Daughter who decorated the tree.  Racer Daughter looks enthused about it?

On Poverty

As we enter the “Season of Celebrations and Thanksgiving” in which many of us have plenty to eat, perhaps gifts to exchange, maybe some new clothes to wear, we need to remember those who do not have enough of anything.  

I read this on Huffington Post this morning.  You might like to read it as well, truly say a Prayer of Thanksgiving, and be grateful for all that you have.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/linda-tirado/why-poor-peoples-bad-decisions-make-perfect-sense_b_4326233.html

Her own blog is here:

http://killer-martinis.squarespace.com/

Help her or someone else if you can.

Meatloaf Muffins

 

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A hurry-up supper made ahead.  Cook meatloaf in muffin tins.  

Mixed up the meatloaf and place in muffin tins, cover with plastic wrap and put in refrigerator.  Will keep a day or so.  I make these early in the morning and cook later in day.

Use your favorite meatloaf recipe.  I had about 1.5 pounds of ground beef with which to make meatloaf.  This resulted in 12 muffin-shaped meatloaves, and one small regular-shaped meatloaf.

Spray muffin tins and place almost full of meatloaf mixture, topping off with some catsup.  These will take about 40 minutes to bake at 350.  Check them to make sure you don’t overcook or undercook.

You can make these ahead, cook and then freeze—they’ll defrost rapidly as they are small.  Nice for a quick lunch or supper.  Kids like the shape and one is plenty for smaller children.

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Above:  corn muffins,  muffin-shaped meatloaf, mashed potatoes, salad, slice of pineapple.

Birthday Girls!

In which we eat some pie which isn’t and have a grand time…….

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Girlfriend and Sosew, Birthday Girls

“I see an empty plate and some ‘to-go’ boxes—what happened?  You guys not able to STUFF yourselves with everything?”

No, weren’t!  Went to the Stuffy Puffin, no, that’s not right, it was the Puffy Stuffin’, no, no, that’s not righter either—oh, I remember!  It was the Puffy Muffin!  That’s where we went!  And they do have delicious food.

Being too hungry, we forgot to get a picture of the food.  But it sure was good.

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Vanna and Thumper

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The Brocanting Brigade!  (L to R):  Vanna, Thumper, Jabber, Cupcake, Girlfriend, Sosew

“For ‘Sert, Vanna got everybody a Boston Cream Pie which, on the way home, Girlfriend observed wasn’t a pie at all.  It was cake.  Why’d they do that?  Name it a pie ‘stead of a cake, I wonder?” said Jabber who was caught up in the excitement of it all.  She REALLY loved that pie cake, …….oh….. the lunch, all of it!

Happy birthday good friends!  And many more pies AND cakes to you both!

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