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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Eve of Thanksgiving

Busy goings-on here, as is most likely the case in homes across this great nation of ours! The Thanksgiving feast is poised to greet us tomorrow, and I for one, am very happy. Love the flavors, aromas, the menu and the memories of Thanksgiving. Particularly poignant for my family this year, our first without Mom.

The cranberries are simmering away, the butternut squash is roasting away and soon pumpkin pie will be baking away.

Cranberries simmering on the stove this morning

We have a 23.68 pound fresh turkey in the fridge just waiting to hop into the oven tomorrow morning and do his part for our dinner. To Mr. Tom Turkey, you have the gratitude of a thankful family. I have been buying fresh turkeys for several years now, as I am so tired of the anxiety of defrosting the big ole butterball. Some years worse than others, especially when, on occasion, another frozen bag of "innards" would appear way down somewhere unexpected. Now don't anyone tell me that has not happened to you!! lol!!
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So scurrying around, cleaning (rather haphazardly, I might add), baking, checking my 100 lists, getting excited for the arrival of our lovely Raethan and her sweet husband, herding kittens, and looking forward to the quiet evening of happy chatter, the roll of dice on the board games, and thoroughly enjoying this Time Between Time holiday.

And absolutely no thought given to all the Black Friday nonsense (or Black Thanksgiving for that matter, ludicrous). Stay home with the family. Don't be bullied by the retail industry into racing around like turkeys without their heads trying to find the best, better, cheapest deal on most likely made-in-China crap that will be broken or forgotten by New Years.    Okay, sorry for the rant.

How is your Eve of Thanksgiving going???


Minerva Black the shoppe keeping cat said...

In England we move striaght from Halloween, (which is little celebrated) to Christmas. It is a shame not to have a day to pause and give thanks prior to shopping nonstop for Christmas. I enjoyed Thanksgiving when I lived in the US. Now I just make time to pause and be grateful. I hope that you and the family enjoy a day of peace, love and good food.

jaz@octoberfarm said...

i wouldn't think of going out on black friday....blah!!! my pies are baked, my potatoes are made, the nut brittle topping for the pies is finished. i will be up at the crack of dawn to finish everything else. have a wonderful thanksgiving though i am sure it will be a bit sad without your mom. i don't even remember mine since she died when i was little.

Samantha Stephens said...

Hope you and yours have a wonderful time. The "holiday between" I like that. As for 'Black Friday' = no thanks! We'll be visiting with Adam and having adventures away from home. I'm giving thanks this year (this month!) for all the terrific, fasinating, lovely people blogging has brought into my life - you are up there near the top of the list. Thanks!

AkasaWolfSong said...

I too have been busy scurrying here squash is done and out of the oven and shell and ready for tomorrow,and I'm getting ready now to pop the pie in the oven. Did a load of dishes, cleaned out the frig to make way for leftovers, made lunch for my Grandson and me, now it's on to doing a bit of cleaning. I'm going to rest for a bit in between as I'm pooped right now...I've prepped a lot today so all I have to do tomorrow is the bird breast and little things. I want to thoroughly enjoy my day! :)
Do have loads of fun with your family and furry ones and know that I'll be thinking of you! I hope that nasty cold has taken a hike and you are feeling much better?
Happy Thanksgiving Sister!!! :)
xoxoxoxoxo and Many Blessings...

mxtodis123 said...

Black Friday is a day of rest for me. I cannot bear trying to show with all those crowds.

Wishing you great joy and happiness on this Thanksgiving Day.

Jeanne said...

Busy making pies..... Mmmmmm... the kitchen does smell good! :0)

Jacquelineand.... said...

Sounds like a wonderful time at your house; I can almost smell the baking from here!

The shopping is completed and I'm getting ready to start making the turtle cheesecake. Chocolate, caramel, pecan and cheesecake goodness!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I bet your whole house smells yummy! Well, maybe not the cat box, but you know what I mean.

oldgreymare said...

pumpkin cake smells wafting fromm the oven, I'm knitting and waiting for ben to arrive - heaven....
Have a wonderful holiday <3

The Boston Lady said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Robyn. I know you will all miss your mom. This is my tenth year without my mother and it still makes me sad around the holidays without her. However, we are thankful that my second mother, my mother-in-law has flown from FL to CA to join us!

I do not like Black Friday. I think it shows the worst sides of our society - greed, gluttony, over-indulgence. There, I ranted too.

And yes, I left the innards in the first year I cooked a turkey. Guilty! Ann

MandaBurms said...

Thanksgiving is not a tradition in New Zealand, but it is in our home. We celebrate as Cranberry Thanksgiving and on our Firday so we are celebrating it with fellow Americans.
Our turkey is defrosting and my fingers are crossed it is fully defrosted and will fit in my new oven.
We don;t have Black Friday here which I'm very pleased about.
Happy thanksgiving to you.
Love Leanne xx

Magic Love Crow said...

Hi Robin ;o) I hope you are having a lovely Thanksgiving ;o) You made me smile about the board games ;o) That's my favorite thing to do ;o) Play cards and board games ;o) Good family time ;o) I bet your mom gave you a gentle kiss on your cheek today ;o) She is telling you, you are doing a great job and that she loves you ;o)
(You made me laugh about about the made in China crap! LOL! You are so cute and truthful!)
Big Hugs and many blessings ;o)