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Thanksgiving Dinner vs. Christmas Dinner

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

This year, I am in charge of hosting my husband's family for both Thanksgiving Dinner and Christmas Day Dinner. In the past, when made by his mom, these meals are EXACTLY THE SAME. Same meat, same veggies, same rolls, same pies. same, same, same, year after year after year. Carbs, carbs, and more carbs.

I like to change things up....just a bit....not enough to cause all the Traditionalist fits, but just enough so the meals are different enough to be make different memories. Shouldn't Thanksgiving taste different than Christmas? kwim?

One thing dear hubby and I changed last year...we used a smoked turkey instead of normal turkey. It went over really well.

So, this blog is an attempt to get ideas from my SparkFriends.

So, friends.....what are you ideas? emoticon

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MIPALADY23 11/25/2012 7:12AM

    All these suggestions sound perfect. Just tweak it up a bit or keep the favorites and change up the not so favorites. Let us know how it goes.

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ASOBFALLS 11/21/2012 1:59PM

    Kind of a late response but .... different.

I grew up in Nigeria and a family favorite is a Rice 'Curry' dinner. Now when my children visit me it is, "I can have turkey anywhere...will you make us Curry?" emoticon

So I haven't cooked a traditional Thanksgiving OR Christmas dinner in a long time! emoticon

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BROWNCOFIDDLER 11/14/2012 9:44PM

    It's been a whole lot of years since I ate at a relative's house for Thanksgiving or Christmas - maybe decades. Our family is very small and unfortunately I'm a creature of habit. Anyone who reads my blog knows that - it sounds like a broken record! I do turkey for Thanksgiving & ham for Christmas. I try to serve it in a healthy way, or as much so as possible. Like no sweet potato casserole w/marshmallows! Real sweet potatoes instead. Usually have broccoli as the vege - not the Campbell's bean casserole with cream of mushroom soup & onion rings or whatever it is. I do have pie for them but I don't eat it. The 'treat' is usually ready to eat cold shrimp & cocktail sauce.

The main thing I take away from the day is that the meal doesn't matter at all - it's an incidental. The only thing that matters is spending precious time with the people I love the most and recalling the fond memories of all of those who no longer sit at the table with us and the wonderful Thanksgivings & Christmases we spent with them. How thankful I am for those wonderful times.

Just eat & be merry!!! It'll all work out and a good time will be had by all!! emoticon

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DRAWNTHISWAY 11/14/2012 9:40PM

    What? No christmas goose?*chuckles* Here I thought you would sit around telling the tale of Ebeneezer Scrooge an serve a goose...

In other ideas


Comment edited on: 11/15/2012 8:10:56 AM

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SPARKLINGHOPE 11/14/2012 2:35PM

    I mainly do the same for Thanksgiving and Christmas. One year for Christmas we did do prime rib roast which was good. If I changed up meals Thanksgiving would stay a turkey dinner and maybe change Christmas meal plan. Good luck. :-)

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WILSON425 11/14/2012 1:17PM

    I always do Thanksgiving dinner. And for the most part it is the same. I always try a new pie or dessert recipe but the basic meal stays the same. Christmas dinner is usually lazagna. We make it the day before so with all the kids opening gifts and everything going on all we have to do is throw it in the oven with some garlic bread and no hassle.

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KYEM2007 11/14/2012 12:24PM

    I'm a non-traditional traditionalist or something like that. I love the "usuals" that we have every year, but I always want to try new things. My mother always smokes a turkey for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I always try to add something new. Some "experiments" have turned out well, some just ehhh. In the past two years I've found some keepers..... spinach salad w/homemade dressing and a great recipe for brussel sprouts.

Other than the smoked turkey, we have a pretty non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner at my mother's house.....augratin potatoes, baked beans, cheesy peas & cauliflower, broccoli, rice & cheese casserole. Sounds rather odd to most, but it's what we request year after year.

However, I can usually find the dressing/stuffing, mashed potatoes, etc at the three other dinners that I will have to attend.

I'm always trying to find something healthier to take since we have to go so many places during the Holidays.


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EMMAEKAY 11/14/2012 12:14PM

    Thanksgiving and Christmas are TOTALLY different meals in my family. We do a turkey and trimmings, plus pork roast for Thanksgiving. Christmas is all about a big, glistening ham and hot soups. We have a lot of the same side dishes at each meal, though. I always try to make something different, too.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/14/2012 11:47AM

    Well, even if the MEAT or entree is the same (turkey, ham . . . whatever), you can change up the sides. That's how I handle it and I'm doing T-Day and Christmas as well.

I used to sweat these things out, but gave that up1 LOL

I have my Thanksgiving Dinner all planned out but haven't worked out Christmas yet.

Christmas Day dessert has always been hgomemade cookies, so that will definitely be the same this year, though I don't eat them (first, sick of 'em by the time I'm done smelling them as I make 'em! That's a good thing, and being diabetic, not a good choice for me). So, that part will remain the same.

Hope that helps . . . know it's not much.

I'm always perusing recipes to get new ideas.


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November S.M.A.R.T goals

Thursday, November 01, 2012

1. Continue with the Diabetes Challenge all month.
Get the fitness done. emoticon emoticon emoticon
Get the food tracking done. emoticon
Do the other challenges.

2. PORTION CONTROL!!! emoticon every meal, every snack every day.

3. Get outside each day for at least 10 minutes and get some fresh air and sunshine. emoticon

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MIPALADY23 11/14/2012 10:08AM

    Nice, how are you doing with these??

Don't forget rule #1, Take care of you! Listen to your body!


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DMSPEER93 11/5/2012 11:01AM

    What does S.M.A.R.T. stand for? I like setting goals!

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    You're right on track with your Nov. goals. Love it!! emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 11/1/2012 5:42PM

    Great goals!

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GOPINTOS 11/1/2012 2:34PM

    Thanks for sharing!


Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
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CINDHOLM 11/1/2012 2:06PM


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Deliverance is available for the asking

Monday, October 29, 2012

Psalm 3

1 Lord, how many are my foes!
How many rise up against me!
2 Many are saying of me,
“God will not deliver him.”

3 But you, Lord, are a shield around me,
my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
4 I call out to the Lord,
and he answers me from his holy mountain.

5 I lie down and sleep;
I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
6 I will not fear though tens of thousands
assail me on every side.

7 Arise, Lord!
Deliver me, my God!
Strike all my enemies on the jaw;
break the teeth of the wicked.

8 From the Lord comes deliverance.
May your blessing be on your people.

King David wrote this psalm as he was fleeing for his life from his own son, Absalom. However, as I re-boot my healthy lifestyle, I saw this Psalm with new eyes, a new personal application. I re-read it through the lens of the "foes" being my old habits, the old mental self-destructive scripts in my head, and my laziness.

Go back and re-read it.

What are the foes you are facing which are keeping you (and me) from being what we were created to be?

You and I were created for so much more than THIS battle. THIS battle is just one of Satan's tools to keep us too busy to fight the REAL battle.

It's time for the Lord's deliverance! You only have to cry aloud for His deliverance!

Do you REALLY want deliverance? REALLY?!?!? It will require change. Change is scary. Are you ready? REALLY ready?

Am I?

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1CRAZYDOG 10/31/2012 11:28AM

    Awesome blog. I'm ready! HUGS

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DMSPEER93 10/30/2012 9:50AM

    How encouraging are your words, Heidi! May God bless you and strengthen you as you rearm yourself for this battle.

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LOOKINGUP2012 10/30/2012 9:49AM

    This psalm is so appropriate to the weight loss journey (or any other battle). emoticon for sharing your thought on it!

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1CRAZYDOG 10/29/2012 8:44PM

    Yes! Change is totally scary, but also worth the effort. Gret blog! HUGS

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BROWNCOFIDDLER 10/29/2012 8:28PM

    And that's the common thread that runs thru life....change. Never easy, always a challenge, but very necessary. We know it's always coming into our lives so maybe it's best to just embrace it as being all part of God's plan. Very nice blog!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ELISADENK 10/29/2012 7:41PM

    Isn't the first verses a song?

Well done!!

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GOPINTOS 10/29/2012 6:28PM

    Thanks for sharing!


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STILLWATERSSB 10/29/2012 5:50PM


Great blog, Heidi! Couldn't agree with you more!

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A Fun blog.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

I've done this on email before and find it fun so I thought I'd join in the fun.


Not as easy as you might think! Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. It's really hard to only use one word answers.

Where is your cell phone?

online at his computer

Your hair?
very dark brown, curly, and frizzy

Your mother?
young at heart and one I want most to spread the SPARK to.

Your father?
semi-retired, hard-worker, diabetic

Your favorite thing?

Your dream last night?
many, but not remembered

Favorite drink?

What room are you in?
family room

Your hobby?

Your fear?
government intrusion

Where do you want to be in 6 years?
done homeschooling and figuring out what I want to be and do with the rest of my life

Where were you last night?
home, watching the presidential debate

Something that you aren't?


Wish list item?
Wildflowers of Indiana book

Last thing you did?
fixed supper

What are you wearing?
slacks and 3/4 sleeve shirt

Your pets?
1 dog, 3 cats, 7 chickens

1 best friend, several close friends

Your life?

Your mood?

Missing someone?


Your car?
greyish green Dodge van

Something you're not wearing?
socks and shoes

Your favorite store?
Herb Barn in Brown County

Your favorite color?

When is the last time you cried?
this weekend at cousin's wedding

Where do you go over and over?

Five people who email me regularly?
husband, mom, best friend, SP, gardening bloggers

Favorite place to eat?
any place but home (I dislike cooking but do it 95% of the time)

Favorite place I'd like to be right now?


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GOPINTOS 10/25/2012 9:42AM

    Thanks for sharing!


Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
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DORCAS9 10/24/2012 3:06AM

    Yeah, like this! Good to see your answers! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 10/23/2012 9:16PM

    Good way to get to know each other!!

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BROWNCOFIDDLER 10/23/2012 8:33PM

    emoticon I did this on my blog yesterday!!! Thanks for your answers, it's a good way to get to know your buddies a little better!! emoticon

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NAOLEE 10/23/2012 8:11PM

    emoticon I did it.

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INSPIRATIONAL3 10/23/2012 8:07PM

    Not so easy for one not good at computerese...lol

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College visit with son

Friday, October 05, 2012

We took our son for a college visit today. Although the food I consumed wasn't the best (the school provided pizza- I did pass on the fruit cobbler and drank unsweetened tea), I have a health victory to celebrate.............We did quite a bit of fast pace walking across campus, up and down several stairs ------and I did great!!! No huffy or puffy. I was able to keep up with those with young legs. I hardly felt the stairs!!!! AND it was cold and rainy--the worst kind of weather for those of us with fibromyalgia. The exercise felt GOOD!!!

whoot! whoot! emoticon

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INNER-ME 10/10/2012 4:11AM

    That is something to celebrate, congratulations all round

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ASOBFALLS 10/6/2012 12:50PM

    emoticon That certainly is an exciting time of life emoticon and scary !! emoticon

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CINDHOLM 10/6/2012 12:00AM

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DMSPEER93 10/5/2012 5:46PM

    Praise God for answered prayer, Heidi! He is so faithful!!! emoticon

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