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An Americans' Thanksgiving in Saudi Arabia

Thursday, November 22, 2012

For those of you who know me and know that I live in Saudi Arabia and followed my sob story about not being able to find a turkey until last week, here are pictures of our Thanksgiving dinner. I really missed my cooking supervisor who used to sit and watch me cut and cook.

OH, and this was for 3 people!!!

A wreath I made many years ago

Indian Corn I found in the grocery store

The turkey

Full meal on the table

More food

Yep, more food

Pumpkin Whoopie pies

Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa on food network) Plum Tart, I burnt it though

Pecan Pie:

Pumpkin pie (Libby's canned pumpkin)

Chocolate cake shaped like a pumpkin:

Also had cranberry sauce-both whole berry and jellied, a delicious apple cake from our friend who joined us, the whole works!

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NBARNES 11/22/2012 10:53PM

    A most happy day.

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PAMNANGEL 11/22/2012 10:28PM

    Looks yummy!

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LJCANNON 11/22/2012 9:37PM

    emoticon You did a Great Job getting a Traditional Thanksgiving Meal on the Table. Congratulations!! It looked Delicious!!!

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NORASPAT 11/22/2012 9:20PM

    WOW, you did a Great job of getting it right, Well done, I am so proud of you. We did the meal I planned but DH could not eat a lot. He ate the salmon it turned out amazingly well. we had Brussels Sprout with bacon and caramelized onions-I often serve this and people say they do not like them afterwards they want the recipe. It was not one of mine. I found it in a book that called it. "Brussels Sprouts for people who do not like them". The Title is so apt.

You sure do have leftover but not the usual kind. i am sure you all enjoyed a really traditional meal for the day.
It is getting really cold tonight, poor DH is still sick and cannot get warm, he is usually hot so I know he is still sick, I am glad we stayed right here. I slept 9 and a half hours, so did he, we needed it I guess.
HUGS Pat in Maine.
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BRENDAGAIL9 11/22/2012 8:10PM

    What a lot of food! Wow.

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GRAMMYEAC 11/22/2012 5:59PM

    Wow, Robin!!!

What a fantastic spread!! And only 3 people??? Lots to share in the coming days, I think!

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LINWINAGAIN 11/22/2012 2:08PM

    Happy Thanksgiving! looks like a great spread.....

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ALICIA214 11/22/2012 1:51PM


Wow When did you explode.? the food looks delish and plentiful!!!


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MRSAGAIN2 11/22/2012 1:38PM

    OMG, that looks delish!

Happy Thanksgiving, hon.

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KARRENLYNN 11/22/2012 1:34PM

    looks like you did just fine putting on an american thanksgiving dinner in Saudi Arabia!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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So hurt and broken hearted

Sunday, November 18, 2012

I am so hurt, devastated, broken hearted and empty. We had to send our Spot baby over Rainbow Bridge tonight, (put to sleep) he had end stage renal failure and liver failure and would never be the same. The vet was so shook up as well, she was so loving and caring, she even cried with us. He is buried in the back yard with our two other babies.

On the good side, my sister is home from the hospital.

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GRAMMYEAC 11/19/2012 10:10PM

    So sorry, Robin...

Losing a dear family friend is always very difficult. We all experience these traumas, but it never makes it any easier.
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NBARNES 11/18/2012 8:42PM

    So sorry - I fully understand how difficult this. emoticon

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MINILOVER1 11/18/2012 3:28PM

    So sorry for your loss but I am sure he lived a wonderful loving life and his spirit will always be with you. emoticon

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ELAYNE39 11/18/2012 2:07PM

    So sad. Sorry for your loss. They will always be in your heart. I'll always remember our dog Zeb. I loved that boy and still think of him often. I hope you find comfort in knowing that you provided a wonderful home for your friend. Spot was so lucky to have you!

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MRSAGAIN2 11/18/2012 11:49AM

    Such a difficult thing, I know.

Sending hugs and support from my side of the world to yours.

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BRENDAGAIL9 11/18/2012 11:38AM

    So sorry for the loss of your furry friend. I still grieve for my lost pets. emoticon

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THINAGIN2 11/18/2012 10:30AM

    I am so sorry to hear the news about Spot. It is so hard to lose one of our dearest friends! We never forget them and what they contributed to our lives. God be with you!

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5 years SMOKE FREE & sister update

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Today marks my 5 years SMOKE FREE anniversary and I am damn proud! I quit on one of the Great American Smokeout days and used that Chantix pill. Then I gained 20 pounds, got thyroid problems, diabetes, gout and high blood pressure. Go figure, but my sense of smell is great!

I've had a great update on my sister from my niece and my Cousin who took my mother to see my sister. ( My sister is in a hospital that is an hour drive from the family so it is difficult for my relatives to get up to see her).
This is from my niece
Just received some wonderful news .... mom had her feeding tube removed and has been given jell-o and broth, she is clearer and is feeling more like herself! Docs are now discussing when to send her home!!!!! THANK YOU EVERYONE for your continued prayers and positive thoughts!!! (Anyone wondering ... yes my shower is still happening on Sunday Nov 18).

And from my cousin Janet Adams "Priscilla was doing so much better today. Aunt Doris was so happy to see her doing better. She said she felt like a new person. Got the feeding tube out and was able to eat some jello and drink some juice. Had a bit of gas but kept it down. She said the fog had lifted. They are lowering her pain meds and talking about removing more IVs and taking pain meds orally. I'm so glad to see her doing better."

We DID find a turkey for what it's worth, it's the size of a large chicken, only about 5 lbs and it's from France, not the USA. It's better than experimenting with a duck for the first time.

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MRSAGAIN2 11/15/2012 11:06PM

    I'm so proud of you! 5 years is a great accomplishment! I hope you're equally as proud of yourself.

Happy to hear that your sister is continuing to improve.

WOOHOO for you and your turkey hunt success.

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KOFFEENUT 11/15/2012 11:47AM

    WAY TO GO on 5 years smoke-free! It is a HUGE accomplishment and you should be proud of your daily decision not to smoke!

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NBARNES 11/15/2012 11:13AM

    Glad to hear your sister is doing better. Congrats on the emoticon , that's really terrific.

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NORASPAT 11/15/2012 9:55AM

    Just found this even more exciting blog. Both Mother and Sister are well improved. That is exceptional news for you.
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We had Duck in England we never had Turkeys. The duck was swimming in fat and it did not tate good. I was a child but just smelling it cooking brings back sickening memories.
Our German friends eat it always on Christmas Eve and so I take over her plate of English goodies Early in the morning to avoid the smell.
Your Menu sounded excellent I love pecan pie too but with just 2 of us and me Diabetic I admire them and leave them alone. Pecans work for me HUGS I am so glad you are all prepared for Thanksgiving, emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Pat in Maine.

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BRENDAGAIL9 11/15/2012 9:30AM

    Great news about your sister. She will soon be healed. The sooner she gets to go home, the better for her and everyone else.

I've been watching turkey ads and the price seems to be $1.49 a pound. I won't be buying one but our manager is providing a 22 pounder for our dinner here. I got elected to cook it so it should be a fun day here in our Senior apartment building. It will be a potluck for all the sides and desserts. I think there will be about 25 of us including some relatives.

I cooked a duck one year and wasn't thrilled with it so it is good you finally found a small turkey. Enjoy!

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My Sunday + sister update

Friday, November 09, 2012

Today is Friday in the real world but here it is Sunday, my day to go grocery shopping, doing laundry and catching up on a little cleaning. I"m also trying to put together a menu plan for Thanksgiving without turkey. Don't know why there aren't any frozen turkeys in this country either, so DH said duck, the rest will be on the healthy side, no stuffing, baked sweet potatoes, steamed broccoli, fruit salad, home made cranberry sauce, green salad, crustless pumpkin pie and the sinful pecan pie. I did find small Indian corn in the store today, $1.60 each for the 4 tiny pieces, with the stalks attached so they will make cute decorations.
I did push a heavy cart that wouldn't steer properly and went up and down stairs a few times today, in and out, bend over and reach in the wash machine, fold clothes, wash dishes and tomorrow will be back on the treadmill!

Another update from my niece on my sister:
Update on Priscilla, we went to visit her last night, she was awake and talking but is sort of confused. The nurses informed us that it is normal based on the amount of pain meds, length of sedation and surgery. As her head clears so will her mind. Her pain is under control and vitals are doing very well. I thank you for keeping us all in your prayers and sending cards and positive thoughts! She is getting there! :)
So she is getting there slowly!

Have a great weekend!@

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NORASPAT 11/15/2012 9:46AM

    I am glad your sisiter is doing better, that will be a lot off your mind.
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It appears I missed your Birthday, emoticon So sorry, I missed this too, I have been trying to catch up with DH pre-op blood work but the Mayop Clinic is very busy so it will take 3 weeks.
Even the Cancer Center never anticipated that happening HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JSTETSER 11/10/2012 4:20AM

    I'm glad to hear that you sister is doing better. Your Thanksgiving dinner being healthy is a real motivator!

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Yet another sister update

Thursday, November 08, 2012

I got another update this morning from my Niece:
Latest update on mom, She is AWAKE but goggy. She is off the respirator and is breathing on her own. She can talk but she is very hoarse. They had to give her some insulin to bring her blood sugar down. She is doing well. She will still have to stay for a bit longer.

Had to take one of my kitties to the vet today, he is losing weight and he just doesn't act like himself. The "vet" gave him an anitbotic shot and an pain killer because his gums are swollen, he also felt his thyroid. He is not sure what it is at this point. He did say Spots tooth looks cracked so that could be a problem. He also mentioned diabetes and thyroid problems, I hope that isn't what it is.
This is Spot with one of Tiny's Ties

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NBARNES 11/8/2012 11:16AM

    Cute pic - sorry to hear about your sister but again, sounds like things are going the right direction. Keeping good thoughts in humans and feline alike.

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BRENDAGAIL9 11/8/2012 11:13AM

    That's very good news about your sister. I hope she heals fast and gets back to normal.

Sorry to hear about your kitty.

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-COURT- 11/8/2012 7:36AM

    Your poor sister has been through a lot lately, so sorry, but glad she is doing better and pray that she continues to heal.

Love the pic of our cat. Hope your Kitty recovers fully soon, sounds like he has a lot gong on too.

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MACMOM57 11/8/2012 7:34AM

    Glad to hear your sister is doing better. Hope Kitty is well soon too.

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    Your cat is so adorable! Glad to hear good news about your mom! Hope she continues to improve!

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