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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

We use to have huge family get-togethers with my family of origin. This year, I'm having a bit of the gloomies over the loss of them but know that my nerves could not take that any more. I use to plan, decorate, help cook, execute and clean up with minimal help. I didn't feel very appreciated at the time but now wish we were spending at least one holiday a year together. Sigh.

My sister invited me to her house but I decided to decline. I didn't think I could take another trip south so soon. Besides, she has five kids and I've lost count of the grandkids. I'm not sure I'm up for a crowd. LOL Maybe next year.

I've been invited to a friend's, much subdued, holiday get-together for which I will make a dish to share and a chocolate dessert. (It being nearby means I get to sleep in my own bed, which is a big deciding factor.) Why is it that pumpkin is the dessert of choice? What about us choc-o-holics? LOL I'm making my own version of Ho Ho Cupcakes. Serious yum. I even ordered a new cupcake corer to help. I hope it comes in time. That's the hardest part of making them.

Are you the head chef at your gathering? I've never cooked a turkey by myself. It intimidates me. What's your favorite dish? Dessert?

All my fur kids love turkey but the vet has scared me to death about giving them much. Supposedly, a lot of pets end up in the animal ER over eating it. A lot of them choke. I give them small bites on limited access. Over the years, I have managed to allow Toby to believe that if I'm eating something, it is part his. It was cute when he was little. I don't allow him to beg for a bite but he has learned the sad eyes, "I'm
starving here" look and I usually acquiesce if he is in down position. I think he thinks my rules are silly. LOL

Remember the commercial where the pets trip the owner as he comes into the
TV room with his big plate of food? They have a lovely feast afterward! I think Toby would do that if he thought he'd get away with it. LOL

I hope ya'll have a lovely holiday. I get to have a long weekend and I'm really looking forward to it. I'm so thankful for my Spark buddies!

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    We're doing a quiet Thanksgiving this year, just me and Bill, at home, with all our ani-babies! We have the three lhasas, and they will get their portion of Thanksgiving dinner (turkey, steamed veggies, a bit of stuffing, and gravy). We also now have two ringneck doves and two lovebirds (why yes, we have lost our minds!) and they will get a bit of a Thanksgiving treat as well.

    Enjoy the holiday, and the time with friends! Squeeze yourself for me as a long-distance hug.
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    2035 days ago
    It is a hard thing to do holidays, in different ways. I have had a few years, like that, but others are just right, with many more, in between. Some you think will be the best, aren't, some you think wont, are!

    Just make the best of it!

    My daughter and I are cooking, the group will be the smallest I have had in many years.

    I am a chocoholic, but having my birthday so close to Thanksgiving, I got it, then.

    Pumpkin pie is my fav, for Thanksgiving and Ashley is making Apple pie, from the pie filling we canned.

    Turkey is pretty easy. I will miss our Puddin', as she always knew what day it was, before we started cooking. She loved Thanksgiving and waited for tasting the turkey. She lived to 201/2 and never went to the vet for eating it. emoticon
    The Ho Ho thing sounds great! That was always a good friend's favorite. I am a sno ball gal, myself. emoticon

    Happy Thanksgiving, my friend!
    2035 days ago
    I will be spending Turkey Day with family. Everyone gets together @ my brothers, my sis in law does most of the cooking, but everyone helps out by bringing a covered dish. I will be ooh and ahhh at all the good food but hopefully stay within healthy ranges. Happy Turkey Day to everyone!
    2036 days ago
    I won't be seeing my "own" family for Thanksgiving either, but Bill's is my adopted family, which is plenty enough for me. Sometimes I think no one truly has a traditional happy family Thanksgiving any more, and yet they yearn for it anyway. You're far wiser to seek your happy Thanksgiving where it really is. I bet you'll have a spectacular time at your friend's house. Ho Ho cupcakes? Wow! B'bye, Hostess. Hello, Mustang Sally!
    2036 days ago
    Family gatherings are a thing of the past for me too. This is my first holiday season with out my mom who died this month. Memories and emotions flood me at times. We will be going to my in laws for dinner. Nothing like my family gatherings but family now. I am glad you can go to a close place and sleep at home. Enjoy!
    2036 days ago
    Happy Thanksgiving to you!

    Yes, I remember the big family gatherings - 2 tables full! Now, not so much with my gram and my mom having passed on.

    I am the chef - and have been since 2004. Cooking a turkey is probably the easiest part of the meal for me - go figure! My gathering will be small this year - just me, kids, significant other, and my brother. We will eat, watch some tv, take a walk - and just relax. This year I refused to make the pies - that is the hardest part for me - so my brother and significant other ordered them and I get to pick them up lol.

    I'm glad to see you are listening to what is important for you - and doing as you wish, rather than as others wish, for this holiday!

    Take care.

    2036 days ago
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