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I had a migraine from no sleep, barely ate. Tomorrow I am going to a community nutcracker at our theatre, and it will not be a great orchestra, but Boston's new pro is 336 for top tix don to ? the boonies. No one to go with there. I avoided blACK FRIDAY AND HOPE ALL sorry caps got stuck..and hope all will go greeen, regift, support american goods whenever possible and American crafters which are nearly extinct. May God help all those still in a mess with Sandy, and may your one gift be to red cross. I am sure everyone knows (or is) someone with everything. I'll bet they'd be touched to have a red cross gift in their name, or Heiffer project. I am behind in NHK and will head over there to see who is worth watching-who is winning. I hope Mirai is good. No sleep is a horrible thing.
Great Dog show on NBC-so nice NOT TO see footballpro, college, ANY. Sorry, I wwish there were better sports ALWAYS on TV like skating. I feel so gyped every mo with cable bill
Here is my made up one dish recipe good for two, or alone or to bring to someone who you know isn't gonna have a real bird and 5 side dishes.
I get ground turkey, pepperidge farm stuffing onions, and wholeberry cranberry sauce. I make it like a meatloaf, and put in loaf pan. It has all the flavors of the best of the dinner-stuffing, turkey, cranberries. Then if you want you can make a side of mashed potatoes, or squash etc. frozen, boxed or fresh. It is easy for elders and disabled, and it is delicious, better than regular meatloaf and less fat than hamburg meat. And you can easily bring the loaf and let the person or elder decide on their favorite side to have. Lots of older/sick people don't eat a ton. The leftovers heated up make a great sandwich, though the stuffing is already plenty of carbs. I also invented a lamb/liver loaf with bacon, but that is not everyone's favorite. I prefer meatloaf in glass or pyrex loaf bans, but you can do this is the dollar aluminum pans and just forget about needing to pick up a dish that is expensive these days(what sin't).
Well, I love turkey, and I didn't eat much. Maybe at Christmastime. We'll see. I think roasted turkey is so delicious. Sounds like some great meals were had at Doris' house. Gee, who's coming for Christmas, LOL?
That loaf sounds like a great combination of flavors. I saw an ad for a turkey and stuffing sandwich around here, so I think you're onto something that a lot of people would appreciate. I'm sure the flavors work just as well for leftovers--better than plain turkey breast. And you're right: the texture would be much better for people who are older. I don't think a sandwich with stuffing in it would be all that sinful in terms of carbs. How many times a year do you have Thanksgiving, anyway? It sounds like a delicious dose of comfort food.
Your idea of giving something from the Heifer Project for Christmas is a smart one. Every year a site I'm a member of raises money to give to a similar organization to get animals for farm families in Asia. One year I think we actually managed to give a water buffalo. The members are mostly younger kids, so nobody gives more than a few dollars, but it doesn't take much to endow a few rabbits or some chickens. Rabbits are great because they're economical in terms of space and fodder, and they breed like--well, like rabbits. So a mating pair can set a family up for sustenance and also for meat to sell. This year I'm thinking of suggesting to adult loved ones that we only give presents to the kids.
Wicked Yankee Girl
Before giving presents to charities in other people's names, please consider the following:
1. People are very individual about the charities they support. Please if you're going to do this, be sure to donate to a charity that you know that the person you are "giving" this to actually approves of the charity in question. I, for example, would never give a nickel to the Red Cross or United Way. And if you are donating to a church fund in my name, I would prefer it would be to a charity attached to the church I attend, not the one you might prefer. I also like Habitat for Humanity, the ACLU (which is not a charity), my local foodbanks & soup kitchens, and the Salvation Army.
You see the pitfalls.
We had 20 years of back-biting in my family when my well to do evangelical Protestant sister in law decided to give our less affluent, but devout, Catholic relatives "gifts" of donations to the evangelical Protestant church she attended. It would have been better if she had just given them a nice card and nothing else.
As it was, she was accused of trying to get credit for an $100 dollar gift, when it was actually $62 when you took into account the tax deduction she got, and of selfishly gifting her own church to look better in the eyes of the church PTB, all the while being uncharitable and cheap to her own relatives.
Not to mention, the question of whether the church in question was a blot on the national landscape (similar to the Westboro Baptist Church), heretical & anti-Christian.
If she wanted to be really nice, she could have given them a check in the card and left them to determine whether they needed it more, or whether they wanted to donate it to a charity of their own choice (and if they itemize, getting the attendant deduction themselves).
2. When you give money to a charity in someone else's name, you get the deduction, because you are the one who gets the letter that can be given to the IRS as proof of the donation. Anyone who itemizes knows this and is apt to think you are a cheap so and so.
Hmmm. I never thought of those points, Doris. Definitely important to consider.
Another aspect: someone I know gave a donation in my name to an organization that I was fine with (especially because it mattered to him), but since then I've gotten donation requests from them.
I guess I have never been gifted by anyone who supports organizations I really loathe. The church you allude to, if it's like Westboro, would strain my tolerance quite a bit, I agree. Of course, since I have a pretty strongly ethnic last name, such a church might send the donation back....serve them right, too.
Wicked Yankee Girl
Then there's aggressive gifting.
My father in law once claimed to have given a check to the NAACP in the name of a prominent racist in our town.
He claimed the enclosed card message (from him) read: "You are now an honorary ******".
It made him chuckle every time he thought about it.
This was in the 60's when people threw around slurs but wouldn't say curse words. It was a different time.
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T-day is my favorite holiday. Christmas without the greed.....do other countries like Canada and Euro countries have anything like "Black Friday" or are they civilized?