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    Thanksgiving

    Before you know it, it will be here!

    What are you thankful for this year.

    I'm thankful we survived Hurricane Sandy & that Winter Storm Athena really wasn't a factor here.

    I'm going to do the traditional Thanksgiving turkey thing. In fact, I have to order one tomorrow.

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    My gpa is coming for thanksgiving. I am thankful that even though he is greiving he hasnt shut us out... Not that I really thought he would.

    My mom's bff and husband are coming for tgiving too. I LOVE my mom's bff! She just came by to see how I am feeling. She's my adoptomom... Love her!

    I have a whole host of things to be thankful for... So hard to list them all...

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    I am so thankful for my family.

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    I just heard something additional today to be thankful for; the brother of Mrs. Boss, who had been diagnosed with a really dire malignancy, turns out to have a different class of tumor, far easier to treat, and what's even better, the doctors think they got it all during surgery. Tonight Mrs. Boss has to spend the evening calling around to her friends giving them GOOD news. She's thrilled, and I'm so happy.

    I add to that my gratitude for large things and small, for narrow escapes and broad escapes, for loved ones who love me back, for the color of the sky right before it turns toward evening, for all the cells in our bodies that each do their specialized work, for the taste of chocolate and the beauty of music. And for warmth and light after a week of darkness and almost two weeks of cold!--and for the emergency workers who restored those amenities to me and my neighbors.

    Turkey...I gave up meat this year so I probably won't be having it (though I make no hard and fast rules), but there's always salmon!

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    .... Salmon is meat.

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    I get to eat it anyway. I have to have some rules I can break! (*Guards her salmon supply*)

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    I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I'm typing in between basting the turkey, putting the last touches on the house, and awaiting the arrival of guests in a couple hours!

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    Happy Thanksgiving to our U.S. friends

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    I made 4 types of pie (all from scratch) and one gluten free cheesecake

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    Impressive, Toni! Bon appetit. You too, Doris. In fact, everyone.

    I hope no one is undergoing difficulties from the effects of the storm and that everyone can have a serene and enjoyable feast day.

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    Olympia, I hope you have heat at home!

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    Oh, yes, Doris; we're all fixed, with every amenity. Thanks for asking.

    I also got a new recipe. I haven't tried it out yet, but someone recommended baking the cranberries to make the sauce instead of cooking them in a saucepan. We already have our feasting cranberries prepared, but sometime this weekend I might try the baking method just for fun. You can never have too many cranberries!

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    Too true. Never enough cranberries. I have never baked cranberries, but my fav Tgiving version is still cranberry orange relish.

    Cranberry Orange Relish

    4 c. cranberries (or a whole bag, which is a bit more)
    2 whole navel oranges with any seeds removed
    1 c. sugar (up to 2 c. if the berries & orange are very tart)
    (Mom seldom used it, but 1 lemon ground, and 2 apples ground can be
    added)

    Cut the oranges in eighths and grind them in the food processor.
    Dump the chopped oranges into the storage container. Remove
    any large pieces and put them back in the food processor.

    Add cranberries to the food processor and coarsely grind them
    on the chop cycle.
    Empty cranberries into the storage container.

    Stir the sugar into the mixture. Taste. If too tart, add more.

    Cover the container and store in the refrigerator to
    meld the flavors for at least 8 hours. (Relish freezes acceptably,
    so I make it at Thanksgiving and freeze half for Christmas)

    I think a couple days in the refrigerator works better.


    Another cranberry recipe that I got out of an old cookbook I bought in Alaska:

    Cranberry Surprise Pie (Alaska Cookbook)

    1 c. fresh cranberries
    1/4 c. sugar
    1/4 c. chopped walnuts
    1 egg
    1/2 c. white sugar
    1/2 c. flour
    6 Tbsp. melted butter
    1/2 tsp. vanilla

    Grease an 8" pie pan. Spread the cranberries on the bottom
    of the pan. Sprinkle the 1/4 c. sugar and chopped walnuts over the
    cranberries. Beat the egg well in a separate bowl. Stir the
    1/2 c. sugar into the egg and beat well with a spoon. Add the flour
    and beat again. Add the butter and vanilla and beat well one more
    time. Pour the batter over the cranberries.

    Bake at 325 F until golden brown (about 20 to 30 minutes)

    Cake on top of berries will be set

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    Yum to both of those recipes! I've heard of and tasted something similar to your first recipe, which is interesting because it doesn't involve cooking.

    I'm sitting here after a long walk (partly errands and partly a yippee-it's-a-day-off trek), watching the tail end of the first Princess Diaries movie. Toni, I hope you plan a Princess Diaries dinner as one of your weekly feasts. It must contain pears, because that's the national fruit of Genovia. (Man, I wanna live in Genovia! What a cool country.) I had quite the repast yesterday. I am here to tell you that even without meat, you can go into a coma afterward--maybe it's a stuffing coma instead of a turkey coma.

    And now they're showing Mary Poppins on the Disney Channel! Yum, just about my favorite Disney movie ever. I'm fascinated by the fact that it's not completely faithful to the book and yet totally magical all on its own. One of the most all-enveloping movie experiences I've ever had, and it remains potent for me at this advanced age. I don't know what foods you would plan for Mary Poppins night (in the book they made gingerbread, but it's not in the movie), but you could hunt around for those little umbrellas they serve in drinks and put them in the dessert you make!

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    Tom Hanks is starring as Walt Disney in a biopic (?) about the making of Mary Poppins (there's the random Disney fact of the day from me!)

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