Thursday, November 26, 2020

A Different Way to be Thankful!

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This might be a great way to share Christmas dinners also!

Wednesday was the day before Thanksgiving...and Hubby and I were cooking and all was well? 

Well, maybe---like many others we are not Gathering...but Hubby and I have been dicing, mashing, roasting and rolling, stuffing and, packing it all up!

We share holidays now, between three families and E except for THANKSGIVING! Seems my kids are daunted by roasting a turkey, making stuffing from bare bread, and the pies. 

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Normally we ALL do apple pies together and make a bunch from a bushel of apples, but not this year. I did get a 1/2 bushel of Macs...just for pies and baking.

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We've been watching Christmas movies to avoid the news----STILL! 

And, really hoping for peace on earth soon. Meanwhile there is no peace in the kitchen our island counter has been super busy! 

Stuffing: It started with a pound of giblets and one pound of Ground Turkey, and bakery bread cubes, celery, onions and fresh herbs, poultry seasoning, butter and lots of homemade broth. This made five aluminum loaf pans of Stuffing.

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 My favorite!

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Out thirteen pound turkey was lightly stuffed with lots of fresh herbs, celery and onions, smelled NUMMY. 

A fifteen pound Hickory smoked Ham...basted with ginger ale and baked all the way through. It smelled Delicious. Hubby cut it in thick slabs so it will stay juicy.

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Red Cabbage, simmered with butter and apples to a dark rich burgundy, a Thanksgiving tradition here.

Five pounds of yellow potatoes, boiled and mashed with milk and butter.

The Five pumpkin pies, made from Halloween pumpkins we roasted. 

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And, five Apple pies for one for each family  extra just in case.

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One with a Dutch Apple crust, I froze for Christmas. The right one has my Mom-in-laws signature wheat piercings.

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The rest have everyone's initials.

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We made  finally made gravy after everything was cut and boxed last night. The secret to a nice bodied gravy is use your potato water and broth boiled in the bottom of the roaster with all the good bits!

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We packed up our pickup truck with icecream/coolwhip/plates/napkins, all the food and ready for our traditional Christmas meal. 
OUR way to make it seem normal!

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Best part everyone was in jammies or in the shower when we arrived. And we social distanced.

Delivery Service Free, with Thanks to our Family for being the best, staying healthy and safe. How else can we show love, more than that.

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My son and family are putting up their tree today.

We made two more deliveries, caught E ...not dressed, and other son in the shower. 

Also included 2 hambones for the puppies at E's home.

Boys declared reverse Thanksgiving and had pie first!!!
Lots of texts and photos later! 

LOL..Thanksgiving in front of the TV. 
If it had to be a different Thanksgiving, this was a great way to do it.

Oops, buzzer went off, our meal is heating up in the oven right now!

HOPE YOU HAVE A HAPPY THANKSGIVING
ANY WAY YOU CAN!

Do not use my photos without my permission and linking back to this post on my blog.


Thank you for your cooperation, 
Sandi 



13 comments:

  1. What a mouthwatering post...Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Thank you---it was very delicious if I do say so myself. And, it was a bit of normal for the family to still enjoy a meal un-together!

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  2. WOW!! What a feast and I love how you celebrated the holiday with your family!! I keep saying that this year is the year for ingenuity and thinking "outside the box" and you did just that!! Kudos to you!!!Thanks so much for stopping by!! And please put up a Doll Tree and don't forget to share!!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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    1. Hi, Debbie, maybe you should throw some emails to those who aren't getting notifications in a group--and drop a mail when you post! I've tried to resign up---but it won't redo it--says I'm already joined. UGS, Yes, ingenuity...and it was still less work than having it here...and everyone said it was great. Helped me feel better about not seeing anyone!

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  3. I don't think I could cook a Thanksgiving turkey, either. Oh my goodness, just look at all that delicious cooking! AND....all those pies. Even though Thanksgiving was a little different this year, I love that you all have come up with ingenious ways in which celebrate. Best to give the news the flick and watch heart warming Christmas movies. Aah....peace on earth....now's there's a thought. Oh by the way, love your husband's red suspenders.....so very cool. Sandi.....as ever you have made me smile!

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    1. Hi, Kim...we were pretty grubby, but I'm guilty of never photographing holidays, just to busy getting it all together. And, I appreciate your visit, can't wait for your next 'artwork' to be finished...I so love your designs! Hugs, Sandi

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  4. What a fun way to do Thanksgiving in a different kind of year! You really worked very hard to do all of that! I am impressed! I hope your kids enjoyed it. I am sure they did. I enjoyed our leftovers today better than yesterday. God bless you all, and thank you for sharing your special Thanksgiving with us!!

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    1. Everyone had pie then dinner, LOL. Yes, everyone enjoyed, and the ham was particularly great! Hugs, and we did the best we could. Family is so important, this made it seem less futile!

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  5. OMG I NEED to be Adopted by you Sandi! *LOL* I'm hungry now just visiting this Post, but how Nice of you to do that for your Family. We used to do that for my Aging Parents when they were still Alive and were no longer making the big Holiday Meals for themselves due to their limitations. I enjoyed dropping it off but of coarse that was Years ago before a Pandemic so we'd stay and visit while they ate it so they didn't have to eat alone either. My Dad, before he got very ill, was a Master Chef Retired, so he always went all out for Holidays and invited the World to his Home and had big Gatherings, he loved to prepare fabulous Meals for anyone and everyone, it was his Special Gift and he was self-taught, but as good as any formally Trained Master Chefs in the Business. I miss his Meals and the specialties he always made for us to gift us all with at the Holidays. The Man was the one here who was Gifted at Meal prep and took over for all Holidays, after his Brain Damage he could not anymore... and the Year that Dad was Dying during Thanksgiving was our first time eating Thanksgiving Dinner at a Restaurant near the Hospice. We made it a Tradition for Years after that since we could Gather and no Work for any one Family.

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    1. AWwwwww, isn't it amazing how we adapt. My dad was in a nursing home---and I asked him what he wanted to do for Christmas as traveling to our house was going to be too far, and too hard. So, we all piled into a restaurant (because he wanted prime rib) and did a Christmas buffet. It was his last Christmas--so it was a joy and he was very happy being off his diet! I totally understand adapting...because it is about being together! One way or another!

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  6. Oh my goodness, all these dishes look so good! You worked really hard Sandi, but it seems it was well worth the effort. :) Your family must be very happy that you did this for them, it's so wonderful, you have a big heart! I, too, hope for peace and normalcy, in your country and elsewhere. We must be patient and don't give up hope.
    The gravy tip is one I'm going to write down to not forget and try sometime!
    Hugs :)

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    1. Hi, Linda---it was a great way to share a difficult holiday! and everyone really enjoyed it, as it was a 'shared experience' and the texts and photos flew back and forth all day. Even into the evening second shares of pie! LOL. Ah, the potato water carries starch---which my mother and grandmother swore was essential! I tend to not salt my potatoes heavily---and let the gravy carry that! Hugs, back, Sandi!

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  7. I love it! We think alike. I will trade boxes with you!
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Thank you for any and all comments. I will be happy to answer any questions or comments in replies or email! HUGS!