When I was a kid there was always at least 3 choices, almost always the same choices, apple, pumpkin and mincemeat. As a kid I ALWAYS chose apple. I’m still not a mincemeat fan, but I have acquired a liking for pumpkin.
So, I’m playing catch up. BUT, I am determined to get ALL of BLOGEMBER accomplished. Today’s prompt is to describe Thanksgiving using your five senses.
ON THANKSGIVING, IT’S TRADITIONAL FOR MY FAMILY TO… start the day with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade while we eat a scrumptious brunch – usually a casserole I prepared the day before while I was prepping the sides, desserts and turkey. I start the gravy base on low and let it simmer.
At some point the football games begin and the aromas start filling the house and senses triggering the mouthwatering desire to eat ourselves into a coma. These days with my health issues dinner is done in stages throughout the entire day. As the family gets farther and farther apart in miles, Thanksgiving gets smaller and smaller, which is actually okay with us.
Whenever possible we watch Miracle on 34th street after dinner to kick off the Holiday season. During the movie I begin the Christmas cards and start planning for Christmas.
The day after we avoid leaving the house like the plague! We do start the Christmas decorating and package wrapping while chomping down on turkey sandwiches with homemade cranberry relish on extra sourdough bread or leftover dressing and gravy.
There are sooooo many memories, but one of my favorite memories actually revolves around some not so fun (at the time) events.
This memory has different perceptions on the root cause of the issue, but the end event is what I remember most and cherish. 😀 I was super young so I’m sure I’ve forgotten a few things. Thanksgiving was going to be at our house. Lots of prep was going on in our tiny kitchen. The table was set. The appetizers were arranged in the living room. The turkey was basting perfectly. The side dishes were baking and steaming. Desserts were ready. The grandparents, aunts and uncles were all on their way. AND then the unimaginable happened – the garbage disposal backed up! Not your every day back up, but the oozy black sludge kind that won’t go away! The kind that prevents you from using the kitchen sink until a plumber arrives. This was also before cell phones so there was no way to stop the travelers from first arriving at our house. Many were coming from long distances.
My grandparents only lived 3 blocks away. The decision was made to move the day to their house, but ALL the food was at our house. Ultimately, my grandfather brought over their station wagon and laid all the seats flat (one of the better features of an old Chevy tank). My dad put down a blanket and my uncle and I climbed in. All the food was then arranged around us so we could try and stabilize it on the ride over to grams and gramps.
I don’t remember now if anything was too cold or even too warm, but I do remember that in the end we still had a fun Thanksgiving at grams and gramps house with the whole family and there was a HUGE mess to clean up the next day at our house 😀
I came up with a new way to keep my momentum on posting regularly. Here’s my list for the first half of November. I ended up choosing BOLGEMBER because the “ember” part made me think about a burning fire and harvest colors.
This is a tough category because there are SO MANY items, but I’ll narrow it down a bit.
I found this fun for all, mixed-media pumpkin project over at Salvage Sister & Mister that uses wooden door frame corner rosettes to create vintage-inspired pumpkins to decorate your home. I fell in love with their simplicity, but still took it a step farther and made them three dimensional by giving them a front and a back and adding a bit more embellishment. They only took about an hour or so to complete my family of four. 😀 even with having to wait for the paint to dry, which was the hardest part! These make a great hostess gifts and look great throughout ALL the fall months, Halloween and Thanksgiving! 😀
The term BLACK FRIDAY appears to have been coined in Philadelphia by the police, where it was originally used to describe the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic which would occur on the day after Thanksgiving. Use of the term began around 1966 and was used primarily on the east coast It began to see broader use around 1975. Later an alternative explanation began to be offered: that “Black Friday” indicates the period during which retailers are turning a profit, or “in the black.
BACON HERB ROASTED TURKEY
1 pound bacon, chopped
2 sticks butter
1 shallots, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup dry sherry
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 green onions, sliced
1/4 cup, chopped flat leaf parsley
3 sprigs fresh thyme, stems removed
3 sprigs fresh rosemary, stems removed, chopped
3 sprigs fresh tarragon, stems removed, chopped
15 pound turkey, rinsed, drained and innards removed and reserved for gravy
1 medium red onion, peeled and quartered
1 large lemon, rested and quartered
1 blood orange, quartered
2 tablespoons avocado oil
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons fresh ground Himalayan salt
2 teaspoon fresh ground tricolor pepper
5 large carrots, washed and trimmed
5 stalks celery, washed and scraped