Happy Thanksgiving!

This years Thanksgiving was a first.  It was quiet and calm.  No guests!  As much as I love all the hussle and bustle of cooking for others and having a big ‘ole party, this year I needed to chill and not deal with the anxiety of it all.  It was a pleasant change.  We popped the bird in the oven around 9am and it was done earlier than expected, like by several hours.  That was a nice surprise! We had been watching the NY Thanksgiving Parade all morning.  We had all the fix’ins, of course!  Cranberry sauce, actually two types.  I like mine canned, S. likes his homemade with skins and all.  Green Bean casserole, Mashed Tatters, fresh bread, stuffing, and black olives.  hehehe   We entered our meal reciting three things we were thankful for.  We finished eating within a half an hour.  DELICIOUS!!!!  The bird came out perfectly!

Bacon Bra, since skin ripped on breast.  Totally worked!

Bacon Bra, since skin ripped on breast. Totally worked!

After we cleaned up and digested our dinner.  We fed all the barn animals and set up Movies.  We watched Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, Charlie Brown Mayflower, and Charlie Brown Bon Voyage.  I don’t know if anyone else remembers, but the television show “WKRP in Cinninati” had an episode the involved Turkeys.  We watched that particular episode.  We laughed are heads off!!   While we watched the movies we broke out the dessert.  I had cut down from making 5-7 pies to baking only TWO!!!  One Pumpkin pie and the other Banana Cream Pie.  I whipped up some thick whipped cream.  Heated the Nut Roll we got from the Polaski deli/bakery this week.  So FULL!!!!

I Love Pie!!

I Love Pie!!

The day kinda seemed forever long, but was really relaxing and enjoyable.   After the wee one was fast asleep, we watched “Iron Chef America: Thanksgiving!”.  What a great battle that was.  Could you imagine making an entire Thanksgiving feast in an hour!!  The birds still had feathers!!!!  It was a great day overall!!

I am going to try to keep a running list of things I am grateful for on my blog.  You will see it at below the flickr photos box.  I am going to see if I can move it to a more visible area later.  Thank you for all reading my blog!!!

Hope you had a Wonderful Thanksgiving!!!!!

Hope you had a Wonderful Thanksgiving!!!!!

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Samhain!

What a great day and evening!

We enjoyed Lovely crepes for breakfast at our favorite restaurant, “Crepes Heaven”, then grabbed our donuts and cider from the Cider Mill, for the evening events.  I was spoiled rotten! by an expensive trip to the yarn shop!  Someone wanna come over and teach me how to make socks?!  Afterwards we began our carving.  We had many pumpkins to carve to set alight.  It was long and labourous but fun.  The results are too humorous.  We had our Dumb Supper of Hotdogs, Brown Bread, and baked beans.  Our animals went crazy over our offering plate we placed under a lovely evergreen tree.  We followed our meal with a ritual to leave past negative events behind us and wishes for this next new year.  After taking some time to digest dinner, we took out our apples and filled a bucket of water with purple koolaid mix and bobbed for apples.  Each year it is funny to note the kids forget the process needs full face immersion. LOL  Then we promptly moved onto bobbing for Donuts.  We hung them from a string and let each one have a turn to grab the donut with eyes closed and open mouths.  It is always a good laugh!  This year we didn’t bring out any divination tools, such as my tarot or did any rune making.  The atmosphere was different this year.  As S. prepared the labourous work of popcorn balls, I began our movie marathon with Alvin and the Chipmunks halloween shows and then onto Disney’s Hocus Pocus.  It was a good evening.  And of course, T. got sick at 1:45am that morn.  Totally predictable, as we encountered illness last Samhain as well, and we saw the cycle begin again that day.

Side note:  I would have had this all posted sonner, but we all fell to illness the next two days with the Flu.