Thanksgiving and Winter Solstice prep Celebrations

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On Thanksgiving we had some really good food and a friend to feed. Our friend Scott had never been over before so he quickly got acquainted with Fiona the St. Bernard and our new puppy, Daisy, the Pomchi. He thankfully is an animal lover.
We all enjoyed a great dinner cooked by Steve, all by Steve for reasons that I will make clear soon enough.  We had a deep fried turkey, green bean cassorole, mashed potatoes, fresh bread, pumpkin pie, chocolate pudding pie, cheescake pudding pie, cranberry sauce and cranberry jelly and more.
Afterward we played some games, Dominion and chatted until it was time to TV veg.

We were supposed to go see Deathly Hallows movie this weekend but I couldn’t stand up in line that long so we waited a week for that. The Friday before the holiday I took one step from my driveway onto the grass to walk the dog and my ankle gave a huge POP! And down I went screaming like a baby. It was horrible. I waited until the next morning to go to the ER and found it was a severe sprain with probably more damage to the ligaments. The ER visit alone cost a fortune so I won’t be going for follow ups. Hopefully, I will have a lot less pain and swelling soon. It has been over two weeks and its still bad. They said I should be fully recovered from tne sprain in seven weeks, not considering any other damage. I have had plenty of time to knit so I have knit three gifts so far. That was cool. Wish I took pictures before giving them away.   I have had a great companion through out ask my knitting until she took off with a skein of yarn and mangled it. I was a tad upset about that. Gave me an excuse to go out for the first time, other than driving back and forth to bring B. to school.

I’m shopping from the internet quite a bit since I can’t stand long in the stores, but I love gift giving. It makes me giddy when someone likes a gift I have specifically chosen for them. Its the best part of the season. I have sent out some cards, which I always enjoy getting.  I’m trying to get some of the things the boys have on their wish list, but money is always an issue and I don’t work so things are more than tight if not impossible. But I try anyway.  I myself have gone through my Amazon account and updated it. I have found the new Universal Wishlist button to be great! All things from etsy.com, and acorn catalog, and such is all on one list. That is just cool!

The tree is up and slowly decorations will come out. This time last year, I was painting the house in NY with my extremely good friends the Rayne family. I havent seen them since, nor my parents. Homesickness is number feeling lately. Very depressing being stuck without a support system. Its probably the number one thing I’m not supposed to do with two boys that have special needs, so to say this sucks is an understatement. I miss my family and the ones I love and that love me and my boys. This year I’m trying to make this a little better than lasts, since we had arrived here only a week before the Solstice and I couldn’t decorate or shop, since all my money went into traveling here to Iowa and I didn’t know where all my decorations were packed.  Hopefully, I will be successful in making this holiday season more eventful than last.

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!!!!!

Fried Turkey Day!!

Our Usual routine for Thanksgiving is to fry a turkey about a week prior to the day to test all equipment to make sure we are all set for the actual event.  Always yummy!  I guess I do like some testing. 😛  Anyway, we then bring our set up to our church and have a communal Thanksgiving dinner with about 50-70 other folks for the holiday.  I love it!  But this year, I am a little pooped on big gathering when it concerns dealing with T. and possible explosive episodes.  So, we are going to have a Thanksgiving dinner at home for the first time since we moved from Massachusetts.  I also decided I wanted to do a baked turkey, cause I love!! the smell of turkey cooking all day in my house.  It really sets the mood for me.  Well, with this plan set we realized we couldn’t have a year without Fried turkey either.  How we were we to fix the dilemma?  We certainly couldn’t cook both and eat them on the same day.  We decided we would have our normal test run, but with friends.  Our very own holiday in the making!!  Fried Turkey DAY!!!!!!!!  It was delicious and the company was fun and full!  Yeah!  They brought Pies!!  I ate until I was in so much pain I could not move for a half an hour, then gorged more on pie.  We then realized we still had to feed all the barn critters.  That was an excruciatingly painful experience.  So yummy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!