Monday, November 20, 2006

Thanksgiving Is Fast Approaching--Look! A Turkey!

So what are YOU doing for Thanksgiving?

Are you cooking or catering? Are others helping?
Are you going somewhere? Or are you staying home?
Are you traveling far or near?
I'm invited to a Thanksgiving extravaganza with friends, B&B. He does the turkey, she does side dishes, I do my famous killer potatoes (see post below), and the other 12-18 people (couples and singles) bring desserts, salads, breads, etc. After the meal, if the "turkey enzymes" haven't put us all to sleep, we play BoulderDash and other games.

One year, right after my friends B&B got a new fancy-dancy stove, the turkey wouldn't cook through. Everytime they thought it was done they'd find an area from which blood would pour.
I'm not sure if it was that the oven door was opened too often or the new oven wasn't set to a high enough temperature, but the meal was hours late and there were 21 people wandering throughout the house discussing the possibility of ordering pizza.

Eventually we all sat down to a great meal far into the evening.

There's something about sharing a huge dinner with a roomful of long-time trusted friends--it's warm and very comforting. And Lord knows I love anything that brings comfort and good feelings ... the warm fuzzies are a GOOD thing.

43 Comments:

Blogger Mom of Three said...

We had lots of good family Thanksgivings, even though we didn't do turkey, we did pasta, which was so delicious because it was a family recipe.

Plus, I'm a vegetarian.

Now we live far away from family. It seems kind of quiet around here. A little strange. Plus, I can't cook like my mom at all. But we'll figure out our own traditions.

Nov 20, 2006, 1:26:00 AM  
Blogger Zed said...

Pasta for Thanksgiving? Why not?
Since I'm a big pasta fan, believe me that sounds great to me! (How's soy turkey? Can you get it?)

Have a wonderful holiday, mom of three...

Nov 20, 2006, 1:40:00 AM  
Blogger Mel said...

I have already divulged my plans but I am buying the already made dinner at the grocery store and hubby and I are celebrating Wendsday night. Thursday he is working and I may go to a friends house. I probably will go. My family is too far away but we would all get together, I miss that. Even though 1/2 of the poeple I only saw twice a year.

Nov 20, 2006, 5:33:00 AM  
Blogger Nobody said...

We're staying home and eating turkey.

Nov 20, 2006, 8:37:00 AM  
Blogger Teri said...

I'm going to my friend Cindy's. she lives about 20 minutes away. It might just be her and I with a few stragglers popping in and out, including her two kids.

Nov 20, 2006, 8:44:00 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

I'm going to my mother's
she lives about 1/2hr from me..

Small gathering...
It will just be me, my husband, my mother, brother and his girlfriend

I don't like turkey
I'll probably eat salad..

And I have to work Friday
Life is so unfair!!!!

Nov 20, 2006, 10:20:00 AM  
Blogger Zed said...

Mel, dinner on Wednesday night with your husband is a great idea! Close enough to Thursday...and I do hope you see your friend as well on T-day.

Nobody, sure beats the hospital's green jello, doesn't it?

Teri, that's my second favorite type of T-day, small and quiet--and not having to travel too far in crazy NJ holiday traffic.

Jen, work on Friday? That stinks! Thanksgiving's supposed to be a 4-day holiday!

Nov 20, 2006, 10:27:00 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

It's been years since I've had a nice, big Thanksgiving. The past few years it's been just me, my boyfriend and my kids.

This year we've been invited to some friends house, so there will be a few more people, but still cozy. I'm really looking forward to it, we always have fun with them!

Nov 20, 2006, 12:54:00 PM  
Anonymous mixednut said...

I'll be spending T-day visiting my mom at the retirement home with a few sibs.
But I am cooking a bird for my son's class pot luck.
I love when the whole house smells like turkey!
mmmmm-mmmm!!

Nov 20, 2006, 2:56:00 PM  
Blogger SushiBoy said...

We did a Mondo-Meal with Superwoman's family last Saturday. Each branch of the family home-cooked and brought a piece of the meal. After the meal we played games, visited and made Christmas decorations. On my side of the Family we are going to a resturant(sp) and then playing games on the Saturday after. On Thursday I think I may be helping my cousin insulate his attic, I'll be thankful when its over.

Nov 20, 2006, 6:28:00 PM  
Blogger Teresa said...

Well since you asked :)

This is the first year in a long time my little family has been all together in quite some time.
It will be awhile till it happens again too. One is moving overseas after the first of the year.
My kids are going to help me cook. A grand time will be had by all.

Nov 20, 2006, 6:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Zed said...

I'm so glad everyone who stopped by is "booked" and ready for the big T-Day. It's my favorite holiday of the year.

No pressure about did I or didn't I buy the right present for everyone, and it's not my birthday so I don't have to be "on." I can just relax, get my turkey enzyme portion, and enjoy good friends.

I am the volunteer (hand) dishwasher, so by the end of the day I'm sort of drenched from dripping water on myself from the large pots that won't fit in the dishwasher. Doesn't matter--it's STILL all worth it. My favorite day of the year ...

Hugs to all! See? Now I'm getting all nostalgic... :)

Nov 20, 2006, 9:32:00 PM  
Blogger Teena said...

Gord and his son are heading to Windsor for a couple days. They'll go to Detroit for the football game on Thanksiving Day. I'll be home enjoying my aloneness.

Nov 20, 2006, 10:52:00 PM  
Blogger Zed said...

Teena, make a turkey with stuffing in their absence and have a piece of apple pie on the side! That'll show 'em. :)

Nov 20, 2006, 10:58:00 PM  
Blogger Teresa said...

Yep turkey day is the best. Just food, family & friends.

We are going to watch the parade, then the National dog show that day.
Of course we will be talking, laughing & eating too.
I am very excited.
Hugs Zed & everyone :)

Nov 20, 2006, 11:34:00 PM  
Blogger Doctor Mom said...

We're piling in the mini-van and going to the spouse's side for dinner. We rotate, I hosted last year, and will host Christmas this year but I will have "off" next year.

It's an ok arrangement.

I look forward to it with a strange sense of nauseum

Nov 21, 2006, 8:09:00 PM  
Blogger Mel said...

Dont think it has escaped my notice that you havent posted since monday.

Hehehe

Nov 22, 2006, 7:52:00 AM  
Blogger Teri said...

Sis, did you eat too much already and are incapacitated???

where are you???

Nov 22, 2006, 10:34:00 AM  
Blogger SushiBoy said...

Ok where is the Wednesday party?
Hmmm.... ... .. . . .



Well lets get one started. I'll be bringing Zed's Killer mashed Potatoes (because they sounded good) and some perfectly roasted squash.

Nov 22, 2006, 1:20:00 PM  
Blogger Nobody said...

I hope Zed isn't dead.

Nov 22, 2006, 2:07:00 PM  
Blogger Teresa said...

Do you think while she was making the killer potatoes she tasted some & they killed her?

Nov 22, 2006, 3:53:00 PM  
Blogger Teri said...

God Teresa, I hope not. Can you imagine life without the Zed???

I'll bring the guinness and cranberry sauce to go with Sushiboy's taters

Nov 22, 2006, 3:59:00 PM  
Blogger Teresa said...

Teri, I too hope not. No I can't imagine the world without the Zed.

I will bring the green bean casserole.

Nov 22, 2006, 4:10:00 PM  
Blogger Doctor Mom said...

My masshed potato recipe had a virus because she sent it through the Internet... I wonder if she had those?

Could have killed her.

The Beta Blogger virus didn't get her but the coronary clogging mashed potatoes infested with viruses would!

Nov 22, 2006, 4:37:00 PM  
Blogger SushiBoy said...

Its turning into a nice party, I sure hope it isn't really a funeral dinner.

Nov 22, 2006, 5:09:00 PM  
Anonymous mixednut said...

Didn't she mention something about going down to Aruba for a few days?

Nov 22, 2006, 5:19:00 PM  
Blogger Teresa said...

Aruba & she didn't invite us??
I do think she would have.

I thought she had taken an anti virus shot too?

We could do a seek & find theme for the party.

Nov 22, 2006, 5:30:00 PM  
Blogger Mel said...

Zed??? Zed??? Where for art thou Zed?

Dont be dead Zed, I would be really mad at you if you were,

Nov 22, 2006, 5:35:00 PM  
Blogger Nobody said...

Crap, I was just kidding, but it's starting to look like she really might be dead! I sure hope not.

Nov 23, 2006, 1:04:00 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Umm... Christmas is fast approaching, too. Are you gonna have another damn post before than??

Man... who said you were allowed to have a life?

Nov 23, 2006, 1:23:00 PM  
Anonymous mixednut said...

Her intro says she was only going to stay awhile on Earth.
Maybe she went back to the mother ship.

Nov 24, 2006, 4:37:00 PM  
Blogger Doctor Mom said...

Hey-- I didn't know Fancy Zed was a Christian Scientist

You learn something every day!

Nov 24, 2006, 6:29:00 PM  
Blogger Teri said...

MN, that was funny. maybe she did but I would have assumed she would tell us so that we could give her a proper going away party???

Nov 24, 2006, 6:56:00 PM  
Blogger Teresa said...

Ok Zed, have you gone back to the mother ship?
If so why did you not take me, hmmm?

BTW, the mashed potatoes were a big hit. Everyone says thank you.

Nov 24, 2006, 8:34:00 PM  
Blogger Doctor Mom said...

I think the turkey on this post is turning to dust.

DUCK!! I see vultures!

Nov 25, 2006, 10:11:00 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

ZED!!!!

where are you???

come back..

Nov 27, 2006, 7:16:00 PM  
Blogger Mel said...

I am worried about you Zed and I even used dreaded dial up to post this. Let us know you are ok, and you better be ok, ok?? ok.

Nov 27, 2006, 8:31:00 PM  
Anonymous mixednut said...

Blogger all points bulletin.
Be on the lookout for one Fancy Zed.
Last seen making "killer mashed taters" somewhere in the tri-state area.
Known for throwing wild, spontaneous parties for residents of one Cul-de-Sac on Westeria Lane.

Nov 28, 2006, 12:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Zed said...

Oh, I love you all! I'm so busy with work that I'm putting in 7 days of 14- to 16- to even 18-hour days for the last two weeks. HelP!!!!

I promise to explain more tomorrow my friends--don't give up on me yet! Only one more week of intense work! Then it's back to slacking off, my favorite activity.

Big hugs! (Please note posting time est. Just finished work...)

Nov 29, 2006, 2:55:00 AM  
Blogger Teri said...

Fancy Zed, glad you're okay, well considering you have to "Work" and all.

I was gonna start calling all the hospitals in the tri-state area, seriously!

well at least you know you can now afford Christmas this year, right?

Nov 29, 2006, 10:22:00 AM  
Anonymous mixednut said...

Yay Zed!
I'm sending you some first-aid cream for the whip marks on your back.

Nov 29, 2006, 1:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Zed said...

Teri, I LOVE your new icon.

Thanks for worrying. I honestly thought by yesterday noon I was going to have a nervous breakdown. In publishing there is always the great push for "critical" deadlines, but they are just made-up dates someone decided on. And yesterday people were pushing and pushing--"are you going to have that by next Tuesday??!" "Oh, we need you to get that to us by the 5th, not the 9th!!" So much pressure.

Anyway, by today I thought, I'll do the best I can and THAT'S IT! Oh, I feel so much better now...

Thank you so much for worrying!
When I get to post in a little while, you'll see I did the calling hospitals routine myself last week, but for someone else who was missing...

Speak to you online later...


MixedNut, thanks for the cream. It hasn't "kicked in" yet, but I know it will! I promise to post later ... or Mel will come get me!

Nov 29, 2006, 1:56:00 PM  
Blogger Lynda said...

I am really behind in my readings but we went to Cracker Barrel for Thanksgiving.

I hope you had a good one!

Dec 11, 2006, 12:10:00 PM  

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