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Posted: 11/19/2012 12:43:28 PM
For those of us live in the USA, Thanksgiving has become the starting holiday for the 'Season'! Actually? These days, Christmas has become like presidential races--a year round deal!

Anyhoo... Feel free to post about any old thing this week--doesn't have to include anything holiday-related.

Mom & I had dinner 'out' yesterday. $20 got us not only good eats--mom had fried chicken; I had turkey--but a chance to get out of the house & enjoy a bit of the sunshine we've been blessed with lately. The good weather is scheduled to last thru T-Day!

We both finished all our veggies--mom had classic succatash & hot lettuce & I had mashed taters & harvard beets. Included in the entree price are 'starters'. We both opted for a cup of soup. Mom had veggie beef & I had italian wedding (so full of meatballs that the rest of the soup (barley, spinach & broth) had trouble finding room!. Total cost included beverages. Mom got a carafe of coffee & I had 'sweet tea'.

Ended up with 'doggie bags' for some of the fried chicken & my turkey 'cause we were both getting very full. If the weather holds nice thru next sunday, I can see us doing another 'out' dinner!

Got my 'send YOU!' in the mail today--a bit late. And sent a pack of diecuts for another swap. Have to finish filling my ribbon envies for Anne (Prospurring), but they'll go out tomorrow.

Mom has to have bloodwork done for her Dr. Gonna shoot for doing that tomorrow. Tougher 'cause mom really can't go by herself, but I'll make it a point to roll out of the rack by 6am so she doesn't have to fast forever.

Hope y'all have a great today & share as you're able!


Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 11/19/2012 1:20:17 PM
Thanks for setting up this week's chat, Daniel! I'm glad you and your mom had another great dining out experience. We have enjoyed the sun as well. It is cool weather, but the sun makes it very enjoyable to be outside, so long as you are moving.

This will be an interesting week, busy with family obligations. I started baking today. We have the pie crusts made up and in the fridge, and I made the cranberry pumpkin bread. I will make pumpkin pies, and DH usually makes pecan. Others will provide mincemeat, apple and cherry. We usually top it with cool whip, what does your family like? Can you tell that dessert is a meal in and of itself?

Do you usually find you have more time, or less time for crafting/reading/etc during an actual holiday? I think if I am traveling or hosting, I have less time, and if it is more just a "home" holiday, I have a lot more time.

Have a great Monday!


~~Heidi~~

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Posted: 11/19/2012 2:47:48 PM
Hi Daniel and stampeas!

Everyone in the states getting ready for turkey day?!
I finished up my shopping Saturday or so I think. I'm sure there's something I forgot,lol. I'm trying to avoid the crowds!

We've been having really nice weather lately. I plan to clean our windows tomorrow, they really need it!

Craft front- been working on my card sets for Christmas gifts. I finished up one painting and I'm about to start on another.

Well I'm off to take my son to play at the park. Have a good one


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Posted: 11/19/2012 3:49:36 PM
Hi everyone!

Nice weather here too!!! Hope to go for a walk in a bit.

All the food and pies sound so yummy! When I was a child, my grandmother always made a pecan pie and a lemon meringue pie---my favorite was the lemon meringue!! I made a pumpkin roll a few years ago----basically a jelly roll cake, but with pumpkin and spices added and whipped cream center---very yummy!!

On the craft front, played around with shrinky Dink plastic last night. I may go play with some stamps here in a bit before supper gets started.

Trying to take it easy before the craziness of the holiday later this week hits! Anyone planning on doing Black Friday shopping? I don't plan on it. To much trouble to stand with 1,000 people for a product that they only have a couple of in the store....

Have a great day!!


Melissa

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Posted: 11/19/2012 4:26:57 PM
Hi All! I hope you have had a good day! Since hubby is going to have a heart cath done on Wed. we are planning to go to Golden Corral on Thanksgiving if he gets to come home, otherwise we will have turkey at the hospital I guess.

I got my 4 cards done today for the design team! YEAH! Wanted them done before all the craziness that is coming.

We have had lovely weather here and I went for a walk this afternoon. Should stay nice through Thursday!

Having left over grilled staek, au gratin potatoes and zucchini tonight.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

Stampwilly

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Posted: 11/20/2012 10:57:21 AM
Happy Tuesday, All!

Great to hear that so many of us are enjoying beautiful weather--'specially this late in November. For all those still dealing with the aftermath of 'Sandy', this spate of good weather is a Godsend.

Willy. Sending you & DH positive thots! Now don't pig out @ Golden Corral.

Nice to hear how folks are getting ready for the feast. LOL on 'dessert as a meal', Heidi. I'm not big on desserts, but when we used to have big family meals on T-Day, there were always at least 6 or more pies & other sweets.

Speaking of food (don't we always?), Mom & I just got done making a grocery run. We didn't really 'need' stuff, but I wanted to try finding the spiced apple rings for mom. She doesn't care for cranberry. Found them! And also found fresh turkey necks. I know, doesn't sound great, but... The pack I got (with an extra $1 off) is a huge neck with a large piece of back attached. And the back has lots of skin on it, to boot! While we'll still do the frozen turkey loaf, we can put the neck & back on top of the casserole of stuffing. It will add flavor & we both get some of the golden brown skin we both love! Hooray!

Craft front... Got my swaps all in the mail. Want to tackle The giftcard gift one & continue figuring out what I want to make from the kit Lickey sent me for the 'Send YOU!'

Best get a move on if I expect to get anything accomplished!

Y'all have a good'un!


Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 11/20/2012 11:37:26 AM
I'm keeping the medical practice in business this week. Yesterday I went for a CT scan, today I have to see my GP about a rash that started on my neck Saturday and is now everywhere, tomorrow I have a bone denisity scan and Friday I see my ENT for the results of my CT scan. Naturally this is all causing stress so Thursday I'll probably eat myself into unconsciousness which is how I deal with stress.

Have a birthday card I need to do and want to get started on Christmas cards so maybe I'll get to stamping after I see the doc today.


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Posted: 11/20/2012 12:48:50 PM
LOL, Kathy! I'm betting the CT results will show your brain is still there. Far as the 'stress eating'? God bless Thanksgiving! I only stress about fighting mom for the crunchy turkey skin--and we gonna have some this time!

Be well, pal!


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Posted: 11/20/2012 4:11:23 PM
I'm still mucking out and getting ready for Tday. Did get my 'YOU' challenge out yesterday and while I was at the PO I picked up the necessary mailing supplies for holiday shipping. I'm trying to turn this being behind all the time into preparedness for the Christmas holiday! I finally got out yesterday to get our turkey. The crowds were insane!

We've had some real frog strangling rain in the last 24 hours. Several inches fell over night. The sky is clearing a bit as I write this. It's the enticement I need to get out and get my walk done for today. Yes, I know, the minute I get a half mile from the house the sky will open up but if I don't ... no smashed taters for me

We'll have the full blown Tday meal, 22# turkey, smashed taters, stuffin', gravy, cranberry sauce, followed by pumpkin or pecan pie with ice cream. And as much peanut butter candy as we can stand!

While everyone else is fighting the shopping crowds, I plan to get a head start on my Christmas baking. Thank heaven for foodsavers and freezers!

Enjoy the time with family and friends everyone!


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Posted: 11/20/2012 8:00:07 PM
Hello everyone, and good health to all of you stampers and spouses! I hope everyone passes their "tests"! What's with all the testing?! I'm officially fasting as of right now as I have a lipid panel scheduled for tomorrow morning. Scheduled it for 8 so I don't have to get up too early, yet won't have too long to wait for that all important cup of coffee! Luckily there is a Panera in the same plaza. WooHoo! Panera here I come! I planned to go to Panera anyway to pick up some bagels to feed the guests. Hoping to keep them out of the kitchen Thurs. morning.

Tonight we ate light. Saving room, haha! I love Dr Oz's alzheimers-fighting-spinach-walnut-citrus-salad ! We had that and roasted eggplant.

Thanksgiving dinner is at Mom and Dad's. I bring sides: home-made cranberry sauce (easy, and to think we used to eat it out of the can?!), sweet potatoes and green beans. I'm in charge of the after dinner mints and I bring an apple pie.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

I'm with you Beady! Stress definitely brings on the eating! I hope you don't have anything to stress about.

Willy, all the best to you and your husband. Thanksgiving can take place where ever the two of you are together.


Cindi



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Posted: 11/21/2012 8:33:52 AM
Happy pre-turkey day everyone!

Good thoughts to everyone that's going through tests and medical procedures today. I hope everything goes well for everyone.

I've got all my fixins' for the big day. My bird has finally pretty much thawed, he was making me nervous! I'm gonna prep the ham today so it will be ready. I just got a small pre sliced one since apparently my Mom and I are the only ones that like ham. I mostly like it for afterwards for sandwiches and such.

We are grilling burgers for dinner tonight, we should probably just eat salads instead!

No Black Friday shopping for this girl! I avoid it like the plague! As much as I like a good bargain, it just causes too much anxiety for me! I plan to get some cleaning and crafting done.

Well I am off to finish up some reports for work and start cleaning my house. Have a great day.


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Posted: 11/21/2012 12:37:19 PM
'Tis the day before T-Day & we're not in a tizzy. Mom did a bit of prep early this morning. She boiled the eggs & I combined them with the jar of pickled beet. Tasted the juice & it's good. Just enough sweet & sour with a touch of spice (clove, I think). That's aging in the fridge.

Mom also broke old bread for the stuffing (casserole). I added a bit more along with a seasoned mix. Still have to add the wet ingredients--cooked celery & onions, butter, broth & egg (to bind). Might add just a dash of extra herbs--sage, marjorum & thyme. Then I'll chill it overnight. Cleaned the turkey neck & back & put it salted water. Looks very meaty.

Have to put the baked beans together. Starting with canned beans in sauce. Going to tweak with dried onion, mustard, soy sauce & extra brown sugar. I'll top with sliced bacon.

Watched a show on History channel last nite. Did you know that Macy's used to release its balloons at the end of the parade? They did it 'til 1932 when a loose balloon had a run-in with an airplane. Ended that tradition!

Weather here is lovely! Same for tomorrow & friday!

Wishing all a terrific today & wonderful tomorrow.


Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 11/21/2012 4:13:15 PM
Hey everyone! Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow! We have had company all week so I've been scarce.
We went to the movies and saw Wreck it Ralph, then we went to one of the indoor water parks yesterday. And out to eat lots, hehehe. Tonight we are eating all the leftovers!
My turkey has been in the fridge since I bought it last week so no thawing necessary.
Good wishes for everyone having tests. We got good news today. We are trying to buy the house we have been living in for the last 3 years and it looks like we will be homeowner's again in a week and a half! Yay!
And my son will be home (Arizona not here with us) from Afghanistan tomorrow morning, just in time for Turkey!
Everyone have a great day tomorrow! Don't eat too much, hehehe



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Posted: 11/21/2012 11:51:07 PM
Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends!

You've all got me thinking and, although we don't celebrate it in Aus, I decided to make today a bit more special than normal - when my dd4 woke up I talked to her about what we can be thankful for in life, and then I made lattes and babycinos with breakfast. Well, that's the best I can do on short notice!

BTW, why is tomorrow called Black Friday? And is it a national holiday too? (Thanks for answering my previous question, Heidi).

Well, off to make dinner in a minute - no, it's not turkey - it's fish!


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Posted: 11/22/2012 8:37:13 AM
Happy Thanksgiving one and all! GOBBLE GOBBLE!

Oh Christin, How sweet that you're sharing Thanksgiving with your family and w/ us. Really.

'Black Friday' is always the Friday after Thanksgiving and IS NOT a holiday. Black Friday is the retailers way of triggering the glutenous comsumerism of usually normal people. Hoping to entice us to begin a frenzied holiday shopping marathon that they hope will last thru the holiday season. Some stores starting their sales before the dishes are cleared from the table! BTW I'm not clear why it's called Black Friday, that's a fairly new tag (last 10-12 years, I think). Can you tell I'm not a big shopper? LOL



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Posted: 11/22/2012 9:19:04 AM
Happy Turkey Day everyone!

I think it's called Black Friday cuz you get trampled on and black out! LOL

I don't partake, hehehe



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Posted: 11/22/2012 9:54:05 AM
Praising the Lord today that hubby's heart is fine! He was to have the heart cath at 1pm yesterday and he finally had it at 5pm! Glad to be home! He may have acid reflux and id getting meds for that. Going out to eat turkey pretty soon. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Stampwilly

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Posted: 11/22/2012 10:12:09 AM
Christin. Glad you are joining us 'Mericans for Thanksgiving! Welcome!

Black Friday's name is 'ink'-related. It's (traditionally) the shopping day when retailers see red ink (loss) turn to black (profit). Matter of fact... The actual day we celebrate T-Day is tied to Holiday shopping. Until the '30s it was always the last thursday in November. FDR made it the 4th thursday so shoppers would start earlier. Fourth quarter sales remain critical to most retailers'.

Weather here is lovely! I have our dinner well underway. Just buttered the turkey & everything smells good! We like to have our meal by 1pm, but I really like picking at the leftovers later. Nothing like a big sandwich of sliced bird, stuffing & just a touch of cranberry sauce!

Mom's watching the 'Parade'. I'm not a fan. Too much other; too little parade. Heck. Don't even know most of the 'celebraties'! Now! If there were a 'Honey Boo-Boo' float (balloon) or the Kardashians were filling in as Santa's reindeer... Might be worth a view...


Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 11/23/2012 9:39:47 AM
Morning All! Hope everyone had a pleasant T-Day.

Our dinner was pronounced 'very good' by Mom--always a bit of concern for moi. Enough leftovers to serve as Sunday's dinner, but must confess to missing having a real turkey carcass to pick at. Oh well. Tradeoffs are part of life.

Not planning much today. On the domestic front: Going to do laundry & run the sweeper. Also want to break down the leftovers into smaller containers. On the craft front: Might doodle around with both the 'Send YOU!' & giftcard holder gift.

Weather is holding fair today--chance of a shower later as the coldfront moves in. Doesn't look like the temps are going to take a huge nose dive here, but definitely not as warm or sunny next week.

Hope to hear from lots of you!


Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 11/23/2012 8:11:26 PM
Had a warm and beautiful day here today. I ended up running business errands with hubby today. We ate out for lunch. I did actually go to Wal-Mart to get a few necessities and it wasn't all that crowded. I managed to finish a card I started yesterday for some challenges and got it posted and then changed the background on my blog. I WAS going to clean house. That will have to wait. Tomorrow will be about 15-20 degrees colder than today! Need to bundle up!

Stampwilly

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Posted: 11/24/2012 8:40:25 AM
Good Saturday Morning!!!

Hope everyone had a great thanksgiving! My first time cooking a turkey turned out well. My Dad said it was one of the best turkey day meals he has had and took home lots of leftovers. That made my day. We had great weather that day and it was unusually warm, we even opened the windows that day and spent quite a bit of time outside. Yesterday was a bit rainy and a cold front pushed through. Now temps are back to normal.

Stampwilly, great news about your husband. Thanks for keeping us in the loop.

Daniel, your comment on the parade balloons cracked me up! Each year I am less impressed with the parade. Maybe I'm getting too old?!?

Kathy, that's wonderful that your son got to come home for Thanksgiving.Is he home for good?

Christin, how nice of you to celebrate with us. And your not missing anything about black friday. Its just crazy, I'm a bargain shopper but its just not worth it to me to fight the crowds!

I've been putting up some Christmas decor and decluttering throughout the house.I need to work on my gifts I'm making today. I found some small canvases a while back(they're about the size of an atc) and they were super cheap so I picked up a few. I think I'm going to do some stamping on them and make some refridgerator magnets out of them for some fun gifts.
What's everyone got going on today?


LeighAnn

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Posted: 11/24/2012 10:28:15 AM
I just got finished dusting and vacuuming. I am taking a break! Not sure what I will be doing later. I might craft a little. I do want to post something on my blog too. Hope everyone is having a good day!

Stampwilly

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Posted: 11/24/2012 12:07:41 PM
Our weather is back to 'normal' for late November. Highs will struggle to hit 40 & lows are going to be below freezing next several days. We had brief rain showers yesterday & we're getting some snow pellets from the lakes. Definitely gusty winds, too. But no big weather problems.

We decided today was a good day for soup so I made a big pot of 'doggie' soup for us. Just turned it off & looks, smells & tastes good. Even better after it sits for a bit.

Today was the annual 'Speedo Run' in Berwick. Brave runners--male & female--run a couple of miles thru town in various states of 'undress' (speedos, bikinis, etc.). They get $ pledges & donate them to Breast Cancer Groups. No. I have no plans to run...

Pug. Hooray for you on the turkey & I KWYM about getting praise from your Dad. Mom often gives me a for something I've cooked & I always appreciate it--'specially 'cause I know she misses not doing as much cooking these days. Genuine 'praise' goes a long way to making any effort worthwhile.

Willy. So glad all went well for DH. Sorry I missed your initial post that shared it. I still have to do some vacuuming & should swab the kitchen & bath. Like you, I'm gonna try to play with some crafting today.

Ditto on the hoping y'all have a good today!


Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 11/24/2012 1:25:34 PM
Tried a new recipe for soup in the crock pot this week, Cauliflower and Leek...turned out kind of weird, not bad exactly, just not how I would expect Cauliflower and leek to taste. I ate a big bowl of it then thought, "huh, that was odd".
My son's girlfriend had taken some to school for lunch and when she came home told me " that cauliflower soup was, uh, uh... odd" Guess that is one recipe I'll file in the round file.

Up here in Canada our thanksgiving is long over but all the hype on US TV got me craving for turkey. The final straw was when I turned on to the football pre-game show and they were having turkey and all the trimmings in the studio...I had to run to the grocery store and found some turkey drumsticks which I roasted in the oven and made some stuffing ( that wasn't really stuffed of course since I had no bird). The kids were surprised when they came home to find it was US thanksgiving at our house.

Sadly, no pumpkin pie or sweet potatoes but overall everyone was happy with dinner and even my non-stuffed stuffing was pretty good although not exactly the same as the real stuff.

For the last 10 days or so I've been working on Christmas cards and I'll have several to put in the gallery in the next few days. I am so slow however since every one is different and I've been trying some new things which require some trial and error. I just don't want to bother making the same card 5 times, although that is a much more efficient way to produce cards. I think I have to admit that, at this point, my cards are really a hobby with no chance of ever again making any money from them...guess that means I am officially retired?

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Posted: 11/25/2012 10:23:06 AM
LOL on the weird soup,'GC'! Broccoli/leek sounds yummier than cauliflower.

Retired? I KWYM about 'making' money on any craft--including stamping. Takes a lot of stamina & strategy. I was lucky in that my sales were for designs/projects rather than actual manufactured items like cards. Way too much work for me with scant profit if I stayed true to making one-of-a-kinds.

Definitely a cold today. Just have to warm up some leftovers for our lunch. The doggie soup was good, but got very porridge-like. 'Sok.

Not much on tap today. Hope y'all have a good today.


Daniel R. Boone
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