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Unread 11-27-2013, 11:43 PM   #1
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Thanksgiving 2013

First off, Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

As many of you know, I don't live in my hometown and I usually don't get home for Thanksgiving. So in the past (since I've lived away from home) it's been fun experiencing local fine restaurants in whatever city I'm living in for Thanksgiving. I usually carry out a plate and thoroughly enjoy my Thanksgiving dinner. But since I've lived in Nashville, I've had a really hard time finding a place. The first year here I did Cracker Barrel and that wasn't good at all-- not for Thanksgiving, anyway. The second year I tried a nicer restaurant that was a bit of a drive and a bit pricey and it was okay-- but really just okay. In other cities I've lived in I've managed to find amazing Thanksgiving dinners (here's my favorite, by the way!). Last year my parents came so my mom and I made some stuff and it was good. But this year it's restaurant time again and for the past several days I've looked and looked and I just can't find anything.

For me, there are some things I simply have to have, otherwise it's a deal breaker and I might as well just forget it and get Chinese or something. And surprisingly, turkey is not one of those things-- but sweet potatoes, stuffing, cranberries, and pumpkin pie or some kind of pumpkin dessert are. Green beans, mashed potatoes, and turkey and gravy are nice too, but I can live without those things if necessary. So there is no restaurant here that I can find that meets all those qualifications and will let me carry out too. (bummer). They also have this southern thing going on, where it has to be cornbread dressing and corn puddin' and macaroni and cheese. And I'm not knocking that-- I'm sure if I grew up here those would be my must-haves that I wouldn't be able to find anywhere else and I'd be complaining about that right now. But that's not the case and that's not what I want.

So I was about to settle for a nearby restaurant that was close to home and wasn't terribly expensive except they didn't have any of my must-haves except stuffing (and it was going to be cornbread stuffing ) when I decided I just needed to cook stuff for myself. There's really no reason not to, and I do hate leaving the house on my days off, and I'm actually really easy to please-- it doesn't have to be extra fancy-- as long as I have those things I like.

So I ran out just now to the store and got myself some turkey and gravy, regular stuffing, 4 potatoes for mashed potatoes, 4 sweet potatoes for a skillet candied sweet potato recipe I'm going to try, some cranberries, and a little pumpkin pie and some whipped cream. I already have some green beans and bread. I'm pretty excited because it's going to be yummy, plus I'll have plenty of leftovers, which you usually don't have from a restaurant carry-out. Plus I don't have to leave the house tomorrow, I can relax on my day off before I have to be back at work at 4am on Friday. I'm pretty excited.

So what's everybody else doing?? And what does your Thanksgiving dinner have to have?

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Unread 11-28-2013, 01:36 AM   #2
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Some friends and I once made a full (you have no idea how hard it was to find a lot of stuff) in England. OMG, was that fun. I do a "friendsgiving" if I'm not home. I'm a Thanksgiving purist, so there has to be turkey and all the trimmings...except yams. I hate yams.

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Unread 11-29-2013, 02:07 PM   #3
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Hope you all had a great thanksgiving

In short, I had a pretty normal thanksgiving but I also watched Thanksgiving at Mrs. Rossini's at the end of the day
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Unread 11-29-2013, 06:14 PM   #4
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I was pretty pleased with my little Thanksgiving meal... turned out very nicely. I surprised myself!

It's not who you are to the world, it's who you are to me. It's not how many times I say I love you... it's how much I really do.
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Unread 11-29-2013, 06:30 PM   #5
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Pretty pleased with my black Friday deals too... I don't do Black Friday at all-- but since I have this part time job in retail and I have to be there to work plus I get a discount too, then I bought some stuff. Got a Toshiba dvr/vcr combo (so I can put my wtb vhs tapes on dvd) for $130 on a price match down from $209 (which I think is a highway robbery kind of price anyway for something like that). Also got a 1TB external memory/hard drive for my computer for $58 so I can make this old computer go a bit longer. Flannel sheets, $15, bunch of new release CD's, $5 each. Yup, happy.

It's not who you are to the world, it's who you are to me. It's not how many times I say I love you... it's how much I really do.
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Unread 12-01-2013, 09:58 PM   #6
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Haven't been on here in a while so thought I'd check in and see what's going on. (I think I say that every time I post on here this past year.) Anneli, you are much more ambitious than I! This was my first year not going home to Wisconsin for Thanksgiving. My mom, her friend and my sister were here visiting a couple weekends before, so I decided to just stay here in Chicago. I've been kind of burnt out lately so it was nice to just recharge and not have to be anywhere. I've never been that into Thanksgiving food anyway. I ate frozen pizza, which I haven't eaten in ages. How lame am I?!

You remind me of myself. I don't like leaving the house on my days off either. Of course I do when I've got something to do, or someone coaxes me to do something, but I'm a homebody in general. Also it's funny because I got out of work at noon on Wednesday and ran to Target, and I looked at VCR/DVD combos or just DVD recorders so I could transfer VHS's to DVD (I still have a VCR, that I indeed use on occasion, haha), and I always check the $5 CD bin. Didn't find any good buys with regards to either, (because it was Wednesday before the sales), but it's funny that we have the same things on our shopping list.

Anyway, happy belated Thanksgiving, All!
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Unread 12-02-2013, 07:51 AM   #7
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Both of my daughters & their significant others were home this year (first time in I don't know how long.....) & we did the whole nine yards - but everyone pitched in & made specific things they wanted to have....like cocktail wienies (yeah, weird huh?). My only insist for them was that I would have almost no leftovers because after a coupla days I won't eat them. So, most of the turkey left the house on Saturday & the yams, etc etc are leaving today (being taken away by my family). My fridge will be almost empty, just the way I like it (my hubby & I are trying to lose weight, so you understand). I guess my must-have is pumpkin pie.

As for being thankful, I had a lot this year. My health has continued to improve from all the craziness of the previous 2 years (no more walking with a cane, although I keep it in the car). My oldest graduated summa *** laude from law school & passed the bar & has a good job in Manhattan, my youngest will complete her PhD in May (still looking for a job while completing her thesis) & several other things I can't think of this early in the morning, but still lots of good stuff....enough to outweigh the bad things.

Hope all is well with all of you!
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Unread 12-02-2013, 12:15 PM   #8
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Anneli - my parents and I went to Maggiano's for Thanksgiving one year and it was really good. Definitely not a traditional meal like you were wanting though so not sure that would work for you. That's the only time we went out so unfortunately I don't have any other suggestions for you.

My hubby and I went to my parents for Turkey Day (they only live about 10 minutes from us). I made stuffing/dressing to take over and helped Dad with the mashed potatoes, gravy, and other trimmings. We had ham and turkey both which is pretty typical for us. A few friends joined us as well which was really nice. One brought green bean casserole which is one of my seasonal favorites!

On Friday, Donny and I decided to head to Tunica, Mississippi for a couple days and enjoy the long weekend together. We lost a little money at the casinos but we got free hotel rooms for 2 nights and didn't have to pay for most of our food (including several rather expensive buffets) so I figure we pretty much came out ahead or at least broke even. He got to golf there on Saturday too which he really enjoyed. I just drove the cart around and pretended to be his caddy. LOL!
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