For Thanksgiving This Year…

Those of you who have been reading this blog for quite a while will remember the ridiculous experience I had some years ago with a Heritage/Heirloom Turkey, an experience I will never willingly repeat.

So a little wrinkle happened in my life last week. After Book Fair, which was wonderful and fun, was finally over, I had a teensy medical experience that necessitated a quick surgery on Friday. No worries, everything’s all good here, and I am likely to return to work tomorrow. (I will say my NaNoWriMo project has been derailed, among other things, but ah well, I’ll claw my way back to it.) But resting up this weekend has given me some time to plan my menu for Thanksgiving this year.

I thought I’d go with something a little different. May I present…

…The TurKracken!!!

And here it is all cooked.  *gigglesnort*

This is the Deluxe model.

My kids cannot wait to see their grandmothers’ faces when this roast beast comes out of the oven.

(Just kidding. I’m not doing this. It looks vile. I’m making proper turkey, and it will be awesome.)

N.b. I found these pictures on the Internet — all over the Internet — often with no attribution. Lots of versions of them, too. If these are your pictures, let me know so I can credit you. If they’re yours and you want me to remove them, just ask and I will.  🙂

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Prayer of Thanksgiving

Thank you for our many, many blessings:
good health, good friendship, the love of those we hold dear;
the ability to provide for ourselves (may we always have it),
and the opportunity and responsibility to care for others;
the enlightened perspective to know when all is not right
and the desire to leave the world better than how we found it.

 

Help us always to remember our blessings,
to appreciate and be grateful for them,
to enjoy them,
but most of all, to deserve the good fortune laid at our feet.

 

Help us to feel and to understand our gratitude.
Help us to make the world a more sustainable,
more respectful, more loving and peaceful place.
Help us to save ourselves and be always better than we are.

 

Blessed be.

Why I Will Never Buy An Heirloom Turkey Again

Note:  If you are sensitive about animals, squeamish about raw food, or easily offended, this post is probably not for you.

Second Note:  I tried to find some images to include with this post, but they were frankly all too grotesque.  I figured if I couldn’t stomach it, I wouldn’t make you try.

So the Thanksgiving party is usually at our house, and for me, a big part of the fun is cooking the feast.  Yes, I allow other people (my mom, my mother-in-law, any friend or family member who offers to do so) to bring some of the dishes.  What’s really fabulous is when they ask what they can bring — my response is typically to ask what their speciality or favorite is — and then they bring what they said they would so we don’t have duplicates of one thing and nothing of something else everyone was counting on.  We do a pretty traditional turkey meal with fairly traditional sides and a bevy of extraordinary desserts, including — you guessed it — traditional choices.  There are some things I just like to do in a nostalgic way because so much of the fun of the holidays includes the ritual of it all, passed down through the generations.

This year was a little different.  Continue reading “Why I Will Never Buy An Heirloom Turkey Again”

Prayer at Thanksgiving

Help us to be truly thankful for our many blessings,
including the ability to provide for ourselves
and the wisdom to recognize that ability.

Help us always to remember and appreciate and
enjoy our blessings, but most of all,
help us always to deserve them.

Help us to be generous with those who have less.

We are thankful for our friends, whom we have chosen
to be in our lives.
We are thankful for our family, whom we did not choose
but love anyway.

We are thankful for the earth and the sky,
for the flowers and the rivers,
for the trees and the squirrels gamboling in the yard.

We are thankful,
we are thankful,
we are thankful.