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A Flurry of Activity

November 24th, 2010

Yesterday I started getting ready for Thanksgiving. This year we’ll be having dinner on Thanksgiving day with my family and we’ll be having a Thanksgiving dinner with our friends this evening. For my family Thanksgiving I’ll be making: the turkey, stuffing, rolls, sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce. I’ll be making the same, minus the turkey for our gathering with friends.

I started making the bread for the stuffing yesterday. I usually save dry bread for a month or so, but we haven’t had any leftover bread recently, so I had to make some. I’ll use part of a sourdough loaf I had in the cupboard and I’m making some 100% whole grain and some wheat bread as well for this. I’ll use sage and celery from the garden and onions from the local farmer’s market for the stuffing. I also made several batches of rolls for a Christmas dinner my sister’s church is hosting for the local children’s home.

I also have to start making food for Mr Chiots to take hunting. I’m planning on making up a few big batches of stew and a few loaves of bread. I’m also making him some carrot oatmeal cookies to carry in his pockets for quick snacks while sitting in his deer stand.

Of course tomorrow my day will be filled with cooking the turkey, making gravy, rolls, and eating all this wonderful food.

What do you make for your Thanksgiving dinner(s)?

16 Comments to “A Flurry of Activity”
  1. nic@nipitinthebud on November 24, 2010 at 5:36 am

    I’m a British reader so the answer to that question is simple … nothing.
    I love reading about Thanksgiving meals and they offer great ideas for jazzing up Christmas dinners.
    Have a lovely time in your kitchen today and with your friends and family over the next few days

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  2. Jennifer Fisk on November 24, 2010 at 7:42 am

    For the second year I will be roasting a heritage turkey I raised for the occasion. I also make my own dressing from my Mom’s recipe. She always made three casseroles, asparagus, scalloped corn and oyster, which I have done since Thanksgiving became my responsibility. Of course we have mashed potato and squash. I also make pumpkin, from scratch, and pecan pies. My grown sons want to come home for the Thanksgiving dinner they grew up with which is pretty nice.

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    • Susy on November 24, 2010 at 8:22 am

      OOO, I’d love the raise my own turkey someday. I purchased mine from a local farm that raises them, they really are so much better than regular turkey, and surprisingly, not any more expensive.

      I LOVE pumpkin pies from scratch, I often make them but my mom will this year. Using fresh cream and freshly grated spices makes a huge difference in the flavor. We save pecan pies for Christmas!

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  3. tj on November 24, 2010 at 8:51 am

    …Oh my, I want to go to Jennifer’s house for Thanksgiving! I too would love to raise my own turkey, chicken, beef and pork and I would love to learn to process my own meat as well or at least be a part of it at a reputable facility. It is becoming increasingly important to me that the animal was raised and processed humanely… Friends and family think I’m silly regarding that issue, they think death is death when it comes to food and whether it died a horrific death or a humane one means nothing when it ends up on their plate. I on the other hand am finding it hard to even eat meat any more. :o\

    …And Susy, I love the photo of your cranberry relish and those rolls! It sounds like you have a very busy couple of days ahead… :o)

    …Here’s wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving and may all your blessings be plenty!

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  4. amy on November 24, 2010 at 9:05 am

    I have Thanksgiving here at home so I make everything:)…….We will have all of the usual foods but a few things I make…….are traditional to our family…. scalloped oyster casserole……cranberry sorbet……and cottage cheese pie….God bless and Happy Thanksgiving~Susy…

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  5. David on November 24, 2010 at 9:19 am

    I’m a single guy that wanders from house to house on Thanksgiving making good on invitations from friends to share the day with them. For me it’s about spending time with friends and enjoying relationship as well as food. I am thankful for those that open their homes to the singles of the world. It is not so good to spend a special day home alone as many single folks do.

    Have a happy Thanksgiving to all.

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  6. Mary W on November 24, 2010 at 9:52 am

    I make pumpkin cake. Most people think it sounds strange, but we grew up with it, so it’s just part of the day. Since I’ve stopped eating wheat, I’ve been making it with gluten-free flours and it’s still really good. I don’t think anyone in the family knows the difference. About 5 years ago, we started bringing a small ham, which is about as popular as the turkey.

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  7. Kaytee on November 24, 2010 at 10:43 am

    I made a mini Thanksgiving dinner on Monday for my fiance and I…sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, dressing, rolls, and cranberry sauce. I wanted to try out some side dish recipes I found but knew my family wouldn’t eat. For the actual day, I’m in the process of making 4 pies. Which I now need to figure out how to transport out to Ohio safely!

    Have a happy Thanksgiving!

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  8. kitsapFG on November 24, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Today is the start of my preparations for Turkey Day as well. I roasted the pumpkin last night and it chilled in the fridge over night – Pumpkin Pie and Blueberry Pies will be made this afternoon. We have a house full coming and so today is more about final cleaning and making sure guest quarters are cozy and snug.

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  9. melissa on November 24, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    I usually go to my parents’ for Thanksgiving so my mom does most of the cooking. I am usually in charge of cranberry sauce (although she has already made it this year), gravy, and pumpkin pie.

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  10. Morgan G on November 24, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Mmmmm. Pass the rolls please, Susy. A wonderful Thanksgiving to you and your readers!

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  11. Wendy on November 24, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    I’m taking green bean casserole to one dinner and a cherry/cream cheese dessert to another; so blessed to not be in charge of any meals this year!

    And so thankful that deer season is over here–I know all about filling the hubby’s pockets with snacks for sitting on deer stands. Good luck with all your busyness!

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  12. MAYBELLINE on November 25, 2010 at 1:13 am

    turkey, ham (BBQ), sweet potatoes, scalloped corn, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, rolls, pumpkin bread w/ caramel sauce, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, peas

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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  14. Jeannette on November 29, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    what recipe do you use for the rolls? they look absolutely delicious! i’ve always had a hard time finding a good recipe for them.

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