Let’s Talk Turkey

Tomorrow, we here in the USA celebrate our Thanksgiving. Because of that, I’m currently very hungry for turkey and all the trimmings. I can hardly wait. I love turkey. And pumpkin pie. With homemade whipping cream. Yum! And now I’m making myself even hungrier. 🙂

To feed my need, I thought I’d ask about how y’all celebrate your respective Thanksgivings, or Thanksgiving-like holidays.  I grew up with large family gatherings at my grandmother’s house. And homemade rolls infused with love that no one could ever get close to imitating.

Then, for years, I cooked big dinners for our family and close friends. The past few years, though, we’ve taken to letting our children cook. Now, most of them live further away, so I think there will be some T-Day travels in our futures. 🙂

I’m used to turkey, bread stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, red Jell-O (again, with homemade whipped cream), green beans, and lots of pie for Thanksgiving. And NO yams. Yuch! I know most people love sweet potatoes, but I’ve never been able to enjoy them. And I try. Every few years I take a bite. Still don’t like ‘em.

So, what’s your favorite celebration table filled with?

And, if I can take just a moment and not get too emotional, I’d just like to thank everyone who reads and supports our community here at Over The Backyard Fence. I think we’ve created something pretty special, a place where we can talk about our lives and get help and advice when needed. And you all are a huge part of that. Thank you so much for hanging out with us.

17 responses to “Let’s Talk Turkey

  1. I am retired—20 years. Our day will include our single daughter and we will have the typical Turkey dinner. Our daughter will be driving on Thanksgiving day, so we will have our meal near 5:00 p.m.

    My wife and single daughter are very enthusiastic shoppers and they are excited to participate in Black Friday. I am the typical husband and father. I will share the meal. look at a football game, and try to find a Starbucks on Black Friday to relax while the gals are on the hunt and involved in all of the commercial carnage.

    • You go WITH them Black Friday shopping? I’m mega-impressed. 🙂 MEGA! So, do they bring the packages back to you, then head out for some more? I’m getting a vision of you, with coffee in hand, piled neck high with packages all around. 🙂 All kidding aside, it’s very noble of you to go out to the stores with them. And “commercial carnage” is a GREAT way to phrase it.
      Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, HMN!

  2. I’m with Laurie in being impressed that any guy would go out to support the family shoppers on Black Friday. I don’t even go. To much of a crowd and I know me. The first time someone grabbed something out of my hand —- well I don’t even want to think about it.

    Except for a couple of Thanksgiving’s we’ve always had them at our house. What I like best is the leftovers. Especially turkey sandwiches. Yummmm

    • Yes, HMN is definitely a brave soul. 🙂
      Oooh, leftovers…I’m with you. There’s nothing better than that turkey sandwich. As a kid, we all rushed into Gramma’s kitchen within half an hour of dinner finishing, ready for our FIRST turkey sandwich. 🙂

  3. I hope you had a happy Thanskgiving, Laurie. Here in the UK we have our turkey on Christmas Day, and then on Boxing Day (the day after) the leftovers get eaten in sandwiches or with pickles and sauces.

    And I’ve noticed that we’ve borrowed ‘Black Friday’ from you with all the shops having special sales! I won’t be participating. Too crowded for me 🙂

    • We went out briefly Saturday. Had to. My printer ran out of ink and I desperately needed to print something. Hubby drove, dropped me off, but when I went inside and saw the checkout line that was 100 people deep, we left and I hand wrote it. (What a concept!)

  4. This year two of my grandchildren did most of the cooking at my house. Really good and lots of fun.

  5. Valerie J. Patterson

    Thanksgiving is my holiday to cook. Turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole (I don’t eat them either but everyone else enjoys them), stuffing muffins, corn, rolls, gravy, ham, noodles, and pies. I love the way the house is filled with blended aromas that make your tummy growl! 😛

    I detest shopping so no one will ever see me out the weekend after Thanksgiving. And have you heard about that poor Walmart employee who was trampled by people wanting the products she was protecting? What does that say about the people to stepped all over her for a purchase? Another employee pushed people away so she could get the other woman out from under their feet. She had shoe and boot prints all over her. Nothing for sale is worth trampling a fellow human being.

    • I have never heard of “stuffing muffins”, but they sound interesting. You might have to post that recipe, Valerie. 🙂
      I hadn’t heard about the Walmart employee as we left early Black Friday for a vacation. That is SO sad. I don’t understand why people act that way. Sigh.

      • Valerie J. Patterson

        Oh, they’re easy. Normally, I use my mom’s homemade stuffing recipe, but the past couple of years I have used Pepperidge Farms Herb Seasoned Stuffing. It’s made with white and whole wheat bread. It’s the blue and white bag. I prepare it with turkey broth from my turkey (instead of water) then spoon it into a muffin tin. Since I don’t make a whole turkey, I started using the muffin tin and it’s been a huge hit. The muffins brown nicely so they’re crunchy on the outside but moist and tender inside and they’re great individual servings. I make 30 muffins and usually only have 3 or 4 muffins left uneaten.

        Hope you had a great vacation! 😛

  6. Not a fan of yams here, either girl!!

    Hope you had a marvelous holiday!

  7. I’m hoping all had a Happy Thanksgiving! I’m late here bc my life has been otherwise occupied with my mom who is now here in University Place with me. 🙂 I have been managing to also work my daily writing in, but housework and all else have been sorely neglected. But I digress.

    Back to Laurie’s post. 🙂 I love all the holiday foods with all the trimmings, too! But it’s a love/ hate relationship here. I love all the goodies, but I hate all the goodies for all the extra calories they pack on. “/ Especially now that I’ve been sharing as many meals as possible with my momma at her new care center. But before I go on about my momma, I’d better get back to Laurie’s post! LOL!

    I grew up with large family gatherings and lots of good food, too. 🙂 But I must beg to differ with Laurie about the kinds. The stuffing I always had and continued to prepare, when I do, is the Glorious Cornbread Stuffing! YUMMY STUFF! And I absolutely LOVE Sweet Potatoes (baked or French fried. I make Sweet Potato pancakes, too!) which are NOT the same as yams. Two different vegetables, there. I don’t much care for yams, either.

    You’re welcome, Laurie. It’s fun when I’m here. 🙂


  8. I’ve had cornbread stuffing and it’s really good, so I agree with you. The only reason bread stuffing wins out is because it’s what I grew up with. 🙂

  9. Valerie, I am SOO trying those stuffing muffins next time. And I won’t be waiting until next Thanksgiving. There’s a turkey in my freezer crying “cook me, cook me.” 🙂

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