Turkey Eve Open Thread

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Today is one of those days that isn’t officially a holiday but lots of people won’t be working anyway. What are you doing for Turkey Day? Traveling, cooking, rioting, looting, shopping, vegging or nothing?


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92 Responses to Turkey Eve Open Thread

  1. The Klown says:

    I’m in the McMood for McBreakfast.

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  3. votermom says:

    Just ran across this :
    Grieving Afghan mother takes bloody revenge by killing 25 Taliban militants during seven hour battle after they gunned down her son
    Reza Gul looked on as the militants attacked her son’s police checkpoint
    Flanked by her daughter and daughter in law she led the fightback
    The Taliban remain tight lipped about the attack
    By HENRY AUSTIN FOR MAILONLINE

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2850031/Mother-kills-25-Taliban-militants-watching-kill-police-officer-son.html#ixzz3KBTP0Ulk
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    • lyn says:

      Wow! I also looked at the Darren Wilson story, and Michael Brown’s mother does not like Wilson speaking out now because it adds insult to injury. After months of being demonized, Wilson has every right to tell his side of the story.

      • The Klown says:

        Michael Brown’s mother can GFH. She failed as a parent. She is more to blame for her son’s death than Darren Wilson.

        • lyn says:

          :facepalm: It’s easier to blame others.

        • DeniseVB says:

          My kids weren’t perfect either, but happy I taught them to respect the law. Probably why I can’t feel the love for Trayvon and Michael’s parents. At some point, they do need to know their kid contributed to their fate. As I told my snowflakes when they left the nest, be kind, be responsible and don’t call me if you f**k up sh*t. One went into law enforcement, the other into her own business. So far, so good 🙂

  4. The Klown says:

    • DeniseVB says:

      Some of those comments at Natalie’s gofundme page are real Debbie Downers. They just don’t get it. The generosity of others really warms my heart though.

    • lyn says:

      That warms my heart.

    • swanspirit says:

      I checked her GoFundMe this morning too . Some of those comments are weird, but I hope that the money helps her, and maybe if she is able to rebuild, the other businesses can as well , and perhaps Ferguson won’t be lost .
      yeah yeah I know , if the barn is full of pony manure there must be a pony in there somewhere , so I keep shoveling . I can’t help it , I was made that way 😉

      • leslie says:

        I’m on my way out the door from work and haven’t read anything this morning except Natalie’s GoFundMe page. The donations are up to $109,767. I am so happy for her.
        It makes my thanksgiving celebration even better knowing she will be able to continue her dream.

  5. elliesmom says:

    I’m having fun lurking on my niece’s FB page. She and her younger brother are both college students and uber liberal. But last night Kate was trying to get home from Boston and got caught in the middle of the protesting. It’s kind of like the case of the liberal who gets mugged and goes all law and order. Her mom, my brother’s ex, is trying to moderate. She’s all about the 1% keeping her down. (In a reality she’s a lazy slob) But she was in fear for her daughter’s safety so she doesn’t think the protesting and rioting is a good idea- in this case although it’s an “American tradition”. Nephew says, “No one ever got what they wanted by asking politely.” Kate’s fiance is trying to introduce a little levity to came things down, and says “I was polite when I asked your sister to marry me.” I’m off to make some popcorn.

    • The Klown says:

      1000 protestors in a city the size of NYC, LA or even Boston is not a big crowd. I remember during OWS when *somebody* was excited because of a wildly inflated estimate of an event at Zucchini Park put the crowd at 40,000 people. That’s less than the average attendance at a Yankees game.

      Deliberately shutting down traffic only pisses people off. Looting and burning isn’t gonna win any hearts and minds either.

      • elliesmom says:

        The protesters in Boston were targeting the entrance ramps to the highways that cross the city. They were spread out at the Mass Turnpike entrances which crosses east to west, and the Southeast Expressway, AKA The Big Dig, that goes north and south. The police were blocking them from getting on to the highway, but that was keeping cars from getting on the road, too. You can, of course, cross Boston on the surface streets, but I doubt Kate knows her way around the city well enough to do that easily. At the time I went to bed, the protests had stayed pretty peaceful, but they had done a number on people trying to get home. When OWS was in town, Tom Menino, the mayor of the city, encouraged Harvard and Northeastern Universities to invite the squatters to their campuses. They happily allowed tent cities, and the rest of us could pretty much ignore them. At Harvard they were behind a big wrought iron fence. Kind of like a zoo.

        • foxyladi14 says:

          They tried to shut down I -75 in Cincy too. 👿

          • The Klown says:

            I noticed that most of the big city protesters were white.

          • DeniseVB says:

            foxy/klown….white, white, white when I stumbled on Zucotti Park on my way to the 9-11 Memorial a coupla’ years ago. Just as the NYPD were “removing” them. What fun to watch. After the tour of the memorial my friend and I stopped at the local Burger King for a bite and a pee, it was jammed with OWies looking for a shower/bath in the BK bathroom sinks. The place stunk so bad, we moved on up the street to a 1%er diner that only allowed paying customers. It was almost empty. And it was good 🙂

          • leslie says:

            Obama shut down our roads in Chicago yesterday. 😦

      • DeniseVB says:

        I just got an email *ALERT* from the Mothership of the Protesters, United for Peace and Justice, begging for money…..because Justice for Michael. I almost copy/pasted the whole thing here, but it would spill over to the next TCH post. Funny that there’s no link on their webpage 😉

        This is the OWS/PeoplesClimateMarch/HateIsrael gang too. Sad that the MSM doesn’t call them out. Those people we see on the streets….definitely astroturf lining someone’s pockets.

        • The Klown says:

          We used to refer to all the various and sundry lefty groups as “rent-a-mob.” If you go to the different rallies you see a lot of the same faces. Save the whales no nukes end apartheid ban alar save the spotted owl antiwar greenpeace peta gay rights take back the night pro-choice no blood for oil ban ddt nutjobs.

          • DeniseVB says:

            I did the Peace/Justice “marches” in NYC and DC in the mid ’00s….against Boooosh. Almost a decade later, it’s the same groups! Same street theater and puppets, same rants’n’chants, same …. empty rhetoric. Nothing’s changed since then. We didn’t have the looters and arsonists. We’re still at war, but mostly in our own country. Scary. Thanks Oblahma.

  6. simofish says:

    I am cooking up a storm — that’s what I do. I ran out of vacation days so I am supposed to be working right now, instead I’m drinking coffee and reading this blog. So i must get my work computer fired up soon – will see what emails come in – then start making pies. We have 8 people coming and I am making 3 pies — going to prep some stuff today. Our Dallas kitchen only has 1 oven …… hopefully next year we’ll be back in CA and will have 3 ovens.
    OH, my Mrs — her son and gf are flying in tonight from CA.
    Happy Thanksgiving everyone !!! Will stop by later to read the comments – I love reading this blog.

  7. DeniseVB says:

    We celebrate Thanksgiving by giving thanks for no longer having to travel anywhere. We see family and friends “off peak season” wherever they live. The joy of retirement and flexibility. I cook the full meal and we’ll overeat the rest of the weekend on yummy stuff.

    Turkey Day Eve Reminder: Don’t forget to set your scales back 10 pounds 😀

    • Constance says:

      Great idea! If we can set clocks back and forward we should be able to set our scales back too. Works for me!

    • Jadzia says:

      Ha ha ha. I have been feeling all sorry for myself because obviously no Thanksgiving here (and I’m teaching at night) AND I don’t have an oven, but my Mother-In-Law Who Knows Best decided she was so deprived after 2 ovenless days at my house (taking care of the kids) that she went out and selected and purchased something that I can only describe as a grown-up Easy Bake Oven. But at least it is an oven. We can have frozen pizza! And I am grateful.

      • DeniseVB says:

        LOL, love it. Thanks for sharing Jadzia. My “oven” was recalled about 10 years ago because the self-cleaning element was burning homes down. So I stopped using that feature. Mostly frozen pizzas,casseroles and dinners anyhoo, so my annual real meat roast/ turkey always has that lovely pepperoni/Swanson/StoufferLasagne kick. I should have a show on the Food Network …. Cooking with ChefGivesAFlyingF**k. 😉

  8. cynic says:

    A loud noise woke me up at about 2:00, and I stubbed my toe when I got up to investigate. It hurts like the dickens (broken?), but on the positive side, my pies are out of the oven, and they’re looking pretty good!

    Does anyone here brine their turkeys? I did once, but the drippings made the gravy too salty. I was listening on the radio, and the guy said that you shouldn’t brine turkeys (Butterball’s) that have been frozen because they already have a salt solution injected into them. Makes sense, and that’s probably why I have good success with Butterballs.

    My son-in-law brought me a fresh one this year, courtesy of his place of employment. Now, I’m thinking about brining again. Any thoughts or recipe suggestions?

    • elliesmom says:

      My son-in-law is supposed to stop by today to brine our turkey. Don’t know if he’ll make it because there’s a snowstorm coming. I prefer to lift the skin on the turkey’s breast and slather it with butter, add some herbs and a couple of lemon slices. If he doesn’t show up, I’ll have to decide whether to do it his way or mine.

      • cynic says:

        I’ve done that before, and place sage leaves in lieu of lemon slices. It looks beautiful once roasted. Maybe I’ll do that again because, you know, everything’s better with butter!

    • The Klown says:

      I tried brining last year and it didn’t turn out so well.

      • elliesmom says:

        I’m not impressed with a brined turkey either, but I like the idea of someone else making dinner.

      • WMCB says:

        Brining works really well for smaller cuts of meat like pieces of chicken, pork chops, etc. I do that all the time, and it’s amazing. I’m not sold on it for a big giant turkey.

        • cynic says:

          I’m always concerned about the breast meat being dried out. (love turkey sandwiches) For the past several years, I’ve been cooking it part-way, breast side down, then flipping it over for the second half.

          • Constance says:

            The upside down trick works for me too. I don’t brine but I fill the inside with whatever vegetables are left over like onions and celery and cook it really slow. I also have better luck with turkey no larger than 15 pounds.

  9. swanspirit says:

    I will be baking pies today , Pumpkin with pastry crust, and I just found a recipe for Pumpkin pie with a graham cracker and ground pecan crust that sounds yummy too , so I might try that .

    • cynic says:

      Pumpkin pie is a favorite of ours, and my son would request that on his April birthday, and his twin sister wanted chocolate chip cookies. Neither one of them were fans of traditional birthday cake.

      • swanspirit says:

        I make mine with eggnog substituted for the condensed milk …. scrumptious !!!

        • cynic says:

          oooh, I love eggnog. Now I have to make every calorie count, so I’ve had to lay off the drinking ones. One year, when I was dieting, I couldn’t understand why I was eating very little, and not losing weight. Turns out, I was drinking about 700 calories a day. Those coffee creamers and evening wine will do it to ya.

        • foxyladi14 says:

          Yum!!! 😀

  10. Kathy says:

    Pecan pie — Deep South here

  11. Lulu says:

    Cooking, cooking, cooking! I have five helpers this year. I hope they don’t destroy the kitchen or kill each other. Son #1 pecan pie and sweet potatoes, Son #2 smoked turkey and hamburgers tonight for dinner, Daughter coconut cake and cornbread dressing, me everything else, hubby to the store for everything we forgot to buy and taking out the garbage. The boyfriend of daughter is here and he is washing dishes and loading dishwasher so I already love him. Thirteen for Thanksgiving lunch tomorrow at 1 PM.

    • elliesmom says:

      On 9/11 I was stuck at school until all of the kids had been safely delivered to a responsible adult. It was later than usual when I got home. My daughter’s boyfriend had let himself in and was making dinner. He said he hoped it was OK. When he gets worried and upset, he cooks. I told my husband later that night, if she didn’t keep him, I would. He’s making dinner here tomorrow.

    • Constance says:

      I have all the helpers over tonight and we prep everything and eat pizza and talk. Then we have the tradition of eating pie for breakfast on Thanksgiving and it’s pretty funny because the kids all seem to drop by early on for pie, then the turkey dinner at around 4 as I like it to be a candle light meal. We work a jigsaw puzzle and some men sleep sitting up in front of football games. Then sometime in the middle of the night my husband sneaks out to do Black Friday battle which he seems to love.

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  15. Mt.Laurel says:

    I am working at home. We have a very small office and when my boss saw the weather report he decided we would all be better off not wasting time on trying to commute while fighting rain, snow and people trying to get over the river to grandma’s house. I was the last out of the office last night, as usual (flex hours), and even waiting until 8:30 it took me over two hours and a half hours for what is usually an 45 minute trip at that time of night. No accidents. Just traffic. No protesters on the Washington Beltway/270/95.- unless there were some right in DC.

    So far the little weather people guessed right this time. The rain changed over to snow about 10:00 am so it looks like we are going to have a White Thanksgiving. I am assuming it will be declared racist.

    I have not watched any of Wilson’s interview/comments. I read some of the transcript and it was clear he quickly running out of options to stop a crazed bull. Perhaps BO and Al and all the other losers think he should have just pulled out a red cape. And allowed himself to be gored.

    Mike’s mom should have kept her mouth. Avoiding public brawls would have been a good option as well. She would come off better and get a more sympathy even from those who understand her son was a thug of the first order. People would have been willing to think she tried her best and but failed. However, her actions and words, along with the other relatives, show precisely why that hulk of a bully b*&^$#@! turned out the way he did.

  16. lyn says:

    I found a gold nugget today.

  17. The Klown says:

    This post kinda reminds me of the RD I used to know before everyone with a (D) after their name went stark-raving bonkers:

    http://riverdaughter.wordpress.com/2014/11/26/ditto-mr-edsall/

  18. fif says:

    I just saw this on a friend’s FB thread and I clicked on it and had to turn away. If I go down that rabbit hole I will run someone over with my car. Seriously – the self-righteous ignorance hurts.

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