Friday, November 14, 2008


I don't know about you, but I truly enjoy
Thanksgiving and I absolutely hate going to the store and seeing the holiday practically passed over by Christmas. Don't get me wrong, I love Christmas, but it seems that Thanksgiving gets little to no real attention.

Thanksgiving is the only holiday in my oh so humble opinion that has NOT been commercialized, meaning it is celebrated for what it is. Every year people get together with family and friends, serve the traditional turkey and potatoes and pumpkin pie to give thanks.

Little kids dress up as pilgrims in costumes they make at school. I think kids really like this holiday because ALL kids can participate if you get my meaning. Don't you remember your kids coming home from school in their pilgrim or Indian hat?

I am not blessed with the Betty Crocker skills like my two other sisters, don't get me wrong, I CAN cook I just not a turkey. So for years I bought my turkey dinner, just reheat and serve. It was quite good if I do say so myself. I mean for $40 where can you feed a family a 15lb turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetable, cranberry jelly mold, stuffing, rolls, and a 9" pumpkin pie. Really, Seriously. I did this for years until my trusted friendly store decided to play a cruel joke on me and stop selling this prepared meal.

I practically hyperventilated right there in the store. Hey lady....are you okay?...they were saying to me as I walked in the shadow of death to the meat department to do battle with the turkeys. Those darn turkeys just taunted me. So there I was, thrust into the kitchen having to cook a complete turkey dinner! I am on the phone calling my mother and my sister for help. I mean, how do you make gravy from drippings??????!!! I had absolutely no idea. Thank GOD for packaged gravy, just add water. The lame cookers best friend. I was glad that people showed up early so I could say YES to their " do you need any help?"

Well, you will be proud to know that I have really come into my own in the kitchen as far as Turkey dinner. My turkeys could be seen in the top chef magazines, that is if someone was willing to send in a picture......which they aren't. Probably jealous if you ask me. AND, AND, I was in my trusted grocery store yesterday and saw they were once again offering Turkey dinner and all the trimmings and for what price you ask, well you didn't but I'll tell you anyway, $99.00 Yes, that's right, $99.00 I just smiled at the sign and thought to myself, I am soooo glad Janeen is cooking the turkey this year. I can cook a ham, no problem.


Sparky ♥ ∞ said...

I knew you could do it! **applause** I am a Lame Cooker and am so very grateful my husband is as good as a gourmet cook. I'm indeed a lucky girl.

We both love Thanksgiving too. More than Christmas, in fact. Autumn is great! :o) ♥ ∞

GrandmaK said...

I do love Thanksgiving as a well. Love the cooking...usually spend so much time in the kitchen that day that by the time we eat, I full from tasting everything along the way! Proud of you! Cathy

RoyalTLady said...

"they were saying to me as I walked in the shadow of death to the meat department to do battle with the turkeys"

you sent me into stitches on this very early bright Sunday morning...

I never for once regretted coming by and reading your blogs and other bloggers blogs. They made my day and I always(?) have this pleasure of writing comments... can't help it but I am a chatter box (?)

I hope what I wrote are not offending.

Lady Katherine said...

So funny, with the turkey, that reminds me I need to teach my grown girls, how! $99.00 wow! Hope you have a geat Thanksgiving. Don't forget the ham in the oven. lol

The Dutchess said...

Love the music to this post....:)

Janeen said...

ha ha I'm just catching up with your blog! Very funny indeed because I was there to see the visual! ha ha I saw that you forgot, perhaps, to mention the little incident with the bag of goodies?! ROFL! Now that was funny!

I already have a note on to put our turkey in the refrigerator on Friday night to start thawing out. It will be here before you know it. Call me later so we can go over the menu!

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

I loved this post. I agree totally. I do have Christmas up early this year. I had to start early because I have to do a little at a time with this hurt shoulder of mine. Plus, it's keeping me busy. Hugs, Terrie

Ginger said...

Hi Melody:
I could of swore I commented to this post, but I don't see it, so I don't know what I did.
I am cooking a small dinner this year...first time in 25 years, as the kids all have to work and won't be up. Just hubby and I. I think if there was a good restaurant in town I would make

Tea Time With Melody said...

Ginger, I don't remember seeing a past post, so thanks for this one... Good Luck, maybe you can cook a small cornish Have a great Thanksgiving.

Stitcher S said...

You are right, Thanksgiving is quite ignored! I love it too, and I agree with you completely. I'd never thought of it before but you're right too in that it's not commercialized. Thanks for provoking my thoughts today.

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