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19 Nov 2012 | US Navy Vet

Posted on 11/19/2012 10:04:16 AM PST by US Navy Vet

Post thoughts, information and OK Turkey Roasting Instructions(for those who need them).


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1 posted on 11/19/2012 10:04:24 AM PST by US Navy Vet
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To: US Navy Vet

My husband bought me a turkey roaster a few years back, my oven is not large enough to use it with the top so I am still using the tin foil tent method...which btw makes a delicious bird, but since I’ve started using the bottom half of the roaster I’ve noticed the bird is far more tender and succulent.

Anyone with a big oven and a roaster I advise you to use it, because it’s falling off the bone moist and tender.

As Julia would say, Bon Appetit!


2 posted on 11/19/2012 10:09:17 AM PST by Beowulf9
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To: US Navy Vet

We just had a family Tanksgiving Potluck during a Boy Scout camping weekend. We prepared two 20 lb trashcan turkeys. I really like turkey and have found the trashcan is the absolute best recipe.

Inject thawed turkey with your favorite flavoring. Apply rub spices to skin.

Drive a stake in the ground and install the turkey onto the stake. Invert a steel trash can over the turkey. Place the hot contents of a full large bag of charcoal around the lover perimeter of the trash can and some coals on top. Walk away. In about 2 hours, add more coals. Walk away. After about 3 hours of cooking time, slowly remove trashcan, check turkey temp. If done, remove and carve.

Garnish with gravy, potatoes, stuffing and the ever present green bean casserole and enjoy.

It is undoubtedly the most moist turkey ever,


3 posted on 11/19/2012 10:10:02 AM PST by cyclotic ( Obama's golden halo is really just a rusted hubcap)
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To: US Navy Vet

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/slideshow/2012/11/19/thanksgiving-z/?intcmp=features#slide=26


4 posted on 11/19/2012 10:11:17 AM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: US Navy Vet
Ok, I'll get the celebration started!

Thanksgiving is a hoax.

Plymouth was a failed socialist commune.

Why do we put the History of New England, that most Blue of Blue regions, forward as the official History or the USA? The founders of South Carolina were not crazed religious zealots seeking to build a socialist utopia in the New World. Why don't we talk about them and their vision more? Or the founders of New York, Dutch merchants. Or the founders of Maryland? Pilgrims, pilgrims, pilgrims! Their descendents are still ruling over us, and still cooking up ridiculous schemes to redistribute wealth and improve the world, with lots of coercion, all justified by innate moral superiority.

I kinda wish the Indians had poisoned their corn.

Thanksgiving is a fraud.

5 posted on 11/19/2012 10:14:07 AM PST by Jack Black ( Whatever is left of American patriotism is now identical with counter-revolution.)
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To: US Navy Vet

Best part of Thanksgiving holiday to me?
Family get togethers!!!

Our rotisserie finally broke after a dozen years.
Best method of cooking turkey/whole chicken/fish fillets
So this year it is back to oven turkey. Unless I can spot
a new rotisserie in nearby stores. Too late for mail order.


6 posted on 11/19/2012 10:16:04 AM PST by entropy12 (2-3 new SCOTUS appointments by Obama will ensure killing of unborn for next 30 years)
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To: Jack Black

Start a new holiday and poison your own corn.


7 posted on 11/19/2012 10:18:59 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (There goes the dominoes...)
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To: cyclotic

Do you have any sort of drip pan under the turkey while it’s roasting? I just can’t imagine Thanksgiving dinner without gravy...


8 posted on 11/19/2012 10:19:13 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Democrats are evil. Republicans are stupid.)
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To: US Navy Vet

http://www.simplebites.net/how-to-roast-a-turkey
I did this last year and had tons of compliments. We all like dark meat but with this recipe even the white meat was moist.


9 posted on 11/19/2012 10:19:27 AM PST by sorrisi (CAP spending and TRADE Congress!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: US Navy Vet
I always cooked the same thing every year and a few years ago, I ventured out and made a pineapple dressing to add to the menu...now I have had to make it every holiday since! Everyone requests it and loves it! It is great hot and also great over vanilla ice cream...who could ask for more from a side dish?? Just goes to show you that you can always add another great dish to the old menu!!
The only thing I would suggest is maybe making a dish you have never tried before ahead of time to make sure it is not a disaster or that it is worth serving to the fam. I have some odd ability to look at a list of ingredients and tell if the recipe will work so I did not follow this rule. Happy Thanksgiving to all! God bless America and FReepers!
10 posted on 11/19/2012 10:20:18 AM PST by 4everontheRight (And the story began with..."Once there was a great nation......")
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To: Jack Black

Please go away.


11 posted on 11/19/2012 10:20:19 AM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: Jack Black

So, it’s bah humbug!! for you eh? Well, Merry Christmas then.


12 posted on 11/19/2012 10:27:35 AM PST by mc5cents (trai)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

No, we did put aluminum foil on the ground but that was just in case the turkey fell. There was a bag of liquid in the turkey cavity with gravy instructions so we used that. It was really good.


13 posted on 11/19/2012 10:27:56 AM PST by cyclotic ( Obama's golden halo is really just a rusted hubcap)
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To: US Navy Vet

My wife and I just got our 5-year old son out of the hospital after a weeks-long stay following a major surgery. We just got home to the Socialist Vermont Republic this morning and we have had no time to buy Thanksgiving stuff. Does anyone know of a decent restaurant chain or other option for a nice Thanksgiving? I’m pretty sure we couldn’t even adequately defrost a turkey at this point.

The operation was to allow our child to eat food for the first time in his life, so I would like to find a place that sells an actual Thanksgiving dinner (turkey, stuffing, etc.). I would love for him to be able to taste all that amazing turkey.

I was thinking VFW or American Legion but can’t get anyone on the phone.

Thanks for any ideas and Happy Holidays everybody.


14 posted on 11/19/2012 10:28:41 AM PST by 101stAirborneVet
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To: US Navy Vet

My wife raises various and sundry types of birds, and this year she had hatched and raised a turkey... It died the day after election day. Kinda symbolic me thinks.


15 posted on 11/19/2012 10:33:00 AM PST by HMS Surprise (Chris Christie can STILL go straight to hell.)
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To: 101stAirborneVet

You have PLENTY of time to do Thanksgiving. Look up SPEED THAW online and buy Green Beans(maybe $.65 a can) French Fried Onions, a 5 lb bag of potatoes, Stove Top Dressing and the like. FreePers would LOVE to give you a hand!


16 posted on 11/19/2012 10:33:47 AM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: 101stAirborneVet

I am so sorry to hear about your son. If it was me, I would consider that he may not be up to sitting for a long time (waiting for the courses etc) and that could tire him out. How about a turkey breast? For time, you could buy the frozen pumpkin pies. Not sure what the doctors have recommended but you can use the canned gravy in a fix. Another idea is that many grocery stores offer pre-cooked meals (the turkey) and sides. You could make anything extra you find traditional like the green bean casserole etc.. Hope you have a fantastic Thanksgiving!!


17 posted on 11/19/2012 10:35:30 AM PST by momtothree
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To: US Navy Vet

Here’s a tip I read about, but haven’t tried yet. If it works, it sounds like a good idea.

Melt a can of cranberry jelly in the top of a double boiler. Pour it into a mold, or several small molds, and refrigerate.

Supposedly it will be just like it was fresh from the can, but in the more attractive shape of your choosing.


18 posted on 11/19/2012 10:38:05 AM PST by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: 101stAirborneVet

What major Grocery Chains are in your area?


19 posted on 11/19/2012 10:38:30 AM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: 101stAirborneVet

I recently saw a grocery store (I think it was Publix) advertising a fully prepared Thanksgiving dinner. Check the grocery stores in your area and see if they have anything like this.

Hubby and I were planning to go to a military base, but I found a turkey for .39¢ a pound, seasoned croutons half off at the Merita store going out of business sale, and fresh pie pumpkins from a local farm. So I’ll be cooking all week.


20 posted on 11/19/2012 10:49:03 AM PST by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: Jack Black

“Why do we put the History of New England, that most Blue of Blue regions, forward as the official History or the USA?”

Because they won the second civil war and the most recent victor writes the history books. I like Thanksgiving as one of the few good things to come out of New England, along with clam chowder and whaling songs.


21 posted on 11/19/2012 10:52:04 AM PST by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans. Don't read their lips. Watch their hands.)
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To: US Navy Vet
Years ago when Mrs. Chandler was sick the task of cooking Thanksgiving dinner for our extended family fell upon my sturdy shoulders. In spite of never before having cooked a turkey, I did so that day and the result was excellent. Here is my method:

  1. Buy a turkey with a popup.
  2. Buy an oven bag.
  3. Put the turkey in the oven bag.
  4. Roast the turkey according to the instructions which come with the oven bag.
  5. Remove the turkey when the popup pops up.

22 posted on 11/19/2012 10:52:07 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpAOwJvTOio)
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To: BykrBayb
I recently saw a grocery store (I think it was Publix) advertising a fully prepared Thanksgiving dinner. Check the grocery stores in your area and see if they have anything like this.

Boston Market offers that too. Not cheap, but easy.

23 posted on 11/19/2012 10:55:31 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpAOwJvTOio)
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To: 101stAirborneVet

Awesome! I hope your son’s first Thanksgiving dinner is wonderful!


24 posted on 11/19/2012 10:56:18 AM PST by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: US Navy Vet; BykrBayb; momtothree
That's a bunch of fantastic ideas. I will check with the local Price Choppers and Shaw's grocery stores to see if they are doing any prepared stuff, if not, try the "speed thaw" method for the turkey and just do stovetop-type stuffing and some canned vegetables.

I love you guys, thanks everybody!

25 posted on 11/19/2012 10:56:38 AM PST by 101stAirborneVet
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To: US Navy Vet

I heard a report on the radio of a fatal car crash that occurred very early this morning. The first and last names of the victim are the same as a life-long friend of mine who lives in the same county that the crash occured and his is not a common name at all. However, I later learned that the person killed was not my friend. The victim is two years younger than my friend and was also a resident of the same county. I had an hour of dread, panic and worry before it verifiable. Needless to say, I can breathe easier now but for the misfortune of the man who died and I’m feeling just a little bit thankful this afternoon.


26 posted on 11/19/2012 10:57:58 AM PST by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: US Navy Vet

For those who freak out over holiday dinners, it’s all about simple timing rather than frantic time consuming:

Thaw turkey about 3 days in fridge.

Bake the pies and a pan of cornbread (for the stuffing) the day before. Leave the cornbread uncovered on the counter to dry out overnight.

Get up at the reasonable hour of 7 am. Put the eggs on to boil. Enough for deviled eggs and 4-6 more for the giblet gravy and dressing. Wash the bird, cover with foil and put him into the oven (fyi - if you value a moist breast over presentation, bake him breast side down). Put the neck and giblets into a covered pot with water and place it on the back burner that it over the oven vent so that it’ll cook without any electricity. By then, the eggs should be boiled so turn off the eggs’ burner.

Go sit down with a cup of coffee and relax with the family.

About an hour before the turkey is done (about the 3.5 hour mark for a large bird at 350 degrees), pour off most of the turkey juice to use for the gravy and the dressing. Leave the foil off and return the turkey to the oven to finish cooking and browning the skin. During that hour, put together the side dishes.

When the bird comes out of the oven, put in the side dishes so they bake while he’s resting. Cover him back up with the foil to keep warm and moist.

Go sit down with the family until the sides are done.


27 posted on 11/19/2012 11:18:47 AM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: 101stAirborneVet

Many churches have pot lucks for members, and others. They should be especially happy that your son’s life is hopefully changing for the better.

I hope he has a long and fruitful life. But, just remember, some of us are not here for very long and go to be with Him.

No matter what, keep the faith, have a wonderful THANKSgiving and a beautiful CHRISTmas.


28 posted on 11/19/2012 11:22:54 AM PST by wizr (Keep the Faith!)
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To: US Navy Vet

Yes, a turkey can be made in the microwave. One year I brought the thawed turkey out to the old farm place but didn’t realize the oven wasn’t working properly. Thankfully, the micowave was large enough for the bird. I covered his ankles and nuked him checking on him and turning every so often. Since there was nowhere for the steam to escape, he turned out very moist and not one bit dried out. The family talked for years about how good that turkey was.


29 posted on 11/19/2012 11:24:25 AM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: US Navy Vet
And just in case you missed it - more recipes here
30 posted on 11/19/2012 11:25:55 AM PST by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

I like Boston Market.


31 posted on 11/19/2012 11:26:54 AM PST by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: 101stAirborneVet

Ready made mashed potatoes in the refrigerator case. Bob Evans is a good brand. Warm in the microwave.


32 posted on 11/19/2012 11:28:33 AM PST by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: 101stAirborneVet

If there is a Marie Callendar’s near you, they have a pretty good turkey feast on Thanksgiving. I took my mom 2 or 3 times while she was in assisted living.
Plus the pies are awesome!


33 posted on 11/19/2012 11:30:37 AM PST by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: 101stAirborneVet

No time to buy stuff? Heck, I’ll be headed to the store this afternoon so there’s still time. If you get the bird today, there’s still enough time for him to thaw enough in the fridge. By the time you wash him off Thursday morning and get out the innards, he’ll thawed enough for the oven. Go for it!

Most restaurants could do a take out. Many grocery store deli do the whole meal. The only problem is too often they make powdered potatoes and nasty gravy. If you can swing it at home, it’d be tastier.

All the best to young FRiend there.


34 posted on 11/19/2012 11:33:53 AM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: US Navy Vet
Turkey cooking insructions:

Put Turkey in the oven

Turn dial to 1000 degrees.

Leave turkey in oven for 48 hours.

Ta-dah! And here is your turkey:


35 posted on 11/19/2012 11:35:33 AM PST by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
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To: US Navy Vet
How to make a winning Thanskgiving turkey

Take turkey and wrap it in turkey bacon

Cook it until done

Then gobble gobble gobble it up


36 posted on 11/19/2012 11:39:57 AM PST by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

Now that’s a turkey to give thanks for!


37 posted on 11/19/2012 11:43:12 AM PST by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: US Navy Vet

The best cook in the family is doing Thanksgiving this year, so looking forward to it! She is a master of turkey, she says her trick is to use a digital thermometer and pull it out of the oven when it is 10 degrees less than the recommended temperature then let it sit and finish cooking on its own.

Christmas buying is much less stressful this year as well, all the liberal family members are just getting a case of Rush Limbaugh’s tea. My way of going Galt and only purchasing from conservatives wherever possible. I’ll put much more thought and effort into gifts for my few right minded family members.


38 posted on 11/19/2012 12:09:18 PM PST by Teflonic
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To: 101stAirborneVet

We started a new tradition of going out for Thanksgiving dinner a few years ago after years of all work and no play for us “womenfolk”. It has been great. - We have sometimes gone over to the State Park near us which serves a grand buffet at lunch and dinner on Thanksgiving. We go over at night for the uncrowded dinner buffet. - Too crowded at lunch time. - Also, Shoney’s isn’t horrible on Thanksgiving if you go early. - Our local mom & pop restaurant also serves Thanksgiving lunch, and it’s okay.


39 posted on 11/19/2012 12:13:45 PM PST by Twinkie (Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.)
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To: US Navy Vet

This is my favorite thread of the year!


40 posted on 11/19/2012 12:14:15 PM PST by cblue55 (The original point and click interface was a Smith and Wesson.)
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To: 101stAirborneVet

If you’re in or near Burlington, try North End Rotisserie. (802) 489-5268 Happy Thanksgiving. You have a lot to be thankful for this year!


41 posted on 11/19/2012 1:12:04 PM PST by MomofMarine
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To: US Navy Vet
Please go away.

No thank you. Have a nice holiday. Regardless of its historic roots it's nice to spend time with our family.

42 posted on 11/19/2012 1:36:53 PM PST by Jack Black ( Whatever is left of American patriotism is now identical with counter-revolution.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Love your ‘man’s guide to cooking a turkey’ LOL

As the eldest of seven, I had to help Mom in the kitchen from an early age. By the time I was a young bachelor on my own, there wasn’t a whole lot I didn’t know about culinary basics.

Even still, I usually wound up at Mom & Dad’s for Thanksgiving for years and years, and never attempted to pull off cooking such a major meal by myself.

The first and only time I tried it, I was in my mid thirties, and I’ve gotta say, I’m still proud to this day about how that meal came out. I was even prouder, because I didn’t call Mom a single time to ask her how to do something ;-)


43 posted on 11/19/2012 3:39:05 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: US Navy Vet

We’re cooking Cornish Game Hens this year.


44 posted on 11/19/2012 3:41:15 PM PST by Excellence (9/11 was an act of faith.)
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To: US Navy Vet

I will be marinating my turkey in jerk seasoning and then smoking it early in the morning for about 4-6 hours. I will use the left over seasoning to flavor the stuffing, which will be baked in the oven.


45 posted on 11/19/2012 3:45:15 PM PST by rabidralph
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To: US Navy Vet

Something to contemplate on Thursday:

Abraham Lincoln’s
1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation

It is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God; to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations are blessed whose God is the Lord.

We know that by His divine law, nations, like individuals, are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world. May we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war which now desolates the land may be a punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole people?

We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown.

But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.

It has seemed to me fit and proper that God should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November as a day of Thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father Who dwelleth in the heavens.

A. Lincoln
October 3, 1863


46 posted on 11/19/2012 5:22:36 PM PST by MissMagnolia ("It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains" - Patrick Henry)
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To: Windflier

I was sick as a dog one Thanksgiving. Lil’ Miss had given me pneumonia not once but twice. I couldn’t get out of bed but managed to give 12 year old Lil’ Miss about three dinner instructions. She did the whole thing herself and I couldn’t have done any better.

I did the grocery shopping this afternoon and with a 21 lb turkey and all the sides, the grocery bill (including a guess at $5 for seasonings and other on hand pantry stuff) is just shy of $35. The turkey was $21 but nothing else was on sale. Ha, yahoo.com with their skimpy one pie divided up for 10 guests and awful menu came in at $100.

http://shine.yahoo.com/shine-food/thanksgiving-dinner-10-under-100-including-wine-012400345.html


47 posted on 11/19/2012 6:32:00 PM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: US Navy Vet

We do two turkeys —

The big one in the oven, brined, stuffed and slow roasted.

And the second, smaller bird — in the smoker!

At the end of the day, there is NEVER any leftover smoked turkey. Gone!


48 posted on 11/19/2012 7:24:12 PM PST by DNME (It's never over. Never.)
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To: bgill
...couldn’t get out of bed but managed to give 12 year old Lil’ Miss about three dinner instructions. She did the whole thing herself and I couldn’t have done any better.

Damn, that's heartwarming. If that ain't a picture of what our American life is all about, I don't know what is. Thank you for bringing us all back down to earth, bgill.

Happy Thanksgiving!

49 posted on 11/19/2012 8:07:23 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: MissMagnolia

What a beautiful and poignant Lincoln quote. Thank you for sharing it Miss Magnolia.

Happy Thanksgiving!


50 posted on 11/19/2012 8:12:00 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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