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Mysteria
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Monday is Canada's Thanksgiving and this year especially, I am just so thankful for all those I have in my life here at home, and those I have met through the internet.  I am thankful for all the simple pleasures I am allowed to enjoy and never take for granted.  After an acute year of unrest in this world, we as a family are just so thankful as Canadians that we live in a country of peace and freedom, where a sense of equality exists for all.  If I could have one wish this Thanksgiving it would be to sit everyone down to one table, a table of peace.  I hope you enjoy your dinner, friends, and family and when you break that wishbone, maybe we can all wish for peace in this world.

I would like to extend to all the Canadian members of Passions in Poetry a very memory-filled, heartfelt Thanksgiving, full of joy, love, and a sense of peace.  Let us give thanks for all that we tend to take so freely for granted, and rejoice in having each other.  



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Happy Thanksgiving...I thought it was the day WE were all to be thankful for our Canadian friends...I know I am glad to know so many wonderful people there. To me there is no border though. You are all just friends that live farther north than anyone else!

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Check out the link below.  Now those are darn scary numbers, and only one helping?  One bun, and no squirts of whipping cream shots from our annual whipping cream can fight?  Ah, who cares, it's only maybe what twice a year we do this?  Those are very scary numbers as in my word that is two days meals and usually I "build" a plate from hell on Thanksgiving, LOL.

And Sharon, thank you for your kind wishes and endeared friendship always - and YES, I am cooking it!  
http://www.jeannepasero.com/calories.html

see?
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to you and your family and to all the beautiful Canadian friends.

Enjoy the meal, for once don't count the calories!

PEACE BE!

Love and Joy.
Margherita
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Dear Sharon:

I echo your wishes for peace and send heartfelt greetings to you and your family, plus all my Canadian friends.  All my relatives are still in Canada and I know how much this day means to them.  I wish I could be with them on Monday! Enjoy your special day!

Love
Betty Lou

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Wishing you Sharon, and all my family and friends
here in Canada a very blessed Thanksgiving.
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May all my Canadian friends have a bountiful feast of gratitude.



Now tell me, is it like turkey and stuffing there? I'm curious about the menu.

grin...

Here's my typical menu:

We start with 3 meats--

Turkey (for tradition)
Roast  (for dem dat hates turkey)
Ham    (because ya GOTTA have a honeybaked spiral cut!)

add appropriate gravies for all of the above

Yams
2 kinds of stuffing, sometimes 3 (oyster dressing, because we can, and a cornbread dressing with shrimp and squash, if there's a third, it's a wild rice thing)

Broccoli, dripping with hollandaise

I like to have Asparagus too

cranberry sauce (alas, canned, because fresh is rare and expensive--we can't have EVERYTHING)

mushrooms, sauteed

baby corn and carrots

peas (don't know why, nobody ever eats 'em)

and pies pies pies

last, but certainly not least?

banana pudding!

*groan and burp*

So what's for supper, Canuck?
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The holiday actually prevents me from being able to see my beloved for yet another long stance sigh

But I hope you all have a happy turkey day! I always wondered though... how do you know when the Christmas season starts? Does it start this Tuesday? Does it start the day after OUR thanksgiving? When are the Canadian Holiday Blitz sales?!? Since it's possible I'll be residing there someday, I need to know! I LOVE the Day-After-Thanksgiving blitz sales (AKA-Death to all who stand in my way!)!

Oh, make me Thine forever
And should I fainting be
Lord, let me never ever
Outlive my love for Thee

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Good gracious Serenity!  That sounds like a buffet at a country club!  Holy calories!  I can't speak for anyone else up here in Canada, but I am cooking the dinner and having it tomorrow for my family.  We enjoy the leftovers on Monday (just tradition.)

So here is our Bill Of Fare for din din:

  • Turkey - 12.8 kg (big bird,) and don't ever use those words in front of small children as they think you cooked the Sesame Street bird!

  • Orange Brandy Cranberry sauce for the adults, and canned for the munchkins.

  • Stuffing (pinenuts, cranberry, and yup, moose sausage, onion, celery, sage, summer savory, french bread cubed, butter, and some old cognac.)

  • Vegetables: brussel sprouts, califlower in 5-cheese sauce, carrots, two types, turnip, garlic green beans, tiny corncobs, (Tori's favorite,) Two yam casseroles, mashed potatoes, tiny roasted potatoes.

  • Home-made buns, pumpkin cheesecake, and pumpkin pie with whipping cream. We take the pumpkin thing seriously as we need the pumpkins for the doorway.  


Now for the best part ...

I spend the day with my family and after dinner we go to a movie!

I do the Martha trick to the turkey too, decorating it under the skin with whole spices in a design just to show off, and heck they just "eat it up!"
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lmao...I bake the hell outta my turkeys...

I tie the legs together, because they fall apart!

The result?

*wince*

Well let's just say she looks tired.


Sooooooooooo....I have to have it sliced for display, because well, the way my birds fall apart in the oven just ain't appetizin'.

nope.

Not until you bite.



I can smell it from here, Canuck.

yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.....
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and an "ooh" to "Orange Brandy Cranberry sauce"

sounds sticky sweet with a potent bite.

I'm in love already.
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I want that cranberry sauce recipe..  We'll be having Thanksgiving at our new house this year... I'll be needing it for sure - Meanwhile - Happy, Happy Turkey Day to our Canadian PiPsters...

Pass the good wishes on to your family too, Sharon - Happy Day...

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Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Serenity and Sharon ... those menus sound fabulous!  

We're pretty simple on our end, with some of the basics ... but ohhhh, it's always so yummy. Turkey, homemade cranberry sauce, savory dressing, to-die-for-gravy, mashed potatoes with sour cream, baby carrots, peas & corn, yellow butternut squash with brown sugar, and always, always, my mom's homemade buns ... plus real pumpkin pie and cherry cheesecake. Yummmmm!

PS ... Hey Erica, no worries. The Canadian Christmas season already started a few weeks ago ... the stores are already geared up and advertising! I think they move it ahead one week each year, rofl! And Boxing Day Sales are huge to boot!  
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Happy Thanksgiving ya'll....  
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Happy Thanksgiving
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For Nan before I forget:

Orange/Cranberry Sauce:

~ Soak the zest of one orange, one beautiful orange slice, and your cranberries in a 1/2 cup of "whatever you are drinking but I prefer cognac or brandy," and 3/4 cup of sugar or honey for about an hour or so, while you are obviously got something else to do right?   Now fish out that one orange slice and roll it in sugar and put it aside okay?

~ Bring 1/2 cup of orange/cran or orange juice from that orange you mutilated   to a boil with 1/4 cup of sugar or honey, then add the orange zest-booze-cranberry mess and let simmer for about 10 mins or so. (love how they pop, pop?)

~ Completely cool it - it will thicken honest, and when you serve it - top it with that lonely orange slice and a tad of  brandy, light it, and stand back for those ooohs and ahhhhs!  

For Kit - time is of the essence here today - we need those lights in the tree so we can see where to climb up when we sleep in it next year, and as for gravy - Todd and I had mastered the art of engineering a hole and tunnel to steal 1/2 of all the gravy before anyone got it - then he had smart kids  

Erica - let me know when you need to go shopping, I love to shop!

To All of you other kind people and to RON especially, for making us all friends, thank you and may you always have the love of family and friends in your life.  
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To all the Canadians...HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

~Alli~

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It's Monday already overhere
But no Thanksgiving for Dutchies I fear
No turkeys here that will be cooked
No flights that will be overbooked
Nevertheless my dearest friend
A Happy Thanksgiving to you I send

Titia

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Happy Thanksgiving! It was good this year, I really enjoyed my family this time around

We had turkey, mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts, carrots, peas, stuffing (mmmm, stuffing...) gravy, yum-yum salad, pickles, cranberry sauce and then pumkin pie and lemon merangue pie for desert ^_^

*still digesting heh heh*

and then He created the horse...

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Thanks Sharon und company, now i'm hungry again..can't wait for tomorrow! Sighs, pumpkin pie, food of the god.
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and pumpkin cheesecake?

Never had it.

And you know how I am 'bout puttin' strange stuff in my mouth.

I GOTTA HAVE IT.
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To be honest, I am still stuffed and it is after midnight.  What is worse, they left me one of their children!  Actually she's my buddy, so we will have fun tomorrow playing.  

Serenity, the entire cheesecake was demolished, and here is the recipe for those that would care to try it.

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Crust

1 Tbsp. soft butter
1 1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
1/4 cup graham crumbs, cornflakes, or ginger snaps
2 Tbsp. sugar, 2 Tbsp. melted

Filling

4 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2/3 cup sugar, 5 eggs
1/4 cup all-purpose flour, 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
2 tsp. brandy, if desired
16 oz. can pumpkin or two cups prepared

Directions

1. Heat oven to 350į. Butter 9-inch spring form pan.

2. In medium bowl, combine pecans, breadcrumbs and sugar. Drizzle melted butter over pecan mixture; toss to combine. Press into bottom and up sides of pan, refrigerate.

3. In large bowl, beat the cheese at medium speed until smooth and creamy. Beat in brown sugar and sugar until smooth. At low speed, add eggs one at a time, beating just until blended.

4. In small bowl, combine flour, spice brandy and pumpkin, and mix well. Gradually add to cream cheese mixture, beat until smooth. Pour into crust lined pan.

5. Bake for 1 hour 20 minutes to 1 1/2 hours or until center is set. Turn the oven off but let cake stand in oven for 30 minutes with door open at least four inches.

6. Run sharp knife around edge of pan.

7. Cool to room temperature on wire rack for another 30 minutes then remove sides of your pan.

8. Cover, refrigerate overnight.

Enjoy this plain or with a topping of:

1 cup sour cream, 3 tablespoons sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, and either whole pecans or crystalized ginger strips for a garnish.


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Happy Thanksgiving!!!  And Serenity, I eat peas.  

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WHERE'S MY PIE, RAPH?
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Outside of enough leftovers to make up 6 containers of turkey soup, they dug into that table like vacuum cleaners! It was heaven to watch!

Now it is our "Northern Hemisphereians's"turn down in the United States soon. Never could tell how you can have Thanksgiving so close to Christmas and still say, "Thank you!" Bleck, too much toikey for moi!  All our Christmas decorations are long up by them, and marketing is going nuts here to get your money out of your pockets.

And...while I have this box - never in my life have I seen anything like Halloween in the United States of America, it is truly AWESOME!  
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