What and Where are you doing for Thanksgiving?
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Every year around Thanksgiving my husband goes hunting and I have solved the dilemma for myself by inviting others to my Thanksgiving dinner. What about you?
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Re: What and Where are you doing for Thanksgiving?

posted at 11/16/2011 5:55 AM EST
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Hubby and I are flying to San Diego for the wedding of our grandson.  We'll arrive the day before Thanksgiving and scope out a place where we and other family members who are flying in will eat Thanksgiving together.  Don't like waiting till the last minute to find a spot but we're here on the East coast and don't know the restaurants available near the Grand Palisades Resort where we will be staying and where the wedding will take place.  Wherever we go, it will be good because we will be together as a family.  Sadly not all the grands can make it.
Posted by Bakery1 G


Have a safe trip and a wonderful Wedding/Thanksgiving.

Re: What and Where are you doing for Thanksgiving?

posted at 11/16/2011 5:59 AM EST
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For the past 20+ years I have cooked a traditional Thanksgiving feast at our home. The number of people attending varies each year. This year will just be my husband, oldest son and his new girlfriend. My youngest son is in the Navy and deployed currently (as many of you know from my previous posts). They do serve turkey on the aircraft carrier and he's hoping he won't have to fly that day and miss the meal. During his last deployment, he was called up to fly and missed the meal. A buddy made him a turkey sandwich which he devoured when he returned to the carrier.
Posted by Verlee T


On Thanksgiving Day, I will remember your son and all the wonderful young men who sacrifice their holidays with family to keep the rest of us safe. God Bless Them All.

Re: What and Where are you doing for Thanksgiving?

posted at 11/16/2011 6:40 AM EST
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We'll be traveling to Lexington, KY where our children live.

Re: What and Where are you doing for Thanksgiving?

posted at 11/16/2011 7:22 AM EST
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Angela = thank you for such a lovely, inspirational post. 

Re: What and Where are you doing for Thanksgiving?

posted at 11/16/2011 7:44 AM EST
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Iam having thanksgiving dinner with family .

Re: What and Where are you doing for Thanksgiving?

posted at 11/16/2011 8:12 AM EST
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In Response to Re: What and Where are you doing for Thanksgiving? : Renee, Wonderful way to spend Thanksgiving. I am readying a box to send to a serviceperson overseas for the holidays. People we are always forgetting to thank for our wonderful freedom. Thank you and thank the airmen that might be at your table for me.
Posted by Angela F


Thank you Angela!  My husband is in the Air Force Reserves. There is always one or two young airmen who have no where to spend Thanksgiving so he invites them to our house. My heart always feels happier knowing I am serving those who serve!  I will thank any airman who sits at our table for you, including mine!  I know that whoever receives the box you send will be very grateful indeed!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving~ Peace~ Renee

Re: What and Where are you doing for Thanksgiving?

posted at 11/16/2011 8:15 AM EST
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For the past 20+ years I have cooked a traditional Thanksgiving feast at our home. The number of people attending varies each year. This year will just be my husband, oldest son and his new girlfriend. My youngest son is in the Navy and deployed currently (as many of you know from my previous posts). They do serve turkey on the aircraft carrier and he's hoping he won't have to fly that day and miss the meal. During his last deployment, he was called up to fly and missed the meal. A buddy made him a turkey sandwich which he devoured when he returned to the carrier.
Posted by Verlee T


Please thank you son for his service to our country!  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Re: What and Where are you doing for Thanksgiving?

posted at 11/16/2011 9:19 AM EST
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It will be just hubby and me.  Both sets of parents are gone now and relatives are on either coast--too far away for a short visit

Re: What and Where are you doing for Thanksgiving?

posted at 11/16/2011 12:28 PM EST
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I wish the Thanksgiving holiday could be changed to a Friday or Monday.  It would improve the chance for celebration for so many people.

Re: What and Where are you doing for Thanksgiving?

posted at 11/16/2011 1:53 PM EST
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In Response to Re: What and Where are you doing for Thanksgiving? : On Thanksgiving Day, I will remember your son and all the wonderful young men who sacrifice their holidays with family to keep the rest of us safe. God Bless Them All.
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On behalf of my son and all the personnel serving our country, thank you, Angela, and everyone for their supportive thoughts.

Re: What and Where are you doing for Thanksgiving?

posted at 11/16/2011 4:51 PM EST
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Going to our son's house this year!

Re: What and Where are you doing for Thanksgiving?

posted at 11/20/2011 8:27 AM EST
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We will go to my son in law's Mother's house for Thanksgiving and the have another dinner at my son's house on Friday..

Re: What and Where are you doing for Thanksgiving?

posted at 11/22/2011 3:45 PM EST
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I am having Thanksgiving dinner at my house this year.  We are having the normal ----  turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, etc.

Re: What and Where are you doing for Thanksgiving?

posted at 11/23/2011 5:06 AM EST
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IHi  JUDY O. GRAN A  here; We are in the same situation, no living relatives nearby ( less than 3.000 miles away)..... Just the two of us, greatful to have each other. Please enjoy your day together.Kiss
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Re: What and Where are you doing for Thanksgiving?:
It will be just hubby and me.  Both sets of parents are gone now and relatives are on either coast--too far away for a short visit
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Re: What and Where are you doing for Thanksgiving?

posted at 11/23/2011 6:59 AM EST
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Today my "doing" for Thanksgiving includes chopping the cabbage for the necessary cole slaw.  And I'll have to search around and find that elusive roasting pan.  

Re: What and Where are you doing for Thanksgiving?

posted at 11/23/2011 7:49 AM EST
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The nicest thing that occurs here in FL is that everyone asks a lonely neighbor/friend to dinner.

Re: What and Where are you doing for Thanksgiving?

posted at 11/23/2011 4:38 PM EST
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Angela - that's a tough one .........This year I've been invited to Thanksgiving dinner by three lovely people.  Each time I've smiled and said "thank you, how kind you are but I already have plans". 
Two years ago I accepted an invitation from a kind woman.  There is was obvious her chilcren were not happy to have a strange, old woman with them on their holiday.  They tried SO hard to be kind and polite but it was clear that the kids wanted to talk to each other about personal things.  I felt awkward and so uncomfortable.  Obviously they were awkward and uncomfortable. 
So, last year I refused the sweet invitations and did just fine.  I know this year I'm doing the right thing too.

Re: What and Where are you doing for Thanksgiving?

posted at 11/24/2011 6:38 PM EST
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GRANA  here;
It is now after PM Eastern  time... I asume you've all finished eating you T-day meal?
But have you cleaned ened up the kitchen all thedishes,pots & pans, yet?
 Have you  packed Up & put away all the leftovers?
 If you've done all that; sit down,relax & plan how you will se p all those leftovers!
For some of you  that wll be difficultt;for others, easy  even FUN!
Tryto think ofthe fod as reruns,rather than leftovers.This willhelp yu plan on waysto giveyou abreak in yourtime schedule& grocery budget, instead ofchoreofgetting rid of"that"stuff" imlying it is garbage instead o fa valuable comododity.Hubby7Ire loking fowardto alltheside dishes we wil enjoyw/our "reruns':
stuffing casserole topped w/ sliced turkey& gravy
acorn squash halves filled w/ tinypeas & pearl onions, dottedw/ melted butter
 fFrench cut green beans w/almond slices OR slivers:
cranberry  sauce 
squash puree w/nutmeg & butter
And of course;PUMPKIN PIE

**** please  tell us how you plan to use your valuable assets from today's meal
 it wilgive others ideas they might have overlooked
Smilethanx;

Re: What and Where are you doing for Thanksgiving?

posted at 11/24/2011 8:57 PM EST
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Ann - my kitchen is spotless and the dishwasher working away.   I've saved my veggies to have with some sliced turkey for dinner tomorrow night.
The rest of the leftover turkey is all sliced, put into several small freezer bags and stored in one, dated large bag in the freezer.
The turkey bones, skin, scraps were all boiled to make a great broth I'll use for soup.  It's already in the freezer.
I drank all of my glass of milk so there's none of that left over Wink
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