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Okay what are your plans? We always do Thanksgiving at our house since we have more kids, but every few years the family has a big stink and insist that we quit hosting and drag out all our children. Then they seem to get it for a few years that we have much more easier time hosting than driving a bunch of kids around and keeping them inline in our families homes lol.<br><br>
Unfortunately this is a driving year. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> I am looking forward to getting out though. We are heading to DH's mom's early like noonish for an early turkey "lunch" as other family members have work that night or for whatever other reasons. I am not big on my in laws if you can't tell. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> They had to plan the dinner around the step dad being out of town...let's just say there's alcohol issues there and I'll be glad to get there early and out before they all begin their normal holiday "celebrating" They know I don't tolerate at all so they hold it together for a few short hours before they get busy.<br><br>
Then the fun! We head to my moms who is totally kid focused. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> (and has 17 years of recovery-go mom) She always has fun Thanksgiving type movies on, and I'm enchanted as much as the kids are at her house. She has huge trees in her yard that drop beautiful colored fall leaves, candles, warm tea and all those comfy homey type touches, that I just find no where else (except when I do my own hosting <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> ) I'm making two batches of sweet potatoes which are a family fav on both sides (thus the two batches) and also I'm shooting for pumpkin pie this year-first time <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Unfortunately this year DH and my mom have to work Friday so there is no staying up late chatting as usual. We'll save that for Christmas. Looking forward to some family, even the dysfunction I guess <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
Curious-what are all you planning? Seeing any family who doesn't know about new baby yet? Craving a certain food? (hello cranberries!) What's the scoop?<br><br>
Happy Turkey Day tomorrow everyone! (In the US of course <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">)
 

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My parents live 6 hours away, no airport in site. My in-laws live 14 hours away. I have an easy out - I work in retail, albeit I'm in the web dept, but <i>technically</i> I have to work the day after thanksgiving and there is no vacation time allowed from thanksgiving until New Years. So, *ahem*, <i>sadly</i>, that means no travel for us. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"> Everyone is always welcome to come to us, but they never do, and that's fine with me. I love hosting turkey day, I've done it for the last 15 years and have no desire to stop. My brother in law and sister are downstairs, we cook together for two days, we all lay around and have a great time, no drama, tons of fun and friends stop by all night...I love love love it. My daughter's dad and his wife are coming over, my daughter gets to spend the day with both of her parents instead of having to shuttle around like most of her friends that have two houses, and we watch football and laugh and joke and play rock band like a bunch of morons. It's awesome.<br><br>
No one has to know that I could get away with traveling if we wanted to <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
Menu:<br>
brined & roasted heritage turkey<br>
turkey breast for leftovers for everyone<br>
duck with pear sauce<br>
sweet potatoes<br>
whipped white potatoes<br>
shrimp toast<br>
baked brie with cranberries<br>
various citrus tarts<br>
corn and bell pepper, creamed<br>
mashed butternut squash<br>
"pink stuff"<br>
green beans (frozen from our garden <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">)<br>
pumpkin, apple, cherry pies<br>
three kinds of stuffing<br><br>
we eat all. day. long.
 

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People are coming to us.... my MIL and FIL are eating dinner with us and then my parents and younger brother will come up for dessert. I took today off from work to get a head start on cooking since I'm part of the skeleton crew working Friday <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
So far today I've made...<br>
-maple balsamic cranberry sauce<br>
-oatmeal chocolate chip banana cookies<br>
-a chocolate cream pie<br>
and after my dinner break I'll be making<br>
-caramel pecan bars<br>
-fudge<br>
-apple crisp<br><br>
Tomorrow morning I'll make the sides and the Tofurkey w/gravy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br>
Sides will be...<br>
-garlic smashed potatoes<br>
-roasted carrots<br>
-dilled green beans with pine nuts and currants<br><br>
The cooking is killing me this year since I do it all myself, but it's so worth the exhaustion!!! I've been dreaming of Thanksgiving dinner (literally having dreams at night about this) for weeks now and cannot wait for the garlic mashed potatoes <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yummy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yummy">
 

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It all sounds yum! We celebrated over a month ago though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> Back when celebrating a harvest made sense in these cold parts. We travelled to my Mom and Dad's. My siblings are too far away to come for a long weekend but several aunts and uncles come and there are 3 little boys in the crowd including my 12 year old. They love being together. I seem to remember making rolls Ah yes, onion rosemary rolls with Pioneer woman's recipe. They were a hit. I contributed a few more items but I forget what. Probably a dessert. I was at the peak of my tiredness then and so glad to not cook or host at my house.
 

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I must know what this is. When I was a child we used to have this weird "salad" that was made of lime jello, cool whip, nuts, marshmallows and I think celery! Is it some kind of mysterious thing that the kids dare each other to eat?
 

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Our grandmother made it at every holiday, my sister has since taken over the duty for all our eating events - strawberry jello, fruit cocktail, whipped cream, a bit of cottage cheese. It's the first thing gone every single time. No nuts, no marshmallows, and absolutely no celery! A friend of mine that grew up in Ohio used to eat something similar to what you described when she was a kid though.
 
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