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Happy Thanksgiving to those that celebrate it

Not sure what you folks are doing today, but I've managed to have been talked into hosting a big gathering and feeding the hungry horde. There will be 30 or so friends, in-laws, and probably some outlaws in the mix descending on my house for fried turkey, gumbo and rice, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, cornbread dressing, giblet gravy, mashed potatoes, an assorted cheese tray, deviled eggs, jalapeno poppers, veggie tray and enough desserts to induce diabetes.

Then on the drinking side, there's Bloody Mary's, various other cocktails, wine, beer and water and sodas for the younger crowd. Pure and simple debauchery in my humble abode today.

Right now I'm giving thanks for paper plates, bowls and plastic cups.

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Re: Happy Thanksgiving to those that celebrate it

Sounds like a wonderful day to be had by all, gumbo. I wouldn't mind a Bloody Mary, or two before I begin raking leaves later this morning.

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Re: Happy Thanksgiving to those that celebrate it

Isn't it like 4 AM where you are, gumbo? Those hungry hordes are SO LUCKY to be able to experience your Thanksgiving culinary extravaganza! :-()

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! :D

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Sounds yummy. I am going to my sister's house. I was assigned the "vegetable". She wants me to make candied yams from scratch. I have never made them before. This will be interesting. I'm a baker, not a cook. I think I will make some roasted vegetables too. ( sweet potatoes, potato, carrots, mushrooms, onions, peppers, and Brussel's sprouts). At least I have made that before.

Technically I think yams are more of a starch but in Hawaii macaroni salad is considered a vegetable.

I think we are having turkey, stuffing, gravy, rice (in Hawaii, gotta have rice), toss salad, potato mac salad, kabobs, yams, roasted vegetables, kim chee, assorted fruits (grapes, oranges, longan), noodles, and at least 3 different desserts. Our family does not drink much, at most there will be punch for the kids, water, and some beer for the couple of people who do drink. Maybe some poke and crab.

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Re: Happy Thanksgiving to those that celebrate it

Well, the last guests left a little while ago and it was a great time by all. One of my wife's brothers came in all the way from Jacksonville, Florida to be with us. Most other guests were within 50 miles to just a few blocks away.


Thank goodness for a dishwasher for the cups, utensils, glasses, etc. and the rest was heavy duty paper plates and bowls, so no major dishwashing to do. It's been a lonnnnnggg day and I'm ready to wind down. Hope all of you had an equally great day.

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Had a fun evening with extended family. Happy thanksgiving to all! :)

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Feeling stuffed and sleepy. Happy Thanksgiving

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Re: Happy Thanksgiving to those that celebrate it

Sounds like you had quite a feast and lots of folks to help enjoy. Always good to be with family for the Thanksgiving Holiday. We spent the day with my wife's son and his in-law family. So I was really an in-law x 2, but I enjoy being with them. And since two of our grandsons were there worth the travel Sunday we go to my Mom's house on the farm where I grew up. Immediate family there but again will include some grandkids to enjoy.

I really like Thanksgiving, the full long weekend. I know it might upset some but since our best religious research does not put Jesus' birth exactly on the 25th, I would be in favor of establishing The Christmas holiday as the last Thursday in December, creating the extra long weekend for the celebration of His birth and family gatherings.

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Re: Happy Thanksgiving to those that celebrate it

We have a fairly remote, wilderness type property where we go to our cabin as a Thanksgiving tradition. These guys were there to greet us this year, I love the big cute ears!
wild burros
wild burros

Lots of other animals there as well, large and small. No noise, no traffic! Bring your own water and power.
Happy Thanksgiving!

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I've never seen a wild burro before. I guess that is a type of donkey. They look like happy burros. Looks like a nice peaceful place, that picture. Looks to be much quieter than where I'm at. I'm a country girl at heart but stuck in the city. Most of my days are 'SOME BEACH SOME WHERE' kind of days. (I love that song by Blake Shelton.) I can also imagine a field of wildflowers some where. Or hiking in the mountains some where. Or wild open spaces some where, like what your picture shows. Concrete and noise and rush hour traffic are simply not for me.

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This area appropriately enough, is called the Juniper Mountains.

I'm not sure of the origins of western wild burros. Guess that info could be googled. I'm guessing they were used by early settlers, prospectors etc, escaped, weren't needed anymore or whatever and just started grazing and breeding in the wild? There are several places in Arizona where they are, I don't know if this particular group is "native" to this area or not. I have a suspicion that a local rancher may have adopted them and is just letting them roam free out here. I'm glad he has done that though!

In lots of western states ranchers have been selling off a lot of their land since they can't make it too well anymore raising cattle. Usually the land they don't want is nice for people to live on, since what they sell is more heavily treed. The big open grassland is more preferable for grazing, so they like to keep that. Usually they sell to developers who then break it up into 36 to 40 acre parcels. It's usually fairly cheap, around 500 dollars per acre. We acquired ours one day about 15 yrs. ago, I just went out looking with the realtor on a whim and when I saw the property couldn't resist! There might something similar available in Washington state, Birdlover.

Speaking of coyotes, Marlingardener, I discovered a pretty big coyote den this time at the land. I saw a big pile of dirt under a juniper tree, and go, well what's that all about? It looked like someone had dumped a couple wheelbarrows of dirt there. Then I saw a big entrance hole on the other side of the tree and figured it out!



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