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21. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

Our Thanksgiving actually turned out quite well. Beerman's brother and siter-in-law hosted it this year and they did a great job. Surprisingly, Charlie even thought ahead enough to get a very large turkey so the guests could take home leftovers. We went through our "bag of goodies" searching for the turkey for sandwiches last night and first thought Charlie had skipped us. Nope, he put the turkey under the stuffing.

Tomorrow, I'm roasting up a small turkey that's been hiding away in the freezer for awhile. It just looked lonely so we've decided to set it free in the oven.

We stayed overnight with a friend and skipped the "Black Friday" shopping by driving home instead. People are just insane with the standing in line at 4am waiting for the stores to open at 8am so they can get those special deals. The Friday after T-Day is also the biggest Christmas tree sales day. More Christmas trees are sold on Friday than any other day between now and Christmas.

Sam, enjoy your turkey dinner next week!!!! Will you have all the "trimmings" too? (Trimmings = stuffing, mashed potatoes, yams, misc. vegetables, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.) (No, turkey for Christmas at the Kalav gathering either. It's now tradition to have lasagna. Go fig.) ;)

22. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y

Quoting Isadora

Sam, enjoy your turkey dinner next week!!!! Will you have all the "trimmings" too? (Trimmings = stuffing, mashed potatoes, yams, misc. vegetables, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.)

Not sure about all of those trimmings, but at least the mashed potatoes, stuffing and cranberry sauce will make an appearance :) There's talk of a Waldorf salad too; no idea where that came from!

23. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

Quoting Sam I Am

There's talk of a Waldorf salad too; no idea where that came from!

The Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Park Avenue?? I'm not sure I would trust the mayonnaise after being shipped from New York to Norway... The apples and celery may not make it either but the walnuts should taste just fine.

24. Posted by lehcargiar (Budding Member 62 posts) 8y

Quoting vegasmike6

Quoting james

Thanksgiving?

How do you celebrate Australia Day?

Let us review. America celebrates the day we declared our independence from Great Britain(July 4). Had to fight two wars to get the buggers to leave. Australia's national holiday (Jan. 26TH), celebrates the day the Brits landed on its shores with a boatload of prisoners. I will leave it to the TP membership which holiday makes the most sense.

Our day celebrates the guy who got all those pesky snakes out of the country, that's definitely the best one!

How can you make a casserole from cornbread? Is it like bread and butter pudding?

25. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

Quoting lehcargiar

How can you make a casserole from cornbread? Is it like bread and butter pudding?

I have been hoping that Wonkerer would reply soon... But, I think she's having fun on her travels and not wasting time in an internet cafe answering us.

I've just had a look at several different recipes for cornbread casserole and they are basically all the same. It appears to be the corn pudding ingredients with a boxed cornbread mix all stirred together then baked. (Corn pudding = creamed corn, kernel corn, melted butter, eggs, seasonings and either milk, cream or sour cream.) My imagination says that cornbread casserole would have a similar texture to bread pudding since the eggs and milk make the custard that holds it all together. Adding the cornbread mix would give it all a bread pudding consistency (so to speak). If we wait long enough, we may just find out!

26. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y

We celebrated our 'thanksgiving' dinner yesterday and i made my first ever waldorf salad according to this recipe. I found about a hundred different versions online but went for this one because the website and pic looked nice. Plus it seemed to be the least mayonnaisey. I have to say, it wasn't that bad considering I'm not a big fan of lathering salads in mayonnaise! Turkey, company, wine etc was all great, so another good Thanksgiving down. We were just one week late

27. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 8y

Quoting lehcargiar

[quote=vegasmike6][quote=james]Thanksgiving?

Our day celebrates the guy who got all those pesky snakes out of the country, that's definitely the best one!

Which country did St Patrick come from anyway Lehcargiar?
He brought Christianity to Ireland, but where did he bring it from?
I have not found somebody yet who can answer this question.

Thanksgiving is neither a Dutch nor a Norweigen thing?
Why are u celebrating it Sam? Any excuse for a party?

[ Edit: Edited on Nov 30, 2007, at 7:43 AM by Mel. ]

28. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y

Quoting Mel.

Thanksgiving is neither a Dutch nor a Norweigen thing?
Why are u celebrating it Sam? Any excuse for a party?

I'm half American, half Dutch. But the main reason is we celebrate it with another couple where one of them is American (well, Bulgarian actually, but lived so long in America he says he's from there :)).

29. Posted by lehcargiar (Budding Member 62 posts) 8y

He was Welsh as far as anyone knows I think

The story is, he was a little kid playing on the beach one day when a big pirate ship came and kidnapped him and brought him to Ireland (a fate worse than death!). He lived on the top of a hill looking after sheep or pigs and eating sheep food (grass?) and then one day god came to him in a dream and told him to get off the mountain and go down to the harbour where there was a boat waiting for him that brought him home.

He was happy out back home with his family (As far as I know, the Romans would have been in Wales at the time so that's probably where he got his religion from). Then lo and behold he had another dream where all the people of Ireland were calling him back so he went back again at Easter and lit a fire on a (different) hill. The king saw the fire and came out to give out to Patrick. Emmmm, I'm not too sure what happened next. I think Patrick might have converted the king to Catholicism on the spot and then headed off around the country with a handful of shamrock and a big stick for snake-banishing.

Apologies for the vagueness. I learned all this when I was about six and the bit I remember the best is him living on the mountain eating out of a trough. Just remembered that the mountain was called Muckish (It's in Donegal in the Derrveagh mountains). The Irish for pig is muc so that's probably where I was getting the pig thing from. Pretty sure it was sheep.

Anyway, bet you're sorry you asked now!!

30. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 8y

Quoting Isadora

Quoting Sam I Am

There's talk of a Waldorf salad too; no idea where that came from!

The Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Park Avenue?? I'm not sure I would trust the mayonnaise after being shipped from New York to Norway... The apples and celery may not make it either but the walnuts should taste just fine.

Dont go there - if the food is anything like their customer service l would be skipping it l tell ya!!