Happy Thanksgiving

 I am reminded by Lemon Layer Cake that it is Thanksgiving on the other side of the Atlantic. Canadian readers please forgive me for not remembering your Thanksgiving last month.

I am sure you are all far too busy spending time with family and friends and being thankful to be reading blogs today, but I just wanted to say how thankful I am to everyone in North America who reads this blog. You certainly enrich the blogging experience for me enormously.

I would also like to say that my children have been unintentionally celebrating with you by sprinkling dried cranberries on their granola and taking turkey sandwiches to school for lunch.

Enjoy your day of thankfulness and turkey.

Lemon Layer Cake points out that the President pardons a turkey each Thanksgiving. Here is how President Jed Bartlet did it.


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  1. Thank you for the kind words and the video. Your blog is one of the very best on either side of the Atlantic! Now off to work on those sweet potatoes and the rest of it.
    Mary

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    1. I like sweet potatoes, but tell me, do you really put marshmallows on them (shudder!)?

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    2. No,no, and no! Not the ones I make. I mash them, add butter,cream,brown sugar, and then make a pecan topping. It goes into a casserole dish and into the oven. Quite tasty. Many do love their marshmallows, but we don't.

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    3. Oh now that sounds much better. I was amazed to be able to buy English grown sweet potatoes this week. I always thought our climate was wrong.

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  2. Sue, thank you for the comments also. I am adding another "thankful for" item today. I am thankful for this internet highway that has brought things like your wonderful blog into my life. I really enjoy reading it as well as a few others that I have on my favorites list. Anyway, my sons & I are watching the parade & I have my turkey in the oven. Now I just have to make the mashed potatoes then we will all gather at my mother's (I know that I used the apostrophe correctly:)) house to "pigout". Thankfully she is still with us and can still enjoy the holiday. She even has a new great grandson to play with this year. So many things to be thankful for.
    Hope you and your family continue to enjoy good health & happiness!

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    1. Thank you Elaine. I am thankful for the internet too.

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  3. Oh I loved that! I miss The West Wing so much! Think I may have to re-watch the whole lot. Just perfect as ever Sue xx

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    1. Me too. I was just thinking it was time for a West Wing marathon. We have the whole lot. There are several good Thanksgiving episodes -the one where Bartlet calls the Butterball hotline is another of my favourites. Clip here

      http://youtu.be/zQsvcs9IB8A

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  4. I learn something new here nearly every day. Pardoning turkeys has to be up there with the best.

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  5. That's so funny.

    I had candied sweet potatoes once in a New York diner ... far, far too sweet for me and I've got a sweet tooth.

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  6. I miss the West Wing too. Hubby and I watched all 7 seasons (again) over the summer - lots of TV, but worth it! :)

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  7. I wonder whether they pardon a random turkey, or intentionally choose one which shows remorse and a willingness to reintegrate itself into society?

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    1. Maybe they have a lottery- perhaps the turkeys have to peck a number?

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  8. What a nice post. Thank you. I love your blog, you always make me laugh and remember to not take myself too seriously.

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  9. I miss The West Wing: must look into getting the dvds I think. Enjoy your blog as always.

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  10. I enjoyed your clip about the pardoning of the turkey! I heard about this custom too and don't quite know what to make of it! I guess even the pardoned turkeys get eaten one day... unless the same ones keep coming up and they finish up tough old birds that nobody wants!
    I think that Thanksgiving is a lovely celebration and I wish it was the habit to have that here. Harvest Festival doesn't quite do it really, does it? Though I like the idea of it with sheaves of wheat and fancy breads and plentiful fruits and vegetables.

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  11. Since we only use our TV for watching DVDs, I have never seen The West Wing (cable TV is exorbitant here in Canada, especially since there are only three channels worth watching). So I thank you for that entertaining video you posted about pardoning the turkey. It makes up (just barely) for missing our Thanksgiving last month. But you are pardoned, too.

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  12. Lovely clip. We used to live on a farm... every year starting Dec 1st, the turkeys would climb up on the barn roof and stay there all night... no kidding. I've no idea why they did that. But it did give me a soft spot for turkeys too.

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    1. Really?! They obviously have more sense than I thought.

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  13. Sue, thank you very much for your Thanksgiving wishes...it was fun taking the short walk over to the edge of Central Park today to see a bit of that famous parade, then coming home to think again about all for which I do give thanks. Not just today!

    Can you imagine that even though I am a bit of a news and political junkie, I never ever saw a West Wing episode. However, a prime force behind that television show, Lawrence or is it Laurence, McDonald, has a week-nightly commentary program on the MSNBC cable tv network, called The Last Word. It airs hereabouts at 10 pm. Perhaps some West Wing folks might wish to watch?

    xo

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  14. Thanks for the laughs - that was a really good clip!

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  15. This post reminded me that last December I watched all 7 seasons of The West Wing on DVD. It was ace - one of those things you wish you hadn't seen, so you could watch it like a virgin all over again. Martin Sheen for PM I say.

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  16. Jed Bartlet - the best President our American friends never had!

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    1. Exactly. I think that Matt Santos probably made quite a good job of it too.

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  17. Marshmallows with sweet potato is maybe a step too far. My Step-father likes his sweet potatoes cooked with sultanas and brown sugar, far too sweet for my taste, I prefer them in a curry.
    Having read Rusty Duck's comment about the turkeys roosting on the roof I'm now feeling squeamish about Christmas dinner, hopefully I'll have forgotten all about it by December.
    Thanks for mentioning Lemon Layer Cake.

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  18. This is one of those posts where by the time you've read through the comments you're laughing too much to string a coherent reply together!

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  19. Thanks for your Thanksgiving greeting. I've always thought it is America's best holiday, something for all of our increasingly diverse population to celebrate & the least corrupted by commercial pressures. I owe you thanks, too, for introducing me to some new books & for enlightening me about aspects of English cookery (haslet? I found it in my Shorter Oxford).
    Best wishes from a fellow bread baker & chutney maker in New York state!

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  20. Bonnie in PA6:28 pm GMT

    It is so nice of you to remember your American cousins on Thanksgiving Day. You are right about having little time to read blogs. Here it is the Sunday after our holiday and I am just discovering your delightful tribute. Thanksgiving is my most favorite holiday and I am sure many Americans would agree with me. It has a wonderful historical narrative (at least partly true), it doesn't involved the frenzy of gift buying and you can celebrate it anytime during the day, so no time pressure. When the turkey and the sides are ready, then it is time to eat. By the way, we never eat sweet potatoes. We always have butternut squash. My mother's family was from Canada which may explain the difference.

    Thank you, Sue, for your informative and often funny blog. It is a gem on the Internet.

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