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A Thanksgiving Narrative 
Nov. 11, 2011 10:20 am 
Updated: Nov. 19, 2011 11:39 am
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, hands down.  It always has been and always will be, due to the fact that it doesn’t require me to haul out a green monstrosity from an over-packed storage unit, it doesn’t require me to buy gifts for people I really only know on a first-name basis, and it doesn’t have its own music to get stuck in my head after hearing it for the 34th time on the local radio station.  It also doesn’t come with the “hustle and bustle” of trying to cram 84 parties in to a span of 25 days (while I like a good cocktail party, one can only take so much eggnog in the middle of the week while maintaining the job you desperately need to pay for those lotion gift packs you give to people you don’t really know what to get.  Cucumber melon body spray?  Am I 14 again?)  Anyway, with Thanksgiving being a holiday centered around being thankful and the four Southern food groups (cream of mushroom soup, heavy cream, whiskey, and heavy cream) it’s my favorite.  Football and turkey sandwiches?  Laughing at my mother when we inevitably remember the time she dropped a dinner roll in our guest-of-honor’s water glass?  Sign me up!  And so I present:

Thankfulness:  A Narrative
1.  I’m thankful for elastic pants.  While not exactly fashion-forward, these little pieces of heaven allow me to have just one more piece of pumpkin pie while simultaneously covering something with gravy.  You know, to take the sweet taste out of my mouth.
2.  Spray paint and its effect on my life will leave me eternally grateful.  What do you do when you’re not satisfied with the color of your plastic centerpiece pumpkins?  You spray paint them!  (Glitter spray paint is so fabulous that I can’t even get started.  This blog will be the length of “Gone with the Wind” if I do.)  Spray paint is essentially a transformation in a can and it deserves its moment in the (now color coordinated) spotlight. 
3.  I’m thankful for trashy daytime TV.  Why?  Because even on my worst days I can at least console myself by realizing I’ve never thrown a chair at a talk show host who has just insinuated that I might look like a dude. 
4.  Manager special meat at the local Kroger is a blessing in cellophane.  For those of you in other regions of the country, Kroger is our local grocery-store chain and it has a special section at the end of the meat department with cuts of meat that are nearing their expiration dates.  Some may turn up their noses at what is about-to-go-rancid meat, but not I.  That’s why freezers were invented.  And that’s why we’re having steaks for my husband’s birthday tonight even though payday isn’t for another week.  Because I bought half-priced filet mignon a month ago and stuck it in my lovely freezer for a rainy (birth) day. 
5.  And to actually list a few things that are relevant this time of year, I’m thankful my husband and I both have jobs (his is making him work on Thanksgiving night to prepare for a midnight opening on Black Friday.  But he has a job.  He HAS a job.  And yes, I’m gritting my teeth and rocking back and forth a bit.)  I’m thankful we both (usually) have running cars to get to these jobs.  I’m thankful for our three cats and each piece of white fur that’s stuck to my shirt in the morning to complete my “crazy cat lady” ensemble.  I’m thankful my husband is a grammar nerd just like me.  I’m grateful for our Thanksgiving tradition of drinking too much wine and making lopsided pie crusts on the Wednesday night before with my sister.  Basically, I could complain about the housing market, the economy, or the 18-wheeler that’s been parked in front of my house for 3 days.  But life’s short and no one wants to listen anyway.  Besides, I’m fairly sure my mother just accidentally turned the gravy pink again and we have to laugh at her about it.  Over a table laden with food and filled with family and friends.  And a centerpiece of spray-painted pumpkins. 
Respect the Bird, y’all.  That other holiday can wait a little bit.  There’s turkey to eat! 
Nov. 11, 2011 1:12 pm
N.N... I'm so glad to finally meet my long lost twin~ lol... Thanksgiving is my favorite too, for exactly those same reasons. Love those mark-down meats- I have three one inch thick rib eyes marinading in my freezer for our next family celebration- how else can we afford this stuff?! ;) Two years ago, my mother, who has been an excellent cook for longer than I've been alive, in her quest to find a "new" way to cook a turkey, decided that the hype on the high temp turkey roasting must be all true and we ended up having to open ALL the doors and windows in the house to allow the smoke to clear. Burning- oops, I mean *roasting* a turkey at 500 degrees tends to be a lot like cleaning a really dirty oven without benefit of the oven lock or good ventilation. I tried to talk her out of it for weeks, to no avail. Pass the wine and the blankets, please~ lol This is the first year -ever- that both of us have full time jobs with benefits- even after 22 years of marriage so we are feeling so very blessed. Two thanksgivings this year- one, on T-day with my parents at their home and one on 11/20 with friends of our son who have never celebrated Thanksgiving before- yes, born and raised here in the USA... and local college students who will not be able to go home for Thanksgiving. Twice the Thanksgiving Blessings!!!!! What do you add to gravy to make it pink?
Nov. 12, 2011 1:57 pm
Hey, neighbor! I love T'giving, too! Drinking and eating! That says it all!
Nov. 13, 2011 9:46 am
A few blogs up^^ someone mentioned adding fireworks to Thanksgiving. That might just be the cherry on the top of a perfect holiday.... and for most of us, it would mean fireworks w/ no mosquitoes! Good blog!
Nov. 14, 2011 7:03 am
Nashville Nosher.....this is the BEST Respect the Bird blog ever. Thanks!
Nov. 14, 2011 7:28 am
RESPECT THE BLOG !!! I am thankful for folks like you who think the way I do. Have a great turkey day !!!
Nov. 14, 2011 8:00 am
Say Amen people!! Hallelujah NN, you are a blogger after my own heart. *rocking back and forth in my seat* I'm grateful to have two grown children still living with me. It gives me hope that I can still "teach" them something (I have a RICH fantasy life). At least they love me. :) Be grateful! Enjoy your turkey. . .do I hear a fat man whimpering??
Nov. 14, 2011 10:10 am
could not have said it better...LOVE THIS. Thanks for writing it :)
Nov. 14, 2011 10:20 am
mauigirl, thank you so much for sending me the link to this wonderful blog, don't know how I missed it. I think that was my whine & wine day! Nashville Nosher, well said! #2 &#4 LOL yep. Thanks for sharing!!
Nov. 14, 2011 10:46 am
Loved it! Have a big 'ol slice of cornbread slathered in butter for me!
Nov. 14, 2011 3:08 pm
Ditto thanks to mauigirl for forwarding the link. Great blog!! Great fun. I love Kroger's deals when I can get there.
Nov. 15, 2011 9:00 pm
BTW, the white cat hair complements the black pants so nicely, doesn't it? We have the same fashion designer.
Nov. 17, 2011 9:16 am
Y'all are all too sweet!! I'm making the Thanksgiving menu now (a bit behind this year - WHOOPS!) and I officially have a huge smile on my face! THANKS!! Oh, and my mom turned the gravy pink because she likes to add a dash of yellow food coloring to the giblet gravy to make it "not look like dishwater" (her words.) One year she accidentally grabbed the red, and the rest is history - haha!! Thanks again for the sweet comments - Respect that Bird!
Nov. 17, 2011 3:55 pm
Great blog! Thank you, so much, to mauigirl for e-mailing me a heads-up about this one. You had me giggling and even brought a sentimental tear or two to my eyes. RESPECT THE BIRD!
Nov. 17, 2011 11:19 pm
OMGOSH you are my newest favorite blogger right now! LOL Elastic pants And bargin bin meat? Sister from another mother:) haha. You are a Hoot, Lady!! I love your perspective and wit. I TOTALLY agree T Day is not respected. Do the stores Actually think that December comes BEFORE November? C mon peeps check you dates. Turkey Then red nose raindeer. Happy gobble gobble Nashville. Terrific blog!
Nov. 17, 2011 11:22 pm
Btw, thanks Mauigirl for sending us a Fabulous blog, Nashville, you just might give Petey a run for her money! Lol You two should write a book together. I will buy the first copy. Lol
Nov. 19, 2011 11:39 am
NN I put you all over my facebook and if that wasn't enough, I emailed you to most of my list. Your blog is a big hit! LOVE IT!
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I grew up on a farm in Tennessee learning how to cook what we grew in the garden. I'm definitely a Southern girl at heart and love Southern cooking. I like to say there isn't a recipe I won't try...unless it involves beets. Ha!
My favorite things to cook
Southern food! You can't go wrong with it when you cook for guests - who doesn't like macaroni and cheese? Plus, i know most of the recipes by heart, so I don't have to drag out a cookbook. It also proves the theory that enough cheese can make anything taste good.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My sister and I get together each Thanksgiving and go absolutely crazy. It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without someone making pink gravy, or potatoes turning black, or completely forgetting the squash in the oven...so I suppose I would say "Thanksgiving Mishaps" would be our tradition.
My cooking triumphs
I got my husband to enjoy salmon. Granted, we had just started dating when I made it for him and he HAD to enjoy my salmon, but I'm calling it a "W" anyway.
My cooking tragedies
Well, there were the peanut butter noodles that I made with Worschestershire sauce (note to self: just because soy sauce and Worschestershire sauce come in similarly-shaped bottles does NOT mean they are similarly-flavored.) There is also the blackened catfish that turned out more "blackened" than "catfish." My husband still teases me about that (it even made an appearance in our wedding vows!)
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