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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Thanksgiving

Because we do not have family any where near us down here, we usually share with other friends OR just do something totally untraditional, such as go on the boat! The past few years though, we’ve traded off hosting with another couple that live here part-time. They have started to make it a point to be in Florida for Thanksgiving since it’s turned out to be fun! Last year was to be our turn to host, but we ended up going up to Indiana at the last minute. This year, we were going to host again, but then hubby had his reconstructive surgery and we all knew that it wasn’t going to work. So J & K are hosting again! J We always fry turkeys, and K will always insist on roasting one too. Generally, when you fry, it doesn’t make sense to only do one as the biggest you should do is 12 lbs or so. For the cost of the oil, hassle of bringing out, setting up & cleaning fryer, you better be doing more than one!! We do anywhere from 3 to 4. I had picked up a 10.07 lb last week for 69/lb. They just didn’t get any cheaper than that this year. Did have a coupon for $5.00 off a turkey over 12 lbs for Albertsons, but of course, all the turkeys were like 18 lbs. Since we don’t roast in our house, no sense in getting it, in my opinion. Have not been able to find another small one though. J did, 2, as a matter of fact, so we will fry 3. I will also (or rather, hubby will) make stuffing and stuffed mushrooms. I (me) will make a warm spinach/artichoke dip, dinner rolls, and a green salad. Was going to make a key lime pie, but I believe K said that she was going to make some pies too. K & J will make the mashed taters & gravy, greenbean casserole, sweet potatoes, and there was something else she was going to make too (besides turkey & pie) … but can’t remember! I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving! Remember, the average thanksgiving dinner is around 3,000 calories (which does not include the usual snacking before & after!), so be aware!!

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