Happy Thanksgiving Day!
Just a brief note that this is the American schedule Thanksgiving Day. (Australia
The UK and Canada are on other days, as I recall it, and other countries may or may not even have such a day).
The day exists to give thanks for all those good things that life has brought us. This year. This month. Today, and in the past years.
Today I give thanks for my Grandson, new to the world and having his first birthday in a month. I give thanks for my spouse and family, the most important people in my life. I’m thankful for The Donald as a ‘just in time’ savior for The American Experiment in freedom and liberty; and I am also thankful for all the Trump Train who self organized to make President Elect Trump a reality. I’m thankful that spouse and I still have good health and will be enjoying a few more years together. On a smaller scale, I am thankful for the fine weather we are having today, for the nice all natural turkey roasting as I type, and even for the half dozen squirrels enjoying a small feast of sunflower seeds, neatly placed in the yard and garden. One sits on the living room window potted plant shelf enjoying his own feast ;-) and providing a wonderful bit of entertainment…
I am also thankful for all of you, the people who read and lurk, as well as those who post and participate. Some adding top notes to the harmony, some playing a Devils Tone to avoid things being too treacly all the time, and a few just tapping fingers to the tune. Together it is a symphony of being. I’m very thankful for that, to know kindred sprits exist; and to know that we can all “just get along” when we are less kindred. So thanks for being here.
Now go eat too much, enjoy family and friends, and don’t forget a snack for the local wildlife ;-)
Sidebar on Food
Having made the mistake of cooking a ham two days ago, the fridge was being way too crowded. So at the moment, while the turkey cooks, the leftover ham is in the canner. I’m making 8 ounce ( 1 cup or 250 ml ) jars of ‘canned ham’. I’d saved the pan drippings in quart jars in the fridge. Taking the fat of the top was trivial with a spoon, then the jellied juices were warmed in the microwave and poured over ham chunks in the jars. 1 inch headspace, 10 psi, 1 hour 15 minutes. I’ll report the results here, but likely not for a day or two as I’ll be full of turkey today ;-)
I’m also planning to try a similar ‘pan drippings and meat’ on a few jars of turkey. Two people and a whole turkey is more than we can usually deal with inside a week, so I freeze the extra. As the freezer is now solid full, that’s not going to work. I’ll have a 1/2 gallon or so of separated meat in the fridge portion, but that leaves more… (Even after taking a share to the Pot Luck Thanksgiving Dinner… we’ve got only 3 meat eaters and 4 vegans…) So also some days from now will be a report on canning cooked turkey.
As for the rest of the menu, who knows… It’s a pot luck, so a self organizing system. It usually works out better than any planned and organized event, though!
So look for a post-dinner update later today or tomorrow.