Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving and Thank You to All Our Readers for Your Support

There is no better time to share family memories and history, remember our history as Americans including the reason for the celebration, remember our troops around the world, as well as give thanks for our blessings!  Happy Thanksgiving to All!!

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Wishing you all a happy, blessed, joyful and safe Thanksgiving!!

Watcher’s Council: Ah, Thanksgiving… or more accurately this year, an interesting occurrence called Thanksnukkah, as Thanksgiving and Hannukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights and miracles overlap in a rare convergence that won’t happen again for some 70,000 years or so, thanks to the Judaism’s lunar calendar. The culinary possibilities are endless, like latkes with pumpkin fillings…. And for some interesting ideas for your Thanksgiving meal, I’ve provided a little something for you, an automatic Thanksgiving menu generator. Try it, it’s fun, even if someone still has to do the actual cooking, or is cooking over the weekend. I may have gotten some of the exact details just a bit wrong above… but close enough. ;-)

Our president was involved in the festivities as well, giving generously to our new Iranian friends and encouraging Americans to promote his failing ObamaCare program at their family dinners.  and engaging in the old tradition of giving a presidential pardon to two turkeys. This years’ recipients of the president’s full pardon are named Holder and Sebelius. While pardoning the actual foul, it turned out that one of the  lucky birds, Popcorn, had more sense than most Americans; he tried to bite the president ;-). And according to Jay Leno, Popcorn had requested no photographs beforehand. The president also left out God in his annual Thanksgiving message for the 5th year in a row… why change a trend, I guess?

And from JOMP for you Pet Parents

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Thanksgiving Pet Recipe of the Day

Simple Roasted Organs

(This is a great recipe to make up for Thanksgiving to feed your canine friends… you can substitute chicken for the turkey and add a few turkey scraps at carving time, or just bake the liver and giblets and add the warm turkey as you carve… just go easy on the skin and watch for bones.)

This dish can actually double up as a treat, or healthy topping to your pet’s usual meal. Turkey giblets (hearts, livers and kidneys) are available from butcher shops and many natural food markets – and also come included with most Thanksgiving turkeys!

This recipe is super-simple and just about all pets love it! Turkey necks should not be used.

Ingredients

Up to 1 lb Turkey scraps, organs/giblets (don’t include bones)

6 tbsp Olive Oil

½ tsp Dried or Fresh Rosemary

1 Clove Garlic, crushed or finely diced (optional)

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Arrange the organs on a baking sheet. Slowly pour on the olive and gently shake the pan so that the oil is evenly distributed. Sprinkle on the rosemary and crushed garlic. Place in the oven and cook for about 35 minutes, until golden brown. Cool before serving and refrigerate any leftovers for up to 3 days.

For cats, dice the organs finely with a sharp knife before serving. This technique also works well to create bite-sized training treats that are a little bit different. 

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A great addition to your Thanksgiving festivities and celebration is adding a grateful bowl.  As everyone arrives for Thanksgiving Dinner, have each of them fill out a grateful note, to be deposited in a bowl, basket or container.  After dessert has been served, (with the TV temporarily turned off if possible) have everyone gather within earshot and have someone draw out the slips of paper one by one and have a designated person read them aloud. 

It will give your Thanksgiving a very different feeling.

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The Thanksgiving Bowl

Having the movie It’s a Wonderful Life playing on (a non-football designated) TV is also fun, or a great activity for after the games.  It seems to capture the feeling of Thanksgiving as well as kick us off into the Christmas Season. 

May all of you have the happiest and most blessed of Thanksgivings that brings you and yours closer and fills all with joy!!

Forum: How does your family traditionally celebrate Thanksgiving? 

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Two great new books for the holidays: ‘Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas’ (Kindle) and The Romney Family Table: Sharing Home-Cooked Recipes & Favorite Traditions (Kindle).

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