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On 20/11/2020 at 16:08, Cecile Marion said:

Betty, it’s the only fruit pie I like, so am glad about his request. Since we’re the only family who will be in town next Thursday for Thanksgiving, we plan to meet in a green space somewhere and have a Turkey sandwich, blueberry pie picnic. 

I would love to taste your blueberry pie. After the one in Maine, I’m a fan.

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On 22/11/2020 at 07:22, Ed Rooney said:

I managed to shampoo my hair with one hand in the kitchen sink this morning, a major victory!

 

One of my last best friends from my Rome days lives in Bar Harbour, Betty. 

Ah yes, the old one-handed shampoo. I did that for a long time because of a frozen shoulder, then for weeks after surgery. Not fun.
I’m one of those who will have to be in a coma before I let my hair be dirty. The morning after a code blue from a respiratory arrest, the doctor brought another doctor in for a consultation visit, and found me freshly shampooed and working on my hair. I had hung onto a chair and scooted to the sink in my hospital room. I waited until the nurse left from taking vitals, then sneakily did it. I knew better than to ask. :lol:

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16 hours ago, Bryan said:

Oh dear, plumbing can go catastrophically wrong !  You can get local isolating valves on every feed, but our house, although sound, was very much a no frills job, so no way to locally isolate the taps etc and far too few electrical outlets.

 

Our  first house was an old stone built cottage, with no plumbed hot water or central heating and aged electrics. With the enthusiasm and foolishness of youth, I rewired  and plumbed the  lot, learning some hard lessons on the way. Our younger son is near the end of a major refurbishment of a large Victorian terraced house so this degree of idiocy runs in the family.

 

These  days I've lost that level of confidence and tend only to do what is absolutely necessary, so while I would relish another trip to the States, fixing pipes or wiring sockets would be low on the agenda!  😋

Well, heck. Shot me down. 😁

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45 minutes ago, Betty LaRue said:

Well, heck. Shot me down. 😁

 

Then I'll do it. Could take a while before I pass through your neck of the woods though...

😁

 

wim

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1 hour ago, Betty LaRue said:

I would love to taste your blueberry pie. After the one in Maine, I’m a fan.

It’s a very simple pie, Betty, but tasty. Basically, just blueberries cooked with a little water and sugar, topped with fresh whipped cream.

 

For my good thing: I haven’t seen my older sister in 18 months. She was supposed to drive down to visit me last fall, but developed some very serious health issues at the beginning of her trip. Due to covid, she’s unable to stay with me this year, but drove from Pennsylvania, arriving last night. We “tailgated” for dinner and then breakfast this morning in her hotel parking lot, all the while keeping our distance. She left to see our cousins in south Florida (apparently they’re not too concerned about covid), and will be back through my town for more tailgating this next weekend. Not ideal, but certainly better than no visit at all, and it was great to see her in person.

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3 hours ago, Cecile Marion said:

It’s a very simple pie, Betty, but tasty. Basically, just blueberries cooked with a little water and sugar, topped with fresh whipped cream.

 

For my good thing: I haven’t seen my older sister in 18 months. She was supposed to drive down to visit me last fall, but developed some very serious health issues at the beginning of her trip. Due to covid, she’s unable to stay with me this year, but drove from Pennsylvania, arriving last night. We “tailgated” for dinner and then breakfast this morning in her hotel parking lot, all the while keeping our distance. She left to see our cousins in south Florida (apparently they’re not too concerned about covid), and will be back through my town for more tailgating this next weekend. Not ideal, but certainly better than no visit at all, and it was great to see her in person.

That’s good. Eating outdoors in Florida is certainly doable. Too chilly here to be very comfortable. But if that was my only chance to see my sister, I’d do it! 

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We’ll have a small gathering of four people for Thanksgiving dinner. I made pie crusts today and have them in the freezer. I’ll make pumpkin and pecan pies.  I’ll brine my small turkey tomorrow. I have white bread pieces and cornbread already dried for the dressing. I add ground pork sausage (crumbled and browned) to my dressing along with onion and celery, seasoned with salt, pepper, turkey drippings and sage. 
Of all things we have, I love dressing the most. I never liked it stuffed in the turkey, but bake it in its own pan. I make a lot of it, because it’s so good leftover.

My daughter is making some sides, one being baked macaroni and cheese. Yum. I’ll probably gain 3 pounds. That’s ok, I’ve lost 3 recently.

Another good thing, we’re getting a nice rain, sorely needed. Accompanied by thunder. A threat of tornadoes south in Oklahoma. Not needed.

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4 hours ago, wiskerke said:

 

Then I'll do it. Could take a while before I pass through your neck of the woods though...

😁

 

wim

You need to fly over tomorrow and partake of our Thanksgiving dinner Thursday! 😁

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32 minutes ago, Sally said:

My husband got the good news today that 8 weeks of radiotherapy during July and August has resulted in a PSA of 0.1 down from 36. So prostate cancer, bye bye.

 

Congratulations. I am a cancer survivor and it is a good, good feeling to go on with a healthy life after being afraid it is over. Enjoy!

 

Paulette

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It was just my husband and me for Thanksgiving in person - a first for us both coming from large families - but we enjoyed our dinner and quite a lot of good 🍷 as we zoomed with our daughter, grandson, SIL, cousins, nieces, great nieces & nephews for a couple of hours. I'm just so grateful for the technology that keeps us together. Four generations of family from my cousin who's actually my mom's first cousin (though closer to me in age) to the little greats. 

 

And of course we got to watch the Macy's parade this morning. I didn't realize they'd found a socially distanced way to do it - gotta love NY - we don't give up. Now we're just hanging out vegging in front of the tv with more 🍷 The kitchen is all cleaned up and it's so nice to just chill out. 

 

So sorry your dinner was cancelled Paulette, but better to stay safe though it's a drag especially when you are counting on all that food. This is the first Thanksgiving I'm not overstuffed as we just roasted a chicken (heresy I know but all the turkeys were way too large for two) and made a couple of sides, rather than being overwhelmed by all the many dishes and deserts that everyone brings to our usual huge family gatherings.  

 

Glad for your husband's good health news Sally - Hope your managing Edo - I had rotator cuff surgery about a decade ago and managing with one arm was really tough. I lived in sweats. As others have recommended, elastic waists are your friend.  And Betty hope those heart tests came back okay - sounded so scary! 

 

Happy Thanksgiving folks! 

 

And I had a sale yesterday - that's 6 this month which is a record for me in this very challenging year! 

 

So, I have a lot to be grateful for. Be well everyone!

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17 hours ago, NYCat said:

 

Congratulations. I am a cancer survivor and it is a good, good feeling to go on with a healthy life after being afraid it is over. Enjoy!

 

Paulette

 

16 hours ago, Marianne said:

Glad for your husband's good health news Sally - Hope your managing Edo - I had rotator cuff surgery about a decade ago and managing with one arm was really tough. I lived in sweats. As others have recommended, elastic waists are your friend.  And Betty hope those heart tests came back okay - sounded so scary! 

 

Happy Thanksgiving folks! 

 

And I had a sale yesterday - that's 6 this month which is a record for me in this very challenging year! 

 

So, I have a lot to be grateful for. Be well everyone!

Many thanks both.

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My friend who cancelled our Thanksgiving dinner because she didn't feel well was able to get a rapid coronavirus test today. She is negative. She is also feeling a bit better so all is well.

 

Paulette

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I did make turkey and dressing. Overkill. My son was planning on flying from Alabama to be here but canceled 30 minutes away from getting to the airport...several hours away from where he lives. He told me if he were exposed at the terminal or on the plane, then gave the virus to me and I didn’t survive, he couldn’t live with it. And he couldn’t...I know that. When he made the advance reservations, the numbers had gone down to the lowest they’ve been. Who knew it would explode again to the extent it has.

So it was me, my daughter and son-in-law eating a dinner that would have fed 6-8!  I’ll be eating pie forever.
3 people....4 pies. I have put a lot of turkey and dressing in the freezer. And it was a small turkey, only 9 1/2 pounds.

But the three of us had a good time. Played a board marble game, called Wahoo, and Ray beat us women twice. Sigh.

I watched a good college football game today after finally getting my kitchen back in order.

Good news, Sally! My husband went through that, too, same treatment. And like Paulette, I’m a survivor, too. 17 years, now.

 

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Great news from Sally!

 

All of this cookery talk is making me hungry.  It was my turn to cook yesterday and from my limited repertoire of dishes came a Spanish tortilla, which I have to say came out exceedingly well. You have to cook the thing on both sides flipping it over on a plate before returning it to the pan, and I've learned to use a very low heat during the last stages to avoid burning. It should have been eaten with a nice salad, but we made do with  the incongruous accompaniment of fish fingers that were intended for the grandbairns who are no longer able to visit. It all went down Ok accompanied by a glass of dry white wine and some tartare sauce. 

 

Our friends dined rather better, they were in receipt of an ice packed parcel of fresh seafood from the Rick Stein empire, bought as a birthday treat by a son.

 

Finally, our allotment friends presented us with a home cooked date and walnut cake an informal swap for home made jam, I look forward to getting my teeth into the cake today.

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11 hours ago, Bryan said:

It should have been eaten with a nice salad, but we made do with  the incongruous accompaniment of fish fingers that were intended for the grandbairns who are no longer able to visit. It all went down Ok accompanied by a glass of dry white wine and some tartare sauce. 

 

There are several recipes on line for fish tacos which sound delicious but are very complicated. So I make my own scaled down version with fish fingers! With shredded lettuce, grated radish, finely sliced onion and topped with mayo, sour cream and harissa paste mixed together, all in a warmed up tortilla or wrap. Tasty!

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3 hours ago, Thyrsis said:

There are several recipes on line for fish tacos which sound delicious but are very complicated. So I make my own scaled down version with fish fingers! With shredded lettuce, grated radish, finely sliced onion and topped with mayo, sour cream and harissa paste mixed together, all in a warmed up tortilla or wrap. Tasty!

 

Wonderful idea. I am always looking for shortcuts since I'm not much of a cook and don't have much of a kitchen. I really like the mozzarella balls that come marinated in a garlic and spice olive oil. I save the oil to mix with equal amounts soy sauce and marinate my salmon in it before cooking. Yummy.

 

Paulette

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I’m on day 4 eating turkey and dressing. I finished what I kept out, but have more in the freezer I’ll eat a few weeks from now. I also had leftover mashed potatoes Made with cream cheese, butter and whipping cream, and delicious turkey gravy. Finished that today.

My best meals are ones that will last me at least three days, so I don’t have to cook every day. That can be meatloaf and beef stews/soups. If the dish is delicious, I love leftovers. 
I'm ready for something spicy, so may make goulash tomorrow. Something else that will last a few days.

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3 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

I’m on day 4 eating turkey and dressing. I finished what I kept out, but have more in the freezer I’ll eat a few weeks from now. I also had leftover mashed potatoes Made with cream cheese, butter and whipping cream, and delicious turkey gravy. Finished that today.

My best meals are ones that will last me at least three days, so I don’t have to cook every day. That can be meatloaf and beef stews/soups. If the dish is delicious, I love leftovers. 
 

 

Good to learn that you have been enjoying your turkey leftovers Betty. I confess that one of my favourite meals is  a fry up of the remains of Sunday dinner, always accompanied by plenty of onion. 

 

However I can see turkey overload ahead as the boss has ordered two lots of turkey bits for Xmas. Given that our offspring and myself are confirmed or aspiring veggies,  and that a big Xmas get together is far from certain, I suspect that it will be in our freezer for many moons. A case of wishful thinking.

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17 minutes ago, Bryan said:

 

Good to learn that you have been enjoying your turkey leftovers Betty. I confess that one of my favourite meals is  a fry up of the remains of Sunday dinner, always accompanied by plenty of onion. 

 

However I can see turkey overload ahead as the boss has ordered two lots of turkey bits for Xmas. Given that our offspring and myself are confirmed or aspiring veggies,  and that a big Xmas get together is far from certain, I suspect that it will be in our freezer for many moons. A case of wishful thinking.

I love onion, too! I put quite a lot of chopped onion and celery in my cornbread & white bread dressing, along with cooked chopped pork sausage and sage. Seasoned with the roasted turkey drippings, of course. I think I found those 3 pounds I lost. The pecan and apple pie didn’t help.

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11 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

I’m on day 4 eating turkey and dressing. I finished what I kept out, but have more in the freezer I’ll eat a few weeks from now. I also had leftover mashed potatoes Made with cream cheese, butter and whipping cream, and delicious turkey gravy. Finished that today.

My best meals are ones that will last me at least three days, so I don’t have to cook every day. That can be meatloaf and beef stews/soups. If the dish is delicious, I love leftovers. 
I'm ready for something spicy, so may make goulash tomorrow. Something else that will last a few days.

 

You have reminded me of a good thing my wife used to do with the turkey and ham leftovers. She used to make them into gorgeous pasties with shortcrust pastry.

Don't ask me what was in them apart from turkey and ham, that was her little secret.

 

Allan

 

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3 hours ago, Allan Bell said:

 

You have reminded me of a good thing my wife used to do with the turkey and ham leftovers. She used to make them into gorgeous pasties with shortcrust pastry.

Don't ask me what was in them apart from turkey and ham, that was her little secret.

 

Allan

 

 I would go for a white sauce, leeks, wholegrain mustard...

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5 hours ago, Allan Bell said:

 

You have reminded me of a good thing my wife used to do with the turkey and ham leftovers. She used to make them into gorgeous pasties with shortcrust pastry.

Don't ask me what was in them apart from turkey and ham, that was her little secret.

 

Allan

 

Yummm! What a great idea!

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