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Taken In Quartzsite Arizona Dec 7th 2015

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving

This morning (Monday) as I was starting to prepare this posting, I finally realized how everyone figured out that my last posting was on my birthday. I forgot that my birth date is also on the tombstone. I guess I'm a little slow or pre-occupied.

Thanks for everyone wishing me a Happy Birthday and the lovely comments about the tombstone. I agree that it is very fitting and summarizes our years of full timing and our dream.

As time has gone by, my cooking skills are coming back. I have not had a bad meal yet. I have used the deep fryer several times with great success. So far, I have used the slow cooker, oven, George Foreman grill and deep fryer to accomplish good meals. I even baked the mini pecan tarts that George has on the recipe section. I didn't make the pastry though. I bought the premade shells. They turned out wonderful. Quite a while ago, I purchased Anova Sous Vide. My sister and husband have one and they really enjoy it. They suggested it might be something I can use to add to my cooking skills. They have perfected on how to use it but I'm still a little challenged with it. I really like the idea of when purchasing meat to put single servings in a freezer bag with spices etc and then cook it in the Sous Vide. This is something that needs a little work for me, but I will get there.

The day after my birthday, I began to think that Thanksgiving this year would not be the same as previous years. I didn't want to miss out on a Thanksgiving meal. Over the years, George and I have purchased turkey products from Hayters Farm in Dashwood, Ontario.  They have a great selection of turkey products. A road trip was called for. A friend from the apartment and myself took a trip about 1 hour away. I purchased Turkey Schnitzel, Honey Garlic sausage and a 3 pound dark meat roast. The roast will be perfect for me and have leftovers as well.

On Saturday I started my Thanksgiving dinner preparations. I have always liked turnip or rutabaga, so I was able to cut it up (which can be challenging) and cooked the turnip in advance. Sunday I started the roast in the slow cooker with carrots and prepared a turnip casserole. I invited my brother and sister-in-law over for dinner. We had all the fixing for a Thanksgiving dinner. Turkey, carrots, turnip, potatoes, gravy and a salad. For dessert, I had purchased Apple Crisp from M & M Food Market that was 2 single servings and added ice cream. The 2 singles were more that sufficient for us. Dinner was a success. It wasn't until after they left, that I realized I forgot the cranberries. Oh well, left over cranberries I can always freeze. George had made the Cranberry sauce with orange zest last year. 

Last night about 5 pm, the Yates got together using FaceTime. The Yates's always get together on Thanksgiving Monday. This year, of course was very different but it was really great to see everyone and get caught up on what the families are doing.

Most nights a group of us from the building get together and socialize. We have got to calling it "The meeting of the minds". Always great conversation and laughs. I have been out several times with friends to the Legion here in Stratford. They have a meat draw and 50/50. Another great way to enjoy life. So far, I have not been lucky enough to win anything. It is great to socialize with friends and family always following suggestion for social distancing.

I am especially thankful this year to family and friends for the help and support they have provided this past year. The coronavirus has made it very different but I am sure that George would have had a positive attitude through it all. 

Life can be difficult, but always remember to live your life to the fullest as you never know what will be around the corner.

22 comments:

  1. Your Thanksgiving Dinner looks good Sue! :)
    Kim

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  2. Always glad when I see a post from you. Glad you are doing so well. Your dinner looks lovely and delicious. Keep well and safe.

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  3. Hapoy Thanksgiving Suzie. So good to hear from you and know that you are having fun with friends and family.

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    1. Thanks. I just make the best I can of each day.

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  4. I am delighted every time I see a blog post from you! Your Thanksgiving dinner looks delicious. I am glad you were able to share it with your brother and sister-in-law.

    Good to hear that you are socializing and getting out. My best to you and your family.

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    1. I am very pleased on how well it turned out.

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  5. Glad to read that you are taking care of yourself and learning to cope with this new normal we call life today.
    Nice you were able to share your delicious meal with your Brother and sister-in-law. Even Face-Timing with the Yates is a good thing.
    Always nice to read your blogs letting us know you are doing well.
    Be Safe and Enjoy your new life.

    It's about time.

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  6. I am always pleased to see your posts and to know you are living your life the best you can. I admire your positivity and hope if I am ever in your situation that I can be the same. I am sure it is very difficult at times but you are certainly getting on with your life and making new friends. Thanks for sharing with us.

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    1. I was trained by the best to be positive.

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  7. Great to see a post from you and hear that you are doing well. Also nice to hear that you are getting back into cooking and feel comfortable enough to have quests for Thanksgiving dinner. Take care Suzie.

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    1. For the past 13 years I didn't have to worry about cooking but I was trained by the best. George and of course my mom.

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  8. How nice for you to get together with neighbors,family and friends. Your cooking impresses me. Great to hear from you! - Mary

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  9. Happy Thanksgiving Suzie. I love that your group gets together. It certainly does make things easier. I use frozen pie shells ... they work perfectly and turn out delicious! Glad your cooking skills are returning. It is fun to have some success at that.

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    1. It is a small group. It is great together.

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  10. Enjoyed your post, Suzie! You are becoming quite the chef! Your Thanksgiving meal looked delish. Happy you are doing so well.

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  11. Suzie it's so good to hear from you! Ken and I couldn't help but think of George during this holiday! Glad you had people over to celebrate. I love reading your uplifting blogs. You are doing exactly what George would want you to do! Your dinner looks so awesome! Hugs!

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    1. You are correct. I am doing what George would want.

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