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OK, gang, it's time to take a break from bashing each other and do something worthy. All of us know about the Thanksgiving Feast that is provided annually at the George R Brown Convention Center. I received a call from the Citywide Club last night, asking me to sponsor a food basket or two for those that cannot afford a full-on Thanksgiving dinner. Baskets start at $35, which will pay for several families.

I encourage everyone to drop a check in the mail for $35 (or more). The address is:

Citywide Club Food Basket Program

P. O. Box 740889

Houston, TX 77274

Give yourself a warm fuzzy, and write a check. And have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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my parents are out of town for thanksgiving. i can't blame them.

my little sis is doing thanksgiving as are several other friends. one family has maxed out their duck hunting licenses and happen to be really good cooks. duck in lake jackson for thanksgiving anyone?

seeing as my sis is nearby i think i'll drop in for home cooking over there today.

anyone have interesting plans today? my dream thanksgiving is to do it in manhattan and shop the big apple tomorrow.

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amen to that.

i used to have thanksgiving night parties because everyone i knew would be in town with their families. most people were over the family time by eight or so and would have nothing planned. everyone would bring leftovers and wine. we'd have our "second" family thanksgiving. good times.

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the cold front definitely helped to start it right

It's too cold for me, and I grew up in Canada! I think I've totally adapted to this climate and now I can never go home.

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It's too cold for me, and I grew up in Canada! I think I've totally adapted to this climate and now I can never go home.

...and you're only in your 20's? :D

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My house is the place this year. A few cousins, aunts and uncles are here now. More coming later on until we eat around 4 PM, or so.

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I am here at work... ohwell... we get a nice dinner later, though. I am going to cook some food, also, when I get home this evening. :)

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No Thanksgiving here :angry2: Just another Thursday here.

Happy Thanksgiving to all y'all though.

Yep, it's not a holiday here either, but my co-workers had a little Thanksgiving party with cake for the token American, which was very nice. :)

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Staying warm up here in Wyoming, not going with the traditional turkey, I am having Prime Rib catered for the workers up here. Got down to -7 degrees last night, it's a balmy 23 right now.

Happy Thanksgiving to all. You too TJ! :lol:

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I will probably catch the Uptown Holiday Lighting this evening since I'll be in the right place at the right time.

And i feel a little like I'm back in high school when i write this, but I'm really looking forward to Tori Amos this Sunday!! :D:blush:

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And i feel a little like I'm back in high school when i write this, but I'm really looking forward to Tori Amos this Sunday!! :D:blush:

high school? LOL i must be OLD.

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high school? LOL i must be OLD.

aww...:P yep, those were the little earthquakes/under the pink days.

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I will probably catch the Uptown Holiday Lighting this evening since I'll be in the right place at the right time.

And i feel a little like I'm back in high school when i write this, but I'm really looking forward to Tori Amos this Sunday!! :D:blush:

My wife met Tori Amos at what was then the Primeco Theater at Bayou Place. She was in the room with channel 39's Mia Gradney when she did a one-on-one interview with her around 2000.

My wife's also a MASSIVE Tori Amos fan and took lots of her own pictures while she was there. I was really surprised how crappy (think fake wood paneling and worn-out couches covered with soiled blankets) the celebrity green room was at Bayou Place. Hopefully it's better these days.

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Does anyone ever get the impression that the holidays are just the time of year when families get together and exchange viruses or otherwise injure themselves and one another? I've only had a few experiences with the ER within those years of my life that I can remember, and all four fall within a few days of Thanksgiving or Christmas.

CASUALTY REPORT:

Grandfather - Low red blood cell count related to chemotherapy caused anemia, spent last night at hospital getting a couple pints.

Grandmother - Fell while entering the camper to turn on the heater; compound fracture of humerus just below the ball, spent the night before last in the ER.

Mother - Burst a blood vessel on Wednesday in her eye; it has not healed and is still red.

Father - Entered a bipolar depression cycle last weekend.

Younger Niece - Toe infection from ingrown toenail; a minor proceedure was undertaken to drain the pus; she freaked out, had to be physically restrained, and ended up...

TheNiche - ...attempting unsuccessfully to bite her uncle's thumb off. I had experienced the onset of a really nasty cold on Thursday morning, so it is entirely possible that she'll catch it too.

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A little late posting to this thread, but I did Thanksgiving with my parents, sisters, and Dad's mentally unstable sister at my Mom and Dad's house. We always do Thanksgiving together as a family, but since 2003 had been at my sister's in League City. This year we went back to Mom and Dad's, and before the day was over, Mom was already saying that next year she wants to go out of town again, mainly because my aunt wouldn't be there.

I high-tailed it back to Houston first thing Friday morning because my boyfriend was in town from Atlanta to visit me for the weekend. He got in Thursday night and spent the night at my apartment alone, and after several days with family, I couldn't wait to see him. Our weekend together was the highlight of my Thanksgiving holiday.

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thanksgiving out of town next year, niche?

Depends upon the survivability of my grandfather. He's a walking, living, breathing, cancerous miracle--so say the doctors. We all think its the attitude, which just can't be thwarted. But we know that reality will eventually catch up with him.

If he's gone, the center of mass and/or interest probably shifts to Galveston. May even make the changeover this xmas if grandparents aren't capable of staging the event.

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Does anyone ever get the impression that the holidays are just the time of year when families get together and exchange viruses or otherwise injure themselves and one another? I've only had a few experiences with the ER within those years of my life that I can remember, and all four fall within a few days of Thanksgiving or Christmas.

CASUALTY REPORT:

Grandfather - Low red blood cell count related to chemotherapy caused anemia, spent last night at hospital getting a couple pints.

Grandmother - Fell while entering the camper to turn on the heater; compound fracture of humerus just below the ball, spent the night before last in the ER.

Mother - Burst a blood vessel on Wednesday in her eye; it has not healed and is still red.

Father - Entered a bipolar depression cycle last weekend.

Younger Niece - Toe infection from ingrown toenail; a minor proceedure was undertaken to drain the pus; she freaked out, had to be physically restrained, and ended up...

TheNiche - ...attempting unsuccessfully to bite her uncle's thumb off. I had experienced the onset of a really nasty cold on Thursday morning, so it is entirely possible that she'll catch it too.

Your a woman?

Sorry about your grandfather though. Hopefully he gets better. :)

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Your a woman?

Sorry about your grandfather though. Hopefully he gets better. :)

Heh, heh, no, the idea of the elipses was to continue to sentence between individuals.

And thanks. I hope he lives forever...but I hope for lots of things.

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rbs' posts about pies and fried turkey got me wondering what all y'all in the HAIFesphere are doing. Are you cooking Thanksgiving dinner, and if so, what? Do you visit family, friends, or say screw it and go on vacation? Do you take in strays? Volunteer?

I'm doing the full meal deal again this year for my immediate family. We have often strayed from turkey even when my mother used to cook the meal, and since I'm not much of a fan of turkey, it's going to be a ginormous roast pork. (the best part is I got a huge shoulder roast for $1 a pound!) I Boned, trimmed, seasoned and tied it tonight. It dry-drines till Thursday. Mmmm, good. Plus makes way better gravy than turkey!

Mom still has to make the cornbread and biscuit dressing, though.

A minor problem, we already drank one of the bottles of wine for the meal. And eaten some of the crabmeat that was supposed to be for the apps. Doh.

Edited by crunchtastic

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We are going to New Orleans to see my sister, who moved to the uptown area earlier in the year. It will be my first time in NO in years, and we are looking forward to touring the old neighborhoods and generally being liquored up most of the weekend :).

I think we are supposed to bring the turkey, but all those bottles of wine take up a lot of space!

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Going to the folks' in Spring for the usual turkey free-for-all. I have 6 brothers and sisters, so it is usually well attended. This year, I have the added fun of working two overnight overtime shifts at work. Hooray for triple time!

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This year, I have the added fun of working two overnight overtime shifts at work. Hooray for triple time!

More drinkin' money for the xmas happy hour, should we ever decide where to go.

Travelguy, funny you mention New Orleans. Since I'm hosting Thankgiving, I think we may go at Christmas to get all liquored up, and hide out from the family. Plus, there are no frikkin oysters in Houston since Ike! Another reason to go.

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It's nice that you mention "take in strays." I was a stray. When I lived in Houston every holiday there was always some family from work or the neighborhood or somewhere that invited me to Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner because they knew I didn't have any family of my own left. I will always remember the hospitality of the people of Houston. In Chicago no one gives a crap about anyone else.

That said, my wife and I will spend the morning at the McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade (viewable nationwide on WGN America), get some coffee and sit in the park and canoodle for a while, come home to a dinner from Boston Market and a pumpkin pie that I'll make myself, and then watch James Bond movies all night.

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It's nice that you mention "take in strays." I was a stray. When I lived in Houston every holiday there was always some family from work or the neighborhood or somewhere that invited me to Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner because they knew I didn't have any family of my own left. I will always remember the hospitality of the people of Houston. In Chicago no one gives a crap about anyone else.

That said, my wife and I will spend the morning at the McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade (viewable nationwide on WGN America), get some coffee and sit in the park and canoodle for a while, come home to a dinner from Boston Market and a pumpkin pie that I'll make myself, and then watch James Bond movies all night.

Once we kick the family out and wash the dishes, we open up the bourbon and watch Sergio Leone movies.

I think this year may be the first one in a while where I won't have any strays at the table. I've been one before as well, so I know what you mean.

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will be doing the family thing at my aunt's. since i don't bake well, i'm bringing apple, pecan, lemon merenge and pumpkin pies from a baker in the hood. i'm looking forward to that turkey sandwich with cranberry salad as dressing for leftovers.

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will be doing the family thing at my aunt's. since i don't bake well, i'm bringing apple, pecan, lemon merenge and pumpkin pies from a baker in the hood. i'm looking forward to that turkey sandwich with cranberry salad as dressing for leftovers.

that's a lot of pies!

I don't bake at all. Baking's too exact. Not to mention I barely have the cabinet space for a crock pot, much less a damn stand mixer. I love those special homemade flaky crusts, but I'm never gonna make one! I think it's cool that editor makes his own pumpkin pie.

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My perfect Thanksgivings and Christmases all happened in my 20s, when I was working a lot and not paying attention to the calendar, then one day all my regular restaurants are closed for some damned holiday. Driving for hours searching for a Chinese restaurant that stayed open one of those days became my tradition. Even if it wasn't the best food, the long search and fear of starvation made it extra special.

Mrs. Bag will have none of that. We're doing a big family deal at our house: her mom, my mom, her sister, her sister's partner, her sister's partner's mom, the Love Child, Mrs. Ex-Bag and the future Mr. Ex-Bag. We're heating up a big Kroger turkey in the new oven, she's making lots of pies and what-not, and I'm doing mac & cheese in my super-gay crock pot.

Re baking: Mrs. Bag goes into something akin to "pon farr" this time of year, only with pie & cake baking. That's really why I had to get the oven installed, otherwise the blood fever would have sent her into the lingering death.

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that's a lot of pies!

I don't bake at all. Baking's too exact. Not to mention I barely have the cabinet space for a crock pot, much less a damn stand mixer. I love those special homemade flaky crusts, but I'm never gonna make one! I think it's cool that editor makes his own pumpkin pie.

well i'm not sure who's going. if all my mom's side of the family goes then it's 30 or so people. the baker guy is elderly and really enjoys doing this with his family. they'll probably sell about 300 of them. it's just too easy to pay him! even though he's from norway, he makes great hojarascas too.

Edited by musicman

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In Baton Rouge, doing the family thing. Thanksgiving was always a bigger deal to my wife's family than mine, so we do it over there, about 30 people, this year we'll have 4 whole turkeys (2 smoked 2 fried), a turkey breast and of course way too many sides and other things. Then we head to my parents' for fish that night, and then Friday I'm smoking a pork butt for pulled pork as we watch LSU lose to the worst team in the SEC so that we can then become the worst team in the SEC.

And after all that, I'll go do my every-8-weeks blood donation so a lot of that new cholesterol becomes someone else's problem and I can start fresh by making me some new, clean blood.

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Skipping the big family get-together this year in Spring. Like Red, I also have five brothers and sisters, and we truly put the fun in dysfunctional when we all get together in one house!

But, this year, my daughter is a freshman at U.T. and we will be driving up to see her, and to go watch the Longhorns beat up on the poor Aggies in DKR Stadium. That should be a fun day!

On Saturday, my local favorites, the Klein Oak Panthers are entering the third round of high school football play-offs in the Division 2, 5A tournament against Lake Highlands at "The Palace" in Round Rock, another great day of football!

I'll be praying for good driving weather and two wins this weekend for the Longhorns and the Panthers!

Hope everyone here at the HAIF has a nice time too this weekend and everyone stays safe. Thanks, Editor, one more time, for this forum. You have provided an immeasurable service to the Houston area and for that, I am forever indebted to you. :)

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I think I'll be going to work, just like any other day. :(

:( well that sucks. If you were here I'd insist you come over to help us make a dent in all this food and wine, then send you home with a sack of leftovers.

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Just the immediate family coming over Thursday for dinner then it's off to San Antonio for the rest of the weekend. Wife and I always wanted to see the River Walk lit up for x-mas and this year we are going to do it.

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It will be me, the wife, the girls, my Mom, my Aunt, and a good buddy of mine that is like family. For the eats, we got a 15lb'r that Mrs. Palin might have had a hand in, and of course all the other fixins', specialty cream pies, a pumpkin and a chocolate, made by the Ladies Auxilary of Apostolic Praise Center here in Austin. I don't know about their religion, but they sure know about PIES ! They are a great group of women though, they drive around in an deep freezed minivan, with delivery to your doorstep. My wife is making her famous Spinach/Artichoke dip for starters though. I'm DYING, waiting for it.

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TJ-

Do you have their number? I need to pick up some pies on my way into Austin tomorrow! :)

As a matter of fact......512-989-3030. They have a huge variety, but they may be limited on what they are actually producing this time of year. I am pretty sure they have Chocolate, Pumpkin, Coconut, Banana, Pecan. They have a few more varieties. Just call'em, they should be able to set you up. You are in for a special treat, and you can thank me later.

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Thanks so much, TJ!

I just called and spoke to Lisa. Here's what they have left to sell:

Chocolate

Coconut

Lemon

Banana

Butter Pecan

Strawberry Banana

Pumpkin

Chocolate Peanut Butter

Chocolate Banana

Chocolate Strawberry

Chocolate Cherry

Apple Cinnamon

Cherry Banana

Orange Pineapple

Blueberry Banana

Georgia Peanut Butter

All cream pies, all $14.00 each, all delivered to your door, what a deal! Now if I can just decide...

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I'll be going to my parent's lake house and will be trying really hard not to burn down their deck while frying the turkey.

I'm going by the House of Pies after work to see what they've got.

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Thanks so much, TJ!

All cream pies, all $14.00 each, all delivered to your door, what a deal! Now if I can just decide...

No sweat , anytime, you're welcome. Deciding IS the hard part, can't go wrong with the Chocolate. I have had the Pumpkin, not a fan of Pumpkin to start with, sooooo... I have also had the Pecan, and the Coconut, and Banana, oh, and the Cherry. I may go with Lemon this year and a Chocolate and Coconut, all winners !

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Oh boy, going to my fathers crazy Mormon clan (about 30-40) for TurkeyDay.... I dread it, yet at the same time crave my grandmothers food (and Pecan Pie).

It always starts with a 20minute prayer (I know..) (Can't wait for a Prop 8 remark)

Then 3pm Thanksgiving Dinner

Then Football the rest of the day

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Oh Pineda, BTW. It ain't Cool Whip on top either. We are talking REAL cream pie. The most delicious I have ever had. They sell'em all year round too, not just the holidays. It is murder for me to NOT order at any other time of year, and they are evil, in the regard that they drive to all the Auto Dealerships around Austin, because they know we are suckers if we have $20 in our pockets, and try to sell their homebaked goodness. EVIL I tell you !!! ;):lol:

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:( well that sucks. If you were here I'd insist you come over to help us make a dent in all this food and wine, then send you home with a sack of leftovers.

Thanks, I appreciate the thought! :)

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