Got this from Katie the Scrapbook Lady. Seems like a good day for it. I have a post I wrote about traditional/hybrid/digital scrapbooking waiting, but I am thinking maybe it is too negative. Maybe I don't need to be the angel of death just because something annoys me. On the other hand I think the information is worthwhile. So I am sitting on it.
In lieu of actual content:
Do you cook all or part of the meal? -- I have never cooked any of a Thanksgiving meal. Since I learned to cook a few years ago I have made cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving (I like fresh, not canned) if I am going to someone's house, but that's it.
How much do you spend buying groceries for the meal? -- See above. $0
Do you eat at home or go to someone else's? -- See above. If I eat at home, it is not a Thanksgiving meal, it is whatever I have in the house, or I just pick up something while I'm out.
Describe your perfect bite? -- Turkey breast with fresh cranberry/orange sauce.
White meat or dark? -- White.
Stuffing with giblets or without? -- I think I have only had it without.
Anything you won't eat at the Thanksgiving meal?
-- I don't like green bean casserole. (I do like green beans a lot but fresh, not mixed in with that glop.) I don't like sweet potatoes. I don't like gravy. I will eat these things to be polite if the hostess insists, but I don't like them.
Carve Mr. Gobble at the table of serve on a platter? -- Serve on a platter.
Favorite pie? -- Pumpkin pumpkin pumpkin PUMPKIN. Since I live in Chicago many people pick up a French Silk pie form Bakers Square but I don't like French Silk pie. I loooooove pumpkin anything!
Formal table or Chinet? -- Whatever the hostess wants. I have done both.
Your menu? -- My family is Polish so besides for the traditional turkey, my mother's fabulous mashed potatoes, corn, dinner rolls and butter, stuffing, my own homemade cranberry sauce, we also have Polish foods like
- cheese pierogies with apple sauce (what I like) or sour cream (what others like)
- kielbasa in saurkraut (I don't eat the saurkraut)
- cucumbers in sour cream with fresh dill (my mother knows I don't like this dish so she would always keep aside some plain cucumbers for me to eat with salad dressing - aren't moms great?)
and of course
- the Traditional Polish Winky. Make sure it's a real Winky. No cheap, West Side Winkys.
Favorite leftover? -- My mom makes a dish called Turkey Surprise for Friday -- as in, surprise! it's turkey!!! And I love it. (You might make it too -- it has egg noodles, peas, cream of mushroom soup, leftover turkey, etc.) I haven't had it in many years, since she stopped hosting Thanksgiving and I don't live with her anymore, but it was always really good!
Extended family, friends, both or just immediate family for dinner? -- My immediate family would be my mother, brother and sisters, but usually all of them go their spouses' families now. For instance, this Thanksgiving my sister has gone to her husband's aunts, my mother has gone to her fiance's sister's, my brother has gone to his wife's parents, and my last sister lives in Kansas now.
After dinner, do you go to the latest movie or football on TV? -- For many years we went to NEO after and I loved that. Now, it varies. (Oh man! NEO is having a Nitzer Ebb ticket giveaway tonight!!! That would be awesome!)
Do you watch the Macy's parade? -- I've never watched it. Not a fan of parades on TV.
Christmas decorations up before or after? -- After, though I rarely decorate for Christmas myself.
Black Friday shopping or sleep in? -- I have never gone shopping on Black Friday. I know, it seems like I never do anything other people do. I like to be me. But I like to have my shopping finished before November. I start buying things in April to use as Christmas gifts.
Any special Thanksgiving tradition? -- Well, eating the Winky, going to NEO, making fun of each other (if snark was an Olympic sport, you need a gold medal to survive one of our family dinners). I have a great family.
Favorite thing about Thanksgiving? -- I used to love it because of the 4 day weekend. Now it's just another day to me.
Favorite Thanksgiving memory? -- Going to my Grandma's house when I was a little girl and seeing my uncles. That's where I learned the snark.
As Katie-the-Scrapbook-Lady says:
Feel free to copy and paste this set of questions to use on your own blog and/or scrapbook page. It is a quick and easy way to document the details of this day. Happy Thanksgiving!
Whatever you are doing, whomever with, I hope you enjoy the day. I hope you have things to be thankful for this year.