Archive for ‘Thanksgiving’

November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving, have some Oatmeal

by Janie Jones


November 24, 2015

Tuesday Titters: Gobble Gooble Moo

by Janie Jones

It’s the day before Thanksgiving, and the butcher is just locking up when a man begins pounding on the front door.

“Please let me in,” says the man desperately. “I forgot to buy a turkey, and my wife will kill me if I don’t come home with one.”

“Okay,” says the butcher. “Let me see what I have left.” He goes into the freezer and discovers that there’s only one scrawny turkey left. He brings it out to show the man.

“That’s one is too skinny. What else you got?” says the man.  The butcher takes the bird back into the freezer and waits a few minutes and brings the same turkey back out to the man.

“Oh, no,” says the man, “That one doesn’t look any better. You better give me both of them!”

Joke found at Thanksgiving Turkey Jokes. 
December 1, 2014

Happy December 1st

by Janie Jones


It’s December.  The snow has started falling on the ol’ blog.  And, my birthday is just 5 days away.

Leif has been asking what I’d like to do for my birthday.  Right now, sleeping all day sounds pretty choice.

I had a pretty lovely Thanksgiving.  Leif made mashed potatoes, turkey gravy and had some precooked turkey in the freezer.  He brought everything to town and we had a simple open faced turkey sandwich dinner.  It tasted wonderful, but the best part was I didn’t have to spend all morning cooking and the afternoon cleaning.  We sat and watched TV.  We ate.  We drank gallons of tea.  And it was very, very peaceful and relaxing.  I was surprised to find that after all, it was one of the nicest Thanksgivings I can remember in a long, long while.

Friday I had to do mountains of homework and I worked both Saturday and Sunday.  But, Leif and some friends came to town on Saturday so we went out to a delicious dinner and had yet more tea afterward which was much, much fun.

Now, however, I’m back to school and exhausted.

So what do I want to do for my birthday?  Well, birthday wish #1 is NO HOMEWORK!

We shall see.

November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Quote Du Jour

by Janie Jones

My cooking is so bad my kids thought Thanksgiving was to commemorate Pearl Harbor.

Phyllis Diller

Here’s hoping your Thanksgiving dinner is better than Phyllis’!

Happy Thanksgiving Blog Buddies!

November 25, 2014

Tuesday Titters: All for the love of Turkey

by Janie Jones
Q: Who dosen’t eat on Thanksgiving?
A: A turkey because it is always stuffed.


November 27, 2013

Happy Turkey Day!

by Janie Jones

Life has been, um, intense, I guess you could say.  But still, I do have many things to be thankful for tomorrow:

I have a 20# turkey ready for roasting.

I have two beautiful pies that just came out of the oven.

I dedicated myself to getting some cleaning done this afternoon, so my house looks nice.

I have a 4 day break from school, and luckily both my math teachers decided to give us the weekend off with no homework, there was seriously much thanking for this.

And, test results are in, with mixed reviews.  Trig, didn’t go so well.  I barely managed a C.  But, Organic Chem was a mixed bag.  I got a B, which I should probably feel happy about on account of the fact I did barely any homework for two of the three chapters it covered on account of being swamped in math homework.  Considering, a B should be very satisfying indeed.  However, I’m just 2 measly points away from having an A for the semester, so of course I really wanted to get a better test score to bump up my total grade.  Now, I have to really ace the final if I want that A.  Finally, and here’s the kicker, the test I expected to do the worst on, my College Algebra test, that one I apparently got 100%.  Go figure.  I’m shocked.  I thought I did okay, but never expected a perfect score.

Well, so, I can’t really say things are going that badly in this moment.  Thankfully.

And now, it’s off to bed with my bad self, to drift off to sleep to the smell of apple pie and pumpkin pie and to dream of roast turkey with all the fixings.  My last parting thought as I nod off to la-la-land will be to give thanks to you, my wonderful bloggy buds, and thanks for sharing the blogosphere.  May you be blessed with family, friends, warmth, cheer and good eats, tomorrow and every day.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Janie Jones.


November 22, 2012

My favorite time of year

by Janie Jones

Many of my blog friends probably know by now that this is my favorite time of year.  I love Thanksgiving.  I love that it is a holiday all about food, and foods I happen to find most delicious.  I also love that it is the doorway to other wonderful things.  For me, it is the kick off to winter, which I love.  It is the kick off to the Christmas season, which I also love.  And, coming soon, on the heels of Thanksgiving is my birthday, which I still get childishly excited about every year.

So, really what’s not to love?

Today I will be doing the traditional Thanksgiving dinner.  Some years I have gone way overboard cooking for days before and all day of Thanksgiving.  There are so many yummy and delicious foods I have a hard time stopping at just the traditional items.  But then there’s just three of us at dinner, and when you have 20 courses, it’s hard even to have just one spoonful of each.  This year I decided on the following simple menu:

Breakfast:  Home made banana bread (you need something to get you going first thing and fortify you for a day of cooking)

Lunch:  appetizers of Cheeseburger Toasts, Chipped Beef Cheeseball, and olives, cheese, pepperoni and crackers (you need something to stave off hunger while cooking all day and smelling the slow roasting deliciousness of turkey)

Dinner:  Turkey, home made stuffing, home made gravy, mashed potatoes, corn, honey-ginger parsnips and carrots, and, to make life simpler, store bought rolls and cranberry sauce.

Dessert:  Store bought pumpkin and strawberry rhubarb pie with vanilla ice cream and whipping cream.

As I’m sitting here contemplating my menu I keep thinking of all the recipes I’m not making, and my taste buds are going crazy.  “Whaaaat!” they cry.  “No Cheesy Broccoli Casserole!  No Green Bean Casserole!  No Cranberry Orange Jello Salad!  No Pumpkin Bread!  No Acorn Squash!  What are you thinking?!?  You have to have all the favorites!”

Hmn.  So many delicious foods, so little room in one’s stomach.  But, I will stand my ground this year against my taste buds and keep the menu simple.  Normally I would have made bread and dessert too, but this year I have an ulterior motive.  A plan.  As much as I love to eat what I cook, this year I want to actually have some time to sit by my new Christmas Tree, sip cocoa with whipping cream on top and a generous jigger of Amaretto in it and maybe play some games.  And, I want to still fit in my jeans tomorrow.

I’m going to get cooking now.  I have a date with delicious in 6 hours.  Maybe I will remember this year to take some photos of the feast.  It’s the least I can do to share my holiday with you, my dear blog friends.  I can’t send you home with a doggy bag, but I can wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving however you may celebrate.