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Bring It, Thanksgiving!

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"About as much fun as a bag of weasels"...when I first saw this Irish adage, it made me think of the life of a writer: sometimes perilous, sometimes painful, certainly interesting. My paper journal has always been called "The Bag of Weasels." This is the Bag of Weasels' online home.

Bring It, Thanksgiving!

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In the House of Felagund, each household has its assigned holidays. Bobby's and my holidays happen to be Independence Day, Halloween, and Thanksgiving. Each of them provides us with the opportunity to feed the people we love until they must be wheeled from our house on a handcart. Thanksgiving is my second-favorite holiday (after Halloween). I mean, c'mon, it involves three things I enjoy immensely: cooking, eating, and giving cheesy speeches.

Given Bobby's and my moral beliefs about our relationship to the Earth through food, Thanksgiving actually is a very important holiday for us, all kidding aside. So we put quite a bit of thought and effort into the menu. And time. We start hording food by midsummer, mostly sweet corn, which we freeze in large quantities to use throughout the winter. We start preparing the meal by ... well, we started this year's yesterday (Monday). I made a batch of motley vanilla ice cream, which I mixed today and OMG. I made Bobby try it when he was home from work, and he claims it is my best yet, but he says that about every ice cream I make.

Tonight ... let's see, I made croutons, Bobby cooked up a neck squash for pumpkin pie (which isn't quite accurately named in this case, but neck squash pie sounds kind of gross) and made pie crust and iced tea. Tomorrow, things will ramp up to still another level. Thursday, we will work from the time we get up until we fall over after everyone leaves. How I ♥ Thanksgiving!

So this is the menu for this year's feast. (* indicates that one of the other members of the Family Felagund is contributing this item.)

Cornucopia of nuts and berries fresh seasonal fruits
Wassa bread with port wine cheese and plum chutney

Pumpkin cheese soup with croutons
Fresh-baked bread (egg and rye? I think?) with honey butter and herbed butter

"Medieval" turkey (duh)
Mashed potatoes*
Maple squash medley
Sweet corn bake
Green bean "French fries"
Some sort of dish involving Brussels sprouts (Erin's first Thanksgiving contribution, yay!)*
Candied sweet potatoes*
Sauerkraut and sausage*

Neck squash Pumpkin pie with cinnamon whipped cream
Motley vanilla ice cream

The only thing I am not looking forward to is cleaning the guest room. The guest room is the catch-all space for stuff we don't know what to do with. It has been strewn with clothes, shoes, and garb of mine for over a year now. The food dehydrator, solar oven, and cheese press live there when we're not using them. The door stays shut, so it doesn't usually matter. But this year, Bobby's family has a wedding to attend the day after Thanksgiving, so Bobby's grandmother is spending the night at our house on Thanksgiving so that she won't be alone. (We will feed her a turkey sandwich and put on a horror movie, and she will be happy. Mom-mom loves horror movies.) But this means that I have to clean the guest room, since we can hardly keep her in the basement. Meeeh. >:^Þ

In non-Thanksgiving-related news, both dogs Goldens have been to the vet within the last week. It looks like we'll have them around a while yet. Dr. Baker gave them both an A+. Alex weighs 79 pounds, and Lance weighs in at a miniature 66 pounds. (Awww.)

We have been experimenting with cheese-making in the House of Felagund for the past few months. We've successfully made mozzarella, chevre, and paneer. Tonight, we started our first hard cheese, a recipe called farmhouse cheddar. Well, Bobby did most--okay, all--of the work. (Actually, come to think of it, not quite. I picked a dog hair off the top of the cheese its first time out of the press. And I went and looked and made enthusiastic noises at the appearance of the cheese in its two times out of the press.) It took us a while to figure out how to use the cheese press. We are many things, but mechanically minded is not one of them. Tomorrow, it comes out of the press for good, sits for a few days, then gets waxed and aged for a month.

Also, I have a leopard-printed spider on my desk that Bobby bought me from Pier One around Halloween. I've yet to name her but, tonight, decided to name her Samara.

Okay, that's enough silliness about my life. To members of my LJ flist who are celebrating Thanksgiving this week, I hope you have a wonderful meal and even better company. Journey safely, if you're traveling. I am thankful to all of you for the support and friendship you give me throughout the year.

This post was originally posted on Dreamwidth and, using my Felagundish Elf magic, crossposted to LiveJournal. You can comment here or there!

  • Have a wonderful holiday!
  • You might like to check this recipe out. It's a butternut squash/apple bake. I tried it and I *really* liked it.


    I found it at vegrecipes. I am not vegetarian *yet* but I am making progress. I also collect GF recipes for my cousins.
    • Thank you! That looks delicious! Well, it says "butternut squash," too, in the title, which is usually a winner for me right there. (Butternut is my favorite veggie. :)
  • Happy thanksgiving to you too, darling.

    It sounds like you and yours are going to have a huge and amazingly yummy dinner. Enjoy!
  • I hope you really have a lovey Thanksgiving.
  • Have a great Thanksgiving, Dawn. I'm ready to roll also. Did my last big shopping yesterday. Kind of exhausted yesterday--unabe to tear my eyes away from the train wreck, but wanting to put it behind me.
    • Same here. I've kinda drawn my line in the sand, and I'm staying firmly behind it. This whole ordeal has been exhausting. I'm ready to wipe the slate clean and start over.

      Enjoy your holiday! *hugs*
  • "Medieval" turkey (duh)

    Somehow I'm now seeing a turkey running around in garb & cloak, swinging a wooden sword while singing dirty songs in Latin *snickers madly*

    Hope you have an awesome holiday!
    • Dude. That's awesome! :D

      Unfortunately, it's merely a recipe ... but quite a good one, I'm told, not having ever eaten it myself! But I rather like your version better. :)

      Thank you for the well wishes!
    • What makes it "medieval"?
      • Sing with me! "Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme!"

        The recipe Bobby found the first time we hosted Thanksgiving was called "medieval-style turkey." So we've just always called it "medieval turkey" since then. I've not researched if it actually is a period recipe, but it is apparently very good. :)
    • This is totally your fault. ;)

      You're welcome!
  • Have a great holiday and enjoy the food! It all sounds delicious (candied sweet potatoes caught my eye: I can imagine them)

    I picked a dog hair off the top of the cheese
    The story of my life: everything seems to have at least one dog or cat hair on it (or a thin silky layer where Angelica sleeps)
    • Thanks, Angelica! The candied sweet potatoes are very good. They're my dad's specialty. I'm not normally a fan of sweets, but they also include copious amounts of butter, so I can get behind that. ;)

      everything seems to have at least one dog or cat hair on it

      Lol! Yes, that's the story of life here too! :D And I obsess over hair. It drives me crazy. Bobby will be cooking something, and I'm on the other side of the kitchen, and will call, "STOP! There's a dog hair on the fork you're about to use."
  • Okay, we're changing our tickets and coming over right now. Save us two seats! ;-) Everything sounds delicious, especially pumpkin cheese soup (which we haven't tried to make yet).
    • We'll pull two more chairs up to the table! :D

      We're still planning to make the pumpkin soup when you're over, so if you don't get to try it before then, you will. ;) Anything else you'd like to try, let us know. We're already discussing menus for the time you'll be staying with us. O.O

      And it just occurred to me that the cheddar will be aged by then as well!
  • Hmmm icecream :) Have a fantastic time with family and friends Dawn!

    I am so glad to hear that the dogs are doing so great, which immediately prompts me (of course), how is Tyelko doing in the aquarium?
    • Would you believe that Celegorm is still alive?? We got him right after we came home from Puerto Rico, so I think he's probably about five years old by now. I keep expecting Bobby to tell me he found him floating one day, but he's hanging in there.

      I'll tell him you asked, which I'm sure will make him happy. ;)

      Thank you for the well wishes! If you and yours ever end up in this neck of the woods, I will for sure make some ice cream for your little one! :D
  • Happy Thanksgiving, Dawn! Actually, with that menu it could hardly fail to be happy--except I hope you've got some very sturdy handcarts!
  • My goodness, that's quite the menu. I'm going over to my SIL's to meet with a small portion of the larger family for dinner. I'll bring green beans almondine, sweet corn, French apple pie and whole berry cranberries. Everyone else will provide everything else. Easy peasy.

    Have a safe and joyous day of Thanks and arise refreshed on Friday morning.

    - Erulisse (one L)
  • That menu sounds fantasmic. I've never celebrated Thanksgiving in my life, but it sounds like such a wonderful holiday... if only for all that food, really, nom. :P I hope the cooking, prep & actual meal go splendidly!

    Also, I am fascinated by your cheese-making adventures. Is it a very time-consuming process?
  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    Also… homemade cheese sounds delicious.
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