Thanksgiving 2018! The End of November.

Thanksgiving 2018!
The End of November. “Tempus fugit!”

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“Still Crazy After All These Years” – Paul Simon

HOLIDAY TRAFFIC in Los Angeles. This weekend will set new travel records!

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TravelTuesday in Los Angeles! 6pm at the 405 Freeway and Wilshire Blvd

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! A time to be thankful and grateful for all you have.
Celebrate with Family and Friends, but do not forget the less fortunate. Enjoy your bountiful feast, but remember there are many people who have nothing to eat.

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We always have too much food.
Thanksgiving Feasts!
“FOOD ORGY FESTS” from past years:

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Thanksgiving Turkey 2015

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We have documented our Thanksgiving for the last four years (2014-2017), so if you are interested in HOLIDAY TRADITIONS, you can read our previous Thanksgiving Blog Posts!

NOTE: There are MANY GREAT RECIPES available here on this Blog! Check them out!

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Thanksgiving 2018 (Bird #1) – Resting quietly before meeting its plate.

Are you ready for some NFL Thanksgiving Day Football? Always fun!

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EVERY D*MN YEAR!

Thanksgiving Football 2018! All day Thursday, NFL morning to night.

Thanksgiving Day Final Scores:
Chicago Bears 23
, Detroit Lions 16 (played in Detroit)
Dallas Cowboys 31, Washington Redskins 23 (played in Dallas)
New Orleans Saints 31, Atlanta Falcons 17 (played in New Orleans)

NOW LET’S GET COOKING!

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Burn Baby…………………. Burn.

“I dont’ want to sell anything, buy anything or process anything as a career.
I don’t want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed,
or process anything sold, bought or processed, or repair anything sold, bought or processed.” ~ John Cusack as Lloyd Dobler in the film “Say Anything”

TIME TO MAKE THE CHEESECAKE! (Back By Popular Demand)

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Thanksgiving 2015 – Grandma’s Cherry Cheesecake

ON THE MENU (the night before Thanksgiving): Thai Food for Wednesday Dinner – BBQ chicken, BBQ spareribs, Chicken Satay w/peanut sauce, Pad Thai noodles, fried rice, cucumber salad, mee grob noodles, and Thai iced tea to drink.
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Wednesday after midnight! Time to make the cheesecake!
And chocolate truffle & marshmallow brownies too.

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Time To Make The Cheesecake!

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Getting Baked! Cherry Cheesecake 2018 (in the oven)

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Frosty! Cherry Cheesecake 2018

NOTE: “No sleep ’til Brooklyn” We finished baking after 4am, the cheesecake cooled. and then we woke up early to refrigerate and then frost and decorate the cake. We tried to take an afternoon nap, but the dogs would not stop barking. The party was called for 4pm at the house, but people always show up early to prep and cook beforehand.

4pm TIME TO FEAST! 

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“Save us some white meat.”

TRADITION! We’ve been hosting the Thanksgiving Party for years and years. It’s a family affair with friends and guests of family and friends, so you never know who might be in attendance. The number of people varies each year, sometimes as few as 20, the record year was about 40. It’s always a major endeavor to prepare the party and all the food, and it’s usually also a group effort with people bringing prepared dishes, desserts and gift bottles of wine. As previously noted, the last four Thanksgivings are recorded in past Blog Posts with lots of pictures.

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THANKSGIVING FEAST 2018!

ON THE MENU: 2 Large Turkeys with gravy, 2 kinds of Stuffing/Dressing, Fresh Baked Challah Bread, Carrot-Butternut Squash puree, Corn Pudding, Asparagus, Brussel Sprouts, Vegetable Medley, Greenbean Casserole, Fruit Compote, Cranberry Sauce, Deviled Eggs, and Green Salad. Beverage choices: Wine, a selection of Single Malt Scotches (and other hard liquor), and soft drinks. And then Dessert: Grandma’s Cherry Cheesecake, Chocolate Cake, Apple Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip & Chocolate Chip Blondie Cookies, and Chocolate-Peanut Butter Fudge.

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THE AMAZING THANKSGIVING FEAST! Dinner and Dessert for 20 People.
(One year we had 14 different desserts for 20 people!)

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Mom baked a beautiful Challah! And it was delicious.

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(Homemade Fresh Baked) CHALLAH! (Bread)

AVOID A TURKEY DAY DISASTER!
Always cook with caution…… and a fire extinguisher.

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This year, the CDC and FDA have RECALLED ALL ROMAINE LETTUCE!
The food supply is vulnerable. Bureaucracy is impairing Public Safety.

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“WKRP in Cincinnati” – The “Turkeys Away” episode. A Thanksgiving Classic!

“Mr. Carlson comes up with a Thanksgiving promotional gimmick that involves a helicopter and live turkeys.” (with a wonderful homage to the Hindenburg Disaster)
SPOILER ALERT!

Recommended Classic T-Day Viewing:
The “Cheers” Thanksgiving Food Fight episode, John Candy and Steve Martin in “Planes, Trains & Automobiles”, and of course the “Addams Family Values” Thanksgiving Pageant.
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“I am a Turkey. Kill Me.”

Or there’s always the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade:
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ANOTHER TRADITION! (Arlo Guthrie sings “Alice’s Restaurant” LIVE)
HAPPY THANKSGIVING FRIENDS!
“You can get anything you want at Alice’s Restaurant!”
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From the Berkshire Eagle

Thanksgiving, an annual national holiday in the United States, celebrates the harvest and other blessings of the past year. The “First Thanksgiving” was celebrated in October 1621 by English colonists (the Pilgrims) of Plymouth, Massachusetts, and the Wampanoag people, after their first harvest in the New World. The feast lasted 3 days, and (as per a written account by attendee Edward Winslow) it was attended by 90 Native Americans and 53 Pilgrims.

The Continental Congress proclaimed the first national Thanksgiving in 1777.

NOTE: “They didn’t just Massacre a group of Indians and then have a feast to celebrate it there were so many massacres and so many feasts that George Washington created one single day for celebration. And that celebration isn’t celebrating a feast of mutual celebration it’s a celebration of multiple massacres. These massacres were the beginning of the genocide of the North American population.” – Glenn, telling the historical truth

Credit for our modern Thanksgiving goes to Sarah Josepha Hale, the editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book, a popular women’s magazine.  In 1827, she began a campaign to reinstate the holiday, she petitioned the Presidents, and finally succeeded in 1863 when President Lincoln declared two national Thanksgivings in 1863, one on August 6th celebrating the Civil War victory at Gettysburg and a second holiday for the last Thursday in November.

In 1939, Franklin Delano Roosevelt lengthened the Christmas shopping season by declaring a Thanksgiving holiday for the next-to-the-last Thursday in November. And two years later in 1941, Congress permanently established a national holiday on the fourth Thursday of the month. Happy Thanksgiving Americans!

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PUMPKINS!

Whitchurch’s First Law of Human Dynamics:
“The difficulty factor of any task is directly proportional to the number of people involved, squared. (1 person = difficulty factor of 1, 2 people = factor of 4, etc.)”

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Happy Thanksgiving 2017!

Happy Thanksgiving 2017!

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Thanksgiving Feast 2017

It’s the holiday season again, so that means it’s time for our annual Thanksgiving party and feast. It was warm and sunny, just another beautiful day in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles and Southern California, and time for a celebration. We always wonder why people want to face traffic and crowds to travel to miserable weather for the holidays when they can have summer here in late November and December!

We had about 20 guests this year (family and friends) and the party started an hour earlier at 3pm in the afternoon. The agenda for the evening (as always) is welcome, drinks and appetizers as the meal prep is finished, and then dinner and dessert served buffet style.

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Thanksgiving 2017 – Pretty Flowers!

Would you like to start with an adult beverage?

 

On The Menu: 2 large turkeys, 3 kinds of stuffing, corn pudding, creamed spinach, asparagus, cauliflower & brussel sprouts, garlic mashed potatoes, sweet potato & carrot puree, homemade challah bread, cranberry sauce, and dessert. I made Grandma’s Cherry Cheesecake (big hit!), a Costco apple pie, a pumpkin pie, 3 kinds of cookies, 2 kinds of fudge and lots of booze. We also baked cornbread & muffins (see our previous Blog Post) and froze them, but there was too much food so we didn’t serve them and they will be saved for another day (or days as there are 4 batches in the freezer). And there was a bread and hummus appetizer which we didn’t eat because who wants to fill up on bread and garbanzo bean paste before a fantastic meal like this?

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Thanksgiving Feast – dinner plate 2017

Pictures of the Thanksgiving Feast:

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Thanksgiving Feast 2017 – CHALLAH!

 

Desserts:

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Thanksgiving Feast – Dessert! 2017

We usually make our Grandma’s Cherry Cheesecake for the Thanksgiving Feast.

Last year we didn’t. So everyone asked about cheesecake and they were sadly disappointed… and then we got some good Jewish guilt for the holiday. This year, by “royal decree” we were instructed that there had to be cheesecake and we did some “midnight baking” without big mixing bowls (because they were all in use for meal prep). And so there was Grandma’s Cherry Cheesecake for dessert, and it was a Big Hit and everyone was very happy!

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Grandma’s Cherry Cheesecake 2017

Grandma’s Cherry Cheesecake recipe>
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Costco Apple Pie and a Pumpkin Pie too! (not pictured)

NOTE: We are so blessed to have it so good! We are so thankful for our friends and family, and the wonderful food we have to eat, and all the modern conveniences that are usually taken for granted everyday. We also think of the less fortunate living on our city streets without homes and food and hope you will too this holiday season.

Also Thanksgiving means NFL FOOTBALL all day long on a Thursday!

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Minnesota Vikings 30 – Detroit Lions 23

and the Halftime Spectacular Show at the Dallas Cowboys game:
(the Cowboys lost, but it was a helluva halftime show)

 

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Los Angeles Chargers 28 – Dallas Cowboys 6

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Washington Redskins 20 – New York Giants 10

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Thank you “South Park”

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stuffing in the oven – someone hit BROIL by accident, almost burned them all

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Turkey dinner leftovers for breakfast on Friday, so a toasted chicken&cheese sandwich for dinner and a piece of leftover pumpkin pie with whipped cream for dessert.
Happy Pie Day and Good Shabbos!

NOTE: The day after Thanksgiving is known as “pie day” around my house. Not to be confused with “Pi Day” on March 14, but it is a Friday and we always have leftover pie because everyone eats all our cheesecake….

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Leftover Pumpkin Pie with Whipped Cream


This Day In History: On Nov. 25, 1965, Arlo Guthrie took out the garbage…

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THANKSGIVING TRADITION! “ALICE’S RESTAURANT” by Arlo Guthrie
“You can get anything you want at Alice’s Restaurant (exceptin’ Alice)”


 

Happy Thanksgiving! Let’s Bake Cornbread!

Happy Thanksgiving!
Let’s Bake Cornbread!

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Fresh Baked Cornbread & Cornbread Muffins!

Cornbread recipe:

1/2 Cup Corn Meal
1-1/2 Cups Flour
1/2 Cup Sugar
1/2 Tsp Salt
1 Tbsp Baking Powder

2 Eggs (beaten)
3 Tbsp Butter (melted)
1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
1-1/4 Cup Milk

Optional: Add 1/4 Cup of Honey to the batter mix

Combine dry ingredients in large bowl.
Combine wet ingredients in medium bowl.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix well

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease muffin pan and/or baking dish with more vegetable oil
Use a ~1/4 cup of batter for each muffin (fill each ~2/3 full)
Bake for ~18-20 mins or until they pass the toothpick test
Let cool and enjoy.

NOTE: This is basically the recipe on the Corn Meal box, so make adjustments for taste, time and temperature as necessary. We also like to add stuff before baking.
And the pictures show the product of a Doubled Recipe, so there will be fewer muffins.

Cornbread with BACON, cheese and jalapeño!

6 strips of Bacon (cooked and diced into very small pieces)
2/3 small block Colby Jack Cheese (diced into very small pieces)
1/2 small can of Diced Jalapeños (diced again into very small pieces)

Add Bacon, cheese and jalapeño to the batter mix and bake!
Adjust baking time as necessary, usually a little longer.

TIP: Bake in advance and freeze.
Let muffins cool completely and FREEZE them.
Then thaw them out and warm them before serving on the day of the party.

Have a Happy Turkey Day!
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Cornbread & Cornbread Muffins with BACON, cheese and jalapeño!

Post-Playa Depression!

Post-Playa Depression!

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Black Rock Desert, Nevada

So, it’s been a month 2 MONTHS since we got back from our road trip….

We didn’t go to the L.A. Decompression event or any of the other local “Burning Man” related post-event activities. Instead we saw Pete Townshend’s Classical “Quadrophenia” at the Greek Theatre (see our previous Blog post) and went to the L.A. County Fair.

And we bought a NEW AUTOMOBILE!

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“You Get A Car!” – “You Get A Car!”

And then DEPRESSION set in….

There are almost finished Blog Posts almost ready to publish, and we can’t even finish them. We haven’t told the stories of Burning Man and the Total Solar Eclipse of the Sun.

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JoshWillTravel Eclipses the Sun!

We cleaned Vanessa (the van) and cleaned a bunch of stuff and did laundry, and then cleaned a bunch of stuff including our bike (which we didn’t leave on the Playa).

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We’re still not done cleaning stuff…. and we have too much stuff.

It’s raining!! It was raining briefly just now (4am Friday morning)

We were in Ashland, Oregon for a week, between the Eclipse and Burning Man, and have a few stories to tell. We lost most of our pictures from the first part of the trip when we crushed our iPhone and we’re still pretty bummed out about that.

We had such a good time on our summer trip and then we got home. We were SO HAPPY and we didn’t expect the post-adventure “return to real life” to be so difficult to process.

9 days in the desert and other “interesting” experiences during our 3 weeks on the road.

We haven’t been able to get stuff done. Feeling sad and lonely all the time….
except for our three dogs, who are our constant loyal and loving companions.

The current Government and political climate are also contributing to our depression and anxiety. There is no end in sight. We don’t even want to talk about it or blog about it.

If you are interested in politics,
please visit www.facebook.com/USADumpTrump 

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And it’s the Holiday Season…. Thanksgiving is next week!

Grandma’s Cherry Cheesecake recipe>
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Grandma’s Cherry Cheesecake – Thanksgiving 2015

 

We cooked a nice dinner tonight (Thursday).

On The Menu: Stirfry shrimp, sautéed asparagus, brown&wild rice and an iced espresso

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What’s for Dinner?

That’s all for now.
It’s Saturday afternoon, I’m going out on this beautiful day.
Posted on Monday Morning.


p.s. Saturday afternoon we found this painting at Goodwill while “Thrifting”:

 

We also found an unpriced PYREX pie plate and when I asked “how much?” they wanted $6.99, so we passed.

NOTE: Actually we found 2 Glasbake and one PYREX glass pie pans that weren’t priced and took them to the Manager who was standing nearby with a Clerk. He instructed her, “Go look these up in the Back and if they’re Pyrex jack up the price, jack it up.” This happened right in front of me. When she came back the 2 Glasbake pans were taped together and marked $4.99 and the PYREX pan was marked $6.99. So, NO THANKS.

We did buy this signed, original painting titled “Bernie Sanders and Moth Orchid” by Peter Gullerud for $7.99 though. He’s an ex-Disney animator and fine artist, who confirmed Sunday via email that it was indeed his work. SCORE!



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Shadow of a Man – Total Solar Eclipse in Madras, Oregon

#WineWednesday Again!

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Wine Tasting at the Belle Fiore Winery in Ashland, Oregon

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Wines, Single Malt Scotch and Tequila from Thanksgiving 2016

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Fine Wines and Finnish Chocolate from Thanksgiving 2015

 

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Happy Thanksgiving 2016!

Happy Thanksgiving 2016! “Tradition!”

Home for the Holiday!
Family Feast at Four O’Clock! 20 Guests for Dinner!

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Happy Thanksgiving! Still Crazy After All These Years!

Three days of preparation, many hours of cooking and finally it’s time to eat!

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THE FANTASTIC 2016 THANKSGIVING FEAST!

On The Menu: 2 big turkeys, 3 dressings (1 plain, 1 with fruit, 1 with fruit & nuts), cranberry sauce, gravy, home baked challah bread, asparagus, creamed spinach, creamed vegetables, sweet potato puree, garlic mashed potatoes, corn pudding, and then dessert… apple, pumpkin, pecan, lemon meringue and peanut butter pies, chocolate chip cookies and “blondies”, chocolate fudge and peanut butter rice krispies marshmallow crunch. And just a little liquor: red and white wine, single malt scotch and some Don Julio tequila.

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FABULOUS DESSERTS!

We’ve been trying to lose weight and have been successful in dropping 20 pounds since August (call it the “Puppy Diet”). Our Thanksgiving is one of the best meals of the year, so we allow for a little holiday indulgence. We only had one plate of food, didn’t drink alcohol, and had a coke with dinner and a couple cookies for dessert. And later, just a little leftover pumpkin and lemon meringue late night pie after midnight.

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Pumpkin, Pecan & Lemon Meringue Pies (Apple & Peanut Butter not shown)

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A Little Liquor: Red Wines, Single Malt Scotch & Tequila (Don’t Drink and Drive!)

NOTE: The Thanksgiving Food Party is annual tradition on the JoshWillTravel Blog!
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Thanksgiving dinner,
Our annual food orgy,
A friendly feast!

Thanksgiving (All-Day) NFL Football Tradition!

In addition to The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC (both of which we are boycotting and you should be boycotting Macy’s and NBC too!) and the big National Dog Show, there were THREE NFL FOOTBALL games on television today!

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Flashback Friday! Last year I made Grandma’s Cherry Cheesecake for Thanksgiving. This year I didn’t. So everyone asked about cheesecake and was disappointed… and I got some good Jewish guilt for the holiday.

Here’s the link to the recipe if you’re interested> http://wp.me/p3dhVM-1SV

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The Arlo Guthrie “Alice’s Restaurant” Tradition:

This year is the 51st anniversary of the story of how Arlo Guthrie and his friends “took out the garbage” on Thanksgiving.

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Gia, a Greyhound won “Best in Show” at the National Dog Show, a Thanksgiving Tradition (photo by Bill McCay/NBC)

The 15th annual National Dog Show, presented by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia. was held on November 19 & 20 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center and pretaped for NBC.

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The Big Dog Barking at Me (and the two little girls wonder why…)

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Friday Night Dinner: Leftovers! Open face turkey sandwich, dressing and gravy on challah bread, cranberry sauce, dill pickle and a coke (and then probably another nap)

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Happy Thanksgiving 2015!

Happy Thanksgiving 2015!

Thirty guests for the holiday feast this year! We host our large annual gathering of family, friends and friends of friends. Visitors to our home included folks from faraway places: Finland, France, Scotland, the Czech Republic and West Hollywood.

You can compare this year to last year’s pics (in the previous Blog post), it was another very good year for food. I am truly thankful for this bountiful feast and the family and friends I shared it with. I am truly thankful for many things, including you reading this blog!

Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving 2015 – A Dozen Beautiful Roses! “There’s gonna be a party tonight!”

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Thanksgiving dinner,
Our annual food orgy,
A friendly feast!

Preparations begin early in the week and continue all the way until the meal is served. The party was called for 4:00pm pst on Thursday and we always allow time for our guests to arrive before the dining commences.

The turkeys are thawed and prepared the night before. This year we had two 18 pound organic turkeys, seasoned with a herb & butter rub under the skin. One bird cooks at our house and the other at my sister’s kitchen. She also makes the garlic mashed potato, chocolate bread pudding and fudge. This year her vegetarian friend was visiting so they made the summer squash as well.

Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving 2015 – Turkey #1 BEFORE

Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving 2015 – Turkey #1 AFTER

Thanksgiving 2015 Dinner Menu:
Two 18 pound organic turkeys, gravy, two kinds of stuffing, garlic mashed potato, corn pudding, yam puree, asparagus, creamed spinach, mixed grilled vegetables, summer squash, fruit compote, cranberry sauce and cornbread muffins.

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Thanksgiving Feast 2015!

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Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving Feast 2015!

And there was some wine and other beverages:

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Thanksgiving 2015 – Wine and Finnish chocolate brought by our guests from Finland

Thanksgiving 2015 Dessert Menu:
Pumpkin, pecan and apricot pies (we also had an apple but didn’t bake it); chocolate chip cookies, 2 kinds of fudge, blondies, chocolate bread pudding & fresh whipped cream, Czech cake with marzipan, a chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream (someone brought a flourless chocolate cake but we didn’t even put it out) and Grandma’s Cherry Cheesecake!

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Thanksgiving 2015 – the Dessert Table is waiting!

I did a little baking the night before as I mentioned in the previous Blog post:

Thanksgiving 2015 - Baking (the night before)

Thanksgiving 2015 – Baking cornbread muffins & Grandma’s cherry cheesecake (the night before)

2 Dozen Cornbread Muffins and 1 Dozen Mini Cornbread Muffins:

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Thanksgiving 2015 – A Bowl Full of Cornbread Muffins!

And this year, by request, I baked my Grandma’s Cherry Cheesecake:

Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving 2015 – Grandma’s Cherry Cheesecake!

It was a great meal! And complete dessert overkill as usual. I had a full plate of tasty food for dinner and then only had a small piece of cheesecake and a couple pieces of fudge for dessert. And a good time and meal was had by all.

We have the whole process down and this year we used plastic (for dinner) and paper (for dessert) plates, so there was less to clean up and we saved some water in exchange for creating some additional trash.

I finished eating, helped with the clearing and clean up, watched the end of the Bears-Packers game and fell asleep. When I woke up, most of the final cleaning was done, the guests were gone and the tables and chairs were put away. So, BIG THANKS go out to my Step-Brother for helping out while I was napping!

It was an okay day for football. Detroit beat Philadelphia and Carolina beat Dallas, but Green Bay and Aaron Rodgers couldn’t finish and lost to Chicago, so I went 2 out of 3 on my picks. Bad news for Cowboy fans because Quarterback Tony Romo was seriously injured in the game and is out for the rest of the season. Sorry Bob.

Thanksgiving 2015 - Carolina Panthers vs. Dallas Cowboys

Thanksgiving 2015 – Carolina Panthers vs. Dallas Cowboys

Okay, we have “to go” boxes for our guests to take home leftovers from the feast if they are so inclined. I had cranberries with my brunch leftovers, but there wasn’t enough left for dinner the next day… we also sent most of the desserts home with our guests too.

Day After Leftovers for Brunch: turkey, stuffing, garlic mashed potato, cranberry sauce, gravy and cornbread muffins. (repeated for dinner without the cranberry)

Thanksgiving 2015 - Leftovers for Brunch the morning after!

Thanksgiving 2015 – Leftovers for Brunch the morning after!

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Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving 2015 – Pretty flowers on the dining tables too.

Happy Thanksgiving, Let’s Feast! What’s on the menu?

Happy Thanksgiving, Let’s Feast! What’s on the menu?

WISHING YOU AND YOURS A VERY HAPPY THANKSGIVING! CELEBRATE GRATITUDE!

It’s that time again. It’s TurkeyTime! This year we’re having 30 people for our traditional Thanksgiving dinner feast and then I’m invited to another smaller dinner party after that. It’s a fine time to be a foodie.

Pictures and the menu from last year’s feast: (see more in the previous Blog, link below)

Thanksgiving dinner menu: Roast turkey with gravy, cranberry sauce, garlic mashed potato, corn pudding, candied yams, carrot & yam puree, 2 kinds of stuffing, asparagus, brussel sprouts, creamed spinach and home baked challah bread. Red wine, white wine, coke, cherry coke and coffee to drink.

Thanksgiving 2014 (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Thanksgiving 2014 (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Thanksgiving Dessert menu: Apple-Pecan torte, Lemon cheesecake, Chocolate-mocha Parisian cake from Bea’s, Pumpkin cheesecake, 2 kinds of cookies, 2 kinds of fudge, and my sister’s Chocolate-Cherry bread pudding served with fresh made whipped cream.

Thanksgiving 2014 (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Thanksgiving 2014 (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

That’s our traditional menu, give or take a dish or dessert or two. I’ll be making Grandma’s Cherry Cheesecake and (maybe) cornbread muffins this year:

Grandma's Cherry Cheesecake!

Grandma’s Cherry Cheesecake!

Grandma's Cherry Cheesecake ingredients!

Grandma’s Cherry Cheesecake ingredients!

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Travel Tuesday! Where do you want to go?

It’s Travel Tuesday!

Time to make your travel plans for the Winter Holidays & New Years if you haven’t already!

Where do you want to go?

Will you be “Home for Thanksgiving”? Where is “Home”?

Are you planning on traveling for the Thanksgiving or Christmas Holidays?

Where will you go in 2016?

What destination is on top of your “bucket list”?

Where have you been that was so incredible that you want to return?

Think about it! Leave your comments below!

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12-13-14 New BLOG Posted!

13 December 2014 (posted Sunday 12-14-14)

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The last sequential date this century, made up of four sequential digits: 1, 2, 3 and 4.

You may be wondering “What happened to Part 4 of the Roadtrip?” (see previous blog)

Well, it’s been weird around here lately. Once again I apologize to my loyal readers for being absent from my own Blog and leaving the story unfinished…

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Lithia Park – Ashland, Oregon (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

I promise to continue the story of my trip to Ashland, Oregon very soon with tales of Lithia Park, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, antique shopping & fine dining in Ashland, Lake Tahoe, Nevada, Reno, Lakeland Village, Harrah’s, Harvey’s, the Montbleu, and the road trip home on US 395 south (a beautiful 8 hour drive through central California).

So, it’s December again. Hooray for the winter holidays and holy days.

Happy Christmas! – Happy Hannukah! – Happy Kwanzaa!

Happy Festivus! – and Happy New Year! (almost)

I wish you, my readers, a wonderful, safe and happy holiday season!

Ho! Ho! Ho! It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Ho! Ho! Ho! It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

I had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Home for the holiday in Los Angeles and shared a wonderful feast with family and friends. (see previous Blog – just posted)

There were two big storms in the last week here in Southern California, and another one expected on Monday. We’ve gotten a lot of good rain, and as they say “We need the rain”. There was also a SMALL TORNADO hit south Los Angeles and someone got it on video!

Here’s the link to KTLA’s New Report: http://ktla.com/2014/12/12/tornado-strikes-south-l-a-neighborhood-rips-roof-off-building-residents/

And the full video with censored commentary from ABC: http://abc7news.com/434831/

We have a lot of fresh snow in the local mountains and all across the United States. Crazy conditions in the midwest and northeast! Winter is finally here. Stay warm and dry!

Talked about the weather and I’m not going to Blog about Politics, War and Racism today.

NOTE: Please read my previous Blog: “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!” Today there were massive rallies across the country to protest the POLICE STATE, VIOLENCE AND ABUSE OF POWER. I will update my previous blog very soon, and will title it “I Can’t Breathe!”

St. Louis County Police Stormtroopers in Ferguson, Missouri

St. Louis County Police Stormtroopers in Ferguson, Missouri

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