Top Ten Thanksgiving Foods

For this addition of Adventures with Friends, I polled the group to determine what were the all time best Thanksgiving foods. There were some that were new to me, some that have never been absent from my Thanksgiving table. Here is the ranking:

10. Stove Top Stuffing: Not everyone’s cup of tea, for sure, but the familiar taste of un-messed around with Stove Top stuffing can be one of the most comforting comfort foods I have ever known.

9. Dinner Rolls: On a holiday that is all about the carbs, what can be better than bread itself?

8. Mashed Sweet Potatoes: When plain ole potatoes are no longer enough. It seems like every dish made of traditional potatoes now has a sweet potato counterpart that is quickly rising up the list of Thanksgiving favorites.

7. Sweet Potato Casserole: Another sweet potato favorite. Though some might say this is the dish that brought sweet potatoes to the table in the first place.

6. Potato Casserole (Also known as Party Potatoes): Potatoes, cheese, what more could you ask for?

5. Green Bean Casserole: The only honest to goodness vegetable to make the list, though by the time you are done it hardly looks like a vegetable. Exactly how Thanksgiving was meant to be.

4. Homemade Stuffing: Some would argue that it is not quite as good as Stove Top (just me then?), but for those who prefer ingredients that don’t come from a dehydrated box, homemade stuffing is the way to go.

3. Turkey: The traditional main dish. When you think of Thanksgiving, you think of turkey. There is no denying that. However, tradition does not seem to be enough for the old bird to win Thanksgiving.

2. Mashed Potatoes: Of all the potatoes that made the list. The old fashioned mashed potatoes are still the king of potatoes.

And the winner is…

1. Pumpkin Pie: I will admit, this one is my all time favorite. Clearly, I am not alone. If I had to forego every other item on the Thanksgiving menu for pumpkin pie, I would happily do so.

See You Next Week

Hey all,

I just wanted to let you know that I will not be posting this week because I have a show that I need to finish before I head out of town to put up at the end of the week. I hope to be back next week Monday, but it may be Wednesday depending on how the trip goes. I figured I would give everyone advance notice this time rather that just disappearing for a while.

See you next week!

To Soon?

The subject of when to put up Christmas decorations always seemed like a clear answer to me. After you finish all your Black Friday shopping, you take a nap (because you woke up around 2am) and then you turn on the Christmas music and decorate the house. From then until New Years, it is Christmas time.

For the last several years, it seems like the timeline keeps creeping forward. Black Friday shopping starts on Thanksgiving day. Most stores are now open at 6pm on Thursday, though some are open as early as 6am on Thursday morning. There use to be a magical moment when you would go shopping the day after Thanksgiving and suddenly everyone had Christmas stuff everywhere. Christmas came over night. Now it is far less magical. Christmas comes gradually. Some stores put everything out the day after Halloween. Some stores start in early October. Hobby Lobby starts in July.

I totally get that people decorate their homes on the day after Thanksgiving and therefore stores should begin selling decor prior to Thanksgiving. I also understand that the retail industry needs to pull out all of the stops in order to make their Christmas sales goal, but by bringing Christmas out too early, are we missing out on the holidays that fall has for us? Does the greedy side of Christmas overshadow Thanksgiving. Be thankful for everything you have, buy going out and buying more that you could ever need? Not to mention us suckers who miss out on the holiday all together because we are being forced to work on one of the most major holidays of the year.

I get being prepared for Christmas. Some think that by getting the shopping done early, you then have time to enjoy the holidays. And I can totally see that. Though for me, shopping is one thing that makes Christmas so special.

Christmas is my all-time favorite time of year. I love shopping for other people. I love the cold weather. I am still happy when it snows in March. I love that everything is festive and covered in glitter and lights. I love that everyone dresses up. I love that you see the family members that you haven’t seen in a year. I love that people make a point to see each other. I love the magic of Christmas that no other time of year can replicate. I say that I wish it was Christmas all year round, but wouldn’t that take away the feeling when you finally get to unpack all of the decor, turning on the music, watching your favorite movies?

I think the general consensus is that it is fine for the stores to start getting prepped early as long as they don’t overshadow the holidays that come before Christmas. Halloween and Christmas do not mix. Remember to be thankful for everything you have before rushing out to buy everything you don’t. And whenever you want to start celebrating Christmas, go for it, just be fair to those who like to wait. And a special request from one of my contributors, please only have your Christmas lights up from Black Friday through the week after New Years. People can avoid the stores, but they cannot avoid their own street.

Happiness Is… Using Your Brain

I have been out of school for two years now. The last time I was out of school for this long, I went back. I miss it. Not the politics of academia, but just sitting in a room of people discussing ideas and expanding my knowledge on topics that I do not tend to seek out on my own.

This month, I want to bring a little of that back into my life.

My goals for the month are to:

Read a non-fiction book. I love fiction. I could read fiction all day, especially anything that could be qualified as Chick-Lit. I do not make a habit of reading non-fiction despite the fact that I enjoy learning about new topics.

Read the news daily. I really hate the news. I don’t know why. Probably because it is so depressing. But I also hate not knowing what is going on in the world. I have subscribed to an email list called The Skimm, which I absolutely love. It takes all the news from the day and gives you the highlights in a condensed version. I try to read it every morning, but I have been slacking.

Read the articles in Vogue and Vanity Fair rather than just looking at the pictures. I love magazines, but I pretty much read a magazine for two reasons: entertainment news and fashion pictorials. These “fashion” magazines also have really incredible articles, but I rarely read them. I usually only look through them when I have a few minutes and am trying to unwind my brain rather that use it.

That’s it. That is the plan for November. I will be sure to let you know how it goes at the end of the month.