Holiday T LOunge

Posted on November 27, 2013

As our American Kittens know, we are about to descend into a deep holiday hole filled with fats and carbs and then later, shopping, aka, Thanksgiving, bitches. Posting will be … well, nonexistent, really. Until Monday, when we come roaring back, full of piss and gravy (instead of vinegar). We’ll probably be really cranky too, because that will be the day our post Thanksgiving/pre-Christmas diet starts; the shortest, most pointless diet of the year, darlings.

But let’s not think about that. Let’s bathe in something gloriously fabulous.

 

Café Opera, Stockholm

Oh, yes. That’ll do.

We’re off to make cornbread stuffing for 35 people, darlings. Talk amongst yourselves. American Kittens? Happy Thanksgiving. International Kittens? We’ll make it up to you.

Who’s braving the stores on Friday? Or are you one of those annoying types who finished all their holiday shopping last May?

  • Kate Andrews

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING, CHARLIE BROWN!

  • Ginny Ellsworth

    I’m braving the weather to shop for a teenage boy we “adopted” for the holidays. I want to get him a range of clothing that will extend his wardrobe until spring. And a few nifty gifts!

    • Ginny Ellsworth

      Oh, wait….I’m shopping Friday not tomorrow! **head slap**. I might cyber crawl but won’t go to stores that are open on Thanksgiving. I’ve had to work too many holidays to get behind that.

      • Ginny Ellsworth

        I got down voted for not shopping on Thanksgiving??? You have got to be kidding me! *snort** too funny!

    • Aidan B

      Good for you! Good luck out there!

    • MilaXX

      Same lifehacker article I mentioned upthread says Monday after Black Friday is best day for clothing sales.

  • Sarah

    Nay to the shopping. I have to work until nine, then make hors d’oeuvres for 14 before tomorrow morning. But I am engaged to a chef, so I am having him bring home 3/4 of them from his restaurant tonight. Not much complaining for me to do, really.

    • Ginny Ellsworth

      What kind of hors d’oeuvres? I was looking for another veg to make for dinner and had decided on baking small red potatoes when I drove around the crazy bend. My husband’s Mom is coming for dinner and she is Jewish. So, we are making latkes! if I don’t set the house on fire. I’ve never made them before.

      • Sarah

        Well, the fella works at an Asian fusion restaurant, so he’s contributing sushi (only rolls, not anything too “out there”). I what I’m making are these little jobs I learned from Mom, which are ham and cream cheese pinwheels with asparagus in the middle. And I think I’ll throw in a cheez log for the kids. Good luck with your latkes!

        • Ginny Ellsworth

          Ohhhh, that’s neat. My husband would love the idea of sushi and asparagus as starters. Maybe next year. Thanks for the idea!!

        • zenobar

          Not gonna lie, I’d totally be vulturing around that cheez log with the kids.

          Your hors d’oeuvres sound magnificent. Ever try salami, spread with cream cheese, wrapped around a green onion? It’s like a meal unto itself. And, y’know, low carb. (heh)

          • kimmeister

            That sounds awesomely simple and simply awesome. One of my faves are pigs-in-a-blanket with a twist – spread the crescent roll dough with dijon mustard and cranberry sauce before wrapping a little weenie up in them.

          • zenobar

            YUM. Sounds so good, and I’m so hungry (I don’t eat much the day before Thanksgiving: makes me feel pious and justifies my annual stuffing feeding frenzy).

            Oh, I do so love hors d’oeuvres. Highfalutin, down-home, and everything in-between.

          • Sarah

            My mother was the Queen of Appetizers. She was a fancy man’s wife, therefore had an arsenal of entertaining recipes. I always got to help make them, and stuff my pudgy childhood face with them at the same time. Glorious memories :)

          • formerlyAnon

            Sister! For about 10 years of my childhood my parents did a lot of work-related entertaining, from dinner party for 3 couples to blowout cocktail party for . . . dozens? More? The olives & celery I stuffed, the little things I wrapped in other little things! It being the olden days, the ashtrays I washed.

          • Sarah

            The worst for me was wrapping chicken livers in bacon. Eeew!

          • formerlyAnon

            Nothing that opened up the opportunity for snitching bacon was ever “eeew”!. Even if it had to be unwrapped from liver and the cooked liver discretely disposed of.

          • Sarah

            The bacon was raw, the liver was raw, and I was too young to figure out how to filch & cook. So, it seemed gross to me. But yes, I see your point.

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            Bleurgh. When I do those (which are delicious, although I can understand if you are sceptical!) the livers are fried gently in butter, then stuffed into prunes and wrapped in bacon and grilled.

          • Sarah

            I WAS wee, and it was 30 years ago. I might be more inclined to try it again, but yours sound better ;)

          • BrooklynBomber

            Was there any Sterno involved in any of this?

          • formerlyAnon

            Ha! My mom had a very sensitive nose and couldn’t bear the smell of Sterno, so we made do with electric chafing dishes occasionally and precision timed relays of trays in & out of the oven.

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            Because it is usually just me & my husband, so we can’t really justify a full catastrophe spread at Christmas, we’ve started to spread it out over two days. Christmas eve we nibble on the fancy hors d’oeuvres all day (blinis with salmon roe and cauliflower skordalia, mini Melba toasts with blue cheese mousse and marinated baby figs, quail scotch eggs etc) and on Christmas day we’ll have a big roast beef or goose or something. Hors d’oeuvres are the best.

          • kimmeister

            Holy smokes, you really are a foodycat, aren’t you!

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            Oh yes. My mum reckons I was the most food obsessed toddler she ever met.

          • zenobar

            Hear hear! (said through a mouthful of baked Brie)

          • Qitkat

            I had to look up skordalia, sounds yummy, along with all your other goodies. Good thing we’re all enjoying this in cyberspace, as you ‘might’ have a hoard of hungry bitter kittens crying to fed at your doorstep ;-)

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            And they would be very welcome!

          • Sarah

            For the record: I made the ham pinwheels, and the salami jobs. First: Salamis. I made those, then had salami left over when I ran out of filling, so I ate a huge salami and cheddar sandwich. Then I moved on to the ham things, and I gave my catz some ham halfway thru ’cause I ripped a piece, and happy holidays of course. They then tried to rip my pants off while I completed the job. (Note to self: do not feed four cats ham while cooking! Cats LOVE ham! In an alarming way!)

          • zenobar

            Re: salami sandwich. As Wilford Brimley would say, it’s the right thing to do.

            Re: cats/ham. I too have lived this. My previous cat, normally a very mild-mannered and well-behaved boy, once boldly stole a slab of Christmas ham right off the kitchen counter. He only managed to drag his kill halfway across the dining room before giving in to his pink master – he couldn’t take the temptation any longer, said “screw this, it’s Christmas, dammit”, and hunkered down to devour it in plain view of the humans in the room. I’m pretty sure his eyes were rolling back in his head.

            Have a marvelous day!

          • Qitkat

            I love sweet funny kitty stories like this. Happy TG!

          • kimmeister

            Last year, I had just placed a freshly made cheesecake on the kitchen table and turned my back for a second, when suddenly I discovered my new kitten licking a hole right in the middle! Good thing the lil rascal didn’t get sick.

          • Munchkn

            That reminds me of the time years ago when we found a cat’s paw print in the pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving. The pie had been covered with a dishtowel so we ate the pie anyway.

          • Sunraya

            Not trying to top your kitty story, but we once left our Great Dane with 3/4 of a ham on the table for a few minutes, The entire ham went missing. The Dane had a belly ache for days. :)

          • Sarah

            Ha, funny that you’d say that, because I just got back from the grocery on my dinner break, and I decided to do the one that went with the ham pinwheels, too – hard salami spread with Kraft Roka blue cheese spread rolled up into little cones. Delishis.

          • zenobar

            I’m making Homer Simpson drool-gargling noises thinking about it.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            this reminds me of my sister-in-law’s Pennsylvanica version: thinly sliced Lebanon bologna with cream cheese

          • zenobar

            I think this particular thread can be summed up in one sentence: “Bring me your finest meats and cheeses!”

        • 3boysful

          Late to the party, but Sarah–try throwing horseradish into the cream cheese and rolling the ham around pickled okra (in jars–Talk O’Texas is the brand I am familiar with). They are universally beloved. Slice the ham lengthwise as the pickles are not long enough for the width of the slice.

          • Sarah

            Sounds good! I will definitely but it on my list for next time :)

      • alyce1213

        Don’t worry about the latkes, they’re more forgiving than you’d think. Just make sure the oil is hot enough so they’re not greasy. Have fun.

        • Ginny Ellsworth

          *furiously writing down latke notes* Spiffy! I think my Mom in law will be tickled that we tried.

        • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

          It’s true. And squeeze the living crud out of them to get the liquid and starch out.

          • Ginny Ellsworth

            Okay. *more notes*. This is going to be way fun!

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            AND – and this is really important – DO NOT TOUCH THEM until you see bubbles start to come up through the middle of them. If you try to move the pan or flip them before they have set properly you will have a mess on your hands.

          • filmcricket

            If you don’t have a food processor, go buy yourself a cheap one that shreds. It will make SUCH a difference to the preparation. And enjoy! Latkes are the bomb.

          • kimmeister

            Food processors are even better than sliced bread. I can hardly go a day without using mine! Among my most useful kitchen tools, right up there along with my silicone oven mitt shaped like a monkey’s head.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I still remember the first time I used my Cuisinart-it was practically a religious moment!
            BTW-the monkey’s head shaped oven mitt sounds awesome!

          • kimmeister

            The monkey mitt was one of the wedding gifts I received! I went back to the store (it had been on our registry) and was dismayed they no longer carried the item. Years later, I found a similar frog head at another store and bought it, but it is not as thick as monkey. Poor monkey is lonely.

      • Jackie4g

        Um, just for the future, you do not have to reinvent the wheel. Both Streits and Manischewitz ( pronounced Man I shev its) make a boxed latke mix and if you follow the directions and get your cooking oil hot enough, they are both a very good product, with the slight edge going to Streits. Also, those small pre-packed 6 pack cups of non-sweetened (or sweetened) applesauce are perfect for dipping. Of course, some folks prefer sour cream. I like applesauce. Have a wonderful celebration.

        • EveEve

          If you’re near a Trader Joes, it has very good pre-made latkes. I make my own from scratch with my grandmother’s recipe, but my kids get the TJ ones when they need a latke fix far from home.

          • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

            Long live Trader Joe’s!

        • Ginny Ellsworth

          My mother in law used the box mix to make her latkes the day before. Ours turned out wonderful but I’m buying a box as an insurance policy for the next time. These were good enough to make again just because!

      • Glenn Johnson

        I’m hijacking the hub’s account. Techno gadget boy used the Cuisinart I bought him last Christmas to make AMAZING latkes! His mom had made the box mix the night before. I don’t know how they tasted but the ones Glenn made were worth every bit. And we coped with a busted sink halfway through the day. Thank Gravy he did prep work on Wednesday. Happy Thankshaunnakah!

        • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

          Result!

        • Qitkat

          Busted sink reminded me of the year my husband put 5 pounds of potato peelings down the disposal the day before Thanksgiving. We had to cope with no usable sink the whole day and get the plumber in the day after. I coulda wrung his foolish neck.

          • formerlyAnon

            I am so lucky. I was in my 40s before someone told me the disastrous effects that potato peelings can have on plumbing. Fortunately the house I was in during my 30s & prime major entertaining years was old, and though the plumbing was precarious, the disposal was broken for so long during a cash flow crisis time that I got out of the habit of using it. Otherwise I would have found that one out much earlier, and exactly as your husband did.

          • Ginny Ellsworth

            I think I’m the one who killed it by tossing in the orange pith along with the rind. My mechanically adept husband got half the sink fixed on Friday and we can at least use the dishwasher as well. If it had been me, we would have had to detonate the sink.

    • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

      Happy TGiving, Doll. Your menu sounds divine!
      xoxo
      a-

      • Sarah

        Same to you, AA!

    • Qitkat

      Happy Thanksgiving Sarah. I’m so jealous your special guy is a chef. That is a true blessing. Have a great day.

      • Sarah

        You too Qitkat! Hope you and yours have a wonderful day :)

  • OrigamiRose

    Happy thanksgiving, darlings. I am not fond of shopping when it is busy and have never dared deal with day-after crowds. I’ll be queuing up “Sherlock” and nursing a hangover instead :)

    • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

      I was once dragged to a Black Friday midnight event. After I showed my MIL and SIL, every item in their hands could be found online at same discount price, we dropped out shit and headed out. I’ll never understand the appeal.

      • OrigamiRose

        If I was guaranteed to have Benedict Cumberbatch as my cashier, I’d defintely make the time to go shopping on Black Friday. But yes, having worked in retail advertising, I can’t tell people enough how much bullshit the ads are. The big ticket, draw-you-in-items? Maybe they have five on-hand. It’s not worth the effort. Stay home and comfy, the bucks you think you are saving are not worth the energy.

        • decormaven

          My dear mother-in-law believed the hype of a department store Black Friday ad that promised the chance of a drawing for a $500 gift card. To humor her, we got up and stood in line outside in the freezing pre-dawn hours, only to find out the drawing was spread out among the store’s many chains. Total ripoff. I refuse to participate in any further shenanigans.

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

      The screening dates for season 3 have been released – this is very exciting.

  • random_poster

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, TLo!

  • MilaXX

    I’m cyber shopping all the way. The crowds both irritate and scare me. I have one small run to do & that’s to pick up a ship to store item.

    • Sarah

      I’m with you. Cyber shopping, and maybe one trip down my local shopping street, to try and support the folks around where I live. But I can do that on foot, and hit the bars in between shops, so it isn’t bad.

      • Ginger

        You sound like my kind of shopper. I detest shopping in general and crowds even more than shopping, so we’re hitting a state park for some riding and hiking instead.
        Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!

        • Sarah

          Sounds nice! Yes, I’d rather gouge my eyes out than go to a mall. And that’s not hyperbole. I’m going to Monticello with my nephews on Friday. History, plus scenery, plus a gift shop that probably has something suitable for my difficult-to-buy-for father. Excellent.

          • Julie Ree

            Happy Thanksgiving to all my Fellow BKs! The hubby and I are going the online route as well. Too many years working retail. 1 year of retail = 7 years in a non-service job. My BFF and I equate this to dog years! So I am pretty much done with the mall.

          • Sarah

            I think everyone should have to serve one year in retail and one in food service, like the Israelis have to serve in the army. Just so they know the truth, and stop treating people like crap.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I agree. I spent 4 months cooking Colonel Sanders’ Kentucky-fried Chicken and working the counter at our local fast food joint(Ginos’, a Baltimore-based version of McDonald’s), and it was an eye-opener.

          • Sarah

            I spent a very unpleasant year as a dishwasher, only to be fired because I read the tiny Excel spreadsheet schedule one line under my name and thought I had the day off. (Nobody called me, but the manager had to wash dishes, so out I went.) Screw that jazz. I tipped 30% when they said you should tip 15, and I still tip extra, because in case people don’t know: minimum wage for a waitress is like three bucks. Ridiculous.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            One of my lasting memories from my days in Fastfoodland was listening to one of the managers asking, in all seriousness, a woman who was a single mom, why she deserved a raise.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            One of our nieces is a bartender, and she has schooled her family on tipping properly.

          • kimmeister

            I was at dinner once with a total thug (he owed me big time for doing all the work for our final project in our capstone business course). He was violent tempered and a total idiot, but I was shocked at how pleasant he was with the wait staff and the generous tip he left. Turns out he used to work in food service and knew exactly what gets done to the food of rude customers.

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            I think that is a brilliant idea.

          • decormaven

            Hear, hear! Although I treasure the days spent as a record store clerk in the mall, selling innocent grannies Kiss albums for the kiddies. (Yes, chillun, there was something called a record store, back when dinosaurs roamed the earth…)

          • Ginny Ellsworth

            That is my threat to my 15 year old. Add to that a year in babysitting.

          • EveEve

            It does have a lovely gift shop. I went once bought some trinket, and ended up on the mailing list for mail order catalogs for decades after that, despite never buying another thing.

          • Peeve

            Right there with you on the mall shopping. Managed a mall store right out of college. After a year of 80-hour weeks, I avoid malls like the plague. Especially during the Christmas season. Love cyber-shopping, hate malls!

            On that message of good cheer, Happy Thanksgivukkah to all the Bitter Kittens!

        • decormaven

          Fellow hiker- happy trails to you!!

      • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

        As the owner of a small gift shop, I must remind you about the American Express Shop Small Business Saturday. It’s this week. If you register your Amex card on their web site and purchase a minimum of $10 at a local registered store, you’ll get a $10 credit on your statement.

        Pardon the commercial, but I’m so grateful to them for this program. I really appreciate their trying to help out us little folks.

        • Sarah

          Oh, that’s a great program. Unfortunately, if I applied for an Amex card, they’d send a nattily appointed man to come and slap my poor white trash ass in the face for presuming to even attempt such a ridiculous thing. As the folks at the Ren Faire like to say, Master Card and Lady Visa have already booted me from their circle of friends. I keeps it real with the cash money, these days.

          • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

            The recession has also put me in the position of having to pay cash. It really changes your perspective when you are forced to only spend what you have on hand instead of loading up the plastic.

          • Sarah

            Oh, my perspective is one of lifelong penury, believe me. I’m trying desperately to finish a degree (despite my thesis abstract being rejected, my advisor assuring me that that one last class would be available next semester, but it turns out it ISN’T, and a general late-in-the-game malaise) that will place me in the prime position to begin paying off an obscene amount of student loans. At least my hoopty is paid off.

          • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

            Hoopty?

          • Sarah

            Vehicle which is in poor condition: slang for.

          • Pennymac

            Oh, how I love you for this, Sarah…..

        • Coolekat

          That’s great to know. Thank you.

  • alyce1213

    I’m making southern corn pudding for 24 New Yawkers. For the past several years, I’ve avoided big stores for holiday shopping and give my business to small, local shops. There’s a great holiday market with specialty vendors at Union Square for Chanukah gifts and stocking stuffers (we do both) — a little pricey, but they have unique and beautiful things.
    Gorgeous lounge today. Happy Thanksgiving to all and Happy Chanukah to those concerned.

    • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

      Happy Happy
      xoxo
      a-

      • alyce1213

        Same to you!

    • formerlyAnon

      Go you! I was raised by Yankees mostly in the south, so I loved but never made corn pudding till I was maybe 30 – and then angels sang! It is THE potluck dish – easy, foolproof, and all of one’s healthy friends and family devour it like velociraptors with a fresh kill because, not having made it themselves, they can pretend they don’t know about that butter in there.

      • Sarah

        Me too! Parents from CT, but I grew up in VA, GA, and FLA. Moving out of my Yankee kitchen house and discovering sausage gravy, corn pudding, biscuits, and all the things you can do with pork was like being born again. And now I have family in the west, so I got to discover green chiles at breakfast, so I can’t wait to see what’s next!

        • formerlyAnon

          Pork is why I have never been able to commit to vegetarianism. The sole reason.

          • Sarah

            I used to do what I called “Vegetarian Springtime” for about six or seven years straight. I’d just quit with the meat from like March to June. Good for slimming down for summer, and for one’s cholesterol. Couldn’t commit for the whole year, though, because chickens are food, and you know – bacon.

  • Adrianna Grężak

    It’s just my mom and me, and as Polish immigrants we never established meal traditions or host a large family gathering. We just eat turkey instead of chicken alongside mashed potatoes and canned cranberry sauce. I suspect tomorrow morning I’ll be wondering why I’m standing at a bus stop in 3 degree windchill to visit my Polish mother for a non-religious, American holiday.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

      Ha! Same here. We Poles save the festivities for Xmas Eve and Day.

      Sometimes The Family got together for a meal. One time my mother brought something American: sweet potatoes with marshmallows on top. Boy, did she get an earful from everyone for making something so disgusting, ruining perfectly good sweet potatoes.

      • Adrianna Grężak

        lmao! I still think my American boyfriend doesn’t believe me that a lot of American food is overly sweet. I was completed disgusted by the candy here and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches when I immigrated – why is something sweeter than dessert served for lunch?

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

          On the other hand, many of my immigrant relatives were impressed with the easy availability of so many foods. My grandmother would serve us strawberries with a side of sugar for dipping. If we ate the strawberries without dipping into the sugar, she would scold us, and tell us that we should be grateful we can have sugar any time we want in America.

          But I do love the more “bland” type of cookies and pastries I grew up with. Not many of my coworkers understand. I’ll take faworki before chocolate-covered things.

          • Adrianna Grężak

            I think my grandmother was similiar, I suspect she was excessive with food when she lived in USA b/c she knew how it was to be without. My mom on the other hand believed everything was unhealthy – she wouldn’t even use salt.

            All my adult relatives had a tough time adjusting to the food here, including produce. We immigrated in 1995 but I remember my aunt couldn’t eat the food when she came in 2002 and my mom was telling her that they all experienced the same thing b/c of the amount of chemicals and processing.

            18 years later I’m still picky with desserts. Luckily I have easy access to Prince Polo! (I live in NYC)

          • kimmeister

            My mom always got mad at me for refusing to eat raisins, since they were expensive delicacies to be treasured where she grew up.

        • SouthernGirlRena

          I took a 2 week trip to Israel a few years ago. When I got back, I couldn’t eat desserts because they tasted like pure sugar. Everything else tasted too heavy and complicated (way to sauced, salted, and cheesy, etc.) I still use much less sugar that what most recipes call for.

          • Adrianna Grężak

            I truly realized just how sweet things are and how much our body adjusts our taste buds when I changed my diet after college and lost over 40 pounds. I used to drink 5 cans of orange soda a day, and now I can’t touch it. I frequently get frustrated. I like Doughnut Plant (in nyc) a lot, but a lot of their non-chocolate donuts just taste like sugar to me.

    • Munchkn

      We had dinner on the day after Thanksgiving with my aunt and uncle, my cousin who I’d not seen in too long and a delightful young woman from Poland. She’s made this great bread as part of dessert. She could teach Polish cooking classes. I’d love to for her to teach me how to make pierogi.

  • zenobar

    “…that will be the day our post Thanksgiving/pre-Christmas diet starts; the shortest, most pointless diet of the year, darlings.” Truer words were never spoken. But hope springs eternal.

    I’m not hosting this year, but for tomorrow’s family feast I’m making not one, but two decadent recipes from Food & Wine – sausage and apple stuffing bites as an appetizer, and (oh Lord have mercy) a salted caramel pie. With a pretzel crust. In all honesty, the pie may never make it out of my house. Don’t judge, there’ll be at least three other pies there.

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Toast and jelly beans for everyone!

    • Sarah

      I am coming to take yer pie. *sneaks thru cyberspace*

      • Ginny Ellsworth

        Can I have a taste?!

    • Bethany NS

      Ohhhhhh, I so need this recipe. Food&Wine you say?

      • zenobar

        Yep – just google “food & wine salted caramel pie” – looks pretty simple, though time will tell. I’m substituting crushed pretzels for the graham cracker crust to counterbalance the sweetness.

        Although, one could probably spread a layer of chocolate ganache atop the baked crust, and let that cool before adding the filling…just saying.

        • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

          Or maybe just brush some melted chocolate over the crust?

          • zenobar

            Yes, that would be the more sensible way to do it! I tend to make things more complicated than they have to be :) Although I do love watching the chocolate melt into the warm cream.

        • Ginny Ellsworth

          Cool?

          • zenobar

            I’ll save you a slice if you keep back a latke or two for me.

          • Ginny Ellsworth

            Deal!

        • MilaXX

          See I think I’d try ½ chocolate graham and ½ pretzel to add another layer of choclatey goodness, but also a more salty contrast.

          • zenobar

            I didn’t even think about chocolate graham crackers! Next time I’ll give that a whirl. Thanks for the idea!

            I finished the crust (pulverized pretzels, butter and brown sugar) and my daughter and I ate the surplus straight out of the bowl with a spoon. The filing is bain-ing in the oven and the house smells like a bakery. I feel a Thanksgiving tradition coming on!

          • MilaXX

            A chocoholic always thinks of chocolate first!

        • Tippi123

          I felt inspired by your post and tried the recipe myself. Alas… it didn’t quite work out. :s My filling was still quite runny after 2 hours, so I gave it an extra 30 min in the bain-marie. Then I poured it onto the cookie base but apparently it was still too runny. It didn’t set enough over night in the fridge. This morning I had a couple of spoons of my “pie soup”. Well, that was delish! But oh, so sweet! I definitely know now what people are on about when they say American desserts are rather on the sweet side of things (I’m German). My wannabe pie wasn’t firm enough to be cut; I didn’t even dare to remove the springform tin. What’s your experience? Did the bain-marie work for you? I was thinking to boil the condensed milk in its tin next time. Like you would do for banoffee pie. That works pretty well.

    • MilaXX

      Mmmm salted caramel pie with pretzel crust.

      • Ginny Ellsworth

        We took the oldest son to Costco with us this weekend (Friday afternoon was not so crazy) and he loves the sample ladies. Sam is disabled and they always sneak him seconds no matter what the sample is. This time they had caramel pretzel bites dipped in chocolate. OMG! He practically snatched it out of my hand and I turned to look and my husband was stuffing his face as well!!! I know what two people are going to get in their stockings from Santa!

    • decormaven

      We’ll need a report on that pie. That sounds divine.

      • zenobar

        Truly, if it turns out it’ll be like sex on a fancy little china plate. (Or out of an aluminum baking tin…I’m not picky.)

        • kimmeister

          I googled the recipe and printed it out. It already sounds better than the “is it really better than sex?” cake recipe that I’ve made before.

    • Ginger

      Sweet baby Jesus does that pie ever sound amazing! I think my ass just grew 3 sizes by reading that.

    • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

      Salted caramel pie? Shall I email you the directions to my house? Yummmmmmmy!!

      Happy Thanksgiving Darlin’
      xoxo
      a-

      • zenobar

        Aww! To you and yours too! :)

  • EverybodysStarling

    Dear american bitter kittens, have a happy thanksgiving!

  • StellaZafella

    God blintz us, everyone! Happy Thanksgivukkah, to TLo and ALL the BK’s!

    • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

      mmmmmmwah!

  • KinoEye

    Happy Thanksgiving to my favorite gay uncles, and to all bitter kittens, far and wide! I’m thankful for your fabulosity and snarkiness, in equal measures. And nope, no shopping for me. Too many loonies out and about.

  • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

    Happy Thanksgiving! And Chanukah Sameach! I am co-opting Thanksgiving this year, because I have an idea for a dessert that I think will rock.

    • alyce1213

      Please share idea.

      • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

        It is still in its infancy, but I *think* pumpkin bourbon babas will be the bomb – little yeast-raised cakes flavoured with pumpkin and spice, soaked in a honey bourbon syrup. I haven’t yet decided if they should be served with cream or ice cream.

        • Sarah

          MMmmmm. I’d vote for cream, meself. But then, I’m a whole-milk drinkin’ dairy-fat lover.

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            Yeah, that was kind of what I was thinking. And I do prefer ice cream on warm desserts. Nice, thick, double cream oozing into the boozy syrup.

          • Sarah

            Yeessssss. I is rubbing my hands together all of a sudden in my cubicle, and I’m not even having this dessert.

        • alyce1213

          Swoon worthy, I love babas.

        • EveEve

          Grill them in lots of butter, and serve hot off the griddle with ice cream.

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            They need to soak up the syrup over night though!

        • formerlyAnon

          Holy god, that sounds good.

          I’d vote for softly whipped cream, no sugar but just a tiny drop of vanilla.

          MMMmmmmmmm. Report back.

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            It won’t be bourbon, I couldn’t get any. It’ll be Jack Daniels Honey. And I am definitely on board with the vanilla whipped cream!

          • formerlyAnon

            At the risk of being repetitive: MMMmmmmMMM!

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            They are soaking in their syrup and they smell GOOD.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

            Couldn’t get bourbon?? In what kind of heathen place do you live! (Or in what kind of boozy place do I live, with liquor stores all over the place.)

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            It’s the quality of the cook, not her location I’m afraid. I was too lazy and disorganised to go to the 2 or 3 shops within walking distance that stock Makers Mark, and the people who do my online grocery delivery don’t stock bourbon.

  • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

    I’m making my mom’s meat stuffing for my boyfriend’s family. It’s got a pound of ground beef and a pound of ground pork in it. Divine decadence,

    • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

      Never enough meat!

      We are having pork loin with biscuits for breakfast, then the kitchen is off limits until Turkey time at 3. We’ll set out some assorted cheese, crackers and salamis to fend off the munching kids.

  • SewingSiren

    I need to figure out how to get out of inlaws coming here and getting to go somewhere where I just cook one dish. Today I am making most of the side dishes, stuffed sweet potatoes, cous-cous stuffing, cranberry sauce,and brussel sprout salad. Also made a pumpkin pie and a mincemeat pie this morning. Tomorrow I roast the turkey and make a zucchini dish. I am so over food at this point.

    • decormaven

      Bless you! It’s the karma wheel; one day you will be the guest at the holiday meal. Hold fast to that thought. But do grab a moment to admire all your handiwork before the knives, forks and spoons descend.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      You’ve got my undying respect to hosting and cooking that menu, m’dear.May the karma wheel spin your way and give you the gift of being a guest next year!

    • BrooklynBomber

      I made cookies. I left them in the oven too long, but too bad. We’ll bring those and bubbly drinks and that’s that.

    • formerlyAnon

      The ONLY way is to get divorced or to acquire sisters-in-law more geographically convenient or more enthusiastic. Does your husband have brothers who might oblige? And even then, I promise you there will someone who is convinced that moving the feast from your house might offend you dreadfully and will argue against it, in all sincerity.

      Family.

  • TonyGo

    Making Chocolate Icebox Pies from a recipe finagled from Luby’s Cafeteria. Because I want them in my mouth. Sharing them begrudgingly. Big nay on the shopping thing. Happy Turkey Day y’all.

  • kimmeister

    I’m Vietnamese and the hubby is Mexican, so neither of us grew up with particular meals dedicated to the 4th Thursday of November. I will, however, be attempting to make pupusas and pastel de tres leches. If they turn out well, man oh man will I have some bragging rights, because all of our Latino friends go gaga over those.

    I have been in dire need of upgrading my cell phone for months, but simply haven’t had the time. I think I will have to brave the Verizon store on Friday. I hope it’s not a popular place for gift shopping on Black Friday.

    • SewingSiren

      Back when I lived in NYC one of my favorite Christmases was with friends , we had Japanese, Korean, Puerto Rican and Mexican food that was traditional to Christmas, but not a turkey in sight.

      • kimmeister

        Fusion meals are the best!! At my house we might have a Japanese main dish, Indian side dish, and French dessert. Why limit yourself when there is so much variety?

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

      I went to a Vietnamese supper club last night, and the bún bò Huế was so delicious I would eat that at every holiday meal forever. But good luck with the Mexican food!

      • kimmeister

        You get 300 points for using the diacritical marks! The only Vietnamese food I know how to make are egg rolls and a modified version of bánh xèo. Pupusas are actually from El Salvador and I’ve only had them once or twice, but that won’t stop me from trying!

        • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

          I confess I copy and pasted from the supper club host’s website! It was her grandma’s recipe and totally delicious. We also had spring rolls filled with delicious pork belly and green mango salad, and something she called New Year’s Eve cake which was pork, glutinous rice and yellow beans.

          • kimmeister

            Your confession in no way subtracts from your point total. :-)

          • BrooklynBomber

            One of the most frustrating things about living in NY (and I suspect the East Coast in general) is that it’s so hard to get good Southeast Asian cuisine of any kind. It’s annoying.

          • Sarah

            You can get decent Vietnamese food in DC.

          • BrooklynBomber

            I have a credit for an Amtrak ticket I have to use pretty soon. Maybe I’ll go to DC for Vietnamese food!!

          • decormaven

            Ooh, and Teaism.

          • BrooklynBomber

            okay — when I get there, I’ll check it out! :)

          • Sarah

            Okay, then I meant Arlington, more than the city. There might be somewhere in the city proper, but my sister and b.i.l. lived in Arlington after college, and there were a few good Vietnamese places there. And Ethiopian, too. I was still in h.s. so I thought it was cool to go eat with them.

          • BrooklynBomber

            I’ll keep that in mind, thanks.

          • kimmeister

            My CA friends who have moved to NY bemoan the lack of authentic Mexican food. Meanwhile, in my neck of the woods, I can’t find Lebanese food, and Greek restaurants can’t stay open. Aaaargh!

          • BrooklynBomber

            Yes, good Mexican food is definitely an issue in NYC (I grew up in California). But there are some good places that serve different kinds of good regional Mexican food – you just have to dig a little deeper to find them. (When I moved here in the early ’80s I hardly ever saw Mexican people or heard Mexican music, but that’s changed through the years.)

            But there are so few Vietnamese and Cambodian restaurants; geographically it makes sense (except that Chinese and Japanese restaurants are everywhere). There are a couple Burmese and a Nepalese I know of that are fair to middling (the Nepalese is mainly a noodle shop; it’s pretty good). No Laotian that I know of. Tons of Thai, but most of the Thai restaurants in NYC have devolved into Chinese-Thai fast food mashups; it’s tragic. There are Vietnamese bubble tea and sandwich shops, but that’s another thing. I’m talking about cuisine – it’s non-existent, except maybe in some “nouvelle” or fusiony places, and some fancier French Vietnamese places. I to try to get to some SE Asian restaurants when I’m in California. Where’s your neck of the woods, by the way?

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            In Sydney there is good Thai and Vietnamese food, but lots more Thai than Vietnamese restaurants. And weirdly, many of the older Thai restaurants are run by Vietnamese immigrants because that was somehow a more acceptable cuisine when they arrived. And now I am in London where there is very little good Thai food and while there is good Vietnamese it’s a schlep away from where I live!

          • BrooklynBomber

            Makes perfect sense, geographically, that there’d be more SE A restaurants in Australia thank in London, but that’s an interesting tidbit about Thai being more “acceptable.” My theory about NY is that Chinese became everybody’s go-to fast & cheap food. I can’t eat at most NY Chinese restaurants anymore; you can still find real Chinese cuisine, but you have to look farther than the Hunan Empire Wok Delight Palace Cottage (or any combination thereof) restaurants with the same menus that you see very few blocks. I think because of that demand for fast and cheap, and the incredible success of Chinese takeout and home-delivery, the food has mostly devolved into an oily, sugary disaster, cooked for speed and without love. And then people were too stupid to see any difference between Chinese and other foods that use similar ingredients, asking for chopsticks at Thai restaurants, and so on. So now you see Chinese dishes on supposed Thai menus; in fact, I just found a blog post called “Five Clues That Your Thai Restaurant is Fake”!

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            That sounds like a great post! Our local Chinese restaurant is good if you order some of the more unusual dishes, but they clearly make most of their money on sweet and sour pork and prawns with cashews. They also have a couple of Thai dishes on the menu which I have never been game to try.

          • BrooklynBomber

            Believe it or not, I ended up meeting a Vietnamese woman at Thanksgiving. We talked about the restaurant situation, and said that in NY many Vietnamese restaurants are Hong Kong-Vietnamese hybrids. But she knows of one good, authentically-Vietnamese restaurant in Chinatown, of all places, and will send me the name. Hooray!

          • decormaven

            That was serendipity indeed.

          • kimmeister

            I’m an hour north of San Francisco, in wine country.

          • BrooklynBomber

            Ah, well, at least you’ve got plenty of fresh produce!

        • alyce1213

          Oh my, oh my, you’re Vietnamese and you don’t cook Vietnamese, my favorite of Asian cuisines?? I’m a white Jewish lady and I do! Grilled pork, Bún thịt nướng, is soooo gooood!

          • kimmeister

            *Sigh* my mom never taught me, and now she lives in a different state. She did give me the egg roll recipe when I got married, though, and the last time I visited she gave me her recipe for
            chả lụa.

          • formerlyAnon

            Unsolicited advice? You know that’s me all over. :

            While your mom is still cooking, get in the kitchen with her. Even if it has to be the stated purpose of a trip. (If your family is up for it, record the family story telling at the same time – though my mom wasn’t down for that, I tried.) Food is possibly the most enduring of family/ethnic traditions. I have mostly and my children have entirely left behind the religion, the languages, and the pattern of traditional celebrations that anchored my grandparents’ lives, but my kids still have & enjoy some of the food traditions, whether they know it or not. It’s a point of contact with previous generations that some people find really meaningful, but too often not early enough in their lives that the older generation is still able to pass things on.

          • Qitkat

            I cannot possibly love this comment enough.

          • formerlyAnon

            “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone”

          • decormaven

            Amen and amen.

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            My maternal grandmother couldn’t cook for toffee, and I didn’t know her mother very well, but fortunately this summer I got to spend some time with an aunt who taught me how to make spaetlze and our family fondue recipe is idiot-proof. The Swiss cuisine hasn’t really travelled!

          • UsedtobeEP

            I got my grandmother’s old cookbook, with all of her notes in her handwriting. I don’t use it often but it is a treasure to me.

          • formerlyAnon

            Years (decades) ago a friend gave me her grandmother’s old cookbook, with annotated newspaper clippings, notes in the cookbook itself and added recipes written in the back, because she knew I cooked and she didn’t. Last time I saw her we spent a wonderful hour paging through it. She told me stories about her grandmother that I hadn’t heard. I offered it back to her, and she’s going to check if any of her older nieces or nephews remembers their great grandmother & if so offer it to them. If not, it stays mine (and it’s a very useful cookbook!).

          • Sarah

            I have my mother’s handwritten cards, that she collected over 40 years of being a wife and moving all over the world every two years. Some of them are from her grandmother and her mother, that they gave her when she set up her own household. (Along with her McCall’s, which was the Bible in my house.) Others are from friends she made in France, Japan, Guam, Hawaii, etc. I think, more than her jewelry, her photos, or her scrapbooks, those recipes are the things that make me closest to her. I get them out, see the food stains with her fingerprints at the edges, and think of her in a kitchen in France, younger than I am now, trying to impress her husband and some professor with a soufflé she’d never tried before. What a lady she was.

          • formerlyAnon

            It’s always a head snap moment when I connect something in my mom’s life to her age at the time – especially now that I am old enough that sometimes she was closer to my daughter’s age than my own.

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            I really struggle with that. I feel about 14 most of the time and have a very hard time considering myself a grown-up. Then I realise that when my mother was my age she had a 23 year old daughter.

          • formerlyAnon

            I know what it’s like, not feeling one’s age! I barely noticed the usual milestone birthdays (30, 40) until 50, which gave me a bit of a pause because I knew that some age-related doors would start to close, and I’d never experienced that feeling before. I’ve always blundered happily through living my life even if sometimes I’m the oldest or youngest person in the room by . . . a lot. I know that I’m in a process of acceptance and adjustment right now, but I’m getting impatient with it. I’m just not used to noticing my age (except in a very passing, matter of fact way as in “time to schedule this test” or “time to add more yoga in the workout” etc.) and I kind of resent that I do, sometimes, now.

          • Sarah

            Oh, me too, me too! Mom was 33 when she had me, and that was “late” for her (and unexpected). I am going to be 38 in a couple of weeks, I’m the baby of the family, and I still get treated like a kid by everyone – including my siblings, who are much older. When I think about how she was married at 21, and had practically grown children by the time she was my age now, I’m blown away. A different world, it was. My older sister kindly pointed out to me yesterday that she was having signs of perimenopause at my age, and seemed to not take into account that I’m planning on starting a family next year. She tends to be uncouth.

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            Family, eh?

            My mum was 17 when she had me, so I’ve had these reminders for a long time. When I was in my 20s I’d look at the boys I was dating and think “nah – couldn’t have taken *them* home if I had a child”, so no wonder she didn’t really date until I was 18!

          • Sarah

            Oh, yeah. I considered myself practically fetal at 20, so I don’t know how these ladies did it. RE: my sister, she had her kids in her early 20′s too, so she is just not thinking about how sensitive a lady of my age who has not yet taken that leap can be. I forgive her that, but one does notice that they do that quite often, after years and years of doing it.

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            I have noticed that. If she *really* gets on your tits (and I know she’s your sister so you probably won’t say this) feel free to use my stepfather’s phrase “Early ripe, early rotten”. Might slow her down!

          • Sarah

            Me too. I feel like it should be in a glass case with a humidity monitor, it’s that precious.

    • MilaXX

      Just read an article on Life Hacker that said this is the time to buy new smartphones, so hopefully you get a deal.

      • kimmeister

        I just hope I don’t get another salesperson who stands six inches away from my face. That crap is unnerving!

    • AvatarYangchen

      For the pupusas, make sure the cheese isn’t/doesn’t get too hot or else the filling with spill in the comal or it will split. Or better yet, refrigerate the already mixed cheese overnight to make sure it stays nice and cold. For the dough, just kinda pretend if your playing with play doh- make a ball, round it out smooth, then run it through your hands like if your pulling string to make it a flat circle. Then push slightly in the middle to stretch for the filling. Close the pupusa like if your making a ball again and rip the extra dough off. the put in the comal and just wait for it to cook.

      If you ever do them again, try making them out of rice flour. And if your making them out of cheese, add lorroco.

      • kimmeister

        Gracias! The recipe does call for loroco, but I didn’t have time to go hunting for it so will have to substitute.

  • decormaven

    It’s a quiet, non-traveling holiday for us, and for that, I am supremely thankful. Tomorrow will include a hike and in the afternoon, a movie- perhaps Dallas Buyers Club. I run as far away from Black Friday as possible. I’m more of a shop small gal. Best holiday wishes to our kind, dear uncles, and to BKs here and abroad.

    • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

      I am so happy that our drive is less than an hour! Poor travelers. Happy TGiving!!
      xoxo
      a-

      • decormaven

        Best to you as well! Our travels will be at Christmastime. “There has to be a more dignified mode of transportation.”

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Dallas Buyers Club is a good movie-really strong, powerful performances by McConaghuey(sp?) and Jared Leto.

      • decormaven

        Thanks! From the press so far, they both stand a good chance toward Oscar noms.

  • M. H. Leader

    Happy Thanksgiving! I bet that stuffing is an example of complete fabulosity!

    Yum.

  • DinaSews

    Happy Thanksgiving!! As usual, my husband will be doing ALL of the cooking whilst I drink myself into utter relaxation and visit with the family.

    • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

      Ooooh, you married well.

  • Kate4queen

    I’m doing a non-traditional thanksgiving for some vegetarian guests and then Friday, I’m signing books in my historical mystery persona, Catherine Lloyd at the wine store ‘hic!’ should be fun! So no shopping for me.

    • Lilithcat

      Thanksgiving is such an easy holiday for vegetarians! My sister’s a vegetarian and she always says that there are never so many veggies on a dinner table as at Thanksgiving. I’ve found that a traditional Thanksgiving is just fine.

      One year, I went to a neighbor’s and one of the guests brought a tofurkey. The two vegetarians in the crowd took one bite and said, “Please pass the sweet potatoes!”

  • Pennymac

    I”m saving as many day of vacay as possible because all of my sons will be on holiday leave from various world-wide duty stations for Christmas. So I’m taking the on call phone, and settling into the cabin with a fire and Turner Classic Movies. I’m working on Black Friday, and any shopping I’ll be doing is at local businesses. Its a good plan!

    Happy Thanksgiving, fellow PUF’s and BK’s. Enjoy the carb-load, Uncles!

    • formerlyAnon

      Happy Thanksgiving and WILD congratulations on all of your sons being home for Christmas. (Fingers-crossed no-jinxing-it.) Once they start leaving the country having all the kids home at once is such a rare blessing!

  • filmcricket

    Happy Thanksgiving TLo and all the American Kittens!

    • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

      xoxoxo
      a-

  • Frank_821

    Happy Thanksdom

    My partner and I are making a day trip up to Dallas to dine with my sister. Normally we stay at home and spend a nice quiet meal with just us and our Little Roddy. However my godson will be there and I want to see him

    But no shopping. I gave up shopping for Xmas gifts over 20 years ago. Too many people on my list and I’ve never been one for the secret Santa. Now I just send cards or email greetings

    Tonight we’ll be curled up watching the new episode of Styled to Rock. They showing it tonight I guess becuase of the holiday

    Meanwhile the hubby is preparing for his showing for RAW next week Friday

    • sagecreek

      Giving up Xmas gifts was the best decision my family ever made. Now it’s all about spending time together, so much less stress!

    • formerlyAnon

      Ohh RAW! Give me encouragement: my arts-events buddy and I are thinking about going next Friday (you ARE in Austin, right?) but we’ve never been to a RAW event and frankly, are a little fatigued with being 20+ years older than the mean age at Austin arts events that are aimed at neither the faded-aging-hippie nor the monied-downtown-retirement-condo crowds. Sell it to me. ‘Cause I think I’m gonna have to sell it to her.

      • Frank_821

        Darn my original post went to moderator limbo. made the mistake of including a link

        Anyway RAW caters to a broad range of artistic talents. They cover 9 categories. You have visual/performance categories of Film, Music, Art, Photography & Performance and you also have the style categories of Hair, Fashion/Garments, Accessories and Makeup. They feature indie artists and typically they do skew more towards the younger demographics but owing to the diversity of subjects, especially the style based categories, there are things that can appeal to an older audience.

        It was started a few years back in LA and they have expanded to include branches in over 50 cities including London and places in Australia. Newly crowned PR champ Dom is a RAW artist from the Philadelphia branch. The show Styled to Rock features several RAW artist

        The show coming up is the end of the year awards show for the Austin branch. It’s not the typical show mounted during the regular season. It is suppose to feature the best artists who have shown during the regular season. They include the competition nominees for each category who will have things on display and most will each have a mini-runway. Most will also have things for sale. 3 nominees per category. They will also include a set of note-worthy artists highlighted by the branch director.

        If you google Raw Artist Austin, you can find the link for the semifinal award show that lists all the nominees and the highlighted artists featured. There will be links to the profile of each artist appearing that night that will show samples of their work. That way you can make an informed decision if these artists appeal to you and your friend

        The show is 7 to 11 on Friday Dec 6th

        If it helps, my partner Rick (Designs by Talon) is 67 years old and up for the fashion designer award. He’s primarily into evening wear and costume design. His dream show is to have a Guo Pei style runway. Another fashion nominee is Laisa Macias of Lala who makes some fun ready-to-wear pieces and just had her first runway in NY this past fall. One of the accessories nominee is Adrian Amiro who creates elaborate jewelry that has been featured on many runway shows

        hope this helps

        • formerlyAnon

          Helps a lot! I needed to know that there’d be a good bit of work to see since we’d not be going to schmooze. I’m familiar with one of the nominated performers and a couple of the featured artists, so I’m sure the work will be interesting and good quality. If we wind up going I will try to say hello! [I looked at the website, I like your Rick's menswear. He uses gorgeous fabrics throughout (& I'm not a huge fan of prints) but the body-conscious-but-not-constricting feel of the menswear is appealing.]

  • Aidan B

    I’m recently engaged (like, last week recently), and thus having two Thanksgivings for the first time. Luckily my mother is merciful and is only having me bring fried sweet potatoes (my grandmother’s recipe- SO GOOD) and green beans, and my future in-laws just want us to show up and drink lots of wine. Happy Turkey Day to me!

    • alyce1213

      Best wishes to you!

    • Sarah

      Congrats!

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

      Many congratulations to you both!

    • sagecreek

      Mazel Tov!

    • another_laura

      Congratulations on the engagement!

    • Aidan B

      Thanks, everyone! We’re hoping our wedding will be half as fabulous as TLo’s :)

    • MilaXX

      Congrats on the engagement!

    • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

      Best wishes to you both!

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Congrats!!!

    • SouthernGirlRena

      Congrats Aidan!

    • Pennymac

      How wonderful! Congratulations!

    • Lilithcat

      Best wishes for a long and happy life together!

    • formerlyAnon

      Congrats! Enjoy this time.

    • BrooklynBomber

      Congratulations!

    • Qitkat

      A late congratulations! Sounds like you are the lucky member of two great families.

    • Ginny Ellsworth

      Grats!!!

  • Tatiana Luján

    Who do you think the OCA* (of course award) of the week should go to?

    *The OCA was created by @Qitkat

    • alyce1213

      Paula Patton.

    • Aidan B

      Taylor Swift.

      • Sarah

        Oh, yeah. Silver glitter with white floaty? OF COURSE.

    • formerlyAnon

      I’m with Aidan B. Taylor Swift in her white & shiny silvery stuff.

  • Constant Reader

    Happy Thanksgiving Tom and Lorenzo. Thank you for brightening my day all year long. :)

  • mrspeel2

    Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!

  • http://www.thirteen.org/program-content/dispatch-from-the-downton-abbey-diaspora-16/ Gotham Tomato

    Happy Thanksgivikah to all and to all a goodnight!

    Gobble Tov!

    –GothamTomato

  • sagecreek

    Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

    I’m old enough to be part of the “Buy Nothing Day” generation — I have not spent a dime on Black Friday since 1979, and I don’t see that changing this year.

    • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

      preach.
      we veg, we snug, we eat, we wii, we build fires. we do not shop.

    • BrooklynBomber

      Mr. Bomber and I had a little household emergency and ended up at a Target well after midnight. I’ve never done that before and hope never to do it again; it really was necessary and we were lucky they were open so late. I’m happy to report it wasn’t that crowded, and we witnessed no pushing, shoving, or other bad behavior.

      • kimmeister

        I ended up at Target around 8:15 because I ran out of eggs and oil and decided to restock the cat food. My goodness, the aisles were packed, mostly due to everyone else buying gigantic TVs and walking slowly with their overburdened carts. Not doing that again.

  • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

    I am eternally grateful for my friends, The Bitter Kittens. Love to you all.

  • another_laura

    I’ve got it easy. I’m going to a friend’s house for dinner tomorrow, bringing wine for 8. Friday I’m going to a different friend’s house where I’ll help them with their leftovers. I’m helpful that way.

    (It hasn’t always been this way – I used to cook and bake lots but things have changed, as they do, and I don’t have a big group to cook for or a decent kitchen to cook in so … wine.)

    Thankful for T Lo and the BKs, of course, for brightening my day for years.

    • sagecreek

      Have fun! Alas, our guests are our kids, who are still too young (apparently…19 and 24) to realize that you are actually supposed to show up with something in hand :)

      • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

        That’s one of the most important things you have to teach your kids. My mother’s been dead for 30 years and I can still hear her rules: don’t give a gift of a bank or wallet without putting some money in it; bring something sweet the first time you visit someone’s new home; always bring a hostess gift, even if you’re going to dinner or a party at your parents or sibling’s home; and on and on. All the social niceties that have been passed down through the generations for so many years.

        • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

          AND WRITE A DAMN THANK YOU NOTE.

          • decormaven

            Yes, a real note- not an e-mail, text, or “Like” on FB.

        • Lilithcat

          bring something sweet the first time you visit someone’s new home

          I never heard that one, but I like it! By us, it’s bread and salt.

        • MilaXX

          We were always taught to bring a hostess gift of some kind and say thank you for the invitation.

      • formerlyAnon

        Tell ‘em! It’s age appropriate to think you are nagging/sticking your nose into their business at some point, no matter what. My opinion is colored, of course by my experience, which is that I wish my parents had articulated more clearly the line at which they expected to be treated a little less like parents and a little more like any other adult. I know they felt taken for granted over things that I & my sibling would willingly and happily have done for them but (shame on us) never occurred to us for years.

  • MK03

    I will be celebrating the holiday weekend by not shopping. I’m hoping to hold out for the whole weekend, but I absolutely refuse to set foot in a store tomorrow or Friday. Making employees give up their own Thanksgiving to cater to crowds of bloodthirsty lunatics is just evil.

  • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

    Well, isn’t this a nice surprise?

    I’m happy for this unexpected T LOunge because it gives me the opportunity to wish all of you (even the non-American BKs) a very happy Thanksgiving and holiday season. I am thankful for all of the smart, amusing, thought-provoking and truly creative comments posted here. May each of you get everything you wish for. Y’all deserve it.

  • MzzPants

    I’m thankful for TLo, this blog, and all the joy it brings! Have a wonderful weekend.

  • DeTrop

    I wish to add my thanks to TLo and all the BKs for their pithy, funny and sometimes brilliant remarks. Party On!

  • d4divine

    I’m the last minute juggernaut!

  • acevedob

    Happy Thanksgiving! I’ll be doing my shopping comfortably at home over the weekend. If not, I’ll be doing it on Christmas Eve. I’m one of THOSE people.

    • decormaven

      Yes, that’s when Slim Jims and things procured from the 7-Eleven hold a special allure. I suggest items named in the song “Merry Christmas from the Family” by Robert Earl Keen.

      • formerlyAnon

        First earworm I’ve actually enjoyed in . . . ever?

        • decormaven

          That song is great; a friend turned me on to it last year. It puts the “fun” in dysfunctional family situations.

  • GorgeousThings

    Being a proud mama, I have to share this. My oldest son will be marching in the Macy’s parade with the UMass Minutemen Marching Band tomorrow. So if you are watching the parade, check out the band at about 11:24. He’s in the tenor sax section, which will be on the right in the back. He’s the one with the copper colored saxophone. His nickname in the band, thanks to that, is “Coppertone”

    Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate it, and have a great weekend to everyone! Love you, TLo!!!

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      You go right ahead and be the proud mama-sounds like you have a great son!

    • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

      Right on!!

      • OrigamiRose

        I know it’s late but are you up?

        • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

          I wasn’t. What did I miss? Email me ([email protected])

          • OrigamiRose

            I’m just so angry. I’m not someone who wants a fantasy, I don’t. But I have been waiting twelve years for this asshole to get off his butt. I said to him last night he reminded me of someone from “Moonstruck.” “Cher?” No. “Nicolas Cage?” No. “I can’t think of anyone else.”

            “How about the asshole played by Danny Aiello waiting for his mother to die as a cover for never moving forward? Like how your grandfather hit his death bed rwo weeks ago when I pushed you to make things official between us after over a decade of dancing around things. I mean, what terrible luck for me to bring that up on the same night your grandfather hit the skids.”

          • formerlyAnon

            XO
            (Sometimes you have to lance the boil, get all the ugly out in the air & light to put truth on the table.)

          • OrigamiRose

            You know how he gets away with it? He looks like George Clooney and he buys me stilettos.

            And my sad romantic belief in things :/ (Edited: Holy drunk typo!)

          • formerlyAnon

            Ha! I wish you luck.
            Career, friends, family, a partner, living situation, financial status – whatever. I’m old enough to believe you have to gamble – just take the risks – for what you really want, but you also have to be really cold hearted about evaluating what you want and how the odds and costs are affected by choices and circumstances. I’ve been lucky & had turned-out-good kids & for a while, a good relationship/marriage (though I knowingly paid a high price for that relationship with my family of origin.) I now want things from life I either traded away long ago or am extremely unlikely to get, given my age & circumstances – but at least I know what I am and am not willing to do in their pursuit. So on balance I am quite happy. You sound like you’re equipped to get there, one way or another.

          • OrigamiRose

            I’m just lost as to what I mean to him. I was the person he called first when his father died. I mean, I mean something to him. He says I’m the love of his life. But he just won’t make even a token gesture….

          • formerlyAnon

            Maybe you will have shifted something in the staus quo by being willing to state what you’re not happy with. I wish you energy in pursuing what you want and clarity in knowing what that is. XO

          • OrigamiRose

            :)

            Yes, Latino George has mother/Catholic issues. First time he broke up with me was because I wasn’t suffiicently Catholic.

          • formerlyAnon

            As a lapsed Catholic myself, I cannot let myself start with this one. I don’t know any American Catholics personally who don’t practice their/our religion as if they’d/we’d gone through a cafeteria line saying “a scoop of this,” “none of that” and “well, put it on my plate if you must but I’m not going to eat it.”

          • UsedtobeEP

            I will be repeating that cafeteria line analogy to anyone who doesn’t understand what it is like to be married to a Catholic but isn’t one herself. I must be the scoop part!

          • Sarah

            Hey, Origami – I’m sorry. Holidays blow. They bring out the best in some people, but those who are not living right in their hearts and minds see that and it brings out the worst in them, because they are hurting or unsatisfied inside. All I can tell you is that it’s far braver to walk away than it is to fight, in both love and war. Sometimes, love ain’t enough. You also have to share yourself, and if he won’t, you can do better, I promise.

          • BrooklynBomber

            Oh, honey, I’m sorry. And holidays bring all this stuff right to the fore, don’t they? I hope things resolve soon.

    • BrooklynBomber

      Aw, Ann! Happy Thanksgiving! xox

  • tinyredlocks

    I work retail(TIA for your sympathy) so I’ll be at work on Black Friday, also known as “Hell Day”. But for Thanksgiving itself I’ll be at my parent’s, gorging myself on Mom’s yummy food and Dad’s smoked turkey. Thanks, Parents!

    • MilaXX

      I just pray you dont work for Walmart. That looks like hell on earth

      • tinyredlocks

        Good Lord, no. I’d rather gouge out my own eyeballs than work at Walmart. (My apologies and sympathy to any of the BK’s that happen to work at Walmart…)

    • UsedtobeEP

      I never minded working on Black Friday, because while it was nothing short of exhausting, it always went so fast. I hope yours did.

      • tinyredlocks

        Thanks. It was a looooong day. And guess what? I also get to work on Saturday and Sunday! AWESOME!!!

        • formerlyAnon

          On your next day off you deserve the most self-indulgent day EVER. Sleeping in, eating what you want, ignoring chores you don’t want to do.

          I know it doesn’t always work like that, but you certainly deserve it.

          • tinyredlocks

            Awwww! Thanks! That’s very sweet. I will totally be a complete wine swilling, chore ignoring, lazy happy couch potato on my next day off. Which will be Friday. Because I get to work 7 days in a row without a day off. Because I work retail. Because life hates me. But, it beats being unemployed for 3.5 years(like I was before I got this job) so I’ll deal with it…

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Happy Thanksgiving to TLo and all of the BK’s!
    We’ll be at my younger brother’s for the day, and I am planning on not braving the malls for any Black Friday madness.And no, I do not have all of my shopping done….

  • mommyca

    Happy Thanksgiving to you TLo and all the Bitter Kittens!!! No Black Friday shopping for me, I love my sleep on a holiday, thank you very much. I’m more of a Black Monday type… But I’m proud that I have already prepared my apple pie and pumpkin bread for tomorrow…

  • EveEve

    Always my favorite holiday of the year. Why? Because Thanksgiving is reaching out to others – gratitude, thankfulness, family, friends, and especially helping those in need (I volunteer at a nursing home to give the staff the day off, before gathering with my own family, friends and “strays” at home.) There have been some lean and lonely years, and grieving years, and exhausted-with-babies years, and bickering in-law years, but when we sit down to eat, wherever I am, and whomever I am with, I can always count more blessings than I have fingers and toes. Plus – the food! The traditional fare in our household is delicious and easy to make, and can mostly be made ahead. And it’s casual – no need to dress for religious services. A fire in the fireplace, kids sitting around texting each other – ok, that wasn’t part of my childhood, but it’s a reality now – and the Macy’s Parade. Yep, favorite holiday of the year. Also: leftovers. Happy Thanksgiving and many blessings to TLo and all you American Bitter Kittens.

    • Sarah

      Said so well. Happy Turkey and Family to you, too!

    • http://www.fatladysings.us/ TFLS

      Mine too. I appreciate it all the more having had a time in my life when I had nothing – not even a roof over my head. My health may be for shit – but I have food to eat and a warm home to live in. That’s more than many others these days; more than I myself had 25 years ago. So I wish you merry, my friend. You and all who gather here. Happy, happy, joy, joy to us all.

  • http://www.katymcdermott.com KatyMightHave

    Thank you, TLo, for a whole year of laughs. What a gift you give to people you’ll never even meet. I know you’d hate to admit such altruism, but it’s a kindness. Enjoy your carb-fest! :)

  • little_miss_strange

    May you have a beautiful Thanksgiving, TLo! And Happy Hanukkah to all the Jewish kittens!

  • CeeQ

    Happy TG, Americans! How I love this holiday that celebrates excessive eating AND shopping. God bless America!

    We’re kicking off this long ass weekend with some playing of an incredibly inappropriate game called Cards Against Humanity. So fucking wrong yet so fucking funny. Laughing so hard my abs hurt!!! Seriously, we’re all in tears from all the fucking laughing! LOL

    I’m hoping to get my shopping done this weekend…..! I can’t brave the stores in person so will be online shopping all weekend in my jammies =)

    • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

      Cards Against Humanity is the best thing ever!!!

      • CeeQ

        Agree! I felt dirty playing some of those cards but the desire to WIN AT ALL COSTS soon trumped any shame I had.

  • Miss Jen K

    Suppose I may as well ask…any Kittens dealing with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? I’m getting nervous about the holiday parade – any dos and don’ts?

    A very happy Thanksgiving and/or Hannukah to anyone who will have it :)

    • formerlyAnon

      I have a friend who suffers, so second hand encouragement only. I’m sure you know all this:
      1) You have permission to say no. (Blame it on your doctor if you have to.) My friend is a better judge of how she has to pace herself than anyone else and has learned to trust her judgement. People who don’t understand may be hurt, may be annoying, may even be a real trial to be around if they can’t accept your limits, so it is okay to cut short your time in their presence.
      2) Try to have an escape hatch. Drive yourself, or go with a friend or relative you know will be okay with leaving when/if you need to.

  • Jessica Freeman

    Today is Thanksgiving with my dad’s side of the family. We eat at noon, disperse by 3 and I come home and put up all my Christmas decorations and watch Christmas movies. I’m not gonna lie, I’ve had White Christmas in my Netflix Instant Queue and have had to really try hard not to watch it until today.

    • formerlyAnon

      I’m holding off on White Christmas till the calendar says December. But I may give in to Bell, Book and Candle, my 2nd favorite “holiday” movie, this weekend.

  • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

    I think this is my favourite T.Lo post ever. So much kindness from the PUFs.

  • Lilithcat

    Thirty-five people? You’re a better man than I am, Gunga Din!

    I was supposed to go to Thanksgiving dinner with a friend today, but she just called – stomach virus! Of all the days . . . So I’m thawing out a veal chop.

    My sister comes in tomorrow for a few days, and I’m having my annual “Sunday after Thanksgiving” Open House, which this year is a Thanksgivukkah Open House.

    I don’t go anywhere near the stores on Friday. I’ll probably hit a couple of small local shops on Small Business Saturday. I do need to do my holiday shopping soon, though, as I’m traveling in December and get home Christmas Eve Day.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      Sorry your plans fell through — I’d invite you over (we’ll have plenty of food, if not all that much extra room in my shoebox), but unless you’re in Albuquerque, it’d be a bit of a commute. :D

      • Lilithcat

        Thanks for the invite! But Chicago is a long way from Albuquerque! Enjoy your day.

  • formerlyAnon

    Happy Thanksgiving Day, all! As a guest at someone else’s board, I get away with helping an hour or three before the day with linens, specialized shopping trips, etc. and all I make is a couple of sides. (Green salad and a Chinese-ish broccoli/pepper/ginger salad) And with appreciating my many, many things for which to be thankful, a list that includes this blog and all of you, BKs.

    Reading over these has given me strong yearning for latkes, which are not part of my family’s tradition but one we adopted. (My Polish Catholic mother used to render chicken fat to fry them in, we adopted so enthusiastically.) A good reminder of something I can make to make the holidays special for returning kids – though the vegetarians give me an excuse to skip the chicken fat, delicious as it is.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    I should be cleaning up my house before my mother, grandmother, and step-grandfather descend. But how could I not stop by to hang with the BKs for a few minutes? I’m sure thankful that T and Lo keep this place up for us.

    Christmas shopping… will most likely be done on 12/23. Seems to be my usual pattern these days.

    • formerlyAnon

      Go you! Sounds like you’ll be tired by the end of the day. Hope it’s a good tired.

    • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

      I do my best shopping under pressure!!

    • MilaXX

      Just shop online. My email box has been flood with retailors having online sales and my timelines are full of retailors announcing coupon codes. Shop thru ebates and get cash back for your trouble.

  • Qitkat

    Happy Thanksgiving TLo and Kittens! It feels like checking in on old friends long distance with all the different family traditions. i’m very appreciative of all you fellow BKs and UBFs. HUGS!!

    Off to check in on one family celebration and attend another one. I’ve made cornbread dressing too– the only kind as far as I’m concerned, but I add fresh oysters cooked in with mine. Yum! And my “famous” bourbon pecan pie, made entirely from scratch, thank you very much ;-) Found an ATK recipe last year for the crust that uses vodka, butter and shortening. It makes a very soft, hard to work with dough, but bakes up lovely and flakey.

    I’ve never shopped on Black Friday, except on line, and don’t plan to hit any stores this year that day. Too much crazy over stuff, and then you need more stuff to hold your stuff! Thanks George Carlin for putting it all in perspective.

    • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

      Happy TGiving Qitkat!
      We are cooking entirely too much food, playing games and taking a million pictures. That bourbon pecan pie sounds like heaven!

      • Qitkat

        The pie is always a hit, but every year I try to perfect it. Sometimes the crust insists on sticking to the pie pan in spite of fat content. The bourbon makes the filling a little soft, even after setting and cooling, but no complaints over flavor. I’ve saved myself a teensy-tiny sliver to polish off tonight.

        • demidaemon

          I make a killer chocolate bourbon pecan pie, so I approve this message belatedly!

          • Qitkat

            Mmm. I’ve seen recipes for that. Maybe next year I’ve give it a go.

          • demidaemon

            You should! IT”S AWESOME!

    • alyce1213

      Cornbread dressing with oysters is THE way to go! Happy Thanksgiving.

      • Ginny Ellsworth

        No oysters but the cornbread mixed in with my regular stuffing stuff did not work. Way too dry. Hmmm, I’m trying to resuscitate it with more broth! I might need your recipe.

        • Qitkat

          I’ve been making cornbread stuffing all my life, so never thought about that it uses extra broth and liquid. The rule of thumb I was always taught was to take a fistful of the seasoned mix and squeeze it. If it makes a ball, and doesn’t fall apart, but is not soggy, that is enough liquid. Broth, melted butter, even a beaten egg can do the trick. Hope this helps. I also lightly put everything in the pan, and don’t pack it down too much. Otherwise it would be too dense.

          • Ginny Ellsworth

            I didn’t think of using the squeeze test. I’ll do that next time. We took the leftovers and reheated them with gravy and cranberry sauce. Next year I’ll know better. Thanks!

          • Qitkat

            You can never go wrong with any way to fix leftover stuffing. I’ve even put it in a turkey sandwich with gravy and cranberry sauce. Good luck next year.

    • MilaXX

      I had a bit of inspiration and made a pie I haven’t had in years. It’s a bean pie, only I made my crust with almond meal.

      • UsedtobeEP

        Kind of beans?

        • MilaXX

          Navy beans. The taste is similar to sweet potato

      • Qitkat

        That crust sounds really good. I never would have dreamed a pie could be made with beans. Are you a vegan or vegetarian? There seem to be so many interesting, delicious-sounding recipes on the internet these days in those categories.

        • MilaXX

          I’m vegetarian. This is my first time making a bean pie, but we ate them all the time growing up. African American Muslims are pretty well known for selling them here.

  • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

    Oh BKs, I wish we could post pics here. We have turkeys smoking, venison grilling, veggies and pies baking, kids playing Rock Band, dogs and cats running around, and this is a small group of only 12 or so. (Usually we have 20+) it’s chaos and I love every second!!

    • Melvis Velour

      My Thanksgiving was 11 loud people, 5 spoken languages, 3 horse sized dogs…the only thing missing was a partridge in a pear tree…

    • Sarah

      I got to sleep with two huge dogs, a 19 year old nephew on the couch across from me, and four others on the couches in the next room. It was too soft, my back hurt, and they didn’t stop giggling all night, so I barely slept, but it was awesome.

    • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

      we had sixteen at the table plus two toddlers and three new born babies. and five dogs. we had a bbq’d turkey and my husband’s famous ham with port sauce. i cooked a turkey at my house on tuesday and made my famous stuffing and best ever gravy to take to the in-laws. i have to share my gravy technique. i cook the turkey in an electric roaster that my parents won as a door prize right after their marriage in, no kidding, 1938! it’s moist heat, so the turkey doesn’t brown but makes tons of drippings. so, i had a chicken carcass handy and i boiled that in canned (boxed, actually) chicken broth with carrots and onions and celery and herbs for hours. then i browned the chicken skin and wings in a cup of butter (to make a gallon of gravy). then crazy people like me eat the skin with salt. then i mix a cup and a half of flour in the butter and cook it till it’s a rich brown. then i stir in the turkey drippings and add enough broth to make a gallon, simmer til thick and finish with heavy cream. heart attack special. that’s what holidays are for.

      p.s. we’ve used that vintage roaster every year in my family for75 years now. it even survived my grandpa dropping it down the stairs one year. he picked up the turkey and didn’t tell until after dinner! we can still see the dent in the roaster.

      • Sarah

        It is cool that you have a vintage appliance! I wish that I could picture some future generation using my crock pot or something, but I’m afraid they don’t make things like they used to. Also: I want your heavy-cream gravy! I took leftovers home with me but forgot gravy, like an idiot. All the stuff, but dry. Dumb!

      • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

        Wow. I’d kind of like to drink that gravy as a soup, maybe with chicken skin croutons!

      • Qitkat

        In spite of all you were dealing with, it sounds like you had a fabulous holiday meal. I feel 5 pounds heavier just reading about your gravy, but it sounds so delicious, and anyway it’s just once a year.

  • alyce1213

    I have to share with you all my happiness watching the Macy’s parade because my friend, Gail Golden, plays Mrs. Santa Claus (she has for several years). BEST JOB EVER????

  • Rachel

    Is anyone else watching the Gaga/Muppet special? I am loving it right now. And Ru and Elton’s cameos were fabulous.

    • MilaXX

      I’m oversaturated with Gaga at the moment. I meant to play catch up on The Returned and instead got sucked into the Modern family marathon. I had to step back from social media because all the food pic were grossing me out. Either the food look awful, one so called turkey was completely black and charred. I also am one of those folks who don’t like foods that are not meant to be together to touch, so all the pictures of overstuffed plates of food had me reaching for the barf bag. I may take a few more breaks if my other favorite bloggers are off for the weekend as well. I just checked and now my timeline if full of videos showing the crazy fights at Walmart.

    • raeb23

      i watched for the muppets as i’m not much of a gaga fan. my favourite performances were the ones with elton & jgl. loved the bits with gaga & miss piggy too

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

      I’m hoping it leads to Ru getting Gaga to judge Drag Race. That would make the competing queens so happy, and she’s got to be more interesting than Visage.

    • Coco Cornejo

      Who thought the Gaga Muppet special was a good idea? I mean really. Bad lip syncing and cheep costumes. Jim Henson must be spinning in his grave.

    • Jacob Bowen

      Was she going for a condom headpiece for her duet with RuPaul???

  • Swiftlytiltingplanet

    I wish I were dead.

    • formerlyAnon

      Know that we heard you. And depending on our own background/experiences, felt something between regretful sadness and gut wrenching dread to hear it.

      Please check in tomorrow on here so we know that you’re not?
      Please?

    • Qitkat

      There is such a profound sadness in your comment that my heart goes out to you. Please know that many folks on this blog have found themselves in very difficult situations and have found a very caring community when they reached out. As formerlyAnon said, please let us know you are still here with us tomorrow. I will look for you.

    • MilaXX

      Oh no! Sorry today has been rough on you.

    • BrooklynBomber

      I hope you’re feeling better by now. Please let us know.

    • KinoEye

      I hope you’re alright, Swiftly. I’ve been there before. Really hope to hear from you today. As formerlyAnon said, know that we heard you, and that we care. Much love.

    • sisterb67

      Hoping you’re having a better day today, and do please stop in and let us know how you’re doing. Sending a big virtual hug.

    • MilaXX

      Just another BK checking in and hoping today is a better day.

    • alyce1213

      We’re here for you, don’t feel alone.

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      Today was another day, and it was better. I appreciate all of you and your good thoughts.

      • BrooklynBomber

        Thanks for checking in. I’m very touched myself by some of the wise and loving responses to your post (I don’t mean mine – I mean everyone else’s!) Most of all, I’m awfully glad you posted today. I hope you’ll find a way to keep hanging in there, even during the dark times.

      • UsedtobeEP

        I am just reading and catching up today. Oh goodness. That’s a relief. The BKs would not be the same without you. I love Thanksgiving, but for various reasons I find it to be a hard day sometimes. I am glad your day was better and hope tomorrow is even better than today.

      • Qitkat

        I am so glad to hear that today was better for you. For so many folks and for so many reasons this can be a hard time of year. It really sometimes is ‘one day at a time.’ I wish you continued strength to face what you need to face, and we kittens will continue to send warm and loving thoughts your way.

      • formerlyAnon

        Thanks and happy today was better. We can’t be much more than a distraction for each other here on the Internet, albeit a caring one. Glad you handled things or at least endured – sometimes endurance is all we’ve got but all it takes. (And glad to see you here, we’d miss your comments.)

      • Sarah

        Sorry I missed the chance to throw in my support, but I’m glad you’re feeling better. Somebody told me recently that “if everyone threw all their problems in a pile, you’d take yours back” and I was like fuck you. I sure wouldn’t. I know for a fact that some people don’t have anything like the problems I do. But I also know that some people have it way, way worse. Doesn’t matter when you’re dealing with it yourself, though. It’s just you. But it isn’t, of course. Because, you’re not alone. You have us, and the knowledge that each new day brings another chance to feel better, which counts for a lot.

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        oh dear, swiftly tilting, i would miss you so much if you were not here. you are my silly posting buddy. i had a rough holiday day too, but didn’t become despondent as you did. might be those anti-depressents do work. my daughter managed to get herself pulled in on old warrants and spent the week in jail where she still is. but blessings are she may get out on monday. i have her two kids. the drive to the in-laws took twice as long as usual (almost four hours!), and both kids screamed the whole way. lovely.

        • formerlyAnon

          Girl, my sympathy. Glad you didn’t get despondent as it sounds like there’s a lot on your plate. Wishing you good sleep and lots of those fleeting good moments that we’re sometimes gifted with even on hard days.

        • BrooklynBomber

          Oh, honey. I’m so sorry. Better days ahead, I hope!

        • Qitkat

          So sorry to hear, that’s a painful way to spend a holiday week. Sounds like next week may turn around and bring you some peace and comfort.

      • KinoEye

        I just saw this post, and I’m so happy you’re still with us. Once again, sending vibes of love your way, and to all the BKs who had a rough holiday week.

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          Thank you! You (and everyone else) have helped.

          • Qitkat

            I’ve been thinking about you. Good to see you feeling better.
            I wasn’t initially aware of the book you got your posting name from, although I’ve read A Wrinkle in Time a long time ago. Such a cool name. Now I want to read the whole series.

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

      Kything strength to you.

    • Ginny Ellsworth

      I’m sorry you feel that way. I would miss you. Reading your comments on PR night just cracks me up. I admire your quick wit a great deal.

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        Thank you so much.

  • Sunraya

    Happy Thanksgiving, gentlemen! I make most of my gifts. I have an etsy shop, and make pottery, jewelry and quilts for my shop and gifts. I am getting my husband an I-pad, however. I can’t make that. :)

    • Qitkat

      I searched for your etsy shop under Sunraya but couldn’t find it.

    • formerlyAnon

      Fortunate husband that his gift is tailored to him!

      • Ginny Ellsworth

        Lol. I’m not sure about that….I’m making my husband long underwear! He has a small cement block shop outside that gets damp and chilly (yes, even in Florida) so I thought I would make him some drawers to wear under his jeans.

  • Clueless_Jock

    Happy Thanksgiving to both of you :)

  • jonesybj_notreally

    I’m making all my gifts. about 20 are done, many to go. however, I do not cook, so, yes, I have clay feet.

    • Qitkat

      Since you show your love with your creative talents, I hope someone reciprocates and cooks for you!

    • formerlyAnon

      Say what you will about not cooking, I’m still in awe. That’s a LOT of gifts.

  • Jacob Bowen

    I spent 7 hours of my Thanksgiving in a hospital with my father, who was complaining of like 15 different things. They discharged him today with NOTHING WRONG. Thanksgiving SUFFICIENTLY ruined. UGH. We have now spent Thanksgiving in the hospital for 3 years in a row, and if Christmas follows than that will be the 3rd year as well.

    • Trickytrisha

      The holidays are hard on many people. Stress, bad memories, family disputes.. those can all take a toll. It’s not surprising that the death rate rises during these times. I’m sorry your dad has trouble coping. Don’t suppose he’d talk to a therapist?

    • UsedtobeEP

      No fun. Would he consent to a checkup the week before the holidays, to relieve some anxiety if nothing else?

    • Qitkat

      Such a challenge with elderly parents, and so tough for the family sometimes. Sending you good vibes that Christmas will go better for all of you. I hope you can find someone who can be of help to him and you before then.

      • Jacob Bowen

        Unfortunately he’s 50, so he’s not even old.

        • Qitkat

          Sorry I made an incorrect assumption. It sounds possibly as if something is really stressing him out. Even if he won’t see someone who might help, maybe it would help you if you found a caring doctor or therapist or even a pastor or a good friend or other family member to be a sounding board for you. I hope things improve soon.

    • formerlyAnon

      Sorry to hear it. You are doing what you can, congratulate yourself on that.

    • Sarah

      Oh, that’s rough. Sorry to hear it. Best wishes for a smoother Xmas.

    • BrooklynBomber

      Oh, no!

    • Ginny Ellsworth

      I’m sorry to hear that you had to spend the holiday in the hospital. My oldest son was a micro preemie at birth (1 lb, 10 oz.) and has seizures where he has to go to the hospital to recover. I’ve spent birthdays and holidays in the hospital with him. It is not fun but we do get to take him home again. And the nurses are so wonderful and sweet to Sam that it makes it somewhat easier.

      I hope you get a hospital free Christmas this year.

  • UsedtobeEP

    Hi everyone. Missed the bulk of the lounge, but Happy Thanksgiving and Hanukkah to all. I love all the foodie conversation on here. Make me wish they blogged Top Chef. Tomorrow is the annual trek to the mountains to cut down the tree. Yep, I am one of THOSE people.

  • Sarah

    Well, we only lost one nephew for about half an hour at Monticello, and despite his mother’s total freakout and the rest of our tour group attempting to show a suitable amount of concern about the possibility that a CHILD might be MISSING at a NATIONAL LANDMARK, I knew he was fine the whole time. He was. Kid’s 11 after all. He was just fooling around in the outbuildings. I also got to give my youngest nephew (9) a ride for 40 minutes in my truck, and found out that 9 year olds don’t ever stop talking. He is very cute though. I lamented the huge, gaping hole that my fiancé left in the festivities because he had to work, and missed him something terrible, but all in all, it was a great holiday. I wasn’t sorry to get home last night for beer, my cats, my future husband, valium, leftovers, and a new season of WNTW on Netflix. Hope everyone made it through with flying colors, and if you didn’t, I hope you are at least glad it’s over.

    • formerlyAnon

      Sounds like a good day! Funny thing how many of those 9 year olds enter a multi-year sulk in just four or five years and however much they talk to their friends, their parents get monosyllables and grunts! It’s uncanny! And then, a few years later, it passes!

      • Sarah

        Oh yeah. My sixteen year old nephew said all of 10 words to me in 48 hours. But, I got some real, heartfelt hugs out of him, so I can’t ask for much more.

      • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

        I remember going shopping with my mother when I was about 13 and being consumed with an inarticulate rage because she spoke to the shop assistant on my behalf. Ignoring the fact that I was very shy and wouldn’t have dreamed of speaking to her myself. And then… the hormones simmer down to a low roar and we recover.

      • BrooklynBomber

        Ain’t it the truth! Auntie BB was a major attraction when my neices and nephew were small. Then they hit adolescence and all any of us every got out of them for several years were grunts and shrugs. Fortunately, we all made it trough those years; they’re adults now and, miraculously, and despite everyone’s best efforts, they turned out to be really, really lovely people.

  • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

    Anyone here for Walking Dead/Witches of East End? I’ve got hot cider with rum and cloves, and I’m hoping for company.

  • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

    “It isn’t personal” OH C’MON THIS IS BS.

    • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

      Any place that’s really safe is already occupied? Sounds like you’re boring and uncreative, Governor. Sounds sort of like your writers.

      • Isabel

        What happened to the little girls with the pistols? Are they now walking?

        • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

          Man, who knows. That was a mess of ridiculous tripe. Are we really going back to “Rick is going craaaaaaazy!” plotlines again? And subsistence camping? MEH.

  • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

    I fuckin’ miss Carol.

  • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

    I AM SO ANGRY. I know I’m all by myself in here, apparently, BUT SERIOUSLY. WHAT THE HELL

  • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

    I don’t know if Daryl and Michonne are enough to keep me watching among the moron hyprocrites.
    AND WHY ARE THERE ONLY WALKERS ON THE PRISON SIDE?
    ETA: And I DON’T BUY THE GOVERNOR’S MAGICAL MISGIVING OVERPOWERING CHARISMA. I DON’T SEE IT.

    • Isabel

      Carol will return.

      • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

        SHE BETTER

  • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

    Sigh. That was so dumb. I’m watching them trying to justify it in Talking Dead but they can’t justify how stupid all this is.
    ETA: NOW! WITCHES OF EAST END FOR A PALATE CLEANSE