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Thanksgiving 2013

jak & Cimmy's Thanksgiving tableWe 3 Pies of Thanksgiving ArePretty sure that's an apple piePecan piePumpkin pieWhat remains of the turkey so far

This was our first year hosting Thanksgiving, and it was a smashing success! jak cooked, and Cimmy baked.

Come join us at Flickr for more details.

Via Flickr:
Photos and artwork for our November celebration of Thanksgiving. In the United States, a Day of Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November.


Pumpkin pie and more

Princess mashing the pumpkin fleshBrining the seeds for toastingLeftover shell et alStoring pumpkin flesh for later usePumpkin piepumpkin bisque

Pumpkin pie and more, a set on Flickr.

I think this is a good follow-up to a discussion about favorite eats of the season (as seen at the Vox Diaspora’s QotW)

This photoset documents some of what we’ve done with a big pumpkin we got from Cimmorene’s parents. We forgot to take a picture of the pumpkin empanadas, but I plan to take some photos when we make pumpkin juice. (Cimmy and Princess got curious reading about it in the Harry Potter series.)

Crossposted to the Vox Journal Jar In Exile


[Vox Diaspora] QotW: 9/20-9/25

as seen at QotW: 9/20-9/25 (at the Vox Diaspora) and QotW: 9/20-9/25 (Fall Storms) (at VOX Journal Jar Group In Exile)

Depending on your hemisphere, spring or fall is arriving on Wednesday. Show us what you love and/or hate about the season.

As I am in the U.S. and therefore the Northern Hemisphere, it is the beginning of the fall season, also known as autumn.

I love Hallowe’en, otherwise known as Samhaim.  It is a wonderful time to be creative and to dress up, among other things.

(This is an old picture of a Halloween long gone, but I hope it will suffice for illustrative purposes.)

(This was not at Halloween, but is here to show Cimmorene’s superb makeup skills.  My daughter was inspired by the musical CATS after watching a soundstage recording of it.)

I love Thanksgiving.  Anyone that has followed my old blog at VOX knows I really enjoy cooking.  I have no photos of Thanksgiving eats right now, but I will say I am one of the few on Cimmy’s side of the family that likes mashed rutabaga.  This year, Cimmy will make pies filled with gooseberry and Granny Smith apples. flavored a bit more with strawberry gelatin.  If we are lucky to glean Concord grapes this year, we may also make grape pie.

(HEY!  Pay attention… you might see some photos of that if you sit tight!)

I enjoy mulled cider and many other warm drinks.  Fall is a great season for cooking– speaking of pies earlier, most winter squash and many root vegetables make fabulous pie, too.  Sure, I bet you know a few… winter squash like pumpkin, and root vegetables like sweet potatoes.  (Yes, sweet potatoes are roots, not tubers.)

My skin is tinged with blue veins and a lingering farmer’s tan– I am a Summer in the fashion coloring scheme, so I can’t wear autumn colors.  But it’s quite marvelous to see the trees with leaves that are all sorts of brilliant colors after shedding their green chlorophyll.  Not just orange, gold, brown, and the like– there’s purple on some trees, too.

Both Halloween and Thanksgiving are part of the big U.S. holiday block I call the “Happyhallowthankamas” season.  Though I consider myself a religious man, I know that most of it endures through simple “pagan” observance of the season, much less than worship.  Although I am goy (Ephramite if you take my beliefs kindly), I am mindful of the High Holidays my Jewish friends have been observing.  Incidentally, I have been working on an atonement and a repentance of my own… which is a private matter, and I won’t discuss it here.

Because sunshine is vital to keeping my moods healthy, I have been working on full-spectrum lighting in my home.  That is one thing I don’t like so much about fall– is the retreat and hiding of the sun, with shorter days and overcast skies much of the time.  I cannot afford a light box, but will manage other features.  There may be pictures of such soon, as well.

I could say more, but this is long.  I thank you if you have been reading this far.


QotD: Gobble Gobble

From the turkey and stuffing to all of the fixin's… Who's cooking your Thanksgiving dinner this year? What dish are you most looking forward to?

See also QotD: Talking Turkey; as I said before, cooking responsibilities are being shared by most all those who dine.
I just put the custard in pumpkin shell into the oven.  Princess Thunderstorm (my wife) has started her pies– a mixed berry, a pumpkin, and an apple pie each– and has had to make crusts from scratch because, unfortunately, the crust mix got weevils.  Trinity (my sister-in-law) is contributing to the hors d'oeuvre tray, if I remember right.  Leslie (my mother-in-law) is taking care of the turkey and that which immediately comes with it.

I am also bringing Klaussen half-sour pickles, and will try to make that sweet potato gnocchi Purplesque shared if there's time in the morning.  There is a possibility there might not be time, but since I did get sweet potatoes, it will be made eventually, perhaps for the feast at my parents' house on Friday.  I did not get a rutabaga, so the mashed rutabaga will not be on the table; I suspect most of the other "kids" might actually cheer on the inside once they find out (I like it, Cimmy likes it, but I don't think any of the rest of them do).

I am looking forward to all the dishes as there is an element of surprise this year.  My in-laws are fairly traditional, but the fact that the "kids" are all contributing upon the suggestion of one of my brothers-in-law practically dictates that there will be surprises, and although my mother-in-law asked for a list from everyone, I think that yes, I do think "surprises" will be literal in some aspects.

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