Something To Be Thankful For  

mc_justmc 58M  
1129 posts
11/17/2018 5:44 pm
Something To Be Thankful For


After my and granddaughters moved in and the wife moved on I took over all the Mom duties in the house. This included the Thanksgiving dinner. I'd never cooked anything like this before and wasn't too confident, despite my culinary creativity. My cooking had always been along the line of breakfast tacos, Dorito meatloaf, and homemade Pizza. I have a few TexMex dishes I've made up that were popular, but nothing like a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Wow! I've worked in restaurants before and knew how busy things can get, but trying to serve up turkey and all the rest and getting it all to the table hot, unburned, and fully cooked at the same time was some kind of feat.

I tried this a few yrs before I realized a 4 and a 6 yr old weren't going eat anything save a roll with butter, some mashed potatoes, or stove top stuffing. They could care less for turkey, cranberry sauce, green beans, etc. And it wasn't MY cooking, they didn't like turkey at the other grandparents house, either. So, about 5 yrs ago I decided to give them a dinner they could be thankful for. I told everyone they could pick one main dish, one side, anything they wanted, and I'd make enough so that everyone could have some of everything. It worked, they eat, they get excited picking their dishes, and now hate going to the other grandparents just that much more. SUCCESS!!!

Over the years we've come up with a few constants for every dinner. Since everybody loves stuffing and Texas cheese toast, those are automatically on the menu, plus I always allow a few "extras" just to NOT limit their enjoyment.

Anywho, after all this rambling BS, here's this years Thanksgiving Meal for 2018:

Stuffing
Tamales
Texas cheese toast
Eggrolls
Fish Sticks
Mashed potatoes
Spaghetti
Waffle Fries
Chicken Strips
Taquitos

Do you have a traditional dinner or do you have something different?

mc_justmc 58M  
4169 posts
11/17/2018 5:46 pm

Yea Buddy!

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Naughtypursuit 51F  
1555 posts
11/17/2018 5:54 pm

Haha I remember going to my Uncle Jerry's for holiday dinners was always KFC...

I keep it traditional here... I am lucky my daughter has always loved turkey...the veggies were always an issue though..


mc_justmc 58M  
4169 posts
11/17/2018 6:15 pm

    Quoting Naughtypursuit:
    Haha I remember going to my Uncle Jerry's for holiday dinners was always KFC...

    I keep it traditional here... I am lucky my daughter has always loved turkey...the veggies were always an issue though..
We threw out more than half a turkey for 2 yrs because me and my son couldn't eat it before it got questionable, such a waste of money. These leftover always get eaten.


pocogato12 66F  
24168 posts
11/17/2018 6:20 pm

I love Thanksgiving. I used to have what we decided to call Orphans Day. Anyone who had no place to go could come to my home and bring a dish( not the two-legged variety) after a phone call to me so I might have to decide if it worked into the basic plan. I had folks from the UK who brought the best roasted potatoes I have ever eaten and I never made mashed fro that day. I got twice baked stuffed sweet yams Someone brought duck gravy that went superbly with turkey and we also got roasted Brussels sprouts.
This year I am doing squash pie( sweet pumpkin) and I make the stuffing from the beginning by drying my own torn breads. Your menu ROCKS!!!

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s2ndegree 59M  
8385 posts
11/17/2018 6:24 pm

I love picture from Bitter Homes and Gardens.
I knew a guy that used to bone out 20 pound turkeys
and stuff the whole thing back into the shape of what he recalected
A turkey looked liked after he'd consumed 2 bottles of wine during the
Whole process.Best runover tortoise I'd ever eaten.

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tauro1670 42M
9 posts
11/17/2018 6:33 pm

no entiendo................................


sexyldy1000 58F  
1792 posts
11/17/2018 6:35 pm

Although turkey dinner with all the trimmings is probably my all-time favourite meal, I stopped cooking one. Itโ€™s just too much food.
Traditions are whatever you define them to be. Kudos to you for the creativity and making everyone happy ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Naughtypursuit 51F  
1555 posts
11/17/2018 6:36 pm

    Quoting mc_justmc:
    We threw out more than half a turkey for 2 yrs because me and my son couldn't eat it before it got questionable, such a waste of money. These leftover always get eaten.
I make an extra big turkey for leftovers. I freeze it, make soup, pot pie etc


mc_justmc 58M  
4169 posts
11/17/2018 6:56 pm

    Quoting pocogato12:
    I love Thanksgiving. I used to have what we decided to call Orphans Day. Anyone who had no place to go could come to my home and bring a dish( not the two-legged variety) after a phone call to me so I might have to decide if it worked into the basic plan. I had folks from the UK who brought the best roasted potatoes I have ever eaten and I never made mashed fro that day. I got twice baked stuffed sweet yams Someone brought duck gravy that went superbly with turkey and we also got roasted Brussels sprouts.
    This year I am doing squash pie( sweet pumpkin) and I make the stuffing from the beginning by drying my own torn breads. Your menu ROCKS!!!
That's a cool idea! That's a real Thanksgiving with everyone bringing a dish. I've never had roasted Brussels sprouts, now I want some!


mc_justmc 58M  
4169 posts
11/17/2018 6:59 pm

    Quoting s2ndegree:
    I love picture from Bitter Homes and Gardens.
    I knew a guy that used to bone out 20 pound turkeys
    and stuff the whole thing back into the shape of what he recalected
    A turkey looked liked after he'd consumed 2 bottles of wine during the
    Whole process.Best runover tortoise I'd ever eaten.
Hahahaha I bet that was a sight!


mc_justmc 58M  
4169 posts
11/17/2018 7:03 pm

    Quoting tauro1670:
    no entiendo................................
quรฉ no entiendes?


pagancountrygirl 61F
3775 posts
11/17/2018 7:03 pm

I love turkey and especially smoked turkey. So I'm having smoked turkey and sweet potatoes. Oh...and cranberries. Yeah, it's just me and I'm going to have a lot left over, but I'll be eating turkey for a week...long after the sweet potatoes run out.
Good for you for asking the kids what they want! Saves wasted food that way and makes them happy.

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mc_justmc 58M  
4169 posts
11/17/2018 7:07 pm

    Quoting sexyldy1000:
    Although turkey dinner with all the trimmings is probably my all-time favourite meal, I stopped cooking one. Itโ€™s just too much food.
    Traditions are whatever you define them to be. Kudos to you for the creativity and making everyone happy ๐Ÿ˜Š
Exactly, too much food, considering only me and my son were really eating anything. After a dinner and one or two "leftover" meals, I am done with Turkey for a year. If I knew how to convert all that meat into Turkey bacon, I'd be in heaven.


mc_justmc 58M  
4169 posts
11/17/2018 7:09 pm

    Quoting Naughtypursuit:
    I make an extra big turkey for leftovers. I freeze it, make soup, pot pie etc
Do you know how to make the leftovers into turkey bacon?


mc_justmc 58M  
4169 posts
11/17/2018 7:13 pm

    Quoting pagancountrygirl:
    I love turkey and especially smoked turkey. So I'm having smoked turkey and sweet potatoes. Oh...and cranberries. Yeah, it's just me and I'm going to have a lot left over, but I'll be eating turkey for a week...long after the sweet potatoes run out.
    Good for you for asking the kids what they want! Saves wasted food that way and makes them happy.
I love smoked turkey. These girls have never eaten chicken that wasn't breaded. The thought of eating chicken off the bone horrifies them. The oldest just started eating red meat.


FMAOPLS 65F  
24832 posts
11/17/2018 8:05 pm

We always have a traditional dinner, although it sometimes includes ham, along with the stuffed turkey. I haven''t had to prepare it for years (since shortly after my ex left). I think I did it for the next 2 or 3 years and invited my parents to come and join the kids and I.

I miss having the inner at my house, because I LOVE turkey, potatoes, stuffing and gravy leftovers - but no enough to do a turkey dinner, on my own, for 1 person.

I have vivid memories of my kids NOT liking the big turkey dinner, and asking why they couldn't have macaroni or spaghetti, or something they liked (and they were quite a bit older than 6 and 4).

What is Texas Cheese Toast? Recipe, please.


Paulxx001 61M
3850 posts
11/17/2018 8:09 pm

Hey... That's a great idea and a kool menu! Sure! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘Traditions? I used to get traditionally hammered on Thanksgiving... but that gets old... after a while. Plus they've just legalized a natural herb here. I'm going to give that a shot this year... and start a new tradition. I imagine I'll be the only one still eating... long after everyone has left the table... Hey. Have a great Thanksgiving! ๐Ÿ—๐ŸŒถ๏ธ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ“

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SeaGirlFL 54F  
6082 posts
11/17/2018 8:40 pm

What a great tradition.

Our Thanksgiving was always the "traditional" one...turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry jelly, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, green beans with bacon and onions, rolls. Pumpkin and pecan pies for dessert. At some point we swapped out the green beans for sauted brussels sprouts.

I loved cooking the big meals. I created a schedule, working backwards from the time I want dinner on the table, and prepped as much ahead of time as I could. That allowed me to visit with family and still get everything done.

This year it's just me, I'm doing a turkey breast, stuffing, brussels sprouts, and cranberry relish. Maybe homemade rolls. We'll see. Just enough left over so I'll get tired of it, but not enough that I'll have to throw it away.

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mc_justmc 58M  
4169 posts
11/17/2018 8:41 pm

    Quoting FMAOPLS:
    We always have a traditional dinner, although it sometimes includes ham, along with the stuffed turkey. I haven''t had to prepare it for years (since shortly after my ex left). I think I did it for the next 2 or 3 years and invited my parents to come and join the kids and I.

    I miss having the inner at my house, because I LOVE turkey, potatoes, stuffing and gravy leftovers - but no enough to do a turkey dinner, on my own, for 1 person.

    I have vivid memories of my kids NOT liking the big turkey dinner, and asking why they couldn't have macaroni or spaghetti, or something they liked (and they were quite a bit older than 6 and 4).

    What is Texas Cheese Toast? Recipe, please.
Texas cheese toast is a frozen food we have at the stores. Texas toast is a real thick slice of toasted bread, like an inch and a half thick. Then they put garlic and cheese on one side. You put it in the oven for 10 mins.


mc_justmc 58M  
4169 posts
11/17/2018 8:46 pm

    Quoting Paulxx001:
    Hey... That's a great idea and a kool menu! Sure! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘Traditions? I used to get traditionally hammered on Thanksgiving... but that gets old... after a while. Plus they've just legalized a natural herb here. I'm going to give that a shot this year... and start a new tradition. I imagine I'll be the only one still eating... long after everyone has left the table... Hey. Have a great Thanksgiving! ๐Ÿ—๐ŸŒถ๏ธ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ“
I usually get hammered the natural way after the girls go to their 2nd Thanksgiving, and then I'm usually the 1st one having leftovers.


mc_justmc 58M  
4169 posts
11/17/2018 8:51 pm

    Quoting SeaGirlFL:
    What a great tradition.

    Our Thanksgiving was always the "traditional" one...turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry jelly, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, green beans with bacon and onions, rolls. Pumpkin and pecan pies for dessert. At some point we swapped out the green beans for sauted brussels sprouts.

    I loved cooking the big meals. I created a schedule, working backwards from the time I want dinner on the table, and prepped as much ahead of time as I could. That allowed me to visit with family and still get everything done.

    This year it's just me, I'm doing a turkey breast, stuffing, brussels sprouts, and cranberry relish. Maybe homemade rolls. We'll see. Just enough left over so I'll get tired of it, but not enough that I'll have to throw it away.
Oh the backwards schedule is a great idea. That's pretty smart. I'm gonna try that!


PAWAPh 42M
1883 posts
11/17/2018 9:23 pm

Actually, That's A Good Looking Spread.

What Time Should I Be There?

I'll Bring The Party Favors, Buddy!

*Our Family Tradition Is Making Lasagna*

Jack


mc_justmc 58M  
4169 posts
11/18/2018 5:43 am

    Quoting PAWAPh:
    Actually, That's A Good Looking Spread.

    What Time Should I Be There?

    I'll Bring The Party Favors, Buddy!

    *Our Family Tradition Is Making Lasagna*

    Jack
Damn! Bring some of that Lasagna!


mature_951 57F  
3223 posts
11/18/2018 1:22 pm

mmm. waffle fries and tamales.... got an extra chair?
I go to my best friend's house and I bring jalapeno popper dip and pecan pie. She's a great cook and so is her mother-in-law so they do all the heavy work. I used to do dinner when I was married and I thought it was just fine.

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2trythis 55F  
4441 posts
11/18/2018 2:10 pm

You're making memories, those are more important than the meal. The fact that you think outside the box makes you the cool grandpa.


mc_justmc 58M  
4169 posts
11/18/2018 4:11 pm

    Quoting mature_951:
    mmm. waffle fries and tamales.... got an extra chair?
    I go to my best friend's house and I bring jalapeno popper dip and pecan pie. She's a great cook and so is her mother-in-law so they do all the heavy work. I used to do dinner when I was married and I thought it was just fine.
Cooking a traditional dinner is heavy work. Except for spaghetti, stuffing, and fish sticks, my cooking will all be heat and eat.


mc_justmc 58M  
4169 posts
11/18/2018 4:14 pm

    Quoting 2trythis:
    You're making memories, those are more important than the meal. The fact that you think outside the box makes you the cool grandpa.
I'm hoping they remember these dinners fondly and maybe do the same for their kids. If you knew the other grandparents you'd know, I was always the cool grandpa.


lindoboy100 55M
19966 posts
11/18/2018 4:55 pm

Sounds delicious McJustMcJust, and it sounds like a fabulous family day too!!

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TicklePlease 51F  
11421 posts
11/19/2018 5:36 am

I've never been a fan of the traditional turkey dinner... once I got to be in charge I had lobster.

This year I'll be in Vegas, who knows what I'll have!


cinnamon0133 54F  
16902 posts
11/19/2018 10:46 am

Always the huge Turkey dinner. Mashed potatoes, carrots, brussel sprouts green bean casserole, stuffing, Turkey, cranberry sauce and gravy. The only thing that varies are the veggies. Your dinner sounds good!

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mc_justmc 58M  
4169 posts
11/19/2018 2:24 pm

    Quoting lindoboy100:
    Sounds delicious McJustMcJust, and it sounds like a fabulous family day too!!
It should be quite a McFeast, and easy considering most of it is heat and serve.


mc_justmc 58M  
4169 posts
11/19/2018 2:29 pm

    Quoting TicklePlease:
    I've never been a fan of the traditional turkey dinner... once I got to be in charge I had lobster.

    This year I'll be in Vegas, who knows what I'll have!
I never liked Turkey in that form. If I knew how to make turkey bacon I'd be in heaven. Lobster would be excellent! If I was in Vegas I'd like a Vegas showgirl for dinner!


mc_justmc 58M  
4169 posts
11/19/2018 2:31 pm

    Quoting cinnamon0133:
    Always the huge Turkey dinner. Mashed potatoes, carrots, brussel sprouts green bean casserole, stuffing, Turkey, cranberry sauce and gravy. The only thing that varies are the veggies. Your dinner sounds good!
Green bean casserole is probably one of the 1st things that turned me off of the Thanksgiving dinner, but a baked Turkey just bores me to tears.


smartasswoman 61F  
29226 posts
11/19/2018 4:06 pm

Ha! That is definitely a menu designed by kids!

Iโ€™m not a huge fan of the traditional Thanksgiving menu and not at all upset that Iโ€™ll be out of the country for Thanksgiving this year. Itโ€™ll be interesting to see what the hotel decides to serve us. Iโ€™m pretty sure turkey is not even available in S. America. They still have Black Friday sales though *eyeroll*


mc_justmc 58M  
4169 posts
11/19/2018 4:34 pm

A country where Turkey isn't available? I need to move there!


author51 55F  
65235 posts
11/21/2018 1:18 am

What a varied menu it is...What a great idea letting them choose something so at least you know they are going to eat. I am no turkey lover so instead go with baked ham..Kudos for being the cool Grandpa that you are... I am thankful to wake up every day so far. The rest is bonus....

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mc_justmc 58M  
4169 posts
11/21/2018 2:55 am

    Quoting author51:
    What a varied menu it is...What a great idea letting them choose something so at least you know they are going to eat. I am no turkey lover so instead go with baked ham..Kudos for being the cool Grandpa that you are... I am thankful to wake up every day so far. The rest is bonus....
I thought they should get a choice since it's their day, too.


sweet_VM 60F  
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11/21/2018 10:39 pm

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Koffla 62M
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11/22/2018 1:30 am


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mc_justmc 58M  
4169 posts
11/22/2018 1:40 am

    Quoting sweet_VM:
    Happy Thanksgiving Hugs V
Thanks V


mc_justmc 58M  
4169 posts
11/22/2018 1:41 am

    Quoting Koffla:

    Feliz Dia de Accion de Gracias! - Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks and a Happy Thanksgiving to you.


luvgluv19 70M  
2349 posts
11/22/2018 7:50 am

Thank you for taking care of business and Happy Thanks Giving


mc_justmc 58M  
4169 posts
11/22/2018 9:07 am

    Quoting luvgluv19:
    Thank you for taking care of business and Happy Thanks Giving
Thank you and a Happy Thanksgiving to you!


dayzeeme 50F
6513 posts
11/22/2018 10:49 pm

holy crap that is some menu!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can't say I wouldn't take some of each too!! Sounds like a fun meal to be at. Hope it was fun!


mc_justmc 58M  
4169 posts
11/23/2018 6:25 am

    Quoting dayzeeme:
    holy crap that is some menu!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can't say I wouldn't take some of each too!! Sounds like a fun meal to be at. Hope it was fun!
It was good, tons of leftovers. Come get a plate!


MWMdaddyheaven 42M
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11/29/2018 4:42 pm

Life & love & laughter


mc_justmc 58M  
4169 posts
11/29/2018 8:57 pm

ok


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