Thursday, November 27, 2014

The food, the Snow, the Day: Thanksgiving

Flag in Front of the House
Happy Thanksgiving! This is one of those truly American holidays that cuts across all of the cultural boundaries.

I am saddened that more retailers are opening their stores on the holiday this year. Thanksgiving was the last holiday that retailers recognized and now, even this holiday, is being minimized in the pursuit of profit.

The season of the turkey is here for the annual celebration. Yet, even yesterday, the tendrils of winter reached across the land to provide a sample of the cold, dark, weather on tap for the next couple of months.
Snow in my Yard

The scene around the area was very wintery. Even in my yard there were examples of the snowy, cold weather although for the most part this area was spared the terrible conditions faced by many others in the northeast. 

I am glad that I was not traveling yesterday and that the travelers in the family had already safely arrived at their destinations.
Cranberries on the Stove

I got to experiment with cooking yesterday afternoon by making cranberry sauce from scratch. I love canned cranberry sauce, because I have only rarely been able to taste the made from scratch variety. I believe I may never appreciate the canned variety again. Especially since one of the secret ingredients in the cranberry sauce I made is Port! Yup!
The completed Cranberry Sauce

Food, football, family, friends, and fun! I am ready for the day.  (The five "F's" of Thanksgiving)

I will take time to give thanks for the blessings that I have received today and for the blessings that everyone in my family has received. We are richly blessed and we are genuinely thankful.

Have a great day. Be well. Give thanks.

--Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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