Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Thurs 27=11=09 = Thanksgiving USA

OK, this is jusr a short little post in the hope SOMEBODY might be able to tell me:  all you American ladies \(men too I suppose) have been busy busy busy preparing for Thanksgiving and all and the descent upon your houses of sundry family and friends.

By my reckoning that makes just a few people doing all the work and a vast number just being guests.   Am 
I right?  If I am, how old do you have to be before you learn how to cook a turkey?  As I write this 75% of America is on the move, going home.  What would happen if their homebody decided to pay a visit home too?

I am not being disrespectful (not wilfully anyway);  I was just wondering how it works.

Right, I'm going into hiding now!!!

lots of love and a VERY HAPPY THANKSGIVING - wherever you are,



I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

That is something to think about for sure. I know that most of my children know how to cook the turkey and the pies and all the rest. When they come to my house they all do bring something too. This year DS#1 and his wife brought the pumpkin pies and DD brought a pasta salad and DS#5 and his wife brought a green bean casserole and DS#6 and his wife did the mashed potatoes and rolls. I did all the rest but they thankfully did help me with it all too. Thanks for thinking about us.

Eileen said...

You got it EXACTLY right! It's usually one or two WOMEN doing all the cooking and most of the clean-up!

Last year it was at our home (my sister-in-law and I cooked for twenty-eight people), and this year it is at her house (same twenty-eight people). The family gets larger and larger as the 'kids' marry and then have children of their own, but the same two are always doing all the work!

We complain, but we have fun too!
All the best,

Marie said...

Angie, the women cook, the men play football! Everybody eats . . . well, unless you happen to be the cook in a big house . . . then you just cook, and everybody else eats! haha Love you loads! xxoo

joolzmac said...

It is a dilemma we face at Christmas time. It's my turn to host Christmas but that means 26 adults and 10 children and some people wanted a hot roast lunch. How do you cook a hot lunch for that many without chaos and everything going cold while your preparing it. Not to mention that it could be 35C+ (95F+)!
There were some arguments about who should/could/would bring what and then it was decided that we would have COLD Christmas lunch - like we have always done. Every family can bring a salad, dessert, nibbles and a platter of meat (we do turkey breast, pork, ham, chickens) and share. My 2 girls are the youngest of the 10 grandchildren but we now have 15 great grandchildren in the family (plus another due on 10/12/09!) so the numbers are ever expanding.
It's always a good day though - we all get along just fine and we always eat way too much and by evening we just have all the leftovers and keep things lubricated with good wine and ale.

Cheers - Joolz

Sage said...

Hi Angie,
You hit it right on the nose. I am not an American and thank God our Thanksgiving is so much earlier. I always felt sorry for them having this big holday so close to Christmas. Thanks for your visit.

Blessings each day said...

Fortunately I was blessed with two husbands (one now in Heaven) who help with the preparations (children too, actually) as it is a HUGE job. The night before my pies are cooked, the home made potatoe rolls are baked and the stuffing is ready to be cooked.

My daughter who lives 120 miles away will be going to her nearby MIL's for Thanksgiving and bringing the pies, but she will also make her own turkey the next day just to have the leftovers! The big disadvantage of others coming to your home is thaq they don't get the wonderful leftovers! We don't have company this year but we'd love to have you and Keith...when can we expect you??

blessings and happy hugs,


Raquel said...

Angie, I am not sure what the average age you learn to cook a turkey at is, but I cooked my first one at 18. We do usually go to Mom's house - at her request. It is the only holiday she does big. We all pretty much pitch in - this year my neice and her husband are cooking the turkey. I am doing stuffing, gravy, scalloped onions, pecan pie, cherry pie and chocolate pie. The work usually does get left to just a few, but the together time is worth it - I think! Much love - Raquel XO

LISBETH said...

Hi Angie just wondering how you are going on with the "mean machine" have you been on any adventures yet?

Jasper said...

Hi Angie,

I have always found preparations for a large roast dinner to be extremely straightforward. I simply doze (possibly dreaming of succulent, roasted, fowl) until Ruth tells me it is ready. Then I eat it.

I find the process extremely tiring, so often settle for a doze immediately after my meal.

Job done!

Hope this helps you ladies.

With love,
Jasper xxx

Ben said...

Although there's a practical limit to the number of people who can (or should) be actively involved in cooking at the dinner itself, we've found it's helpful to have everyone bring something. (If there are kids of cooking age, it's also a great "teaching moment.") We've found, too, that rotating at whose house the party is held spreads the burden out at least a little.

Hope your day was great!


Jenny said...

Definitely a true observation. Unfortunately I am the place to go...not the person to get invited. In my next life I am going to be a rotten cook! ha!