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5 minutes ago, Critterfixer said:

I still remember that first Christmas with them. Colic like you wouldn't believe on Christmas Eve and somewhere a little after midnight they finally passed out.

I'm sorry. I can't even imagine.

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Here is the eyeroll-inducing brief history of my Mayflower ancestors:

Through Papa’s mom’s side of the family, we are related to 10 of the Mayflower passengers.

Isaac & Mary Allerton and their daughter, Mary.  Mary (the mother) gave birth to a stillborn child in Plymouth Harbor and died the first winter.  Little Mary was four when she travelled across the ocean. 

John Goodman – Not much is known about John Goodman, although he and a friend did spend a snowy, wet night in a tree in the forest because they heard wild animals and were afraid to return to the settlement.  They returned to the settlement the next day.

Degory Priest – Degory left his wife and two daughters in England, planning to bring them to Plymouth after things were settled.  He died the first winter.

John and Joan Tilley, and their daughter Elizabeth – John and Joan Tilley both died the first year.  Elizabeth, who was about 13 at the time of the Mayflower crossing, married John Howland a few years later.

John Howland – John Howland is your famous ancestor who fell off the ship in the middle of the Atlantic.  We are thankful to all who worked to rescue him!

Richard Warren – Richard Warren left his wife and five daughters; they joined him in 1623 after sailing on the ship Anne.

 

 

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We had dinner at my parents’ house. It was traditional fare. Had a nice afternoon. Got our Christmas card picture taken. I’m not thrilled, the sun wasn’t at a great angle, but whatever. I’ll never pretend to be Ansel Adams. Now I am having a snack of leftovers and a sliver of pecan pie.

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1 hour ago, Junie said:

I am also part Muscogee Creek.  So we have both Pilgrim and Native American ancestry.  I pretend it's why my children don't always get along...  Warring factions, and all that.

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I didn't get my sweet potatoes with marshmallows this year.  Dh forgot to bring down marshmallows.  But I should get them Sunday when we have dinner with my mom and dd. 

MIL's internet is pretty week.  I can usually manage to get on a little bit in the morning but by afternoon there are evidently too many people on and I keep getting kicked out.  

Today's plan is same as yesterday, work on classes.  Which I can do without internet for quite a bit of it.   

Dh is trying to get MIL to come up to our house for a few days at Christmas.  At first I thought it wasn't such a great idea, but now I'm thinking being able to be in my own bed would be worth it.   I barely slept the last two nights. 

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I’m a little late posting my menu, but we had:

Roast turkey, gravy, scalloped potatoes, bacon and oyster stuffing, Cabernet cranberry sauce, jellied cranberry sauce, caramelized carrots, crisp brussels sprout leaves, green beans, corn bread, cranberry chess pie, and pumpkin pie with homemade whipped cream

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Later today we'll go to the Christmas tree stand and pick out a Front Porch Tree so I can go outside and smell my Christmas Tree.

Oh!  And we found the nativity that was missing last year.  Apparently I packed it away in a small box (properly labeled "Nativity") and it never made it out of the attic.  But we have it this year! 🎉

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Good Morning!!!!

COFFEE!!~D

Friday!!!!

No pumpkin pie for breakfast here. Since I didn’t host, we didn’t have gobs left over. Besides, I only took yesterday off my eating plan. Today we are back at it.

My Aunt and Uncle’s boutique is today, and the little girls are serving COFFEE!!!~D there, so I need to get them there by 10:00. We are going to DH’s parents’ for dinner tonight. I am bringing dinner. So, I think I will make Turkey tetrazzini. I have bread I baked Tuesday to bring and I think I will make homemade applesauce. And I have a frozen pie I bought at the fundraiser for DD’s school. 
 

I suppose I will take down the fall decorations and start decorating for Christmas. My only nod to the early Christmas season this year was listening to Christmas music early, and of course the Hallmark Christmas movies.

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14 minutes ago, Susan in TN said:

Later today we'll go to the Christmas tree stand and pick out a Front Porch Tree so I can go outside and smell my Christmas Tree.

Oh!  And we found the nativity that was missing last year.  Apparently I packed it away in a small box (properly labeled "Nativity") and it never made it out of the attic.  But we have it this year! 🎉

I have been wanting to get a nice Nativity for years. I know I will have to fork out some cash, and I am ok with that because I want something that will be nice for years to come, but I’m still a bit of a tight wad, and just can’t seem to do it.

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Happy Pie for Breakfast Day to all who are observing. 🙂

Between lunch and dinner yesterday, we had a chicken, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, peas, the pie, cranberry sauce (we like canned), spinach and artichoke dip with veggies to dip in it, a not so impressive cider (I didn't go to the Farmers' Market, which is the only place to get the One True Cider), and grape juice.

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2 hours ago, ikslo said:

I’m a little late posting my menu, but we had:

Roast turkey, gravy, scalloped potatoes, bacon and oyster stuffing, Cabernet cranberry sauce, jellied cranberry sauce, caramelized carrots, crisp brussels sprout leaves, green beans, corn bread, cranberry chess pie, and pumpkin pie with homemade whipped cream

Can I have the stuffing recipe if you liked it?

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28 minutes ago, Slache said:

Can I have the stuffing recipe if you liked it?

I make it every year.  It’s this basic recipe: https://www.marthastewart.com/863002/smoked-oyster-and-bacon-stuffing 

I cook the bacon first (I use more than the recipe, and make sure it is fresh, thick bacon from the grocer, not packaged), then cook the onions and celery in the bacon fat. Then I cook up fresh oysters, chopped.  One pan.  I don’t use whole smoked oysters. I use some of the oyster juices in place of some of the stock. 

ETA: I start it as soon as I put the turkey in, and refrigerate assembled until the turkey comes out, at which point I just pop it in the oven for half an hour while I finish all the other last minute things.

ETA2: I prep the bread and cut the onions/celery/parsley the day before.  I have a large restaurant style soup pot I put the croutons in, and then I just add all the ingredients to that as I prep them on Thanksgiving.  Allows me plenty of space to mix all the ingredients together.

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15 hours ago, KrissiK said:

We had dinner at my parents’ house. It was traditional fare. Had a nice afternoon. Got our Christmas card picture taken. I’m not thrilled, the sun wasn’t at a great angle, but whatever. I’ll never pretend to be Ansel Adams. Now I am having a snack of leftovers and a sliver of pecan pie.

I got to see a bunch of Ansel Adams' art the other day!

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18 minutes ago, KrissiK said:

Five hours??? Priorities, people. Priorities!!

I'm so sorry!  I was getting the Advent Calendar together and dealing with frustratingly stupid decorative doodads that wouldn't stay in place and I swear if one more person comes in to ask me when Advent starts I'm going to throw a major tantrum.  (NO Slache!  I saw that look in your eyes!)

On a happier note, I have my proper Christmas smelling tree set up on the front porch.  I made some little Advent treat bags for dd22 to take back and share with her roommates.  Dh is cooking spaghetti for dinner.  I found all the Advent song packets that were not packed away in the box I expected them to be in.

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In case you need some Holiday inspiration.  I think this is my favorite - I don't know who James is, and I wonder about the casual venue - a school, maybe?  But the performance is breathtaking.  "A Child is Born in Bethlehem" arranged by Ørjan Matre.

 

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3 hours ago, Susan in TN said:

In case you need some Holiday inspiration.  I think this is my favorite - I don't know who James is, and I wonder about the casual venue - a school, maybe?  But the performance is breathtaking.  "A Child is Born in Bethlehem" arranged by Ørjan Matre.

 

I needed that, Susan 

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5 minutes ago, Jean in Newcastle said:

I don’t think that I am going to decorate. Half of my living room and 3/4 of my dining room are taken up with kitchen stuff. Trying to cram decorations in there would probably send me over the edge. 

You can come here for Christmas.

1 minute ago, Susan in TN said:

So much happiness!

How is your house so clean?  We are almost done decorating and it looks like a hurricane came through.

How are the beignets?  They look delicious!  Especially with the goop.

The life changing magic of tidying up.

Wonderful. Not fluffy enough by user error (didn't let it rise overnight). Tasted like stuffed elephant ears. 10/10. Would eat again.

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I swore off the internet yesterday, so late Happy Thanksgiving! We had turkey, cornbread dressing, green beans, cranberry sauce, mac & cheese (Pioneer Woman's first recipe), dinner rolls. Gymnast was in charge of desserts: rice crispy treats, cookies, pumpkin pie.

We ate dinner while watching the original Miracle on 34th street. Only then may Christmasy things begin. There are no Christmas movies or music until after Thanksgiving. I made up that rule and strictly enforce. They turned on the lights yesterday too. 

Today, I worked a bit on classes, we took a walk in the river, and I worked more on classes while we watched more Christmas movies. We really like Christmas Inheritance. Tomorrow (Saturday), we'll put up the tree and decorate while listening to Cinnamon Bear. I'm so sappy.

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2 hours ago, Another Lynn said:

Early morning swim taxi.  Now what...?  Coffee?  Back to bed?  Work on my plan to take over the world?  

Second round of swim taxi.  Now I'm tired and it's kinda late for going back to bed.  Maybe I'll start laundry and wait til tomorrow to take over the world.  

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Good morning!

Didn’t sleep very well. My arm and hip were aching for some reason. Too much pie, I suppose. 

Right now I’m sitting on the sofa holding the Golden Angel sideways. Dh knocked it over and the wing broke so I’m waiting for the glue to dry. 

Dd22 goes back to school today for a couple weeks. I NEED to get laundry done.  Hopefully we will be able to go to the church after lunch and help decorate for Advent and then puppy has a training class after that. 

Coffee!

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1 hour ago, Susan in TN said:

Good morning!

Didn’t sleep very well. My arm and hip were aching for some reason. Too much pie, I suppose. 

Right now I’m sitting on the sofa holding the Golden Angel sideways. Dh knocked it over and the wing broke so I’m waiting for the glue to dry. 

Dd22 goes back to school today for a couple weeks. I NEED to get laundry done.  Hopefully we will be able to go to the church after lunch and help decorate for Advent and then puppy has a training class after that. 

Coffee!

...that reminds me of a Hallmark movie....  🤣

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