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Thanksgiving

Bless Your Hearts, Here's a Thanksgiving Poem

Nov 26, 2015
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From The Poetry Foundation, a poem about a common High Plains saying.

Bless Their Hearts

By Richard Newman

At Steak 'n Shake I learned that if you add

“Bless their hearts” after their names, you can say

whatever you want about them and it’s OK.

My son, bless his heart, is an idiot,

she said. He rents storage space for his kids’

Conserve Confusion

Nov 25, 2015
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This holiday season that is generally dedicated to cooking and eating has brought on the need for a bit of research into the art of canning, serving, and naming fanciful fruit spreads.  So before setting down to a series of Thanksgiving  feasting, we'll look for answers to questions about the differences among jams, jellies, preserves, compotes, conserves, marmalades, and fruit butters.  Though they do have their differences, take it from me that they can all be delicious.    

"Land Mines" to Avoid This Thanksgiving

Nov 25, 2015
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  The Huffington Post has published a list of a few “land mines” to avoid this Thanksgiving. These are things you should avoid doing if you want to maintain your sanity over the holiday. First, don’t believe that Donna Reed is real. No family ever really gets along that well. There is very little you can do to control your relatives, but you can control how you respond to them. Next, don’t overstay your welcome. Some hosts may not want you in the kitchen helping.

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Imagine a time traveling pilgrim joined your family’s Thanksgiving celebration this year. After you got over the surprise of finding in individual wearing a tall hat, short pants, stockings, funny looking shoes, and possibly carrying an antique weapon in your dining room, you’d have to wonder about the differences between 1622 and 2014. Questions might include what this visitor thought about modern homes, holiday foods, and current pastimes to celebrate a national holiday that ties contemporary Americans to one of the first English settlements in the new world.

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Farmers raised fewer turkeys this year than they have in the past three decades - about 235 million gobblers, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Ann Knowles raised 70 broad breasted bronze and white turkeys on her small farm in western Illinois.

She coops up the plump birds at night to guard against predators, but lets them roam freely during the day.

Thanksgiving Maps Show Celebration Differences

Nov 27, 2013
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Not every one celebrates Thanksgiving the same.  Recently, eBay’s Deals Blog released a series of maps showing the differences across the United States.  

Our annual look back at the past gardening year brings some disappointments directly linked to a hard weather year.