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Saturday, November 28, 2020

Weather/Fog ~ Bruiser ~ Picture of the Day ~ Some Thanksgiving Information ~ Grands Mini Turkey Pot Pies ~ My Thanksgiving Day Family ~ Small Business Saturday


Good 32º SUPER foggy morning!
Yesterday we started off foggy and cold. 

By early afternoon a lot of the fog left and we actually had blue skies......

Some fog still above my neighbors place.....

We went from the 30ºs to 52º and then clouds moved back in and it started dropping into the 40ºs. 

Bruiser was out enjoying the sun and warmer weather in the pasture.... hunting! He ended up bringing a mole up on the porch! UGH.

Picture of the Day ... 🙄

Interesting about Thanksgiving....
It turns out that our "traditional" Thanksgiving feast may not be as traditional as you might think. Many of the foods we associate with a traditional Thanksgiving dinner were not yet available for "The First Thanksgiving". Turkey was not the star of the feast either. Instead, venison headlined the meal, although there was a healthy selection of seafood, fowl, and fish. There was no cranberry sauce, no pumpkin pie, and no potatoes. The potato had not yet been grown in North America. There was no gravy either, since they didn’t yet have mills to produce flour.
There are four small towns in America that are named after the nation's favorite bird.  There is Turkey, Texas; Turkey, North Carolina, Turkey Creek, Louisiana; and and Turkey Creek, Arizona. Oh, and let's not forget the two townships in Pennsylvania: the creatively named Upper Turkeyfoot and Lower Turkeyfoot!,_Texas

The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York took place in 1914 when Macy’s employees dressed in vibrant costumes and marched to the flagship store on 34th Street. The parade used floats instead of balloons, and it featured monkeys, bears, camels, and elephants all borrowed from the Central Park Zoo. It was also originally called the Macy’s Christmas Parade, but was renamed the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1927.
George Washington was the first to declare Thanksgiving a holiday, but it was on a year-to-year basis, so presidents had to re-declare it every year, according to The Washington Post. Thomas Jefferson was so adamantly against Thanksgiving that he refused to declare it a holiday during his presidency, and many say that he called the holiday "the most ridiculous idea ever conceived." Most historians agree that Jefferson really refused to declare the holiday because he believed in the separation of church and state, and thought that the day of "prayer" violated the First Amendment. It wasn’t until 1863, when Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a federal holiday, that it was officially scheduled to fall on the fourth Thursday of every November.
The White House has a tradition of pardoning one lucky turkey each year. No one actually knows when U.S. presidents began offering their turkeys a presidential pardon. The annual tradition is believed to have begun in 1947 with President Harry Truman. However some historians believe that it actually started in the 1860s with Abraham Lincoln after his son Tad begged him to spare his pet turkey's life. Despite these two theories of the origins of the pardon, George H. W. Bush was the first president to officially grant a turkey a presidential pardon, according to The New York Times.

Here's a great idea for your leftover turkey.....
Grands Mini Turkey Pot Pies
1 10oz pkg frozen mixed vegetables, cooked
1 cup diced cooked turkey
1 10.5 oz can condensed cream of chicken soup
1 16.3 oz can Pillsbury Grands Flaky Refrigerated Biscuits

Heat oven to 375º. In bowl combine vegetables, turkey, and soup and mix well.
Press each biscuit into muffin tin cup. Place 1 round in each greased muffin cup. Firmly press in bottom and up side, forming 3/4" rim. Spoon a generous 1/3 cup turkey mixture into each. Pull edges of dough over filling towards center, pleat and pinch dough gently to hold in place.
Bake 25-30 minutes, or until biscuits are golden brown. Cool 1 minute, remove from pan.
  • If your family loves cheese, sprinkle some shredded cheddar cheese over each pot pie about 5 minutes before the end of the baking time.
  • Substitute any frozen (cooked) vegetables you have on hand, such as broccoli, corn, peas or green beans, for the mixed vegetables.
Historically this date....
1520 – After navigating through the South American strait, three ships under the command of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan reach the Pacific Ocean, becoming the first Europeans to sail from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific.

1994 – In Portage, Wisconsin, convicted serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer is clubbed to death by an inmate in the Columbia Correctional Institution gymnasium.
And births this date include...

1933 – Hope Lange, American actress (d. 2003)

1936 – Gary Hart, American politician
Involved in one of the top 10 political sex scandals of all time.

1949 – Paul Shaffer, Canadian orchestra leader

1950 – Ed Harris, American actor
1967 – Anna Nicole Smith, American television personality (d. 2007)
Here we are yesterday..... Jen carving the turkey....

Sami eating olives....

Dash on top of the pinball machine.... he's so funny, trying to catch the ball!

And all of us.... Grandma me, Grandma Jean (the hostess and cook!), Tucker, Brian, Sami, and Jen....

I only wish my daughter Kristen could have joined us! 
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Saturday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

Small Business Saturday reminds us of the prime shopping opportunities right in our own communities. Not only do the small businesses where we work, live, and play offer numerous gift-giving possibilities, they are hands-on and ready to complete your shopping list with quality, thoughtful gifts. 

Every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the Shop Small movement has energized small business owners to prepare for customers in every way possible. That includes the traditional brick and mortar customer to the online shopper. The single-day event continues to grow each year.  That means business owners are ready for you to shop their stores!

Small businesses feed our communities. They keep our main streets thriving and employ nearly half of the American workforce. Supporting small business means you’re supporting your local economy, local business, tax base, schools, and infrastructure. Your holiday shopping will put food on the tables of people you know. 

You be doing your community some good, and you will also be finding quality gifts. Small businesses take pride in their work. They’ve worked hard for their dream, and it shows in their craftsmanship. 


Keep these tips in mind when shopping this holiday:

  • Check your holiday shopping list for those who would like handcrafted items and buy locally.
  • Handcrafted means a lot of things. For example, woodworking to sewing, pottery to quilting, welding to jewelry, baked goods to preserves and so much more!
  • Small businesses may specialize in one area or they may offer a variety of services. Don’t hesitate to walk in and explore the store. You may be surprised to find what they offer, and discover the one thing you’ve been looking for. 
  • Who has a hard to shop for family member? We all do, right? Ask the shop owner for help. They often have ideas you’ve never considered that will fill your empty stocking. 

Explore your community while supporting small businesses. While finding your amazing gifts, give a shout out to your favorite small business, too! 


American Express founded Small Business Saturday in 2010 to get more customers into small businesses the Saturday after Thanksgiving.