For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Happy Thanksgiving! From our family to yours many blessings for the beginning of our Holiday Season! We are grateful for you!
Thanksgiving is a day of gratitude, prayer, family, parades, football, and an endless amount of feasting. After weeks (or for some families months) of preparation, travel plans, recipe exchanges, and last minute trips to the grocery store we gather with friends, neighbors and family to reconnect, catch up, watch football and share the good fortune of the year in one very large celebratory meal. A meal that will most likely include: turkey, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, dinner rolls, green bean casserole and pumpkin pie among other regional and family favorites.
According to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, in 2012 the United States will raise 254 million turkeys and produce 768 million pounds of cranberries, 2.7 billion pounds of sweet potatoes, 2.27 billion bushels of wheat, 672,370 tons of green beans and 1.1 billion pounds of pumpkin. We’ve certainly grown as a country from the first three-day feast of Thanksgiving that was celebrated in the autumn of 1621.
And our Thanksgiving menus have expanded too. Once thought of as an untouchable traditional American meal, over the years we’ve added new favorites like tamales, lasagna, curries, soul food and vegan recipes to our Thanksgiving dinners as our tastes, budgets and communities change. This year the most popular Thanksgiving recipes on Pinterest include: Bacon Wrapped Turkey, Vegetarian Thanksgiving, White Wine Turkey Gravy, Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake and a Hearty Vegetable Vegan Pot Pie. Which is probably why this Thanksgiving toast has become an American favorite!
“May your stuffing be tasty.
May your turkey plump.
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize.
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs.”
What new food or recipe got added to your Thanksgiving feast this year?
Playing a close second to the food at Thanksgiving, Holiday and Christmas shopping is on many American’s minds…you might have seen the tents parked outside many big box store retailers as dedicated shoppers patiently wait for those door-buster Black Friday sales! If last year is any indication, between Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, Americans will spend more than $52 billion dollars during the extended weekend.
If you’re a Thanksgiving night or Black Friday shopper you can thank President Franklin D. Roosevelt for the extra shopping days! The National Archives writes that in 1939, Roosevelt’s concerns, “that the shortened Christmas shopping season might dampen the economic recovery, issued a Presidential Proclamation moving Thanksgiving to the second to last Thursday of November.” In 1941, the fourth Thursday in November officially became known as the Federal Thanksgiving Day holiday.
This year after the leftovers are packed away, the family has left or went shopping, and you’ve eaten just one more sliver of pumpkin pie and pecan pie and apple pie. The big question remains:
What am I going to do with all of the leftover turkey?
Here’s just a few of my favorites!
What are your favorite ways to use up your leftover turkey?