Friend Making Monday: Let’s Talk Turkey!
Here’s how it works: you copy the questions, answer them and post them to your own blog. Then you come back here, and in the comments, post the link to your blog post with your answers to this week’s questions. If you don’t have a blog of your own, just post your answers in the comments.
1. Who cooks Thanksgiving dinner in your home?
Right now, me, because I live alone so if I want to eat it, I have to cook it…HA! But, if I were in Oregon with my family, the matriarchs do the cooking. My mom, my aunt, and possibly my sister-in-law, do most of the cooking. My dad or uncle might help with the turkey, though.
2. What time do you start eating?
Just being by myself, I eat whenever a) I’m hungry or b) when the food is done cooking. HA! But, if I was in Oregon, I have to say I honestly don’t know. It’s been so long since I’ve celebrated Thanksgiving with my family. I want to say around 3 or 4pm?
3. Why do you think people celebrate Thanksgiving Day?
I remember in school, they taught us that it was when the pilgrims where basically starving as they had ran out of food because they had no idea how to grow or gather food in the new world and the native American's came to their rescue. So, basically, it’s a celebration of selflessness and giving and helping those less fortunate than you…or those that are not able to help themselves.
4. What is your favorite Thanksgiving memory?
Seeing my entire Oregon family gathered together and enjoying each other. I know this is vague and sentimental, but it’s true.
5. What is your worst Thanksgiving memory?
Being 16, with a car, and wanting to be with my friends more than I wanted to be with my family. I mean, seriously…how rude could I be? I didn’t enjoy that thanksgiving at all because all I could think about was waiting for a “decent” time to leave and then taking off and meeting up with friends to do who knows what stupid plans we had. I just really took my family and my time with them for granted at that age.
6. If you had to list your favorite holidays, what number would Thanksgiving be? Why?
It would be #3. Halloween is #1 because I LOOOOOOVE to dress up (hello…this is one of the main reasons I love renaissance festivals!). Christmas is #2 because I LOOOOOOOOVE giving presents to people and seeing the look on their face when they open their gift and find that I got them the perfect gift that they never thought to ask for and that they didn’t think I knew that they really wanted.
7. Would you rather be a Pilgrim or a native American and why?
Native American all the way because, well, they were new world smarter than the pilgrims. This was their home and the pilgrims were the invaders. The pilgrims were just plain miserable and who wants to be miserable?
8. What does "Thanksgiving" mean to you?
Thanksgiving means family to me…plain and simple. It means enjoying life and not taking anything for granted. It means counting your blessings and being thankful for them.
9. How do you cook the turkey?
In the past few years that I’ve cooked a turkey for myself, I just went simple and rubbed it with butter and that was it. This year, I got a little fancy with it and found a Cranberry Glazed Turkey recipe that turned out AAAAHH-MAAAAY-ZING! If you’re interested, I posted it in this week’s What’s Cookin’ Sunday post.
10. Do you watch football on Thanksgiving?
Yes. I love football and there’s nothing better than stuffing yourself with food and kicking back and watching a good football game, even if it’s not one of my favorite teams. Haha.