Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Its almost Thanksgiving! My fave Holiday of the year! For this weeks game, I want to learn a little bit more about you and the special traditions you have for Thanksgiving!! Simply leave a comment in todays post by clicking on the COMMENT link just under and to the right of these rules. You have until Nov. 26 to answer...perfect since its the Day before Thanksgiving, so you can jog your memory! You can share anything you like, perhaps even a recipe??? Artwark needs some side dish ideas (=

On November 27th I will randomly pick one winner, who will receive the perfect holiday shopping prize~ $20 in Artwark money to spend any way you want at Artwark shops online!!! This is a must-do, it's so easy, and anyone can play!

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Can't wait to hear about your traditions!!




Jewelry By Artwark (all works COPYRIGHT) said...

My Parents emigrated to America 30 years ago from Bangladesh, so my brother and i prepare the entire feast! lucky for us all, he makes amazing dishes, so we feast on a traditional gourmet Turkey dinner. I make lots of sides and desserts, though recently, I have been upstaged my brothers friend's FLAN...and in the past few years, more guests have been bringing wonderful desserts to im thinking of making more sides this year...any ideas?..the house is always full of guests, last year being the biggest...25 people! Yum, I'm drooling at the thought! lol.

Amanda said...

My husband and I just got married this past summer so this will be our first Thanksgiving together with our official "families." I'm very excited to celebrate the holiday!

Tasha said...

No matter what Holiday it is always done big with my family. My dad has 3 sisters and they all have many kids so we just have a big family! My all time favorite thing at thansgiving is of course being with my family but second... EATING! Fresh home-grown Lima Beans and cranberry sauce! YUM! There's nothing that gives me a warmer feeling than seeing my children with food smashed all over there faces :) DEEELICIOUS!

Anonymous said...

I am from Hawaii, born and raised, and am in Oregon for graduate school. Thanksgiving in Hawaii is awesome. We are all about ohana (family) and we get together and have family time. We sit around the table, say one thing are are thankful for and enjoy each other company. We imu (underground oven) a Turkey, so it takes smoked, sweet potato mashed potatoes, green bean casarole, my mom makes a delicious pumpkin crunch dessert, corn on the cob, , yams, and a lot more delicious food. Unfortunately, since I am up in Oregon for school, I got invited to spend Thanksgiving with a classmate in Sacramento. I cant wait!


Paulette said...

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday - (plus it is my birthday this year big 42!!) My husband, daughter, step-daughter, step-son, along with our four dogs (all rescues) will be celebrating this year - I make everything from scratch - corn chowder, turkey is from a local farmer 21 lbs, sausage stuffing, turnips, broccoli, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, yams, and lasagna - and lots of red wine!!

Amy M. said...

Thanksgiving is different every year for us. This will be our first thanksgiving sharing our time with both families. Last year, however, we were on our honeymoon in Florida at a bed and breakfast and we ordered Thanksgiving take out with all the trimmings! The place we were staying set us up with candles and linen napkins on beautiful trays. It was so nice to share our first thanksgiving together!

Mary Valle said...

We kicked off our Thanksgiving celebration yesterday at the Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in Poolesville, MD. It was Thanksgiving with the Turkeys and a vast vegan potluck. My daughter and I befriended a beautiful white turkey named Opal and fed her lots of grapes!

Mary V.

Anonymous said...

Vanilla Scented Sweet Potatoes

4 cups fresh orange juice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 8 oz. sweet potatoes,
peeled and cut into 1 1/2
inch slices
1 orange, sliced thin


Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit. In bowl, mix orange juice with cinnamon and vanilla. Set aside.

Arrange sweet potatoes in a large ovenproof dish and cover with juice mixture. Cover with lid or foil. Bake, stirring and turning occasionally, for 40 minutes or until tender. Add some nuts on top for crunch, if you like.

Shanna said...

My earliest memory of Thanksgiving is as a little girl I would help my mother with our Thanksgiving meal. But one of my responsibilities was to decorate & set the table with our best linens, fine china, and silver. I loved this job because it was all mine. I could add decor to suit whatever theme I wanted to portray. Best of all, it allowed me to express my creativity! Today, even though I am married and many new traditions have begun, I still set and decorate the table at my parents every year. I couldn't imagine Thanksgiving any other way.

Also, here is a recipe for a great punch I am making for Thanksgiving. It may not go with the main meal, but we will sip on it throughout the afternoon. Yum!

Mocha Punch

1 1/2 quart water
1/2 cup instant chocolate drink mix (ie. Quick)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup instant coffee granules
1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream
1/2 gallon chocolate ice cream
1 cup whipped cream
chocolate curls

In a large sauce pan bring water to a boil. Remove from heat; add drink mix, sugar and coffee; stir until dissolved. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. About 30 minutes before serving, pour into a punch bowl. Add ice cream by scoopfuls; stir until partially melted. Garnish with dollops of whipped cream and chocolate curls.

Kristen said...

We started making this every year at my house a few years ago when we came across the recipe--it's fabulous.

Cranberry Fluff:

2 cups ground, fresh cranberries
3 cups tiny marshmallows
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups diced, unpeeled tart apples
1/2 cup seedless green grapes
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup either heavy cream or regular whipping cream, whipped

Combine cranberries, marshmallows and sugar. Cover and chill overnight. The following day, add apples, nuts, and grapes, and fold in whipped cream. Chill for at least a half hour before serving.

Gachine said...

Thanksgiving is usually a relaxing holiday for my family. We don't go all out and invite the extended family over. It's always just my immediate family: me, mom, dad, and my 2 brothers. We don't have a dining table so we just eat around the TV on the couches. My mom usually cooks the essentials... my favorite is green-bean casserole (hope we get it this year!). We don't stress about Thanksgiving, in fact last year we didn't even cook, we got our dinner from Publix. What-ever way we obtain the food doesn't matter. What really matters is that we are together enjoying the food. Thanksgiving is a time where we all get to be grateful for what we have and most of all, eachother.

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