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    Liza at Food.com
    Tue Oct 18, 2011 7:05 pm
    Food.com Staff
    Got a funny, freaky, memorable, horrifying, favorite memory or memories from Thanksgivings past? Share them with us!

    I'll go first:

    Last year was my first time hosting Thanksgiving for my family of about 15. Everything was going GREAT, but there has to be one thing to go wrong, right? Always. So all the food was looking good, warming gently, I pull out the turkey, start carving with the help of my dad and realize that I never pulled out the plastic-wrapped giblets and neck, etc. So they were steamed beyond recognition and smelled a little plastic-y, but we quickly got rid of the evidence, finished carving the bird and served it anyway! There was NO way that bird wasn't making it onto the table. Happy to say, no one got sick or plastic poisoning...whew!

    Anyone else?
    Debbwl
    Tue Oct 18, 2011 9:02 pm
    Forum Host
    Liza, you are so right no Thanksgiving goes without at least on hitch or memorable moment and your was a true classic rotfl.gif

    The one my DH brings up every year is the first one he spent with my family and calls the fast food Thanksgiving.

    My grandmother had always hosted Thanksgiving with lots of love and pride, the year DH and I met grandma was in failing health leading to her moving in with my aunt two weeks before Thanksgiving. My poor aunt to please her mother who was fading fast ended up hosting Thanksgiving while trying to care for her mother.

    Well it all got to be too much for my aunt because no sooner had we gotten the food on the table than my aunt hopped up and said grandma is tired, at this point my aunt started to clear the table which includes taking soon to be DH’s plate as he was taking a bite of food. rotfl.gif There he sat fork mid air and plate gone and wide eyed rotfl.gif

    He came home to an enjoy an egg sandwich and yes married my in spite of the fast food Thanksgiving.
    Auntie Jan
    Tue Oct 18, 2011 10:18 pm
    Forum Host
    I remember one Thanksgiving at my moms house and we had everyone there. Mom was using an electric mixer to mash the potatoes but she used it a little to long and they started to get stiff, so she would add a little more milk hoping to save them.

    We all thought we'd save her the embarrasment and not make any remarks...but when one of the kids put their fork in the mashed potatoes to take a bite...the whole plate lifted off the table rotfl.gif we couldn't help it then..the jokes started flying and the last remark was that if the kids didn't sit in their chairs and finish their dinner,we were going to glue them to the chairs with the mashed potatoes icon_lol.gif

    awww memories... icon_biggrin.gif
    Charmie777
    Wed Oct 19, 2011 11:38 am
    Forum Host
    Auntie Jan wrote:
    I remember one Thanksgiving at my moms house and we had everyone there. Mom was using an electric mixer to mash the potatoes but she used it a little to long and they started to get stiff, so she would add a little more milk hoping to save them.

    We all thought we'd save her the embarrasment and not make any remarks...but when one of the kids put their fork in the mashed potatoes to take a bite...the whole plate lifted off the table rotfl.gif we couldn't help it then..the jokes started flying and the last remark was that if the kids didn't sit in their chairs and finish their dinner,we were going to glue them to the chairs with the mashed potatoes icon_lol.gif

    awww memories... icon_biggrin.gif

    rotfl.gif
    Liza at Food.com
    Wed Oct 19, 2011 12:11 pm
    Food.com Staff
    ha ha!

    gluey mashed pots are the WORST!

    And omg I would die if my plate got taken away from me mid first bite on Thanksgiving...he must REALLY love you to put up with that! : )
    duonyte
    Wed Oct 19, 2011 3:35 pm
    Forum Host
    I was making a turkey in the smoker - I'd done this before, it is really a great way to cook turkey. I needed to pour more wine or whatever into the water dish, but somehow sloshed it onto the briquettes. A huge cloud of ash floated up, completely covering the turkey. I had to remove the turkey, take it down to the basement by the back door, rinse the thing off, and throw it back in the smoker without anyone noticing.

    The water dish liquid was useless for making gravy because of the ash that settled in it, so I had to create a gravy from broth and other things - everyone commented on how good the gravy was. I kept my mouth shut.
    Liza at Food.com
    Wed Oct 19, 2011 4:26 pm
    Food.com Staff
    nice problem solving and SNEAKY too!
    HokiesMom
    Thu Oct 20, 2011 12:10 pm
    Food.com Groupie
    I think one of my memories that always centers around Thanksgiving is a red glass plate my mom used to use at the dinner to hold the canned jellied cranberry sauce. While growing up and helping set out dishes we knew what that red dish was going to be used for! A few years ago my mom and dad were reducing "stuff" in their house and my mom put that red plate in the box up for grabs! Well I nabbed it right away and now that I'm the one serving Thanksgiving dinner for our families I use it not for jellied cranberry sauce but for my homemade cranberry bread. It is a tradition and memory that I hope will continue on down through my children now too.
    Liza at Food.com
    Thu Oct 20, 2011 2:12 pm
    Food.com Staff
    That is so, so sweet HokiesLady!
    jerseygirl1952
    Wed Nov 02, 2011 7:02 pm
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    I grew up in a large home with my parents, my Mom's mother, and three older sisters ( I know-poor Dad with all those females)! We would set the dining table for 7, add our picnic table to one end seating six more, and some years borrowing another picnic table from the neighbors. Anyone that didn't have a place to go for dinner had a place at our table. The day before the holiday, my Dad would go to the American Legion and extend an invitation to all who needed one. We never knew who would show up at our door.
    One year ( probably 30 or so years ago), I answered the bell. There was an older gentelman there dressed in a suit and tie.Assuming it was someone my Dad invited, I seated him in the livingroom, served him a cocktail, and told him my Dad would be right with him. My father had never met the man, but assumed he was someone my mom invited from church. My mom came in the room and she had never met him either. It turns out that he was invited to dinner at our neighbors two houses away.My parents joined him for a cocktail and a good chuckle, and he was on his way.
    HokiesMom
    Wed Nov 02, 2011 7:56 pm
    Food.com Groupie
    wave.gif Hi jerseygirl.... what a great story and memory of sharing Thanksgiving with those who needed a place to go for dinner. Your story reminded me how my Dad would do the same with guys he worked with to make sure everyone had a nice dinner to attend. It was always so much fun having guests that we did not know very well sit and tell their stories and let us share ours where the stories became new again because we had a new guest. icon_smile.gif

    I'm so glad you came in to share.
    Ackman
    Fri Nov 04, 2011 7:30 am
    Food.com Groupie
    I remember going to my Aunt Betty's for Thanksgiving...she was a MARVELOUS cook!!! icon_biggrin.gif She would do her baking a day or 2 in advance...ALWAYS had 6-8 different pies & several cakes &/or other desserts....EVERYTHING was homemade from scratch!!! icon_razz.gif My cousins & I would gaze & drool over all of them, trying to decide which one(s) we would devour, no matter if our tummy's would burst or not. As for the main meal....OMG...it was SOOOOOOOOOOO good!!!!!!! Now I'm making myself hungry...time for some breakfast!!! icon_twisted.gif
    Rita~
    Fri Nov 04, 2011 7:20 pm
    Forum Host
    jerseygirl1952 wrote:
    I grew up in a large home with my parents, my Mom's mother, and three older sisters ( I know-poor Dad with all those females)! We would set the dining table for 7, add our picnic table to one end seating six more, and some years borrowing another picnic table from the neighbors. Anyone that didn't have a place to go for dinner had a place at our table. The day before the holiday, my Dad would go to the American Legion and extend an invitation to all who needed one. We never knew who would show up at our door.
    One year ( probably 30 or so years ago), I answered the bell. There was an older gentelman there dressed in a suit and tie.Assuming it was someone my Dad invited, I seated him in the livingroom, served him a cocktail, and told him my Dad would be right with him. My father had never met the man, but assumed he was someone my mom invited from church. My mom came in the room and she had never met him either. It turns out that he was invited to dinner at our neighbors two houses away.My parents joined him for a cocktail and a good chuckle, and he was on his way.
    That is a great one! My Mom always had a place setting for the guest that would show. Having a candle lit in the window as an invite for anyone needing a meal.
    AlainaF
    Sun Nov 06, 2011 7:03 pm
    Food.com Groupie
    When I was a little girl, my family's Thanksgivings were more like Feasts. Everybody in my family LOVES to eat! My grandmother was the best cook, and every year she made Dee's Layered Salad. Our typical Thanksgiving feast sounded like an excerpt from the Little House Cookbook; Turkey, Ham, Butter Rolls, Mashed Potatoes, Corn Pudding, Dressing and Gravy, Cranberry Sauce, Macaroni and Cheese, Broccoli and Rice Casserole, Sweet Potato Casserole, Green Bean Casserole, Deviled Eggs, Layered Salad, Pumpkin Pie, Texas Yum Yum, Peach Cobbler, Apple Pie, Mincemeat Pie, Pecan Pie with Whip Cream, Iced Sweet Tea, Wine, and Hot Apple Cider. ALOT of food. After we'd eat, everyone would congregate in the living room and just lounge around, listening to Christmas music and watching movies while chit chatting, until late into the evening. My Grandparents would always say the Thanksgiving prayer and everyone would say what they were thankful for that year. I miss those times. My family since then has been through alot of hardships, and has split apart since my Grandparents died. This is my sons First Thanksgiving, so in spirit of the old, my husband and I with our baby boy are having Thanksgiving with our mothers at our house. My son doesn't have a big family like alot of people since my mom and my MIL are divorced, and on both sides of our families, our Grandparents have passed, but even still we plan on making holidays filled with joy and love and family traditions that make our little family unique.[/recipe]
    La Dilettante
    Sun Nov 06, 2011 7:19 pm
    Food.com Groupie
    My story is more from the dark side! My husband's maternal grandmother was a red-headed,artsy, hippie-type 75-year-old who lived in the New Orleans French Quarter. Big heart, dotty brain...one year she was driving out of the city to come visit us all for Thanksgiving, and found a homeless bum on the Pontchartrain bridge. She felt sorry for him, and picked him up...and brought him to our gathering. He was still pretty high on whatever drug he'd taken, and wasn't very coherent. We all took turns watching him, especially when he started eyeing the silver...
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