I hope everyone is doing well and are excited for this upcoming week. Turkey Day is almost upon us. For some Thanksgiving is a very stressful time which then leads into the stressful season of Christmas. Hopefully that’s not you, but if it is, just take a deep breath. You’ll make it through this. Just try to focus on all the positive things about the holidays. The delicious food, all the fun you’ll have with friends and family, and the Thanksgiving Day Parade. Stuff like that. Even if you are celebrating by yourself, that doesn’t mean you can’t make it a great day. You can always spend some time reading stuff on the website while you eat a Turkey Sandwich. It’s almost as good and you’ll know that I’ll be thinking about you during the holidays. Speaking of the website, let’s talk about the pieces that I published on the website this past week. Last Sunday I posted a Weekly Blog talking about Veterans Day and Armistice Day. It was the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War I so I thought I’d talk about it as well as it being Veterans Day here in the US. On Wednesday, I published a Poem titled “Sweater Weather.” It’s all about the Autumn Weather that we’ve been having lately. We as in a general we. I have no idea what the weather looks like wherever you live, but I hope it’s nice and cozy. On Friday I published the next part to my Dungeons and Dragons inspired series. This most recent part is titled “The Bumpy Road South” and follows our five adventurers, Sigthyme, Tak, Riffen, Juniper, and Grace, as they leave Augendale and head south on their last leg of travel to Xylon. They are so close to their destination, but there are still dangers on the roads. Go ahead and read this latest chapter if you haven’t already. Finally on Saturday, I published the twelfth chapter of my Pokémon Heart Gold/Soul Silver Fanfiction titled Pokémon HGSS#12: The Glittering Lighthouse of Olivine City. Jonathan and Beatrice leave Ecruteak City after Jonathan defeated Morty and now head off to Olivine City. Jonathan looks for his next gym badge, but unfortunately Olivine City is suffering a bit of crisis. What will Jonathan and Beatrice do? You have to read to find out!
Now Thanksgiving is coming up on Thursday and that means that things are going to be a little different for this upcoming week. I will not be publishing anything this upcoming Wednesday or Friday. Instead I will be publishing a special Weekly Blog on Thursday for Thanksgiving. The rest of the week will act as a mini-vacation and Thanksgiving Break for the week. I will be posting a new Pokémon Fanfiction Chapter on Saturday and then Sunday will kick off a new week as we get back to our regular schedule. So nothing on Wednesday or Friday, Special Weekly Blog on Thursday, and then Pokémon on Saturday and Weekly Blog on Sunday. Hopefully that makes sense. Now finally onto this week’s Weekly Blog.
As I’ve mentioned a hundred times by now, Thanksgiving is quickly approaching. Hopefully by now you’ve bought your Turkey or your ham and are trying to figure out how to throw together a Thanksgiving Dinner. Just be careful if you decide to deep fry your turkey. Every year it seems like there’s at least one story about someone almost burning down their house because they tried to deep fry their turkey in their garage. Maybe they just need to stick to the oven or be in charge of something like mashed potatoes. It’s pretty hard to burn down your house while making mashed potatoes. Anyway, it’s pretty obvious to anyone who has ever celebrated Thanksgiving that food is one of the biggest things. Some might say its the essential part of the holiday. Its so burned into our brain that we have to have Turkey, Stuffing/Dressing, Mashed Potatoes and Turkey, and then finish it off with Pumpkin Pie for Dessert. That is classic Thanksgiving. But those foods aren’t always the most appetizing to all people. Maybe you don’t like Turkey and prefer to have some Thanksgiving Ham instead or maybe you don’t eat any of that stuff and you prefer to get Chinese takeout instead. If that’s you, that’s cool. Live your life. But for me, classic Thanksgiving always hits the spot. Of course I do have foods I like more than others, so let me break down my favorite and least favorite parts of the traditional Thanksgiving Dinner.
I’m going to start with the stuff I love to eat on the day of Thanksgiving and we of course have to start with the Turkey. I am a big fan of Turkey and it’s my meat of choice in a cold meat sandwich as well on Thanksgiving. It’s just so iconic it’s hard to say no to. Sure Ham is good too, but that sounds like more of a Christmas thing. Thanksgiving Turkey. Christmas Ham. See what I mean? You can totally have both at both holidays. I’m not going to judge. But I stick with traditions on Thanksgiving and go for the Turkey. White Meat? Dark Meat? Doesn’t really matter to me. I eat a little bit of both. Now let’s pivot from Turkey and talk about some side dishes. Mashed Potatoes are a must. It’s weird calling Mashed Potatoes a favorite because I have it all the time, but without it, Thanksgiving wouldn’t be as good. The other main go-to side dish I eat at Thanksgiving is Corn Casserole. Now I don’t know how common this dish is for everyone, but if you don’t know what it is, I would describe it as cream corn mixed with corn bread. Hopefully that sounds appetizing. I’ve also heard it called “corn pudding” which doesn’t sound as appetizing, but believe me, it is delicious! Speaking of other food which may just be a “my family thing,” my family loves to eat Turkey Pot Pie at Thanksgiving. Not Pot Pie like the pie full of turkey, vegetables, and gravy with a shell on top, but the more Pennsylvania Dutch Pot Pie with the large, square, egg noodles. If you’re confused, basically its turkey and noodles with large, square noodles, and again it is delicious.
Now let’s talk about some more traditional food which I do not like to eat starting with the counterpart to turkey: stuffing. Now stuffing (or dressing) is something that I never really understood and do not like to eat. It’s just bread chunks that cooked inside the Turkey as it was in the oven, right? I just don’t get it. I like Turkey and I like bread, but I’d rather just eat a buttered dinner roll at Thanksgiving. If you’re an avid stuffing eater, maybe you can convince me down in the comments why it’s so good, but for me it just seems unnecessary. Hopefully that doesn’t cause too much hate. I’m not hating on your choices. Eat whatever food you want for Thanksgiving. I’ll even let you have my portion of stuffing. Now the next two dishes I will not apologize for hating and that would be 1) Sweet Potato Casserole and 2) Canned cranberry sauce. I do not like sweet potatoes or cranberry, so I’m sure that has a lot to do with it, but for me these dishes just seem like strange side dishes that people only make because its tradition. Like does anyone eat canned cranberry sauce any other time of the year? Is it a staple of your eating habits? That gelatinous purple blob looks more like something out of a bad Science Fiction Movie and not something I’m supposed to eat while talking about all the blessings in my life. I’m thankful that I don’t have to eat any of that nasty purple stuff. Now sweet potato casserole I understand a little bit more. You like sugar and you want to feel healthy because you’re “eating a vegetable.” Like it already has sweet in the name and you cover it in marshmallows (literally puffed sugar). It’s not healthy. Eat if you want, but don’t pretend it’s healthy.
The last thing I want to talk about is Pumpkin Pie. Hold up! Don’t freak out and start posting hateful comments just yet. I’m not going to hate on Pumpkin Pie. I like Pumpkin Pie. But if I’m being honest with myself, I think I just love Whipped Cream. Like Pumpkin pie is alright by itself, but whipped cream really makes it great. It’s a similar thing with Pumpkin Roll. Pumpkin roll is one of my all time favorite fall desserts, but I really love Cream Cheese Frosting. I would just eat spoonfuls of cream cheese frosting for Thanksgiving if someone would let me. That stuff is delicious! I think that’s why I love those deserts so much. It’s not really the whole pumpkin thing. It’s the sugary topping that I really love and I just use the pie or the roll to deliver that to my mouth in a more acceptable way. I’m definitely going to eat some pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving, but I’m also going to be honest with myself. It’s important you don’t lie to yourself around the holidays. You’re going to gorge yourself and eat too much sugar. That’s ok. Just be honest about it.
Thank you so much for reading that Weekly Blog. Hopefully you enjoyed reading all about my favorite and least favorite Thanksgiving Food. Honestly, this Weekly Blog just made me really hungry. Thanksgiving is still too far away. If you did like this Weekly Blog, feel free to give it a like or leave a comment down below. Go ahead and tell me what your favorite Thanksgiving food is or what Thanksgiving traditions you have. You can also respectfully tell me why I’m right or wrong about my choices of Thanksgiving food. Maybe you can convince me stuffing is good, but that’s a real uphill battle. If you really like this blog, I encourage you to check out the rest of the website. There are plenty of Weekly Blogs, Poems, Writing Prompt Pieces, and Fanficiton here on the website and it would mean the world to me if you checked that out. I’m so thankful for all the amazing people who read my stuff and show me support. That includes you.
Thank you again and I hope you have a fantastic Thanksgiving!
Header Photo Credit to Betty Crocker