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Wishing an Early Happy Thanksgiving to all my Sisters in Pink-Who is or is not cooking?

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This year will be a no cook year. If I can eat, hubby and I will go out to dinner. Our sons will be with their in laws, and John and I will have a quiet day together.

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this year. BTW ohana means family in Hawaiian. My d-n-l is Hawaiian and that means "choke" (pidgin for lots of) people are coming here for dinner. So-o-o, my daughter, her boyfriend and I will cook and eat lots at their place. She wants to make a pumpkin cheesecake and has decreed that dinner will be no earlier than 5:00 PM as she isn't "getting up so d**n early this year to bake a turkey". She was in charge of one of the turkeys last year for the BIG family dinner.
Frankly, I actually like the idea of going out to dinner with the 2 of them but we are all too broke. At least Safeway has a $5.99 9-16 lb turkey, and we don't need many potatoes or string beans. Lola

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My daughter will be cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year in her new house. This will be her first time. All we have to do is show up! I had to laugh because I asked if we could bring the desert.....I was informed we bought the whole dinner!...LOL Pammy

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My family is facing many challenges this last month besides me. My father is struggling with his heart. So tests are being run the days before Thanksgiving. Mom is just a few months out of liver trouble and two bad knees that need replaced. Her sister is being sent home today with lung cancer diagnosed less than 3 weeks ago and it is not looking promising at all. Dinner is at mom's. Usually 30 or more. This year we do not know who can be there or not. My daughter (19) is stepping in and helping me and mom. Of course I think mom and dad should do nothing....they think I should do nothing. But we will all eat together and be more Thankful I think than ever. We do have very much to be Thankful for.
becky

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My mom fixes the turkey and everyone else brings a dish. This makes it easy for everyone and we have tooooo much to eat.

Have a great one
Jadie<3

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Just having this forum to share with our Sisters in Pink is plenty to be thankful for!

I haven't seen my family since April and lots has happened since then...(dx, surgery, chemo.). My 78-year old Mother will cook a fabulous dinner for her kids and grandkids. I will bring 3 pies and cranberry sauce.

Have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving! Jane

survivorbc09
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Hoping that everyone is feeling good and can enjoy Thanksgiving with their loved ones.

HUGS to ALL!

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to all of you. I will be having my surgery on Monday, so my kids are coming over to help my husband cook the dinner. This will be a Thanksgiving to be extra thankful for!! Hugs, Diane

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Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

m_azingrace
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This is my absolutely most favorite holiday! I love that the whole focus is on fellowship with loved ones. Thanks for the good wishes! HubbyDearest and I live 60 miles from our daughter and her family. We are keeping the usual tradition of having dinner with them at their house. Typically we are joined by various members of her husband's family as well, so there will be from 15 to 20 people in all. Some will have dinner, others might show up for dessert. A couple of them will bring side dishes, but we don't count on it. On Tuesday I'll drive down, finalize the shopping, and stay over. Wednesday daughter and I will work together on doing all the prep that can be done the day before. Thursday, we will stuff two turkeys, and maybe cook a ham (the jury is still out on that). Anyway, we are all looking so forward to getting together eating and visiting and enjoying it all. This year we decided to forgo the fancy stuff and use paper and plastic. How nice is that?

I hope you all have a great day, whatever you plan to do! HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Hugs, Gracie

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Thanksgiving is also my favorite holiday. I'm on my 3rd day yucks after chemo, but must say all your dinners sound so yummy!! Thank you Sisters in Pink for sharing your festive holiday plans.

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My kids are in Colorado and we live in New Mexico so we are going to them. My daughter in law is in charge and all we have to do is drive 600 miles! I also sent a check to help. I offered to bring something but so far it's a no go. We will have the big gathering: parents, 4 kids, 2 in laws, granddaughter on thursday and we plan to go out somewhere Saturday night. Then drive home.

Maureen

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My niece/daughter and I are cooking for about 25 people~ I adore cooking and decorating the house with festive autumn colors~ it is my favorite holdiay by far! Siobhan (niece/daughter) is in her 2nd year of culinary school, and whereas she has always helped out and been a delight, I expect miracles in the kitchen this year! LOL

As some of you remember, my Reggie is Native American, and we laugh at how fitting it is that a White Woman(me!) is cooking for a group of Indians! He half-jokingly calls this holdiay Thanks-Taking!

I have 2 traditions: For anyone here and having morning coffee, it is mandatory that we watch a particular episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Yes, I have all 7 seasons on DVD. We watch a Thanksgiving episode where the Slayer and her friends are visited by the angry spirits of long-dead Chumash Indians. Actual Chumash language is spoken, and whereas it is a funny, clever episode, it is not far off the mark, historically speaking. Why do we watch this episode in particular? Well, Reggie and all of the Tribal members who are coming for dinner are of the Chumash Tribe! They speak the language, and can vouch for the authenticity of the words spoken. Very cool!

The 2nd tradition I "stole" from that same Buffy episode, and we have enjoyed it for years now! I have boy and girl Pilgrim rag dolls and I admit that for comic relief, I went to a toy store, bought plastic arrows, and ran the poor pilgrims through! The sit semi-proudly in the middle of the dining table as the crowning centerpiece until they are replaced by the REAL star of the day~ the turkey!

So, the day is noisy, fun -filled, satisfying, delicious, with just enough political in-correctness thrown in to make it interesting!Would any of you expect any less from the likes of me? I didn't think so! LOL

Hugs,
Chen♥

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Happy Thanksgiving to all you amazing women.

May God bless each and everyone of you this Holiday season.

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Claudia, I have a set of candle holders that are pilgrim and indian but they are holding corn except the chief who has a crow.

We were just watching Buffy the other night. My son made me watch it. I'll have to ask if he has that episode.

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For the record, in case your son has it, the Buffy episode is from Season 4, episode 8, and it is called "Pangs"~ as in pangs of guilt or conscience. If your son MADE you watch Buffy, I heartily approve of him! LOL

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I live on the Navajo reservation and we were just having the conversation of exactly how does thanksgiving go over here? Thanks for some insight.

Maureen

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I must be a gluten for punishment. I'm having 30 people here for Thanksgiving, but the nice part is that everyone contributes. I do a turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce and gravy, and everyone else brings the rest. My daughters and son will help to set everything up and clean up, and hopefully (?) I'll have an easy day. It's become a tradition to have Thanksgiving at Grandma's, so who am I to change tradition. Anyway, this will be my only holiday entertaining since I'm having reconstructive surgery on Dec. 16th and I plan to lay low for awhile after that.

I hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and I want to thank all of you for who you are, some of the most courageous and strong women I have ever known. Happy Thanksgiving! Connie

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We are going to hubby's sister's for Thanksgiving. So, I just have to bring a dish. Looking forward to it.

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We are just having Thanksgiving with our two sons. One is supposed to make the turkey but he's very busy with college and working part time so not sure if it will happen. If not I will throw the bird in the oven. He soaks it overnight. I put it in as is. He uses a temperture probe, I cook it till it falls apart. Did you know it is impossible to burn a turkey? I think they must fireproof them. Then there is the Stovetop and grocery store pie. I use to bake it myself but I've lost the touch in crust making.

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We're doing the same thing we did last year; namely going with a group of friends out to the Mojave desert to ride dirt bikes and quads.

Since our cooking space will be limited, we're picking up a ready-made smoked turkey dinner from a local BBQ restaurant that will include all of the t********s. Last year's was delicious!!

We're also supposed to bring a side dish to share with the group of about 25, so I'm making the ubiquitous sweet potato casserole.

Should be fun!

Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving! I know I will be giving thanks for all of you!

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We have the oddest Cyber-Censor on this site! The word you typed in has been deleted on other occassions. The trick to getting past the censor is to make tiny changes in the words, either adding a space or a punctuation mark. It is rather insulting that it is perhaps thought any of us would be making crude sexual remarks on these boards...that we even have to think that any part of any word might be offensive is ridiculous! But such is the program that ACS uses!

I will re-type your sentence adding a punctuation mark to the so called offensive word, and you will see it will come through just fine! Grrrrrr to the Powers That Be!

" a local BBQ restaurant that will include all of the tr.immings."

Trust me, if this word hadn't been censored in an earlier post~ I think someone was going to a hair salon and was thrilled that their post chemo hair finally needed tr.imming, I never would have known either. We were all wondering what was so offensive. And then someone had a light-bulb moment. Sheesh!

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Thanks for the tip Claudia! Who'da thunk it??

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The very first time this happened to me, some sweet sister posted about the combination of chemo drugs she would be getting, and asked if anyone else had had the same ones. I said I had the exact combination. Actually I said I had the same chemo c.ocktail. The first 4 letters of that word came back as **** but tail was acceptable! Someone in chat said that evidently one body part is more popular than the other! Live and learn! :-)

Hugs,
C♥

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This year, dinner is at my house. We will have all the t.********s. My sister, her husband and 2 sons will share the day with my husband, daughter and her boyfriend and me. I am preparing the turkey, dressing, gravy, mashed potatoes, brocolli casserole, rolls, cranberries and pies. My sister will bring the fruit salad, sweet potatoes and green bean casserole. I'm getting hungry just writing about all this food. I hope everyone has a very Happy Thanksgiving and enjoys the day with family and friends.

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MyTurnNow~ see the above reason that your word was censored....LOL

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I saw that after I posted it. Then, I went back to try to edit it and it wouldn't let me. Oh well....now I know!!

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this is such a great time for family to take the time to visit, catch up, etc. I love it. We share the holidays in our family. My uncle takes Thanksgiving (we bring side dishes), I take Christmas, and my mom takes Easter.
I hope everyone has a wonderful time with their families.
=^..^=

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Thank you for the Thanksgiving well wishes. I hope yours and all the Sisters in Pink have a grand time of eating, laughing, and chatting with family and friends! Manja, manja everyone!

Love,
BL

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Sorry I couldn't resist, wanted to see if I'm edited. My mother started a tradition many years ago with having all the kids and grandkids home for Thanksgiving. The year she died she was in the hospital at Thanksgiving, so we had it at my house, which was closest to the hospital, probably about 30 people. Everyone pitched in with the dinner, then we took turns visiting Mom at the hospital. Mom died in December that year. From then on we kept the tradition of keeping Thanksgiving together and had to rent a hall. A few years ago we decided there were too many of us so now we're all keeping it with just our immediate families. There will be 10-12 at my home this year. My son makes the best cornbread sage dressing, I make most of the meal inc. turkey and coconut cream pies, banana cream pies, pecan pies. My one son's family brings pumpkin pies. Want to wish all of you a great Thanksgiving! We still have a lot to be thankful for, and this year we have a new grandson. He won't be eating turkey but next year will be a different story.

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Going to Denise and Kyle's. His mom and stepdad are coming up from San Diego and other friends are stopping by. Kyle loves to cook so he will be chef on this day. The rest of us will be helping them to organize the house. They are moving in this weekend. Amid the chaos will be good food, friends and family.
Chen, I love Buffy and I loved that episode. My all time favorite is the one that was totally sung. Especially the Bunny/Rabbit Song. It was a good show. I love your borrowing the slaughtered pilgrim idea. And that Reggie is Cumash and knows what they are saying is real. How great is that. I can't wait to meet you. We are the same age and seem to like many of the same things.
I hope everyone has a safe, happy, peaceful day, filled with love and warmth.
Happy Turkey Day
Stef

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I am soooo not surprised! My favorite one is the singing one too! "Where do we go from here"....it was all poignant, wasn't it? And Anya being afraid of Bunnies! :-)

Happiest of all Thanksgivings, sweet Stef!

Hugs,
Chen♥

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My husband ordered the food , never done that before but we have to make adjustments. I felt quilty because we cant travel to relatives, but I just cant. I am accepting what I cannot change and in a strange way its a gift. I also feel the love from my family as they find it unaccepatable to leave me home for even a few hours. which i am fully capable of. I am very excited as my daughter is coming home for TG and I have not seen her in 3 months she is away at college. I could not go to parents weekend once again something Icould not do. I am excited about us all being together.

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Sweetie~ one of my favorite quotes is: "We do what we have to do, so we can do what we want to do"...

Enjoy the holiday!

Hugs,
Chen♥

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Awesome! evidently, if it's in the title, it won't be censored! lol lol

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My daughter and daughter -law is doing the dinner Sunday at their house.And Thurs. me and my husband are having a quit day also.Its the first time in 36yrs. I haven,t done Thanksgiving.I am going to enjoy it.I wish everyone of you dear sister,s a happy Thanksgiving.Love and Prayers.(Pat).

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My sister is going to do all the cooking. I am not supposed to do anything. She thinks I need to relax. She just discovered she has squamous cell carcinoma on her arm. She has more suspicious spots that her Dr wants to check out, and she may have cervical cancer. But she feels that I need to relax.
My neice and nephew, (her son and daughter) are both coming home from college for the holiday and my daughter and grandson will be home from Germany!
It will be a wonderful Thanksgiving with much to be thankful for this year. Among other loved ones who can not be with us, we will have my nephew and son in law in our thoughts as they are both in Iraq.

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I will be in charge of community Thanksgiving dinner- about 250 people. Lots of family is coming to help me, so it should be a great day. Two youngest grandchildren are coming to stay with me & hubby also--ages 7 & 9. I am so glad that I have regained enough strength to be able to help out others in need. Happy Thanksgiving to all.

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We are going to my mom's and all I have to bring is rolls. I love Kentucky Fried biscuits so I think I will pick some the night before and put them in a ziploc so they don't dry out.

There will only be 4 of us.
Happy Thanksgiving.
Margo

P.S. Why did I start eating right to lose weight before the holidays? Portion control this year.

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My daughter is coming home from college; she's in Boston. I'm soooo excited. I miss her like crazy when she leaves! As I'm a divorced mom and it is MY Thanksgiving this year, I will be cooking for my kids and I'm very excited. A good thing that came out of divorce is that my kids have realized they like only 'my' Thanksgiving dinners. They have had a few with the inlaws and look forward to coming home to my leftovers (because I cook the meal even when I don't eat home or host Thanksgiving... we ALL love the leftovers). Thank God I'm well enough that I can shop & cook. I was so afraid going into this that my holidays would be ruined. I can see they won't be. I'm not scheduled again for chemo until the Thursday after Thanksgiving and then my 4th should be on Christmas Eve. Not too sure what will happen with that, but I'd be ok with it. I feel fine the day of and the day after, so my Christmas wouldn't be affected.

Hope everyone has a very Happy Thanksgiving and that they spend it exactly as they want to!

Hugs ~ Mar

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and then went to read what everyone else wrote. I must say that I'm not a jealous or envious person by any means, but this time of the year is my absolute favorite. I have never had a big family. My ex, however, does. We always hosted holidays at our house and that is one thing I TRULY miss from my marriage! I LOVE big families and I absolutely love getting everyone together and hosting it as well. None of my inlaws helped with the cooking or the clean up but I still loved it. It seems very awkward to not have all the hustle and bustle, but 'everything happens for a reason'. I always hoped to have that again one day... but who knows!

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It so happens that Thanksgiving fell the week before my last dose. I will be able to eat. I hope everyone else is also able to enjoy!!!!!

New Flower
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We are going to have a Quiet dinner at home too, Our son is coming from San francisco for four days and we will have fun.

Thank you to all of you for support, open heard and wisdom.
Happy Thanksgiving!

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My mother&father-in law does all the cooking. My taste is going away again this weekend and might be back by then. I bring green bean casserole and broccoli casserole. Their side dishes are something right from the can. Gourmet cooks they're not. I always offer to cook but they decline that idea. I usually make my own big dinner the day after. I love turkey, cranberry sauce, sweet potato, dressing, and gravy leftovers. I love oyster dressing. Can't wait.

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We will be going to a friends for Thanksgivng, they have always come to our home for Christmas and wanted to return the favor. I am very excited as we were unsure what we would be doing. My dad and kid's will be going as well, she will have a house full, it should be fun, time with family and and good friends.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING
TO EACH OF YOU!
HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT ONE!

RE

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Re,
How nice of your friend. It will be an adventure for you. I hope you enjoy discovering their traditions. Maybe you will find a new dish that will become a must have. My favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner is the fruit salad. Lots and lots of fresh fruit and real whipped cream with chopped walnuts on top. Yummy. My grandma used to be the taste tester for the whipped cream, then mom was, and now I determine the sweetest of it. I remember the first year I helped to whip the cream and I was working those beaters and mom said if I whipped it any longer it would turn to butter. We laughed so hard. I love the memories. They make me smile. I think I love the fruit salad most because it is such a happy memory.
Enjoy you day, everyone. I am going to.
Stef

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Happy Thanksgiving to all. I have a lot be thankful for. I almost lost my mom this past June. It took some time, but she is doing well. I really don't know what I would have done without her. She has been taking care of me during my chemo sessions. I am grateful for that.

Because of mom's illness, she was not able to work. I had to locate a social worker, get her to the social worker, fill out tons of paperwork to try and get her on Medicaid and apply for disability. I had to do all of this while dealing with chemo side effects and working. But, it paid off. We did get her on Medicaid which meant that her 700 dollars spent each month on her medicines would now be picked up by Medicaid instead of coming out of our pockets. She also has been approved for disability and the social workers have worked with her to get almost 95% of her $80,000 hospital bill. My mom is taken care of and home with her kitties. She is home, well, and happy and I am thankful for that.

I have been struggling to deal with chemo and work. My boss is understanding until I make mistakes or take longer to do something. It is not like I am a slacker. My chemo brain hits me when I am tired. Since my red cells are low, I am extremely fatigued so my chemo brain is surfacing on a more regular basis. I need my job to keep my insurance up. I need my job because I am in debt with my cancer bills and my mothers illness. Just yesterday, I received word that the hospital will take care of 90% of my hospital bill. I had a lot of paperwork to submit and they did turn me into a collection agency but that is all in the past.

I am also thankful that even though it is painful and difficult, I am still on my path to recovery. I am alive.

My point is that this is probably one of the most special Thanksgiving Days for me because of what has transpired this past year to get me here. I also have much to be thankful for. I will be resting inbetween helping mom prepare a quiet turkey dinner for us. At times it has just been the two of us and so I thought it would be fitting that it should be the two of us celebrating Turkey Day.

I hope everyone has a joyous Thanksgiving and experiences much fun and love from those they are with.

Pat

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Pat,
It is so easy to focus on the downside of all of this, but you have risen above that and are able to see how much you have to be thankful for. This is so good for your mental and physical well being. I try to do that but sometimes I slide. Then I remind myself that my philosophy is Not whether the glass is half full or half empty but that I am just so darn glad I have a glass. It is heartwarming to hear your mom is doing well and that you are also doing well. As far as the work goes, I hope your boss can be more understanding of the chemo brain issues. It is hard for someone who has not experienced this to realize it is very real. I pray for continued positive motive forward and am happy to hear that many of the financial issues are resolving. One less stress.
Stef

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Just like every year, we go to my husband's mom's house or one of his siblings...we bring a dish and eat like a pig! I have only had one chemo, still have my taste buds and plan on getting full! HA!

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We will have a full house on Thursday. One of my sisters is flying in from Portland, all of the kids and our exchange student will be home, and a special family we traditionally share Thanksgiving with is coming as well. I normally don't enjoy cooking that much, but on Thanksgiving everyone pitches in - it's my favorite family and friends holiday. Later, on the weekend, we go up in the mountains and find our Christmas trees.

Lynn

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