Thanksgiving with Keller!!

thanksgiving-turkey-ecardThanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because I get to see my family.  Some of my family lives in Fostoria, Ohio.  Every year we visit them and have an amazing meal. Usually we have of course turkey, stuffing, green bean cassarole, macaroni and lots of other delicous foods. I love to be able to spend time with my family that lives far away.  A lot of my relatives from my Dad’s side live in Fostoria.  All of my aunts, uncles and my grandma and granpa gather at my grandparents house to talk and enjoy the food.

I really enjoy getting to see my family. My Aunt Kim is so much fun to be with and we have the same artistic talents.  Also I have an Uncle Dave that is my Dad’s brother, they definitley don’t look anything alike but they sure act the same.  Ryan is my cousin’s name and he is so much fun.  Ryan is in college and goes to Michigan State but my brother and I have always been close to him no matter how much older he is. Finally my Grandma and Grandpa are my Dad’s parents and I love them so much because they love to spend time with my brother and I.  I’m so thankful to have all the wonderful relatives that I have and to be able to spend time with them.

Well I absolutley love Thanksgiving (not as much as I love Chrismas though) and all the things I do on that holiday. It is really nice to be able to see all my family that lives out of town. But remember be thankful for all the things you are able to have because even if you don’t think so other people might not have the blessing to have what you have.

Hey there I hope you enjoyed my post about what my Thanksgiving is like!!  I would LOVE to hear about what your Thanksgiving is like and what you do on that day.  Please go to the comments and tell me all about your Thanksgiving and I be happy to reply and read your comments.  Wait…Don’t forget to give me your URL so I can check out all of your amazing posts!!! Bye don’t forget to comment! 

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Week 3- Activity 8

word-cloud-1Fall is here! That means you should get ready for Halloween, Thanksgiving, pumpkins and anything else fall related! Get ready for the Jack-O-Lanterns illuminating your front porch, and make sure you have your Trick-Or-Treat costume ready. Spooky skeletons, spiders, and bats are about, don’t forget to be hanging up the decorations all about your house. The fall clothes are in, beanies, flannels, boots and scarves. The trees are changing too, the once lime green leaves are now shades of pumpkin orange and lemon yellow, with even a few apple red colors. Months of October and November are my absolute favorite, the crisp air is so refreshing. It’s time for autumn!

 

Top Ten Thanksgiving Foods

During the month of November, we count all of our blessings and remember the first Thanksgiving between the Pilgrims and Native Americans.  Our families gather together in anticipation of the holidays and have a feast.  One thing that we should all be thankful for is our food.  We might not all realize it but not every kid goes home to a house that has good food in it, and we should really remember that.  Thanksgiving is an American holiday that falls on the fourth Thursday in every November.  So, here are the top ten Thanksgiving foods, in my opinion.

  1. Grandma’s Fresh Baked Pumpkin Pie with Whip Cream and Candied Pecans

Grandma’s pumpkin pie is a delicious course made by my 85 year old great grandma, she still gets around though.

  1. Mom’s Green Bean Casserole

Mom’s green bean casserole is a salty dish and creamy dish with just the right amount of crunchy onions on the top.

  1. Aunt Jan’s Stuffing

Aunt Jan’s creamy cornbread stuffing is sweet and salty and it melts in your mouth.

  1. Warm Rolls with Butter

My Thanksgiving meal isn’t complete without a roll or two with lots of butter.

  1. Dad’s Cranberry Sauce

Dad’s cranberry sauce is a sweet side to go with your meal.  This dish includes fresh cranberries, orange juice and honey.

  1. Meme’s Corn Casserole

Every year Meme makes her Corn Casserole in the same giant yellow bowl.

  1. Delicious Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet potato casserole is covered in brown sugar to make it a bit sweet.

  1. Creamy Mashed Potatoes with Chicken Gravy

Mashed potatoes with gravy is a must have on this holiday for most people.  Who could disagree?

  1. Honey Baked Ham

Honey Baked Ham is an essential for my family’s feast.

  1. Turkey

Some bake it, some fry it but it’s still turkey!  This is a traditional Thanksgiving food and has to be number one on my list.

Your family traditions may be different than mine, but it is still a great holiday.  The most important thing about Thanksgiving is spending time with your family, creating memories to last and hopefully eating some delicious food. What are your favorite foods on Thanksgiving?  Do you celebrate this special holiday like I do?  I hope you enjoyed my article on top ten Thanksgiving foods!

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Thanksgiving Recipe; Potato Cakes

Here in America, we celebrate a holiday called Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a holiday in America where families gather around and it is a day where we recognize and be thankful for everything that we have come to, whether as a country, a family or just as individuals. We celebrate this holiday on November 26, and Thanksgiving is usually celebrated with lots of food being cooked. These foods often include turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, pies and there are lots of others, usually including a few family specials. Since Thanksgiving is coming up soon, I figured that I would share a recipe with you guys just incase you might want to try it at home, whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not.

 

Materials needed-The recipe that I will be sharing with you guys is how to make potato cakes. Not like the kind that you bake, but it is like a type of cake that you fry in a pan. You will need, for your ingredients; at least 3 medium sized potatoes (for at least 6 potato cakes. Each medium potato makes around two potato cakes), an egg, salt and pepper, onion, and vegetable oil. The tools you will need are a large/medium pan, a metal spatula, a grater, a knife (recommended adult supervision), two bowls, a large plate with a couple paper towels over it, and a large clean cloth. This is a simple and tasty treat that you can easily make. All it takes is a little patience and elbow grease.

 

Instructions- First wash the potatoes and then take your grater and shred however many you have laid out. After this is done, take your shredded potatoes (it is okay if the potatoes start to turn brown. This happens naturally and doesn’t affect anything) and place them in the middle of your large cloth and cover the potatoes. Then take your cloth and put it over your bowl, then wring out the water from the potatoes (this prevents the cakes from getting greasy) and don’t get rid of the water because the starch that will settle at the bottom is important later on. Once you get as much water out as you can, put your potato shreds in your other bowl and warm them up in the microwave for about two minutes.


While the potatoes are warming up, this is when you get your pan ready for frying. What you do is take your large/medium pan and pour about a half inch of oil into the pan. Turn on the heat to medium. By the time that you are done with this, your potatoes should be out of the microwave; just set these aside for now. You should see a white line at the bottom of your bowl with the potato water. This is the starch that has settled, so take the bowl and slowly pour the water down your sink (the starch will stay in the bowl). Then crack your egg into the bowl with the starch, if you want you can add a bit of mayonnaise to the mix with salt, pepper, and diced onion (onion is optional). Whisk the mix together and then pour this into your bowl with the potatoes and mix. After this, form your potato cakes into around three and a half inches wide, and ¾ of an inch thick. Carefully put them in your oil and let them cook for about two and a half minutes on each side. Then just place your cakes on your plate with the paper towels and wait for the excess oil to drip off. Now, enjoy! (and you can put different condiments on this like ketchup, etc.)

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Important Dates In History; The First Thanksgiving

 

  Living in England in the 1600’s was not easy. With little to no religious opinion, you were most likely Catholic. But there was a group of people who wanted more religious opinion and didn’t want to live under the rules of a king. These people were what we now call “pilgrims”, but back then they called themselves “separatists”. The separatists, or “saints”, left Nottinghamshire, England because they didn’t like the way the Catholic Church of England and it’s religious beliefs were set up. The “saints” moved to Holland to get more religious freedom. Luckily, they found that religious freedom, but they also found low-paying Dutch Migrant jobs. That was the last straw. The “saints” moved again, but this time to a better land with more freedom. North America.

  On August 5, 1620, two ships named the Speedwell and the Mayflower set sail for America. About 7 days after leaving from Delfshaven in the Netherlands, the Speedwell began leaking and the ships made an emergency stop in a town called Dartmouth in Nova Scotia, Canada. After the Speedwell was fixed they continued their journey to America on August 21. A few hundred miles into the trip, the Speedwell began leaking again. Frustrated and exhausted, the “saints” sailed all the way back to Plymouth, England and left the Speedwell behind. The “saints” weren’t giving up though, instead they piled anyone who still wanted to come on the trip, into the Mayflower. With 102 passengers, boxes of supplies and an estimated crew of 30, the Mayflower set sail again on September 6.

  After 66 long days on the ship, American land was finally spotted on November 9. Before finding somewhere nice to settle down and build homes, the “saints” or now called Pilgrims had to live on their ship all through winter. Most people on the ship died from malnutrition, disease and exposure to the cold weather, only 53 passengers and about half of the crew survived. Luckily, a local Native-American named Samoset helped the Pilgrims get food and other important things to survive. During the summer the Native-American tribe called Wampanoags showed the Pilgrims how to hunt local animals and plant and harvest crops. At the end of summer of 1621, the two groups celebrated their success by having a three day feast called “Thanksgiving”, which we still celebrate today.

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