I Couldn't Wait for Turkey Day!

@mentalward (14695)
United States
November 16, 2008 7:03am CST
Last night, I roasted a really plump roasting chicken, stuffed with home-made dressing, with all the sides like mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, cranberry sauce, green beans, etc. Just the thought of that lovely Thanksgiving meal has had me drooling! So, I gave in and did it with a chicken instead of a turkey because I'm saving the turkey for Thanksgiving. Right now, I'm enjoying my first sandwich... two pieces of bread stuffed with chicken and all the trimmings! Oh, how I love these sandwiches!!! I put cranberry sauce, sauerkraut, stuffing and chicken (or turkey) in them. Miracle Whip and a little salt and I'm set to go! Yummmmm! Has anyone else done this? Get so excited about that big Thanksgiving dinner that you just couldnt' wait? I feel like a pig right now because I'm enjoying this so much! LOL Please tell me I'm not the only one!
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@LadyMarissa (12160)
• United States
16 Nov 08
I haven't personally done the same thing. However my Mom always cooked a huge turkey with extra fixings & she'd freeze the extras so we could have a Thanksgiving meal all throughout the year without all the work. Mom was a smart lady!!! One story that just might make you feel better... My ex sister-in-law's family always got together for Thanksgioving & everybody brought a particular dish for the meal so nobody did ALL the work. Her aunt & grandma were to bring the stuffed turkey. Well, on the way to the house where they were getting together, the aroma of the turkey struck their brains & they began to nibble at the turkey. When they arrived at their destination, they had eaten ALL the turkey & stuffing & only had bones left to add to the dinner table. There was everybody elses vegetable dishes & a bare boned turkey. That was the craziest thing I had ever heard. Dayum girl, now I'm wanting one of your sandwiches!!!
• United States
16 Nov 08
I really would like some of the hot chicken with the gravy and mashed tators yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
16 Nov 08
Hahahahaha! Sorry, lady, didn't mean to get your turkey juices flowing! That story is hysterical! I DO feel better! Man! Were those two ever PIGS! I find it hard to believe that two people could devour an entire turkey by themselves on the way over to where it was going! But, I'm sure it's possible! I could NEVER eat half a turkey at one sitting! LOL I even had a hard time finishing that huge sandwich! But, I managed. What a breakfast, huh? I hardly ever eat bacon and eggs for breakfast, or any other breakfast food for that matter! Of course, knowing that that chicken and everything else were in the fridge, I was just kinda pulled to it like a huge magnet! I'll probably take some over to my son's house. Both of my sons are living together now and, well, you know how it is, being a mom, I like to make sure they're eating well. I also don't want to get sick of it before Thanksgiving! I'll have a whole new bunch of food for sandwiches! I like your mom's idea! I think I'll do that this year. It seems that we're just finishing up the last of the Thanksgiving meal when Christmas rolls around! I'm going to freeze some! Awesome idea... thanks so much for sharing! I hope you get through the holidays okay, lady. I know about your mom and I'm so sorry! I lost my mother last year. I thought I'd have a hard time during the holidays but I thought of it as her being here with us, just not physically. That got me through the holidays pretty well. I wish you the very best! Now, go make a sandwich. LOL
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@LadyMarissa (12160)
• United States
16 Nov 08
I don't have any freakin turkey!!!
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@ElicBxn (61063)
• United States
16 Nov 08
I'm sorry, I've never seen sauerkraut with the Thanksgiving turkey before. Of course, I don't care for it, about the ONLY way I don't like cabbage, and can't even immagine putting all that on a sandwich (but then again, I like mine with just meat and mustard.) Right now, I'm looking for some soup to slide down my sore throat easy.
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
17 Nov 08
You sound like my husband. Well, he'll eat sauerkraut but he never puts it on his sandwiches... only turkey and Miracle Whip, salt and pepper. You also sound like my husband with the sore throat! I'm so sorry to hear you're not feeling well! I hope you're not getting the flu! My husband is moaning and groaning, like most men do, about being so achy, feverish, headache, chest pain, congestion, sore throat, etc. etc. I have no doubt he has the flu, but man does he ever complain! I've asked him to stop following me around and complaining about it because, if I get sick, I won't be able to take care of him. I guess he understood because he's keeping his distance now. He's working from home today since he feels so bad, and his office is in the basement so he's PMing me with his complaints. LOL Can't win! Have you tried a warm salt-water gargle? It really does help with a sore throat! It actually takes some of the soreness away immediately and, of course, kills germs. Other than that, drink plenty of fluids, take two aspirin and get plenty of rest! You don't have to call me in the morning, though. Take care of yourself!
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@ElicBxn (61063)
• United States
17 Nov 08
I had my flu shot, but I think I caught this from my mom, or maybe from being around people last weekend - the person I was with was also feeling poorly on Sat. hummmmm, is a cold 5-6 days incubation or 3? that would determine when I got this....
@winterose (39897)
• Canada
16 Nov 08
hey food is food and you can eat it anytime you want you don't have to wait for holidays, no police is gonna come and arrest you lol, if you want to eat turkey 7 days a week that is your business, enjoy my friend.
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
16 Nov 08
Hahahaha! Isn't it funny how we normally have certain things only at certain times? Most people never cook a turkey unless it's for a holiday meal, or a big ham. Even iced tea is usually reserved for summertime! One of these days, I'm going to cook a big turkey in February or March and freeze most of it. I don't think I've ever cooked a turkey unless it was Thanksgiving or Christmas! We celebrated Christmas a week late once. A few people in the family were very sick with the flu on Christmas day so it didn't make sense to celebrate without them or to force them to come anyway. We just put it off a week. Everybody was healthy then and we had a blast!
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@winterose (39897)
• Canada
16 Nov 08
my family cook all those things when we feel like it, we eat ham all year around, it is usually a sunday dinner,
• United States
18 Nov 08
I love roast chicken too and I also thought it would be better to have one instead of turkey on Thanksgiving Day. But that day is not complete without a turkey so I still got one. I love my hotdogs with sauerkraut not with my chicken. But that is a good idea that I may try. Thanks.
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
18 Nov 08
Yum! I love sauerkraut on my hotdogs, too! Geez, now you're making me hungry for hotdogs! LOL
@sameroad (3180)
• United States
17 Nov 08
lol... we had some pumpkin pie the other day and boy was that good! we also had stuffing and mashed potatoes but we had ribs instead of turkey lol i can't wait for turkey day either though...all that good food! mmmmmmmmmm man i can't wait!! eat, eat, eat and eat some more... then get to feel all fat and just sit there and wanna pass out because you've eaten so much food lol and then you get left overs to eat for a couple of days! turkey sandwiches and all those pies! its time to bring out the fat pants!
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
17 Nov 08
Hahahaha! Ah, the ol' fat pants! I've wised up over the years and now wear pants with elastic waists when I'm going to pig out like this. They really help! I think stuffing and mashed potatoes go good with anything! Your meal sounds delicious, too! I haven't had ribs in awhile now; maybe it's time! Peppermint Schnopps is awesome to take that bloated, "I want to die" feeling away! I first had that at my parent's house when everyone overate. My stepfather brought out little timble glasses with Peppermint Schnopps in them. I didn't even have room for a tiny sip but he said to try it. I did and felt better. I tried some more and felt even better! By the time I finished that tiny bit of Peppermint Schnopps, I was ready for dessert! LOL
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
16 Nov 08
Trust me Marti, you're not the only one!! I can't wait for Thanksgiving!! Turkey is my favorite all time meat in the whole world and my mouth is just watering from the mere idea that it's just days away!! I'm making the dinner this year so my mom and dad won't feel so overwelmed, especially mom because she can't even consider doing such a thing and dad because he's never had to cook such a large meal before so it would be too much for him. I'm going to make Turkey, stuffing, yams, mashed potatos, greenbean cassarole, corn on cob, cranberry sauce, rolls, homemade poppers, long stem onions, deviled eggs and cherry and pumpkin pies with cool whip for our Thanksgiving dinner........ providing that I last till the day finally gets here!! lol
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@Grandmaof2 (7603)
• Canada
16 Nov 08
Oh my goodness hon you better not start thinking about Christmas hehe. New avatar does this mean you're having venison steak tonight? If so invite me~!
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
16 Nov 08
Actually, Grandma... I HAVE been thinking about Christmas! I've already bought the canned stuff for Thanksgiving dinner and thought, while I was there, why not prepare ahead and buy the stuff for Christmas dinner? That'll save me time for other things once Christmas is growing near. I'm trying to get as much as I can out of the way so I won't have to worry about it later. With my health problems, I'm moving a lot slower than I used to so I'm getting smarter and dealing with the small stuff early. I already have most of my gift shopping finished! I want the last two weeks before Christmas to be dedicated to baking. I make cookies, candies and cakes for everyone and that's a lot of baking! LOL I hope I can accomplish it. We'll see, huh? The avatar is simply because I got tired of the old one. Now, I've realized that people are going to start asking about the deer! LOL Oops. Maybe I should change it again? That actually happened back in 1999. The deer ran into my car. That was a $2,000.00 hunk of meat hanging there! But, I was so angry at the damage to my car that I had no problem skinning, gutting and chopping up this buck! I still have the antlers. LOL If I happen to "catch" another one, I'll be sure to invite you over!
• United States
16 Nov 08
That's funny because last night i baked a pecan pie we couldn't wait!!!So i can definately relate to this story!The kids keep asking what i'm cooking for thanksgiving dinner,and they already know,the same thing i always do.But i play along and tell them everything,descibing the dishes to them making them be even more anxious for the big dinner.
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
16 Nov 08
Awww, that's so sweet! It sounds like your kids want to hear the story more than know what you're going to cook. My son would ADORE you!!! My oldest son LOVES pecan pie! I always make sure to have one every Thanksgiving and Christmas, along with the pumpkin pie, of course! My best friend and her family always come over those days and she brings her sweet potato pie each time. A few times, I've made a lemon-merangue pie for anyone who wants something light for dessert. We have so much pie!!! But, I send everyone home with some of everything. With only my husband and myself here, it would go bad before we could finish it all! This year, I plan to freeze a lot (thanks to LadyMarissa above who told me what her mom used to do), so we can have a little mini-Thanksgiving meal any time we want.
@Chevee (5914)
• United States
16 Nov 08
Sometime I might want a dinner like that but it is not just before the traditional celebrations or the time for a family gathering when I will have to prepare this meal twice back to back. You must have been in the mood for cooking, it really does sounds delicious. You made me feel good just to know that you feel good. Now all that eating you are going to gain weight and after the holidays you know we all ways say we are going on a diet. Happy eating ..The Month of November and December.
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
16 Nov 08
I simply couldn't wait, Chevee! I had the energy yesterday so I thought, why not? It started out with just the chicken and stuffing but grew as I thought about it. Before long, I had an entire "mini" holiday feast, well, without the pumpkin pie and candied sweet potatoes! I always have a lot of people here for Thanksgiving and Christmas and ALWAYS insist that they each take some home with them so I'm not left with too many leftovers. And, yep, I'm sure I'll be gaining weight! I've altered my way of eating, though, so it shouldn't be too much weight. I rarely eat any cookies or candies anymore. I eat a lot more fruit and veggies and drink a lot more water than I was doing. I lost 22 pounds recently!!! I know I'll probably put at least half of that back on before the new year, though. LOL At least my new way of eating will help me get it back off again. I never think of it as dieting. It's an entirely new way of eating that I will continue to do. I settled down in my weight loss once I reached my optimum weight. Luckily, that also allows me to "cheat" every now and then! LOL I can have some of that pie! Yummy!
@ladym33 (10990)
• United States
16 Nov 08
It sounds really good. I am saving up my energy for the big day though. There is something really awesome about Thanksgiving Day, it is a lot of work cooking that perfect meal for everyone, but it is also so homey, warm, and gratifying. We have had a couple of Thanksgiving day disasters over the years, but mostly it is a wonderful day for me where I am usually exhausted at the end of the day, but I am also very proud, because I get to spend the day just cooking for people I love, and of course the compliments do not hurt either.
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
16 Nov 08
I understand completely what you're saying, ladym! It's so gratifying...the whole experience, not just cooking but being together. I had one major disaster once on Thanksgiving. I forgot to turn the oven on to bake the turkey! Since everything else was cooking, it got very warm in the kitchen so I had no reason to think the oven wasn't on. After 5 hours (it was a BIG fella), I checked on it... AAAAAARGH!!!
• United States
16 Nov 08
I really am looking forward to having a nice Thanksgiving meal with my family! We never have had sauerkraut for Thanksgiving! That is a New Years thing for my family! I hope you loved your Chicken dinner. It sounds like it was VERY good! You did not mention pumpkin pie!
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
16 Nov 08
Hahahaha! I actually said to my husband, after we had finished dinner and were lying around feeling really fat, "Where's the pumpkin pie?" LOL I had thought about making one but decided against it. I'll have one for Thanksgiving, of course, but I've just recently lost 22 pounds and I'm sure I'll put some back on during the holidays. I want to avoid as many extra calories as I can! My Mom always had sauerkraut for our holiday meals so I just naturally got used to it. I don't cook much because it's only my husband and me who eat it. My kids hate it! I just don't think that my big, fat, post-holiday sandwich is complete without sauerkraut! LOL