Happy December

@spiderdust (11620)
San Jose, California
December 1, 2021 11:12am CST
I took a bit of a break from here for about a month or so, not intentionally, but because the pace of my life sometimes insists upon it. In the meantime, I survived the Thanksgiving season at work (if you recall, I work as a cook at an upscale grocery store, and make a lot of the entrees and salads sold in the store and through the catering department) and managed to have a low-stress holiday of my own at home. I've been making an effort to not get stressed out during the holidays by trying to do it all, but instead focusing on what is really enjoyed. Rather than trying to get everything cooked and beautiful on Thanksgiving morning, I assigned some food prep tasks to some of the kids during the week and made as much ahead of time as I could (including roasting the turkey the night before). I did do one fairly fiddly and attention-intensive thing on Thanksgiving morning/afternoon, but the kids say it wouldn't be Thanksgiving without it -- the turkey fruit platter. I never design one ahead of time and they're always a little bit different every year, and they take 10 times longer to make than they do to eat, but the appearance of Mr. Fruit Turkey each year seems to mean more to the kids than the turkey itself! The photo above is of the one I made this year. Today I'm doing a little bit of gift shopping and cleaning the family room so we can start putting up our Christmas decorations. I do have a small ceramic tree, a flocked reindeer, and a nutcracker up on the shelf right now, but it will be nice to get the bigger tree and some lights up. I think this weekend we're going to the annual Santa Saturday fundraiser at my son's old preschool so we can have pictures taken with Santa and have the kids do some crafts. Krampus is probably going to leave the kids a prank in their shoes on the 5th (because it amuses me). Next weekend is the German holiday market that I love to visit each year. We'll have a nice dinner and a hot crockpot full of wassail on the Winter Solstice, look at lights and decorate cookies on Christmas Eve, and (hopefully) have a leisurely morning on Christmas Day. I hope you all have a low stress December, however you like to spend it.
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@TheHorse (146834)
• Walnut Creek, California
1 Dec
Wait. What exactly is the prank?
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@spiderdust (11620)
• San Jose, California
1 Dec
Last year they found candy canes in their shoes, but they turned out to be dill pickle flavored.
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• United States
1 Dec
@spiderdust LOVE it!
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@TheHorse (146834)
• Walnut Creek, California
1 Dec
@spiderdust The Horror! Did they cry?
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@NJChicaa (105269)
• United States
1 Dec
That platter is amazing!
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@spiderdust (11620)
• San Jose, California
1 Dec
Thank you! They take me about an hour to make and they're consumed in 5 minutes, but they're worth all the joy they bring.
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@TheHorse (146834)
• Walnut Creek, California
1 Dec
I'd feel guilty about digging in!
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@NJChicaa (105269)
• United States
1 Dec
@TheHorse I would too!
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@paigea (34388)
• Canada
1 Dec
I love the Turkey. And having one labour intensive thing that all enjoy is great!
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@spiderdust (11620)
• San Jose, California
1 Dec
I could skip making mashed potatoes one Thanksgiving and they'd miss them, but eat the other things and move on... but if I skip the fruit turkey, Thanksgiving is RUINED.
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@paigea (34388)
• Canada
1 Dec
@spiderdust I see why. I could never make it so lovely.
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• United States
1 Dec
@spiderdust I made instant mashed this year. I didn't want a lot of leftovers, and I made a small amount. The only thing I had major leftovers for (with two eaters) was turkey, my homemade cranberries, and bread dressing. I sent much of the rest of it home with RGD.
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@FourWalls (38551)
• United States
1 Dec
Welcome back! That’s an adorable fruit turkey!!! I hope you have a low-stress December, too! You’re more apt to be running around like a chicken (or, in this case, a turkey) with its head cut off!
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@spiderdust (11620)
• San Jose, California
1 Dec
I'm still aiming for that low stress! At least the holiday catering in December tends to be less hectic than in November (which surprises me, but that's how it seems to work out).
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@popciclecold (23712)
• United States
1 Dec
That turkey is awesome, I've never seen one before. Good job.
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@spiderdust (11620)
• San Jose, California
1 Dec
I originally got the idea from Pinterest about 9 years ago or so, but I haven't seen many people making them either.
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• United States
1 Dec
@spiderdust That is a beautiful turkey.
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@Dena91 (16778)
• United States
1 Dec
I think it is good you had a low stress Thanksgiving. The platter looks great. Have a blessed day
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@DaddyEvil (68962)
• United States
1 Dec
You're turkey platter is a work of art. I kept wondering about you and your kids and hoping none of you had gotten sick. (I'm glad life is all that got in your way. ) I hope all your plans work out well.
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@spiderdust (11620)
• San Jose, California
4 Dec
We have not gotten sick, and everyone is at least partially vaccinated now. The youngest ones get their second dose right before Christmas, and I get my booster on Tuesday. However, a large chunk of my department is out sick! I'm thankful for those of us who got vaccinated and seem to have dodged the bullet this time.
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@DaddyEvil (68962)
• United States
5 Dec
@spiderdust I'm glad you're all getting vaccinated. I'd rather take the risk on the vaccine making me sick for a little bit versus permanent damage from getting Covid. I'm still worrying about going back to work. I don't want to be stuck doing the work of the entire department just because others won't get vaccinated.
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@spiderdust (11620)
• San Jose, California
7 Dec
@DaddyEvil I hate that health care and disease prevention has become so political.
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@TheSojourner (37189)
• United States
1 Dec
Mr. Fruit Turkey is AMAZING!!! I did a low-key Thanksgiving, too. I actually spatchcocked the turkey I had, and it took just about two hours cooking for an 18 lb turkey! (I shared pictures on the discussion.) I'm glad you are back. I miss you when you are gone.
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@LadyDuck (376211)
• Switzerland
2 Dec
This fruits platter is beautiful, congratulations because you really did a great job.
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@spiderdust (11620)
• San Jose, California
4 Dec
Thank you so much!
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@RasmaSandra (50878)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
18 Dec
Looks like an amazing platter and most creatively done,
@Courtlynn (71903)
• United States
2 Dec
Traditions are always nice to keep going. Glad the fruit turkey is still around for you all