Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!

When I was a young turkey, new to the coop,
My big brother Mike took me out on the stoop,

Then he sat me down, and he spoke real slow,
And he told me there was something that I had to know.

His look and his tone I will always remember,
When he told me of the horrors of Black November:

"Come about August, now listen to me,
Each day you'll get six meals instead of just three,

"And soon you'll be thick, where once you were thin,
And you'll grow a big rubbery thing under your chin.

"And then one morning, when you're warm in your bed,
In'll burst the farmer's wife, and hack off your head.

"Then she'll pluck out all your feathers so you're bald 'n pink,
And scoop out all your insides and leave ya lyin' in the sink;

"And then comes the worst part," he said, not bluffing,
"She'll spread your cheeks and pack your rear with stuffing.

"Well, the rest of his words were too grim to repeat,
I sat on the stoop like a winged piece of meat,

And decided on the spot that to avoid being cooked,
I'd have to lay low and remain overlooked.

I began a new diet of nuts and granola,
High-roughage salads, juice, and diet cola;

And as they ate pastries, chocolates, and crepes,
I stayed in my room doing Jane Fonda tapes.

I maintained my weight of two pounds and a half,
And tried not to notice when the bigger birds laughed;

But 'twas I who was laughing, under my breath,
As they chomped and they chewed, ever closer to death.

And sure enough, when Black November rolled around,
I was the last turkey left in the entire compound.

So now I'm a pet in the farmer's wife's lap;
I haven't a worry, so I eat and I nap.

She held me today, while sewing and humming,
And smiled at me and said, "Christmas is coming...

"Happy Thanksgiving "

I was so busy getting dinner on the table I didn't take any pictures except of the No Bake Pumpkin Pie. I like it because it isn't as strong pumpkin flavor as a regular pie plus it is quick and easy. The best part is I don't have to make it before the turkey goes in the oven!
Put 1 envelope Knox unflavored gelatine, 1 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. nutmeg, 1/2 tsp. ginger,and 1/2 tsp. salt in a heavy medium saucepan. Add 1 can Eaglebrand sweetened condensed milk and 2 well beaten eggs.
Mix well, let stand for 1 minute.
Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until gelatin disolves and mixture thickens slightly(about 10 minutes).

Remove from heat and stir in 2 cups pumpkin (16 oz. can).Mix well.

Pour into baked crust or graham cracker crust. Chill 3 hours or until set.

Like I said, quick and easy. A dollop of whipped cream and you're good to go!

1 comment:

Carole Burant said...

Yummmm that pie sure looks good!! I've never heard of it done this way so I've copied the recipe and will try it! Happy Thanksgiving and I hope you had a wonderful day with your family:-) Love the turkey poem!! lol