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3 Strange Recipes Spawned by Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is soaked in traditions, historical debates, and gravy.

Let’s focus on the gravy. Most of our traditions surrounding Thanksgiving are kind of wonky. And every family has the odd relative with the questionable food choices.

That relative? She’s been breeding. So have her children and her children’s children. And it’s ended us up with an interesting arrangement of Thanksgiving food options.

Strap in kiddies, it’s going to get stranger, the farther down the rabbit hole we go.

And no, I’m not going to include the turkey stuffed with an octopus. Because.

Just no.

 

 

Ice Cream

How about some Thanksgiving flavored ice cream? Skeptical? Me too.

A San Francisco ice cream shop called Salt & Stew, have made five different Thanksgiving flavored ice creams. And people actually seem to like them. So, what’s on the menu?

Sweet Potato Casserole with Maple Pecans uses marshmallows, caramel, and pecans in their sweet potato ice cream.

Persimmon Walnut Stuffing is literally made with walnuts, persimmons, and stuffing, along with a few other ingredients.

Salted Caramel Thanksgiving Turkey is forged with turkey stock and candy-coated turkey skins.

Spiced Goat Cheese & Pumpkin Pie is goat cheese ice cream made with mashed pumpkin and pumpkin spices.

Last but not least, we have Buttered Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, which has a gravy fudge mixed in.

Anyone want to drop by San Francisco and grab me a pint? Or ten?

Actually, I’d just prefer Cold Stone Creamery would move back to town, but whatever.

New ice cream flavors are never a bad thing. At worst, we get to watch someone’s face move into hilarity.

 

Turkey Cake

If that doesn’t jingle your disturbing bells, don’t worry, there are more oddities out there just waiting to tantalize your taste buds.

Take turkey cake for instance. The name pretty much says it all. Check out some differing recipes to appeal to your particular taste buds, sure. But they all have pieces of turkey in the actual cake.

TURKEY in CAKE.

Can’t wrap my head around that one.

Some even include stuffing. The recipe centers on pumpkin flavors, adding spices and sometimes actual pumpkin puree.

 

 

Moist Maker (a.k.a. “The One with Ross’s Sandwich”)

Why not go Hollywood and make the famous Moist Maker?

First cooked up by Ross, a fictional character from a popular television show, F.R.I.E.N.D.S., which follows a group of friends through their comedic personal and professional lives in Manhattan, this sandwich has grown to become quite loved among fans and non-fans alike.

Ross Geller loved his Moist Maker. And I mean, really loved it. When his boss stole his (obviously labeled) lunch from the office refrigerator, Ross lost his mind.

Then his job.

Plus, he scared some pigeons (poor pigeons).

And to add insult to injury, his boss didn’t even eat all of the Moist Maker. He threw it away! Who does that to Thanksgiving leftovers? We can all agree; leftovers are important.

How to make this delicious oddity? If we want to keep to Ross Geller’s original recipe, we’re going to need leftover gravy, cranberries, stuffing, and turkey. And, you know, bread. Three pieces to be exact.

If we want to redo the recipe to fit more with our tastes – which I definitely would need to do – all we really need are our favorite leftovers. Stuff them in between some bread and there you go. But don’t forget, the middle piece of bread must be soaked in gravy for it to be a Moist Maker.

And don’t let anyone steal it. Bad things happen when Moist Makers are stolen.

 

I don’t know man. This holiday creates some strange foods. Did you know there are gravy and turkey flavored potato chips??

 

What strange Thanksgiving recipes did you guys make and/or eat this year?

Heard of any stranger recipes?

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Missing

Life is different than I thought.

It sits somewhere in peace.

Without pain, without numbness, without joy.

And weeps.

 

Or is that love?

Are they the same; life and love?

Is that what this world is missing…

love and life being one

The purpose

The meaning

True Aliveness

being love

real love

 

 

By Daphne Shadows

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Holiday Season Blog Gratitude Challenge 1

Alrighty then.

We’re going to play a game. Kind of like tag, except I can’t smack you and get away with it (because, “YOU’RE IT!”) because I can’t reach you.

 

Holidays are great.

Holidays are lovely.

But we also have a way of sucking the joy, humanity, and reason for the holidays right out of the season.

Yay us!

NO *shakes head*

 

So, screw whatever we’re supposed to talk about during this time of year. We’re going to talk about being grateful. And I’m going to ask you questions, even some personal ones. Well, if you stick around I’m going to do this. If you click out I am so not going to chase you down, chain you to a desk, and force you to answer. I’m too worn out, cuz you know, I have my own life that I’m working on.

Let’s get to it.

 

 

These questions need the following answer: how you’re grateful for them and why.

 

5 Life Lessons

  1. Budgeting – boy will I not mess up on this one.
  2. Forgiveness – it’s hard but has helped me heal and gain strength to put up healthy boundaries.
  3. Eat Healthily – seriously.
  4. Healthy Boundaries – no joy without them.
  5. Attitude of Gratitude – focusing on what I’m grateful for doesn’t erase the nastiness or pain. It does, however, give me more joy and less suffering.

 

5 Trials You’ve Lived Through or Are Still Living Through

(you didn’t think I was going to make this easy on you, did you?)

  1. SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth)

This gut disease has taught me a lot. I’ve changed how I eat entirely. I eat completely healthy and when I eat chocolate (daily, come on now) it’s healthier with real sugar and no GMOs or fake ingredients. I feel so much better. I’ve discovered that how I eat has a huge impact on how I feel physically and emotionally.

  1. RLS (restless leg syndrome)

Okay, so for a month I was walking around in the bathroom and sobbing at night because I couldn’t sleep. I’d pass out in bed for fifteen to twenty minutes on and off at night, equaling up to two hours of sleep in every twenty-four hours. Not fun. I finally got on a medication that stops, for the most part, the RLS. What this taught me is how important sleep is. Getting eight hours, every night is needed. But what I feel most of us don’t do, is make it a priority. We act like because we have work or children or other obligations that it isn’t possible. It is. And I’ve decided to make my health a priority and see to it that I get the sleep I need.

  1. Psychological Abuse

I would never sign up for abuse. But I can say that living through it has taught me a lot. Most people don’t want to exist inside their own skin and so distract themselves out of it. We walk around numb and ignorant of ourselves. Being abused caused me so much issue that I had to take a look at myself and get help from other human beings. This is how I learned to get out of denial and choose my own life.

It’s also taught me that a lot of people turn their noses up at emotional issues. They think therapists are idiots or pointless and think people ought to pull themselves up by their bootstraps, smile and bear it, and/or simply knock it off, get over it. But never, ever talk about your problems and never ever, need help. Let me tell you, there is so much arrogance and ignorance in a person like that, that it’s unbearable. And they’re generally not all that happy.

  1. Bipolar

I’ve heard so many people tell me to pray to God and He will take this away. I’m Christian so I can tell you, they’re not saying this out of faith or belief or spirituality. It’s a load of crap. Let’s just get that out there. Some tests in life are for life.  I truly believe God (or whatever your Higher Power is) doesn’t give us more than we can handle. And yes, much is expected of us. Life is hard work.

Being diagnosed has allowed me to stop thinking there is something wrong with me. I honestly didn’t know what my issue was. How was I so messed up? Knowing I’m on the bipolar spectrum has allowed me to view my past and realize why.

Now I have a name to put to what I feel, what I’ve experienced. And life is a lot less scary and a lot more doable. I can’t deny part of who I am. Trying to would only bring more misery.

  1. Jobs I Loathed

It took me a while to realize I didn’t love them, didn’t even like them. But having jobs I didn’t enjoy has shone a light on what I want to aim for.

 

 

5 Things from Today

  1. Petting Lucky
  2. Internet
  3. Work
  4. My religious practices (brings peace)
  5. Love

 

5 Things from the Past Week

  1. Thanksgiving – really enjoyed this holiday this year. I love the focus of gratitude this holiday brings into focus. I don’t care how it came about or how many lies its steeped in. I love what it’s become.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not exactly happy white men tried wiping Natives out, I simply choose to focus on the goodness in humans at this time. Which is a lot harder than one would think. We humans can be terrible. But we have goodness in us, if we so choose.

  1. Birthday – my twenty-sixth. I did absolutely nothing and loved it. Hung out with family. Best.
  2. Walking Lucky – I love my sweet, fluffy boy. He brings me so much joy and taking him for a walk, away from everyone else and simply being outside, watching him sniff around in curiosity – it’s peaceful.
  3. Applied, Paid for College Class – SO excited for this one! I’ve never been to college before.
  4. Ability to Change – can you imagine never being able to change, grow, learn and make different decisions? We’d all be screwed. There’d be no point to life. So I embrace change.

 

5 Things About My Health

  1. I can eat solid food.
  2. I can walk. I can run!
  3. I have all my limbs and they all work properly.
  4. I don’t have a disease that is going to kill me.
  5. I have my mental faculties in working order.

 

 

5 Favorite Traditions

  1. Birthdays are important in my family. We always celebrate, regardless of age. It’s the day we came into this world. Of course that should be celebrated. It’s a time for reflection and goal setting. A time to take stock of what I’ve done and become and what I want to add to my life and self.
  2. Hope Chest. In my family, when you turn sixteen years old, your parents buy you a chest and begin filling it with things for when you begin your own life. I love this tradition, I will be passing on.
  3. Dating. We don’t take this one for the gift it is, I believe. We have the right to choose who to date, dump, and stick with. In other countries, people don’t have this option.
  4. Marriage. I don’t feel we take this one seriously as a society any longer, but it’s still important to me. I feel like marriage has become a joke, sexless, loveless, and well, okay, a joke! That’s not what I want. I’m going to marry for commitment, for love, for a real relationship. A sharing of souls. It’s easy to make fun of, but that doesn’t make it any less important to me.
  5. Allowing people to think for themselves. It’s something I very much intend to carry on. If my children have different likes, desires, hopes, dreams… go for it. I find that many of my friends in high school were given no choice in their life. Their parents had planned everything out for them and they lived in a rigid world without freedom of character, choice, or personal lives. It’s a strong truth in my life; we are each a unique person and what we each need and want, is what we need to go for.

 

5 Freedoms

  1. To work. As a woman, that wasn’t always an option. I couldn’t imagine living in the past. I don’t want to imagine it. I won’t even read novels in the past because the way women were treated disgusts me.
  2. Control over how I deal with my mental illnesses. Stigmas are still alive and strong but at least my freedom isn’t stripped from me. I can look at what is happening, realistically, and choose the healthiest way in which to deal with it.
  3. We aren’t exactly, “of the people, by the people, for the people” any longer, but I am extremely grateful that I live in this country, which allows me to make my own vocational and life choices.
  4. Freedom to worship. I love my spirituality and religion. It brings me strength, choices, respect for life and love, and peace. I wish all humans on planet earth were allowed to practice their beliefs (as long as they’re not abusive) in their own lives.
  5. To marry whomever I please, whenever I please. I mean, come on, we all know that at age 26, I’d be an old maid in the past.

 

 

Last 5

  1. What do I wish I wouldn’t take for granted?

Technology, running water, modern conveniences.

  1. What is something I am grateful for that I probably partake of too much?

Chocolate.

  1. What is something helpful I have that my parents did not?

Internet. Thank you, Google, for helping me adult properly. Also, the ability to talk about things. I cannot tell you how annoying it is that people didn’t “talk about things like that” in the past. You know, human things.

  1. What is something I have that my parents did not that is not helpful?

Too many options. TV stations, internet stuff, etc. How much time have I wasted on something that doesn’t matter? It all comes down to personal choices, but sometimes I feel all the unnecessary choices make life harder.

  1. What was I most grateful for as a young child?

Feeling safe. It was a rarity I appreciated more than any treat or toy.

 

 

Okay, TAG!!!!

(pretend I just smacked you upside the back of the head)

Your turn.

Erase my answers and add in your own, then tag someone. And check back for my next blog gratitude challenge in the weeks to come. And don’t forget to link back here so I can see your answers. 😀

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No Need

“No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.”

Virginia Woolf

 

small and simple

real and true

 

this holiday season, please remember to be who you are

slow down

and be

 

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Do Something Thankful

I love Thanksgiving.

It’s a beautiful time of year. People are focusing on what they’re grateful for. Who they’re thankful for. Looking at their life and illuminating all they take for granted.

It ties for first place with Halloween for me.

If you know me, that’s saying something big.

 

 

This Thanksgiving I’d like to challenge you to find someone to do something loving for. Pick one person. Pick twenty people and/or animals! And be genuine.

Do something kind. It doesn’t need to be anything big. Only honest and meaningful.

 

I checked it out on Snopes, and this is a real deal.

There’s this boy who loves Christmas and probably won’t live to see it this year. His name is Jacob and he also loves penguins. His family has asked for Christmas cards.

 

Here is his address:

Jacob Thompson

C/O Maine Medical Center

22 Bramhall St

Portland, ME 04102

 

For an original post, go here:  http://www.wlky.com/article/cancer-patient-cards-last-christmas/13144608

For the Snopes post, go here: https://www.snopes.com/2017/11/08/jacob-thompson-xmas-cards/

 

 

Anywho, send him some love. What a beautiful smile he has.

What a genuine request.

I am thankful for amazing people like Jacob who know they’re about to die and still smile for real. Still find joy in little things.

This post is for Jacob and all the beautiful souls like him.

 

If you have any great causes, big or small, comment below. We can all share the love. 🙂

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I’m Not Done v.2

The Valley

Isn’t a place

You know

 

It is where

We live

Where we

Feel

Where we

know

 

 

Where we

Often

Decide

To

Deny

 

 

The light

Isn’t awaiting

Our creation

 

It exists

Within

Me

 

In

You

In

All

In

Us

 

 

 

By Daphne Shadows

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I’m Not Done v.1

The Valley

Isn’t a place

You know

 

It’s a

State

Of being

 

An

Awareness

 

The Darkness

Isn’t awaiting

The chance

To attack

 

Darkness

Lives inside

Me

 

In

You

In

All

In

Us

 

 

By Daphne Shadows

 

Kinda in reference to this Valley 

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