There’s nothing that ruins a holiday dinner more than when it ends up in your lap, or worse, on your mother’s heirloom tablecloth brought over from the Motherland. Its classic disposable plate fail, but they’re a necessary evil at the holidays because who wants to spend the whole night cleaning dishes? Not this girl, but I also don’t want my guests to worry about dumping their food all over the floor, or cutting through a paper plate onto the aforementioned tablecloth.
China definitely presents a prettier and classier option to dining than plastic plates, but I have a huge family, and I would rather spend time with them than slaving in the kitchen washing dishes, so we compromised and spend a little more for very nice looking plastic plates that are durable and that can be tossed at the end of the holiday gluttony feast.
Plastic plates have evolved a long way since the days of long ago. There are even environmentally safe disposable plates that were made with recycled plastic and are recyclable themselves. In addition, there are some very nice plastic plates that are reusable (I don’t use them, because it would still mean washing dishes) and very elegant and classy looking, so you don’t look like you’re avoiding cleaning dishes.
Holidays are meant to be enjoyed, with family and friends gathering together to spend time talking, laughing, and playing football. That could just be my family, but I don’t think so. Washing dishes is the last thing anyone wants to do, so take the easy road, just this once, and invest in some plastic plates to make your holiday dinner an easy affair!
Wacky Wednesday Trivia, the Thanksgiving Edition!
Its Wednesday everyone, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s trivia day here at ReStockIt, so put on your learning caps and absorb something new. Today it’s going to be all about Thanksgiving, since it’s tomorrow (yay! Turkey day coma, here I come!) and everyone will be stuffing their faces around the dinner table and giving thanks for whatever they are thankful for.
I managed to come up with some funny trivia, and some actual scholarly trivia, so there is something for everyone! Read on, enjoy, and have a fantastic holiday!
- The traditional cornucopia was a curved goat’s horn filled to brim with fruits and grains. According to Greek legend, Amalthea (a goat) broke one of her horns and offered it to Greek God Zeus as a sign of reverence. As a sign of gratitude, Zeus later set the goat’s image in the sky also known as constellation Capricorn. Cornucopia is the most common symbol of a harvest festival. A Horn shaped container, it is filled with abundance of the Earth’s harvest. It is also known as the ‘horn of plenty’.
- Turducken, a turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken, is becoming more popular in Thanksgiving (originated in Louisiana). A turducken is a de-boned turkey stuffed with a de-boned duck, which itself is stuffed with a small de-boned chicken. The cavity of the chicken and the rest of the gaps are filled with, at the very least, a highly seasoned breadcrumb mixture (although some versions have a different stuffing for each bird).
- Fossil evidence shows that turkeys roamed the Americas 10 million years ago.
- There are regional differences as to the “stuffing” (or “dressing”) traditionally served with the turkey. Southerners generally make theirs from cornbread, while in other parts of the country white bread is the base. One or several of the following may be added: oysters, apples, chestnuts, raisins, celery and/or other vegetables, sausage or the turkey’s giblets.
- Thomas Jefferson thought the concept of Thanksgiving was “the most ridiculous idea I’ve ever heard.”
- Benjamin Franklin wanted the national bird to be a turkey.
- The first large helium-filled balloon in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was of Felix the Cat in 1927.
- Several people wanted to have an official day of thanksgiving, including George Washington, who proclaimed a National Day of Thanksgiving in 1789. Several people did not want it including President Thomas Jefferson.
- A spooked turkey can run at speeds up to 20 miles per hour. They can also burst into flight approaching speeds between 50-55 mph in a matter of seconds.
- The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was held in 1924. It featured Central Park zoo animals, people in costumes, and floats.
November Trivia Time!
It’s November, month of Thanksgiving…and other things. November is Election Day, Thanksgiving day, Black Friday, and the time when most of the leaves have all fallen from the trees. People are in full preparation for winter if you haven’t already had your first snows, and even Florida is starting to cool down (it’s a balmy 74 degrees here today). The kids are still plowing through their Halloween candy, with the help of their parents, and Thanksgiving committees are starting to crop up at work (here, anyway).
So sit back, read on, and learn some things about our 11th month that you maybe didn’t know, like the fact that it was the ninth month in the Roman calendar.
- In Finland they call November “Marraskuu” which translates as “month of the dead”.
- November 1st is celebrated in the Catholic faith as All Saints Day
- The Saxons called November “Blood Month” because they sacrificed many animals to their gods in that month
- World War I ended on the 11th day of the 11th month at 11PM, in 1918
- On November 5th, 1959 the American Football League was formed with 8 teams: the Houston OIlers, New York Titans, Buffalo Bills, Boston Patriots, Los Angeles Chargers, Dallas Texans, Oakland Raiders, and the Denver Broncos.
- The infamous Berlin Wall began to come down on November 9th, 1989
- November is NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month
- Around November 17th, the Leonids metero shower reaches its peak
- November in the Northern Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent to May in the Southern Hemisphere, and vice versa
And the original Thanksgiving Dinner probably consisted of this (nothing like today’s dinner, except the turkey):
- Roasted whole turkey
- Roasted duck
- Roasted goose or Passenger Pigeons
- Roasted venison
- Fish, shellfish, mussels, oysters, etc
- Whole pumpkins, bake in coals, along with one or two other winter squashes. Could also have been boiled.
- Dried corn, boiled in water
- Flat bread, or “fry” bread
- Baskets of nuts and fall berries
- Pumpkin sweetened with honey
- Boiled corn meal sweetened with honey
Special thanks to the Smithsonian for their menu example: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/Ask-an-Expert-What-was-on-the-menu-at-the-first-Thanksgiving.html
Well, a day early anyway, but since I’m not here on Saturday’s and Sunday’s to write this wonderful blog, I figured its better early than late. And since this is my absolute favorite time of the year, I thought, Hey! What a great blog to write!
There is just something perfect about autumn. In September, the temperatures are just right (well…not here, but in other places), and you get that slight chill in the morning and a lovely breeze at night. Air conditioners get turned off (again, not here. You’d melt) and windows get opened. Humidity drops and mums and pansies crop up on porch planters, along with corn stalks and gourds. Leaves start turning into the scarlets, golds, and oranges that turn hillsides into gorgeous paintings of bright color.
The other thing I love about autumn is firepits. In October’s past, some of my best nights have been sitting around a fire with friends, light jackets and the heat of the fire offering protection from the brisk night air. Ghost stories around a firepit on Halloween night are just something that has to be experienced..especially if your firepit is bordered by a deep, dark, spooky forest. In October, ghosts hang from trees, jack-o-lanterns glare at you from front porches and stoops, and on one fun night, little goblins and ghuolies rush from house to house, looking for sweet treats.
November is a time for football and Thanksgiving! What other month do you get a pass to eat as much as you want, turn on the TV to watch a football game, and then fall asleep? Well, without recrimination, anyway. Leaves are burning in piles outside, putting the smell of burning wood in the air. The nights get even cooler, and most likely you will have to scrape frost off your car windows in the morning. Thanksgiving comes and you eat like a glutton. Then Black Friday comes and you waddle to the stores at 4 A.M., still full from your midnight snack, and shop like a glutton.
I tell ya, fall is just about the best season. Outdoor activities aren’t impeded by bugs and sweat, and inside activities consist of crafting and baking. What more could a person ask for? Not much more, I can tell you that! What are you doing to make this a great fall season?