Lunchtime Poll: Non-Canon Thanksgiving Foods

Friends, I want to know what you make for Thanksgiving that isn’t considered Thanksgiving “canon,” so to speak. And for our non-American/non-Canadian readers, what would you make for Thanksgiving, if you decided to participate?

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Thanksgiving Safety for Pets

Thanksgiving is almost here for Americans, and it can be an adorable but dangerous time for your pets. Here are some reminders of things to consider before considering your dog one of the guests. If you’re traveling somewhere else with your dog, these precautions should be made an even bigger priority because your dog is already off schedule and out of his element. Read More Thanksgiving Safety for Pets

We Try It! Homemade, Lactose-Free Pumpkin Pie

During the Thanksgiving through Christmas onslaught of eating, I sometimes become more motivated to cook foods that I normally would not be able to eat. I’ve been lactose intolerant since age 15, and though lactase supplements help with some foods, other rich treats overpower the capabilities of those little white pills. Pumpkin pie is usually one of the desserts I avoid, as it is often made with condensed milk, and if the crust has real butter, I can extra-forget about it. So despite having never made a pie since I was seven years old and in Girl Scouts, I decided I would try making my own this year. The results were … interesting.

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Longing for the Home Where You’ve Never Lived

This year, I spent Thanksgiving with my family in California. I decided to stay for a week in order to spend time with my family and friends, and especially to catch up with my uncle, who would be spending his first Thanksgiving here in the U.S. after officially gaining his permanent residency. My mom had petitioned him to move to the U.S. from the Philippines when he was 14 years old. Now he is 36 years old, has a girlfriend, two children, and is entering into this unusual transition in his life twenty-two years later.

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Dispatches from Ladyblogland

This week I’m mixing things up, pointing you not just to great ladyblog reads but also discoveries from the interwebz that may be of interest to you, dear ladyblog enthusiasts.

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A Short History of the Cranberry

I am making cranberry sauce for the first time ever. Because I am a historian, I decided to read up on cranberries. Did they appear at the first Thanksgiving? Is there a reason we eat them as a sauce or (shudder) jelly from a can? Let’s find out!

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Oh, So Very Thankful

“What do you say?” It’s a question every child hears frequently while learning to navigate the social niceties. Parents always hope their children will quickly learn to respond with a “please” or a “thank you.” Read More Oh, So Very Thankful