You Could Win This Serving Bowl!

October 26, 2012 | By | Comments (95)
Southern Living Stoneware Bowl

Photo: Ralph Anderson

We spend a lot of time looking for perfect, go anywhere serving pieces. When we couldn’t find exactly what we wanted, we designed our own collection with Ballard Designs. Inspired by an antique ironstone piece, we worked with Ballard and esteemed Southern potters, Louisville Stoneware, to create this elegantly fluted stoneware serving bowl that looks just as tasteful on the kitchen table as it does on the dining table.

You could win this $99 bowl! In the comments section below, tell us your funniest Thanksgiving memory. The answer that makes us laugh the most earns the bowl. The contest begins now and ends November 30. Click here for official rules.

Go ahead, make us laugh!

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  1. Marilyn J. Fults

    Let me start by saying that I am not known for my cooking skills. One Thanksgiving my daughter decided that she didn’t like turkey, but chicken would be fine. So along with turkey, I made a baked pasta with chicken breasts dish. The recipe called for egg noodles, so in went the whole bag of egg noodles, with chicken breasts, spices, etc into the casserole dish. Baked for one hour per the directions. All the food is on the table, buffet style and every one is ready to start digging in to the food. My daughter is the first one to put the spoon into the pasta dish, and it goes crunch. yes, crunch. the directions did not tell me to cook the noodles first, so guess what? they were still rock hard. That still is one of the stories that gets brought up every Thanksgiving. Has even been in the prayer to not have noodles cooked by mom at the meal!

    November 28, 2012 at 2:28 pm
  2. Barbara Minor

    Last Thanksgiving I was extremely busy trying to get everything ready at the same time. My daughter Valerie was helping me, there was so much unfinished business. My Grandson Andrew started trying to get my attention. Gammy, just a minute I’m busy.Gammy, Fred. Just a moment I’m busy ! Gammy, Fred ! Andrew I’ll be with you in a moment. { getting louder } Gammy, FRED !!! So I decided to stop and look, just in time to see Fred my cat on the table eating the turkey I had just put on the table.

    November 28, 2012 at 3:01 am
  3. christy snow

    My funniest Thanksgiving memory happened when I was getting my first turkey ready to deep-fry. I was injecting the turkey with the seasoning mixture and everytime I would stick the meat injector into the turkey and push it in it would spring a leak and squirt me in the face! It did it several times, it was a scene straight out of the Three Stooges.

    November 21, 2012 at 7:37 pm
  4. Susan Brewer

    One year we had gotten the turkey prepared, timed everything, and watched the clock to time each dish and it’s prep and cooking time. I’ve always thought it as a kind of ballet, a dance that is perfectly timed. Everything was moving along in rhythm. After quite some time (maybe 11/2 or 2 hours) the turkey was checked on only to discover that the oven had not been turned on. We ended up eating the turkey as dessert since the oven disaster set it’s timing so far off.

    November 19, 2012 at 9:21 pm
  5. Laurel Whitlock

    We threw a Thanksgiving Dinner party in our fourth floor walk up. Our car had broken down and we had to do all of the shopping via bus and quick trip, Never having cooked a turkey before, I cooked it with the innards inside. Not one to be too stumped I just made giblet gravy and served them.

    November 17, 2012 at 4:40 pm
  6. Claudia

    My dad is an excellent cook. He loves to try new recipes. He went through a phase for several years of having a different theme each Thanksgiving. One year, from start to finish- crown rack of lamb flambe to cherries jubilee for dessert- everything was on fire. I will never forget our flaming Thanksgiving.
    The next year it was a Polynesian theme. I can still see the look on my mother’s face as my poor sister sat there crying because she didn’t want to eat coconut rice.
    We have had turkey every year since.

    November 17, 2012 at 4:28 pm
  7. Sunnymay

    Thanksgiving is the holiday when there’s a lot of pressure to get a perfect turkey to roast just right. Well, in my family, the tradition was to baste the bird and then, when done, to take it out of the pan. But it usually fell from the oven door to the floor, because of being so slippery. I’m glad they invented those big forks for taking out roasts and turkeys. By the way, the dog and cat loved the mess on the floor and stood around waiting for the turkey to drop.

    November 16, 2012 at 5:00 pm
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  10. Melissa

    My funniest Thanksgiving moment was when I brought a new boyfriend home. My grandpa, who had never met my boyfriend before, told every story he could remember from his days as a prison warden and “scared the h” out of the poor guy.

    November 12, 2012 at 9:31 pm
  11. Micki Cox

    We had a family reunion for the Thanksgiving holiday one year when my cousins and I were little. When everyone sat down to eat, my little cousin refused to eat his turkey. His mom jokingly said, “If you don’t eat that turkey, I’m going to make you take off all your clothes and run naked up and down the street!” Well, we all pretty much forgot about little Nathan eating all his turkey but he didn’t forget what his mom said! He decided that he’d rather strip down naked and run up and down the street than eat a poor defenseless, adorable turkey! So next thing you know, we see this kid running up and down the street stark naked!! Guess he didn’t notice that his mom was only joking!

    November 12, 2012 at 1:54 pm
  12. melissa mazzur

    My first thanksgiving with my boyfriend, now husband, was one I wanted to make memerable so I decided to cook him a dinner………noone told me you had to thaw the turkey first………need I say more. God love him……he tried to eat it. It was burnt on the outside and still frozen in the middle. I have become a better cook in the past 20 years!

    November 9, 2012 at 10:46 am
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  14. Crystal Reece

    Several years ago, Mom got her first new oven in 35 years. As we were putting all the food on the table, mom kept checking the dinner rolls, which would not brown for some reason. She turned the oven temp up to speed the process along. A few minutes later, she opened the oven door & smoke rolled out! The rolls were BLACK on the bottom but still not brown on top! We still talk about the “half-done” rolls & smoke filled house!

    November 8, 2012 at 8:01 am
  15. nettiemoore11

    I have a fabulous picture of myself all dressed up to the nines, holding a HUGE Turkey Leg, I am about 3 years old. Nettie

    November 7, 2012 at 8:50 pm
  16. Kelly B.

    One year, everyone took a few bites of pumpkin pie and didn’t finish. Except for one of my cousins, who ate nearly a whole pie. Later that day, we realized that the ‘chef’ had used Old Bay instead of brown sugar & cinnamond and everyone was too scared to say anything. My cousin did not notice…

    November 6, 2012 at 2:40 pm
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  18. dawn

    We went to my Aunts’ house for Thanksgiving and when we got to her house we all noticed that there was no turkey aroma filling the house. Her daughter went to the oven to check on the turkey and found that she had not turned on the oven.

    November 3, 2012 at 4:03 pm
  19. Rick Toma

    My funniest Thanksgiving story occurred when I had to call my Mother the night before our Thanksgiving Dinner to let her know that my wife and I would not be bringing the mashed potatoes for our meal. Though she remained very polite on the phone, I could tell by her voice and word choice that she was a bit “miffed” that we would not be bringing one of the main dishes for the family celebration, and one that is relatively simple in execution. Plus, we were calling very late at night before the family celebration.

    Well, I let a few more moments pass before I shared with her that my wife and I were at the hospital and that my wife was in labor (two weeks early)! My wife delivered our beautiful little “Butterball,” Katie, that night. Our family streamed through the maternity ward on Thanksgiving to enjoy the family’s newest blessing.

    “I can’t bring the mashed potatoes” has become a seasonal punch line in our house ever since!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    November 3, 2012 at 12:30 pm
  20. Laura

    My mother always hosts a big Thanksgiving dinner and all of our extended family travel to her house to celebrate the holiday. She always makes it special and cooks up an amazing meal and many pies that everyone raves about. Our guest list has grown over the years because everyone wants to come to Mom’s house to eat her wonderful food. We have a Thanksgiving tradition of running a 5K Turkey Trot early on Thanksgiving morning (Mom loves to run and likes to encourage all of the guests to be active). Well, a few years ago during the race she fell and twisted her ankle very badly, and was forced to lounge on the couch for the rest of the day, icing her ankle. My father (who normally makes it a point to stay out of the kitchen) had to take command of Thanksgiving dinner and the Turkey was seriously overdone!! He was stressed all day that the meal wouldn’t be up to the high standards our guests were used to, and I think my Mom secretly loved it that she got to take a break…and from that year on my Dad was much more appreciative of all the work she puts into the holiday!

    November 2, 2012 at 8:52 am
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  22. Tara

    My family loves planning and cooking Thanksgiving dinner together. We use our best china, crystal, and silverware, as well as our nicest serving pieces and enjoy a leisurely day counting our blessings, laughing and visiting. A few years ago, our kitchen sink backed up on Thanksgiving morning preventing us from using the dishwasher. As no plumbers in the area were working, we had to hand wash all of our dishes for preparing and eating the meal in the laundry room. Throughout the preparations, we assessed each menu item and decided whether or not it was worth the mess it generated. Several items were struck off the list! We still had a wonderful holiday but after washing dishes constantly all day, when the time for dessert rolled around, I had scrapped the plan to use my pretty dessert plates and used paper ones instead!

    November 2, 2012 at 2:13 am
  23. Christine Crosby

    My sister-in-law mad a “dirt cake” (crished oreos, cool whip) in a flower pot with an artificial plant…she handed it to her brother at the table filled with family – he stuck a spoon in it an took a big bite…in front of my Dad! We thought my Dad was going to faint!!

    October 31, 2012 at 10:48 pm
  24. Judy Brenner

    Spoiled mashed potatoes and my nephew! Nuff said!

    October 31, 2012 at 7:05 pm
  25. Linda Tucker

    Ten years ago, we had a Thanksgiving we will never forget, the toilet bowl developed a leak, my husband bought a replacement it was cracked before he removed it from the box, he took it back and got a new one. He then had to chisel up the ceramic tile since the footprint was smaller. He stumped his toe shen getting rid of the old commode so there was blood everywhere. Then someone ran over the fire hydrant at the top of the street, mud from the hill filled our driveway. The new glaze he trying on the turkey burned and my homemade bread would not rise. I was taking a pie out of the oven and the towel caught fire.
    Yes were expecting 14 people over for dinner and we did not order in pizza even though we considered it, when we tried to set up the folding tables to accomadate the extra people the folding leg was broken. It ended up being funny afterwards and our guest could not believe everything that had happened.

    October 31, 2012 at 3:53 pm
  26. Dianne Grosko

    Last year after putting the turkey in the oven, my daughter and I decided we would like to go for a walk. I hesitated to leave the turkey because I was trying a new recipe. My daughter pointed out that my son was sitting in the family room and would let us know if anything was wrong. We told my son to keep an eye on the turkey and we went on our walk. We had a nice walk, enjoying the fall weather. when we returned I opened the door and immediately smelled the smoke. I opened the door to the kitchen and family room. My son was sitting in the family room enveloped in smoke, reading a book. I asked him why he hadn’t called us. He looked at me and said he hadn’t noticed that anything was wrong. My daughter and I looked at each other and just started laughing. Luckily, just some juices had boiled over onto the oven floor. The turkey was fine but had a somewhat smoky flavor.

    October 31, 2012 at 3:00 pm
  27. Alaina Maupin

    What can be more fun than a frozen turkey in a bathtub and a 6 year old boy?! We were trying to thaw the turkey in a bathtub of warm water, and our 6 year old son started playing with the turkey. He was “squealing” and having the best time! I’m so thankful I took pictures to preserve such a wonderful memory!

    October 31, 2012 at 12:04 pm
  28. Tami Jo Eaton

    It wasn’t funny then, but last year we decided to fry a turkey at my nephews house. When we got to the house, my husband noticed he forgot a couple of parts and had to drive 25 miles back to our house. Once he got there, he filled up the fryer with the oil I bought and kept saying, this isn’t going to be enough, and my niece had about 1/2 cup in her pantry, which still wasn’t enough, so the legs didn’t get cooked. All this confusion led to dinner being served about 2 hours late. My niece, for some reason, only bought 1 tiny cheese platter and a box of crackers. Every family gathering we have, we have tons of munchies. We all asked, is there anything we can bring? She said no. Then when it was time for dinner, we had boxed stuffing, some frozen cauliflower, microwaved, 1 bag of salad and the partially cooked turkey. We had absolutely no leftovers! The best part was the Marie Callendar pies.

    October 31, 2012 at 11:59 am
  29. Ann Beaucoudray

    When my husband and I were first married, we lived in a small one bedroom apartment. My mother and my mother in law were excellent cooks, but I had no cooking experience. My husband insisted that together we could prepare the perfect thanksgiving dinner and invited all to out little apartment for thanksgiving dinner. We got recipes from the two mothers and purchased all ingredients for a perfect meal. I had no place to thaw out the turken so I cleaned the bath tub and put the turkey in cold water there for thawing. I prepared the oyster dressing ( a must in New Orleans) just like my mother in law’s recipe and directions. W.hen everyone arrived, and the table was set, the food was placed on the table. To my surprise, the oyster dressing fit in a small serving bowl. When my mother in law prepares oyster dressing, it just fits in two large pans. To this day, it is a mystery as to how two large plans of dressing whittled down to just one small serving bowl using the same amount of ingredients. Needless to say, everyone was as confused as I was but the dinner turned out good. I have been preparing Thanksgiving dinner since that time, over 43 years ago.

    October 31, 2012 at 10:46 am
  30. Linda Botta

    One year I had invited my entire family (mother, sisters, their husbands and children)and, also, three of my dearest neighbors for Thanksgiving dinner. I decided to roast a small turkey and warm a large smoked Virginia country ham, which I had received as a gift, as the main meat. I had been saving that ham for a special occasion for two years. I decided to use the “24-hour ham” recipe method, which I had used many times, as follows: unwrap ham from the cloth it had been wrapped and stored in, put it in a deep pot of water, cover the pot, boil the water for only one minute per pound, turn off the burner and wrap the entire pot with several layers of newspapers, then carefully move the heavy water-with-ham-filled covered pot to a place where it can sit for 24 hours (i.e. onto the floor in another room)and wrap a blanket all around the pot to keep the heat in. So after 24 hours, the guests had all arrived and the rest of the meal was ready and it was time to “unveil” and slice the delicious 24-hour ham. We could not cut into it! It was as hard as stone! During the two years I had been saving this ham for a special occasion, it had actually petrified!!! And I was petrified when I discovered this!!! We had enough to eat anyway, but I have never lived this down. TIP: If you have a smoked Virginia country ham, do not save it for two years. Go ahead and eat it! Happy Thanksgiving!

    October 31, 2012 at 10:32 am
  31. Julie Dumdei

    I live near my mom, so we usually combine the cooking duties & have it at one of our houses. One year, she had invited some friends who were passing through-meaning they had to eat at a certain time to be at their final destination that day on time. My mom told them to be at my house for lunch at 2, but she didn’t bother to tell me 2, she told me 4. Need less to say, we had to scramble when she realized her mess up. Most of the food was ready–pie, turkey, etc. but mashed potatoes & veggies were literally thrown together & were not Thansgiving quality, because we had so little time. The guests laughed it off, ate & went on their way! I was a little miffed at my mom!

    October 31, 2012 at 9:42 am
  32. Camille P.

    I swear that my mother-in-law lives her life according to The Three Stooges. One Thanksgiving holiday, my husband and I decided that since our children did not like roasted turkey, we would let them have pizza for their main meal while we enjoyed the traditional Thanksgiving meal with the rest of the family at my mother-in-law’s house. We said that we would stop off at a neighborhood pizzeria to buy a pie for the kids, but my mother-in-law told us that she would pick up a frozen pizza at the local grocer’s before it closed and have it cooked and ready for the kids when we arrived. We agreed and told her what type of pizza the kids would eat.

    We packed up our car with all the requisites for going to “Grandma’s” house with young children and drove the 65 miles there.

    As we opened the door to the house, we smelled this terrible odor of burning food and saw this fog of black smoke hanging over the kitchen and dining rooms.. We walked into the kitchen and saw this blackened burnt mess of what was once food in the ktichen sink and my mother-in-law franticly scraping away at the oven racks and my father-in-law trying to scrape something off of the oven floor.

    We asked what was going on and my mother-in-law told us that our pizza had ruined her oven and we needed to pay forthe oven to be cleaned. My husband asked his mother to explain what was the matter and his father told us that my mother-in-law had taken the frozen pizza out of the box and had removed the plastic wrapper. She had read the box which said that if you wanted a more crispy pizza crust, to place the pizza directly in the oven – which she did. However, she did not remove the cardboard backing underneath the pizza, nor did she use a baking sheet. This resulted in the cardboard backing burning in the oven, the pizza sticking to the oven rack and oozing through the rack bars and then landing on the bottom of the oven, where it promptly burnt to a blackened crisp.

    Thankfully, we live in Florida, so it was perfectly acceptable to eat our meal in the outdoor porch, while we waited for the stinky, black smoke to dissipate from the house.

    My mother-in-law never made a frozen pizza again. Amen to that!

    October 31, 2012 at 9:12 am
  33. Tracy Scotto Rinaldi

    One year after dinner my sister in law was helping me clean up after dinner and my nearly deaf and blind 17 year old cock a poo dog spikey had snuck up behind us and got the turkey carcus from the trash and would not let go no matter how hard we pulled at it! For a dog who could barely get around he had this amazing burst of energy when the opportunity presented itself! We laughed so hard over that. I lost my sweet little man this past February but that memory sure puts a smile on my face!!!

    October 31, 2012 at 8:57 am
  34. Margaret

    Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. Growing up my mother always made it a very a special occasion. She was a wonderful cook. I married very young and wanted to make our first Thanksgiving as special as they were when I was growing up. After purchasing a small turkey (about 8 lbs, maybe smaller) and following the directions for thawing ever thing seemed to be going well. Put in the oven and baked it, etc… Fixed some side dishes as well as baked a pumpkin pie. Just before the two of us were going to sit down to eat my husband’s whole family appeared (parents, siblings, nieces and nephews, uncle and grandmother). They thought it we needed to have some company on our first Thanksgiving. We had about 20 plus unexpected guests. Most of them brought a dish but my little turkey wasn’t going to go very far to feed everyone. After removing the turkey from the oven I discovered, I forgot one very important step. I had not removed the giblets, neck, etc… My husband and I decided not say anything. We ate the turkey and had a great time. No one was the wiser. Needless to say there were not any leftovers but we had a wonderful time and began a family tradition of our own.

    October 31, 2012 at 6:51 am
  35. Debbie

    I was cooking my first Thanksgiving turkey in our old gas stove. After 4 hours of waiting and guests ready to arrive any time, I realized the pilot light had gone out and the oven was cold! Boy was my face red! We had KFC that year…!

    October 31, 2012 at 6:01 am
  36. Susan Crosi

    Funniest Thanksgiving memory is when growing up, my siblings and I loved black olives. We would literaly fight over them. When one of us was not looking the other would steel them off our plate! We thought we were so clever.

    October 31, 2012 at 3:03 am
  37. Mary

    My fondest thanksgiving memory is the first year my newly wed friend made a special dish to share with family and friends. Gail had never baked sweet potatoes before, so she went to the store and bought russet potatoes, brown sugar, cinnamon and butter. She peeled the potatoes and added all the ingredients, 1 # of butter and 1 # of brown sugar placed it in the oven for 1 hour just like a casserole dish she often made. Well after checking the potatoes after the timer went out, she noticed the potatoes were still hard and did not look or taste like her moms sweet potatoes. In a panic, gail called her cousin charlotte for help. Charlotte told her to get more 1 more pound of sugar and butter, add all ingredients and rebake the potatoes and additional 1/2 hour. The first person to taste the sweet potatoes was Martha, gails mom. As she swirled the potatoes in her mouth, her eyes became bigger and rounder and her jaw dropped. Tears started forming in her eyes, she busted up laughting hysterically and the other guests were asking why are you laughing so uncontrollably. My dear daughter gail baked russet potatoes in lieu of sweet potatoes. Gail told the crowd, “was there another type of potato to use for sweet potato casserole”?.

    October 30, 2012 at 11:35 pm
  38. Shirley

    My sister hosted Thanksgiving a few years ago we had a great feast and then came dessert we were all expecting banana cream pie but what we got was cream pie,she forgot to put the bananas in the pies,till this day she still getting teased about it.

    October 30, 2012 at 10:56 pm
  39. Mary

    My funny story: An elderly female member of my family volunteered to host Thanksgiving dinner at her home. We all brought a dish to pass. She volunteered to cook the turkey and stuffing. She put the turkey in the oven at 6:00 a.m. so the turkey would be cooked by the time the guests arrived at 12:00 p.m. noon. I arrived about a half hour early to help her set the table, etc. I didn’t smell the turkey cooking when I walked into her home so when I opened the oven door, the oven was cold and the turkey was raw. She remembered to put the turkey in the oven but she forgot to turn the oven on! I then turned the oven on to start cooking the turkey because there was no way an elderly widow would be able to eat a 27 pound Tom turkey by herself.

    When the guests arrived, we explained to the guests what happened then we both apologized and asked if they’d mind eating a later lunch. They all understood the stress of trying to create the perfect Thanksgiving dinner for family and close friends.

    It made for an enjoyable afternoon despite having a late lunch because we had a chance to chat with relatives that we only got to see once a year!

    October 30, 2012 at 10:33 pm
  40. Zeke King

    I was a newlywed and did not really know how to cook. I was trying to prepare Thanksgiving dinner for the first time and found a dressing recipe which contained some interesting ingredients including pineapple. I started preparing the dressing without reading through the recipe (always a mistake) and really made some big mistakes. My step- daddy, who was a prince among men, ate the dressing and praised me to the sky. Believe me when I tell you that this was the worst tasting glop that I have every eaten. It actually had a metallic taste. Every year my step-daddy talked about how much he loved that dressing. Bless his heart.

    October 30, 2012 at 10:32 pm
  41. Shannon McBrayer

    My family still talks about the GIANT dumplin! One year my Granny was in the hospital and so my mother hosted Thanksgiving. All was well until she took the lid off the pot of what were to be chicken and dumplin’s and it was one giant dumplin! They had all stuck together!
    Dad offered to carve it up like the turkey! Oops!
    Never happened again as my Mama now makes the best dumplins!

    October 30, 2012 at 9:00 pm
  42. Joyce Best

    Last Thanksgiving my husband decided he would do some yard work while I was getting Thanksgiving dinner ready and prepare for the guests that would be arriving. While doing this yard work he was digging out an errant oak sapling and the shovel broke the main water line. I don’t mean the line to just our house but to our whole block. As he screamed in the door for ME to call the water department the water was gushing down the street. Oh, and by the way no one had any water. Well, the water department did come out and fix the break in the line and all was well in about an hour or so but not before several neighbors came by to see what was going on. My husband says he ate two birds that day — the first one being crow — and vowed never to work on Thanksgiving Day again.

    October 30, 2012 at 8:26 pm
  43. Sally Phelps

    Our new friends and neighbors were from India so we invited them over to experience a traditional American thanksgiving. My husband always trying to be different decided that he was going to grill the turkey instead of roasting it. He said it was progressing fine and looked good but to be safe he left it on an extra 4 hrs. When it was served for dinner it was immediately obvious that we would be having turkey jerky. It worked out okay though because it turned out that our new friends were vegetarians. I’m sure they are still wondering why Americans get excited over eating turkey when it is so difficult to chew.

    October 30, 2012 at 7:49 pm
  44. Donna

    My funniest Thanksgiving memory occurred when I was 15 years old. I was living at home, (my parents were older than most of my friends). Anyway, my parents wanted to purchase a Thanksgiving meal from the local grocer. However I wanted everything to be homemade, like we always had it. So I convinced my parents that I would take care of all the food. I banned them from the downstairs, encouraging them to read, and relax. I also invited my brother, his wife and two children. I told them dinner would be at 6 pm (our normal dinner time). What someone didn’t tell me was that the turkey that was in the refrigerator had to be thawed and prepared many hours before it was to cook. When my brother and his family came over @ 4pm, I was just starting to get the turkey out of the refrigerator to put in the oven. Needless to say, when they told me how a turkey had to be prepared, I was devastated (and everyone else was starved)! We finally ate the stuffing, green beans, mashed potatoes, and rolls @ 9pm, when no one could wait any longer. The children fell asleep in the living room. Well, the turkey did get done —@ 11pm; however no one ate it except me. I was determined to have turkey on Thanksgiving. My family lovingly refers to this as the turkey-less Thanksgiving! I’ve never lived this down!

    October 30, 2012 at 7:45 pm
  45. kathy weber

    my mother in law invited us over for thanksgiving dinner and when she took out the turkey it smelled funny. My husband asked her if she washed it first and took out the package with the inners in it. she didn’t and was embarrassed because I had the dinner the year before and it came out great.

    October 30, 2012 at 7:45 pm

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