Thanksgiving day...

  • November 28, 2013 · 12:00 PM
  • Optimistic Chris' House

Here are the initial plans:

Laura & I will prepare the turkey and an apple pie for dessert.  I also made a carrot soup.

We'll be looking for others to contribute the following to feed 12 people:

• 3-4 jars of gravy and cranberry sauce.

• Enough potatoes for 12... peeled and ready to cook and mash at my house.

• Green bean casserole.

• Bread rolls... a selection of "flavors".

• Desserts - 2 pumpkin pies and ice cream.

• Appetizers - think cheese and crackers, peanuts, fruit etc.

• Stuffing

• Wine... both red & white for dinner... the more the merrier!  ;)

• If you have a special Thanksgiving dish that you'd like to bring, please feel free to add it to the list.

• Beverages of your choice.

Please be aware that I have a very small oven... only big enough for the bird.  There will be no available oven space.  Please plan accordingly.

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Laura & I find ourselves without our kids this Thanksgiving... so we are wondering if anyone would like to join us for Turkey Day dinner. I did this two years ago and it was wonderful! Turkey Day with eleven complete strangers!

One of the guests wrote...

"I am SO Thankful... it was my first holiday without my children, and I couldn't have asked for a better group to hang with.  The food was incredible, and the company more so.  I am blessed to have been able to spend time with such great people."

We'd like to open up the guest list the following way...
Initially (until Nov 21st) to new members of SP-DA who are starting the process or have recently got divorced - this being their first Thanksgiving Day on their "own".
If we still have empty chairs...
November 22nd onwards, it will be an open invitation to other SP-DA members to rsvp.

So let us know if you are interested and we can start to put some more details to the Meetup. It will be "our day"... so we can do what we want! On the down side... hate to do this... but this will be an adult affair... no kids please.

We would like to limit the attendance to 12... at least for the feast part of the day. We can get a dozen around my table!  We can also go for a walk, watch a movie or play games.

It does seem reasonable to ask folks to be sure that you CAN ATTEND if you RSVP "Yes"... I've included a wait list but people will really be looking to "lock in" their plans fairly early to reduce stress.

OC

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  • Donna C

    Awesome Day. Thank u Chris And Laura and everyone else.

    1 · November 30, 2013

  • Ben A.

    Thank you Chris and Laura for you hospitality. I really enjoyed everyone present and the conversation. I look forward to another time and here at the schoolhouse one day.
    I missed the carrot soup! I'm going to make some today because I have some half/half that needs to be used. :)

    1 · November 30, 2013

  • Julie V

    Caryn - I'll bring bread - so we don't cross our buns (does that resemble a joke at all?)

    2 · November 26, 2013

    • Julie V

      Caryn, Hope you got home safely, and you are not too bloated from the chex mix. Missed you in the bustle at the end when we were leaving - so I'll give you a virtual hug goodbye. I hope to see you again!

      1 · November 28, 2013

    • Caryn

      Julie ... The mix was perfect for the ride home. But I am glad the big bag didn't come with;-)it was great to meet you! We have a lot in common. Whoonoo (or however you spell it)! Hope your weekend with the boys is grand!

      November 30, 2013

  • Caryn

    Thanks Chris and Laura for such a fantastic day. Could not have asked for a better group of people to spend the day with! I truly appreciate the warmth and compassion you two exude!

    1 · November 30, 2013

  • Alexandra

    A fantastic party!! Thanks so much to the hosts, and thanks to the guests who brought such tasty food. I had a blast and it more than kept me from being wistful. Loved meeting everybody; it was great conversation.

    2 · November 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wonderful day...thank you so much for hosting this OC...delicious bird and trimmings. I'm still stuffed. Who Nu?

    2 · November 28, 2013

  • VC

    Chris and Laura - thanks for hosting such a wonderful thanksgiving. Great event and great company - had a great time.

    2 · November 28, 2013

  • Julie V

    Wow, another wonderful thanksgiving. You are all awesome and I'm so glad to be part of your "family".

    2 · November 28, 2013

  • Julie V

    Hi all, hope to be there by 1. Ex came late to get kids, I'm moving slow with a little cold, but I won't DARE not come! ( OK, OC?) I promise not to breathe on anyone, and won't feel bad if you talk to me from across the room, or just wave....

    November 28, 2013

  • Optimistic C.

    Jim is bringing vanilla ice cream! :)

    1 · November 27, 2013

  • Optimistic C.

    Jayne is bringing 2 pumpkin pies and whip cream...
    Oh... and an extra microwave... just in case! :)

    1 · November 27, 2013

  • Optimistic C.

    VERY INAPPROPRIATE of Jason & Andrew to not keep their RSVP's up to date! Not cool.
    NOT HAPPY!!!

    There is space at the table if anyone still wants in at the last minute.

    OC

    1 · November 27, 2013

  • Andrew B.

    I a not going.

    November 27, 2013

  • Optimistic C.

    Jason... please confirm that you are still able to join us by giving me a call at[masked]-4091. OC

    November 27, 2013

  • Alexandra

    Will there be pumpkin pie now that Ken isn't coming? (Sorry Ken, we'll miss you, too! :-) )

    November 27, 2013

    • Glen M.

      I should be able to cover the dessert shortfall, even if it's not traditional.

      November 27, 2013

    • Laura

      There will definitely be pumpkin pie. I believe we are still waiting to hear from a few folks. I will happily bring anything that is not covered....especially pumpkin pie! :)

      November 27, 2013

  • Optimistic C.

    Hey Team,
    Laura & I have condensed the food list for TD... so that there are no surprises and misses!
    Laura & I = Turkey and one apple pie.
    Donna = Potatoes, peeled and ready to boil/mash at my house. We'll need enough for 12 people.
    Ken = 2 pumpkin pies.
    Caryn = green bean casserole & rolls.
    Glen = Appetizers: Cheese, crackers, nuts, & maybe a cheesecake.
    Vikas = Red & White wine and Samosas.
    Alexandra = Fresh fruit, sweet potatoes.
    Melissa = Gravy, cranberry sauce & wine.
    JP = brussel sprouts.
    Andrew... nothing yet... may we suggest ice cream. Please confirm.
    Julie V... nothing yet... may we suggest stuffing. Please confirm.

    We didn't talk about eating time. Let's gather at noon or shortly thereafter. We'll plan on eating at around 2:30 - 3pm.
    We are really looking forward to Thursday and hosting everyone. One last thing... people are encourage to bring their slippers or big winter socks! (Shoes at the door please.)

    OC & Laura

    1 · November 26, 2013

    • Alexandra

      Thanks for the summary! I vote for vanilla ice cream to go with the pumpkin pie.

      1 · November 26, 2013

    • Glen M.

      Dang, guess I'd better get started on that cheesecake tonight.

      November 27, 2013

  • Ken

    Sorry to not make this. I really wanted to.

    November 26, 2013

  • Julie V

    May I suggest that those of us bringing hot dishes might want to think about bringing it in a crock pot or roaster to keep food warm. Sound OK Chris?

    2 · November 26, 2013

  • Julie V

    Hey Chris, there has been so much "talk" that my offer to bring stuffing is but a tiny speck! So, I'm good to go and will bring something extra - bread or appetizer

    1 · November 26, 2013

  • Jp

    i can bring steamed, buttered (?) brussel sprouts.... (or leave out the butter for any vegans and let everyone add their own?) they'll need a large microwave after traveling crosstown (my car heater isn't the best) let me know about the butter, please... they're so much yummier the first way :-)

    2 · November 24, 2013

    • Alexandra

      I prefer no butter, thanks.

      November 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looks like we still need potatoes, gravy and cranberry sauce. I'll bring potatoes (Chris--do you just want me to peel/cut them? Not cook them or anything? Do you think a 5 pound bag will be good?) I'll also bring some gravy and cranberry sauce. I'll probably just buy the gravy, but I *may* make the cranberry sauce. I'll also bring some wine too. Let me know about the potatoes please, because if you want, I can just make the mashed potatoes and we can heat them up in the microwave.

    November 26, 2013

    • Alexandra

      Actually, Donna is already bringing potatoes.

      November 26, 2013

  • Julie V

    I'll bring stuffing and rolls or bread. Maybe an appetizer as well.

    3 · November 24, 2013

    • Caryn

      Hi Julie I have down rolls as well...you and I should coordinate so we bring different kinds of rolls/bread;-) what's your preference? I'll work around that!

      November 25, 2013

  • Alexandra

    I can also bring some fruit or ...what about sweet potatoes? Does this interest anyone as an addition? I don't normally cook veggies in the microwave, but sweet potatoes microwaved and sliced are yummy, healthy and a cinch to make. I don't add brown sugar or anything but people could.

    3 · November 23, 2013

    • Donna C

      sweet potatoes and fruit sounds fine

      1 · November 23, 2013

    • Jp

      plain sweet potato with a li'l pat of butter is to die for! what a great idea, alexandra! better make a LOT though... lol

      November 24, 2013

  • Alexandra

    I guess per what Caryn offered to bring, I won't do green beans. I'll bring fresh fruit slices or fresh fruit salad as appetizer or dessert option. I'll also bring a few cooked sweet potatoes. Does anyone know how to make gravy? It should be very simple, (from what I've heard; I myself don't know how), and much better than canned. Same with stuffing--homemade is best--does anyone know how to make it? I don't, although I'd be happy to bring a store-bought (Co-op) version and add celery if no one does home-made. I would think that's more essential than fruit for Thanksgiving.

    November 23, 2013

    • Alexandra

      I wasn't suggesting for people to cook in your kitchen. Isn't gravy just basically flour and some kind of meat stock? I don't mean you have to use the drippings or giblets or whatever, although that could be added--in the other room. :-) But I should shut up because I have never made homemade gravy, unless you count something with clear broth or cream of mushroom soup!

      November 23, 2013

    • Jp

      for my vote (not that anyone asked for it... lol) you could save the work and skip the celery... lol)

      November 24, 2013

  • VC

    I'll get a bottle of red (Argentinian malbec) and white (Italian trebbiano). I'll also get samosas - mildly spicy Indian snack food. I'll prepare samosas at home but they will benefit from 5 minutes in a preheated oven before being served.

    November 23, 2013

    • Optimistic C.

      Hhhhmmm... will a microwave do for the samosas? Like my kitchen... my oven is very small... and it will have a turkey in it!

      November 23, 2013

    • VC

      Yes, microwave will work.

      1 · November 23, 2013

  • Optimistic C.

    I am fond of brussel sprouts with "special" meals. Anyone else like a couple of sprouts?

    1 · November 23, 2013

  • Optimistic C.

    Welcome to the table Andrew! :)

    1 · November 23, 2013

  • Glen M.

    I can bring appetizers, cheese, crackers, nuts, etc...

    If people like, I make a pretty good cheesecake too.

    3 · November 23, 2013

  • Alexandra

    I don't know how to make green bean casserole (plus I don't have a working oven) but I can steam some green beans and add almond slivers or just serve plain. I'll make a large pot full but maybe someone wants to make a casserole also? If I'm the only one bringing them, can someone suggest how many pounds I need for 12 people?

    November 23, 2013

    • Caryn

      If I do the casserole I can just keep some plain beans too...I'm not sure if we should both do beans. What do you think Alexandra?

      November 23, 2013

    • Alexandra

      That sounds like a good idea, Caryn.

      1 · November 23, 2013

  • Caryn

    I can do the green bean casserole and rolls.

    2 · November 23, 2013

  • Ken

    I'll bring 2 pumpkin pies.

    2 · November 22, 2013

  • Donna C

    i can bring the potatoes

    2 · November 22, 2013

  • Optimistic C.

    OK team... We have listed the ingredients for the start of our Thanksgiving Day feast. This is just a starting place ;) Please sign up for the item that you will be responsible for. Additions are certainly welcome. OC & Laura

    November 22, 2013

  • Ben A.

    I am in the neighborhood for Thanksgiving at my sister's. I'd like to come from 12 to 1:15. No need for a spot at the table, but I'd be happy to bring a dish. I could pop back and help clean up or catch the walk...Have some leftovers. Then I'll spend a little time with my parents. Literally a stone's throw from Chris' house. I really enjoyed the last event you held.

    November 21, 2013

  • Alexandra

    Oh, sorry, I see in your answer to Caryn that you want to wait until Saturday or Sunday to discuss who brings what (I guess this _is_ a potluck). Missed the fine print! :op

    November 21, 2013

  • Alexandra

    Chris, how are you doing the food? Is this a potluck?

    November 21, 2013

  • Caryn

    Hi guys! Thanks so much for organizing this. It's been nice to be able to say "I have plans" when family and friends have asked. What can I bring?

    1 · November 20, 2013

    • Optimistic C.

      Hey Caryn... it will be a lovely afternoon :) Regarding "What can I bring?"... I'd like to wait until maybe this Saturday/Sunday to start this conversation. I'm still hoping for a full table, so by delaying a couple of days, we'll give equal dibs to all our guests. I trust that works for you. OC

      1 · November 20, 2013

    • Caryn

      Absolutely! Thanks!

      November 20, 2013

  • Jim

    Sorry must read the fine print also. Great idea.

    November 15, 2013

  • Jim

    Yes stress reduction is what it is all about on the holidays! My family lives all over the US and I have no one close. Except I do! All of my friends at SPDA! What can I bring besides myself! I can make cheese potatoes, but if the group wants something else please by all means LMK. Thanks Chris and Laura!

    November 15, 2013

  • Jp

    chris, i rsvp'd yes, but want to be certain i "qualify." please email me? if you don't still have it, it's [masked]
    thanks!
    jp

    November 12, 2013

    • Optimistic C.

      Hey JP... I trust this finds you well. Consider yourself "at the table"! I'm not sure what "new members" really means, but it doesn't seem unreasonable to suggest that it is someone who has been a member for less than one year and meets the other "criteria". OC

      2 · November 12, 2013

    • Jp

      ahhh... thanks!! see you on t-day then! hugs from here, to both you and laura :-)

      1 · November 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I didn't read the fine print, I changed my RSVP to no so you have room for the newbies. A really great idea Chris and Laura, good thinking!

    November 13, 2013

  • Alexandra

    OK, I did read it wrong and just changed my RSVP to give a chance to newer members to sign up.

    November 12, 2013

  • Jill

    I have my kids this Thanksgiving in SD with my mom. Thanks for the invite. I'm sure it'll be fun.

    November 12, 2013

  • Ken

    Oops, didn't read your description, OC. You want this for new members first. Changing my RSVP. Nice of you to do this, and to think of the people who are new to their situations.

    November 11, 2013

  • Kathryn

    ps: I love the way you are doing this. Your first Thanksgiving or Christmas without your kids is definitely the hardest. Good hearts, my friends.

    November 11, 2013

  • Kathryn

    Sounds wonderful, but I work til 6 pm

    November 11, 2013

  • Ken

    Thanks, OC and Laura!

    November 11, 2013

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