Thankfully thankful

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.
Meister Eckhart

“Anything I cannot thank God for for the sake of Christ, I may not thank God for at all; to do so would be sin. … We cannot rightly acknowledge the gifts of God unless we acknowledge the Mediator for whose sake alone they are given to us.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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(a brown English transfer ware Spode platter / Julie Cook / 2014)

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(a turkey ready for brining / Julie Cook / 2014)

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!
“Is that . . .”
A turkey in a cat litter box lined igloo cooler?
Why yes, yes it is.

And why do I have a turkey sitting in a cat litter box lined igloo cooler you ask?
Well, since I thought we could all use a good dose of humor today, I’m providing a link for the post I offered up this time last year. You know, the one about my attempts at brining a turkey. . . You remember the one. . . When I put the big bird in a brining bag, filled with the 5 gallons of solution only to have the bag split open in mid step as I began to transfer the very heavy and giant oh so wobbly bag of bird and brine to the refrigerator, only to have the entire contents of the bag, all 5 gallons worth of liquid, slosh out of said split bag, cascading onto my new kitchen rugs and all over the hardwood flooring?

You didn’t forget that little escaped did you?

Well incase you did, perhaps reliving that little holiday mishap is in order. I think by now, with all the food, all the family, all the weather, all the news we don’t want to think about, a little humor just might do us all some good!

It was the true stuff of nightmares and of legends all rolled into one. Plus it was a very cold rainy day—it’s all coming back to me. . .

https://cookiecrumbstoliveby.wordpress.com/2013/11/29/the-brine-the-rugs-getting-lost-and-a-grateful-heart/

And whereas Dad won’t be making the trip over this year for Thanksgiving, as they don’t feel as if they can make the drive which means they won’t get lost again, we, on the other hand, will be going over to our son and daughter-n-law’s house to share, along with all of her family, their first Thanksgiving as a married couple. I’m certain there’ll be a story to share after this event of new togetherness!!

Despite not hosting this little annual shindig, I am cooking, not only brining but preparing to take this little fowl show on the road. Two cooked birds driving in the back of my car. . .hummmmm. Should prove to be very interesting later today. . .

When it came to this year’s brining, I was ready—the strongest bag I could find in the house was a cat box litter liner. Forget those whimpy brining bags, I needed hard core.
And as for some sort of reinforcement for the liquid and bird filled bag verses sitting a bag and a bird on some flimsy little tray, a cooler was the biggest thing I could find to put the turkey in.
Is brining necessary?
Heavens no.
I’ve cooked many a turkey without it, but when one is offering up Thanksgiving Turkeys (yes this year there are two) to one’s new in-laws. . .brining sounds impressive and will hopefully prove beneficial.

Yet before I let this day pass, basking in what I hope will be a thankfully successful meal with family, new family and fiends, I wanted to take a moment to thank you.
Yes, you.
All of my friends in this blogoshpere of ours who stop in for visits on this little blogsite world of mine.
I want to thank you for becoming a part of my circle of friends.
For your insights, for your prayers, your wisdom, your interests, your comments, your kindness and for sharing your life with me as you allow me to share mine with you.
I am blessed and my life has been made the richer for each of you!
So on this day of thanks, may I say to you, Thank You!
Now fingers crossed the new in-laws like the turkeys (yes, plural as in there are two big birds)
Happy Cooking!!

8 comments on “Thankfully thankful

  1. We brined a turkey a few years ago and it was delicious. I’m sure your family will be quite impressed! 🙂
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
    xo Joanne

  2. Lynda says:

    In the middle of your busyness today I hope that you will have time to pause to thank the Lord for the person who you are – generous, kind, loving, creative, hard-working (maybe a little over the top in that department 🙂 ) and so on. We are blessed with your presence.
    Enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration.

  3. ptero9 says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Julie!

  4. Hi Julie, I sure hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving!! 🙂 I am sure they enjoyed all the food you cooked!

  5. Great post and I do remember last year’s brining debacle! I’m so glad you came up with a plan to assure that it wouldn’t happen again. I do hope you day has gone well, but then as good a cook as you are I’m sure it did. And I thank you for being a part of my blogosphere family. You brighten my days and keep me lifted up. I consider you not only a part of my WP circle of friends but my personal friends as well. I so wish we lived close enough to visit each other from time to time. But at least I get so see you sweet face and read your stories every day and I do love that. I hope your day was grand. Much love and huge hugs, my friend. N ❤ ❤ ❤

    • I agree Natalie–you are more than a friend in blog land, but a true friend who I would love to spend time with—preferably in your back yard 🙂
      Thank you for your sweet kindness, inspiration, direction, support and loving friendship—-big hugs—Julie)

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