Wednesday, November 25, 2020

A Hodgepodge Of Thanksgiving

Welcome to another edition of the Wednesday Hodgepodge. If you've answered this week's questions add your link at the end of my post. Be sure to leave a comment for the blogger linking before you because everyone is grateful for comments. Here we go-

From this Side of the Pond
1. It's Thanksgiving week in the US of A so let's talk turkey. And by turkey I mean the elephant in the room because it's still 2020 and our blogs are a record of sorts of the times in which we live. 

Do you live in a state (or if you're outside the US, a country) that's instituted restrictions on the size of gatherings in your own home? What do we think about this? 

No I don't live in one of those states. I think its fine for health officials to offer recommendations about gatherings, but states saying fines will be issued and police will come knocking are in my opinion, overreaching. A lot. 

I'm not someone who thinks the virus is a hoax and hubs and I have made the decision to limit travel and group activity. We wear masks without complaining for shopping, hair cuts, and appointments. That being said cities are literally burning to the ground and we're going to send the police after families having Thanksgiving dinner together?

I find the current level of hypocrisy in our country to be mind-blowing. People can protest in the literal thousands, but businesses with social distancing measures in place can't open? Large scale funerals for the more well-known are celebrated but you can't sit beside a dying parent? Police cannot intervene in the rioting but can knock on your door if you have eleven people around your dining room table? 

This explains why at least one half of  the people in our country are so angry. Add to that all the social media scolding and shaming and it's no wonder the pot is boiling over. 

Personally I'm not in favor of shutting down the economy, and I think everyone needs to make the best decisions they can given their own particular circumstances. There are many factors that go into these decisions, a family members isolation and mental health being just one. Oftentimes these factors cannot be known or assessed from an online photograph or Facebook post so maybe less judgement of that would be a good place to start. 

Will some people make unwise decisions? Absolutely. I think we've learned after 200+ years as a nation, some things cannot be legislated. Most people I know are considerate of others and are trying their best to do the right thing for their circle of connection. God bless America, land of the free...

2. Let's move in a cheerier direction. Will there be corn on your holiday dinner menu? How so? Cornbread-corn pudding-corn chips and dip-cornbread dressing/stuffing-corn chowder-or regular canned, frozen or fresh corn in a bowl...which of the 'corns’ listed is your favorite? 

There will be corn pudding on our Thanksgiving table. Since my plan was to simplify the menu a bit I asked hubs and my mother-in-law what would be the one side dish they'd most like to have and my mother-in-law chose corn pudding. I normally make corn pudding for holiday meals only so I'm glad it's on the menu.  

Of the corns mentioned cornbread dressing would be tops on my list. It's another dish I only make at Thanksgiving and sometimes Christmas. 

3. What is there a cornucopia of in your home, job, or life currently? 

Cookie dough? I have buttercreams waiting to be dipped, chocolate crinkles waiting to be baked, and shortbread ingredients waiting to be mixed, rolled and decorated. 

4. Have you ever quit something (such as a habit, a food, a time-sucker, a relationship) cold turkey? Is there something you need to quit cold turkey? 

A while back I quit french fries cold turkey. I just decided they were something I did not need to eat and I quit eating them. I have fallen off the wagon a teensy bit, but am back at it.  I'm sure this is a ridiculous answer but it's the one that popped into my brain first so I'm going with it. 

5. Share a favorite verse, quote, saying, or song lyric relating to gratitude. 

"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things."  Philippians 4:8

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

HappyThanksgiving Hodgepodgers! I'm grateful for our every Wednesday meet up...


  1. I have never heard of corn pudding before, but I'm intrigued. Would you mind sharing the recipe?

    The Bible verse you shared is one of my favorites. It helps me weed out so many things to not think/worry about.

    Happy Thanksgiving! Hope it will be a lovely day for you and yours.

  2. I am not going to call the police on my neighbor if I see more people at their house and they are breaking the rules....HECK...I might just step outside and say a 'Howdy' to them all. We can hold demonstrations, but we can't open up schools. Just yesterday, I had a student apologize for not logging on (he has missed some days) but his was his aunt (only in her late 20s or early 30s) that killed herself and her three small children. I have been literally sick after hearing this. I just don't understand.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  3. I have two bored 11-year olds I can send your way to help with cookies!

  4. Amen to your answer for #1! I'm sitting here crying. Your answer is spot on and I agree 100%. You have always been an excellent writer and this could be an editorial in the paper.
    I've never had corn pudding but I'm definitely going to check it out. Yum on the cookie dough. Good for you on the french fries. Love the verse and the song. Happy Thanksgiving

  5. oh my goodness - you gave up French fries??? They are one of my all time favorite foods. I rarely eat them out (we haven't been "out" since pre-covid) but I love cooking the frozen ones in my air fryer. Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for the questions every week!

  6. That song made me cry and I usually only cry during real good worship songs. What a crazy world around us trying to make us feel guilty about people dying as if we are knocking off our neighbors when in reality the virus is the culprit not us. There just is no reasoning with the masses right now. And...everywhere I go people are wearing masks so I don't understand all the mask shaming, either. May your small gathering at Thanksgiving be filled with love, laughter, thankfulness and joy! Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. Happy Thanksgiving! I'm thankful you host this group of bloggers!

  8. Thanks for another fun Hodgepodge, Joyce! Loved your answers and totally agree with your #1!

  9. Amen to everything you said in answer to #1. And that song was simply perfect. Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

  10. You are lucky to live in a State with less strict tu les ! For The first time in history The whole world Israƫl sitting in the same boat due to the Corona pandemie !