Early Thanksgiving 2013

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EARLY THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY CELEBRATION 2013

Our son Bill, Jr. who lives in California, called and emailed us last month that he and his Lady friend Nichol Shine had booked tickets for an Eagles concert in Charlotte, NC  on November 15, 2013 and they planed to fly from San Diego, CA to Newark, NJ and Nichol was taking a flight from Newark to Norfolk, VA to be with her Mother until the 15th and he would be flying into Charlotte NC on November 11th and stay with us through Friday the 15th., etc.  They reserved a room at a local bed and breakfast, The Forever Inn B & B for the 16th and 17th.

Since we only get to see Bill, Jr. every few years,  it was a treat last year that he was home for a short visit in December and we had all the "kids" together which is always great and looking forward to this visit as well.  Below pix of Bill and my bride doing a little bonding while working out their lap tops....grin if you must!

My bride and I decided to celebrate Thanksgiving early this 2013 season since Bill, Jr. would be here until November 18, 2013 and my bride made a few phone calls and got our meal planned out with various ones bringing special request food items, etc., and got the turkeys out of the freezer and placed into the basement game refrigerator to thaw out.   It has been customary since 1997 to deep fry a turkey or two and we no longer oven bake turkeys anymore.  They are so much better deep fried in my humble opinion (IMHO) being moist, juicy and succulent with a little heat on the outside aka bark from the cayenne pepper that is hand rubbed into the pores of the skin.  Deep frying the traditional Holiday turkey also frees the oven up for other things. 

Holidays are a special time for family and friends to enjoy the fellowship and friendship of one another and most definitely give thanks to our Lord and Savior for his many blessings which is part of my personal daily prayer.  It is hard to image that there are many in our Country and County that go hungry whether brought about by their own negligence or things that are beyond their  control but it does happen especially with our poor current economy!  

Please check my Thanksgiving 2012 page for additional information concerning the origin of our National Thanksgiving Holiday.

Our Early Thanksgiving Holiday meal was to commence around 1:00 PM on November 17, 2013 and got my deep fryer turkey pot set up and planned to deep fry two 15 pound Butterball whole turkeys of which the Butterball brand is the best for deep frying IMHO.  Deep frying turkeys with several gallons of blistering hot oil can be a serious FIRE safety hazard and extreme caution must be used at all times to prevent a fire and burns.  I normally do my deep frying on our open carport which many recommend that you do not for safety reasons but I made sure the area was safe and have a special home made long handled rod with a hook on one end to lower the turkey into the hot oil very slowly to keep the hot oil from overflowing and igniting which is the source of most of the accidents from deep frying turkeys.  The metal triangular coat hanger style device that comes standard with many top brand name turkey cookers allow your hands too close to the hot oil when submerging the turkey into the hot oil and is the main culprit for many deep fried turkey accidents coupled with having oil above the maximum fill line of the pot.  See my Deep Fried Turkey page for additional information.  Pixs below:

 

That is one "beautimous" looking golden brown deep fried turkey ready to cool down and carve.

Our traditional and customary meal consisted of Deep Fried Turkey, Honey Baked Spiral Cut Ham, Cornbread Dressing, Hashbrown Casserole, Giblet Gravy, Collard Greens, Speckled Butterbeans, Lima Beans, Yellow Corn, Potato Salad, Deviled Eggs, Green Bean Casserole, Cranberry Sauce, Sour Cream Cornbread, Yeast Rolls, Pumpkin Pie, Pecan Pie, Trifle, Zucchini Bread, various Soft Drinks and Filtered Water.

My bride greeted and welcomed everyone and refreshed our memory on the importance of family and friends and Wink Myers gave a prayer blessing the food before our meal following the example of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior;  MATTHEW 14:19-21 KJV.

Below pix of the delicious, tasty and wonderful Southern style vittles on the island work station of which it didn't take too long before we made a serious dent in them:

Click on thumbnail pixs below for a larger screen view:

There were a total of sixteen (16) that attended our Early Thanksgiving 2013 meal and one of my friends Randy Steele of Cason's Old Field, NC  and his Lady Friend Joan Smith was able to join us and enjoyed their friendship and fellowship tremendously.  Joan got a workout too in the kitchen sink on the pots n pans after our meal and a special Thank You for her helping out,  whereas several of the rest "bailed" out on her.  Pix below:

PHOTOGRAPHERS NOTE: I asked Randy about the awkward looking left hand position in the above pix and he stated that he had just removed his left hand from "pickin" the deep fried turkey carcasses and didn't want to get Joan soiled in this impromptu pix.............another grin is in order!

Below thumbnails pixs of everyone that attended except Travis Lee Huneycutt who was out of camera range in our basement on his laptop pc:

Once everyone got their plates filled, it was time to enjoy the meal and it got a little on the quiet side for awhile......grin if you must!  I joined Randy Steele and his Lady friend Joan Smith on the rear deck at an ole wooden picnic table and we had a great time chatting and enjoying the food. 

After an afternoon of wonderful food, friendship and fellowship, I sipped on a custom brewed dark ale that Bill, Jr. provided and it wasn't long before everyone went there separate ways. 

Our Early Thanksgiving 2013 at the Porter Home was most enjoyable and as I constantly say and experience every time I have the opportunity,  "Two of the Greatest Ships that ever Sailed, Friendship and Fellowship."  I can still visualize in my mind's eye,  my parents attending our family get together(s) especially during the Holidays and still miss them dearly of which true Love is eternal and everlasting.  To quote my departed friend Bill Escott, "Yesterday is History, Today is a Gift and Tomorrow is a Mystery."

Bill, Jr. and his Lady friend Nichol Shine stopped over for coffee and mid-morning refreshments on November 18, 2013 before driving to Charlotte, NC to board their afternoon flight to San Diego.  Family and Friends is a larger part of what makes life so wonderful and worthwhile!  Below pix of Bill, Jr. and Nichol ready to leave our home:

  

It was great to have the Porter "kids" together again along with other family members and friends and the Lord willing of course, hope to do so again in the future.

In closing on a spiritual note, John 3:16 KJV "For God So Loved The World, That He Gave His Only Begotten Son, That Whosoever Believeth In Him Should Not Perish, But Have Everlasting Life."   

Web published by Bill aka Mickey Porter 11-18-13.

NOTE:  Randy and myself were at BoJangles in Cheraw, SC early November 2014 and I snapped a pix of Joan having breakfast with us.....camera caught her eyes closed on this one.

Web published updated pix by Bill aka Mickey Porter on 11-26-14.

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