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David When my mom hosted my grandparents for Thanksgiving the first time, it was a big deal. A very big deal. We went through manners training and did an exercise where we practiced going around the table explaining what we were thankful for, only my mom prepared answers for us on note cards to memorize. When the big day finally came, we went around the table with perfect execution until it was my turn. “I’m thankful for Sailor Moon and my Nintendo 64,” I said. My mom is still upset to this day. Reagan One year, my mom prepared a 28-pound turkey. She spent days making sure everything was ready, and when Thanksgiving came, it started off great. The stuffing was mixed to perfection, the sweet potatoes were spiced just right, the cranberries had a perfect consistency, and when she took the behemoth bird out of the oven, it was a sight to behold: flawless golden-brown skin, like something you’d see out of a movie. She set the turkey down to cool and went to tell my father that it was ready to carve. I heard rattling in the kitchen while I was in the living room, so I went to investigate. My cat had its head inside the turkey. Safe to say, there were no leftovers that year. Jeremy After years of hosting Thanksgiving, my parents decided to pass the baton to my sister. Because my sister tends to be a bit gullible, my mother decided to play a prank on her. My mom convinced my sister
to go to the store and get something she didn’t need. When she left, my mom took the turkey out of the oven, removed the stuffing, placed a Cornish game hen in the turkey, and replaced the birds back in the oven. When it was time for dinner, my sister pulled out the turkey and started for the stuffing. As she pulled out the little bird, my mom yelled, “You cooked a pregnant bird!” My sister cried for an hour, despite our efforts to explain that turkeys lay eggs.
Jack and Kelly are a certified therapy dog and handler team with Healers With Halos Therapy Dogs. Jack is a 6-year-old rescue collie adopted from Collie Rescue of the Carolinas. He is certified by the Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) program and attained his Canine Good Citizen (CGC) title from the American Kennel Club. Jack works many venues, bringing comfort and happiness to the young and old.
• 1 can chickpeas, drained • 1/2 cup organic pumpkin purée • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar • 1 teaspoon garlic granules
• 1/2 teaspoon
cayenne pepper • 1–2 teaspoons flour, for binding (optional) • 1 cup panko bread crumbs, for coating • 1/4–1/2 cup safflower or canola oil, for frying
1. In a large mixing bowl, mash together chickpeas and pumpkin purée until the majority of peas are mixed with purée. 2. Add sunflower seeds, apple cider vinegar, spices, and flour to mixture. Fold until fully integrated. 3. In a large skillet, heat oil on medium-high. 4. Form mixture into golf-ball-sized spheres and roll to coat in panko breadcrumbs. Pat into flat cakes and carefully drop into hot oil. 5. Fry fritters, flipping once, until golden and toasty, about 2 minutes per side. 6. Transfer cooked fritters to a paper towel to dry and cool. Serve 5 minutes after cooking.
JACK IS THANKFUL FOR THE 4TH GRADE CHILDREN THAT READ TO HIM AT ST. BERNARD SCHOOL IN ENFIELD.
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