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Thanksgiving Is Getting Jiggly! MY ADVENTURES MAKING JELL-O MOLDS

Two years ago on Thanksgiving, I made a commitment to Jell-O. It all started when the conversation turned to our childhoods and favorite dishes from Thanksgivings past. When it was my turn, I spoke about the turkey, the dressing, and the casseroles, but I also shared one of my fondest memories from the ’80s — Jell-O desserts! Jell-O molds, Jell-O cakes, and even Jell-O salads were all the rage when I was a kid. Of course, no one at the table under 20 even knew what a Jell-O mold was! I explained all about the process of mixing Jell-O and fruit salad, crafting layers in a metal mold, and topping the whole thing off with condensed milk icing. My nieces and nephews couldn’t believe it.

“Don’t worry,” I told them. “Next year, Uncle Kevin will try his hand at making a Jell-O mold for Thanksgiving dinner!” I was just kidding around, but somehow, I got roped into making the gag a reality. If you had peeked through my kitchen window last Thanksgiving, you would have seen me slaving away to make my family’s ’80s dreams come true. I wanted to build a Jell-O mold with a layer of condensed milk on the bottom, cherry Jell-O and fruit salad in the middle, and a Cool Whip/condensed milk glaze. Of course, things didn’t go quite as planned. The recipe I followed didn’t mention whether I needed a regular or jumbo box of Jell-O. So, I bought the regular size, and my first attempt came out a slushy mess! I didn’t let that get me down, though. Like a man on his way to Lowe’s for the third time to complete a home improvement project, I schlepped back to Kroger to fine-tune my cooking. With a jumbo box of cherry Jell-O in hand, it worked! Better yet, everyone actually enjoyed eating my funny retro dessert on Thanksgiving. This year I’m bringing back the Jell-O by popular request. The big debate in our house right now is which flavor of Jell-O mix I should pick. Last year we were all team cherry, but for 2021, team orange or team lime might win out! The only thing I

can promise is that the final dessert won’t be anywhere near healthy or organic — but hopefully, it still tastes like a treat! If you’ve never had Jell-O on Thanksgiving, I’d highly recommend giving a Jell-O mold a try this year. It’s a tradition that dates all the way back to the early 1900s, when savory Jell-O “congealed salads” were trendy. Personally, I think the sweet version is much better, and the name is a lot more appetizing! You can learn more about Jell-O history in The New York Times article, "How Jell-O Molds Claimed Their Spot on the American Table," or discover how to make a retro mold of your own at Collection/Jello-Mold-Recipes/.

Happy cooking!

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Was Alexander the Great Buried … Alive?!


For centuries, the ancient Greeks ruled most of Europe and the world, and one man is credited with unifying this historically powerful mass of people under one rule for 13 years: Alexander the Great. Alexander is most known for his hard- fought capture of land all across the globe after succeeding his father on the throne at just 20 years old. But Alexander’s rise came crashing down when he died just 12 years later. Today, the facts of his death are starting to piece together a curious puzzle for historians, because some now believe Alexander was buried alive. Surprisingly (and terrifyingly), this wasn’t uncommon. For centuries, doctors struggled to definitively prove someone was dead because many of the classic

signs of death are similar to those of someone in a comatose state. This became such a common problem into the 20th century that people were buried in specialty coffins or with a bell tied around their hand to alert grave watchers. (As bodies decomposed, you can imagine how this created eerie occurrences.) Experts believe Alexander the Great may be one of history's first recorded instances of such a death. After 12 days of abdominal pain that led to a fever and paralysis, ancient Greek doctors couldn’t detect a breath from their great ruler, and he was declared dead. As the massive empire mourned, Alexander’s body was prepared for the afterlife, but he didn’t show signs of decomposition for six days. This only fed the belief that Alexander — like other rulers of his time — was part god.

Dr. Katherine Hall of the University of Otago, New Zealand, believes this suggests that Alexander wasn’t yet dead. In fact, he may have been suffering from a rare bacterial infection that attacks the nervous system and leads to paralysis, which could result in the lack of breath. As such, Dr. Hall believes he was entombed alive, making him one of the first to suffer a “false death.” However, other historians are quick to say Dr. Hall’s theory is too speculative to be taken as fact. Among the common counter arguments, Dr. Hall's reliance on data and details collected centuries after his death can be troublesome. We may not know exactly how Alexander died, but with Hall’s theory, some of the final pieces of the puzzle may fall into (an eerie) place.


4. Southwest Ecumenical Emergency Assistance Cente r — SWEEAC operates a weekly food pantry and also distributes senior food boxes, Thanksgiving turkeys, school supplies, and Christmas presents. It has handed out more than 1 million pounds of food to families in Atlanta over the years. Due to COVID-19, 5. Intown Collaborative Ministries — Every Tuesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Intown Collaborative Ministries distributes food from its pantry at 1026 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE. Unlike many other food pantries, ID is not required. Intown also takes food donations on Fridays! Visit to learn more details. SWEEAC isn’t accepting walk-in clients, but you can still give and receive help at

Here in Atlanta, we’re fortunate to have an excellent food bank and dozens of food pantries available to fight food insecurity. Whether you’d like to give back this year or know someone in need, keep these five organizations in mind!

1. Atlanta Community Food Bank — One in seven children in Atlanta goes to bed hungry every night, but the folks at the Atlanta Community Food Bank are working hard to turn that tide. From July 2020 to July 2021 alone, they distributed more than 96 million meals to hungry people. You can support the Food Bank by donating food to one of its fund drives or donating money at Every dollar provides four meals! To get help from this group, text FINDFOOD to 888-976-2232.

pounds of groceries to 60,000 people! To learn more about how to donate or pick up food, visit

3. Toco Hills Community Allianc e — This faith-based food pantry serves nine zip codes in DeKalb County and provides support for individuals, families, veterans, and people experiencing homelessness. It offers fresh fruit, vegetables, dairy, and more along with nonperishable foods, and, in 2020, it served more than 22,000 households. If you’d like to donate to Toco Hills, please give money rather than food, so its team can buy from

2. Malachi’s Storehouse — This

outreach organization is affiliated with St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church and provides clothes and food. Last year alone, it distributed 682,000

its partners at the lowest cost. Visit to learn more.

You can always reach Kevin directly at 404.566.8964 or (If you ever need it, his cell phone is 404.409.3160.)

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Long Live Butter and Bread! Kevin’s Take on a Funny White House Thanksgiving Tradition

Everyone knows the story of the Mayflower and the first Thanksgiving, but have you heard the tale of the White House turkeys? As a history nut, this is one of my favorite Thanksgiving fun facts. Every year shortly before Turkey Day, the president officially pardons a Thanksgiving turkey, saving it from the White House cooks. There’s some debate among historians about when this tradition started. Some say it goes all the

way back to President Lincoln, who supposedly gave “clemency” to a turkey in 1865! Others claim it started with President Truman, who was serving when the poultry industry first began making an annual “official turkey presentation” to the president in 1947. However, according to The White House Historical Association, not every president pardoned a turkey after Truman. Kennedy, Nixon, and Carter each saved the lives of turkeys on occasion and sent them to live in farms and zoos. But it wasn’t until President George H. W. Bush took office that the pardon became an official act and tradition. In 1989, Bush famously told reporters, "But let me assure you, and this fine tom turkey, that he will not end up on anyone's dinner table, not this guy — he's granted a presidential pardon as of right now — and allow him to live out his days on a children's farm not far from here.” Presidents have been pardoning a turkey (and often sending another to the oven) ever since! Last year, President Trump pardoned a turkey named Corn. This left another turkey, Cob, for Thanksgiving dinner. But in 2019, he pardoned both turkeys: Butter and Bread! Personally, I’m soft at heart, so I hope that this year, President Biden also gives both birds a pass. The more I think about this tradition, the more tempting it is to plate up a Thanksgiving Tofurkey alongside my Jell-O this year.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Roasted Turkey

Impress your Thanksgiving guests with this perfectly roasted — and easy — turkey!

Ingredients • 1 whole turkey, thawed • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth

• Salt and pepper to taste

Directions 1. Preheat the oven to 450 F. 2. Remove packaging and giblets from inside of the turkey. 3. Place the turkey in a broiling pan breast-side up and rub it with salt and pepper. Pour the broth around the turkey. 4. Place the pan in the oven and turn the temperature down to 350 F. Turkey should cook for 12–15 minutes per pound, typically 3–4 hours. 5. Remove the turkey from the oven every 45 minutes and baste it with the broth. 6. Once finished, let the turkey rest for 15–20 minutes before carving and serving.


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Inside This Issue 1 Thanksgiving Goes Retro at Kevin’s House 2 The Big Debate Surrounding Alexander the Great’s Death 5 Atlanta Food Banks to Rely on This Thanksgiving 3 Kevin’s Take on the White House Turkey Pardon

Roasted Turkey 4 Traveling With Kids Made Easy

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Bon Voyage! Traveling With Kids Made Easy

Time Is Your Friend When putting together a vacation itinerary, allow for lots of extra time in between events. The one thing about kids is that you never know when someone will need to use the bathroom, be sick, throw a tantrum, or need your assistance. Everything takes longer with kiddos! You can even set a false deadline for when you want to leave the house to ensure you get out on time. Charge Up Make sure all of your electronic devices are charged up well before you leave. You should also have some games and movies downloaded to entertain your children in the car or airplane. Even though most airlines have TVs, it’s better to always be prepared — and don’t forget the headphones!

Have a Quality Stroller You won’t understand how helpful it is to have a good, quality stroller along with you on vacation until you have one. If you are visiting a theme park or other outdoor area or sightseeing on foot, you’ll thank yourself later for bringing along a lightweight, foldable, and reliable stroller. Bring the Snacks Nothing is worse than hungry, cranky kids! Before your trip, it’s a good idea to take the kids along with you to the store to pick out an abundance of their favorite snacks — this adds a level of excitement for them too! Going out of town with kids is never an easy feat, but these tips can help create a trip to remember this holiday season! Bon voyage!

The holidays are here, and that calls for some cheer! However, traveling with your kids can be a hassle, especially while trying to remain healthy and safe! Getting out of town should be fun and exciting, so here are some tips to make traveling a little easier and less anxiety-inducing. Unruly kids don’t stand a chance with these tricks! Departure Matters Aim for late morning or early afternoon when booking flights or deciding what time to hit the road. The last thing you want is the added stress of being late or hitting rush-hour traffic when you're already worrying about making sure everyone packed the essentials. Also, waking the kids up super early for travel can be difficult, and nobody wants grumpy children. 4 • KEVINPATRICK.LAW I 404.566.5880

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