Service Plus AC & Heating - November 2018

3 THANKSGIVING HORROR STORIES And You Thought Your Family Was Bad ...

Rick “My eccentric uncle had a few beverages and decided to use Thanksgiving as an opportunity to deliver a speech. He stood up and started making a pros and cons list of all his brothers’ wives, and then gave each of them a grade. When he turned to his twin brother’s wife, a brawl broke out and spilled onto the front lawn. As the drama unfolded, no one cared to notice that my baby cousin had to use the restroom but couldn’t get inside. So, the yard turned into equal parts wrestling mat and bathroom.” Rachel “When my husband and I were dating, he brought me to his house for our first holiday together. My future mother-in-law started the day off by calling me his ex-girlfriend’s name. I went to the guest room to take a deep breath, and my future sister- in-law came in and saw me crying. She went to her mom and explained the situation, only her mom didn’t take it so well. They broke into a full-fledged argument, and my mother-in-law cranked the heat on the oven to 500 degrees and left. We got married a year later.”

Some families spend Thanksgiving throwing the ol’ pigskin around, eating some turkey, and expressing what they’re thankful for. But some of us plan our survival tactics months ahead of time, and even then, it’s not enough. Here are three real-life examples of just how crazy Thanksgiving can get for some families. Vicky “The whole family gathered together for Thanksgiving for the first time in years. Everything was going great — that is, until someone brought up the movie franchise ‘Twilight.’ What started as some simple opinions turned into a heated family fight over the validity of the characters. This, of course, escalated into every family member bringing up every deep-seated issue they’d ever had with each other. It ended with half the family storming out, and it took months for us to see each other again.”

SPICY, CREAMY SWEET POTATOES

BRAIN WARM-UP

Ingredients

• 5 pounds sweet potatoes • 1 cup canned coconut milk • 1 tablespoon Thai red curry paste • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

Directions

1. Heat oven to 375 F. On a large sheet pan, bake potatoes until very soft, approximately 75 minutes. 2. Let potatoes cool until they are safe to handle, then peel and mash. 3. In a small saucepan over low heat, combine coconut milk and curry paste. Once mixed, add the mixture, salt, half the sugar, and half the butter to potatoes. 4. 30 minutes before serving, heat oven to 425 F. Spread potatoes in a baking dish, cover with foil, and bake for 20 minutes. 5. Uncover potatoes and dot with remaining butter and sugar. Broil until brown, crusty, and delicious. Serve hot.

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