In 1620 Pilgrims fled the Church of England in search of religious freedom. Little did they know when this journey would bring America a traditional holiday just over 200 years later celebrated every last Thursday of the month.
When the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock they had no idea what the new world would offer them. Unfortunately they suffered from the harsh winter and failed crops resulting in many settlers perishing.
If it were not for an American Indian, Squanto and his people coming to the rescue many more may have not survived. The Indian’s taught the Pilgrims how to plant corn, squash and beans. By 1621 their crops were abundant and they shared their wealth with the Indians for a Harvest Celebration today known as Thanksgiving.
This harvest celebration was not for only one day, these people knew how to throw a party. The celebration went on for 3 days of feasting and games. Did they have Turkey? Yes, Wild Turkey and more than likely their feast consisted of Goose, Rabbit, Lobster and Codfish.. For the Pilgrims Wild Turkey was easy to hunt because they were in abundance and large in size. Even though they could fly, they could not fly very far.
They would have cooked their meat on over an open fire with a spit, a rod that would rotate on a frame with the help of someone turning the meat until cooked. They also had pots that could hang from the frame to simmer and cook the side dishes.
Over the years the other meats they had at their feast became scarce or very expensive. The Turkey remained the ideal meat to serve at Thanksgiving because not only is it affordable but low in calories, highly nutritious and delicious.
While we set out out best Chinaware for our table, the pilgrims ate from wooden plates, with spoons, knives and their fingers. Forks were not in Plymouth until the 18th century. As for the napkin, it was not placed on the lap, it was placed over your left hand shoulder hanging down the front so you could take a piece of meat with your right hand and wipe off your hand on the napkin.
It was not until over 200 years later that Thanksgiving Day was made an official holiday.
Sarah Josepha Buell Hale an American writer, influential editor and author of Mary Had a Little Lamb” spent 40 years campaigning for a national day of giving. She got her wish in 1863 when President Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday.
I know in my house Football is a big part of our Thanksgiving celebration. Since 1934 the Detroit Lions have brought the tradition of a game on Thanksgiving Day. They have played every year with the exception of WWII between 1939 and 1944. The Dallas Cowboys also picked up on this tradition giving us even more enjoyable football since 1966.Bringing on this football tradition also brought on the snacks before the big meal.
An estimated 375 Million pounds of Turkey are eaten every Thanksgiving,
65 million Sweet Potato’s are consumed
80 million pounds of Cranberry’s are eaten
55 million Pumpkin Pies are consumed
In 1955 fully stuffed, frozen and ready to cook Turkeys were introduced to the public.
For 50 years the President of the United States has pardoned a Turkey from Thanksgiving day doom, starting with Harry Truman.
Breaking the wishbone started with the Greek and Roman Empire who brought the tradition to Europe and the English brought it to America.
Stuffing recipes were also brought from Europe. In the first Thanksgiving it was possible that the birds and fish were stuffed with herbs, onions and oats. The most popular stuffing today is breadcrumb, cornbread and oyster.
Corn on the Cob was given to the settlers by the American Indians which was a part of the first feast.
Mashed Potato’s were not likely a part of the celebration as they had not been a part of the settlers diet in 1620.
Sweet Potato’s were a Native American vegetable and were most likely at the first Thanksgiving.
Pumpkin and Apple Pie are the most popular desserts at Thanksgiving. (Also enjoyed is Sweet Potato Pie)
1969 Astronauts enjoyed food packets of roasted Turkey and the trimmings in space.
The popular TV show Friends had a Thanksgiving episode in everyone of the their 10 years on the air.
The 3 most popular way to eat Thanksgiving left overs is sandwiches, soups and casseroles.
Make Turkey Pies! They are so delicious and really help with the left overs.
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Bringing home your newborn baby is pure delight. You now have a new member of the family and this delightful bundle of joy will grow everyday. Before you know it, your little one will be crawling and walking with curiosity abound. You want your child safe and baby proofing your home early is key to adjusting to the changes and being prepared.
Here are some tips to get you and your baby ready.
Every day products you use could be poisonous products if ingested by your child. They could be in your bathroom under the sink, or on the counter within reach of curious little hands.. Make sure to install safety latches on all cabinets and drawers and store away products on the counter.
You will really have a reason to tell everyone to keep the toilet lids closed now. A child can lean and fall into a toilet very easily because they are more top heavy and when a toddler is learning to walk they are awkward and fall in. A child can drown in just a couple inches of water, so make sure you attach a latch that will keep the lid closed. Also, this could also save you a bundle on a plumbing bill. Why you ask? Children could also drop items in the toilet that could clog it up. While this may be an inconvenience to you and others in your home the safety of the baby must come first.
Check out how hot your water is. Scalding is very painful and you could save your child from an unnecessary accident by setting your water heater to 120 degrees. Third degree burns can happen to your child within seconds from water set at 140 degrees.
As with every outlet in your home, do not forget the bathroom. Purchase protective plug – ins or safety caps for this purpose in the bathroom too.
Unplug and put away and curling irons, hair dryers, electric hair curlers or anything else they could grab and get a potential burn.
As with every outlet in your home, purchase protective plug – ins or safety caps to protect them from cleaning product to dish soap.Keep your little ones at a safe distance when using the stove. If you have a pot boiling water and pick up your child, they may want to reach out to the steam and they could get burned. Also keep the pot handles turned in and away from reach.
Appliances and cookware should be kept under counters and in drawers with locks on them to prevent and injury. Keep a poison control phone number handy on the refrigerator or if you have a note board. You can also purchase stickers with pictures such as Mr. Yuk which was conceived by Dr. Richard Moriarty to help children learn to avoid ingesting poisons,
In the House Everyday Living Safety
Safety gates are great for keeping kids out of rooms you may want to work in or have set something up they should not get into like a project for an older child in the home, or one of your own. They also protect them at the top and bottom of stairs.Doorknob covers are also good to keep your little on from going into a room you do not want them venturing into or out to the family pool.
Bumper proof your furniture. Coffee table with a squared edge is a good place to start and work your way around the room to see if there is any other place your child could fall into and get injury.Pull your furniture away from high windows so they cannot climb up and fall out. The screen is not strong enough to hold them back.
Window blinds have been linked to deaths in children. In 2009 4-year-old daughter of boxer Mike Tyson died after she either slipped or put her head in the loop of a cord hanging under the console.Consider replacing their older window coverings with the new cordless products.
Make sure your book cases, shelving and heavy furniture attached to walls is secure with brackets and anchors. You child may like to climb and this would be tragic if a bookcase or entertainment center fell over on them.
Toy chests are a great for keeping the toys all in one place, make sure you remove a free falling lid or have a lid that stays open and is very light.
While child proofing your home is a great way to protect them, it is not all you can do. Supervising your child at all times is the best way to prevent any type of injury.
Sinkholes are common in Florida, in fact Florida has more sinkholes than any other state. Sinkholes are depressions in the ground, but the ones that appear suddenly, called Collapse Sinkholes, can cause damage to homes, roads, property and to people.
Collapse Sinkholes occur when the water table changes – either too much rain, or not enough rain can cause the ground to cave in on itself. There may be warning signs of sinkhole activity and it is important to keep an eye out for these.
- Cracks in the floor, walls or pavement – check both inside and outside your home. The cracks may start out small so write down where they are and the measurements. If they continue to grow, it’s time to have your house inspected.
- Windows or doors not closing properly – you feel that it is harder to close a door or window, which can mean structural shifting.
- Depressions in your yard or your neighbor’s yard – one easy sign is a hole in the ground that wasn’t there before. Also look for fencing or large items such as playground equipment that has shifted.
- Sediment in your water
- A neighbor’s sinkhole activity
Some people fear calling their Homeowners Insurance if they suspect a sinkhole thinking that their rates may go up, but its better to use the knowledge of their inspection services than for a sinkhole to happen suddenly. Most often, if nothing is found, your rate will not be raised.
Inspect regularly for sinkholes and keep track of any signs that you may find. If sinkhole activity is found close to your home, be even more diligent with your inspections.
Get more information about sinkholes. See this article “How Sinkholes Work” by How Stuff Works, Here
July and August bring on the rainy season in Florida with many thunderstorms and lots of rain pouring down in a short amount of time. This can cause street flooding quickly. When driving in rain, drive slower than normal and be aware of other drivers who may lose control and slide into your car on slick roads. The day can turn cloudy and dark suddenly, put your lights on to make it easier for other to see you. Driving through water can cause you to get stuck and may ruin your car.
Learn more about what this does to your car and other tips – Driving Through Flooded Streets Causes Unseen Damage to Your Car
Check out this video taken in winter time in Florida when these storms and heavy rain are not so popular!
Flooding Overtakes South Florida Streets