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With the holiday looming and just days ahead, the internet has gone crazy with links to recipes, planning, decorating and anything else to do with our American Thanksgiving.  Rather than try to produce much of my own information, I want to share links here for those of you who might not be able to monitor the net all day, or who watch different websites than I do.

I will update this list as the week progresses — I cannot stand to not share!   Enjoy, and Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

National Geographic Thanksgiving Quiz & Games
Some amazingly delicious drinks from my friends at Madtini.com
Eatdrinkbetter.com – Vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes from around the world
Whole Living – Warming fall recipes
Mini pumpkin pies for the kids to make – from National Geographic
Indiana Public Media –  Easy baked apple crisp
OrganicAuthority.com – Article about volunteering this Thanksgiving
Easy Thanksgiving side dishes from delish.com
Be the Hostess with the Mostess
Gluten-free pie crust made with coconut flour
A very nice handful of Thanksgiving links from Organic Valley
The Martha Stewart Thanksgiving Hotline Info

I’ll try to keep up with the mad amount of info crossing my computer, so check back for new links.  Yay for Turkey Day!!  I can’t wait!

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I will be working on a couple of other web projects for the next four weeks.   So when I return here with new articles and activities, I will be five months from turning 50!    

As you all know, the fall is a very busy time, and mine will be no different.   I will have plenty of football, holidays and perfect weather to write about.   I’m also starting a new indoor garden, using hydroponics to grow food during the winter – so more about that.   This month I will get my fitness on track, too.  I’m off to a good start so far — yay for me!

In the meantime, please follow me on Twitter (where I live) — my twitter name is @14monthsto50.  On Facebook, I post great links, photos and videos.  All of my followers are allowed to post to the wall, too.  The page name on Facebook is, aptly, 14 Months to 50.   Please feel free to email me at 14monthsto50@gmail.com

Enjoy the rest of your summer!   Stay healthy and be good to yourself.

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Bushel of PeachesImagine you are watching a movie and the scene takes place in a small southwestern town, at the annual festival.  Local musicians are on stage:  young girls with violins and guitars, men trying their hand at singing to a recorded track, little girls in frilly dresses singing broadway tunes.   Politicians are out en force, with their signs and bumper stickers, manning booths.  There’s an auction going on, bushels of peaches going to the highest bidder.  Announcements are being made about the winners of the cook-off from earlier in the day.  People cool themselves with handheld political fans while they stand in line for homemade ice cream and fried pies.  Toby Keith plays over the sound system while signs are everywhere giving Jesus all the glory.  Dogs and babies are having a day out.  It’s hot and sunny.  Men wear cowboy hats; women stroll with umbrellas. 

And there you’d sit in the movie audience, thinking “Man, this is really over the top.”   And I would have to agree with you.  But on July 17, 2010, at the Stratford Peach Festival in Stratford, Oklahoma, it was all of that and more. 

And my friend Lise and I did just as we were supposed to do as visitors:   we strolled and looked at the vendors selling homemade food and crafts, bought snacks and eyed fresh produce.  I bought an apron that a nice lady had made.  Then we each got a peach fried pie, and ate while waiting in line for peach ice cream and peach iced tea, all the while commiserating with a stranger on how hot it was and how the line should be in the shade.  We mosied over to the pavilion to catch some talent and watch part of the peach auction.  Lise visited with another stranger about her daughter selling pies and snowcones in another Oklahoma town.   Little kids were dancing and some boys were fanning their dog to keep it cool.   We had to revisit a roasted nut stand so I could get cinnamon almonds to take home.   Then off we went to purchase our share of the delicious fresh peaches. 

Looking back, I would say it was just about as perfect as a small town festival could be.   It was one of those days when you feel lucky that you got to step into the scene and experience it — entertaining while you are there and nice to remember when you eat your warm peaches at home.   So, to you Okies, if you ever get a chance to go to the Stratford Peach Festival, I can recommend it.  Oh — and the peaches are good, too.

Fresh Watermelon for SaleBoys fan their dogGirls playing violinHomemade Peach Ice Cream

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I just received my very first giveaway prize ever and wow!!   For a first-timer this is quite exciting.   I had entered a giveaway with The Kathleen Show for an amazing basket of organic food goodness from Nature’s Path Organics, never ever expecting to win one of five baskets.   But I did!   Today the fab gift arrived and it’s amazing!

As you can see the foods were packed on a gorgeous bamboo tray, and there was even a reusable shopping bag enclosed!  I’ve already tried the Blueberry Toaster Pastries and they were sooooo good.  I now have health bars, cereals, granolas, oatmeal and some great looking organic foods made for kids that I can ship to my grandson.   My breakfasts just became a lot more interesting.  

Thank you again (very much) to The Kathleen Show and to Nature’s Path Organics for such a delightful giveaway.  I couldn’t have asked for a better first time! 

 

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The Sam Noble Natural History Museum at the University of Oklahoma was celebrating its 10th anniversary last night.  To help with the party, they had the special exhibition “Chocolate” from The Field Museum in Chicago.   A few restaurants were also on hand, giving out chocolate treats.   Sam Noble Natural History Museum

The show was a nice look at the processing of cacao beans, the history of chocolate, and even associated dishes and utensils used with chocolate in the past.   I ran into some friends there:  Mark and Cindy, Karen and Bob, and saw a lot more people that I recognized from around town –  even met some new friends!   The event ended up being a nice local gathering for a Friday night. 

I tasted a lot of different chocolates, from covered dried cherries and grapes to covered nuts and coffee beans.   The chocolates ranged from milky to dark, and everything in between.  One restaurant was giving out chocolate covered Gummi Bears but I couldn’t bring myself to take a bite.  That’s just wrong.   Another vendor had warm fondue-type melted chocolate and butterscotch, with marshmallows on skewers.  I went against the grain and dipped a chocolate biscotti into the butterscotch.  It was so good I almost lost my mind and double-dipped, but of course I didn’t!  (But I wanted to.)   Another table had a chocolate fountain –  I was going to hold an apple wedge under it but I took a bite first and I swear it was the worst apple I’ve ever tasted.  

All in all it was a fun event — I’m glad Tracy invited me along!  I always enjoy getting out, going to local events, and who can say no to chocolate? 

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Today I made a new yummy-but-sort-of-cheating sandwich:  Cucumber Walnut Cream Cheese Sandwich.  I’m still eating the cream cheese from Super Bowl Sunday, so today I decided to make a cucumber sandwich and add walnuts to it.  It was very good!  The cream cheese is lowfat, still fairly high in fat though  – 6g per tablespoon (3.5 saturated) – but it tastes like the full-fat version.   A guilty pleasure while dieting

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