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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Return to normalcy

"Normal" is all relative.  I feel like my life is easing back into normalcy, but really, who can say that my life is normal?  Heck, who can say that I'm normal?! :)  Tom's home, our family of 4 is back together, I eat dinner at night with my best friend, I wake up next to him each morning.  I guess that's our "normal".   Thank you all so much for your emails, calls, facebook messages and blog comments about Tom and the Run Across America.  It'll take months for him to process the enormity of everything that he and those other 9 guys experienced in the last 18 days.  I'm thinking of having him do a guest post on here (if you'd be interested) and if you have any questions for him to answer, let me know.  Then, I promise I'll stop talking about it.

Coming home was such a joy because one of my favorite holidays is right around the corner.  I absolutely love Thanksgiving.  I don't know why.  There's something about going for a run that morning and then totally gorging yourself with food so that you feel like total crap the rest of the day that we just love. :)  I'm a little sad that I won't be hosting dinner at our house... I love to cook a bird (again, define "normal").  But we're heading to my sisters and I'm excited to be with the family.  We're running the Columbus Turkey Trot which is 5 miles and hopefully will score me a pie!  I might even have a crazy hair and run the course twice (10 miles means double the food right?)

Since I'm not cooking a meal at home which means that I don't get any left overs, I decided to pick up a small 21 pound bird to cook this weekend for Tom and I.  If you saw my post on Facebook yesterday, you'll know why I got such a big bird.  According to the guy at the restaurant that we ate at, I eat a lot and set records.  We don't do things small in the Kingery house!  So this weekend I am going to make our version of Thanksgiving so that we can have the leftovers and make all the fun stuff that comes with extra turkey.

And I will leave you all with a recipe that I just found in our local coupon section of the weekly Sunday paper.  I will not be making this for our meal this weekend or to bring to my sister's on Thanksgiving.  I'm sure you'll understand why.

White Castle Holiday Stuffing
10 White Castle Hamburgers, no pickles (sorry EMZ)
1.5 cups celery, diced
1.25 tsp. ground thyme
1.5 tsp. ground sage
.75 tsp. ground black pepper
.25 cups chicken broth

In a large mixing bowl, tear the burgers into pieces and add celery and seasonings.  Toss and add chicken broth.  Toss well.  Stuff cavity of turkey just before roasting.  Makes about 9 cups (enough for a 10-12 pound turkey). Note: allow 1 hamburger for each pound of turkey, which will be the equivalent to .75 cups of stuffing per pound.

Yep, awesome.  They need to add one more line that says "if you didn't already feel like shit from eating the Thanksgiving meal, then we're going to absolutely ensure that you will after eating this stuffing".

I love America...


adena said...

OMG that stuffing sounds awesome in a totally gross way. I'd definitely try it at least and maybe top it with some pickles.

Good on you for not leaving that idiot a tip and then buying the huge turkey. My Thanksgiving is over but I'll be buying a large turkey breast to cook in honour of our neighbours next weekend.

I'd LOVE to read a guest post by Tom!!!

Karen said...

Dear Lord, that stuffing is disturbing and hilarious all at the same time. LOL!

Matty O said...

Not going to lie... that stuffing sounds freaking amazing :)

Christi said...

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Great to hear things are back to normal

Stuffing is my favorite part of turkey day and that recipe almost ruined it for me, wow, that sounds gross

Kim said...

um is it weird i want to try that stuffing? go win that pie sister!

Allison said...

I would love a guest post from Tom and actually wish you'd talked about the run a big more. I want to hear about your time meeting him at the end!

And that stuffing? Gross. I'll actually eat a White Castle every once in awhile, but...too much for Thanksgiving.

Anonymous said...

My brother LOVES white castle-I sent him the recipe!

Melissa C said...

I really hope my dad didn't see that recipe in the newspaper. We might be in trouble!

Yes, Tom totally needs to do a guest post on Run Across America.

I felt like gargbage during today's run. I will have to see how Saturday's goes before making the final decision on Thursday.

misszippy said...

Tom needs to do a post! What an amazing thing they all did..I'd be talking about it nonstop also.

Heck yeah on that 21-lb. bird!

Matthew Smith said...

First, I REALLY want Tom to guest post on your blog. It would be terrific to hear about his journey across the country.

Second, I read your Facebook yesterday and was pissed for ya. That guys was an idiot! So eat up and don't be shy about it!

Enjoy your Thanksgiving festivities and the Turkey Trot. That should earn you A LOT of food! :)

Jason said...

I think I just pooped myself from reading the words White Castle. As a kid living in the Bronx we had one not far from our apartment. We went there ALL the time and we called them Belly Bombers but as I grew up and learned about food that stuff was out. I can barely read the name now without getting nearly sick.

Now, YES TO TOM POSTING. Did he pee on the run or did he pull over? How do you poop? Do you stop the van and get in and go and then get out and keep running? How about them all sitting in that van and farting? Do you take credit or place blame?

Man alive I have so many questions and yes they are all going to revolve around bodily functions so maybe I'll just stop now. Unless you want me to ask more......

So happy that you have him back and you are back to normal. That is awesome!

Shannon (IronTexasMommy) said...
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Shannon (IronTexasMommy) said...

Absolutely have Tom do a guest post! That would be fantastic. Not sure I need the answers to that (crazy) guy above me wanted to know, but the experience overall.. weather, etc.

Meat in stuffing? Mmm.. I vote no. That is so gross. I love Thanksgiving, too. Mostly for the stuffing. I usually try to be the one setting the table, just so that I can place the stuffing by my plate, so that I get first dibs. Oh! And I also use lemon juice on it. I know that sounds weird, but it's fantastic! Try it! :)

Caratunk Girl said...

GAG that stuffing sounds AWFUL!!!!

I love Thanksgiving, except the dealing with crazy relatives part. The eating part I totally love.

Alisa said...

OMG gross! It's funny in Portland's local coupon section it would probably be some total organic, vegan, hippie stuffing =).

Glad Tom is back and things are back to "normal." Being apart from the one you love is tough.

Ironman By Thirty said...

Woohoo on Tom being back! And he definitely needs to do a blog post. Or better yet, we need to arrange some sort of huge blogger get together and he can do a presentation or something :) haha

We haven't had Thanksgiving at our house yet. Kind of a bummer. I'm actually looking forward to being able to have a holiday at our house and not have to travel anywhere. I'd rather do the work here. Does this make me not "normal" too?

Geez! 21lb bird? You really do need to stop eating so much! haha! kidding!

Have a great pre-Thanksgiving and real Thanksgiving! Hope you win a pie!

Pschall said...

YAY for Tom being back!!! I’d love to read a guest post on his run!

That recipe is absolutely hilarious...and totally something my brothers would cook up just for the fun of it. haha

TriMOEngr said...

Definitely yes on the Tom post - hopefully with lots of pics! I've enjoyed the TT1 pics on FB (although still haven't gotten mine from Karen - no worries, not like she isn't trying to get back to her own normal). I haven't slept in the same bed with my husband since mid-October, but night shifts are over now and hunting season is almost over and maybe then we'll get back to our "normal".

For the last few years, we've gone to my husband's extended family's Thanksgiving. They started renting a church hall to have it as the cousins had children and we outgrew all of the houses (serve 40-50 out of the school/church kitchen while kids play in the gym - very sweet!) But I do miss the leftovers. Makes me think of the Christmas Story movie where he laments the dogs eating the turkey that there won't be any turkey sandwiches, turkey soup, turkey casserole, etc. LOL

Lots of things to be thankful for. Hope you have a fantastic Thanksgiving.

Anne-Marie said...

Yay for Tom being home!!

I love Thanksgiving too. But I couldn't imagine eating White Castle stuffing. I only tried White Castle once and I don't think I could even finish one mini-burger!

Steve said...

Have a good Thanksgiving. Sounds perfect. A run and a lot of food. :)

Carolina John said...

Anything that starts with 10 white castle hamburgers could only be so bad in the end. I would totally add the pickles though. Have to get the veg in there from somewhere!

Have a great holiday, I love thanksgiving too. Typically I'll run 7-10 miles in the morning just to really feel hungry for the big bird. And we are actually hosting thanskgiving here this year, so I might not be able to get my run in.

Mark said...

Hey homeskillet, glad to hear things are back to "normal." I have no idea what normal is anymore. I think wifey and I lost all sight of "normalcy" after we welcomed in our fifth—and one half of us (me)—would say, "final" kid. Unbelievably, the woman is crazy, and insists we should have yet another. What is that about?!

Anyway... what are your plans for next season?!

DRog said...

for sure guest post

aka Chateau de Blanc

love the recipe
love WC
box of nails
cup of wash

you can still order like that at one of the WC near our house....sad that I know that

Caroline said...

yes on the Tom post!! I say more like 5 posts!!!!

I would want to tell EVERYTHING!!!
well almost!! ha ha!!!!

normal is nice I agree
I want our family normal back...!

Cotter Crunch said...

yes, i would love a guest post from him! i am so intrigued! and I hope you are cuddling up to him now.