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Happy Thanksgiving! November 24, 2011

Posted by Samuel Snoek-Brown in Food, Holidays, Smiley.
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Pumpkin pie. And yes, I made it myself.

Happy Thanksgiving, Americans!

I hope everyone has had a chance to be with family and/or friends, to eat too much, and to fall asleep on the couch. And above all, I hope everyone is happy.

Of course, not everyone can be with family, not everyone has enough to eat, and not everyone has a home, much less a couch, which makes the falling asleep part hard. Thanksgiving is all about feeling grateful for our own good fortune, however much or little we might enjoy; but the way I see it, part of feeling grateful is also feeling obligated to extend our good fortune to others. So this Thanksgiving, if you can afford it, share your meal — even if it’s just your leftovers — with someone who needs a friend; send some food to someone who could use a little more to eat; support an organization that provides shelter for those who need a place to stay. (This year, we donated to an organization that provides meals for a senior center, which is good any time of year.) And if you’re on the receiving end of any of that, share a smile with your new friends.

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Happy Thanksgiving! November 25, 2010

Posted by Samuel Snoek-Brown in Food, Holidays, Smiley.
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Blueberry pie. And yes, I made it myself.

Happy Thanksgiving, Americans!

I hope everyone gets to be with family, eat too much, and fall asleep on the couch.  And above all, I hope everyone is happy.

Of course, not everyone can be with family, not everyone has enough to eat, and not everyone has a home, much less a couch, which makes the falling asleep part hard.  Thanksgiving is all about feeling grateful for our own good fortune, however much or little we might enjoy; but the way I see it, part of feeling grateful is also feeling obligated to extend our good fortune to others.  So this Thanksgiving, if you can afford it, share your meal with someone who needs a friend; send some food to someone who could use a little more to eat; support an organization that provides shelter for those who need a place to stay.  And if you’re on the receiving end of any of that, share a smile with your new friends.

Jello mold November 22, 2010

Posted by Samuel Snoek-Brown in Food, Holidays, Kitchen & Bath.
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Thanksgiving is almost here, which means everyone in the States is busy stocking up on canned cranberry sauce, digging out the pie plates, and dusting off the jello molds.

I adore my jello mold, but sadly, I haven’t used it yet.  I got this jello mold after I became a vegetarian, and since jello contains gelatin (a byproduct of animal slaughter), I can’t eat jello anymore.  I could, of course, track down some vegetarian gelatin alternatives, but those were hard to find in Texas and Wisconsin, the last two states I lived in.  I have a much easier time finding vegetarian ingredients, including non-gelatin substitutes, over here in the UAE, where we have a large expat population from countries with a long history of vegetarian diets (I have Dr. Oetker Vege-Gel in my cupboard right now), but the jello mold itself is back in the States, in storage.

Whenever I return to the States and unpack all my smiley gear, I’m going to have to think of other ways to use this.  Maybe as a chocolate mold–but that’s a lot of chocolate.  On the other hand, that’s a lot of chocolate!  I might have just found my solution.

When I make my chocolate smiley, expect to see a post about it.  =D