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Gourd-geous

About this time every year, I am amazed at the pumpkins that folks create.

Not the pies — although I appreciate those, too — but the pumpkin carvings that I see on porches, stoops and online. They just get more extreme and extraordinary every Halloween.

In fact, I saw one today that touched my inner gourd.

girl pumpkin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girl! I hear that.

A mouthful

I am very compromise-oriented.

Just ask my family.

So I appreciate clever companies who create products with compromises built right in.

For example, I don’t do the big Turkey Day dinner; I haven’t for years.  I prefer to spend the day at the Macy’s Parade and the movie theater, munching on popcorn and candy.

And this year’s menu will include Thanksgiving Gumballs!

In turkey, pumpkin pie and cranberry flavors, these candies are a mini-Thanksgiving dinner, which should placate friends and family horrified that I’m skipping the biggest holiday-sanctioned food fest of the year.

Plus, they will help me keep the holiday in mind while I’m viewing The Muppet Movie and The Descendants.  ‘Cause nothing makes a person feel more thankful than…

Turkey balls.

Easy as pie

Celebrating a less traditional Turkey Day?

Me too!

But perhaps we should consider adding pumpkin pie back to the mix.

A new study reveals that pumpkin — one of Thanksgiving’s mainstays — has an exciting alternative use.

Chicago’s Smell and Taste Research Center found that men really like pumpkin, but not necessarily because of the taste.  Apparently the smell of pumpkin ‘turns them on’ more than any other scent.

The scientists measured arousal by the amount of penile blood flow.  (He he — I know, right?)  Vanilla and strawberry scored next highest in the study.

So…interesting stuff.

Of all the foods traditionally served at the ginormous Turkey Day dinner that I am purposefully avoiding this year, pumpkin pie is my favorite. I usually buy one at Thanksgiving and eat on it for the next week or so.  But this year?

I’m gonna save some to put behind my ears.

I want…less

The question of the week is:

“So…big dinner plans for Thursday?”

And my answer is:  No, actually.  I don’t.

I don’t do the big Thanksgiving dinner anymore.  And it’s not because I’m sad or lonely or have no friends or family.

It’s a conscious choice.

But, man — the way folks look at you when you say that!  Their eyes get sad, and they immediately try to include you in their family dinners.

It’s so sweet and very much appreciated, but unnecessary.   There are just other ways I’d rather give thanks besides eating a big meal.

You see, I don’t  like turkey…never have.  (I do like some of the sides, though.)   And that huge meal and the pressure to eat a lot all at once is a bit overwhelming.  So my tradition is to go to the Macy’s Parade and watch the balloons, and then eat popcorn at the movie theater.

Heck, I probably eat more calories!

And to show I’m not a total buzz kill for this all-American holiday, I’ve created a poll so we can all vote on our favorite Turkey Day foods (’cause even I’ve got one of those).

Gobble gooble!

Quiet crisis

Did your Thanksgiving feast yesterday include pumpkin pie?

If the answer is no, it may not have been the result of poor menu planning. Your host or hostess may have been the victim of…

The Great Pumpkin Crisis of 2009

The what, you say?

The Great Pumpkin Crisis…the quietest food crisis since the Great Waffle Shortage just a few weeks ago.

Apparently heavy rains in Morton, Illinois — the Pumpkin Capital of the United States — depleted its pumpkin crop, and since Morton supplies Libby with 85 percent of its pumpkin, pie shells around the country were empty yesterday.

Who knew?

Not too many people, as it turns out. Like waffles, pumpkin is not a food stuff that incites screams of panic and outrage when it goes missing. No doubt yesterday cooks replaced the pie filling with sweet potato or pecan on their Turkey Day menu.

If there had been a beer shortage — well, let’s just say the football games might have been canceled.

But pumpkin?

I’m guessing only Linus cried…alone, in the pumpkin patch.