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beats by dre cyber monday Soaking Cranberries, and Heading Into Thanksgiving Week.Turkey. Oh, we’ll be eating turkey all right — but I hosted last year. This year, that honor falls to my sister-in-law. She has hosted before (most notably, for me, the year when I had four children and she had two white couches, a white rug and no children at all). She adds two children to the mix now, and another cousin adds one, and we will be a full and happily chaotic house.

uggs black friday I fully expect to enjoy and be part of a wonderful meal, and I will relish every minute of not preparing the turkey myself. I will be making gravy. Gravy is my own personal Thanksgiving specialty, the thing I’ve made at every meal since I was a kid and graduated from my previous job, opening the can of Pillsbury crescent rolls.My two older children have their own specialties now. As I’ve written before, my oldest son loves the painstaking and finicky job of preparing the sugared cranberries for an appetizer. (That’s them having their preliminary soak in simple syrup in the image above, and you can find the recipe, which is from Martha Stewart, here.) My older daughter has moved on from her “veggie plate” to apple pie making. We’re also in charge of pumpkin pies and our family’s favorite dressing (which demands a bag of Pepperidge Farm Cornbread Stuffing), so there will be ample opportunity for the younger two to get involved.

I love having the children help cook. It gets them invested in the success of the meal and excited to help everyone enjoy themselves. It worked well when they were younger; now, they’re the big kids at the party, encouraging their young cousins to just “try one bite.”And that’s our big week. I don’t have to cook anything else next week, right? Isn’t that the rule? O.K., honestly, we didn’t eat the baked potatoes last night, so those are on the agenda, as is that leftover butternut squash soup that has been waiting for a while.

uggs black friday As for my slow cooker chicken and dumplings, which I said last week I would write out the recipe for, we ate it, and it was delicious, but no one in their right mind would make it on a weeknight unless they were crazy. I’m embarrassed to share it. It has so many ridiculous steps that involve things like “if the soup isn’t thick enough, make a roux and turn the broth part into gravy” and “partially cook the dumplings in the oven.” It’s family eating, but not really quick family cooking.

Salvation Army plea for toys to brighten up a child's Christmas.Salvation Army volunteers need your donations to make sure local children have something to unwrap on Christmas Day.Last year local families received more than 200 toy parcels and 150 food parcels through the Salvation Army's annual Christmas present appeal.Advertisement.Toys are distributed according to lists from three local children's centres, which have contact with families struggling at Christmas time.

canada goose cyber monday John Hauselman, a territorial envoy for the Salvation Army, said there is always an incredible need for toys at Christmas. He said: "From one children's centre, we have already had a request for 120 toys and that's only one of the centres we deal with."Bath is a city of two faces. We get feedback from our contact with the children's centres. Last year they actually sent over comments from some of the parents."Some say they are approaching Christmas and there's all the pressures of buying stuff, and what can they give the children? And they are relieved when a toy and food parcel arrives on the doorstep."We only accept new toys. If they open a toy on Christmas morning and it's obviously been used it's rather sad."

lululemon black friday sale Toys are needed for babies up to children aged eight. The Salvation Army also provides toys for older children, but these are bought using financial donations.Donations can be dropped off at the Sally Ann coffee shop, James Street West. This is open from 10am to 2pm every day apart from Saturday, when the shop closes around noon.Major Amanda Leigh, church leader at Green Park, said: "Christmas is a time for children."You see all the adverts on TV for the toys and children, even if they don't expect it, they are hoping for that."To be able to give a family a help at Christmas, when all around them people are celebrating, is a very small thing but it makes a huge difference."

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