I love everything about turkeys!!! I love how beautiful their feathers can be. I love how anywhere in New England I can spot one crossing the road….who knows why? I love the gobble sound they make, (infact I have that for my text ringtone every thanksgiving) …but most of all I Love the way they taste!!!!
There’s....roast turkey, fried turkey, chicken fried turkey, tofu turkey burgers (without the tofu).
Each year we find a turkey farm to get our dinner from. We find the turkeys and gobble until they respond whenever possible, did I tell you my daughter can talk turkey? … I mean gobble? This year we went to Ekonk hill Turkey Farm in Moosup CT. Besides the turkey and the visit to CT,(first time to visit), we had to go because of the name, don’t you just love the name? Ekonk hill turkey farm has a lot to do in the fall, they have a corn maze, a farm store with lotsa specialty items including fresh ice cream so make sure you visit when you’re around Moosup!
There’s turkey shish-kabob, turkey salad sandwich, turkey salad, turkey gyros, BLT-turkey sandwich…
I Love that my daughters school bus was caught up in traffic because a family line of turkeys decided 2 days before Thanksgiving, they were going to cross the road….2 days before they must have been eating some bad mushrooms. They should have just drawn targets on their backs!
You can have bacon covered turkey, popcorn turkey, turkey meatloaf, turkey and cheese omelets…
We love talking over recipes and different ways to prepare the turkey, so every year it’s an experiment that we get to choose to take on. Do we use the roasting bags, or do we baste every 25 minutes? Should we deep fry and risk our garage roof setting on fire?(have I told you how clumsy we can get?) Gravey, which sides go with turkey?
This year we tried something a little different. Our daughter mentioned that we should put an outside layer of stuffing on the bird to keep it juicy, and you know something, it really worked. We still basted, and the outside stuffing turned out to be delicious too.
To our happy surprise, we made a 26.5 lb turkey that was juicy ALL THE WAY THROUGH…Yes that’s right, we made a 26.5 lb turkey for the 3 of us. We LOVE turkey, accept it, let’s move on to deserts. Chocolate and pumpkin pie.
Honey mustard turkey, turkey marsala, spicy Carribean glazed turkey, turkey avocado…
Happy Holiday eating!
We have a coat hanging in our closet, it doesn’t fit anyone, I see it when I open the closet just staring at me…No it doesn’t talk(I’m not that crazy)….but it’s presence speaks volumes. “I’m in pretty good shape…I am still very warm…I could help keep another kid really warm this winter…won’t you let me out and play.” It is in pretty good shape, my daughter barely wore it this past year. We also have some clothes that would be great donations if we just motivated ourselves to pack these things in bags and found a donation place. Lucky for me, there are at least three fun ways I can donate my clothes AND have a good time:
Patriot Place Winter Skate - Grand Opening Event Link:
Friday, November 13: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
For one night, for only one coat (or hat/glove set donation), you can get free admission. Join us for the Grand Opening on Winter Skate presented by Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare on Friday. Donations benefit the children of Cradles to Crayons.
Activities will include:
On Friday November 20th Patriot Place is hosting the annual giving tree lighting celebration.
If you enjoy shopping at Patriot place, caroling, candy canes, horse drawn sleighs, meeting Santa and Mrs. Claus and helping a child in need, then this event is for you.
Visitors to Patriot Place are invited to take an ornament from the tree and purchase the assigned gift to fulfill a child’s holiday wish. Patriot Place and Cradles To Crayons are teaming up to fulfill children holiday wishes.
Get out, spend some time with your family and friends and give a coat and/or present to a child in need…Everyone wins!!!
Photos on the field with Santa Event:
Ever dream of walking across the same field that the four time Super Bowl Champions, the New England Patriots play on? How about capturing your family holiday photo on that same field? On Friday, November 27 from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM you can get your photo taken with Santa on the Gillette Stadium field!*
How do you get on the field? You may choose one of the two options below for admission to the field:
- Donate a new or gently used coat or hat/glove set to Cradles to Crayons
- Donate $20 to Cradles to Crayons
*One admission grants field access for up to (4) people. Guests will drop off donations at NRG Plaza and enter the field through the Blue Gate (near the Gillette Stadium lighthouse). This event is weather permitting. Based on a first come first serve basis. Admittance not allowed after 4:00 PM.
Your photo will be available online for a FREE download following the event! Guests are welcome to bring their own camera to capture this special moment!
Other fun holiday donation links:
The North Pole Express (Sunday December 13th)
-Proceeds go to the Scituate CORSE Foundation (Community of Resources for Special Education) and SHORE(Scituate High Opportunities and Resources for Education)
- www. scituatenorthpoleexpress.com
Christmas donation events range from "Make a Wish" to "Operation Christmas Child"
Holiday toy donation events in CT:
- Donation events range from "Stock a Cruiser" to a Holiday 5K
- connecticut.mommypoppins.com/kids/holiday-toy-donation-events-in connecticut
It’s November, it’s cold, but there’s still fun on the Cape!!! Cape Cod otherwise known as the “Right arm of Massachusetts”, starts at Cape Cod Canal just over the Sagamore, Bourne, or railroad bridges.
Just recently, we drove out to Cape Cod with our family to explore what we could find. It was a beautiful drive since the leaves were still at their peak!!! We ended up on the Cape Cod National Sea shore, the part closest to Orleans beach. We ended up walking on the beach, watching seals bob their heads up and down in the 6 foot waves and a couple surfers rock the waves. It’s an all sand beach, there were no shells and very few rocks that would have made the walk hurt if we decided to go barefoot. ….which is a real find for me and my family.. Definitely a keeper to go back to. November and December Nat Seashore Happenings. The National Sea shore goes from parts of Orleans (the elbow) all the way up to P town (Provincetown..the curled hand). It’s a beautiful chance to relax, have fun and learn about that part of the sea shore….gorgeous scenery, lighthouses and sand dunes. Cape Cod National Seashore
Since it’s fall, most everything is closed after Columbus Day, but you can find a few Gems open if you know where to look. We stopped in Sandwich for lunch at the Sagamore Inn. The place was clean, warm and friendly. We were seated right away even though there were seven of us.
It was a wonderful meal, and we left happy and full. My tween daughter gave the Mac n cheese a thumbs up and she said the brownie sundae was awesome!!! My husband and I had the clam chowder and split the Fish & Chips and the local broiled sea scallops…we both agreed they were all delicious!!! Our sis and brother ordered the fried clams, they were piled mile high and neither could finish the delicious plates!!! The rents ordered the fish sandwich and fish and chips which got a big thumbs up also! Our waitress was wonderful, fun and attentive! Wouldn’t have been the great experience without her.
The history of the Sagamore Inn is just as delicious as the food!!! It seems for political reasons, in the 1930s, the owner was sent to the insane asylum… but not for long, Mister West was quickly released, erecting a sign reading: “Run by the only man adjudged sane on Cape Cod”. For a complete history, please go to: Sagamore Inn. Open until late December, they even sell Christmas trees starting the day after Thanksgiving.
Pilgrim Monument Annual Lighting, which celebrates the Pilgrims’ First Landing in the New World in Provincetown on November 11, 1620. The 2015 lighting ceremony will honor Provincetown’s Schoolchildren – Past & Present. Hundreds of people come to this iconic event each year to witness the Monument festooned with more than 3,100 “landing lights” which shine nightly through January 5. Starting on November 25th, Admission is free, and refreshments are provided by the Provincetown Business Guild with entertainment by John Thomas.
TRAINS: If you like to celebrate holidays and trains at the same time, these next two are for you: Catch a thanksgiving dinner or a ride to Christmas town all in the comforts of a scenic train ride through Cape Cod. Thanksgiving Dinner Train: Enjoy a five-course gourmet meal, beautiful scenery, climate-controlled dining cars and a leisurely trip along the Cape Cod Canal. Their menu ranges from a traditional turkey dinner to pistachio-encrusted salmon. Fun TIMES!!! Be sure to make your reservations today!!! This is an annual family event and tickets sell out quickly.
A Train to Christmastown: Hyannis, MA
From November 27th to December 26th you can catch a train to CHRISTMASTOWN!!!!! Now you too can be a part of the book, catch the “Train to Christmastown” …a little girl who looks forward to riding the Train to Christmas Town every year with her brother and Grandmother. This year is a little different though, as readers of the story already know. Accompanied by a bag full of surprises, woodland friends and jolly elves, Janice relives happy memories as she rides the train to Christmas Town once again. Expect warm, decorated cars. Meet Bumblebee the Polar Bear, Wabash the Squirrel, even Zephyr the depot cat and laugh along with Elves while they’re busy serving cookies and cocoa, and leading guests in singing Christmas carols. Upon arrival at Christmas Town, Santa climbs on board and walks through the cars greeting each child with holiday cheer and his signature “Ho, Ho, Ho”! Now this would have been perfect if I had found out about it a couple of years ago when my daughter was younger and not so bored with fun things like this. Maybe I’ll just go myself while my daughter is in school.
Haunted Happenings?...at the Orleans Inn
I know Halloween was just last week, but there are some places that don’t need a special time or dressings to scare. It is reported that the historic Orleans Waterfront Inn is haunted. Reports range from slamming doors, gusts of inexplicable cold air, and footsteps. It was even featured on the “Ghost Hunters” show on the Sci Fi channel. You can call to arrange a personal tour of the Orleans Inn. I have yet to visit, but I am really looking forward to it soon!
Cape Cod tours:
Starting November 18th you can get a bus tour of Cape Cod Bay from Scargo Tower. View Windmills, Lighthouses and Sea Captains Homes along the way to Provincetown. You can view areas of The Cape Cod National Seashore to include the great dunes of the Provincelands. Once in Provincetown you will have 1 hour on your own, there you will enjoy local attractions such as MacMillan Wharf, the Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum, Commercial Street shops, art galleries, Portuguese Bakery and much more. capecodscenictours
….always interesting and fun, Cape Cod is GREAT in the fall too!!!
Cape Cod Events
The Silverbrook Farm with holiday events
-Order a turkey, pick a tree, attend the 6th annual santa’s farm follies, hay ride with the Grinch, visit with Santa!
Farms to order a turkey:
Halloween is definitely my favorite time of the year. The fall leaf colors are out, the crisp smell in the air AND THE CANDY all really help me get into the holiday spirit!!! Fall is when New England really shines !!! The Patriots start getting into their groove, the fall leaves brighten up the sky and anything spooky or wicken come out to greet you in a fun way!...did I mention THE CANDY!!!
New England has the particular features of being the birth place of the Salem witch trials and the nations first murder trial of a woman. I’m talking about Lizzie Borden (took an ax, gave her mother 40 wacks, when she saw what she had done, gave her father 41). The mystery of the murder still haunts the house and the town to this day. The house in Fall River MA remains open for museum tours daily. https://lizzie-borden.com/
The Salem happenings include all day parties with face painting, Zombie George enterainment, parades, tours, rides and haunted houses. Just remember to get there early because Halloween is a very busy time for Salem.
Do the Patriots have a sweet tooth? Just take a look at this…
We also have decorated pumpkin patches, corn mazes, haunted houses, superstitions, pumpkin chuckin, haunted runs, zombies, ghost tours and museums. It’s not too late to catch some of the events, just check out the links below:
Salem events (http://www.salem.org/happening.shtml)
Pumpkin town (http://www.pumpkintown.com/directions-to-paul-and-sandys/)
Pumpkin chuckin (vtpumpkinchuckin.blogspot.com)
Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular (rwpzoo.org/jack-o-lantern-spectacular )
6 flags fright fest (https://www.sixflags.com/newengland)
Lizzie borden house (https://lizzie-borden.com/)
More New England Halloween events :
Apples apples everywhere and not a cider doughnut to spare….
This weekend we went on our annual apple picking event. We live in New England, so no matter where we went it was sure to be a beautifully scenic drive.
We took the long way, and it paid off. It’s been pretty dry here lately, so the colors of the fall aren’t the wonderful splendor they usually are, but we can still say that we found a lot of the trees beautiful!!! Some people say that the colors of the trees are more vibrant when it’s a bit cloudy out, I say completely opposite. I love the sunlight bouncing off of the red, orange and yellow. We lucked out with the sun and the colors yesterday.
Usually we go to the Topsfield fair in Massachusetts, but this weekend we chose the Dame farm in Rhode Island.
A-Maize-ing Corn Maze
They have pick your own apples, pumpkins, other fruits, and a corn maze. Now first I was all gangbusters about doing the maze. THEN.. I took one look at it and I started to get claustrophobic. …it was THICK with corn. Please don’t go by me with mazes, I am one silly person when it comes to claustrophobia. We walked by and we could hear the muffled sounds of the people in the maze walking through. No one sounded in panic, no child was crying, just my fear of closed in places kept me from entering. I thought, OMG, I’m going to be in that maze and just freak OUT. I guess worst case I could have eaten my way out if I needed to …did you know that I love corn? Have you guessed that we didn’t do the maze? Their maze is HUGE!!! It has 4 stops and each stop takes about an hour to get through. If you make it through all four stops, then you get a prize. We didn’t try, so I can’t tell you what your prize would be. If anyone has made it through, please email me and let me know what I’ve missed out on…..I’m hoping it’s something like a years supply of used toe nails or something….so I don’t feel like I’ve missed out on something big. My luck it would be a doughnut, or a pumpkin or something I would have really liked. Like THEY GIVE YOU CORN!!!!COOOOORRRRNNN!!!!
They also have horse wagon rides, and CORN! And pick your own pumpkins!!! Can you tell I love these fall events?
But be warned you must go early to catch the elusive cider doughnuts. We got there in the afternoon and there were no remnants to be found. We had to find the closest “HONEY DEW” store to satisfy that apple picking cider doughnut void that we have right about this time of the year.
HAPPY FALL!!! And HAPPY PICKING!!!!
For more information go to :
91B Brown Ave, Johnston, RI 02919
Just recently, we visited the Boston Science Museum for “The science behind Pixar” exhibit. Pixar shows the science, technology, engineering and math(STEM) concepts by the artist and computer scientists who help bring Pixar's award-winning films to the big screen….but don’t tell your kids, Just tell the kids it’s just a whole lota fun!!! My daughter and her friend, both tweens, are both really into ipad movie apps that create and display their love of selfies and talents for making movies so it was a perfect exhibit for them. It was all kinds of wonderful! There was something for everyone!!! My husband and I enjoyed just about everything unfortunately we didn’t have enough time to see everything.
There are 40 different hands on activities, some of which are listed below:
Final rating: 4 thumbs up, the girls loved the stop motion animation, My husband loved the rendering: showing the movie – the story building process, I loved the whole thing from learning about the process to hearing the Pixar expert interviews. We are planning to return soon!!!!
The show goes on in Boston until: Jan 10th 2016. After January 10, 2016, it will start a national tour to other museums around the United States. First traveling to the Franklin Institute, followed by the California Science Center, Science Museum of Minnesota, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, as well as other venues.
For more information go to
This past Friday my family and a friend visited the Gilliland Observatory at the Boston Science Museum. It was something I’ve been meaning to do for a very long time. The telescope is only available to the public on clear Friday nights from 8:30 to 10 pm. So in Boston, it’s a big hit or miss because out here the weather can change in an instant. I had never been to an observatory to use a professional telescope before, so I was really excited. The MOS astronomer that was working the telescope had so much information about the inner workings that it was really very hard for me to leave. With the telescope we were able to view Saturn and a moon, …felt like I could touch it.
TIP: Make sure you get to the observatory on time or maybe a little early or else you might have to wait in line for an hour like we did. But it was SOOOOOOO worth the wait! It receives 4 thumbs up!!!!
While we waited we were able to view Cambridge at night. The sun setting over Boston is beautiful! I just wish I had a phone that could capture the beauty.
TIP: We also had some fun with a phone app called “star tracker lite”. The app allows you to view each constellation and planet as you point to it in each direction….even if you point your phone at your toes.
TIP: On cloudy nights, you can tour the inside of the Observatory and participate in astronomy related activities.
For more information you can go to: http://mos.org/public-events/astronomy-after-hours
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FOOD food everywhere, and not a polish sausage around to spare…..
A few weeks ago, my husband and I visited the Polish triangle in Boston. It’s a very small part in Dorchester that has an area of restaurants and Food markets, polish delis, more importantly Polish donuts!!! I’ve never had them, but man they look good and I LOVE DOUGHNUTS!!! I guess the triangle has been here for years, but we’ve never heard or seen it for one reason or another…until we watched an episode of Chronicle talking about the Boston and its great Polish triangle. Craving my grandmother’s stuffed cabbage, and my mother’s potato pancakes, we planned a whole date night around it.
We went to a restaurant called Café Polonia. (at http://www.cafepolonia.com/) We had stuffed cabbage (gwoomki I doubt the spelling is right) , potato pancakes, polish sausage (white Kielbasa), we skipped the Pierogi (polish ravioli), ….maybe next time.
We started our dinner with potato pancakes. You can have them served with sour cream, apple sauce or Hungarian goulash. We chose sour cream which is what my family always uses as a side. They were DELICIOUS!!!! Tasted just like my mother’s. It was a good thing the main course came, otherwise we would have had to fight for the last one.
The stuffed cabbage came with our choice of homemade tomato sauce or mushroom sauce. I chose the tomato sauce since that has always been the way my grandmother made it for our family for over 50 years. They were GREAT!!! The large rolled up cabbage rolls would have been enough for most people for dinner. …that is if you weren’t Polish. …if you’re Polish, you eat everything that’s on the table, even if you’re full…and then when you’ve really had enough, you get up walk around for five minutes, maybe have a couple of drinks, then go back for another feast. Never underestimate the ability of a Pollock to eat and/or drink anyone under the table…even the smallest of us will out eat/drink the best contest eater.
I’ve been trying to eat at least one salad for dinner. I ordered a side salad that might as well have been my whole dinner, since it was HUMUNGOUS!!!...needless to say the salad was not finished before we left. I vowed I would eat more salad tomorrow.
The sausage was delicious also, can’t find white Polish sausage in most grocery stores in New England, so this was a real treat for me.
The next time I go, I think I want to try the beet soup. I couldn’t bring myself to when I was young, it looked too much like blood.
The day after our visit to Boston, we tried to make the potato pancakes out of mashed potatoes and grilled onions….not my mother’s recipe. Trying to make life easier at every step. One fatal mistake was that I didn’t put flour in the recipe. I’m gluten sensitive, so I’ve been experimenting with different ways to keep the wheat out of my food. I know you can cook with potato flour, so I didn’t think any flour was needed since I was using potato’s to start with. LOTSA BIG MISTAKES ALL AROUND!!! The pancakes stuck to my pan no matter what I did. ….I guess you could say my cooking is Polish in more ways than one….typical POLLOCK!!! So we decided to bake them…guess what..????....they tasted GREAT!!! I’m going to try it again and this time write down the recipe….ooops, I wonder if I’m ever going to get it back the way I made it the first time. Let me know if you want the recipe.
2 thumbs up for Café Polonia, Both Doug and I agreed that the potato pancakes were the best part of the meal.
For more information about the Polish triangle you can go to:
LovingPeacefulMama is a mother of a middle schooler. She loves to write about her daily experiences with her family. She also writes stories with her daughter, you can find them on facebook toothfairywisdom page