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What’s for Dinner?

As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends, many are thinking of what they will prepare as a dish for dinner. I know one person that already knows what she will bring to our family’s celebration. We can always count on her to bring this dish and for that, #IamThankful! Want to know who will bring it and what it is??

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The Best Thanksgiving Dish

Thanks for taking a minute to listen. If you need more details on the recipe, let me know.


What if the turkey got burned…

What if the turkey got burned? …..or worse yet, it wasn’t cooked at meal time!

The turkey, 12 years ago, only cooked 4 hours instead of at least 8 for 20 lbs. I had to catch a Greyhound at 5:00 and it was 2:00. We microwaved the outer layers of the huge bird and the potatoes and vegetables completed our meal. Gravy was not made as the broth was not cooked to a well heated consistency. And stuffing encountered the same scenario. But you know what?

We had time to play with the kittens and laugh, play with the kids and plenty of hugs before my 2 hour Greyhound bus ride back home. I was so happy to see my daughter and share these moments with her that day. So thankful for my daughter.  Love You Deb Debs 🙂

Ellen Towne


Best Thanksgiving Turkey

What’s in your oven on Thanksgiving morning?

Everyone has their way of cooking their own turkey and my mom always did hers in the oven the morning of Thanksgiving really early. When I moved out and started cooking my Thanksgiving Turkey, I did the same thing and still kind of do. However, I’ve changed the seasonings a little, but I do still get up early and put the turkey on.  I have a counter top cooker that I use to cook my turkey and it’s the best thing ever because it frees up my stove and oven to cook all the other goodies.

Anyways, I take my turkey and rinse it off really good. Then I inject it with Tony Chachere’s Trukey injections and then I rub butter all over the outside and inside. Once I’m done with that I sprinkle turkey with the following: Powder garlic, salt, pepper, & lightly sprinkle with Tony Chachere’s.

I’m telling you what, when it’s done and you cut it open, the juice just runs out.  It’s so juicy and so YUMMY!! Give it a try I promise your family will love it!

Let me know if you need more directions with my recipe!

Happy November! #IamThankful


#SocialChallenge Day 25: Dinner with Billy Graham

Dinner with Billy Graham

billy_grahamI am aware of my spiritual gifts. Evangelism is not it. I grew up watching Billy Graham on TV. It used to amaze me how God would work through him. Billy Graham would always give a clear and consistent message. He was genuine. It’s a shame that he has retired. I would love the opportunity to hear him in person. It would be even better if I could sit down and have a meal with him. I would even be willing to cook.

Mr. Graham is a good old southern boy. I’m sure he would appreciate a nice home cooked meal. The meal would include fried chicken, ham, greens, mashed potatoes, corn, sweet potatoes, and cornbread (wouldn’t be complete without it). For dessert, pound cake with lemon icing. Doesn’t that sound just divine?

We would be able to discuss his work and what he hopes to come. We would discuss his past adventures and trips to foreign lands. I would most want to know the struggles he has faced. It can’t be easy trying to raise a family and be on the road all the time. It must have been even harder on the kids. Also, what did it take to maintain the marriage for so long? Everybody wants to know that secret.

After a great meal and long discussion, it would be nap time. Trust me, eating all of that would put anybody to sleep. Even though there are many more people I would like to meet, Mr. Graham is at the top of my list. Who is at the top of your list?

#SocialChallenge Day 25: If you could have dinner with anyone is history, who would it be and what would you eat?

Dinner with anyone in History

tarabuck_self-portrait-1910_renoirIf I had the opportunity to have dinner with someone in history, I would select Pierre Auguste Renoir.  I enjoy looking at art, but have never felt so connected to a painting as I felt to Renoir’s piece Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette. I think I fell in love with this painting the very first time I saw it. The light sparkling across the outdoor scene with men and women conversing and dancing. It is truly a beautiful space. They all look so into what they are doing, mingling with each other and enjoying life even with all those frilly clothes on. Oh, to have been alive in a time where there was no AC and to have to wear all that…. they are some troopers!


I would take Renoir to an outdoor cafe and chat with him while we enjoyed a small dessert as our meal. My dessert would have chocolate in the ingredients without a doubt. He on the other hand might opt for something a little less indulgent. We would enjoy the conversation about art, life, society, and whatever else I rambled on about. I would love to understand the times he lived in, so I am sure I would talk to him about his life as an artist during the impressionist era of art. As we finished our dessert, we might take a moment to have an after dinner drink to keep things relaxed.


#SocialChallenge Day 25: Dinner with History

Dinner with History

Susan B. Anthony:
The 19th century women’s movement’s most powerful organizer. Together with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony fought for women’s right to vote. She was also very involved in the fight against slavery and the temperance campaign to limit the use of alcohol. (http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/women/notable.htm)

tarabuck_susanbanthonyquoteWhat an amazing woman Susan was! She knew what to stand up for and she did.  I’m so thankful to God he placed a woman like this to help fight for our rights as women, but also to help fight to free people just as he intended when he sent his son to die on the cross to set up free of our sins. If I could sit down with her over dinner I would ask her to share her story with me and then I would sit there like a child soaking in every word she said.  I would seek her courage and bravery.  I would ask her what and how could I apply this in today’s world and what would she fight for now.  Battles are started every day but being able to pick and chose which battles to fight is already half of the battle!!


#SocialChallenge Day 5: 5 Things That Make Me Most Happy Right Now.

It really does not take much to make me happy. I am pretty easy to please. But take a look at where my happiness is rooted right now.

tarabuck_5_dayfive5_socialchallenge1. Silence in the house tonight, kids are with grandma. As much as I love those two kids, tonight it is complete silence and it is making me happy. I will be ready to be back tomorrow.

2. Dinner with my cousin tonight was so relaxing and laid back, had a blast, that made me happy.

3. A Friend offered to get me a really nice hand bag for my birthday, I thought it was a joke, nope. I will be picking up my very nice Kate Spade bag tomorrow. That makes me happy.

4. I am staying obedient to what God is telling me to do and I had some really clear revelations today. THAT MAKES ME HAPPY!

5. I look great today in this blue shirt with my hair and make up popping. That was a good look for my happiness.

So to sum it up, I am free of kids and chaos tonight, a full stomach, a fresh new handbag, obedient and listenting to God, all while looking and feeling great. I would say today was a good day. (In my Icecube Voice).


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