Fiesta Friday #96

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  1. I had two Thanksgiving dinners last night so I’m stuffed! But, we’re off to make GINGERBREAD HOUSES today! Yay! πŸ™‚ What are y’all buying at Black Friday this year! Love all the features as always. πŸ˜€

    • Angie says:

      My husband is looking for another flat TV. So we’ll have 3 TVs, I guess. Whatever makes him happy πŸ™‚ I haven’t made gingerbread houses in a long time. I saw pretty neat kits at AC Moore the other day. I should have bought one. Maybe I will!

  2. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving Angie! I have a food hangover I think. It looks like we need to shake some lazy bones from their beds today! Either that or they are out shopping?

    • Angie says:

      Can’t blame them really. I had a hard time waking up this morning. My husband, though, is bouncing off the walls. I’ve never known anyone who loves Black Friday more. He saw on the news some people scuffling and thought it was awesome! OMG!

  3. Happy Thanksgiving Angie, I would be the half dead one, not from downing 4500 calories but preparing the meal in which everyone downed the obligatory amount of calories. Hope you rest and relax today and let me scare something up for the party, turkey leftovers anyone…

    • Angie says:

      I’m even dead-er! I cooked and then I ate! Oh well, it was Thanksgiving. At least this year we didn’t have company. Not that I don’t love company. But it’s the first year in the last 11 years! So it was supposed to be relaxing but not when you’re the only one cooking! πŸ™‚

  4. I’m here! No shopping or Christmas decorating going on here,just Bob and I chilling out ? I hope you had a great day with your family yesterday, you chicken looks perfect! And thank you so much for including my breads post in your picks, I’m so surprised! Thank you xxx

  5. Happy Thanksgiving Angie. You can never have enough tv’s. Does he have on in the garage yet? I am working on a post for Monday. The wife is working half day and we are going to get our live Christmas Tree this afternoon. My Black Friday shopping might be stocking up on beer from the local food market. That is about as close as you will get me to the malls because I think I would break out in hives..

    We picked up a gingerbread kit from Costco and my youngest finished it Wednesday. Happy FF!

    • Angie says:

      Oh I’m not telling him about the garage idea!! OMG!! That garage can’t even fit our cars. He’s got all kinds of stuff he barely uses there! But I’m going to text him now to get beer! That’s smart to stock up now. Especially on those special brews that are limited. Thanks, Quinn!

  6. (My post this week has about 20 of my dip recipes all in one place – I had your comment in my mind when I put it together x)

  7. Suchitra says:

    I am so very much here! I am recharging my batteries! I don’t think I have slept so much in a long time!! It is truly amazing how we keep going and don’t even realize that you are so tired.Today we might go out for some shopping.

    • Angie says:

      Be careful when you go shopping today, Su! My husband would tell you to be especially mindful around the “blue-haired ladies” πŸ˜€ He’s so mean! But you know, these older women can be very ferocious shoppers. And I suppose one day I’ll be just like them! OMG!

  8. Ginger says:

    Thanks so much for the feature, ladies! No Thanksgiving here, no Black Friday, either. We’ll need to get some pine branches for Sunday’s first of Advent, as well as a few bits and bobs for the kids’ advent calendars… Am refusing to stress, though! Your turkey looks delicious, btw, I wouldn’t mind coming over to help you finishing it off!

    • Angie says:

      Aaw…that sounds so cute preparing the kids’ advent calendars. I used to do it when mine were younger. They loved getting little treats/gifts every day. Maybe they’re not too old…maybe I’ll resurrect the tradition. Now I’m excited, woohoo! Would have loved having you over for Thanksgiving, Steffi! Maybe next year πŸ™‚

  9. Present! Barely though. We had dinner early yesterday and then we all passed out on the sofa while watching Christmas movies on Hallmark. after our little nap, we did Black Friday shopping till midnight. and then I went home and fell asleep. now, I’m waiting for Costco to open. Not because of their Black Friday deals, but because every year on Black Friday, they give out a free cookbook and I’ve been collecting them. lol. Happy Thanksgiving weekend, Angie!

    • Angie says:

      Didn’t know about the free cookbook! But then there’s no Costco nearby, sob… We go to Sam’s Club instead. No free cookbook there πŸ™ Share with us, please, what kind of cookbook you’ll get and of course the recipes! Have a wonderful one, Andrea! XOXO

  10. Sherry says:

    Thanks for hosting the party! I’m still stuffed from yesterday’s huge dinner, but some of these dishes look fantastic. We’d love it if you joined us for Funtastic Friday.

  11. Hilda says:

    Have a lovely weekend to recover from all that hard work. I don’t find it any easier to cook for four, or even two, than a whole crowd. The advantage to the smaller number is you are more likely to have leftovers to last a little longer.

  12. Your turkey and fixin’s look lovely!

    Personally, even if I weren’t on crutches, I don’t do Black Friday. Once I fight my way through crowds (or get stomped on and elbowed by others) whatever “deal” was in there for is suddenly so less appealing!!!

    Black Friday is a lovely day to sit at home, blog a bit, and enjoy a few leftovers!

    • Angie says:

      I used to be much braver and would actually go with my husband to the stores. A couple of times a whole bunch of us lined up in the cold for hours waiting. It was fun then, but now I just can’t stomach it, so I stay home. Online shopping is so much easier! πŸ™‚ I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Any leftovers?

  13. Arl's World says:

    Hey Angie! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! All stuffed here! I don’t do Black Friday, never have. Nothing is on sale enough for this girl to get up way to early and stand in-line or fight the crowds …it would have to be pretty much free to get me out there. πŸ˜‰ I will probably …maybe …start putting up the Christmas decorations. I hope you enjoy the rest of your Thanksgiving weekend! Happy FF!!

    • Angie says:

      I don’t do it anymore, Arlene! I’m so much wiser now, lol! My husband? Not so much. Men! Do they ever grow up?! πŸ˜€ I might just drag my Christmas tree out of the basement later. That tree was a Black Friday purchase a few years ago, haha…

      • Arl's World says:

        LOL, no I don’t think they do ever grow up πŸ˜‰ Enjoy decorating your Black Friday tree hehe πŸ˜‰ Hey, if he wants to go out and fight the crowds and bring home the deals …then I say good for you …you can reap the rewards! πŸ™‚

  14. Jhuls says:

    Hi, Angie! I am here – no Thanksgiving or Christmas. But it’s weekend and that means cheat day. Anyways, it’s always cheat day for me! Well, maybe 3,000 calories for me! πŸ˜€

    That 18-pound turkey looks so very beautiful and I bet it tastes delicious, too. I hope you get to relax soon, Angie! And thanks for the party. Have a fab weekend. πŸ™‚ xx

    • Angie says:

      You know about those 4,500 calories? I’m actually skeptical if anyone can eat that much. But maybe 3,000 we can do, haha… Have a great weekend, Jhuls! At least I’m off today. I’m happy about that! XOXO

  15. petra08 says:

    It is a true calorie fest isn’t it? But lovely and am glad you survived. What a beautiful turkey you made, I love the leaves under the skin! Happy Fiesta Friday!

    • Angie says:

      Those are sage leaves, btw. And I took a page out of your book. I smeared bacon fat on and under the skin. That’s a great idea! It gives the turkey that smoky flavor. I normally use butter or olive oil but now I know bacon works, too. Probably even better! πŸ™‚

  16. Happy Thanks giving Angie, thanks for hosting this week.

  17. Margherita says:

    Thanks a lot for being featured! This is the confirmation that simple things often are the best ones! Happy Thanksgiving!

  18. The turkey looks very festive, Angie. Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Fiesta Friday and thanks for hosting this week! πŸ™‚

  19. Hope you had a good thanksgiving, Angie. We had my parents here so were indoctrinating them with all the food fun πŸ™‚ But with them here I forgot to stop by yesterday – finally made it now! Those features look delicious, must go back and look.

    • Angie says:

      How exciting! So nice to be with family during the holidays, isn’t it? This year is the first for us in 11 years without family or friends. It’s definitely a different feeling. But at least my kids are paying me more attention. No other more interesting people to hang out with, haha… Have a wonderful time! XOXO

  20. Beautiful turkey Angie – I will have to remember the sage leaves under the skin. So many of my herbs are still alive and are always perfect for decorating a turkey. Sounds like you had a nice family holiday with just the four of you. I had a great one with a sister and her family and I am still recovering if you know what I mean πŸ™‚

    • Angie says:

      Thanks, Judi! My herbs are still going, too. I hope they stick around until Christmas. My family and I had a great time; we were laughing a lot πŸ˜€ And I know exactly what you mean, only today I finally made it out of the house πŸ™‚

  21. tentimestea says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Angie! The turkey looks absolutely glorious. I’m sure all the leftovers will go to good use πŸ™‚ I feel like I’ve missed out on the action these past few days. Somehow I never really realized what a big thing Black Friday was, but apparently some classmates took advantage and went shopping between classes… quite some dedication!

    • Angie says:

      Thanks, Laurie! Black Friday CAN be fun! I actually used to love to go to the malls on Black Friday and wait in line to get in the stores with a bunch of people. It was pretty exciting! But somehow nowadays I prefer to avoid crowds. I must be getting old, NO!!!

  22. Vasun says:

    Thank you Loretta, Petra & Angie for featuring my recipe & for the lovely comments! Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving break.
    Cheers!

  23. Loretta says:

    I hope you had a great Thanksgiving Angie, by the looks of that turkey, it had to have been special! I love the sage leaves, it gives it such a dramatic look! I do that too, only mine aren’t with such precision, and wow, you’ve taken them all the way, i know how difficult it is to get between the skin and the flesh, good job! This year I decided to cook my turkey tented, like Suzanne does, and wow! what a difference, you couldn’t tell the difference between the dark meat and the light meat, it was all so moist and flavorful. I’m a tad late in submitting, but never too late eh? Have a good week, I’m on a diet this week:)

    • Angie says:

      Yes, I tent my turkey, too, for more even browning. The sage leaves took some effort but not too bad. And I wear the long surgical gloves, haha… Better late than never, they say, so I welcome you with open arms, Loretta! It’s always great seeing you and your wonderful recipes! XOXO

  24. I so wanted to come and bring something but it is kind of nice to see fewer posts – lol, that sounds strange, I know, but sometimes there are so many I get a kind of clicking ADHD! I want to go here, I want to go there and before you know it I have 20 screens up! Hope you and your fam had a wonderful holiday, Angie!

    • Angie says:

      I know exactly what you’re saying! Of course I want Fiesta Friday to grow, but as a host there are times when I appreciate a smaller crowd. Makes it easier to give each post the proper amount of attention. But of course we want everyone to participate, right? The more the merrier πŸ˜€

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