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The holidays can be rough for single gals out there. The weather is cool and crisp. There are holiday lights everywhere and the thought of grabbing some hot cocoa with a cute guy might fill your head. Be strong though. Not every guy that you may be entertaining should be your holiday boo. Don’t get caught up in the feeling of the season, potentially fooling yourself into believing that the new guy would be a good fit to cuddle with in the cold. After all, not only is it holiday season, but it’s cuffing season too, and you don’t want your heart to get involved with someone whose feelings could change once it gets warm out. Maybe it’ll even be your feelings that change. With that being said, Mommynoire presents 15 reasons not to recruit that new guy as your holiday bae.
Feeling Festive?: 15 Reasons Not To Rush Into Holiday Love
It’s the day of and you’re in search for the perfect pie to make, we’re here to help you with a dessert suggestion that the family will love! Nix that tired pumpkin pie recipe this year and kick it up a notch or two with this vamped up version, courtesy of Food Network.com.
FoodNetwork.com Pie Remix: Gingersnap Pumpkin Pie Recipe
Gingersnap Pumpkin Pie with Ginger Cream
Gingersnap cookies and ripe banana add just the right touch of sugar and spice to the conventional pumpkin pie recipe. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better…ginger whipped cream!
5 tablespoons butter, melted, plus more for greasing
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
16 gingersnap cookies
1 sleeve graham crackers (about 9 sheets)
2 cups pumpkin pie puree (about 1 1/2 cans)
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 large eggs
1 banana, mashed
1 egg white
One 5-ounce can evaporated milk
Ginger Whipped Cream:
3/4 cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons candied ginger, minced
1. For the crumb crust: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease the sides of a 9-inch springform pan with butter. Wrap the bottom of the pan in foil to prevent leaking. Combine the sugar, salt, 8 of the gingersnap cookies and the graham crackers in a food processor and pulse until crumbly. Drizzle in the butter and continue pulsing until the mixture is the consistency of wet sand. Pour the mixture into the pan and push into the base halfway up the sides using a glass with straight edges. Bake the crust for about 10 minutes and then let cool completely while you make the filling.
2. For the filling: Stir together the pumpkin, dark brown sugar, cinnamon, eggs, banana, egg white and milk in a large bowl. Pour the filling in the baked crumb crust and bake for about 50 minutes. Let cool completely while you make the ginger whipped cream.
3. For the ginger whipped cream: Whip the cream with the sugar until soft peaks form using a hand mixer. Fold in the ginger.
4. Run a thin knife around the edge of the pie to release it from the pan. Load the whipped cream into a piping bag with a large star tip. Pipe the rosettes around the perimeter of the pie and decorate with the 8 remaining gingersnap cookies.
Cook’s Note: Make sure you use a piping bag with a large star tip so the ginger bits in the whipped cream don’t clog the tip.
Recipe and photo courtesy of Food Network.com
Too much turkey? A surplus of stuffing? Go beyond the usual soups and sandwiches this year and take your Thanksgiving leftovers from blah to brilliant with these tantalizing recipes from around the web.
Thanksgiving Leftovers: 12 Tasty Ways To Reinvent Your Holiday Meal
If you’re a person like me who likes to celebrate the holidays with watching the TV specials then you know that it can be a fun thing. So, let’s go down the list of some of our favorite TV specials to celebrate turkey day.
So let’s get started with:
It’s Thanksgiving. One of the biggest travel, bar times, and catching up with family days of the year. It’s a time of bonding: preparing the food, the revelry around the table, watching football, and of course the television specials. For this Throwback Thursday we’re giving you some of the best classic Thanksgiving moments on television.
Throwback Thursday: 10 Thanksgiving Specials We All Loved
It’s turkey time! Cue the Thanksgiving crafts! These artsy activities are excellent for kids of all ages (yes, including you.) So, grab some glue, a few odds and ends, and get ready to get in touch with your creative side. Let’s be honest, this is also a great way to keep the kids busy when you’re cooking, cracking adult jokes and enjoying some adult beverages.
12 Thanksgiving Crafts To Keep The Kids Busy
As we all are well aware, Thanksgiving Day is a time when many American households, more specifically black households, will be sitting down to huge meals with family and giving thanks. They will likely thank their families, and God, for all their blessings. And perhaps, they’ll offer a few words of thanks to President Obama and the forgotten veterans of the past.
But when do we thank those brave souls who protested, marched, rallied, rioted and basically laid their bodies down on our behalf? Those heroes who broke the laws and defied social conventions, which sought to keep black folks as second-class citizens. Those courageous people who stood up to police dogs and bullets, firehoses and angry white mobs that spit, threatened, attacked and even killed them. The defenders among us, who risked reputation and actual life just so black folks (and colored people in general) who could go through their lifetime that much closer to equality, justice and freedom as our white counterparts.
We owe so much to these people, but the reality is that when many of us sit down at our dinner tables and go around the room in the grand tradition of Thanksgiving, expressing our gratitude and boasting about how blessed we are, very few of us will remember to say the names of those who came before us and allowed us to be where we are now. That includes the following:
Nat Turner, Gabriel Prosser and the thousands of enslaved blacks who answered the call to arms; Ellen and William Craft; Sojourner Truth; Harriet Tubman; Lucy Stanton; Denmark Vesey; Martin Delany; Richard Allen and Absalom Jones; Ella Baker; James Baldwin; Benjamin “Pap” Singleton; Frederick Douglass; W.E.B. Du Bois; Ida B. Wells; Martin Luther King, Jr.; Malcolm X; Fannie Lou Hamer; Daisy Bates; Stokely Carmichael; Fred Hampton; Angela Davis; Elaine Brown; H.Rap Brown; Assata Shakur; Huey P. Newton and all the other Black Panthers; Claudette Covin; Shirley Chisholm; Charles Evers; Medgar Evers; George Jackson; Rosa Parks; Bayard Rustin; Diane Nash; Booker T. Washington; Gloria Richardson; James L. Farmer, Jr.; Earnest “Chilly Willy” Thomas, Frederick Douglass Kirkpatrick and the rest of the Deacons For Defense, and so on and so forth…
Really, there are so many to list here. But I am humbled at the privilege to even speak their names – as we all should be.
We thank our veterans on Veterans Day, we thank our presidents on Presidents Day and we thank the Easter Bunny on Easter and Santa on Christmas and the Groundhog on Groundhog Day. But when do we stop to give real thanks to those mostly young black men and women, who sacrificed and laid down their bodies and their lives on our behalf?
We don’t. We don’t honor them. Not even during Kwanzaa and Black History Month, which some of us take great pride in distancing ourselves from. We think it makes us progressive, post-racial even. Hell, some of you are likely looking at the aforementioned names and wondering where the white people are – because that’s just not fair. Well, you know what else is not fair (and kind of twisted and very ungrateful)? The fact that we do not honor our legacy the way that we should.
EVERYTHING we have in this world is because of them. The reason why many of us have the jobs we do; why we can buy and rent property in the neighborhoods we are in; why we can attend the colleges and universities and even secondary schools we have gone to; walk into the front door of businesses where we now spend trillions every year; sit on any seat on the bus, airplane, train and boat; walk on the same pavements as white people without moving off and on to the curb; drink from a single water fountain; date and legally marry interracially and even at all, and so on and so forth…
There is a long documented black radical tradition in our community. Those people were not just content with selfishly surviving and getting along just to get along, but were hell-bent on challenging the system of white supremacy and making the collective black experience in this country better. The protests and riots, which spawned from the refusal to prosecute Darren Wilson for the murder of 18-year-old Michael Brown, follow in that tradition. The youth in Ferguson and elsewhere in this country, who stand up and fight back against police terrorism and overall racial biases in the legal system, carry on the traditions of those ancestors, who labored, fought, protested, marched, defended, rioted and defied laws and social conventions.
And as I watch my various social media timelines and ear-hustle on conversations from other brown-skinned people, who ponder pointless questions like, “why must they riot?” and “why don’t they just act right?” I am reminded that the majority of us within the silent majority during the abolitionist movements and civil rights movement and all the movements for liberation and freedom, had our noses up in the air too – even as we suffered. And most likely, the good work, sacrifices, motivations and new ideologies will not be fully understood or even recognized until many moons later.
I try to understand that. But most times, I really wish we could learn to be thankful right here and in the now.
Whether this is your first Thanksgiving dinner or one of many that you’ve already been able to pull off with your family, sometimes it’s good to incorporate new traditions and maybe try new recipes too. Turkey and cranberry sauce is a given but when was the last time you had a turkey Oreo cookie or some ‘turkey toes’ to give away as dessert or party favors? There are quite a few creative twists you can put on dinner with the family on the holiday. Here MommyNoire presents 15 of those ideas.
15 Fun Ideas For Thanksgiving Day
While most people are in a frenzy to finalize their menus, mastering family recipes and gathering all their pieces for the perfect place setting we’re more excited about figuring out what we’re going to wear. Holiday dressing can be tricky to navigate in any instance but when it’s a holiday that’s centered on eating, well, all bets are off. Finding the happy medium between put together and doing too much is as stressful as finding the right hostess gift (more on that later) and creating the perfect side dish. Factor in if we’re hosting the festivities we’re usually so busy prepping food and laying out the spread that we don’t spend any time on ourselves and therefore rush through the process of getting dressed simply because we didn’t plan ahead.
It’s complicated because you may want to wear a dress but what if no one else is wearing a dress? Do you risk it? We say what’s the worst that happens? You’re the best dressed person in the room? Now that’s not to say go overboard and rock cocktail attire at what will surely be a family affair but that’s not to say that you cant’s still find a fabulous sweater, shirt dress that looks great and allows you to move freely and enjoy the delicious spread. Ultimately, the bottom line is we want to look polish and put together but not fussy. We want to enjoy ourselves and get our eat on but not regret our pants choice. And what about if you’re meeting the family for the first time? You don’t want to that girl but you don’t want to be that girl either. So in true sister-girl style we’ve come up with some stellar outfit ideas for wherever you might find yourself this Thanksgiving. Entertaining at home? No problem. Heading to friends? We’ve got you covered. Take a look at the slide show and then head to your closet and see what you might have that fits the outline of these looks! Let us know if you try any!
Feast Fashion: What To Wear To Thanksgiving Dinner
Have you already begun having dreams about the Thanksgiving meals you’re going to eat? I know I have! While many of us will focus on turkey legs and ham hocks, there are those who enjoy indulging on meatless meals. How the heck can you have no meat on the Turkey Day table? It certainly is possible and even quite tasty with the right recipes. Here are some vegan and vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes for those who want to get their grub on without meat or other animal products.