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  1. Chrissy Cross

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    For the first time in 13 years that I've lived here my daughter is not doing Thanksgiving. She doesn't have the time this year. She always goes above and beyond when she does any holiday cooking so she decided it wasn't happening this year. I'm glad cause I always helped.

    A university in Oregon is having an open house so my daughter and grandson are going the weekend before
    Thanksgiving and then she has to work til Wednesday.

    So she informed me she made reservations at the Monterey Plaza Hotel for their Thansksgiving Buffet and
    It looks pretty good. She's paying my share of course.

    Thanksgiving Buffet 2016 November 24th 12pm- 6pm Reservations Call: 831-646-1700 We have reservations for 3:00p.m.

    Starters

    Seafood on Ice
    Morro Bay Oysters on the Half Shell, Peel and Eat Shrimp, Wild Prawns Cocktail Sauce, RemouladeCastroville Artichoke ChowderChef’s Cured Meats and Charcuterie, Pates, Salumi, Prosciutto, Chorizo, Capicola 

    Vegetables Crudités, Assorted Dips, Olives



    Vine Ripe Tomatoes, Corn Relish, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Balsamic Syrup



    Baby Kale Salad, Endive and Toasted Walnut Salad, Blue Cheese and Apple Honey Dressing



    California Cheeses and Fall Fruits



    Trofie Pasta Salad, Artichoke Pesto, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumbers



    Hearts of Romaine with Caesar Dressing, Garlic Croutons, Parmesan Cheese



    Tabbouleh Salad, Kalamata Olives, Harissa



    Mixed Baby Green Salad with Green Goddess Dressing



    Assorted Bread Sticks, Corn Bread, Muffins, Sourdough Bread

    Hot Buffet

    Herb and Garlic Roasted Tom Turkey
    Cranberry Sauce, Giblet GravySlow Roasted Angus New York Strip Loin
    Braised Cipollini Onion and Red Wine Glaze, Creamy Horseradish Angry Shrimp Scampi with Ziti Pasta

    (made to order)



    Kalamata and Green Olive Pesto Baked Verlasso Salmon, Beurre Rouge



    Sausage Sage Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Candied Yams, Brussels Sprouts, Green Beans

    Dessert Table

    Chef Estelle’s Thanksgiving Display
    Assorted Holiday Cookies, Caramel Apple Bread Pudding, Bourbon Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, Assorted Holiday Cakes

    $64.00 Adults $28.00 Children, Ages 6-13 Subject to tax and gratuity.

    The 12 yr old will just make it because he turns 13 on December 1.
     
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    This is the Hotel. Ive eaten here a few times before an it's a great place. Have had Easter Brunch here a few times and a few lunches with my daughter also. Where the white umbrellas are is where we sat for lunches with my daughter.

    I'm sure the Thanksgiving Buffet will be inside...but you never know here weatherwise...we've had a few hot Thanksgiviings.

    Then Christmas in Illinois for me and New Year too.

    Unless something horrible is found in my bloodwork. :(

    I get anxious and that's why I've put it off....
     
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    Me too...I gotta find something to wear that's nice but will not hamper me stuffing myself. :)
     
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    That sounds yummy. When I first moved down here back in the 80s, I sometimes worked on Thanksgiving. The company I worked for arranged for those working to enjoy a nice buffet lunch/dinner at a local hotel. I think I posted elsewhere about hosting dinner for all of my co-workers. Some would work a double shift on the holidays, and would eat at the hotel for one meal, then come to my place for the other. I had a lot more energy back then. The first year I moved back down here, one of my good friends was working that day, and he and I picked up Thanksgiving dinner at Luby's and had a nice picnic with it.
     
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    That's nice that people work together so that everyone can have a nice Thanksgiving! My daughter has always taken the Tuesday and Wednesday off before but this year things worked out differently plus she's got a tiring weekend going to Oregon before so she decided on this and she'd spend almost as much anyway because she always does...true we won't have the leftovers but at least she gets a break...she works very hard.
     
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    I'm sure y'all could purchase some leftovers if you wanted to. I love the leftovers probably even more than the dinner. It's such a cozy feeling snuggled up that night watching holiday movies and snarfing down leftovers :p;):D. I worked at an energy corporation after that job I mentioned, and the cafeteria had the best cooks. Since Thanksgiving was a day off for most of the corporate workers, the cooks would prepare a Thanksgiving feast earlier in the week. I think some people probably bought extras of the side dishes and used them for their Turkey Day meal.

    I've always been big into traditions, everyone sitting around the table at a home cooked meal, but really, the most important thing is to all be together, and even better if your daughter will be able to relax and enjoy the day, instead of slaving in the kitchen and then being too exhausted to celebrate.
     
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    Looks purty fany there @Chrissy Page, if we go out for Tgiving, we usually go somewhere cheap like Country Buffet. One time we went to Charlie's Place in McClean Virginia, which was pretty high end. Also, we may have gone to the Hilton once for Tgiving. I cooked last year, but hmmm, decisions, decisions..Always something to decide it seems. Cook or no cook? travel or no travel?
     
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    Gee @Chrissy Page it looks like you will have a grand Thanksgiving this year. The menu of the buffet made me salivate. And the hotel looks 5-star. I'm sure you are excited at this early. We don't have Thanksgiving here but I understand that it's a big occasion there.
     
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    Yes I'm excited especially since I don't have to help cook this year.

    It's a buffet so I don't know about leftovers but I can take a big purse and line it with plastic , lol.

    We also love the leftovers @Diane Lane but thems the breaks...:)
     
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    Since it is usually just the two of us, and sometimes Robin, we don't do anything fancy. i love roast turkey, and all of the leftovers, and we usually get a small turkey and cook it, plus sweet potatoes and i have to have my cranberry sauce, of course. If Robin comes, we also make regular potatoes, since she doesn't eat sweet potatoes or any kind of squash.
    Going out to a buffet would be awesome, and I am sure that Golden Corral will have one for Thanksgiving; but those are usually expensive and over $10 per person, which is way too much for us to spend. Or maybe not, if we plan ahead and save up for it.
    Then we would have all of the treats and extras, and still have the turkey at home for snacking on afterwards.
     
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    This will probably cost close to $400 with tip and drink for the 5 0f us but my daughter can spend that much shopping for food, she goes all out...so the only difference will be no leftovers.

    Maybe more if they have wine or a cocktail...and SIL is a generous tipper so at least 25%.
     
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    Chrissy, your thanksgiving dinner costs more than my whole Social Security check is !
     
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    Yes, I believe it...mine isn't much more. They're lucky and I'm lucky to have them in my life. But it's more than luck because it took hard work and they still work hard.

    And usually most restaurant bills come close to this....this is not a big deal. I hate saying this because it makes it sound boastful but that's what they can afford. My SIL is frugal with money because he wants to retire early and have enough to live like they have been so he's a saver....and investor.

    Son and DIL are less well off but they could afford this too...they are 5 years behind my daughter, plus my DIL doesn't come from a rich family so she had college loans too. My son in law didn't...daddy paid for 8 yrs.

    My son in law and daughter own 2 dental practices and my son and DIL own 1.

    Anyway, didn't want this to be about money....I'm just happy that I won't have to be cooking too. :)

    I'd eat a TV dinner and be happy. :)
     
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    Wow, you are really blessed @Chrissy Page When I was little we had the most wonderful holidays. When my mom, grandmother, grandpa were alive. Now I have no one, well, there's some wonderful people here, and I'm sure we'll have our gatherings in the rec area:) It's just not the same with no family. I have relatives, don't misunderstand, but they are no one I want to be around.

    I'm happy for you CC:)
     
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    Thanks Denise! It's nice but nothing is perfect.....a companion would be nice but I just always tag along....

    It is what it is...
     
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    I'd be taggin along too:) Although, it's hard to get me to go even out to dinner. It would be different if I had a loving, close family;) If I meet someone someday, I'm hoping he'll have a close, loving family I can be part of:)
     
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    I hope it happens for you, Denise...I really do.

    Like I said....I really don't care what I eat.

    Well, I'm going to be eating the expensive items, so I'm not wasting my daughter's money. :)
     
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    My dilemma is bone-in or bone out. I bought two turkey breasts, one for Thanksgiving and one for Christmas. One has the bone in, and one doesn't. I'm going to start cooking the squash today or tomorrow, and a few other things. I always do it in stages and I'll freeze the sides if I have to. It's just easier to do it that way with this tiny kitchen and I'm the only dishwasher here ;). I'll probably make a batch of soup from the bones of the bone-in breast, so I might leave that one for Christmas, since it's supposed to warm up this week, and I might not feel like going to all of that trouble in the heat.

    @Chrissy Cross We know you're not bragging. It is nice to hear how the other half live sometimes, and it sounds as if they've worked hard for what they have. I'm glad you are able to enjoy spending time with them and don't have to worry about fixing your own meal that day. I have to have my leftovers though, so even if I went out for dinner, I'd either cook a meal anyway, or buy one to have for the few days after Thanksgiving.
     
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    Yes, my daughter likes her leftovers too but she's just too tired this year. She just drove home from visiting a University with my grandson in Oregon yesterday and it was a treacherous drive in some areas because of rain, almost snow. It was also a 8+ hr drive...something she's not used to.

    Plus she's working Tuesday and Wednesday this year.

    We always do Black Friday and it's been a tradition to pack a turkey sandwich to take with us so we didn't waste time stopping to eat....

    Sometimes she made 2 turkeys if we had guests for thanksgiving just to insure leftovers.

    As for bone in or bone out for you @Diane Lane ...I always prefer bone in just seems tastier.
     
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    Well, again, I talk about how nice it is to have money and this proves it. It also helps to have family that know/understand the situation a family member is in and really goes "all the way" to help out.

    We have a loving family, but just not the kind of family with money. And, sometimes people have to give up something to get something. We were planning on going down to the Miami area to see my wife's brother at Christmas, but with the cost of our boat repair, it isn't going to happen. My wife isn't too happy about it, but at least our boat won't leak water.......which, obviously, is a good thing. And, her brother just isn't the "family" type anymore, so he won't come north to see us and it doesn't really bother him that we aren't coming down.

    Thanksgiving and Christmas are great holidays for families to get together, but when the finances aren't there and/or family members live states apart, the old "family get-together" just doesn't happen anymore or as often. We love it when we lived in So Calif., but we are the ones that chose to move out of the state and away from family. And, we sure aren't moving back!
     
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    I'll be spending Christmas in Illinois with my son and DIL and 3 grandsons. I'll be there a month. My son paid for my airline ticket and has ever since my husband died. About twice a year, last year he paid for my trip to Maui with them.

    I raised thoughtful children.

    It was my son and daughter together who bought me my new car in 2012.
     
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    You raised thoughtful children, but also children that make very good salaries. I'm sure there are parents out there that wish their children could, or even would, financially help them.

    I'm just glad that our combined incomes (her job and our SS), we can afford what we have. Sometimes it's difficult, but we do it. However, no children to help us, if we ever needed it.
     
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    Yes but even if they didn't make the money they do....they would help me as much as their finances allowed. But since they had the brains, much of my focus was toward education and I always made sure they were doing their best and I guided them to make smart decisions. I was strict in that department but kind and loving in others. I was lucky I didn't have to work so I could devote so much time to my children and that's what I did.

    I'm also grateful that they married decent and kind people because my SIl could just say no...we're not helping your mom...they don't help his. Same with my DIL.
     
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    In red above: Does SIL or DIL husbands mom need financial help? Most of the time, depending on incomes, families can only financially help one family person and that's it.

    I was raised by really, and I do mean "really", strict step-parents. In fact, most of the neighboring farm kids knew this and didn't really like my step-parents. They were strict on my high school education........"strict" as far as attendance went. At graduation, I got the only award for 4 Years Perfect Attendance. Even though I should have continued, college turned out to be "not my thing" and I quit before my first year was done.

    OTH, my wife was raised with fairly liberal parents. For awhile, the family even had a live-in maid. My wife's mother had been an Accountant, so that's the career my wife chose. She has two AA's and a Bachelor's. She got the Bachelor's when she was 49 yrs. old. She told me, "I knew having a major college degree would give me a higher salary than not.

    One thing for sure, my wife's mom and dad (and step-dad) had money that my step-parents sure didn't have. She done a lot of summer vacation traveling with them. They also had a nice lake cottage and two power boats.
     
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