I don’t blame ‘em. I won’t be spending my time at this website, either.
If you’re thinking, “Those silly Yanks, refusin’ to work so they can devour their cuppa cranberry sauce!”, well, that’s a rather colorful thought you’ve just had. Also, you sound kind of sitcom-British, which is great, because I have such a weakness for UK accents. But also also, you should know that the USA is not alone in celebrating a harvest-related festival according to the edjimikated folks at Mental Floss. While those other countries may not celebrate the holiday in the same way, or even during the same month, a similar-ish celebration does occur at these places, according to the M.F. giant brains. (Oh, don’t pretend. You knew “M.F.” stood for Mental Floss.) Those that don’t indulge in a cranberry-based side dish? Their loss, as far as I’m concerned.
If you need a great cranberry sauce recipe, follow these instructions from Toni from Allrecipes.com. It only requires a few ingredients, the end result is super tasty, and the whole thing only takes about fifteen minutes to prepare.
A harvest-related celebration is also a lovely time to reflect on life and life’s blessings – and, upon reflection, I realized I hadn’t made a Kiva donation for a while. In the spirit of the holiday, I decided to find a cranberry farmer who needed a loan. I did not succeed in this quest. After a little too much time in this fruitless hunt (pun intended), I decided that maybe I ought to look for a turkey farmer, instead. This, for the Piranha Brothers, was the turning point.
Sorry. Watching a little too much Monty Python of late.
The turkey farmer I found was the nice young woman in the blog photo. Anahit and her family raise different kinds of livestock, including poultry, in Armenia. Plus, she and her husband have a two-year old, and I love babies, so it was an easy decision to join two dozen other lenders and sent a few dollars for farm supplies.
See you next week.