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This weekend is Canadian Thanksgiving. It’s just like American Thanksgiving, but earlier… so we have more time between the Thanksgiving turkey and the Christmas turkey. That’s time to eat up the leftovers and be ready for another one.

norman_rockwell_mural_marion_county_oregon_scenic_images_marda0166So this last weekend I trotted down to our local grocery store and picked up our Thanksgiving turkey. Not being overly picky, I bought a utility turkey instead of a Grade A. Chatting with Facebook friends about this, I discovered that this seems to be a purely Canadian thing–the utility turkey. Basically, it’s just an imperfect bird–it might have torn skin, or be missing a wing. It otherwise tastes the same and is the same food quality, it just got nicked in the factory somewhere–stuck in a shoot, squeezed by a corner…

And they come on sale for $0.95/lb just before Thanksgiving. Another thing to give thanks for–cheap turkey!

I hadn’t realized that an imperfect turkey would be a strange concept for my American friends. I’ve never purchased a Grade A turkey, and funnily enough, I’ve never expected perfection from my turkeys. “Utility.” The bird is there for a reason–to eat! They are like the Charlie Brown Christmas tree that just needs a little love.

This year, it will be a quiet Thanksgiving with Mr. Johns and our little boy. There will be a utility turkey, there will be Netflix, there will be naps… The combination is perfection.

So a very happy Thanksgiving to all of you! I have so much to be thankful for, especially my readers. I wish for you the most important things: a roof over your head, food in the fridge, someone to love and hope for the future. Anything after that is just gravy! ❤

Photo by D Sharon Pruitt

Photo by D Sharon Pruitt