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That Thanksgiving Thing

Once again, it's time to arrange my favorite way to spend Thanksgiving: By hosting a bunch of our close and new friends for Way Too Much Food.

Traditional activities: I smoke a turkey and go on a last minute mad scramble for some esoteric food ingredient I thought would be easy to find, Thjora does some amazing pies, Adam brings wild caught pacific salmon (at least I hope this is a tradition now!), Helga oversees the purple mashed potatoes, and we completely avoid football. New in the mix this year: four player Wii marathons! Bring your controllers.

If you've ever been before, or been invited before, you're invited again. If you're someone we talk to but haven't invited before, you're invited.

Thjora doesn't like me calling this the "Little Lost Lambs" Thanksgiving, and it really has mutated from that into something else. But if you read this blog and are in the approximate area and have nowhere else to go for Thanksgiving, well, drop me a line. Odds are, you're welcome. Kids are welcome, just keep in mind that our house is slightly non-kid safe. Dinner could be record breaking if all invitees come.

This year, we will certainly be showing off our new garage, probably the newly-paneled rec room, and maybe my new helmet!. Unlike last year, we have no plan to tear out the kitchen on Friday. We still plan to, just not soon.

Other merriment will take place over the weekend, possibly including the often-planned, never realized bonfire, fight practice and maybe a wine tasting. So even if you must have overcooked green beans at grandma's house, come on over the bridge to our place for the rest of the weekend!

Please RSVP to both me and Thjora. The spare rooms are sort of first come first serve, but my in-laws get dibs. They rarely stay over though.

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Pennsic Supper Club 2008

As Pennsic approaches, it's time for my annual attempt to organize a supper club in our camp.

For those who haven't camped with Vair & Ermine before, while we do not have a meal plan, several campers have, in the past, agreed to share dinner and clean up duties so that no one has to do their own cooking every night. Also, it is only slightly more work to cook for 10 people than it is to cook for two. (Really!)

The plan is simple:

  • You provide dinner one evening for all the members of the supper club, never more than 12 or so adults. You clean up your cooking.
  • The other members then provide dinner and clean up for you for the other evenings of the supper club.
  • We do not run supper club on the same evening as Atlantian court.
  • The exact start night is negotiable, based on when people arrive and we have a "quorum" of clubbers.
  • We try to coordinate what's being cooked which night so that we don't end up with spaghetti and meat balls 3 nights in a row.
  • I use the term "cook" here, but if you want to order pizza for the other clubbers, that's fine too.
  • We don't expect fancy medieval food, nor that you cook it over a pit fire.

That's it!
camp-entrance04

Our camp kitchen is pretty well equipped, so don't worry about having to bring lots of gear, unless you want to make something tricky.

Here are a few things we've discovered over time:
Unless we have LOTS of people arriving early at the war, it rarely makes sense to start the shared dinners prior to the middle of the war, around the 30th this year.
Approximate 7PM dinner time is a good choice, but negotiable. Knowing when you'll have dinner ready assures that everyone is there.
If you're arriving at war after the middle weekend and want to join in, then you may benefit from cooking at home, freezing it all and bringing it to war ready to thaw and reheat. I've done this many times.

Once I get a better idea of how many people are interested, we can sort out who else is cooking what when.

If you're interested, email me with your arrival day, your preferred "cooking" night and what you'd like to provide. Also, any food allergies or dietary restrictions.
I hope you'll join us at the table!

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Because some folks asked, the Cog

The Embattled Ring of the Bay Company, a much more pleasant name than "Central Region."

It could be better, but this works.

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Ice Castles on Saturday

This weekend is the 21st Ice Castles I've had a chance to attend. Over the years I've missed a few due to bad weather or scheduling snafus, but it has a special place in my heart as it was the third event I ever fought at--and Throckmorton, Cedric and I won the chivalry prize, awarded by judges that included Princess Cyffaith and (then) Countess Nyan-nyan.

A few years later, I had my first big polearm win at Ice: My team had killed two of their team and vice versa, leaving Sir Loric the noted poleman and me both left alive, whole and armed with polearms. We had a great fight with everyone watching, and I killed him after about 5 passes.

This year Philip and I are day tripping, and we need a third for our team. Anyone interested?

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Thanksgiving and (Maybe) Destruction

Once again, it's time to arrange my favorite way to spend Thanksgiving: By hosting a bunch of our close and new friends for Way Too Much Food.

Traditions are now starting to solidify in place: I smoke a turkey and go on a last minute mad scramble for some esoteric food ingredient I thought would be easy to find, Thjora does some amazing pies, Adam brings wild caught pacific salmon (at least I hope this is a tradition now!), Helga oversees the purple mashed potatoes, and we completely avoid football. New in the mix this year: four player Wii marathons!

If you've ever been before, or been invited before, you're invited again. If you're someone we talk to but haven't invited before, you're invited.

Thjora doesn't like me calling this the "Little Lost Lambs" Thanksgiving, and it really has mutated from that into something else. But if you read this blog and are in the approximate area and have nowhere else to go for Thanksgiving, well, drop me a line. If I don't want you there, I'm mean and scary enough to tell you. Odds are, you're welcome. Kids are welcome, just keep in mind that our house is slightly non-kid safe.

This year, we will certainly be showing off our new garage, as yet unfinished but done by Thanksgiving. And there's a chance we'll be using the holiday as a send-off for the old kitchen–one last big meal cooked in it, then on Friday, we tear it out and put in the new cabinetry! You are not required to be handy or useful in this process in order to attend Thanksgiving, but refurbishing a kitchen is a great way to work off those holiday pounds. Update: Kitchen destruction looks less likely, but be assured there will be plenty of similar fun available.

Other merriment will take place over the weekend, possibly including the often-planned, never realized bonfire, fight practice and maybe a wine tasting. So even if you must have overcooked green beans at grandma's house, come on over the bridge to our place for the rest of the weekend!

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Supper Club in Pennsic Camp

As Pennsic approaches, it's time for my annual attempt to organize a supper club in our camp.

For those who haven't camped with Vair & Ermine before, while we do not have a meal plan, several campers have, in the past, agreed to share dinner and clean up duties so that no one has to do their own cooking every night. Also, it is only slightly more work to cook for 10 people than it is to cook for two. (Really!)

The plan is simple:

  • You provide dinner one evening for all the members of the supper club, never more than 12 or so adults. You clean up your cooking.
  • The other members then provide dinner and clean up for you for the other evenings of the supper club.
  • We do not run supper club on the same evening as Atlantian court.
  • The exact start night is negotiable, based on when people arrive and we have a "quorum" of clubbers.
  • We try to coordinate what's being cooked which night so that we don't end up with spaghetti and meat balls 3 nights in a row.
  • I use the term "cook" here, but if you want to order pizza for the other clubbers, that's fine too.
  • We don't expect fancy medieval food, nor that you cook it over a pit fire.

That's it!
camp-entrance04

Our camp kitchen is pretty well equipped, so don't worry about having to bring lots of gear, unless you want to make something tricky.

Here are a few things we've discovered over time:
Unless we have LOTS of people arriving early at the war, it rarely makes sense to start the shared dinners prior to the middle of the war, around the 4th this year.
Approximate 7PM dinner time is a good choice, but negotiable. Knowing when you'll have dinner ready assures that everyone is there.
If you're arriving at war after the middle weekend and want to join in, then you may benefit from cooking at home, freezing it all and bringing it to war ready to thaw and reheat. I've done this many times.

Once I get a better idea of how many people are interested, we can sort out who else is cooking what when.

If you're interested, email me with your arrival day, your preferred "cooking" night and what you'd like to provide. Also, any food allergies or dietary restrictions.
I hope you'll join us at the table!

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Corby and Thjora 1989

Corby and Thjora 1989

Corby and Thjora 1989,
originally uploaded by an iconoclast.

Photo by "Mandin" (Robert Reed) taken in AS 24 at Novice Tourney in Storvik. This would have been my third Novice Tourney. It was very very hot.

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The Squires' Friend: Stainless Steel Foldit Folding Cart

I picked up this stainless steel Fold-It cart at Costco sometime around 1995, just after we bought our first house.  It has also been to every Pennsic since then. Susanna and I took it on the first Quest of the Dragon's Egg and Colin and I took it on the second. It has hauled uncountable bags of ice over 12 years. It comes out to the field for almost every battle, practice and tourney at the war. It won't win any A&S competitions and we hide it behind the arming tent so it doesn't detract from the appearance of camp, but it pulls easier than any period wooden cart and it folds small enough that I can jam it into the back of the truck after everything else is packed. That's a lifesaver, because sometimes I forget it until everything else is already loaded!  I have not been gentle with this cart, but repairs to it have been a matter of replacing blown rivets with heavier bolts.  The current model has black wheels, which I suppose is a little better appearance than the electric blue ones on ours.  Oh yeah, it is also quite handy around the yard at home.  Over the years several people have asked me where I got mine. I know Finn and Elizabeth have one, and I see more and more of them at the war every year. Costco doesn't carry them regularly, but you can buy them now on Amazon for about $200. That's right around what I paid for mine in 1995! Get one this year and you'll still have it to pack into your flying car for Pennsic 48 in 2019.

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Are you Being De-Adelphiated? Comcasticized?

If the Comcast take over of Adelphia is making you switch your email address, now is the time to upgrade to a delaflamme.org email account!

We're guaranteed not to be bought out by a soulless mega-corporation. Not in the next 5 years, anyway.

Any of you are welcome to an address or an email forwarder at delaflamme.org or differentcomputers.com with lots of buzzword compliance: IMAP, SpamAssassin, webmail, good quotas and a tech guy whose name you know.

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Thanksgiving Will be a Party!

Looks like this will be the bestest Thanksgiving ever! Or at least a record. Currently, our RSVP count is at nineteen people, plus us makes twenty-one:

  • Helga & Hasso Niemann
  • Mike & Cosette
  • Gianetta
  • Tom & Evja
  • Vic, Harv & Cy
  • Gotfrid (Jeff from Kansas)
  • Siobhan
  • Raven
  • Ansel & Catherine & Issac and Emily (two kids)
  • Kirk & Cyndi

That will be three tables of folks sitting down. So many people that I've had to ask Kirk & Cyndi to bring spare chairs. So far, however, we don't seem to be picking up many folks staying for the whole weekend. Lots of our guests have other things they have to get done: paperwork, prep for a trip, dogs to watch, or just plain busy schedules. Check out the planned menu:

  • three grain soup as a light lunch
  • goat cheese stuffed roasted figs
  • Shredded carrot salad
  • bulgar with sweet & sour red cabbage
  • maple glazed sweet potatoes and apples
  • Purple Potatoes (these are mashed) Still searching for Purple Potatoes. Please check your local specialty food stores.
  • Skillet cornbread with turkey bacon or date-nut cornbread
  • whole smoked turkey with apple walnut stuffing
  • a large turkey breast, cooking method to be determined
  • homemade pumpkin pie
  • homemade apple pie
  • homemade pecan pie
  • sweet potato tart with red wine caramel
  • Evja's Applesauce cake
  • Ansel's Cranberry Salad
  • Cosette's Peppermint rice krispie treats (don't ask, it's all about Cos on this one)
  • Aedan's Loaf of Apple/cranberry challah
  • Aedan's Broccoli in a soy/garlic oil "dressing"
  • Gianetta's Slab of Salmon
  • Raven's bringing soda and hard cider. He had to cancel.

I better start working out, or I won't fit in my armor by the end of the week.

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