One week to Thanksgiving folks. For those of you hosting Thanksgiving, as I am, this is the final stretch. There is the shopping to do (our turkey is a local one that is already ordered and will be picked up on Wednesday) and cleaning and organizing. The funny thing is that quite honestly, besides the five of us, I really don’t know how many people will be here. We thought that my inlaws were coming, but they are not. It appears that we will be joined by my sister and her family which will make us ten in number for the holiday.  A nice manageable number.

For those of you in Vermont who feel you are ahead of the curve and planning to include locally grown items on your Thanksgiving table, here’s a fun contest. is sponsoring a Localvore Thanksgiving Menu contest. All that is necessary is to submit your Thanksgiving menu indicating which items are local, either from your own garden, your local farm or CSA or farmer’s market. They are offering prizes consisting of Lake Champlain Chocolates and locally made beeswax candles. Candles and chocolate, come on – what better reason to enter? For complete information and entry go to