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Antiquing: Day 1 (Canandaigua)

On the day after Thanksgiving, commonly known as “Black Friday,” Gavin, Mrs. Thomas and I skipped the crowds and instead hit up antique shops in the area.


The first one we went to was probably my favorite, just because of the booth structure (nothing was behind glass) and the things they had in the store.


Gavin found a couple cameras he likes along the way.


We left with some great finds:
– mint green lamp with silk lampshade
– yarn roller (photo required, I know)
– bright red shelf
– Polaroid camera
– wooden coca-cola bin
– faded American flag



After that, we went to a crêpe place down the street for lunch. While the crêpes were all arranged differently on the plates, Gavin’s mom definitely got the prettiest one.

Recharged and ready to go, the three of us continued on. Gavin’s mom and I went to a fabric store and candle store while Gavin explored the local salvation army. He found a coat jacket ($7) and a suitcase ($3) for us to use when transporting our treasures back home. Mrs. Thomas and I found a few things, too. We all met up for one more antique store before heading back to the house.


After several hours of walking around, it was great to sit down for dinner when we got back and be able to just relax. Which is exactly what we did.

How to Deep-Fry a Turkey

This was so epic, I felt it deserved it’s own post. In case you’re wondering how to deep-fry a turkey, here you go (keep in mind that I may have missed out on some of the prep work so this basically begins once the turkey has been unwrapped):

1. Make sure you have a container large enough to fit the bird.


2. Stand the turkey up so that any leftover juices fall out.


3. Get a pole ready to dunk it in (shown: broom handle) and make sure the rope is strong.


4. Acquire massive quantities of peanut oil.


5. Season the turkey.


6. Wait until the oil gets unbelievably hot before putting the turkey in.


7. Serve and enjoy.


Obviously, it’s a lot more work than that. These are just the highlights. From what I hear, it’s actually very challenging to get this right. But Gavin’s Dad pulled through and made us a magnificent turkey for Thanksgiving.