Saturday, November 29, 2014

The St. Andrew's Day - Thanksgiving Holiday Mash-Up

Tartan, St. Andrew, Saltire
 Amanda's Tartan from Scotweb Tartan Mill
Once again St. Andrew's Day and Thanksgiving fall within days of each other. If I hadn't spent two days cooking a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, I might be more keen to cook something from this St. Andrew's Day Menu. It all looks awfully yummy. But this year our St. Andrew's Day feast will consist of Turkey Dumpling Stew, a recipe from the Food Network engineered to use up leftover turkey. There will be shortbread, beloved by all in my household, for dessert.

We may also partake in some Scottish-themed activities. has an education page on St. Andrew here and an interactive which allows you to "Saltire Yourself" here. If you click on the Saltire Yourself link you will be taken to Facebook. Follow the prompts and you can have a saltire over your whole face, on your cheeks, or on your forehead. It's silly, but it's fun. If saltires aren't to your liking, you can try designing your own tartan at Scotweb Tartan Mill. I learned about this free activity from the American-Scottish Foundation. And once you've finished, the design program will let you know if you sett is good or not good. Mine (see above) was "not good" was the sett size is about 2.5 inches, half of what is best for weaving a tartan. Back to the drawing board.

Happy St. Andrew's Day!

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