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It's Christmas in August!

Seen today at my local Sam's Club....

How can I plan my Labor Day pool party with this staring me in the face?

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  1. You probably passed by the winter parka's, gloves and coats before seeing the trees. They also have snow shovels out as well.

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    1. re: treb

      That would halt me in my tracks, treb. We don't often see those things in Tampa. ;-)

      1. OMG please no, there should be laws about this, I can bear only so much of "the most wonderful time" UGH - when did they decorate for Halloween? February?

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        1. re: JTPhilly

          Hey JT,

          Scarecrows and such haven't gone up yet, but hey! They've got their costume rack set up already. That went up about 2 weeks ago, IIRC.

          Maybe they'll just skip Halloween this year. I know I'd like to.

          1. re: DuffyH

            To hell with Halloween, this crass overreach of commercialism is a direct affront to the holiest time of the year. The greatest holiday ever imagined. That glorious four day weekend in November when food geeks are rewarded at the alter of the overcrowded table. When one gets to eat and drink with pre-approved, government condoned, employer-subsidized, and NFL sponsored, reckless abandon before sleeping it off a bit to regroup and start over. Keep your giant bags of miniature candy - I wanna grab a rocks glass full of Applejack and start making pies.

            1. re: MGZ

              <I wanna grab a rocks glass full of Applejack and start making pies.>

              And I'm happy to eat them with you.

              Me, I'm ready for some football fun. I made a jalapeño popper pizza last week that I can't wait to serve to some of our friends. The person who first thought of that mash-up is my kind of cook.

              1. re: DuffyH

                I have no idea who first tried the combination, but if you told me he was in a dorm room playing Xbox, I'd believe you.

                  1. re: DebinIndiana

                    It's so good! The recipe I played with had an onion cream sauce made with the bacon fat. I used a similar (eyeballed everything) sauce for a BLT pizza for lunch today. It worked just as well.

                    We've been experimenting with some of the newer (to us) super thin flatbread crusts and we've been making a lot of different pizzas. I've discovered that non-traditional pizzas seem to work better (IMO) on flatbreads.

                    1. re: DuffyH

                      That sounds perfect for football. I usually make a buffalo chicken pizza and will certainly work on this one during pre season games :)

                1. re: MGZ

                  Well, I'm not only non-US-American,I'm Québécoise, so even the very low-key "Canadian Thanksgiving" is not a thing here for most people; it is simply a long weekend.

                  Right now, it is tomato canning season here!!!!

                  1. re: MGZ

                    The 'glorious four day weekend in November' in Minnesota is the opening weekend of deer hunting. Last year we even celebrated the new kitchen in our hunting cabin by cooking an early Thanksgiving dinner, including a pumpkin pie.

              2. Bah Humbug!!! I'm still hungover from last Christmas!

                1. I guess my brain's still a bit fried this morning. I was thinking this thread was going to be about roasting chestnuts for a barbecue, taking egg nog to the beach, cookies with fresh peach filling, mistletoe bikinis - you know, fun stuff. Instead, I opened to this odious outlook, this putrid panorama. I mean, who in their right mind would not be offended - $79.99 for that cheap-ass, crooked table?

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                  1. re: MGZ

                    Good morning MGZ,

                    I was so blinded by those benighted trees that I didn't even see the table until you pointed it out.... and it's my damn picture!

                    Duffy