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How to have a phenomenally brilliant Thanksgiving Dinner all by yourself while in NYU Grad School thanks to the "mail-able" food your mommy sent you in a very large love filled package! This will teach one how to have a memorable Thanksgiving dinner in a very small Harry Potter like closet of an apartment in the East Village. This is not sad! This is fabulous! And it just adds (and pales in comparison) to the many crazy bizarre moments in my life. it can now be a part of Jen Raines' amazing history....and it's a beautiful story to tell my future children who will undoubtedly be aware of how insane their mother is......

First step, Enjoy the adorable card with my favorite animal on the cover that was sent to me by my sweet sweet mother.......
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Clearly, also read the inside of the card. Cry a little. Or a lot, and immediately call Mother to thank her. Especially for memorizing part of your favorite long listed order from Starbucks.

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To begin, unpack the joy!

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Ooooo pretty decorative stickers, most assuredly meant to decorate the table.

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Give the stickers love and think of how rockin your mother is that she knows the bliss of stickers will never leave this 7 year old in a 25 year old body.

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Obviously, one must become slightly intoxicated on Thanksgiving like they would with their family. Or not so much because of the tiny little cute bottles. How brilliant are they?!

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Unpack the fresh from the bogs cranberries. Pretend it is a gourmet relish.

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What?!! Its homemade stuffing!

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These took hours to prepare. I am surprised they made it 1,000 miles in a box still fresh.

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Pumpkin in a can for pies!!!

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The only way to send milk and eggs for the pie. Incredible. Didn't even know they did that to eggs.

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A necessity. matching plates.

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Mouth watering mostly.

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Continue to unpack and find yams!!!!!

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Don't forget to shuck the fresh corn.

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The Irish would love this invention. INSTANT!

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More hour'dourves!

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A 12 pound turkey that will take 13 hours to cook.

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JeanetteJ3 years ago
This is adorable! As a mother with a daughter in college (LSU-Geaux Tigers!), I can appreciate that your mom must miss having her 'baby girl' home at holiday time! She obviously loves you very much to send such a THOROUGH Thanksgiving care package! What a wonderful tribute to her for you to have taken the time to share it with everyone here! I rarely post my thoughts on the web, but your 'Instructable' truly touched my heart! Good luck in grad school; you are obviously a remarkable and very creative young lady! (Good job! Mom) Thanks for making me smile and happy holidays!   Jeanette J.
Kubuntu3 years ago
Your mother is wonderful.

That is all.
lebowski6 years ago
Someone should sell this as a kit :) Maybe it's your next dorm room business!
My college actually did sell a 'student care' kit. There were three, for different times of the year, as I recall. All I remember is the first one included toiletries and chocolate, because seriously, who remembers basic move-in needs when moving in to res?
kathynv6 years ago
Thank you for sharing your Thanksgiving with me. I'm the Mommy these days, and it was wonderful to see how you used the incredible care package that your Mommy sent you. (your Mommy just gave me a few ideas for the next package that I send, so please thank her for me) Your photoessay helped me remember that Thanksgiving isn't about who is around the table, but who is in your heart that counts. I do have one question, though: did you really eat both pies yourself?
Bindweeds6 years ago
Best. Thanksgiving. Instructable. EVER. I laughed, I cried, but mostly because I was laughing so hard. What a great care package! And a great way to convey just how much it meant to you with this photo journal! Thanks for that!
Kiteman6 years ago
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c-c-c-combo breaker
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(It's like catching up on six month's worth of a web-comic!)
Kiteman Kiteman6 years ago
Good, though.
It's a new world record!
kelseymh6 years ago
And people criticized me for a 28-step I'ble! I must say, however, that this project rather contradicts your assertion in Step 171 :-)
AidanG6 years ago
Awesome. Just. Plain. Awesome. or maybe these 3 famous words: Fab. Yoo. Lus. Thanks for sharing your wonderful Thanksgiving!
fwjs286 years ago
STICKERSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!very long...but in a good way.....pretty cool
randofo6 years ago
I'm confused by Step 89.
One of the most impressively lengthy (and emotion-invoking) instructables I've read in a long, long time. I hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving, and wish you and your parents a nice "holiday season". By the way, what are you getting your degree in?
zachninme6 years ago
Awesome instructable, if not a bit long winded ;-) That's awesome that (it seems) you were sent everything to make a mini meal for yourself! It looks like it turned out decent.