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Let Us Give Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!


Thanksgiving is probably my very favorite holiday of the year…I love that we have a day set aside to give thanks and be grateful. It’s the simplest of days really…gratitude, family, and friends getting together enjoying and celebrating our blessings in a very simple way around the dinner table.

It’s difficult to make Thanksgiving commercial and that’s why I love it so much. It also somehow signifies the end of fall for me and a time of change and moving inward.


I’m always fascinated to learn about family traditions…especially how they came to become tradition.

I remember when I was a little girl, we always went to my father’s mother’s for Thanksgiving. I don’t really know where my other grandparents were…I just know we went to Nonny’s for Thanksgiving dinner. We’d arrive in the afternoon and there on her coffee table were her sugared walnuts and fudge. She kept the divinity for Christmas. (I looked forward to those sugar walnuts every year!)

And those were the days when families sat around together and talked. There were very few distractions – except maybe a football game or two…but mostly…just our family hanging out.

Nonny and my aunt Sally were really good cooks, and dinner was always a feast, but my favorite things were the stuffing and the little, individual sweet potatoes wrapped around a marshmallow and rolled in cornflakes and cooked to perfection. I loved those things! Dessert was always pumpkin pie with whipped cream and to this day…I kick myself for not mastering my grandmother’s flair with pie crust. Who knew I’d be trying to learn now!

My family is small and now it’s even smaller because we live so far away. I was talking to my brother the other day and he said, “I wish we could all be together.” And I wish we could too. I miss my Kaitlyn and my family at holidays, but this year…it will just be the three of us and I’m okay with it.

I’m planning a walk at Radnor Lake in the morning…


I’m cooking a truffle butter roasted turkey…my famous stuffing…praline sweet potatoes…sauteed green beans and mushrooms and a little tiny salad. For dessert I’m serving mini pumpkin cheesecakes. Not bad for three people.

The fire will burn…football will be on…music will play…and I’m going to spend my day being thankful for the abundance of blessings in my life.


Happy Thanksgiving! I’m so grateful that you let me into your life. You’ve helped me grown and that dear reader is your blessing to me!

How about you? What will your Thanksgiving be like? Please take a moment and share below.

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