How is Thursday Thanksgiving!?
Where in the world has the month of November gone? I was really well intentioned to sit down today and plan out our Thanksgiving feast. We did a quick Target run today and I grabbed a few items that I could remember. I really need to fine tune my list and grab all the fixings that I forgot… Anyways, we seriously prepare “all the foods.” What am I missing here’s what this years menu looks like so far:
turkey (or 2)
twice baked sweet potatoes or sweet potato soufflé?
green bean casserole
warm delicious flakey rolls
asparagus wrapped in bacon
macaroni and cheese
homemade cranberry sauce
pickles – we love the small gherkin pickles.
ambrosia (sometimes… I think? Mom? Ash?
Preparing a Feast
You guys it’s seriously glorious. I literally do not have to cook for days! Every year for the last… I don’t even know how long Brian and I have hosted Thanksgiving at our home. We absolutely love this tradition. I really love planning, shopping and preparing all the foods. I take so much pride in it, it just makes me really happy. I double, triple check my lists and always forget something inevitably. You have no clue how many times I’ve had to send my husband out to our local grocery store to grab a vital ingredient, etc. Ha! Isn’t that always the story.
Lots and LOTS of Food/Leftovers…
We always have tons and tons of leftovers. But I almost think the leftovers are always better than the actual meal? Maybe it’s because we stuff our faces so fast because we all are inevitably starving. Perhaps its because we are all just as excited about dinner the next night where we make panini’s with all the leftovers. My husband makes an AWESOME panini sandwich (remember he’s a “sandwich artist” you can read about that here). I’ll have to share atleast a picture if not the recipe.
Oh AND I almost forgot about desserts! I make an awesome cheesecake you guys! I’m practically famous for it in our family and friend circle! Sometimes my dad makes a pie. Lys often talks about the blackberry deliciousness my father made. Come to think about it she may talk about his pie more than mine! I’ll have to ask her about that. Anyways, I usually buy a nice pumpkin pie and apple pie for about $10 each from Costco. Their pies are awesome in case you were wondering! Sometimes my mom or sister make a real fun Thanksgiving dessert. I’ll have to dig up a picture to share with you. One year we made cinnamon rolls in to turkeys with bacon as their feathers. It was really cute. I’m thinking of switching things up a little bit maybe make some whoopie pies or something… we shall see.
Family is Everything
I really LOVE having a house full of family. I love making memories and making tons of food. I love having so many cooks in my kitchen that you can’t even move without stepping on someone (haha). Everything from my father’s and my “stuffing challenge” to making homemade cranberry sauce over the oven. To my mother’s inevitable clogged sink escapade because she always thinks she can stuff potato skins down the garbage disposal (ha)! Also, my sister is always well intentioned but never sets a timer… Can I just say – timers are on ovens for a reason. Love ya sis. 😉
Brian and I have lived away from our families for a long time. We are talking since 2003 when we were married just after Christmas. Thanksgiving is special because we are able to spend time with our loved ones. I absolutely love preparing and serving my family it makes me so happy to be able to do so. I love to see the looks on my families faces while they eat their weight in food and then crash afterwards on the couch. (ha) My favorite part is probably the fact that everyone contributes to the day. Whether it’s making food, setting tables, peeling potatoes or maybe washing the dishes… it truly makes Thanksgiving wonderful.
Overwhelmed With Thankfulness
I’m really trying to wrap up my thoughts about Thanksgiving and I think maybe I’ll share that in a different post later this week. Thanksgiving is more than a day when we eat way too much food. It’s a day where we can choose to be real intentional with our feelings of gratitude and thankfulness. I keep coming back to the thought of “thanks-living” instead of Thanksgiving.
Thanks-Living – “Thankful-Mindful-Grace Filled-Intentional Living”
I am thankful that God’s given me another day with my beautiful family.My family is my everything.
I am thankful for a hardworking husband that loves me so much and strives daily to win my affections.
I am thankful for the father that my husband is… he’s amazing. What an awesome roll model for our kids!
I am thankful that I am a wife and a mommy. I don’t take this for granted. I truly thank God for this life I’ve been given.
I am thankful to watch my siblings be parents and my parents be grandparents.
I am thankful for the people that continually pour in to my children’s lives both near and afar.
I am thankful for grandparents that pray for my babies.
In Closing: I’m Kind of Feeling Emotional Here…
I didn’t know that by writing those few snippets above that I’d become so emotional. I am just so overwhelmed with thankfulness. Writing those 7 small snippets of thankfulness above has me in tears… I have only skimmed the surface. There is so much that I am truly thankful for.
Can I encourage someone out there? Sit down in a quiet room and just allow yourself to be vulnerable for a minute. With a pen and paper write a small list of what you are thankful for. We all have so much to be thankful for. Sometimes we get caught up in life – work, bills, family drama, etc. But I promise there’s always something that you can be thankful for. It can be something silly like yesterday I found a giving rock when I was in a hurry and feeling overwhelmed. Boy did that bless me. Maybe you’re thankful that someone paid for your coffee unbeknownst to you (drive through difference anyone!?). Or thankful that it’s payday on Tuesday (ha!) because you desperately need groceries but hey you have a job! Perhaps it was that sweet little kiss from one of your little angels before bed… I could go on and on but the truth is sometimes we just have to intentionally look for things to be thankful for.