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Prep For the Day Before Thanksgiving!

I shared with you last week that my family had an early Thanksgiving.  We celebrated last week, due to a family need.  People are the most important part of our traditions and celebrations, so putting my parents’ needs first, simply meant we would celebrate the holiday a couple weeks early with our daughters and their families.

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You know what?  It was really great to be doing this holiday ahead of time!

 

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Delicious Thanksgiving Sides

Is Thanksgiving about the turkey or is it really about the sides that go along with it?  After our early celebration that happened last Friday, I’m pretty sure it’s all about the SIDES!  To help with the meal, Whitney made Mac and Cheese (I’m sure she’ll share it with you!)and  Alli made Sweet potatoes – both were scrumptious!  We try to please all the men at our gatherings, so there are lots of potatoes and starches (carbs!).  I made mashed potatoes, of course, but when I tried to decide what other vegetables to make, I didn’t want to throw in something weird…you know, like brussel sprouts or roasted cabbage.  But I did want to change it up just a little. Continue reading “Delicious Thanksgiving Sides”

Family life · Tablescapes · Thanksgiving

An Early Thanksgiving

Today is Thanksgiving for my family!

We are having an early celebration and our big meal is today at 1:00.  The reason is that my precious mom is having major surgery the day before the official holiday and I will be there to help care for my parent’s needs. I’m so thankful I can go be with them. Who  says you have to celebrate on the official Thanksgiving day?  My girls were more than happy to celebrate a Continue reading “An Early Thanksgiving”

gratitude · Thanksgiving

Cultivating a Thankful Heart

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It was Saturday afternoon and I drove into the city to the local rehabilitation center.  Two church members are there recovering and I was going to visit and remind them of our love for them and prayers on their behalf.  After spending time with both patients, I walked out into the sun-filled day, very aware of the blessing of using my two legs to Continue reading “Cultivating a Thankful Heart”

Tablescapes · Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Ideas

I’m planning on hosting Thanksgiving for my family this year. I’m not going all out with decorations and table decor, but I want it to be special, memorable and fun.

I also want it to be stress-free as possible!  For that reason this week I plan on getting some things done ahead of time.  Here’s this week’s list:

  • Iron Tablecloths and napkins
  • Make pie crusts
  • Make Butterhorns
  • Make menu
  • Get centerpiece ideas ready

Let me share some of my ideas with you, in case you could use a little inspiration, too!

Mini Pumpkin Pie Slice Cookies
One year I made these with sugar cookie dough and piped names on them to use as place cards.  So easy!
Thanksgiving Cheese Ball
Why not turn the cheese ball appetizer into a cute turkey?
Thanksgiving Table Setting - Rocky Hedge Farm
Gathering leaves from outside to add a touch to a napkin is so pretty!
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So easy yet so elegant!
Beautiful & Simple Thanksgiving Table by House of Harper. #thanksgiving #holidaytable #holiday #tablescape
If you don’t have a tablecloth or if you have children dining at the table, a roll of brown paper is a great alternative! 

Why not try a little un-traditional color combo?

Thanksgiving table with assorted turkey plates, plaid tablecloth and easy centerpiece with pumpkins, oak leaves, nuts and votives | #thanksgiving #centerpiece #table #Decor
I love the simple beauty of the pumpkins, nuts and greenery as the centerpiece.
These cheap and easy Thanksgiving decorations will spruce up your home and your Thanksgiving table. There are Thanksgiving centerpieces, mantel displays, candles, wreaths, table settings and much more! These festive decorations are sure to impress your guests. The trick to affordable Thanksgiving decorations is to use your natural surroundings. Do you have pine trees and maple …
Simple and inexpensive idea!  Use the same flower in canning jars and line them up down the center of the table!

 

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Here’s an idea to start even this week!  What a great collection of gratitude you’ll have by the time Thanksgiving arrives!

Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year?  What could you be working on now so you’ll be less stressed when the holiday arrives?

With love from my country kitchen,

denise a

Thanksgiving

Give Me Ten!

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“Give me ten!” might be yelled out by a drill Sargent  who is expecting his soldier to drop to the ground and give him ten push-ups.  I’m not yelling a command to you, but I’d like to give you a suggestion that I heard recently.

“Give me ten” by thinking of ten things for which you thank God. Can you hold up your ten fingers and give thanks to the Lord on this Thanksgiving for Ten things He’s given you?  Some might ramble off five or six pretty quickly, but then begin to slow down and have to really think to find the other four or five.

Here was my list this morning:

  1. My salvation, purchased by my Savior, Jesus Christ.
  2. God’s Word in which I can learn about the character of God and my need for Him.
  3. The Church.  What a blessing to have the Body of Christ in which to fellowship, learn, pray, share and grow!
  4. My godly heritage.  Having parents who know and love Christ is a great blessing!
  5. My sisters who know Christ and enable us to have an even greater bond.
  6. My godly husband God preserved for me who is a blessing every single day.
  7. My three daughters and two sons-in-law that love my girls and point them to Christ.; all gifts from a loving God’s hands
  8. Two grandsons -such precious grace gifts.
  9. The gift of friendships that make life sweeter and richer.
  10. The blessing of serving God – oh, the joy!

In your prayer time on Thanksgiving day, why not open your fingers while in prayer and find those ten things for which you are most grateful?  Remember God gets the praise – He is the Giver of every good and perfect gift!

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. James 1:17

Perhaps around your dinner table even the little ones can open their hands and give praise to God for ten things as they point to each finger!  We are so blessed!  Let’s count them one by one!

Happy Thanksgiving, Friends!

See you next week!

With a grateful heart,

Denise