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Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Hello Everyone!

One of the awesome things about blogging is that I get to connect with people from all over the world! Something that did not occur to me when I was much younger was that not everyone celebrates Thanksgiving. While maybe not everyone celebrates, it’s still a good reminder to everyone anywhere to pause for a moment and give thanks.

America’s first Thanksgiving took place in October of 1621 and lasted for three whole days! (I can hardly imagine that as I am stuffed to the point of explosion after one day of feasting.) On November 16th, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln announced that the nation would celebrate an official Thanksgiving every year on November 26th.

Today, I celebrate Thanksgiving with my family. We have yearly traditions, like many other families, and these include: baking over 100 cookies, deep-frying a turkey, coming together as a large and loud family, and drawing names for Christmas’ secret Santa. However, my favorite tradition is when every member of my family states what they are most thankful that year at the feasting table.

This year, I am missing my Papa. He died last January after a very progressive cancer ravaged his body. We are still learning to navigate the holidays without him. And yet, I am thankful for this family that comes together in our times of grief and sorrow. I am so grateful that my family supports each other, comforts each other, and encourages one another sharing the same sorrow and joy.

So today, I challenge you to leave a comment and answer this question:

What are you thankful for today?

Regardless of our circumstances, we can always find something to be thankful for. I pray that you all have a wonderful day and take some time to reflect on your own gratitude.

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Blogs / Life

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Hello Everyone!

One of the awesome things about blogging is that I get to connect with people from all over the world! Something that did not occur to me when I was much younger was that not everyone celebrates Thanksgiving. While maybe not everyone celebrates, it’s still a good reminder to everyone anywhere to pause for a moment and give thanks.

America’s first Thanksgiving took place in October of 1621 and lasted for three whole days! (I can hardly imagine that as I am stuffed to the point of explosion after one day of feasting.) On November 16th, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln announced that the nation would celebrate an official Thanksgiving every year on November 26th.

Today, I celebrate Thanksgiving with my family. We have yearly traditions, like many other families, and these include: baking over 100 cookies, deep-frying a turkey, coming together as a large and loud family, and drawing names for Christmas’ secret Santa. However, my favorite tradition is when every member of my family states what they are most thankful that year at the feasting table.

This year, I am most thankful for my grandfather’s presence during the holiday seasons. Only a few months ago, he was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer that had rooted in a couple places in his body. Although he did radiation, the cancer spread and is pretty much throughout his entire body. While that is not something to be grateful for, I am still thankful that he is here with us today. Even if we are struggling, I am so dang grateful that I have another Thanksgiving with this amazing man who has taught me so much.

So today, I challenge you to leave a comment and answer this question:

What are you thankful for today?

Regardless of our circumstances, we can always find something to be thankful for. I pray that you all have a wonderful day and take some time to reflect on your own gratitude.

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Thanksgiving Traditions

It’s the day after and I am sure that everyone is stuffed with turkey, ham, potatoes, green beans, rolls, cookies, pie, and more. I know I am!

On that train of thought, I figured I would share some of my annual Thanksgiving traditions (since you guys enjoyed my Halloween traditions).

Every year on the day before Thanksgiving, my mom and I (and now my boyfriend also) spend the entire day making baked goods that include Turkey Cookies, Peanut Butter Cookies, Pumpkin Logs, Candied Pecans, and Pumpkin Pie! I can’t give away all our recipes (some are secret), but I can give you some!

Here we go!

Turkey Cookies 

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For this recipe you’ll need Queen Anne chocolate-covered cherries, Fudge Stripes Cookies, Candy corn, and vanilla frosting.

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First you’ll want to cut one cookie in half to form the feet of the turkey. Next, using frosting, you’ll paste five candy corns to the back of a whole cookie to form the wings of the turkey. Also using frosting, you paste a smaller candy corn to the front of a Queen Anne chocolate (its the beak!). Then put frosting on the bottom of the chocolate candy and on the back to attach it to the wings and the feet.

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Ta-daaa! Turkey army time! They are pretty delicate so, to help the frosting set, place the cookies in the fridge for a couple of minutes.

Candied Pecans

For this recipe you will want a bag of pecan halves (four cups), 3 large eggs (just use the egg whites), sugar (1 cup), cinnamon (1 teaspoon), and butter (1/2 stick).

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Mix egg whites, sugar, and cinnamon in a bowl. Then mix in 4 cups of pecan halves. Melt down the butter and coat the tin foil covered baking pan. Spread out the pecans on the sheet and bake at 350degrees for 30 minutes and flip them every 10 minutes.

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They’re delicious!

Royal Icing Flooding Cookies

These are a new addition to our tradition.

We make our own dough from scratch and then cut out the fun pieces!

After letting the cookies cool overnight we prepped all our colors!

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We’re still learning, but I think these came out great!

 

Why so many desserts, you might ask?! You might see those plates in the background. Every year on Thanksgiving morning we take several plates of sweets to our neighbors and to the workers at the Fire Station near my house. It’s probably one of my favorite things to do! 😀

What are some of your family traditions?

 

 

 

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Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

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Happy Thanksgiving to all of my followers!

This is my first Thanksgiving blogging and I feel like I’ve got to say something inspired and wonderful, but instead I put up a gif of Joey dancing with a turkey on his head. Why? Because Thanksgiving Day is just that: a day. It has 24 hours just like any other day, but what makes it special is the particular emphasis that it places on being thankful.

In my family, we have a tradition to go around the table at meal time and say three things that we are thankful for that happened in the past year. Don’t get me wrong, I think it is great that we have a day dedicated to thankfulness. My only issue is that we should be thankful every single day.

I love Thanksgiving because my whole family comes together, because the food is amazing, and because I am reminded to give thanks. Too often in this life we focus on the negative. We focus on our stress, our pain, our wants. And yes, those things are valid, but I think that we should give equal if not more time to being thankful! Not only is it a good practice, but positive thinking has been proven to improve mental and physical health.

Anyway, I think I may have strayed onto a tangent but before you go, I do want to list a few things that I am thankful for:

  • My family. I have a large family and we all live relatively close, meaning that we get together on a regular basis. However, that does not make getting together on the holidays any less exciting, it feels like a party! Especially now that my aunts and uncles are starting a new generation of cousins! In fact . . .
  • I am thankful for miracles! My aunt and uncle were told point blank several years ago that they would never, ever, ever have children. Period. It was not possible. However, three months ago, I got the call that God had answered our prayers and that my aunt was impossibly pregnant! As every day passes, that little lime-a-bean grows stronger and bigger. I cannot wait to meet her ❀
  • My health. I have had health issues in the past and I will continue to deal with them in the future. However, this week I am doing well. I have been able to control my flare ups and I am managing. I am thankful for what I am able to do.
  •  My jobs. As I make the transition from graduate student to simply graduate, I am no longer allowed to work at my current position (where I have worked for four years) because it is technically a student position. Two months ago, I had a complete breakdown, thinking that I would be jobless. Again, God answered my prayers and I have two job offers for January!
  • My Family. Why do I mention them twice? Because they, and God, are my foundation!
  • The Blogging Community. That’s right, you guys!  I am so thankful for this community that I have slowly become a part of. I can’t believe I didn’t get involved earlier. Although, maybe if I had, I would not have been prepared and active as I am now. Thank you for your lovely support on my blogs! I’m already almost at 300 followers and that is absolutely insane to me, so thank you!

 

1 Thessalonians 5:18, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

Happy Thanksgiving Day Everyone!

What are you thankful for? Not only today, but every day?

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