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Giving Thanks in 2009

Celebration

It’s that time of year again when we go hog wild cooking up all sorts of yummy creations in our kitchens to share with family and friends. This of course leads to a “gorging feeding time” in which we all pay for later and start planning our New Year’s resolution of “I’ve got to lose some weight!” Sound familiar?

This year most of our family will actually be in town for Thanksgiving which will bring the group total up to around 30 people. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, grand kids, cousins will all be in attendance. We’ll have the usual dishes…stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, gravy… along with the turkey, but will also have salmon and ribs. It’s a big group with alot of big guys with very big appetites! lol

Our “assigned” dish is the infamous Green Bean Casserole, although we tweak our green bean casserole recipe just a bit by substituting the regular cut green beans for the French style green beans. And as soon as I get done with thisĀ  post…my son and I will be venturing into the kitchen to make pecan pies. One of our favorites.

What are you’re family favorites? Have a recipe you’d like to share or link to your own blog post? Leave a comment below!

Giving Thanks

It’s also a time in our family to reflect on the good things in life. With so much turmoil from the recession, it feels good to focus on something positive. We started a new Thanksgiving family tradition last year that we all ready enjoy. Each person makes a Giving Thanks list which we share after Thanksgiving dinner. Some of the things on my list are:

  1. To the Lord for every blessing he sends my way;
  2. For my family’s good health, good humor, unconditional support and love;
  3. For the joy the kids bring….when they’re being good!
  4. For our jobs and health insurance;
  5. For the roof over our heads, the food in our bellies and laughter around the table;
  6. For all my online friends that take time to chat with me (Twitter, FaceBook, MompreneursOnline, TwitterMoms…);
  7. To all FreeBirthdayTreats.com website and blog RSS and Newsletter subscribers and FaceBook Fans for helping this business grow.
  8. For cooler days!

Why not make a Giving Thanks list of your own? They’re fun to do, there’s no right or wrong way, just jot down why you’re grateful. While you’re at it, why not make a list of all your accomplishments as well? Thanksgiving is a great time for reflection!

If you’d like to take this a step further, check out TweetsGiving 2009, which is a global celebration that aims to change the world through the power of gratitude.

With that said, it’s time to wrap this up and get baking!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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