I am so thankful this year…it seems as each Thanksgiving passes, the things I’m most grateful for are so simple—shelter, food, water, good health… and I’m eternally grateful for my wonderful family, outstanding staff, dear friends, amazing mentors, colleagues, clients, and you!
Thank you for the emails and the kind words you share with me about the blog.
This past year hasn’t been without its trials for any of us I’m sure. Regardless, I’m grateful for all my blessings, my life experiences, and for the journey I am on here on earth.
Always looking for the silver lining…
Life doesn’t always go in a straight line. Once we learn to adapt to the curve balls, the better we can cope with all that is going on… and be thankful for what we have. I’m grateful to have been taught to look for the silver lining—always—and I practice this daily. I will say… it was a learned skill.
With so much going on in the world, there’s no better time to come together and be united in giving thanks.
According to Wikipedia, “Over three centuries ago, our forefathers in Virginia and in Massachusetts, far from home in a lonely wilderness, set aside a time of thanksgiving. On the appointed day, they gave reverent thanks for their safety, for the health of their children, for the fertility of their fields, for the love which bound them together, and for the faith which united them with their God.”
This quote takes me back to a simpler time in my life. I love the part about “reverent thanks for their safety, for the health of their children, for the fertility of their fields, and the love…”
I’m truly thankful for those who keep us safe. I’m thankful for the health of my son. Lastly, I’m thankful for the bounteous garden I had. Not much different than three centuries ago, right?
Thanksgiving, celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November since 1941 due to federal legislation, has been an annual tradition in the United States by presidential proclamation since 1863 and by state legislation since the Founding Fathers of the United States.
Traditionally, Thanksgiving has been a celebration of the blessings of the year, including the harvest. On Thanksgiving Day, it is common for Americans to share a family meal, attend church services, and view special sporting events.
I’m so excited for Thanksgiving this year!
I’m so excited for this Thanksgiving because like most of us, we didn’t get to celebrate Thanksgiving last year due to COVID so I’m really looking forward to it this year!
We started the Thanksgiving week off with my niece, Shaylie, getting married! She is the daughter of Cris Andersen, my sister—and our Director of Education here at CC Career Solutions. It was a special evening with a lot of memories being made for our family. She was a beautiful bride, and I must say, so was the Mother of the Bride—and the Groom was pretty happy, too! We are excited to officially welcome Tristan to our family!
And, I’ll sneak in a photo of my husband, me, and the cake! He cut the wood for the centerpieces and under the cake. (He’s a master tree trimmer.) 😉 And, I LOVE sunflowers, too!
So our next get together is Thanksgiving and speaking of sharing a meal, one of my favorite things to do is try new recipes and test it out on my family. 🙂 This year I’m going to try new recipes for Brussel sprouts, cranberries. (Don’t send me hate mail if you don’t like Brussel sprouts—I didn’t use to like them, either. But now I love them because I figured out how to cook them.)
Our Thanksgiving Feast!
And, I’ll be making turkey, ham, and all the fixings. I normally like to brine the turkey for 2 days before I cook it. However, this year, I’m brining it for 3 days then dry brining it for 1 day.
Then, I’ll make compound butter with a lot of sage, thyme, rosemary, salt, lemon juice, orange juice, salt, pepper, and Cajun spices and rub it under the skin. Then, I’ll rub butter and paprika all over the skin. I can almost smell it. (Now, I’m getting hungry!)
I’m also going to try something a little different for the dressing/stuffing… But I have to keep that a secret for now. And, I’ll probably make a few other things. Maybe on Thursday, I’ll post a picture of what I make and you can post a picture of your Thanksgiving. Cris is making her sister’s favorite stuffed mushrooms and rolls! We eat around 5 p.m. 😉
I would love for you to comment and tell me what YOU are grateful for this Thanksgiving; or, just comment and let me know what your favorite food is at Thanksgiving.
Let’s set the intention to make it a wonderful holiday week and be grateful for each other, this great nation, and the little things that we might take for granted.
My “Happy Thanksgiving” wish for you is that you will truly have a Happy Thanksgiving—and be grateful and reach out to those less fortunate with a genuine gesture of kindness.
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