Thankfulness is Something to Practice

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When I was growing up, my mom would typically prompt Thanksgiving table conversation along the lines of, “Let’s go around the table and share something we’re each thankful for.” Cringe. Shudder. Sticks out tongue. I hated that. (Sorry, Mom.) Not only was I put on the spot, often “getting” to go first, but I felt […]

Enough is as Good as a Feast

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Photo Source One of my life’s mottos is borrowed from Ma Ingalls: Enough is as good as a feast. Since I’m an “all or nothing” kind girl, I can tend toward excess. So, if I’m planning a birthday celebration or a holiday feast, my mind goes leaps and bounds ahead of what is realistic. I […]

10 Things to Do After Turkey Time

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The Thanksgiving meal takes hours of planning and preparation time, yet is seemingly consumed within 20 minutes. How can that be?! What do you do after the feast is over? Here are some suggestions for every man, woman, or child. 10 Things to Do After Turkey Time 1. Linger over the table and talk about […]

Keeping the Kids Table Happy

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Photo source I well remember those days of being relegated to the kids table at holiday events. I did not go quietly. (Sorry, Mom.) I was simply too hurried to grow up. And I balked at being considered small. It wasn’t until I was no longer “a kid” that I appreciated those moments of being […]

Meal Planning: Turkey Week

Thanksgiving Day is one of our favorite days of the year. We shift into relaxation mode around here. FishPapa has four days off work, so it’s like a mini-vacation for our family with multiple ways to spend those days. Relaxing Since we’re staying home this year, we’ll have a lazy morning of cinnamon rolls, fruit, […]

My Cup Overflows

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Photo source You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. — Psalm 23:5-6 My cup truly overflows […]

A Question of Cranberry Sauce

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There seems to be an age-old Thanksgiving debate that has spanned history as well as a continent. It knows no bounds as regards age or occupation. It’s not about what the pilgrims really ate for the First Thanksgiving. No, we’re more concerned with which tastes better: homemade cranberry sauce as pictured above? Or jellied cranberry […]

Planning a Holiday Meal on a Budget

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Holiday meals can be expensive. I’ve often wondered why we are tempted to spend more on one meal than we might in a whole week. I’ve heard of some families who have spent as much on a holiday dinner as I spend in a month! May we not get too out of hand this year. […]