Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Twas the Eve of Thanksgiving

Comfortably sitting in my cozy chair, feet up, prep work done, I have time to reflect on my daily blessings. My life is so truly incredibly undeniably blessed. I have 2 amazing daughters, 3 wonderful almost-stepsons, a man that is my strength, and I am so thankful that as a mother and future-wife, I have the opportunity to prepare a harvest meal for my family to indulge in. My mother taught me (made me, ahem) years ago to prepare several different dishes. I groaned and complained in my teen years, but grew to appreciate the art of cooking as I grew into a young married woman and mother. Gratefulness spills from my heart this evening as I look around my home and feel the warmth of the room, the sounds of laughter of my children, smell the delicious dinner that is wafting through the air and have comfort that I am saved in the Lord.

Having a blended family in today's world makes life a little different when it comes to Thanksgiving holiday traditions and meal planning. In an effort to have a semi-traditional dinner, but with a twist, I am sitting in my chair on the eve of preparing Thanksgiving dinner for our family!

This year, it was decided that we would have our first "family" thanksgiving dinner at our house. Just the 7 of us. So, the menu was started....

Thanksgiving morning breakfast: homemade Banana Bread while we watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Roasted Turkey
Southern Cornbread Dressing
Parmesan Hazelnut Asparagus
Green Beans with Browned Butter
Twice Baked Streusel sweet potatoes
Creamy Mashed potatoes (what's Thanksgiving without Gravy, right?)
Rice for him
Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls with homemade honey butter

For Dessert, Key Lime Pie and Peach Cobbler.

Here's to a happy holiday with your loved ones!

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