Food, Family and a Thankful Heart











Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. There is nothing better than gathering with those you love and sharing a wonderful meal. Family meals are a chance to deepen relationships and share our lives. Lingering around the table opens up opportunities to relax and talk. No one is hurried, the cooking is done and we can enjoy the moment.

A few nights ago I was hanging out with my niece and nephews. I asked Livi what she was thankful and she rattled off every little thing she was thankful for. In detail she talked about every family member, cherished friends and treasured things. That type of thankfulness is contagious. As we grow up we sometimes lose that joyfulness, that gratitude for even the smallest things in life.

I am going to enjoy the moments today and be thankful for the life God has given me.

Here are a few ideas for engaging your children in conversation today.

Each person shares what they are most thankful for this year.

Share your family heritage. Children love to hear about their families. My nephews were particularly interested in our Norway Viking ancestors.

Share the history of the dishes that are served each year. Talk about how family Thanksgiving traditions came to your family.

Here is a recipe for cranberry cherry relish if you are need of something quick. I chilled it and served it over cream cheese for an appetizer. It is tangy and sweet. Green onions would be good sprinkled over it too!

Happy Thanksgiving. I am thankful for each of you my dear and faithful readers! May you have a wonderful day with friends and family.

Cranberry Dried Cherry Relish

adapted from Martha Stewart.com

1 bag cranberries
1 cup dried cherries
Zest of an orange
1 cup sugar
2 cup water

In a large saucepan, combine cranberries, cherries, sugar and water.

Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until most berries have burst and liquid is syrupy, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.

Cover, pressing plastic wrap directly on surface of relish; refrigerate.

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