The Best Things about Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving Thank You List
Everyone has something they think is best for Thanksgiving. For some, it's time spent with loved ones. For others, it's the Thanksgiving feast. Still others can't wait to glue themselves to the TV set and spend the day watching football games.
For me, I like spending it with family members whether at home or at a relative's house. Of course I look forward to the huge turkey dinner. Afterwards, I enjoy kicking back and watching a movie. This lens is all exploring Thanksgiving, finding out what different people are thankful for along with Thanksgiving fun, food and decorating ideas. Please jump right in with your ideas and suggestions!
So, let's start with what you're thankful for. A great idea is to come up with a list of some of your favorite things you're thankful for, then go over the list at the dinner table while enjoying your feast. A thankful list can also be great for kids either at home or as part of a Thanksgiving celebration at school. Here are some ideas for your list:
I am thankful for:
Name of family member
Name of friend
Your favorite movie
Your favorite food
Spiritual or religious figure
A happy memory
Something you recently learned
A place you visited
Something wonderful that unexpectedly happened
A dream that came true
This is merely a sample list to give you an idea as to how to make a thankful list. Add to or take away from as desired. A thankful list is a great way to kick off Thanksgiving and let everyone know what is nearest and dearest to your heart.
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Thanksgiving Table Dcor Ideas
Having the right decorations on the table can really add to the atmosphere of Thanksgiving. If you have young kids at home and they've made decorations at school, by all means feature these crafts on the table. It will not only add to the family atmosphere, but give them a feeling as pride as you feel their creations are so good, they need to be featured.
Centerpieces add a nice touch to the table. There are centerpieces you can easily make that don't cost much. Try creating a dried flower arrangement. For something simple, get some small pumpkins and Indian corn and place in a cornucopia basket. For a warm touch, create a Thanksgiving candle display.
One thing I love to use is a table runner. I think it adds a touch of elegance, without being too gaudy. My favorite way to use one of these is to add small candles to it for the length of the table runner.
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Here's a cute centerpiece.
Thanksgiving Day Poll
Turkey photo by sideshowmom at morgueFile.
What is the Best Part of Thanksgiving?
Kids Thanksgiving Movies
Once the meal is over and the adults want to sit around and catch up on anything and everything, be sure that kids have something to do. I've always had luck with having some good movies on hand. Although there isn't an abundance of Thanksgiving movies available, there are some some movies that reflect the season and are fun for kids to watch.
Charlie Brown is such a classic.
Delicious Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas
Dessert is the perfect way to cap off a Thanksgiving feast. Pies are a very popular dessert for this holiday, particularly among adults. Some suggested pies include:
Of course there are many other tasty desserts to be considered. Kids might like some fresh cinnamon cookies or decorative cupcakes. Consider a Black Forest cake or some bread pudding. Now, when it comes to dessert my absolute favorite is warm chocolate melting cake. For anyone who has ever taken a Carnival cruise and tried theirs, you'll know what I'm talking about. It wouldn't be right for me to copy the recipe off of another website, but a quick search should take you to a recipe. Be sure to serve with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream. This is a favorite for kids and adults alike!
Be sure to check with guests ahead of time to make sure no one has any food allergies. This is especially important if serving any kind of dessert that contains nuts. There is no shortage of fine desserts to top of a Thanksgiving meal. Know what you're serving yet?
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What is Your Favorite Pie?
Easy Homemade Turkey Gravy
What's turkey without gravy? If looking for a simple turkey gravy recipe, here's one my family uses.
Let me start by saying that I use an oven bag when roasting a turkey. Once the bird is seasoned and in the bag, I pour two cans of Swanson Chicken Broth into the bottom of the bag. I add a few stalks of celery and some sliced onion. I also add poultry seasoning.
While cooking, some of the seasoning I used on the turkey, (salt, pepper, minced garlic and poultry seasoning,) runs off the turkey and into the bottom of the bag, thus adding more flavor. When the turkey is done, I pour the liquid from the bottom of the bag into a pot on the stove and add one package of McCormick turkey gravy mix. To thicken, I slowly add some Wondra until it reaches the right consistency. There you have it! Simple and easy turkey gravy that tastes great.
gravy photo by Sandstein at Wikimedia Commons.
How to Give Thanks on Thanksgiving
I think it's wonderful when people make lists as to what they're grateful for on Thanksgiving. All too often, as humans, we tend to complain about what's wrong, rather than count our blessings. I think it would be nice to take being thankful one step further. How about letting someone you are thankful for know it by acknowledging that person for Thanksgiving?
If you have a neighbor who has been very helpful to you, why not bake that neighbor a pie? Have a teacher or co-worker that has really helped you out? Why not print out a poem about thankfulness and give it to that person? It could also be something so simple as to pick some flowers, (if they're blooming where you live,) or even picking up a pretty candle and each time the person light it, that person will think of you.
Saying thanks doesn't have to be anything big or expensive. It's just the idea of giving a little something back to someone who has shown you kindness. What do you think?
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What to do with Leftover Turkey
One of the great things about Thanksgiving is the leftovers. Being we're a family of six, I hardly ever have any. I like to keep things simple with my leftover turkey, rather than trying to be too clever. After all, the leftovers give me an excuse not to have to spend too much time in the kitchen.
Here are some things you can do.
Add some turkey, along with some cheese, to scrambled eggs. In our household, Parmesan cheese is a favorite. Better yet, make an omelet. Leftover turkey can work well in salads. Make your usual chicken salad, but substitute turkey instead. Like chicken Caesar salad? Why not turkey Caesar salad?
If you enjoy Mexican food, make some turkey fajitas. I'm not good at making them from scratch so I use Lawry's chicken fajitas seasoning. Like chili? Make some up using the turkey meat. Another idea is to make some fried rice and add turkey meat. If preferring a sandwich, how about adding some turkey meat to a BLT? When you stop and think about, there really are a lot of great choices for what to do with turkey leftovers. If you have some good suggestions, please let everyone know!
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