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Thankful for our Thanksgiving



So this was our first Thanksgiving spent west of the Mississippi.  We had a quiet time at home with our children and my mom along with one of my husband’s co-workers.  In typical holiday fashion, we fixed too much food.  We had a true southern Thanksgiving feast including turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, olive tray, green beans, collard greens and black-eyed peas.  My husband even prepared cornbread, and I prepared dressing as well because I fixed more stuffing than our turkey could hold.  We all indulged so much, we skipped dessert.  This is the first time in many years, I did not watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.  We have not been watching a lot of live television.  Instead, we have been watching Netflix, Amazon Prime, Feeln, and the Dove channel on my Roku.  I find  the lack of commercials refreshing.

One of the main reasons I watch a parade is to see the bands.  But it seems that lately, the networks prefer to show their commentators more than the actual parade.  I know how much time, effort and money these bands exert to get to a parade like the Macy’s parade, so I find it insulting that the channels prefer to show their own people or other celebrities more than those who are actually in the parade.  So I turned it off.

The best part of the whole day was spending time with our family.  Since our oldest is 20 years old and our youngest is 14, I know these family holidays with everyone home will fast fade into memory.  So I treasure these moments and am thankful for my family and my children.

Here are some pictures of our feast.

Here is some of the finished food on the counter.


 Here is our table.


 Here is our turkey after cooking and with the stuffing before my husband cut it up.


 Here are the deviled eggs we made.


 Here is the black-eyed peas with ham.


 Here are the collard greens with ham.


 And finally here is the turkey before cooking or stuffing.


 For those of you who celebrated Thanksgiving, what are you thankful for?  I would love to hear from you.