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Seasoned with Gratitude

Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, Costco rolls, green bean casserole. . . . I know these will appear on our Thanksgiving table. Still working on dessert ideas. Pumpkin pie likely won’t make the list since I think i would eat it alone. Sniff! I’m wondering if our son still likes mustard with his turkey. Hmm. . . .

Still thinking about how to season my preparations with gratitude and working on the coloring project I mentioned last week.

I do want my table to look beautiful. And I hope that this year I don’t forget something in the oven. (That has happened more times than I like to admit.) But I also think a lot about how to foster a grateful conversation around the table as we pass the food.

I discovered a printable resource for facilitating conversation around the table. You can print them out from my Pinterest page: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/415175659378643802/.


Lately, I have returned again and again to these verses in my favorite book, words I plan to read at our Thanksgiving table because they sum up for me what lies at the core of my gratitude.

Psalm 103
A psalm of David.

1 Let all that I am praise the Lord;
    with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.
2 Let all that I am praise the Lord;
    may I never forget the good things he does for me.
3 He forgives all my sins
    and heals all my diseases.
4 He redeems me from death
    and crowns me with love and tender mercies.
5 He fills my life with good things.
    My youth is renewed like the eagles!

Wishing you and yours a Thanksgiving celebration seasoned with gratitude.


’Tis the Season for Gratitude

My dining room will soon come alive with food and guests, including our son and his girlfriend and possibly our daughter and her boyfriend. Yahoo! They will get a chance to try out our new, well-padded dining room chairs that just seem to say, “Stay, enjoy, talk!”

I anticipate the sights and smells of Thanksgiving dinner in the oven, but over and over I return in my mind to thinking about the conversations and connection that will happen around the table.

I dont have a perfect life or a perfect family. And I suspect you dont either.

BUT we all do have much we can celebrate. For me, so much of that comes down to relationships. I see every day how the people in my life strengthen and encourage me. They challenge me. They make me laugh. They pull out the best parts of me. They point me to God.

As I plan my Thanksgiving menu, I want to weave into it the spice of gratitude. I want gratitude to flavor the words I speak, the thoughts I think, and the way I relate to the people gathered around my table.

Perhaps you do too.

So let me share with you a gratitude idea I discovered at http://www.plantlovegrow.com/index.html and plan to weave into our Thanksgiving celebration. I love this idea because it involves coloring. :) I think I will create one of these for each person at my table. If you want to do the same, you can print them out from my Pinterest page: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/415175659378643945/


Check in next week for another gratitude idea. And know that I always love to hear your ideas.



The Gift of the Table

I have a “thing” for dining room tables. They pull me in when I walk past them at IKEA. They hold me in awe when I look at them in an Amish showroom. I drool when I watch Property Brothers and see a family getting a fourteen-foot dining room table made to seat their entire large, extended family.

So why the fixation?

Yes, I do admire the craftsmanship of a solidly-made piece of furniture.

But on a much deeper level, I love what happens around the dining room table: laughter, conversation, discussion of current events, a feisty game of Bannagrams®, dessert. . . .

In these days of empty nest, I don’t spend as much time at the dining room table as I have in years past. Most nights I make dinner for two, and often John and I just eat in the family room. (And, yes, sometimes we watch “Wheel of Fortune.”) But I keep the table covered with a tablecloth and set with candles as if to say, “At any moment, my dinner guests might arrive. I want to be ready.”

Last night we did have a dinner guest. By noon I had the table completely set and found that I kept sneaking into the dining room to take another look. Silly?! As I stood and gazed, I smiled in anticipation of our time together. Questions, answers, jokes (John’s department), and laughter. Connection.

Oh, the gift of a table.


Most of our dinner came from boxes, but it still smelled good, tasted good, and facilitated good conversation, living up to all I had anticipated.

santafechicken      cornbread

And now I anticipate another gathering around the table as our son and his girlfriend just told us they are coming for Thanksgiving. Yahoo! Can’t wait to set that table and become immeresed in conversation while passing the stuffing.

Oh, the gift of the table.

I recently discovered an organization that promotes family dinner. Love it! They have some great ideas, including recipes and conversation starters: http://thefamilydinnerproject.org

And next week I hope to have my dear friend and college roommate here on the blog. She is my go-to-gal for cooking questions and hospitality. Join me here next week for a taste of Linda’s wisdom in life and food. And discover one of her favorite quick and easy recipes.

Thanks for reading and thanks for joining me on this Storm Sister journey.