Showing posts with label Thanksgiving. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Thanksgiving. Show all posts

Thankful

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

This weekend we celebrated Thanksgiving. We had two lovely (and filling!) dinners at both parents' homes. I was thinking of what I was thankful for this year. I started off with the common things I am always thankful for: health, happiness, love, family, friends, job. But different this year than any other year's passed, I was mostly thankful for life.

Last week I witnessed a horrible accident that happened only two cars away from me, right in front of me. On a two-way high-speed road, the oncoming car ended up clipping the tire from the car that was only two cars ahead of me, flipped onto its hood and came sliding and spinning down the lane. Because I was already at a stall from the traffic, I stood there like a deer in headlights watching this (what seemed like a giant) machine coming towards our direction. I didn't move, I didn't know what to do. The only thing that passed through my mind was "it is going to slam into me!" In what seemed like minutes, the car in front of me quickly diverted to the right which I followed suit. Thankfully, as the car was spinning in its path it caught onto the gravel and slowed down, stopping only a few feet off to the side from where I was stopped gazing at the sight, trying to comprehend what was happening. The pieces from the car came flying everywhere, hitting and denting up my car.

After calling 911, I sat there watching everyone rush to the aid of those in both cars. I was thinking just how close that car came to me. Then a swarm of emotions came to me. I started thinking of the "what ifs" - what if I had left work early by a minute or two I would have been right behind that car; what if that car didn't stop from the gravel and instead came my way; what if the car that got clipped had been pushed backwards from the force and cause the cars in front of me to crash into me? There were so many emotions and thoughts that rushed through my mind that day and the next. I felt so traumatized at the thought that this rollover happened right in front of me.

There are so many things from that day that I have to be thankful for. Thankfully the people in that car only suffered minor injuries, from what I read in the news. Thankfully the car didn't collide into more cars than one. Thankfully I had left work when I had. I am so thankful to God for the blessings that He has given me each and every day. And most importantly, guarding me from what may have happened that day. I now see how precious life is. I now see how life can be taken away so easily. I am very thankful for everything I have and for all the joys and gifts that He has blessed my life, and this was a great reminder of all that I do have.

Giving Thanks at the Table

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Here in Canada, Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Only two more weeks until Thanksgiving weekend. I love this time of year. When the leaves start to fall, the smell of home cooked meals is in the air, and you can finally wear your warm sweaters and cozy boots. I remember my childhood around this time of year: we would always have Thanksgiving dinner at my grandparent's house. The smell of turkey dinner in combination with the wood burning fireplace always hit me as we drove up the driveway. My grandmother's kitchen is small, but it somehow was always big enough to fit all the dishes and food. She always made the turkey, stuffing and veggies while we brought the mashed potatoes, soup and dessert. I loved the heat that both her oven and fireplace created, and that warm and cozy feeling inside of me as we all ate together. It was just wonderful memories year after year.

As I grew older, moved out and started making new memories with my in-laws, I now look forward to the days where I too can create these memories for my children. Again this year, Thanksgiving will be celebrated twice - once at each side of the family. Our house is not big enough to host a large dinner, and so I look forward to baking two apple pies and bringing two veggie plates. However, if I had a larger house to host Thanksgiving dinner, I would set my table like this...

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What I am Thankful For This Year

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

In honour of Thanksgiving day being yesterday, and since I did not have time to post this sooner, I wanted to share some of the things I am thankful for this year.

1. Faith
First and foremost, I am thankful for the faith I have in God. He has been with me through the worst of times and the best of times, and I am truly grateful for all that He has provided.

2. My Family
Becoming a wife this year has made me a very happy (and lucky!) gal! I am so grateful for my husband, for being with me for these past 8 years and then (finally!) marrying me! I am also grateful to the new family that I married into, since they are such amazing people and a great family. I am also thankful for my parents and sister, who continue to support me and love me unconditionally. I am so happy to have such a loving and caring family!

3. Health
This is one of the major things that we all take for granted. It is one of the things we cannot live without. And therefore, third on my list is my health.

4. My Dog, Sparky
I have never had a pet before, other than fish. But who can hold fish anyways?! Over the past year that we have had him, my love for him has really grown! I never knew how much I can love a dog! I am so happy to have my happy, playful, and full-of-life beagle!

5. My Friends
Over the years, I have had many friends come and go, but the three close friends I have today have been friends with me the longest. I am so happy to have such an amazing group of friends in my life. It helps to keep my life balanced!

6. My Job
I am so happy to have a job that I went to school for. Graduating with a Master's degree, I once feared I will not find a job in my field in this hardship of times. Luckily, I found this job while I was still in grad school. I am fortunate that they allowed me to work part-time while in school and switched over my hours to full-time after I graduated.

7. My Baking Skills
Yeah I know, I am thankful for the ability to bake (and cook)! Ha! But I love that I am not afraid of the oven (I personally know some who are) and know how to read a recipe (again things we take for granted!). And I am so happy I can always have some yummy food or desserts in my home and no need to go out to eat, thus saving us money!

Thanksgiving Menu Ideas

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Happy Thursday to all! Wow, I can't believe that this weekend is Thanksgiving weekend! October has come upon us so fast and quick, I am still in shock! Where did September go? Even with the chill in the air and the leaves falling, I still love October for Thanksgiving. To me, this is the start of a rather long holiday season! Plus the smell of pumpkin pie, apples and cinnamon, and walking into a warm home from the chilly outside is just something I love!

I have compiled a list of recipes from my favourite sources that I just know you will enjoy. I hope this helps in the dinner planning process!

1. Ultimate Stuffed Mushrooms - Kraft Foods
2. Mini Mushroom Tarts - Completely Delicious
3. Classic Stuffed Eggs - Canadian Living
4. Spinach, Bacon and Onion Dip - Martha Stewart
5. Cornbread Bites - Martha Stewart

1. Dijon Maple Glazed Spiral Ham - Food Network
2. Herbed Pork Roast and Cranberry Chutney - Food Network
3. Perfect Roast Turkey - Martha Stewart
4. Maple Glazed Stuffed Roast - Kraft Foods

1. Roasted Fall Vegetable Salad - Kraft Foods
2. Mashed Potato Layer Bake -  Kraft Foods
3. Sauteed Green Beans and Mushroom - Food Network
4. Jalapeno Cornbread Stuffing with Smoked Sausage - Canadian Living
5. Garlic Mashed Potatoes - Martha Stewart

1. Pumpkin-Carrot Cake - Kraft Foods
2. Homemade Pumpkin Pie - Taste of Home
3. Cinnamon Apple Cake - Robin Hood
4. Deluxe Pumpkin Cheesecake - Taste of Home
5. Four-Layer Pumpkin Cake - Kraft Foods
6. Pumpkin-Chocolate Tiramisu - Martha Stewart

Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving! See you all back here next week!
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