Giving Thanks ~ For our bountiful blessings
Giving Thanks ~ For our bountiful blessings With all that is going on in the world these days; it's now even more important then ever to count our bountiful blessings rather the dwell on the things that we do not have. What the world needs is not for people to get stuck in the spiral negative energy of fear. Do the opposite, the more we are grateful for what we do have to more we are sending out good energy into the world around us. Thanksgiving is for giving thanks for our many blessings, especially during these times. If we all did this everyday, the world would be a much better place! When you say "I Give Thanks" with genuine gratitude.... You will feel its joy instantly....for these are gifts of true of blessings.
My best friend and I both come from large families and both of our families are far away. So every Thanksgiving since our kids where little we get together to create our extended families and Thanksgiving celebration. While Karen and her husband are busy preparing the feast, my contribution is the decorations. We do it all as a team effort and its so much fun! I go for a walk in the nearby woods gather fresh elements. Colourful leaves make wonderful accent spread around a table runner and to embellish a place setting. I was inspired for the theme and colour palette simply by a photograph that I took while on a fall walk.
I would like to share with you what we do in our home to decorate and to celebrate
Thanksgiving. Decorating for Fall and Thanksgiving doesn't have to be costly. This season try decorating with natures bountiful and colourful elements. One can simply utilize nature's harvest to create beautiful and colour seasonal welcoming displays. After all this is the way the early settlers and our ancestors did it. The best part is that it won't cost you a lot of money and you can gather most of the elements from your own backyard or from a nature walk. It's a stylist and creative way to decorate your home indoors and out to give thanks for it al
Bountiful flower presentations ~ Carve out mini pumpkins and incorporate a blend of fall flowers; Miniature sunflowers, Hydrangea's, Black eye Susan's, goldenrod, yellow yarrow, statice, tickseed-sunflowers (they look like yellow daisies), various fall leaves, in a hollowed out mini pumpkin. Make larger coordinating flower arrangements utilizing the same flowers and colours in taller vases to place around your home.
For a festival fall welcoming entrance, display the harvest of Mother Nature in various container. Incorporate small pumpkins, gourds, corn, tall grass, cat tails and leaves and flowers with outdoor décor items that you already have. So simple, yet eye catching and oh so welcoming!
Apple N Cheese Torte
This Thanksgiving Instead of apple pie, try something different, sweet and creamy;
Apple N Cheese Torte.
½ cup butter soften
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 cup flour
1/3 cup of jam ~ I used raspberry, but you can use any jam that you like or have
1 8 oz cream cheese
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups peeled sliced apples
1/3 cup granulated sugar ~ I often substitute and use brown sugar
½ tsp cinnamon
½ cup sliced almonds
Cream the butter and sugar together. Blend in flour. Press evenly onto bottom
and 1 ½ inches up the sides of the spring form pan. Spread jam over the
bottom of the base layer. Beat all filling ingredients with mixer, and spread over
the jam. Toss apples, sugar and cinnamon together in a large bowl. Place
apples over the filling. Sprinkle with almonds.
Bake at 450 F for 10 minutes, reduce to 400 F for 25-30 minutes or until set
and the apples are tender.
Thanksgiving Tips; Spice up the turkey with a fresh herb rub. For a culinary delight; utilize a half a pumpkin as serving bowl. It's a fabulous way to serve up your favorite holiday hearty soups. Add a little twist to traditional squash and pumpkin soups, by adding a couple of apples in your recipe, top with pumpkin seeds, a real treat!
Thanksgiving Blessings; Be gentle with yourself and others. We are all children of chance. Care for those around you. Look past your differences and theirs. Give in any way you can, for to give is to love. Care less for your harvest than for how it is shared, and your life will have meaning and your heart will have peace.
Happy Thanksgiving...Blessings and most of all enjoy! Maddylane
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