Last week's post was all about traditions and one tradition not mentioned but not forgotten, is the passing down of family recipes.
Anyone who has had Thanksgiving at my house knows that I will most likely always make my Dried Cherry and Italian Sausage Stuffing. I have posted the original recipe link and I also have it on my recipe page with my minor adjustments to the original.
There are so many different kinds of stuffing! Let's see, there's Corn Bread, Bread, Sausage, Rice, Fruit, Vegetarian, Mushroom, Chestnut, just to name a few.
Then there's the question 'should I cook the stuffing inside the turkey or outside'? Personally, I cook mine outside and separate from the turkey. Growing up, my mother always cooked it inside and I'm still here to talk about it. So it's up to you!
What is your go to Stuffing recipe? Tell me! I'll post it on the recipe page. Here are some great options. Click the pic or the title link to get to the recipe. Take this quick poll while you're here:
Come back next week for part three of THANKSGIVING!
Hard to believe it, but Thanksgiving is right around the corner, right around the bend, rapidly approaching, be here before ya know it!
At this time of year I am reminded of traditions. You know, those things that you do every year, without fail. Those things that you make you say "It's just not Thanksgiving without (fill it the blank)"
If you don't already have traditions, maybe it's a good time to start. Maybe it's your first Thanksgiving as a couple, or as a family. Whatever the case, I love traditions and I have always tried to create them and keep them going - against all odds. Maybe I'm crazy, maybe it's silly. All I know is that when certain things don't happen that are part of my traditions, I am left with a little void and a little sad.
There are lots of things that you can do to start traditions and I've listed a few. If you adopt any of these, please let me know. What are your holiday family traditions? What are the little special things that you do that perhaps are unique to you and your family. I'd love to hear your traditions - leave me a comment!
Place cards - let the kids participate
If you have kids, or are having kids over to your home for Thanksgiving, let them participate by asking them to make the place cards for your Thanksgiving table.
Let them use their own imagination, or you could give them your ideas or templates. You can always find printables online. This could become your own tradition and every year the kids make the place cards.
Save them in a scrap book to show them as they grow up!
Here are some place card ideas: click the image or link to get more information. It's easy to come up with your own ideas. You could take those paper fall leaves and write names on them. Look for mini pilgrim hats and write names on them. Or take those mini pumpkins and tie a name tag to the stem. BE CREATIVE! see below for more
Thankful For Tree
If you can get your whole family or all of your guests to do this, it's a wonderful idea.
Have everyone bring an item or something that says what they are thankful for and hang it on a mini tree or some branches in your home. Then save them and do it again next year - see what has changed!
You could have tags already on a tree like this one, and have your guests write it in.
I know it can be hard to get people to these kinds of things, especially the guys, but once done, it's very rewarding. For example you could just bring a photograph of someone, or you could make an ornament that shows what you are thankful for, or write it on a card and punch a hole in it to hang.
Start a Thanksgiving Journal this year. Have your guests write what they are thankful for in your journal. Every year you will add to it. Everyone can participate and in the end you'll have a wonderful keepsake to pass down. I only wish I did this with my family - I guess it's never too late!
Bring an Ornament for the tree
I know, it's only Thanksgiving and I am about to mention Christmas! It's just that I know that the family and friends you'll see on Thanksgiving may not be the same family and friends that you'll see over the next Holiday. So why not have the guests bring an ornament for your tree, or if you don't have a tree, have them bring one that you will hang in the window, or on your mantle, or somewhere in your home. It will always be a reminder of them for you when you see it.
So what are your Thanksgiving traditions? Leave me a comment or post to the Precious Crumbs Facebook page! I want to know what you to do keep traditions alive in your home on Thanksgiving.
Come back next Thursday for part 2 of THANKSGIVING
Yummy Halloween Recipes
Welcome to the final part of the series FALL can be FABULOUS!
This week it's all about yummy and fun Halloween recipes!
This is a time of year when cooking can be fun and we can make things that are completely out of the norm!
I have found some great recipes that are really easy to make and will make any party that much better!
Click the images, title or caption, for the recipe links!
SPARKLING CANDY CORN COOKIES
Check back next Thursday for the start of the next 5 part blog series!
Can you guess what it will be about?
Trick or Treat
Welcome to part four of my Blog series called "Fall can be Fabulous!" This week it's all about HALLOWEEN décor! I have always loved Halloween. I loved the décor and witches and ghosts and all things spooky. Halloween is a favorite holiday for both the young and old! I like the traditional Halloween themes, not so much the blood and gore and the un-dead but there's lots of great ideas to be found to satisfy everyone.
Check out some of the ideas that I found for you. Click the images to get to the links. Most of these links will also have plenty of additional ideas as well.
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It's me, just trying to get by.