Kick off to the 2016 Holidays

*While I realize the day has long since past, I figure it’s never a bad time to express what one is thankful for.

Thanksgiving 2016

Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving! We certainly did! We were lucky to be celebrating locally, with family from near and far (on my side). It’s always fun catching up with family and eating delicious, home cooked food (and desserts)! This year I was responsible for only one dish… the creamed corn.

I’d made it last year and it had gone over well, so I offered to make it again. This year, I decided to double the recipe and had planned for an additional hour of cooking. Unfortunately, I miscalculated and we ended up having to leave 20 minutes earlier than planned. Thankfully we had a couple latecomers (ahem, Dad!) so I was able to get in a little extra cooking time along with a couple other side dishes that were finishing up.
I knew we had a winner when they asked to keep the leftover! 😉

Thanksgiving 2016 corn

I’ve always enjoyed Thanksgiving and as I’ve gotten older I’ve really come to appreciate the sentiment behind it. For me, it always seems to be a time that I reflect back on years past and reminisce on childhood traditions. Growing up, I loved the holidays. Always such a happy and exciting time. My family would ALL get together in celebration. We’d pile around the dining table waiting for Grandma’s famous pies or walk to the nearby hill to go sledding. It’s been years since I’ve done any of these things but for whatever reason, around this time of year, it seems like I was just out there yesterday.

This year, I have countless things to be thankful for. At the top of the list is, of course, my family and friends. Especially my amazing backbone, my other half, my knight in shining armor… Ped! I don’t know where I would be without him. He is simply the best! Continuing to provide me with more than he should or than I deserve. I can’t imagine life without him and am so thankful for all that we have together. I’m thankful that he puts up with my crazy, high maintenance ways and loves me despite them.

I’m also excited that, at least in our household, this is the kickoff to the holidays! A time where we slow down and appreciate the little things in life; like hot chocolate, fireplaces and colorful, twinkly lights. When we all take a little time out of our busy schedules to see those we love the most and decide to tell those we can’t see how much they mean the old fashion way, a hand written, snail mailed Christmas card. It really is a wonderful time of year if you let yourself enjoy it!

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