Giving Thanks: Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

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There is a church I drive by every day which posts weekly messages that give me pause.  This one especially resonated with me.  Thanksgiving for most of us gives us an opportunity to express gratitude.  Many families go around the table and ask everyone what they are grateful for.  Our tradition is to have a paper and pad available for people to jot down what they are grateful for, no limits, and place these sentiments in a gourd shaped soup tureen.  During dessert we pass the tureen around and read  out loud the messages and try to guess who wrote them.  The act of writing gives one time to pause and reflect without putting someone on the spot.  Over the years, there have been memorable and moving reflections shared.  Going back to the roadside church board, how powerful would it be if we chose to pause daily to reflect on things to give thanks for?   Awakening to gratefulness in our daily lives brings the focus on what is important, celebrates life and reduces negativity.  Thanks-giving everyday, minus the turkey.

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If you are still looking for Thanksgiving cooking inspiration, here is a collection of some of my  popular favorites.  Click on the highlighted title to access the original post. Continue reading

Cranberry Almond Squares

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If there’s a nip in the air, there’s something delicious in the oven!  Sweater weather has arrived in Philadelphia and that means cranberries are appearing in the stores.  Being a Dual citizen of Canada and the US, I get to celebrate 2 Thanksgivings.  The Canadian Thanksgiving falls on the second Monday of October and the traditional meal is pretty much the same in both countries.  One of my favorite foods at the Thanksgiving table is the cranberry sauce/relish.  These cranberry almond squares from Canadian Living magazine are a seasonal twist on the traditional date square.  They are basically cranberry sauce sandwiched between 2 almond oatmeal crumble layers.image Continue reading