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 Walnut Chicken or Turkey Salad

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Chicken salad is a great lunch option year round.  This version was inspired by leftover turkey from this past Thanksgiving.  It can be made with either chicken or turkey.  Adding cranberries and walnuts switches up the flavors for the season.  The dressing is all yogurt, no mayo, so a good skinny option as we indulge during the multiple celebrations of the holiday season.  Enjoy! Continue reading