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Traditional Thanksgiving!

Traditions are the guideposts driven deep in our subconscious minds.  The most powerful ones are those we can’t even describe, aren’t even aware of.  ~  Unknown Author

My Gravy Boat Heather Piper
I made this gravy boat in high school & we still use it at Thanksgiving

We look forward to Thanksgiving every year but, then again, I don’t know a single soul who does not.  Every year, Thanksgiving is served at my parent’s house, as it always has been.  We are very traditional with our meal, Turkey, sometimes oven roasted and sometimes fried whole in a deep fryer.  Mom always makes her stuffing and gravy, which is second to none.  The gravy is always served in the gravy boat I made when I was in high school.  I usually get my favorite: Brussels sprouts or corn or green beans. Sometimes we have them all.  Mom always makes this cooked cranberry delight, which is surprisingly really good.  It has walnuts, cranberries, pineapples, apples and other items I can’t remember.  We also have dinner rolls, a spread of pickles and olives.

Punch Bowl from Germany Heather Piper
Mom's punch bowl she bought when they lived in Germany

The biggest part of our Thanksgiving tradition involves a punch bowl and matching mugs brought over by my mom from when my parents lived in Germany. The punch is pretty standard with Fruit Punch, 50/50, Ginger Ale, rainbow sherbert and oranges slices.  But it is the presentation of the punch in this old punch bowl that has served us for so many Thanksgivings and Christmases, which really brings a sense of tradition and family.

In the recent years, Kyle has taken over helping me make the punch.  I am thankful for having Kyle as such a big part of the family.  There are so many things I am truly thankful for.. what are yours?

Happy Thanksgiving!!      

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