Thanksgiving Reflection (30 Days of Gratitude: Day 23)

Thanksgiving — a classic day to reflect and be grateful.

May your day be full of good friends and family, or perhaps a quiet day with a good book and solitude – however you spend it, find a moment to consider your blessings. And if this day finds you struggling, know there is always someone out there willing to listen and wanting to help. We are all in this together.

~ Kat

A Stuffing That Covers All Food Groups

The Thanksgiving Day dinner recipes and tips are coming out of the woodwork!  Blogs, magazines, Pinterest  . . . the Thanksgiving Day countdown has begun (two weeks from tomorrow!).  So, I decided I would chime in to the saturated conversation with one of our favorite stuffing recipes.

When you need that one dish to cover all bases, this stuffing fits the bill.  Bon Appetit’s New England Sausage, Apple and Dried Cranberry Stuffing graced our Thanksgiving Day dinner table last year, and the recipe is definitely a keeper.

Thanksgiving stuffing
New England Sausage, Apple and Dried Cranberry Stuffing

I can personally vouch for the versatility of this recipe, morning or night, cold (as in leftovers the next day) or hot — this is a recipe that should come out more than once a year.

Link to recipe here:

Ciao! ~ Kat

Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons

Thanksgiving Day marked an abrupt change of season from fall to winter in northern Minnesota.  Thanksgiving morning was beautiful and sunny with temperatures reaching 50 °F (10 °C) by early afternoon.  As the day progressed, a cold front with gusty winds and snow moved in, dropping the temperatures overnight by 30 °F.

Beetle Shell in the Old Cedar Tree ~ Northern Minnesota

I used a photo from Thanksgiving weekend to respond to the recent “Thankful” theme and found myself returning to photos from that weekend for the “Changing Seasons” theme, as well.  While walking along the lakeshore near our cabin, I came across this scene in the crevice of an old cedar tree.  A single, crispy leaf tucked away as a remnant of autumn, next to an old beetle shell from summer, mixed with the fresh snow of the impending formal change to winter – nature’s display box of the three seasons.  This cedar tree had no room for a symbol of spring — in Minnesota, that is the start of road construction season!

To read how you can participate in the Daily Post’s “Weekly Photo Challenge” and to see other responses to this week’s theme of “Changing Seasons,” click here.

Ciao! ~ Kat

Be Grateful for the Day

“We’re so busy watching out for what’s just ahead of us that we don’t take time to enjoy where we are.” ~ Bill Watterson

Northern Minnesota Reflection

As we anticipate Thanksgiving Day tomorrow in the U.S., let us first be grateful for today.  And as we enjoy Thanksgiving Day, let us not have thoughts of superficial Black Friday sales (or worse yet, actual Thanksgiving Day shopping itself) erode more meaningful interactions and activities on the holiday!

May your Thanksgiving holiday be filled with joy and blessings!

Ciao! ~ Kat

Where Are You, Emily Post? (reblog)

I don’t often reblog, but Overwhelmed By Joy posted a reflection on the season (and with such humor relayed the dysfunction that often goes with the holidays and the merger of diverse family and friends), I just had to share!  And, if you have not had an opportunity to check out Overwhelmed By Joy before now, I encourage you to spend some time exploring her many other enjoyable posts.
Ciao! ~ Kat


Someone asked me this week if we were inviting people to our Thanksgiving dinner who are from outside our family again this year. I had to chuckle. Maybe it was a snort. It was probably a low growling noise from my husband. It all started with the best of intentions. . . inviting friends who otherwise didn’t have a place to celebrate Thanksgiving to join our family festivities.

I should back up to add some necessary detail to the tale of the Turkey that almost Took us Down.

My parents were both the only child in their families. I therefore have no aunts, uncles, or cousins. We have a family reunion whenever eight or more of us gather together. My family is extremely generous with time, talent, and financial generosity until it comes to a holiday. I broke the tradition a few years ago by inviting a household of…

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