Before we talk about Thanksgiving…I don’t want to go on without mentioning the Veterans in this country.  I am truly and completely thankful for the sacrifice that they have and are making for us.  This truly is the land of the free and the home of the brave.  We are so blessed to live here. God, please continue to bless America.  We will give You the praise for it.

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So…how about that weekend?  Was it a good one?  I truly hope so.  Ours was busy but sometimes if it’s “good busy” that’s okay.  I don’t have a recipe for you today, but I do have some cozy food talk and some eye candy for you to enjoy.  It’s getting all cozy up in here and the temps are supposed to drop this week. ( Plus, Kelly Clarkson is singing Blue Christmas while I’m typing.) On the way to church yesterday we were enjoying the country miles and the fact that it’s looking like Thanksgiving and Christmas in the Ozarks.

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This morning while doing this little photo shoot, I was thinking about dressing.  Are you a dressing person?  Like…turkey and dressing?  I am.  I fix it just like my Granny always did.  It’s just not Thanksgiving without it.  We actually have a little Thanksgiving meal with our kids on a different night, the week of the holiday.  I usually fix a turkey breast, dressing and the works.  It’s great fun.  We live around a lot of our family so the holiday season can be a little hectic.  Years ago, we started taking a little night out to pause in thanks…with just our little ones.  It’s one of my very favorite things.  Our own tradition.

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Do you love cranberry sauce?  I do.  I love it…out of a can.  Ocean Spray.  It’s the best.  Are you disappointed?  Are you thinking….”Kel…what is up with that?  I’m sorry.  I grew up on the jellied cranberry sauce out of the can…and no other will do.  Ha!  I’m nothing if not traditional.

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I’m thinking on soup or chili for tomorrow night.  When it’s cold outside, I take full advantage of that.  My poor little son is not a soup lover.  I may have to get creative.  I can do that.  😉

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I hope that you are sailing right through your Monday, Dirt Roaders. I hope that you have a cozy evening, thinking about celebrating with your family.  My prayer for those of you that are going to face first holidays without certain loved ones…like we are….is that you feel the peace of God and his loving arm around your shoulders. Sometimes life is a challenge isn’t it?  I’m so glad that we have Him to lean on.

I also hope that you take a moment to pause today, giving thanks for our Veterans.  They have served us wholeheartedly.  What an amazing gift to us.

Dreaming of a cranberry-filled Thanksgiving…

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