Thankful Thoughts

Ours was a simple affair — Thanksgiving Dinner for two, served in the late afternoon or whenever I got done messing in the kitchen — whichever came first.

Earlier in the day, I’d dug out the ol’ $5 box of rummage sale dishes and set the table with a “leaf motif.”  No frills.  Just favorites. :)

Appetizers were Honey Balsamic Goat Cheese Spread (“downsized”) and Avocado & Bacon Toasts.

Crudités (per se) consisted of dill pickle spears, my Grandma’s spiced pickled beets, and the cutest lil’ pickle flowers ya ever did see.  (I asked The Man Of Few Words if he minded that I cut up his beloved gherkins and he replied, “A pickle is a pickle, no matter how you slice it.”  Gotta love that man. xo)

Side dishes included one “oldie but goodie” and two new ones — baked sweet potatoes, Cream Braised Brussels Sprouts, and the best Cornbread Dressing I’ve ever tasted.  Sigh…

The pièce de résistance was Honey Orange Glazed Ham.  (I’m tellin’ ya, the glaze was soooo good, I served some on the side and ate it with a spoon!)

And for dessert… Pumpkin Pudding Pie for TMOFW and Pumpkin Crème Brûlée for me.  (The brûlées weren’t “brûléed” at this point…)

All in all, it was a lovely dinner.  We sat.  We savored.  We shared what we were thankful for.  We reminisced about family…

Did we miss ’em?  Yup.

But they were right there with us, in our memories and our hearts.

And in case you’re wondering, “What, no turkey and cranberries?!” — that’s today’s project.  I’ve got people to feed and food to share!

And I’m so very thankful for that.

Enjoying the bounty of God’s blessings,

~ Kim

12 thoughts on “Thankful Thoughts

  1. Over the past couple of years I’ve been rethinking the Thanksgiving feast and s-l-o-w-l-y moving away from tradition to what works best for our family. You’ve made the leap for sure and are inspiring me to really think about better and different.

  2. I completely missed out Thanksgiving feast, I really enjoy looking at everyone’s spread. Beautiful home, beautiful table, and delicious dishes! Sounds like you had a nice holiday meal, Kim!

  3. I could so naturally and easily and lovingly fit right into this setting…Kimby, there’s just so much love and warmth…you always bring out the best in me when I read your words…and you make each and every part of your life tantalizing, even if you’re just clippin’ your toenails!! Love love your slant on life, my friend!! xo Ally

    • Ally, I think that’s the whole point of sharing our lives, love, and food… encouraging each other to a higher self… the self you were meant to be… and are! (Post forthcoming on that!) Sometimes all it takes is a nudge… and a look in the mirror. xo

  4. Your dinner sounds sooo lovely. Just pass me that stuffing and I’m good to go! lol. I love that the desserts got their own bench seat at the table–what a creative set up!

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