Have you ever stopped to think what this holiday season would be like if Christmas came first, and then Thanksgiving? After all, we would each be finished with the “giving and receiving” and then have tangible things of recent memory to be thankful about.
Somebody got it right by having Thanksgiving go first. We get to be thankful for things that really matter: family, friends, faith and gratitude.
* PUMPKIN PIE IN A MUG Pumpkin pie is a dessert we all love to nosh on in the fall, but instead of baking up a whole pie every time you get a craving how about just making this easy Pumpkin Pie in a Mug? It's perfectly portioned and is ready to eat in under 3 minutes!
What You Will Need: 1 tablespoon butter 2 tablespoons graham cracker crumbs 1/3 cup pumpkin puree 1 egg 2 teaspoons milk 2 tablespoons light brown sugar 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
What To Do: 1 In an 8-ounce microwaveable mug, melt butter in microwave 30 to 45 seconds. 2 Stir in graham cracker crumbs and press into bottom of mug. 3 In a small bowl, combine pumpkin, egg, milk, brown sugar, and pumpkin pie spice; mix well. 4 Pour mixture into mug. 5 Microwave 2-1/2 to 3 minutes, or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. 6 Let cool slightly before serving.
Note: If you like, you can top this off with a dollop of whipped cream
* FALL HARVEST COBBLER
What You'll Need: 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 2 cups cold water 3 apples, peeled and thinly sliced 3 pears, peeled and thinly sliced 1/2 cup dried cranberries 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 tablespoons cornstarch 1-1/2 cups biscuit baking mix 1/2 cup milk
What to Do: * In a soup pot, combine sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and 1-3/4 cups water; bring to a boil. * Stir in apples, pears, cranberries, and lemon juice; return to a boil. * Reduce heat and simmer uncovered, 10 to 15 minutes, or until tender, stirring occasionally. * In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and remaining water. * Slowly pour into fruit mixture. * Cook 2 minutes or until thickened, stirring constantly. * Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. * Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. * Transfer fruit mixture to baking dish. * In a small bowl, combine biscuit mix and milk just until blended. * Drop by spoonfuls onto hot fruit mixture. * Bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until biscuits are cooked through.
NOTE:Since 6 cups of fruit are needed, if you fall short on apples just add more pears, or vice versa!
* I am thankful for so many blessings --- especially you!
May your stuffing be tasty, and your turkey be plump. May your taters 'n gravy have nary a lump. May your yams be delicious, and your pies take the prize, May your Thanksgiving dinner stay well off your thighs!!!
MAY YOUR THANKSGIVING TRULY BE A BLESSED ONE!!! * A LEGEND (Mildred M. North)
Two angels, so the legend ran, came to earth as day began. One carried a basket deep and wide. The other a small one by his side. Then, spoke one of the Heavenly pair: "Oh, but this world is wondrous fair! If it were not for Heaven I'd be content to dwell on earth beneath the firmament. My basket is large, I'll soon begin to gather men's thanks, and pack them in."
Said the other, "I'll help you and when I get done. I'm to gather their wants in this little one, and the sighs and murmurs of those who pout – But, it's large enough, without a doubt. God's bounties are scattered on every side. You'll need your basket deep and wide."
Away they sped, and as darkness came.
They met again, but not the same. Both were weary, both were sad. They'd found so little to make them glad. Said he with the basket wide and deep, "My heart is heavy. It makes me weep. Look in my basket - you'll discover the thanksgivings scarcely the bottom cover!" "While I," said the other, "have made three trips with the wants and complaints from the people's lips!"
Only a legend - yes - and yet - If the angels came, what would they get? * A Thanksgiving Acrostic God’s Word exhorts us to give thanks for everything (Ephesians 5:20) and everyone (1 Timothy 2:1), in everything we do (Colossians) and in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
We are to be overflowing with thanksgiving (Colossians). --- Really, it’s easy when you start thinking about
25 Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? 28 And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you-- you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What will we wear?' 32 For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
‘Twas the week of Thanksgiving, all over the land; “Not a turkey left standing” was Butterball’s plan. The ‘fridge was packed full and the guest rooms made clear, For the members of family who came every year.
The children were playing, like sweet little lambs… there was still a whole month until final exams. Braced for the Day and the stress that it brings, I went to the store for some last-minute things.
And while I was shopping, I jumped with a start, at the things on the shelf at the local Wal-Mart… Where last year, “Merry Christmas” was n’ere to be seen, but now …sold in neon!… before Halloween!
The twinkle of lights through the rain about town, nearly made me forget that my windows were down. When I drove down one street, I stopped with a lurch – It’s not even Sunday! There are Presbyterians in church?!?
With a silly young preacher whose words often tripped, I just had to hear this… to the back row I slipped. He was reading the Bible, that much I could see, But these words of Jesus took new meaning for me.
“Don’t fret over life, over food, over drink, over body or clothes, or whatever you think. Isn’t your life worth much more than you eat? Or your body worth more than the shoes on your feet?
Look at the birds: they don’t sow; they don’t reap. And yet, God the Father still gives them their keep. So why do you think you can make it alone? Can worrying really get death overthrown?”
And then, in a moment, though I couldn’t hear it, I knew what had happened: I was moved by the Spirit. As I thought in my head, the message came near. If I listened some more, maybe it would be clear…
“And look at the flowers: they can’t spin fancy thread. In the heat of the summer, they’ll cook ‘til they’re dead. And yet, on the ground they’re like beautiful clothes. Even Solomon’s garments looked drab next to those.”
“But if God gives birds food and gives flowers their due, Do you have no faith that he’ll do more for you? You’ve got it all wrong. It’s not what you need… You can see from the Gentiles, that just turns to greed.”
“Remember that saying? … ‘Father knows best.’? You should strive for the Kingdom. Let God do the rest. Now, God knows you need food and the clothes on your back, But those should come easy when you’re working God’s tack.”
So I sat there collecting, like dust on a shelf, And I laughed when I got it, in spite of myself. The pastor kept going, seems he had more to say, But I got the message I needed that day.
I had food, I had clothes, I had family to boot! What did I need with superfluous loot? I could hoard it or spend it, but both would be greedy. Or I could give of myself and my time for the needy.
“Strive for the Kingdom!” I said with a yelp. “I’m gonna serve others… and my family will help!” The pastor looked at me, with a smile and a nod, saying, “Go in peace. Serve the Lord.” I said, “Thanks be to God!” * Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire. If you did, what would there be to look forward to? Be thankful when you don't know something, for it gives you the opportunity to learn. Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times you grow. Be thankful for your limitations, because they give you opportunities for improvement. Be thankful for each new challenge, because it will build your strength and character. Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons. Be thankful when you're tired and weary, because it means you've made a difference.
It's easy to be thankful for the good things. A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks. Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive. Find a way to be thankful for your troubles, and they can become your blessings. *
Thanksgiving Weather Forecast In the pre-Thanksgiving rush, we have received an early weather report from our in-house weather reporters. This is one that you should be sure to share.
Turkeys will thaw in the morning, then warm in the oven to an afternoon high near 190F. The kitchen will turn hot and humid, and if you bother the cook, be ready for a severe squall or cold shoulder.
During the late afternoon and evening, the cold front of a knife will slice through the turkey, causing an accumulation of one to two inches on plates. Mashed potatoes will drift across one side while cranberry sauce creates slippery spots on the other. Please pass the gravy.
A weight watch and indigestion warning have been issued for the entire area, with increased stuffiness around the beltway. During the evening, the turkey will diminish and taper off to leftovers, dropping to a low of 34F in the refrigerator.
Looking ahead to Friday and Saturday, high pressure to eat sandwiches will be established. Flurries of leftovers can be expected both days with a 50 percent chance of scattered soup late in the day. We expect a warming trend where soup develops. By early next week, eating pressure will be low as the only wish left will be the bone. * Turkey Facts
What do you know about turkeys? Test your turkey knowledge with this fun trivia quiz!
Here turkey, turkey, turkey! * Turkeys are able to adapt to a wide variety of habitats. However, most turkeys are found in hardwood forests with grassy areas. * The best time to see a turkey is on a warm clear day or in a light rain. * They what? Turkeys have heart attacks. When the Air Force was conducting test runs and breaking the sound barrier, fields of turkeys would drop dead. * Turkeys can drown if they look up when it is raining. * Eat, sleep, gobble. Turkeys spend the night in trees. They fly to their roosts around sunset. Turkeys fly to the ground at first light and feed until mid- morning. Feeding resumes in mid-afternoon. * Gobbling starts before sunrise and can continue through most of the morning. * Eyes in the backs of their heads? A wild turkey has excellent vision and hearing. Their field of vision is about 270 degrees. This is the main reason they continue to elude some hunters. * And they're fast, too! A spooked turkey can run at speeds up to 20 miles per hour. They can also burst into flight approaching speeds between 50-55 mph in a matter of seconds. * Benjamin Franklin wanted the national bird to be a turkey.