So, yes, we had church at 10:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning. I had a wonderful time, and it really helped to bring focus to what Thanksgiving means to me. It's not so much the historical aspect of the holiday, but a time set aside to show thankfulness for all things, even in the midst of trials. Sometimes
After service, the guest pastor gave all these groceries out in the community. That was his way of showing the spirit of Thanksgiving.
After church, family gathered at my house for dinner. I joke with them and say that they love me for my countertops! My kitchen and dining room is basically one room and so it's easier to serve than in my mom's kitchen. Honestly, I enjoy having them there.
Let me show you a little decor...
This is my centerpiece - brown rice, a variety of beans, and cranberries.
This is the dining room table. In the back is the cd player. We always play traditional gospel (songs my grandma, uncles, and aunts enjoy. Not contemporary.)
Ham, turkey wings, pork loin, chicken and dumplings, collard greens, rutabagas, rice, pinto beans, macaroni and cheese, green beans with carrots, cornbread, fat back and probably more!
Then there was dessert...
I dedicated this bottom of a hutch/turned buffet into a dessert station.
Tea muffins, chocolate valentine cupcakes, coconut cupcakes, sour cream pound cake, sweet potato pie, blueberry/cherry cheesecake, and those turkey pilgrams (they're laying on the dessert table; can't you see their feathers?) are stuffed with Blow Pops!
All in all, I enjoyed my holidays. I enjoyed seeing my grandma so much. Of course, there was a soft spot in my heart for my dad, but I'm learning to enjoy life even though he is no longer here to enjoy it with me.
Really, "Thanksgiving" should be everyday.
* If you've made it to the end of this post, you've done really well. Thanks for scanning, reading, or scrolling through pictures (whichever one applies). LOL *
Happy Wednesday after Thanksgiving,