Though we remain in the grip of a pandemic, it is important to maintain our Thanksgiving traditions.
I see this as part of the legacy of an elegant woman…she always finds a way!
This is my dining table decor this year. The something new are the lanterns from Kirklands. The something old are the little figurines.
Our first Thanksgiving together, I walked down to the 5 & Dime (Remember Woolworth’s?) and purchased, for about fifty cents, this little animal pilgrim set.
It has been with us ever since. It was all I could afford that year, but important to me to do something on the table.
After grandchildren began to arrive, I started a new tradition. At the end of Thanksgiving dinner, I give each family a Christmas ornament and declare the Christmas season officially underway.
It is such fun, and this year, I decided to add a beautiful James Avery ornament for each family. I thought 2020 needed something commemorative and extra special.
James Avery is so important to our family…read about our family heritage with the brand here.
I have my eye on the Nativity Collection for more traditions.
As of this moment, I have invited our family to Thanksgiving Dinner. However, we all know that spikes in the numbers can change things quickly and have been on the rise again.
Were it to change, I will still make sure family received food and Christmas ornaments in a lovely package. It is important to me to keep those traditions alive.
I really do believe that elegant women find a way to bless others, keep traditions alive, and continue on with special moments no matter the challenges.
With hope in my heart that the meal will happen around the table, I have added Williams Sonoma Garlic Parmesan mashed potato seasoning and cranberry relish to the menu this year.
Leigh Ann and a host of great review comments encouraged me to do this…though my traditional mashed potatoes are loved by the family! Why not mix things up a bit for some fun?
If the meal doesn’t happen as planned, I am not worried at all about these things being enjoyed at some point. The relish is delish on turkey sandwiches…yes, I already opened it!!
Even if your celebrations become for one or two (or more), make sure you set a lovely table and celebrate the holiday joy!
I always get ideas for table setting when I go into Pottery Barn. But mine will look similar to last year’s setting (below) even if just for Mr. B and myself.
Stay hopeful and joyful and keep your traditions alive and your surroundings lovely!
I also bring in color from the yard to add to the table decor.
A QUICK RECIPE
Perhaps you are already desiring that poultry and stuffing flavor! I adapted a Slow Cooker Chicken and Stuffing low calorie meal and we loved it!
Just put in your slow cooker in this order:
A pound or two (your choice) of thin sliced, skinless chicken breast (season a little with your favorite salt and pepper or Mrs. Dash Garlic and Herb Seasoning)
Place on top 1/4 cup of chopped onion and celery
Mix in a small bowl, one can of low fat cream of chicken soup with 1/2 cup of greek yogurt, whisk well and pour over the chicken.
Put a box of favorite stuffing mix in a bowl, and pour over it one cup of chicken stock. Mix and put in the pot.
I like to drain a can of LaSueur Peas and pour them in. Slow cook on low for 7-8 hours. The chicken will shred easily when you stir it and serve.
It is great with a little of the cranberry relish on it!!
Today is the last day to email me your favorite hot cocoa and dessert recipe. There will be two winners announced soon…the prize is a fun gift box of goodies that you will love.
The weekend is full of Holiday Joy…a fun Would You Wear It with me and Jennifer; and my kitchen reveal on Sunday!
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By Pamela Lutrell
Disclaimer: I was provided product for this post from James Avery, but the words are my own