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What's the point of Thanksgiving? I
mean, really, as much as we love our turkey and cranberries and
planning get-togethers with family and friends . . . is that what
it's all about? Of course not! We all know that, but in the
day-to-day-leading-up-to-Thanksgiving busyness it's easy to become
totally immersed with the material details of "getting it all
It's not about staging a production.
It's about praise and people. What are the top ten
things for which you can praise and thank God? Have you ever
physically written a list? How about taking a few minutes this week,
to just stop, take a deep breath, and thank Him for the first 10
things that come to mind?
Are you blessed with wonderful people
in your life? Do those treasured people know just how thankful you
are for them? What better time to tell them? So, on that note--I'm
thankful for you--all my newsletter subscribers and readers,
those who visit my Econobusters
blog, leave encouraging and helpful comments, and those who send
emails. I value each and every one of you!
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Tips and Ideas from Econobusters
- Day 13~Tepee Treats: Make this adorable indian treats with your kids while you talk about the first Thanksgiving.
week's featured website is not like the normal ones I post here. I
found this website through another blog that I read, and I was very
inspired by the many articles I have read here.
this week we are talking about thankfulness and having an attitude of
gratitude, I decided to find a website that fit that category.
Here is a wonderful post that was written about a week or so ago on making a thankful calendar. Be sure and stop by and get inspired by this wonderful website.
Recipe of the Week
Sweet Potato Casserole
Thanksgiving, my family always requests certain favorites that I "just
have to make." One of those favorites is for Mashed Sweet Potatoes. My
husband just cannot have Thanksgiving without it, and all the children
love it too. It is so good it can almost be served as a dessert if you
would like. The crunchy topping is what really makes this dish stand
out. It makes the whole house smell so good too; so no need for a
scented candle when you make this! I have to confess, we crave it at
other times in the year as well. Is it wrong to have a Thanksgiving
favorite in the middle of the summer? I hope not, because sometimes we
recipe is doubled, so you do need a large pan to bake this in to be
prepared. I use a big roasting pan, and it works very well. Whatever is
left over, we put into serving size containers and freeze. It freezes
very well for up to six months.
Sweet Potato Casserole
6 cups mashed sweet potatoes
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
Mix together and put into a 4-quart casserole dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup flour
2 cups chopped pecans
the butter into the other three ingredients, then sprinkle on top of
the casserole and bake at 350 degrees about 45 minutes to an hour (or
until the potatoes are "set" in the middle, and the topping is lightly
I hope your family enjoys this as much as mine does. Happy Thanksgiving!
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This week's tutorial is on creating a Thankful Tree from Roots and Wings out of scrapbook materials and an old photo frame.
one is different than most I have seen. You start with a full tree and
by the end, your blessings are on the leaves that have fallen off the
You can find the directions to make this cute blessing tree by visiting Roots and Wings.
Ways To Show Your Thankfulness
Here are some great ideas to help you remember what Thanksgiving is all about.
I found this great idea on making a scrapbook
using all the things your family says they are thankful for. You could
take it a step further and use the same book year after year, and then
go back one Thanksgiving and read those things we are thankful for from
|Just for Kids
Ways To Show Your Thankfulness
Here are some great art projects for the kids this week to keep them learning how to be thankful!
- Make a painting with nature table runner and then have the kids write what they are thankful for on it.
- Here is a list of great Thanksgiving books that you can read while you are helping out around the house this week.
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